It’s All-Star week so fantasy baseball will take a backseat until the weekend. Kansas City will host Oakland for a 3 game series. Heading into Week 15 this is make or break time for many fantasy league teams. Either you’re going to hold on to the top spot, make a run for the top, or free fall to the bottom. This week won’t give you much room for error so you need to make sure your roster is complete with players that can give you production. Hopefully the Royals have a couple that can do just that.
Joakim Soria needs to be in the lineup this week. He has 3 very good opportunities for saves. Billy Butler hits Oakland very well with a career .321 Batting Average (BA) with 9 Doubles and 14 RBI’s in 22 games. In July he is sporting a .353 BA so there is a great chance to see terrific numbers this weekend. Alberto Callaspo has not given much production lately. Since June 1st he has only produced 13 Runs, 3 Doubles, 2 Triples, 10 RBI’s, while batting .247. Callaspo has a career .340 BA against Oakland which could give him a boost to get back on track plus give you the production needed for this short week.
Put em on the Bench:
Zach Greinke isn’t scheduled to pitch, plus was scratched from Sunday’s start with shoulder discomfort. It is never a good thing when dealing with the shoulder so keep an eye on his status going into next week. Jose Guillen was listed as day-to-day after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 left quadricep strain but played this past weekend. I would still sit him until after the Oakland series to be safe. David DeJesus has had zero production as of late plus only a career .257 BA against Oakland. Until DeJesus shows signs of life, he needs to be benched. Scott Podsednik isn’t showing enough to give me confidence that he can contribute right now so he needs benched too.
Fantasy Minor League Profile of the week:
If you’re in a fantasy league which allows you to keep minor league players on your roster, here is a name you need to pick up immediately, Mike Moustakas. He was selected in the 1stround (No. 2 overall) of the June 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He’s currently playing Third Base (3B) for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals in The Texas League. Moustakas is tearing apart opposing pitchers. His current stats are below. He’s a big kid (5’11” – 230 lbs) with plenty of power and capable of staying at 3B. He could be a September call up and lead the battle to make the team out of spring training next season. This kid is for real folks!