by Ryan Butler
OK, here are the POWs. And by that I don’t mean pieces of work.
Alex Rodriguez (7/3/4/0/.419, 13 for 31): After a hot two-week start to the season, he went without a home run from April 24 through May 11 (16 games) with four RBI. This prompted a good deal of dissection of his leg kick by some of ESPN’s finest. Such breakdowns are hackneyed enough to begin with, but at least Joe Morgan wasn’t the guy presenting it; his act had worn thinner than Lycra. Still waiting for Rodriguez to go on a real tear, but three home runs in his last six games is a good sign.
Asdrubal Cabrera (9/3/7/3/.379, 11 for 29): Look out, Hanley Ramirez, because this young man seems well on his way to dethroning you as the incumbent No. 1 shortstop in the fantasy universe. OK, maybe I’m getting a bit carried away, but I love Cabrera’s game. If the Indians continue to win, don’t be surprised if his name comes up in the AL MVP conversation.
Alexei Ramirez (6/1/9/0/.417, 10 for 24): He’s been arguably the most consistent player on a very disappointing White Sox team. If not for Ramirez and, my man Paul Konerko, Chicago would be more of a disaster than they already are. The question is, how much longer can he pick up the slack for Dunn, Rios, and Beckham?