Andrew Heaney- MIA- FYI- Just about everyone is expecting Heaney to make his major league debut soon. The Marlins' Director of Scouting said he "is really close on the cusp of the Major Leagues." The question is when. If it is sometime this week or weekend Heaney will be a sought after commodity. Heaney has only allowed more than 3 ER once this season. He has three quality starts in his 4 AAA appearances and has struck out 27 in his 23 AAA IP. Heaney doesn't have anything further to prove in the minors.
Chase Utley- PHI- Cold- Utley has experienced some regression over the past couple of weeks. Since May 25th he has hit .259, despite having a BABIP of .306. With that mark still at .351 there is room for more negative regression. He has hit one homer since April 14th. Utley's Batting EYE of .46 is a drop from last season's .57. With all this, if you had him hopefully you were able to sell high.
Mark Ellis- STL- Cold- Yesterday marked the one month anniversary of Ellis' last extra-base hit, a double in Pittsburgh. Ellis has a hit in each of his last three games, but that isn't going to be enough to keep him in the lineup if Kolten Wong is well enough to play. Ellis has had abysmal luck since that double, hitting .171 with a BABIP of .189. Regression would help him, especially with a K% of 9.8%, but he's not likely to get enough playing time for it to really kick in any time soon.
Yonder Alonso- SD- FYI- Alonso has found his power stroke lately, with 5 homers in his last 22 games. His luck hasn't changed much from the early part of the season, though. In that same span his BABIP is .220, dragging his average to .234. When regression to the mean kicks in he should be rising towards his preseason projected average of .270. that makes him a buy low candidate.
Tony Cingrani- CIN- Cold- After getting quality starts in 3 of his first 5 outings of the season he hasn't collected a single one in his last 5 starts. Cingrani's 4.68 ERA actually reflects some good luck, as his FIP is 5.31. His main problem is walks. He has issued 31 free passes in 59.2 IP. Sometimes he has problems finding the plate, as in his previous start when 41 of his 100 pitches were balls and he walked 3 in 5.2 IP. That's not always the case, though. Last night 64 of his 97 pitches were strikes but he still managed to walk 3 in 4.2 IP. His hold on a rotation spot is tenuous and he'd probably already be out if he wasn't the only starting southpaw.
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