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

Chris Heisey– I don’t know a baseball fan alive who doesn’t like Chris Heisey– he, sort of, reminds me of Cary Conklin – man Redskin fans loved that back-up QB. Well, I guess the comparison isn’t that apt as Heisey has put together amazing weeks (and showed he is damn good at his sport…Conklin, not so much). Over the last seven days, Heisey is 8/18 with four homers. In just 270 plate appearances this year, he has amassed 17 dingers with an astounding .249 ISO. Still, he is striking out a ton and swinging and missing a lot. I keep hearing that he is better than Drew Stubbs – he isn’t yet. He has a decent line drive rate and is benefiting from a good bit of his balls landing over the fence. Grab him while he is hot, but playing time could continue to be sporadic and he isn’t Jonny Gomes.

Lonnie Chisenhall – The non-Jason Kipnis Indians prospect, Chisenhall has been largely ignored by the fantasy community. However, he went 7/25 over the last seven days with three bombs. He probably wasn’t quite ready for prime time when he got the call (he sits at .234/.263/.421), but he has four homers this month. He is still getting fooled a lot (look at the K-rate and swinging strike percentage compared to his Honey I Shrunk the Kids walk rate). However, if you need power from third (and really who doesn’t), you might as well kick the tires at this point – he is certainly someone you can shuttle in and out of your line-up on off days.

Gerardo Parra – I have a special insert Parra card so I like him – it’s a default reflex sort of love. Still, Parra always seems to do a few things each year to make him interesting. To wit, his last seven days:   8/21 with a homer and steal. He is now 28 for his last 86. He is slowly getting more looks at the top of the line-up which should help with runs. He’s not a sexy option, but he should hit for a decent average and score some runs.

Ryan Raburn – In limited duties over the last seven days (13 ABs), he has 6 hits, two of which cleared the fence in fair territory. Since July 27, in 92 plate appearances, Raburn is hitting .322/.352/.563 (of course he has struck out 20 times to just four walks). Raburn now owns a .296/.345/.493 line in the second half compared to .228/.287/.402 in the first half. Second/first half splits always confuse me. I don’t want to believe in them, but there they are. I’m buying Raburn for the rest of the way. And I’ll go in with him next season (all year) as well.

Chris Denorfia – Denorfia, quietly, had an impressive week: 9/19 with a stolen base. He is now 13/25 since coming off the DL and on fire. If he plays (and with Will Venable struggling again, he should), he’ll be very helpful down the stretch in deeper leagues.

Juan Pierre – I’ve seen people picking up Eric Young Jr., yet not the better (equally no-hit) version in Pierre. Pierre is 9/33 with two steals over the last seven days and 32 for his last 117 with seven steals. He does suck, but he gets so many opportunities to get on base and run. So if you need steals, he’s your man.

AJ Burnett – Perhaps the most confusing pitcher in recent memory, Burnett was untouchable in his last start: six IPs, 11 Ks, two runs and a 1.00 WHIP. Of course it was against Seattle, but that does mean he is capable of taking advantage of good match-ups. He has been decent over his last three starts: 4.15 ERA, 22 Ks, and eight walks in 17.1 IPs. If you need Ks and aren’t overly concerned about your ratios, Burnett is a nice play.

Brett Myers – I don’t really understand the lack of use for Myers, even in deep leagues. He dominated the Phillies in his last start and hasn’t allowed more than one run since August 22 in Colorado (five starts ago). Since May 22, in 20 starts, he has a 4.29 ERA and 100 Ks against 32 walks. He’s a serviceable pitcher and that counts this time of year.

Homer Bailey – Bailey was clicking during his last week: two starts, 13.2 IPs, 15 Ks, a 3.29 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. In his last seven starts, he has a 3.92 ERA, 44 Ks and just nine walks in 43.2 IPs. Over the last 30 days, he has the 14 most Ks. He’s been sneaky serviceable lately. A great streaming option.

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

Jhoulys Chacin – Chacin had a bad two-start stretch over the last week: 11 IPs, just four Ks and a 5.73/1.73 ERA/WHIP. Since June 27, in 13 starts/75.2 IPs, he has a 4.88 ERA with 54 Ks and 40 walks – that won’t cut it. He’s not a bad pitcher, but I’m thinking he’s gassed. He is totally droppable and I don’t know how you trust him in any start now.

Justin Masterson – Masterson just hasn’t been good lately: he has given up at least 4 runs in four of his last five starts (getting beaten up by the Rangers, Tigers, Royals and Mariners). There’s no shame in getting hurt by those offenses late in the year and I would run him out against the Twins on Sunday. However, I’d hold him back against lefty-heavy and/or powerful line-ups. He still has a massive platoon split with lefties hitting .284/.323/.407 and righties hitting just .215/.297/.265.

Randy WellsI told you he wasn’t any good! Well, he’s not miserable but his last week wasn’t a fluke: 11.1 IPs, six Ks, a 5.56 ERA and 1.50 WHIP against the Reds and Mets. He actually pitched fine against the hapless hitless Mets, meaning you have to avoid the tougher offenses. San Francisco, NYM, Pittsburgh, sure throw him out there, but don’t go up against a juggernaut like the Reds or Brewers, etc.

Max Scherzer – Scherzer’s last seven days were indicative of his roller coaster season. He had a great 14 Ks and serviceable 1.33 WHIP, but the ERA (5.25) and homeruns allowed (4) made it a wash. Unlike Masterson, there’s no blueprint with Scherzer…he’ll dominate and then get roughed up by the Athletics. Still, he’s a solid pitcher, capable of putting you over the top in Ks, so you have to use him. If I owned him, I wouldn’t worry unless I was incredibly close in ERA/WHIP.

Asdrubal Cabrera – I’ve been thinking about Cabrera for this spot for awhile – but couldn’t think of many suitable SS replacements. Well, we’ve reached a breaking point with his 0/16 week.  Since June 19, he is hitting .234/.311/.387 in 318 plate appearances. It’s been real bad lately and it looks like he is wearing down – he has never played this many games or seen this many at bats. He does have favorable stats in the second half of his career, but, like I wrote, he’s never played this much. I think it’s dropsville. I’d rather have Cliff Pennington, Marco Scutaro, and Alex Gonzalez (at least he’ll bring power with his crappy average).

Jimmy Rollins – While back from the DL, Rollins is playing sparingly and struggling to get back into the swing of things (3/15 over the last seven days). I’m dropping him in most leagues where the above people are available.

Drew Stubbs – A 4/23 week did nothing to squelch the Heisey machine. Since August 9, Stubbs is hitting just .234/.304/.274 with no homers and just five extra base hits. He has struck out 44 times and walked just 11 times during that span. It’s hard to drop him, given he could get hot, but I wouldn’t worry too much about that. So long Stubbs, it was a good year, but a little short of expectations.

Carl Crawford – If you haven’t given up, well, I don’t know why…the only difference he is making is hurting your team and helping your opponents. I’d be sending him packing in 12-teamers.

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