Fantasy Baseball Sleepers and Busts: Kolten Wong returns, Phil Hughes turning heads

by Keith Hernandez on May 16, 2014 @ 11:53:46 PDT


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Wong back in the fold


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  • RP Jenrry Mejia, New York Mets: There's no set closer in New York at the moment, but Terry Collins believes Mejia is closer material… eventually.
  • 3B Mike Olt, Chicago Cubs: Is seeing more time in platoon setup at third base, and despite a poor average, his power will be useful.
  • OF Carlos Quentin, San Diego Padres: Off to a slow start in his first week back, but if he can stay healthy, his pop will play in deep mixed leagues.
  • 1B Kyle Blanks, Oakland Athletics: Will a change of scenery do him good? He'll receive playing time - something he didn't see much of in SD - as a right-handed complement to Brandon Moss.
  • SP Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals: Opponents are hitting just .182 (8-for-44) against his fastball in his last three starts.
  • SP Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins: Don't look now, but Hughes has turned in five straight quality starts and has given up just seven earned runs in that span to lower his ERA from 7.20 to 3.61.


Matchup notes

OF Gregor Blanco, San Francisco Giants vs. Minnesota Twins (May 23-25)

Blanco is batting a putrid .136 in 44 at-bats this year. Michael Morse's hot start has banished Blanco to a bench role, but with Brandon Belt (thumb) on the DL, Blanco's chances will increase in left field, mainly against righties. The Gigantes will face three Twinkies righties in this series, giving Bruce Bochy a chance to get Blanco going.

OF Grady Sizemore, Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays (May 20-22)

Sizemore, after a hot start, has quickly faded and has seen his playing time decrease. John Farrell plans to give Shane Victorino some time off this weekend to rest his sore left knee. Perhaps that'll seep into next week, too. For what it's worth, Sizemore has hit much better at home (.259) this year than on the road (.222), and he's facing a Toronto staff that is near the bottom of the barrel.

2B Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (May 20-22)

Disregard Wong's .225/.276/.268 slash line in the majors. He just showed he has nothing left to prove at Class AAA and is returning after making adjustments. The D-Backs allow their opponents to hit .262 this year, and Wong will avoid Arizona's hottest hurler, Bronson Arroyo.

OF Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox (May 22-25)

Soriano is much more reliable when receiving regular PT, and he'll have that now that Carlos Beltran (elbow) is on the DL. Soriano will be licking his chops when the Pale Hose come to town; they are dead last in baseball with a 5.25 ERA on the road. Soriano prefers the Bronx, too, where he's hitting .267 with four of his five long balls.

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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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