FRIDAY – JULY 5th
What do you get when you combine the 4th of July with one of America’s greatest game shows ever? I’m
really not sure, but if you were at the Phillies/Pirates game you got,
Gerrit Cole Hamels, as the Pirates Gerrit Cole was squaring off against the Phillies Cole Hamels. For those of
you not familiar with The Wheel of Fortune, that would fall under the category of ‘Before and After.’
Phillies outfielder, Delmon Young, continues to pick up the pace as he went 2-for-4 on Thursday. Over his
last eight games he’s hitting .500 (14-for-28) with seven RBI. He’s probably available in your league as
he’s only owned in 6.4% of ESPN leagues.
I know that I mentioned Astros farmhand George Springer on Monday, but I feel like you do when you meet
that new special someone and you can’t stop thinking or talking about them. After going 0-for-4 in his
Triple-A debut, Springer now has an eight game hitting streak in which he’s slashing .367/.472/.600 with
two home runs, seven RBI and four stolen bases. With as terrible as the Astros outfield has been playing I
find it hard to believe that Springer will be kept down at Triple-A much longer. If you’ve got the room, he’s
definitely worth stashing.
It’s only been three games, but the Twins Aaron Hicks is 4-for-11 with two stolen bases since his return.
Keep an eye on him over the next couple of games and if he continues to hit he could be worth picking up
as there were high hopes for him coming out of spring training.
Despite his 4-for-20 start, don’t give up on Mariners shortstop Brad Miller who had an infield single as a
pinch-hitter Thursday night. The Mariners just gave Miller the day off to clear his head, as you wouldn’t
bail on a top prospect after just 20 at-bats. Would you?
Jim Bukowski is the Content Manager and a fantasy writer for FantasySharks.com and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He can be reached at