The key to winning in fantasy is finding that one player who might be ready to take that corner. Luckily for MLB fantasy owners is they have a large selection of players to choose from in both the American and National League. Despite slow starts for many named stars around the league many still have at last 100 plus games to rebound.
If you look around the game a few key names jump out at us with JJ Hardy in Baltimore being one of the first names. Hardy has yet to hit a home run, but has put together a solid season batting.296 for the Orioles. Hardy has led American League shortstops the past three years in home runs.
5 Players To Monitor In Fantasy Baseball:
JJ Hardy, Baltimore Orioles: Fantasy MLB Players on the Radar Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles continue to get hits from one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball but the long ball has yet to come. Over the past three seasons Hardy hit 77 combined home runs and averaged a home run every 5.8 games.
Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians: Santana has shown he can hit the long ball with six home runs this season but his batting average has dropped to just .159 on the season. Some of the problems could be with the position changes as he has played first base, third base and catcher for the Indians this season. If Santana continues with this pace he would finish with 20 fewer hits and 20 fewer runs batted in.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Baltimore Orioles: Jimenez hasn’t been as dominate as he was down the stretch for the Cleveland Indians last year, but has shown flashes here and there for the Orioles. Despite his struggles he has struck out 51 hitters over his 56 innings of work. The Orioles have also struggled to score runs in his outings scoring fewer than three runs in eight of his 10 starts.
Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres: Coming off a solid rookie season the Padres second base man hasn’t helped his fantasy owners out this year with the hits. In 186 at bats this season Gyorko has only 13 hits with 11 of them as extra base hits. The good news for fantasy owners is his does have five home runs and have driven in 23 runs, but the bad news is he is hitting just .167 on the season. This success could be due to opposing pitches figuring out his trends now it is his time to study them.
Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds: The 2014 season hasn’t been kind to Bailey as his he has seen his whip rise from 1.12 last season to 1.59 and his earned run average jump from 3.49 to 5.34 in his 10 starts. Fantasy owners were looking for a big season out of Bailey this season after he struck out 199 batters last season in 209 innings. If he can get back into a groove he could be a player to help rebound a struggling fantasy team.