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SP Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies
Davis back in NYC soon?
Most folks are probably scared off by De La Rosa because of his Tommy John surgery and history of wildness. But he's completely healthy now and has reduced his walk rate to 8.7 percent, which demonstrates considerable improvement for the lefty.
As a result, he's sacrificed some dominance; his strikeout rate is down to 16.1 percent on the season from 21.2 percent during his pre-Tommy John form. It's not that he's lost velocity, though -- he's consistently in the low-90s and occasionally touches the mid-90s with his fastball.
De La Rosa's ground-ball rates are trending in the right direction, too, keeping him out of danger at Coors Field. Now that health is on his side, he's looking more like the ace everyone thought he could become before elbow reconstruction. As long as he's consistently throwing strikes, De La Rosa is a nice pitching asset to own.
1B Ike Davis, New York Mets
Davis is in the running for biggest fantasy baseball disappointment of 2013 after he slugged 32 long balls and drove in 90 runs after a slow start last season. An even worse start this year (.161/.242/.258 with 66 K's in 207 plate appearances) forced the Metropolitans to demote him.
At Triple-A Las Vegas, Davis has shown signs of life, hitting .310 with four home runs in 42 at-bats. He's also struck out 11 times and taken 12 walks. Things could finally be looking up for Ike. It helps that he's taken time to make adjustments at the plate, and although Las Vegas resides in the hitting-friendly Pacific Coast League, any positive developments for Davis will be welcomed.
Could he be leaving Las Vegas soon? There's a good possibility. Lucas Duda (intercostal) landed on the DL over the weekend and skipper Terry Collins doesn't want to move Daniel Murphy to first base. Davis has been a second-half performer in the past. Can he do it again? It might be worth finding out.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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