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Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Week 1

Placido Polanco

In the always changing face of fantasy baseball, I too have decided to make a change. In the new look of the Wrap-Up, I will highlight the hot and cold players at each position. Why hear about how good the stud players are already doing when you can find out how well the widely available players are performing on the diamond? As always, let’s start with the list of key injuries. 

Injuries

Aaron Hill (2B), Toronto Blue Jays

A huge blow to owners who wanted an elite 2B as Hill was placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury.

Brian Roberts (2B), Baltimore Orioles

Roberts strained his abdominal muscle on Friday after sliding into second base and the injury is serious enough to put him on the 15-day DL.

Miguel Montero (C), Arizona Diamondbacks

A sleeper candidate this season after a good run in ’09, Montero hit the DL over the weekend after spraining his right knee. Chris Snyder will fill the void behind the plate in the meantime.

Catchers

Who’s Hot

  • Miguel Olivo, Colorado Rockies: 5/11, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB.
  • Rod Barajas, New York Mets: 2 HR, 4 RBI
  • Chris Snyder, Arizona Diamondbacks: 3/10, 1 HR, 5 RBI

Who’s Not

  • Victor Martinez, Boston Red Sox: After 3/8 start with 1 HR and 3 RBI, went 3/18 with 0 HR and 1 RBI.
  • Bengie Molina, San Francisco Giants: 4/18, 3 RBI.
  • Kurt Suzuki, Oakland A’s: .208/.296/.417, 1 HR.

First Base

Who’s Hot

  • Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox: 6/19, 3 HR, 7 RBI
  • Daric Barton, Oakland A’s: 8/21, 7 RBI, 8 BB
  • Ronnie Belliard, L.A. Dodgers: 6/12, 1.500 OPS

Who’s Not

  • Mark Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks: 3/20, 7 K
  • Mark DeRosa, San Francisco Giants: 4/18, 2 RBI
  • Adam LaRoche, Arizona Diamondbacks: 5/22, 0 HR, 3 RBI

Second Base

Who’s Hot

  • Placido Polanco, Philadelphia Phillies: 13/27, 8 R, 8 RBI
  • Kelly Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks: 7/19, 3 HR, 4 RBI
  • Mark Ellis, Oakland A’s: 10/29, 8 R, 3 RBI

Who’s Not

  • Chone Figgins, Seattle Mariners: .240/.333/.280. Yeah, .280 SLG!
  • Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds: 4/23, 1 HR, 3 R
  • Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins: 5/24, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Third Base

Who’s Hot

  • Casey McGehee, Milwaukee Brewers: 8/23, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R
  • Chase Headley, San Diego Padres: 11/25, 1 SB
  • Martin Prado, Atlanta Braves: 13/24, 5 R, 16 total bases

Who’s Not

  • Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees: 7/27, 0 HR
  • Michael Young, Texas Rangers: 4/22, 1 HR, 2 RBI
  • Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals: 4/19, 0 HR, 2 RBI

Shortstop

Who’s Hot

  • Alex Gonzalez, Toronto Blue Jays: 9/26, 4 HR, 1 SB
  • Edgar Renteria, San Francisco Giants: 11/21, 1 HR, 5 RBI
  • J.J. Hardy, Minnesota Twins: 8/28, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Who’s Not

  • Marco Scutarto, Boston Red Sox: 4/16, 2 R, 1 RBI
  • Miguel Tejada, Baltimore Orioles: 6/25, 1 HR, .696 OPS
  • Ryan Theriot, Chicago Cubs: 4/23, 3 R, 1 RBI

Outfield

Who’s Hot

  • Rick Ankiel, Kansas City Royals: 9/23, 5 RBI, .652 SLG
  • Scott Podsednik, Kansas City Royals: 8/22, 4 SB
  • Jeff Francoeur, New York Mets: 10/21, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Who’s Not

  • Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers: 4/17, 0 HR, 1 RBI
  • Adam Dunn, Washington Nationals: 2/16, 0 HR, 1 RBI
  • Jason Bay, New York Mets: 6/23, 0 HR, 0 RBI

Pitchers

Who’s Hot

  • Carl Pavano, Minnesota Twins: 7.0 IP, 1 W, 1.29 ERA
  • Scott Feldman, Texas Rangers: 14.0 IP, 1 W, 2.57 ERA, 0.93 WHIP
  • Zach Duke, Pittsburgh Pirates: 12.0 IP, 2 W, 3.00 ERA

Who’s Not

  • Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers: 12.0 IP, 0-2, 6.75 ERA
  • Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: 10.0 IP, 9.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP
  • Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins: 10.0 IP, 0-1, 6.30 ERA, 2.00 WHIP

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