Fantasy Baseball Risers and Fallers (May. 17th)

Casey McGehee

McGehee is on the rise.

RISERS

Jaime Garcia, STL, SP/RP, (Owned in 69% of leagues)

If one word can best describe Garcia’s 2010 campaign thus far, it is the word consistent. In six starts, he is 3-2 and has pitched either six or seven innings in every outing.

Garcia has yet to allow more than two earned runs in a game and has not let up even one homerun. With a 1.18 ERA, 30 strikeouts, and a .195 batting average against, consider Garcia a great value add he’s available in your league.

Troy Glaus, ATL, 1B, (11%)

After an absolutely abysmal April batting a measly .194, Glaus has been able to turn the page this month and raise his average above .265 already. With the exception of his game on May 4th, Glaus has gotten a hit in every game this month. In eleven games, he has 17 hits (six multi-hit games over that span) two homeruns, and 14 RBI’s.

Casey McGehee, MIL, 2B/3B, (84%)

After his breakout season last year into a solid ballplayer in the MLB, McGehee seems to have broken out into an all-star caliber player in 2010. After a fantastic April, he has done nothing but step up his gameplay this month.

McGehee has 15 hits already this month to go along with 13 RBI’s in that time. His 32 RBI’s is best among third basemen thus far and his .323 isn’t too shabby either.

Mat Latos, SD, SP, (21%)

After a shaky start with an ERA above 5, Latos’ past two starts have been nothing short of dominant. In earning two wins in those last two outings, Latos has pitched eight innings (two hits, nine strikeouts) and nine innings (one hit, six strikeouts). He has brought his ERA down to 3.32 on the year and is now sitting at 3-3.

C.J. Wilson, TEX, SP/RP, (68%)

In seven starts, Wilson has pitched at least six innings, has given up no more than three earned runs, and has yet to give up a homerun. With a 1.48 ERA and 34 strikeouts, he has a 3-1 ERA; the Rangers, however, have won each of the past five games in which Wilson has started.

Also Noteworthy: Ivan Rodriguez, WAS, C, (63%)

FALLERS

Max Scherzer, DET, SP, (Owned in 34% of standard Yahoo leagues)

Since the good start in his first four outings, Scherzer has spiraled downward rather quickly over his past three. In his past three starts, Scherzer in 0-2 and has managed to quadruple his ERA, which now sits at 6.81. He has also given up six, ten, and five runs respectively over that span and has a .327 batting average against on the year.

Ken Griffey, Jr., SEA, OF, (3%)

A few years ago, people would’ve laughed at the thought of Griffey not being able to play ball anymore. Now, with rumors that he was asleep in the clubhouse when called upon to pinch-hit, (he hasn’t started a game since May 11th), Griffey is battling to stay above the Mendoza line.

On the year, he has zero homeruns and six RBI’s overall- it looks like it’s about time for Griffey to call it quits.

Aramis Ramirez, CHC, 3B, (85%)

Last year, in only 82 games, Ramirez managed to bat .317 and compile 15 homeruns and 65 RBI’s. This year, it is evident that he is no longer the all-star third baseman he once was. Batting .159 with a .227 on-base percentage and 31 strikeouts, it almost looks as if he’s having trouble seeing the ball sometimes. Ramirez is past his prime.

Brian Roberts, BAL, 2B, (81%)

After playing four games at the start of the season, Roberts strained an abdominal muscle that has kept him sidelined. After being out for 30-days, the O’s decided to move him to the 60-day DL.

Roberts is not expected back on the field until mid-June and muscle strains always have the possibility of lingering throughout the season. In my opinion, Roberts is owned in too many leagues right now, taking into consideration his injury concerns.

Jair Jurrjens, ATL, SP, (60%)

After a phenomenal 2009 campaign, fantasy owners had high hopes for Jurrjens in 2010. After just five starts (0-3, 6.38 ERA), however, he went down with a strained hamstring. His expected return on May 18th will no longer happen, due to the fact that when jogging the other day, something popped in the same leg and he fell to the ground in pain.

Jurrjens may be out for an extended amount of time. This may not be his year to shine.

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