A couple of players broke out of slumps very loudly across MLB in week four of the season. As the weather starts to heat up, there will be guys heating up right along with it. Unfortunately, there will always be two sides to that story. In this week’s installment of fantasy baseball hot and cold, there will be some familiar names with some striking performances, both good and bad
Kyle Seager: 3B, Seattle Mariners: No one in baseball had a better week than Kyle Seager. Up until this week, he was hitting .156 with two measly RBIs and no homers. He had not been adapting well at all to his drop in the lineup after Seattle signed Robinson Cano, that is until he went on an insane run and hit five homers in four games while driving in 11 runs in the process. Seager’s week also included a pair of game-winning three-run shots. If owners gave up on him, jump all over Seager on the waiver wire.
Justin Morneau: 1B, Colorado Rockies: The Rockies have the best offense in MLB at the moment, led by a .294 team average. Right at the heart of the offensive fireworks is the resurgence of Morneau, the former AL MVP with the Twins. He is sporting an 11-game hitting streak and has four homers and 16 RBIs in his last 11 games. Morneau is a great candidate to maintain big production throughout the season and is not just a patchwork options if available in any leagues. He can be a true unsung hero to a fantasy team.
Josh Beckett: SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Welcome back, Josh Beckett! After falling off MLB’s landscape for a while, Beckett made an unceremonious return to the Dodgers’ rotation early in the season and got pounded. It wasn’t a big surprise, but his recent turnaround has been. Over his past three starts, Beckett has logged 18 innings, allowing just seven hits and two runs. He has gotten considerably stronger each game as well, most recently pitching eight dominant innings against the Rockies’ high-powered offense, and is a strong pickup candidate for pitching help in multiple categories.
Allen Craig: RF, St. Louis Cardinals: Craig is at the heart of the Cardinals’ offensive lull through four weeks. The right fielder had a putrid week, going 3-for-25 over his past six contests. He also has one RBI over his past 11 games and is hitting just .177. Craig is definitely not on the drop radar due to his consistent track record, but this is a very long slump for a hitter of his caliber.
Brad Miller: SS, Seattle Mariners: Miller is mired in an awful slump. He has just one hit in his past 22 at-bats and hasn’t scored a run since April 17. His hot start seems like eons ago, and Miller is definitely a candidate to be dropped as he has begun to lose playing time to Willie Bloomquist at short.
Carlos Santana: 3B, Cleveland Indians: It would be difficult to find a hitter across baseball who has been as atrocious as Santana so far this year. It is hard to say if his move to third base is affecting him offensively, but he has one hit in his past 27 at-bats. The only thing he has going for him is that he continues to be one of the most patient hitters in MLB with 21 walks already, good for second in the league. Santana is not going to hit .122 with three RBIs all year, and has been the victim of some poor luck on balls in play so far. His ability is too good to allow this to continue, so just sit tight and wait for the rebound.
Commentary by Justin Hussong, Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers