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Just a quick thought for this week’s opening. Has anyone copyrighted “Fantasy Pro Wrestling”? Seriously, that would be a game that could take off instantly. You draft professional wrestlers and put them in your lineups and keep score based on their win/loss records. The only problem I see with it is the fact that there is no end to a pro wrestling “season”. It goes 365 days a year. Once that part of the plan is worked out, I think a million dollar idea will be born.
Raul Ibanez (LF), Philadelphia Phillies: Ibanez is thriving in the National League. Week 6 produced 4 HR and 12 RBI as part of a 13/27 (.421) week. He is tied for 2nd for home runs with 13 round trippers this season.
Brad Hawpe (RF), Colorado Rockies: Hawpe’s bat has come alive recently (.392 in May) and last week was no different. Hawpe’s line was: 6 runs, 10 hits, 2 HR, and 12 RBI. Interesting to note is that he is performing great away from Coors field (.317, 4 HR, 15 RBI on the road).
David Wright (3B), New York Mets: The best looking man in baseball continues to look good hitting by giving owners a major league leading 15 hits last week. Unfortunately, none went for home runs, which has been Wright’s problem all season (3 HR in ’09). However, he chipped in with 5 SB and 9 RBI to make up for it.
Adrian Gonzalez (1B), San Diego Padres: A-Gonz may have had only 7 hits last week, but 5 of them were home runs. Too bad more Padres weren’t on base when they happened because Gonzalez only got 7 RBI out of his week. Thanks to those homers, Gonzalez now leads the majors in that category with 15.
Jason Bartlett (SS), Tampa Bay Rays: Who the hell does this guy think he is hitting .370 this season? Bartlett has come out of the land of mediocrity to be a top SS in fantasy baseball. He added to his short legacy in Week 6 with 10 hits, 6 runs, and 4 SB. I find it impossible for a career .284 hitter to keep this up, but ride it while it lasts.
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Roy Halladay (SP), Toronto Blue Jays: Doc Halladay won both of his starts last week to become the Major League leader in wins with an 8-1 record. His week included 13 K in 16 innings which included his first complete game of 2009. Halladay has gone at least 7 IP in every start this season.
Jake Peavy (SP), San Diego Padres: A 3.82 ERA is pretty good for most pitchers, but it is not what you expect from Jacob Peavy. He tried to make things better for owners last week when he went 1-1 in two starts with a 2.40 ERA and 17 K. He also earned his first complete game of the season.
Trevor Hoffman (RP), Milwaukee Brewers: The ageless wonder picked up 4 more saves last week to give himself 9 for the season. Hoffman has not blown a save or given up a run all season.
Zach Duke (SP), Pittsburgh Pirates: Well, welcome back Zach Duke from 2005. Duke is enjoying a good season for once and he improved on it with two wins last week and a 3.00 ERA in those two starts. Rounding out his stats are his 9 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. Can Duke keep up his stellar 2.84 ERA? We’ll have to wait and see.
Francisco Rodriguez (RP), New York Mets: K-Rod was quite the little workhorse last week. He pitched 5.0 innings of relief and it yielded two saves and his first victory of the season. Rodriguez has yet to allow an earned run this month.
C.J. Wilson (RP), Texas Rangers: Texas closer Frank Francisco is on the DL, so Wilson is back in the closer’s role. He picked up a win and two saves last week without giving up a run. Those searching for cheap saves should pick up Wilson soon.
Gary Sheffield (LF,RF), New York Mets: With Carlos Delgado on the DL, Sheffield has been batting clean up and has been experiencing a small rejuvenation. His hot hitting last week produced 9 hits including a home run.
Edwin Jackson (SP), Detroit Tigers: Still only 62% owned in Yahoo! leagues, Jackson is doing a phenomenal job with the Tigers as evident by his 2.42 ERA in eight starts. He won his lone start last week with a beautiful 7 IP, 6 K performance against Oakland. He looks for real, so give him a chance.