by Jared Cothren
↑Gaby Sanchez – 1B – FLA
Gaby may have a girly name, but he’s been putting up very manly stats (.464 AVG, 2 HR and 10 RBI) over the last 7 days. Hitting .328 on the season, Sanchez is a budding star with unknown potential and he’s coming off a solid year in 2010. 2011 could prove to be a breakout season.
↑Adam Lind – 1B, OF – TOR
It seems like Lind has “bi-polar player disorder” because last year he drove fantasy owners crazy with his low batting average and high strikeout rate, but this year he looks to have returned to his 2009 form that hit 35 home runs and drove in 114 runs. Over the last two weeks, Lind has hit .457 with 6 HR and 15 RBI. He needs to work on his K/BB rate ( 23/7), but it’s already an improvement from last year.
↑Jaime Garcia – SP – STL
Garcia is developing into the ace of the pitching staff for the Cardinals. With Adam Wainwright out for the year and Chris Carpenter entering the later stages of his career, the Cardinals have turned to Garcia for consistency and he hasn’t disappointed. With a 4-0 record and a sub-2 ERA (1.99), Garcia should now be owned in 100% of leagues. Oh yeah…and his 44 K in 45.1 IP is not to shabby either.
↓Mat Latos – SP – SD
2010 didn’t end well for Latos and the Padres. Latos lost his final five starts and the Padres were eliminated from the playoff race in the last game of the season. Things aren’t looking great for Latos and the Padres in the early months of 2011, either. Winless in all 6 of his starts this season, Latos is struggling mightily with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has all the potential to be a great pitcher, but leave him on your bench until he turns it around.
↓Troy Tulowitzki – SS – COL
I know it’s early to call Tulowitzki a draft bust since it’s still a little chilly in Denver, but he better start to heat up with the May weather or this could be a long season for some owners. Tulo is hitting a mere .248 and has only 18 RBI to go with his 8 HR. His K/BB rate is excellent with 18 BB compared to only 9 K, which makes you believe that things will change soon. He’ss downgraded in current player rankings, but if you have him, you’re still starting him.
↓Ian Kinsler – 2B – TEX
It was always believed that if Sir Ian could avoid injuries and stay healthy, he could be one of the premier 2nd basemen in baseball. Surprisingly, Kinsler hasn’t been limited due to injury, yet his batting average and OBP appear to be tanking. His five HR and 15 RBI are rather lackluster also, but he has decent run scoring opportunities with that steady lineup behind him.
♥WAGs of the Week: The Wives and Girlfriends of the San Diego Padres and Ginger Willingham (wife of A’s outfielder Josh Willingham)
This past weekend the wives of the San Diego Padres and Ginger Willingham put on a fundraiser collecting money and clothing for victims of the devastating tornadoes that ripped through Alabama. They set up a player autograph session to raise funds.
To help their cause go to http://www.thejoshwillinghamfoundation.org