Ups and downs: June 23rd

Who’s up?

OF David DeJesus-Kansas City Royals

DeJesus is in the midst of an eight game hitting streak where he is batting .406 with three home runs. On the season he is batting .309/.370/.470 for the last place Royals. The Royals are playing some good baseball as of late (8-2 in their last 10) so put DeJesus in your lineup.

P Justin Verlander-Detroit Tigers

Following a horrid start to the season, Verlander struck out 10 over 5.1 IP on Sunday to record his fourth win of the season. His fastball was hitting 98 and he looked really good against the Giants. Since May 20, he has a 2.66 ERA and is finally starting to get the strikeout totals one would expect from a guy who can top 99 MPH with his fastball. His 1.12 WHIP in this time frame is also reason enough to be confident about starting him again.

SS Jeff Keppinger-Cincinnati Reds

Keppinger is back from his broken kneecap and went 1-4 in his first game since he went down on May 13. He was batting .324/.373/.446 until the injury. He was out a long time and a lot of people dropped him so he could be a good option at shortstop or third. Jerry Hairston Jr. got a lot of time at short when Keppinger was hurt, but he too is injured so Keppinger would be expected to handle short with the occasional third base mixed in.

Who’s Down?

3B Joe Crede-Chicago White Sox

There was a lot of excitement after Crede’s consecutive two homer games but he has cooled off considerably with only one home run since june 7. Keep an eye on Crede though because while he is a little down now, he can get hot in a hurry and get you points. Consider 3B Casey Blake as a sub because he is nine for his last 21 with an RBI in four straight games.

RP Carlos Marmol-Chicago Cubs

Marmol is one of the best setup men in baseball but his last two outings have been nasty. On June 19, he came in against the Rays and walked two on his way to surrendering four earned and earning the loss. Then two days ago, he walked three and gave up a run in an inning against the White Sox. The Cubs agree that they have some work to do with their ace setup man.

OF Pat Burrell-Philadelphia Phillies

Burrell is one for his last 19 and has eight strikeouts in this span (Herpes flareup?). Burrell is having a very good year so far, but you know that if you drafted Burrell, you’d be getting a guy who is prone to prolonged slumps. It’s tough giving a power guy like Burrell a day off, but a guy like OF Fred Lewis has been hitting and swiping a few bag lately.

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