1.Robinson Cano (Yankees): For the second week in a row a Yankee hitter leads this list (A-Rod). Cano has been hitting with confidence, over the last week he has hit 4 home runs while batting .583 with a 1.125 slugging percentage. Get him in your lineup!
2.Paul Konerko (White Sox): “Paully Walnuts” is on pace for 77 home runs as you read this. As that surely won’t happen, Konerko is the one batter in the Sox lineup you have to start. 7 games against the Royals (3) and Blue Jays (4) this week should help him add to his power numbers.
3.Albert Pujols (Cardinals): “Phat” Albert has hit 4 home runs in his last 10 games, this week he faces the Phillies and Pirates. While he will probably face the “Doc” in the series against the Phils, he gets three games against one of the worst rotations in the MLB in the Pirates.
4.Shin-Soo Choo (Indians): Over the last 10 games Choo is hitting .440 and has a .500 OBP. If the Indians can get more people on base he should be able to drive them in. He faces the Blue Jays and Tigers this week.
5.Joe Mauer (Twins): With Justin Morneau feeling good again Mauer will have his partner-in-crime back to help bolster the offense. A four-game series against the Orioles pathetic pitching staff should allow Mauer to put up huge numbers. The Twins start the week off with a three-game series against the Tigers.
1.James Shields (Rays): Shields will face two less-than-average lineups this week in the Mariners and Athletics. The Mariners rank in the bottom 10 in Avg., Hrs, RBI, and Runs. Shields has a 3.38 ERA and 33 K’s in just 32 IP. Look for him to add two victories to his 3-1 record.
2.C.C. Sabathia (Yankees): The Yankees ace has a 3-1 record to date with a 1.07 WHIP. I expect both of these stats to improve this week with a start Monday against the Orioles, who Sabathia has more wins against than any other team in the East. It looks like he will finish the week in the Sunday-night game against the rivaled Red Sox.
3.Ubaldo Jimenez (Rockies): Jimenez was the first pitcher to 5 wins this season and has been unhittable most of the year. Ubaldo will bring his .79 ERA to the mound against the Astros and Dodgers this week.
4.Joe Saunders (Angels): I am sure most people who read this will think I am crazy, but Saunders is nasty at Fenway. In his career Saunders is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in Boston, look for him to get hot this week.
5.Jake Peavy (White Sox): Again, you probably think I am crazy, but Peavy can’t be this bad. Sure he has an ERA over 7 but he is still a former Cy Young award winner. I look for him to turn his season around this week with two starts against the Royals and Blue Jays.