Fantasy Baseball Risers and Fallers

by Tyler Gettmann

This week’s article features players that have a personal effect on me, both in fantasy and reality. Three of the players have involvement on my fantasy team, while one is a reality cruncher. I will leave you to decide which is which. Without further a do here are this week’s Risers and Fallers.

Risers
Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia
Xander Bogaerts (BOS – SS) – Ever since the talk about bringing Stephen Drew (Ugh) back, Xander has been on fire. Now that the Red Sox have resigned Drew (my opinions about him are a totally different story), Bogaerts is still seeing time in the lineup. He is versatile (you know how much I love these type of players) enough that he has been dabbling at third base lately too. In the past week, he has 7 hits, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs in 30 ABs. This all averages to a .467 BA. He did have a slow start and I will have to admit I dropped him from one of my fantasy teams, but luckily was able to get him back in that league. The young Aruban is now living up to the hype and should be started in all types of fantasy formats. I may be a homer with this pick, but facts are facts. Overall, he is batting .304 with 30 Rs, 16 RBIs and 5 HRs. I do see all of these numbers increasing at a pretty good rate as the season goes on. In the beginning of the season, Farrell had Bogaearts batting in the fifth-hole or even lower. Xander has now established himself in the two-hole and is looking to not get rid of the hitting situation. As a fan, he has been very enjoyable to watch. One of my favorite sayings to say when Xander makes a great play or gets a wonderful hit is "the Xandy man can ‘cause he mixes it with love and makes the world go round".

Aroldis Chapman (CIN – RP) – Chapman has to be one of the toughest guys I know in the league. After getting drilled in the head with a ball during spring training and returning from the disabled list on May 10, Chapman looks like his old self. In the past week, he has racked up three saves. The impressive thing is how quickly he is retiring batters and not making the ninth inning interesting as many closers are doing this year. His pitch count for the last three appearances (all saves) is 11, 13 and 9, respectively. He has not given up a run in his last five appearances and is averaging 2 SOs every appearance made. The man does not look afraid to be out there and the league better be terrified as well. You might as well call Aroldis George lately because he is seriously murdering the competition (George Chapman 1865-1903, aka Severin Antoniovich Klosowski, was one of the prime suspects who could have been Jack the Ripper).

Fallers
James Shields (KC – SP) – Shields has not been the sharpest lately. A lot of his recent struggles deal with giving up the long ball. In his last three starts, he has given up seven home runs. Naturally, this is going to give up runs quicker and make your outings a lot shorter. All these troubles, relate to giving up 13 runs (11 earned), only 7 SOs, a 1.70 WHIP and a horrible ERA of 8.03. Here are some numbers that are concerning to me for Shields. In March/April, he had an ERA of 2.03, an opponent average of .195 and only gave up 4 HRs. In May, he had an ERA of 4.69, an opponent average of .307 and gave up 6 HRs. As we are only in the first week of June, he already has an ERA of 8.44, an opponent average of .360 and already 2 HRs given up. These numbers are certainly troubling. Obviously, there is a glitch in James’ Shield right now. He will look to rebound this Sunday against the New York Yankees.

LongoriaEvan Longoria (TB – 3B) – Longoria is an American actress who has famously known for her roles in The Young and the Restless and Desperate Housewives. She was married to Tony Parker...oh wait...wrong Longoria. Well, the way Evan is playing it might as well be Eva Longoria up to bat. I wanted to write about Evan Longoria last week, but he has shown some signs of heating up. Those signs are long gone and he looks utterly lost at the plate. In the past seven days, he is batting .227 with 5 hits, 0 HRs and 0 RBIs. Here is a short list of third baseman who are having better seasons than Longoria this year: Trevor Plouffe, Juan Francisco and Todd Frazier. All of these guys were predicted to have worse seasons than Longoria. He is currently 30 points less than his career on base percentage. Pitchers are not afraid to pitch to him this year. Now with the news of Wil Myers going to be out longer than expected, there is not a lot of protection in the Rays lineup for Longoria this year. It looks like Eva(n) Longoria is “desperate” this year at the plate.

As I leave you this week, here is a baseball joke I found on baseball-alamanac.com,

A man walks into a bar with a dog. The bartender says, "You can't bring that dog in here."

"You don't understand," says the man. "This is no regular dog, he can talk."

"Listen, pal," says the bartender. "If that dog can talk, I'll give you a hundred bucks."

The man puts the dog on a stool, and asks him, "What's on top of a house?"

"Roof!"

"Right. And what's on the outside of a tree?"

"Bark!"

"And who's the greatest baseball player of all time?"

"Ruth!"

"I guess you've heard enough," says the man. "I'll take the hundred in twenties."

The bartender is furious. "Listen, pal," he says, "get out of here before I belt you."

As soon as they're on the street, the dog turns to the man and says, "Do you think I should have said 'DiMaggio'?"

May the risers be in your favor and the fallers on your opponents’ team!

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