Fantasy Baseball Risers and Fallers (April. 25th)

Jim Edmonds

Edmonds could be a sound addition to your roster.

Risers

Jose Guillen, KC, OF, (Owned in 75% of standard Yahoo leagues)

When you become a regular in the riser column, it shows you are putting up big numbers on a regular basis. Batting .377 with six homeruns, 13 RBI’s, and a 1.144 OPS, Jose Guillenhas done just that. He should be being played in all formats for the time being.

Colby Rasmus, STL, OF, (62%)

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: when you bat behind Albert Pujols and Matt Holiday, you will see a plethora of good pitches and will produce on a regular basis.

After having a six game hit drought, he now has a four game hit streak, including two homeruns and a triple in last night’s performance. Expect Rasmus to continue to produce regularly.

Phil Hughes, NYY, SP/RP, (69%)

Hughes is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA and a .100 batting average against. Coming off a game in which he took a no-hitter into the eighth and a career-high ten-strikeout performance, he displayed sheer dominance in his game against Oakland.

Playing for the Yankees, you can expect to continually put tallies on the board in Hughes’ win column.

Mike Pelfrey, SP, NYM, (58%)

After a miserable spring training, Pelfrey has been as dominant as can be at 3-0 on the year, including a save in the Mets’ marathon game against the Cardinals. In his past two starts, he hasn’t given up a run and has a 0.86 ERA with a 2-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Francisco Liriano, MIN, SP/RP, (74%)

Liriano is another guy who has been a recurrent pick in the riser column. With his velocity back up with control of his fastball and devastating slider this year, he has been somewhat unhittable as of late.

Each of his starts has been a quality one, namely his last two (seven and eight innings pitched respectively, in which he has not allowed an earned run. He has a 1.29 ERA thus far with 17 strikeouts. He is looking more and more like the guy who was drawing comparisons to Johan Santana just a couple of years ago.

Jim Edmonds, MIL, OF, (3%)

Although owned in only three percent of Yahoo’s standard leagues, Edmonds is riding a five game hit streak; in two of those five games, he has at least three hits. Last game, he had a homerun and two doubles and the veteran has worked his batting average all the way up to .341 with a .431 on-base percentage.

Also Noteworthy- Rafael Furcal, LAD, SS, (84%); Dallas Braden, OAK, SP, (62%); Ben Sheets, OAK, SP, (75%)

Fallers

Jake Peavy, CWS, SP, (owned in 86% of standard Yahoo leagues)

Anyone who predicted that Peavy would struggle in his switch to the National League and a hitters’ park could not have been more accurate. In four starts thus far, he onle one quality start He has a 7.66 ERA and as many walks as he has strikeouts. Peavy has let up seven earned runs in two games and nineteen overall.

Mark Buehrle, CWS, SP, (80%)

Although he has one of the defensive plays of the year, Buehrle has been a very inconsistentpitcher so far this season. He has allowed twenty-six hits, is 2-2, and has a 4.56 ERA on the year.

Jason Bay, NYM, OF, (96%

Signed to a huge contract for his ability to drive in runs in the offseason, Bay has not produced whatsoever thus far. He has only three RBI’s on the year and has only one multi-hit game. He is batting .224 with twenty-three strikeouts already. A veteran should be able to self-correct shortly, but for the time being, he is just dead weight in your lineup.

Carlos Lee, HOU, OF, (88%)

Contrary to the riser column, it is not an honor to continually be mentioned in the faller column. Lee is batting .136 with a .164 on base percentage on the year with zero homeruns and a sole RBI. He also has eleven strikeouts and only two walks.

It’s time to start considering other options. It doesn’t look like he is ready to begin producingto his potential in the near future.

Aramis Ramirez, CHC, 3B, (93%)

For two straight games, Manager Lou Piniella has sat his slumping third baseman and former all-star with no indication of injury. He is batting just .127 on the year with only five walks and twenty-two strikeouts already this season.

Ramirez is clearly not seeing the ball like he used to. Perhaps a few days rest will do the trick, but if not, be prepared to start looking elsewhere.

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