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This Week’s Quick Picks (7/1-7/7) 

 

For those of you who are in need of a pick me up in your batting lineup, here are some quick-pick-me ups. If you are someone who is feeling lucky, this week’s quick picks are 28, 10, 19, 6, 2.

(+HR,RBI) #28 Raul Ibanez OF, Sea (60% Owned)

I would rather have Ibanez in my lineup over Colby Rasmus (80%), BJ Upton (83%), Brandon Moss (85%), and Ichiro Suzuki (66%) all who are owned in more percentage of leagues. Only two home fields concede less home runs per game than Safeco Field. In Seattle’s eight-game homestand, Ibanez hit 5 home runs driving in nine. The New York Native has hit 19 home runs on the year- as many home runs as last year in 69 less played games. His best collective month during the last three years played has been July where he has hit over .300. Jump on the hot streak while it lasts as the 17-year player looks to drive his 10 home runs from June into July.

(Avg, Runs) #10 Michael Young 1B, 3B, Phi (60% Owned)

Michael Young started the season off well hitting .341 in April, then went into a .172 funk in May and revived himself hitting .337 in June. While the Philly offense was in shambles beginning part of the season trying to find a lineup that worked, it seems the career .301 hitter has found his groove hitting .429 in 35 ABs in the leadoff spot. Not your prototypical leadoff hitter, but with all the lefty bats (Revere, Utley, Howard, Brown, Mayberry) in the lineup, Manager Charlie Manuel likes the lefty-righty change of Young, Utley, Rollins (switch-hitter) and Howard/Brown at the top of the order.

(Avg, HR) #19 Nate Schierholtz OF, CHC (46% Owned)

Chicago’s No.3 hitter in the lineup has been their most consistent hitter all year posting averages of .284, .282, and .293 in the first three months of baseball along with displaying some power this year with 11 Home Runs. in six seasons, Schierholtz has hit more than 300 times in only one season. With 220 at bats this year, the cubbies outfielder has hit a career high 11 Home Runs and on pace for career highs in runs and RBI’s. I like him batting in the 3 slot behind Starlin Castro and in front of Alfonso Soriano and Anthony Rizzo, and the Cubs offense is beggining to heat up. Another nice tid bit is Wrigley has seen more home runs per game this year than any other stadium.

(Avg, Runs) #6 Anthony Rendon 3B, 2B, Was (68% Owned)

If Manager Davey Johnson keeps the rookie Rendon in the No.2 spot when Bryce Harper comes back Monday off the DL, pick up the Rice Alumn. If Rendon is dropped in the lineup, I would leave him alone. Werth was hitting in the 2 slot when both him and Harper were both healthy, I am just not sure what Johnson has up his sleeve when Harper comes back. It’s only a small sample size but in 111 at bats, Rendon is hitting .315 and an average like that will produce runs with guys like Harper, Zimmerman, LaRoche and Werth batting behind him.

(SB, Runs, Avg) #2 Leonys Martin, OF, Tex (70% Owned)

In about 100 less at bats, Martin has the same amount of stolen bases as Carlos Gomez and Carlos Gonzalez with 15. Along with a current 14-game hitting streak, he has stolen a base in four consecutive games. In Martin’s first year with more than 50 at bats, he’s batting in the ninth spot, AKA the AL’s second leadoff spot, and Manager Ron Washington likes to get him in scoring position with Texas’ best hitters up. The third-year Ranger hit .317 in May, and in 133 of his 184 at bats this year, Martin has batted ninth hitting .323.