h2h Corner ~ Katy Perry (Hot ‘N’ Cold Fantasy Baseball) 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 have not visited the Internet lately, Justin Bieber (who Tom Brady looks like) recently was in a scandalous photo spread with Kim Kardashian (who had a sex tape and dated Reggie Bush). It turns out that the photos were for Elle magazine and were a “The Graduate” theme. Bieber is 16 – this is odd to me (or I’m jealous (NSFW link), one or the other).

Anyway, that’s not really my main point. My main point is that, when pressed, Bieber claims his dream girl would be a cross between Cheryl Cole and Katy Perry. If I had to combine two fantasy players, I’d probably choose Carl Crawford and Ryan Howard.

Who would you choose? Who is your ultimate dream fantasy player?

Leave me love in the comments. I will also accept your dream girl mash-up, Mine would be one part Eliza Dushku, one part Rachel Bilson, one part Alison Brie, and one part Kardashian (Kim variety).

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

Pat Burrell – If I was an aging veteran, I’d choose to play for the Giants (look at what Aubrey Huff is doing). Meanwhile, Burrell, left for dead by the Tampa Bay Rays, is thriving for the Giants. Over the last seven days, he hit .440 and added three HRs and 10 RBIs. He has really picked it up in the little boy’s league, raising his average from .205 to .265. He makes a great add in deep leagues for those fantasy baseball owners in need of RBIs.

Jerry Hairston, Jr. – The Hairston Brothers have made several appearances on the Katy Perry All-stars over the years. Jerry’s last seven days make him a no-brainer (.421 AVG, three HRs and six RBIs) for this squad. Still, he hasn’t been a consistently productive player throughout his career. Ride the hot streak, but be sure to jump off quickly.

Chris Denorfia – Denorfia, another San Diego Padre, has, repeatedly, caught Katy’s eyes. His last seven days produced a heck of a useful line: .583 AVG, five runs and two SBs. Denorfia, in 385 MLB ABs, has always hit for a good average (.282), so he won’t hurt you. I think he could be a poor man’s 2010 Andres Torres. I’d be grabbing him.

Ross Gload – Gload, playing for the injured Ryan Howard, has been a decent stand-in, especially over the last seven days (.385 AVG, two HRs and six RBIs). He hits in a good ballpark and should accumulate some RBIs while the Phillies battle injuries. If you need some RBI help (say you lost Ryan Howard), Gload makes a good addition.

Michael BrantleyFinally! I’ve always liked Michael Brantley, so it is good to see him produce. Over the last seven days, he hit .375, scored seven runs and swiped a bag. He could be a very cheap source of steals down the stretch. He is still hitting below the Mendoza line, but is a career .303 hitter in the minors.

Bill Hall – Hall, who likely qualifies at second, third and outfield, has been a super useful power player for fantasy baseball owners. He had a great last seven days (.304 average and three HRs). While he retains playing time, he is a very good power option. However, he will hurt your batting average. So only speculate if you need someone with power upside.

Coco Crisp – Last seven days: .391 AVG, five RBIs, one SB. Read this for more information on coco crisps, and hot coco.

Bred Bergesen – It kind of confuses me why the Orioles continue to give innings to Bergesen. He doesn’t exactly profile as a stud pitcher, but, hey, he does Pac Man those innings. Over the last seven days, in two starts, he went 16 IPs, posted a 1.12 ERA and 0.63 WHIP and struck-out nine. Don’t get enamored with the Ks, he owns a career 4.4 K/9 rate.

Jeremy Guthrie, Dan Hudson – Guthrie and Hudson have been regular hurlers for Katy. See here, here and here. They’re great players to pick up.

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

Javier Vazquez – It would have been better owning Ramon Vazquez over the last seven days than Javy (8.38 ERA, 2.07 WHIP, six Ks in 9.2 IPs). I wrote awhile ago about the luck Vazquez was having during his good stretch, so it’s nice to be vindicated. He still has a .262 2010 BAbip. He also has a somewhat lucky strand rate (70.8%) and what will end up as the second worst K:BB rate (6.95) of his career. At this point, if you are in shallow leagues, it’s close to dropping time.

John Lackey – Lackey had an unfortunate two-start week, posting a 5.14 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. Still, he did add 11 Ks and most of the damage was a bad start against the Yankees. In addition, he’s been a bit unlucky this year (.326 BAbip) and recently (.349 BAbip over the last seven days, and .407 BAbip over the last 14). However, he just hasn’t been the strike-out pitcher he has been throughout his career. So while he has been a tad unlucky, don’t expect him to return to form unless he starts striking-out a lot of batters.

Clayton Kershaw – Kershaw wasn’t that horrible over the last seven days (13 Ks and a 1.34 WHIP in 12.2 IPs). However, he did do some damage to a team’s ERA (5.68). Most of that was due to a six run, six inning performance that included two HRs against the Nationals. Basically it was just one unlucky start, as he typically only allows 0.57 HRs/9. He’s fine to continue using.

Josh Willingham – Man, Josh Willingham looked lost over the last seven days (.133 AVG, no counting stats). In fact, since July 16, his average has fallen from .281 to .264. This streak shows how you should use Willingham, i.e. against left-handed starters. For the year he is hitting .286/.420/.516 against lefties and just .257/.374/.428 against righties.

Delmon Young – It seems the Delmon Young bandwagon has hit a roadblock (.154 AVG over the last seven days). For his career, he has a .337 BAbip, while over the last week: .143, over the last 14 days: .245, and for 2010: .326. So if you think Young has been lucky in 2010, think again. In reality, the last seven to 14 days have been the unlucky part of his season, meaning his success is pretty real.

All stats as of noon on August 13, 2010.

FB101’s 411: Be sure you know how to judge a hot streak Burrell, Denorfia, Gload, Crisp, Hudson and Guthrie make good additions. Keep your eye on Brantley, Hairston, and Hall. You are allowed to give up on Javy Vazquez.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I can’t take Olivo much longer. I know he has good numbers, but his August numbers have been pathetic and Ianetta is getting more and more playing time.
    From this point foward would you rather have Olivo or…
    Ryan Doumit, Bengie Molina, J.P. Arencibia, Ramon Hernandez, John Jaso, or Pudge Rod?

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  2. Posted by Albert Lang on August 16, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Unless you are worried about average, i’d keep with Olivo. If you want someone who wont hurt you, i’d go with Jaso.

    Molina has been horrible and Ramon/JP wont get as much playing time as Olivo does. He does have legit power, but that average will not be good.

    Really, if someone is hot, you could just cycle them in and out of your line-up (if you dont have a moves limit)

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  3. […] Crisp – Crisp remains owned in too few leagues (19% of Yahoo!). I’ve written about him a lot. So I’ll just leave you with how helpful his last week would have been to your team: sex runs, […]

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  4. […] Guthrie – It’s no secret, I’ve sort of been sweet on Guthrie for awhile as a cheap useful pitching option. Well, he hasn’t been useful: 6.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP […]

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