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I hate closers. I really, really do. I hate them in large format leagues (like the SoB 12×12 league) because they are basically worthless with 12 pitching categories and because if they have a bad outing it really screws you over. For example, this past week in my mideason league, I had Jose Valverde of the Astros blow up in the 9th inning on Sunday as he allowed a HR and lost the game. Due to this, I ended up tying losses and HR allowed. I also lost WHIP because of Valverde. This effectively turned my would-be 13-9-2 victory into a 10-10-4 tie all because of a closer who blew a save. Closers are useless pieces of garbage.
Hanley Ramirez (SS), Florida Marlins: My baby boy led the Majors with an incredible 15 RBI as part of his 10-26 (.385) week. Hanley added 3 HR and 2 SB as well. Han-Ram has an RBI in each of his last seven games with five of those games being multi-RBI contests.
Aaron Hill (2B), Toronto Blue Jays: Hill has been having a tough time in the batting average department in June (.243), but last week he hit .346 with a league-leading 4 HR and 8 RBI. With 19 HR this year, Hill has already passed his career mark of 17 that he hit in 2007.
Jermaine Dye (RF), Chicago White Sox: Dye has flown under the radar all season, but his 18 HR are proof that he is still an elite fantasy OF. Dye has picked things up as of late with a 12 hit week that included 3 HR and 6 RBI. Dye raised his average from .264 to .287 with six straight mutli-hit games.
Jayson Werth (LF,CF,RF): Philadelphia Phillies: The man is probably the most unappreciated 25-25 man in baseball. Proving he is not WERTHless (oh snap!), the Philadelphia OF smashed 3 HR last week while hitting .474. What was my favorite part about his week? Say it with me now: The Walks! Werth walked seven times last week including four times on Sunday.
Ichiro Suzuki (CF,RF), Seattle Mariners: So who cares if you get almost no power from him? He is a guaranteed 200 hits every year. Ichiro led the league with 14 hits last week including a HR and a SB. Ichiro has hit safely in every game in June except for two and is riding an 11 game hitting streak.
Aaron Cook (SP), Colorado Rockies: Cook won both of his starts to improve to 8-3 and he struck out eight batters. Cook is riding a fantastic June where he is 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA.
Zack Greinke (SP), Kansas City Royals: Greinke continues his domination with two wins to join Roy Halladay and Tim Wakefield as 10 game winners. Greinke tossed 14.1 innings striking out eight batters while not allowing a free pass.
J.P. Howell (RP), Tampa Bays Rays: You can’t get much better from your reliever when he goes 2-0 with a save while striking out four batters. This was the most productive three innings of work last week.
Tim Lincecum (SP), San Francisco Giants: This is the way to make one start count. Tiny Tim tossed a complete game with 12 K’s. It was his second CG of the season and he improved to 7-2.
Mariano Rivera (RP), New York Yankees: Rivera picked up three saves including the 500th of his career. The rest of the stats were impressive with six strikeouts in three innings and no walks.
Adam LaRoche (1B), Pittsburgh Pirates: LaRoche is having a great June with a .365 avg and 4 HR. LaRoche is a good pick up now because he is a notorious 2nd half hitter with a career mark of .256 before the break and .297 after the break.
Randy Wells (SP,RP), Chicago Cubs: Wells has been fantastic in his nine starts compiling a 2.57 ERA in 56.0 IP. With seven quality starts in nine games, Wells is a great pickup right now.
Paul Konerko (1B), Chicago White Sox: Only 62% owned in Yahoo! leagues, Konerko is hitting .291 with 12 HR and 46 RBI this season. His 21.6 LD% means he is making solid contact and his .311 BABIP means his production is not heavily reliant on lucky drops. He is legit.