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It is my personal opinion that Boston’s David Ortiz used steroids. I also believe that he is no longer taking any performance enhancers as evident by his lack of power this season. So, I speak for all of the Ortiz owners out there when I ask David Ortiz to please, start juicing again! There was a time when he was a lock for 35+ HR and 120+ RBI. The former first round pick (in fantasy drafts…duh) is now droppable. Yeah, I said it, drop him! He is a waste of roster space. I’d rather have Tito Ortiz on my baseball team than David Ortiz in 2009. Big Papi is a big piece of crap. If he doesn’t make a phone call to Rafael Palmeiro soon, then he will find himself in many free agent pools.
Joe Mauer (C), Minnesota Twins: One of the best hitters over the past few seasons, Mauer gave owners not only average (11/24, .458), but he gave them 4 HR and 13 RBI. He also led the majors in runs scored last week with 12. Mauer has been the best player in baseball with a God-like 10 HR and 29 RBI in May.
Nelson Cruz (RF), Texas Rangers: No longer a sleeper, Cruz is blessing those who took a chance on him this year. Cruz…uh…cruised through Week 7 (yeah, that was a bad one) with power and speed by hitting 4 HR and stealing three bases. Coming into Monday, Cruz is riding a five game hit streak with four of them being multi-hit contests.
Mark Teixeira (1B), New York Yankees: Tex Mex led the league in HR last week with five round trippers and he collected 10 RBI while hitting .444 (12/27). Teixeira is hitting .377 with 8 HR and 19 RBI since A-Rod’s return.
Miguel Tejada (SS), Houston Astros: He may be a cheater and a steroid-using liar, but he hit pretty damn well last week by going 12/23 (.522) at the plate with 3 HR (5 on the season). Too bad two of the homers were solo and he ended up with just 4 RBI.
Justin Upton (RF), Arizona Diamondbacks: Upton didn’t dominate one particular category, but for those in larger format leagues, he filled up the stat sheet. Upton helped everywhere with 7 R, 2 doubles, a triple, 2 HR, 7 RBI, and 1 SB. He hit .355 for the week and is murdering the ball in the month of May (.368, 7 HR).
Chris Young (SP), San Diego Padres: Remember how dominant he was in 2007? Yeah well, the song does not remain the same this year. However, Young is trying to turn things around with last week’s 2-0 record and 2.08 ERA. Young fanned 10 batters in 13.0 IP to make himself appealing to owners for a little while longer.
CC Sabathia (SP), New York Yankees: After he was traded to Milwaukee last season, Sabathia was mentioned in this section almost every week. This is his first trip here this season and if he keeps this kind of performance up (1-0, 2.40 ERA, 11 K), then he will be here more often.
Jonathan Broxton (RP), L.A. Dodgers: Broxton is taking to the closer’s role nicely. He picked up two more saves last week in 5.0 IP without surrendering a run and striking out five. You know what’s really impressive and kind of sad at the same time? Broxton is 2nd on the team in wins. He is 5-0 this season with a 1.17 ERA.
Jake Peavy (SP), San Diego Padres: After refusing to go to the White Sox, Peavy vented his frustration with the Windy City by dominating another team from Chicago. In his lone start, Peavy shut down the Cubs with a line of 6.0 IP, 0 ER, and 10 K. He picked up his fourth victory for his performance.
George Sherrill (RP), Baltimore Orioles: Almost completely forgotten, Sherrill is still the closer in Baltimore. Hopefully owners took notice when Sherrill posted 6 K in 3.0 IP en route to two saves last week. Sherrill is quietly becoming a dominant closer with a 2.89 ERA and failing to allow a run in his last eight appearances.
Dontrelle Willis (SP), Detroit Tigers: The D-Train is temporarily back on track (THAT was a good one). Willis has made back-to-back quality starts with a 2.08 ERA and 1-1 record in that time. Remember, this guy is only 27 years old and plays in a pitcher’s park.
Mark Reynolds (3B), Arizona Diamondbacks: OK, the average and strikeouts are terrible. However, Reynolds gives you a cheap 30 HR. He is currently on fire with 4 HR and 6 SB last week. He now has seven HR in May.
Michael Cuddyer (RF), Minnesota Twins: Cuddyer led the Majors in hits last week with 13 and his power came alive with 4 HR and 12 RBI. Cuddyer is enjoying a dominating May with 6 HR and 23 RBI.