Every Monday we will be bringing you the Top 3 hot and cold baseball players from around the major leagues. The twist, I’ll also be providing a buy or sell recommendation on the cold players to help you decide if this is a guy to target in a trade offer or someone you should cut if they’re clogging a bench spot, while on the other side giving you the sign on whether to sell high or buy the continued dominance.
For the last week, here are your Hot & Cold recommendations:
Last 7 games: .393 Avg, 5 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB
Konerko will get you around 30 home runs and 100 RBI, but if an owner in your league is seeing over 40 homers and a .300+ batting average, sell high.
Last 7 games: .407 Avg, 4 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 SB
Kemp’s average will cool off, closer to his career .290, but he’s on a mission this year and you can expect the stats to keep piling up for his lucky owner.
Last 2 games: 1-0, 0.60 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 18 K
Garcia looked good last year, so a strong start is no fluke. However, these numbers aren’t sustainable, but if someone in your league thinks they are, sell!
Last 7 games: .094 Avg, 2 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB
With the move to less hitter friendly confines, you should expect lower numbers than last season, but he won’t hit .100 all year. Buy with the expectation of home runs in the low 20’s and an average in the .270 range.
Last 7 games: .179 Avg, 1 R, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB
Jeter has become a ground ball specialist as he’s aged. The trends say he’s declining. Sure, he won’t hit below .200 for the season, but if he’s your starting shortstop for the year you may be in trouble. Especially when the Yankees make the inevitable move to drop him in the lineup.
Last 2 games: 0-1, 16.50 ERA, 2.67 WHIP, 1 K
The drop in velocity has me concerned. You can’t expect opposing teams to hit .400 off him all year, but he doesn’t look like he’s going to be the same pitcher as last year unless something changes drastically.