by Ryan Butler
Adrian Gonzalez (7/5/10/0/.346): Last week I said that he can be streaky at times. Did I mention that he hits his home runs in bunches? Week six marked the fourth time in his career that he has homered in four straight games. I also think I said something about him being capable of carrying your team for a week. He can also absolutely kill you if you’re unfortunate enough to be matched up against him.
Jose Bautista (8/6/9/0/.423): I was wrong about him, I’ll admit it. I had him (gulp) 86th in my preseason players rankings, by far the lowest of any of the Rotoballs Crew. His aggregate ranking was 58th. We didn’t believe he would come close to repeating last year’s incredible success. It looks like we were wrong. Very, very wrong.
Victor Martinez (8/6/9/0/.579): V-Mart has quietly put together a very nice season, his first in Detroit. He’s hitting .335 overall with a .935 OPS and a terrific 12/10 K/BB rate.
Travis Wood (12.2/2/9/1.42/1.18): I loathe to put Wood on this list, or say anything good about him at all, since he burned me so bad after I picked him up (and quickly dropped him) off the free agent wire early this season. His last three starts have all been good, and he looks to be regaining his 2010 form.
Josh Beckett (13.0/1/14/0.00/1.00): Jon Lester is the ace of the Boston starting rotation, but don’t tell Beckett that. He’s allowed two ER or fewer in six of his eight starts this season, including four where he’s allowed zero ER. He’s earning his fat paycheck after a putrid 2010.
Ian Kennedy (14.0/1/16/0.64/0.86): Were it not for an April 13 start against the Cardinals in which he gave up nine earned runs in 3.0 IP, Kennedy’s season stat line would be off-the-charts good, instead of just outstanding. A real up-and-comer.
Sergio Santos (1-0/3/2/0.00/1.00): The converted shortstop surprised everyone in the White Sox organization by breaking camp with and remaining with the big club all of last season. This year he’s been a bright spot in an otherwise lousy Chicago bullpen. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in 19.0 IP. His K/BB rate of 22/9 isn’t the greatest, though, and only a slight improvement over last season’s dreadful 56/26.
Jose Valverde (0-0/5/3/0.00/0.90): The pundits were down on this guy entering the season, but I wasn’t buying it. He’s now converted 87% of his career save chances (203 for 233) and is a perfect 10 for 10 this season.
Ryan Madson (0-0/4/3/0.00/0.67): He’s done an admirable job of filling in for Jose Contreras or Brad Lidge, or whoever the closer in Philly is. He’s been a very good reliever for a long time but has had marginal success, at best, when asked to close in the past. This year he has six saves in six chances and a tidy 0.56 ERA.
Ramon Hernandez (4/4/5/0/.529): The old man has almost totally lost his power stroke over the past three seasons, but he seemed to rediscover it this week. He is still only owned in 22% of Yahoo! public leagues, even with a 13% spike.
Randy Wolf: His ERA has ballooned from 2.39 to 4.11 in a span of two starts. He’s still owned in 27% of Yahoo! public leagues. The Padres lit him up like a Christmas tree. If you haven’t dropped him and elect to start him against the Dodgers, it’s your funeral, pal.