Casey McGehee- MIL- Cold- McGehee’s power has evaporated. During the month of July his FB% has dropped to 30.8% and his lone homer yields a HR/FB ratio of 6.3%. Both of those numbers are well below the monthly marks he put up for the first three months of the season. Such a sudden drop could be an indicator of an undisclosed injury.
Delwyn Young- PIT- Hot- Young got a rare start and made the most of it, going 2-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and 3 runs scored. He has shown the ability to put up some decent numbers when he starts, but his primary role is as a pinch hitter, so Young’s fantasy value is low.
Michael Stanton- FLA- Idea- Stanton went hitless for the fifth time in his last 6 games, and he struck out twice in his 0-for-3 performance. Still, I’d rather look at this stretch as a whole. The promising thing is that, while only going 3-for-16, he has walked 5 times and struck out 3. Stanton has become more selective and is starting to lower his K%, which is still at a whopping 38.5%. It appears that Stanton is not pressing as much as the plate, which will allow his natural talent to turn into positive production. This may be a good time to buy low if his owner in your league is focused on his current .230 average.
Jair Jurrjens- ATL- Hot- Jurrjens continued his surge since returning from the DL, posting his 3rd straight quality start. He allowed 1 run on 5 hits and 3 walks over 7 IP while striking out 7. Jurrjens also kept the ball down, with 11 GB outs and only 5 FB outs. One of the fly balls stung, though, as it was a solo homer. The trends look good for him.
Tony Gwynn- SD- Hot- We might be seeing some regression to the mean starting here. Gwynn is 4-for-9 in his last 3 games, perhaps reversing the bad luck that saw him with a BHIPx of .205. With a 1.03 Batting EYE, a .333 OBP despite his .227 average, and 15 SBs, a regression to the mean could spell boosts in both the average and steal categories from Gwynn in the second half of the season.
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