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.

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

Luke Hughes – five hits, four homers and 10 RBIs over the last seven days will get you noticed. However, the Australian has not really been good in the majors or the minors ever, certainly not in the last few years. He’ll swing and miss north of 10% of the time and strike out well over 20% of the time, but he can take a walk, so he’ll post an OBP that barely scrapes over the .300 line despite a horrid average. He has shown flashes of power in the past (hitting 18 HRs across AA and AAA in 2008) but he’s by no means an elite or even decent power source. Couple that with a lack of batting average, speed or on base ability, and Hughes is not much of an option. Maybe in a 20-teamer or AL-only given he qualifies at multiple positions, but that’s it.

Cliff Pennington – Pennington has been a top five SS over the last 30 days. All he did over the last seven was outpace the position by going 13/31 with four steals. There are only a handful of shortstops I’d rather have than him the rest of the way: Reyes, Tulo, Asdrubal, and Hardy. You can make arguments for Castro, Andrus, and Peralta, but I’m taking Pennington.

Eric Thames – I can’t seem to get away from the Jays. Thames did a bunch of damage against my Orioles over the last seven days: 12/32. I’m pretty big on Thames the rest of the way. He is capable of 3-5 more homers with a .260-.270 average – he is hitting the ball well (24.5% line drive rate), although it could be a little unsustainable give his 22.5% K-rate. Still, his 11.1% HR/FB rate strikes me as quite low. I’m a fan.

Aaron Hill – remember when I said Aaron Hill would like the desert? Well, he is 10/23 with a homer over the last seven days and is now hitting .355/.412/.581, with a 34.6% line drive rate and .400 BABIP for Arizona. Grab him for the stretch run.

Lucas Duda – The Dudabides…and dominates over the last seven days: 8/22 with a bunch of runs and RBIs. Duda has put together an impressive slash line this year: .287/.356/.474 with a .187 ISO and seven homers in 262 plate appearances. He never posted a walk rate lower than 10.4% in the minors and doesn’t strike out an overwhelming amount. He has gotten his swinging strike percentage down this year and is squaring the ball quite well: 21.9% line drive rate. I’m buying Duda at this point, there is nothing to suggest he isn’t for real. I think he could put up a few more homers, get on base consistently, and post decent runs/RBIs.

Jeff Keppinger – If you don’t play in a real deep league, you can skip this one. Keppinger went 9/24 with a homer and a striking seven RBIs over the last seven days. The unremarkable former Cincinnati Red has been the type of middle infielder NL-only players love, in that he doesn’t hurt you and can help out around the edges.  He has no power and doesn’t run at all, but is capable of hitting .290-.310 – that’s incredibly useful when you, say, own Chris Young and his homers/steals and sub-.200 average.

Chris Capuano – Capuano followed up his 13 K performance against the Braves with a decent outing against the Marlins (five IPs, two runs, four Ks). I still don’t think he is any good and he’ll never post a week like this again – don’t get sucked into the siren’s call.

Zach Britton – I was at the game that Mark Reynolds’ inability to field his position ruined Britton’s and my season. Or was I? Back with little fanfare, Britton threw seven impressive innings against the Yankees, allowing no runs and only five base runners and tallying five punch outs. He has Tampa Bay tomorrow – hello streaming!

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

Dontrelle Willis – As someone who got brutalized in an h2h league by the Willis resurgence, it comes as little solace that he has now walked 15 batters in his last 19.2 innings. He can’t be trusted and shouldn’t be owned.

Fausto Carmona – Speaking of someone you can’t trust, Carmona got shelled by the Royals and Athletics recently. I just don’t like the guy and you can’t use him in h2h play-offs. There’s simply very little upside with him (given his inability to really strike anyone out) and tremendous downside.

Michael Cuddyer – Cuddyer is 3/16 over the last seven days, six for his last 26, and 13 for his last 57. That wrist injury is really taking its toll. It appears to be dropsville time for Cuddyer.

Danny Espinosa – As someone who thought Espinosa was a sleeper, I have been quick to tear him down. Look, he won’t hit for a good average and his decent OBP this year is supported only by an aberration in HBPs. He is four for his last 21 and 22 for his last 94, with only two homers and one steal in that span. Go get Brett Lawrie, Orlando Hudson, Jose Altuve, Johnny Giavotella, and Kyle Seager and don’t look back.

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