h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold) All-Stars

Players get hot and cold over a seven-day period, it’s as sure as the samples are small.

That is why Katy created the Hot ‘N’ Cold All-stars.

In case you were living under a rock, let me reiterate the most fascinating news of the past week: Katy Perry was named the hottest chick alive by Maxim! While she wouldn’t make my top five based just on looks (I’m an Eliza Dushku, Rachel Bilson and Alison Brie fan), you do have to factor in her singing ability and, well, fantasy baseball acumen.

I’ll let you peruse Katy’s photos and Google the above mentioned girls. Then, when you’re back, I’ll hop right on those guys who had Katy Perry-like weeks on the baseball diamond.

Cause you’re hot…you’re yes…you’re in…you’re up

Luke Scott – When Luke Scott gets hot, watch out. Or, better yet, pick him up. Over the last seven days, Scott has smacked three HRs, knocked in eight and hit .450. He probably has a good 20 more HRs left in him, snap him up before others do.

Drew StubbsStubbs had a week that reminded everyone of his sleeper potential: five runs, two HRs, eight RBIs and a .316 average. While he only stole one base, more should come if he continues to hit decently. He has had a pretty unlucky year (.244 BAbip) and the luck wasn’t great last week (.200 BAbip), yet he still hit above .300. If he was dropped, it might be time to scoop him up as he could be a sneaky cheap source of steals.

Gaby Sanchez – Up until now, Gaby Sanchez has simply been a cheap deep league first base option. However, over the last seven days, he hit three home runs and posted a .346 AVG. That brought his HR total to four for the year. Still, there is no reason he can’t be a similar player to James Loney. The RBIs might not be there, but he’ll post a good average and approach 20 HRs. There is definite value in that in 12-team leagues.

Russell Branyan – Did people forget that Branyan smacked 30 HRs last year? It seems so, as he is owned in only seven percent of Yahoo! leagues. Well, over the last seven days, Branyan has been doing his best to remind people of his immense power potential. He hit three HRs and added a nifty .333 AVG. While the average will never be good, the power is real and definitely usable.

Travis Snider – Snider has been talked about ad nauseum lately. He made Katy’s All-stars last week and Eric Keen did a great write up. As Christina Aguilera said, it keeps getting better. Over the last week, he hit two more HRs, collected seven RBIs and batted .273. That .273 is probably high for what he’ll end up at, but the power is real. Since May 6, his average has risen from .213 to .241. Add him!

Max Ramirez – Let it be noted that Max Ramirez is currently a back-up catcher. At one point, the lesser part of the holy catching trinity in Texas, shockingly, Ramirez is the only one still in the Bigs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia has become a head case, and Taylor Teagarden hasn’t been good/healthy. Over the last seven days, Ramirez collected six hits in 12 ABs and hit two HRs. Matt Treanor has been nothing special this year (.209 AVG), so if Ramirez keeps hitting, he should see more playing time. He makes a decent speculative add in two-catcher, AL-only and deep leagues.

Roger Bernadina – Over the last seven days, little known Bernadina hit two HRs, stole one base and batted .333. While he isn’t playing every day, he does, typically, start when a righty is on the mound, so he’ll see the lion’s share of ABs. He likely won’t add much pop, but he stole a ton of bases in the minor leagues (188 over nine seasons). So if you need speed in deeper leagues, grab him.

Jeremy Guthrie – Two starts for Guthrie over the last seven days resulted in two wins, a 2.45 ERA, a 0.61 WHIP and 10 Ks. While he posted a 5.04 ERA in 2009, his 2010 ERA sits at 4.13 and he averaged a 3.66 ERA from 2007 – 2008. At this point, he could be back to 2008 levels, which is a useful mixed-league back of the rotation starter. He won’t get many wins, but he won’t kill your ratios.

Bud Norris – So far Bud’s performance (6.03 ERA and 1.69 WHIP) has seen his ownership levels plummet to just four percent in Yahoo! leagues. Well, last week he owned the Cardinals (and he does own the Cards for some reason): eight IPs, eight Ks, a 1.12 ERA and 0.75 WHIP. He is a great source of Ks (41 in 34 IPs this season), so he will be useful. You just need to be careful and manage his starts.

Joe Saunders – Joe barely edged out Michael to be the first Saunders on Katy’s All-stars. Last week, he got two starts and posted a 0.61 ERA, and 1.09 WHIP. The starts were against the League of their Own hitting Athletics and Mariners, so don’t jump for joy. However, he will face them a whole lot, so he could be a useful streaming option when he gets to play Oakland and Seattle. He won’t add any Ks though.

Derek Holland – I can only say shame on me for not owning Derek Holland in any leagues. He was scooped up by leaguemates in every relatively deep league I’m in. Heck, I talked about him as a sleeper way back in February in my 2010 pitcher preview. In his first start this season, he went six innings and stuck out seven without allowing a run. There are some concerns, most notably the chance he doesn’t stick in the rotation. There will also be some bad starts, like with any young pitcher, but there is a lot of upside in the young lefty.

Then you’re cold…then you’re no…then you’re out…then you’re down

AJ Burnett – It seems there is no in-between for AJ Burnett. He is either awesomely unhittable or Rich Garces. Last week, he was way more Rich Garces (two starts, just 11 IPs, an 8.18 ERA and 2.09 WHIP), unfortunately. At least he did record eight punch-outs. Most of last week’s carnage was a disgusting nine run, 4.1 innings outing against the Red Sox. Burnett actually looks like he’ll put up a pretty good season and you know the wins and Ks will be there. No reason to worry.

Francisco Liriano – In the last week, Liriano got tagged by the no-hit Baltimore Orioles to the tune of five runs and 10 hits over just six IPs. He has given up eight runs over his last 13 IPs. Still, this might be one of the worst healthy stretches of his season. I still maintain he is a sell high because of the enormous injury risk, but these last few outings don’t really have anything to do with that opinion.

Wade Davis – Young pitchers can be quite confounding, can’t they? In the last seven days, Davis got to start against Oakland and Seattle, yet he pitched poorly: 4.91 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and just five Ks. While those numbers are not catastrophic, they are very disappointing, especially the low amount of Ks. He only has 13 major league starts, so there will be hiccups. You have to hold on for now, but if he runs off some consecutively awesome starts, he could be a good trade chip.

Chone Figgins – Figgins continues to be afraid of breaking any bats, by, ya know, actually making contact. Last week he hit .130 and knocked in two runs. That’s it. While he hasn’t killed people in OBP leagues, those in AVG leagues must be cursing him and his .185 SEASON AVERAGE. There isn’t much you can do here, he does have a criminal (.247) BAbip compared to his career (.338), so there will be some major corrections coming. Unless you desperately need the steals, you might want to wait, with Figgins on the bench, for that correction to occur.

Carlos Pena – There are good and bad weeks for Pena, which is why he leads all MLBers in Katy Perry All-star appearances (not a good thing, like Razzies). He hit .059 over the last seven days with no counting stats. He’ll be a batting average killer, but the power should be there (and has been). He is a much more useful h2h player than Roto. He really is who he is, at best a .250 hitter with prodigious power.

Derrek Lee – Derrek Lee has been in a horrible funk for the entire year. The last seven days were just a small microcosm of that (.240 AVG, one run and one RBI). He is not striking out more than normal or walking less, so his batting eye seems to be similar to past season in which he was a consistent near .300 hitter. His BAbip is a bit low this year, so, hopefully, when that corrects itself, he’ll be back to his normal self. If you can buy low on him, it’d be a nice move.

David Wright – I have heard/read a lot of noise about David Wright struggling. However, this was the first time he ended up on Katy’s radar. Last week, he hit .208 and added three runs and one RBI. Not great by any stretch and he is leading the league in strike-outs and on pace to shatter his career high. However, he is also hitting .272 and on pace for a near 30-30 season. That’s pretty impressive. He might not be the .300 hitter of the past, but his OBP is the highest of his career. There really is nothing wrong with him at all.

I’m switching to posting this column on Saturday/Sunday instead of the usual Wednesday. Let me know if this was a good/bad move, please!

All stats as of Noon ET May 15.

FB101’s 411: Be sure you know how to judge a hot streak. Holland, Snider, Scott and Guthrie make good adds. Keep your eye on Ramirez, Bernadina, Stubbs, Sanchez and Norris.

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Joe on May 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I like the switch weekends! Keep up the great work, I Love this site!


  2. Posted by Albert Lang on May 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Appreciate the comment and appreciate the time you take to read.

    Have a great weekend!


  3. Posted by George Mueller on May 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I have to agree with Joe. It’s great to be able to apply this information towards next week… great job with the switch of posting days, thanks.


  4. Posted by Albert Lang on May 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Well most of the credit goes to your suggestion, George!

    I hope you are finding that we’re covering more players that are applicable to deeper leagues.


  5. Just throwing some Hot/Cold Catchers out there.
    Miguel Olivo or John Buck?
    Which player would you rather have on your roster for the remainder of the season?


  6. Posted by Albert Lang on May 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Miguel Olivo – better power, and probably better batting average (which is saying something)

    I dont really like John Buck at all…..


  7. Posted by Toby on May 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Good stuff, even better on weekends. I’m wondering if Gaby really has the 20 HR power you attribute to him. If so, isn’t his ceiling higher than Loney?


  8. Posted by Albert Lang on May 17, 2010 at 7:10 am

    20 might be a bit hyperbolic, although that is his current pace. He did hit 16 in 85 AAA games last year and 17 in 133 AA games in 2008. He is 26, so close to his power peak.

    Where I see Gaby being unable to match Loney is in RBIs. Loney hits in the middle of a real good line-up, whereas Gaby is mostly parked at the bottom of the Marlins.

    So even if Gaby out-homers Loney by a handful, the RBis would like put Loney on top. I think.


  9. Posted by Toby on May 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Great analysis. Thanks?


  10. Posted by Toby on May 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I meant thanks!


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