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This upcoming week is Week 11 in the fantasy baseball world and that would then mean that next week is Week 12. The special thing about that? That is when midseason leagues start! 2009 will be my first year in embarking on the midseason league journey. The league I am in is just a nice gathering of friends and friends of friends and we held the draft last week.
My biggest beef with the Yahoo! draft room for the midseason was that the “O-Rank” was exactly the same as it was for the preseason. Which meant that they did not adjust the rankings for the middle of the season. This made drafting hectic at times since you were searching through the massive catalog of players in order to find those who are truly the best this season. Yeah, this is just something that should be fixed, that is all.
Troy Tulowitzki (SS), Colorado Rockies: After an impressive rookie year and a somewhat disappointing sophomore season, Tulowitzki has yet to set the world on fire…until now. Tulowitzki seems to have found a groove (so have the rest of the Rockies who have won 11 in a row) and he went 8-19 (.421) with 3 HR, 5 RBI, and 3 SB last week. What did I love most? The walks baby! Tulowitzki had a free pass to first base eight times in Week 10.
Mark Reynolds (1B,3B), Arizona Diamondbacks: Feared by many potential owners who didn’t want to deal with a low batting average and record-setting strikeouts, Reynolds has paid dividends to those who believed. His 10 hits were made impressive by the fact that eight went for extra bases (5 doubles, 3 HR) and he drove in 9 RBI. Reynolds is hitting way above what we expected at .281 and he has stolen 13 bases this season which could put him on pace for 30+ HR and 25+ SB.
Carlos Pena (1B), Tampa Bay Rays: The former Red Sox great (ok, not really) had experienced quite a fall at the plate (5-35), but he has picked things up recently with a 9-23 week that included 3 HR and 6 RBI. Pena also scored a league-leading 10 runs.
Torii Hunter (CF), L.A. Angels: Hunter’s 3 HR game against the Padres on Saturday would have been enough to get him in this section, but the rest of his week was great too. Hunter hit 4 HR total and had 8 RBI while hitting .368. A 25/25 season is on the horizon if all goes well.
Alex Rios (CF,RF), Toronto Blue Jays: Rios, who will never see a 30-30 season in his life (even though everyone says it will happen), is still proving his worth on the diamond. In Week 10, Rios provided power and speed with 2 HR and 3 SB. Just be careful in his upcoming series against the Phillies since Rios has a career .208 avg in six games against Philadelphia.
Jered Weaver (SP), L.A. Angels: Weaver is looking more like his 2006 form (11-2, 2.56 ERA). He just came off a week where he made two starts and went 2-0 with 11 K in 15.0 IP. The week included his 3rd complete game of the season and Weaver has been on a nice roll as of late by winning his last four starts.
Huston Street (RP), Colorado Rockies: Do you think the Rockies miss Clint Hurdle? With Colorado winning 11 straight, closer Huston Street has benefited greatly by picking up 5 saves last week. Street pitched 4.2 innings and fanned eight batters which helped those leagues that count K/9.
Gil Meche (SP), Kansas City Royals: Owners are wary of Meche, but he is a diamond in the rough. Meche made his one start count last week with a 7.0 IP, 11 K performance against Cleveland. Meche was actually a damn good pitcher last season with a sub-4.00 ERA in every month except for April (7.81) which scared off owners and he posted a a more than respectable K/9 of 7.83. This season he has a K/9 of 7.29 and is having a stellar June with a 0.69 ERA in two starts.
Joe Nathan (RP), Minnesota Twins: There has not been a lot of talk about Nathan this season, but he is still one of the best closers in the game. Nathan recorded 4 more saves last week in 3.2 innings of work and he struck out 5 batters. Nathan has converted nine straight save opportunities and has not given up a run since May 15th.
Cliff Lee (SP), Cleveland Indians: Lee nearly threw a no-hitter on Sunday which was just one of his good starts in Week 11. In total, Lee threw 15.0 innings with a 2.40 ERA, 10 K and his fourth win. Last year was not a fluke…this guy is for real.
Scott Baker (SP), Minnesota Twins: Left for dead by now, he has been resurrected. Baker has made three straight quality outings and has gone 2-0 with 23 K in 22.0 IP and a 2.86 ERA in that time. You knew something had to turn out good for Baker this season since his K/9 was up from last season and his BB/9 was down. As log as he keeps the HR total (1.81 HR/9) down, he is a fantasy stud.
Miguel Olivo (C), Kansas City Royals: Those in need of a quick catcher fix should pick up Olivo who hit 4 HR last week and is hitting .314 with 5 HR in June.
Adrian Beltre (3B), Seattle Mariners: The bain of my existence has struck again. It was pointed out to me last week at my midseason draft that Beltre is once again hitting well. Beltre has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games and is riding a seven game hitting streak (.448 during streak) with five doubles and four RBI in that time. He is hitting .400 in 12 games in June.