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Fantasy Baseball Risers and Fallers

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After a two-week hiatus, I am back. Did you miss me? Wait a second you don’t have to answer that. I figured the big leaguers had a week off and so should I. The AL Championship team will be hosting the World Series this year after a very eventful couple of All-Star days. Here are my first second half Risers and Fallers for this week.

Risers
Huston Street (SD)Huston Street (LAA – RP) – This is just a general riser in my opinion. No offense, but I feel like the San Diego Padres are just a farm team for a lot of major league teams. Well add the Angels to the list as they acquired Street in a trade in the past week. Street has only made one appearance for this new ball club so far. In this appearance, he pitched one inning, gave up a hit and struck out a batter. I believe the Angels organization is going to be happy with what they are getting. This move makes both a fantasy and reality fan proud. Street leaves a last place team and now joins a team that has a division crown in its sight. I have always personally liked Street and I am glad that he is in LA now. He brings a 1.06 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 24 SVs to his new team. Simply put, going to a better team equals more save chances for Street.

Neil Walker (PIT – 2B) – Since the All-Star break, the Pirates are 4-1 and Walker is a big part of their success right now. Over this time, he has raised his average from .271 to .286. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, it is always cool to see a player play for his home team and be a success. Walker is basking in it right now. In the past week, he is hitting .526 with 8 Rs, 2 HRs and 5 RBIs. He is Pittsburgh’s hottest hitter right now. In the month of July, he is hitting .344 with 4 HRs and 11 RBIs. Overall, Walker is already close to all the major categories in hitting versus last year. If Walker keeps this up, they will be “raising the Jolly Roger” even more.


Austin Jackson (DET – OF) – I personally know the struggles of owning Austin Jackson this year. I owned him in two of my leagues that I am in and dropped him. Luckily, I was able to pick him back up in one of the leagues and here is the reason why I did this move. I always thought that Austin Jackson was a lead off hitter with all the skills to keep that position. Well, lately he has been hitting in the lead off position and having success with it. In the past seven days, he is hitting .417 with 5 Rs, 1 HR, 1 SB and 4 RBIs. The key to his recent success is he is getting on base. With the Tigers lineup that is all that he needs to do. Despite his career OBP of .342, he is still getting on base close to 33% of the time. In the past week, ESPN ownership of Jackson went from 46.3% to 60.8%. The way I look at him right now is you have to ride the hot bat as long as you can.

Fallers
Dustin Pedroia 2 (BOS)Dustin Pedroia (BOS – 2B) – This makes me sad to place Pedroia in my Fallers list this week, but he needs to be. Even after a heartwarming “My Wish” segment a couple days ago (Click here to see the “My Wish” segment), he continues to struggle at the plate. As I watched the game, I cannot tell you what is wrong with his swings and the announcers agreed too. Pedroia does not look any different than when he is hitting the ball as purely as he can, which is confusing. He only has 1 H in his last 20 ABs and 1 RB; which adds up to a batting average of .050. Ugh. As a fan, it hurts seeing one of my favorite players struggle. I believe this is just a hiccup in the year for Pedroia. When he starts hitting again, I think it will come in bunches for him.

Shelby Miller (STL – SP, RP) – Just like my Risers section for Street, this would be a comparable type of article for Miller. Miller was recently placed in the bullpen to keep Carlos Martinez in the rotation for Mike Matheny. In the weeks leading up to the All-Star break, Miller was faltering in the rotation. He is currently 7-8 with a 4.25 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP and 73 SOs. The biggest problem for Miller this year is his command. He is 2nd in the NL with 55 walks. Miller’s teammates had a nice time inducting him into the bullpen with a trust fall (Click here to see the ‘Trust Fall’), but it seems like he is out of Matheny’s trust and should be out of yours as well. His rotational spot is still up in the air for the remainder of the season.

To start off the unofficial second half to the season, I leave you with a joke. From www.baseball-almanac.com,

A recent Scottish immigrant attends his first baseball game in his new country and after a base hit he hears the fans roaring run….run! The next batter connects heavily with the ball and the Scotsman stands up and roars with the crowd in his thick accent: “R-r-run ya bahstard, r-run will ya!” A third batter slams a hit and again the Scotsman, obviously pleased with his knowledge of the game, screams “R-r-run ya bahstard, r-r-run will ya!” The next batter held his swing at three and two and as the ump calls a walk the Scotsman stands up yelling “R-r-run ya bahstard, r-r-run!” All the surrounding fans giggle quietly and he sits down confused.

A friendly fan, sensing his embarrassment whispers, “He doesn’t have to run, he’s got four balls.” After this explanation the Scotsman stands up in disbelief and
screams, “Walk with pr-r-ride man! Walk with pr-r-ride!!!!”



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

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About Tyler Gettmann

You can follow me on Twitter @RedSox_SF49ers for more fantasy news and advice. Also be sure to like us on Facebook, Google+ and Instagram for all updates from Fantasy Six Pack.

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