September 7, 2012
Outfielders for 9/7/12
People seem to think the D’Backs will play Eaton if he’s with the big league club, but I’m curious how Kirk Gibson makes that happen with a healthy Chris Young (and unless there’s report of a setback, Young should be back today or tomorrow). The Snakes already have Jason Kubel, Young, and Justin Upton as starters and Gerardo Parra as a capable fourth outfielder, so I don’t see much room left for Eaton. Who knows, maybe Young will have a setback, or maybe the slumping Kubel will admit to an injury and an opportunity will present itself for Eaton. In NL-only leagues I’d gamble on one of those things happening; in mixed leagues I’d wait to see how things play out.
Produce is all John Mayberry (Yahoo! 11%, ESPN 19%, CBS 26%) did the past week, with seven hits in five games including a homer. The upcoming week looks bright as well for the 28-year-old outfielder, with three lefties in queue over the next four games. Don’t be afraid to roll with him for now.
It was a “meh” week for Nate McLouth (Yahoo! 2%, ESPN 3%, CBS 6%), who avoided homering or stealing all week. Playing every day, displaying both power and speed, and batting third (sometimes sixth), McLouth is still exactly the type of player you want as your fourth or fifth outfielder.
Edge of the Radar
Seth Smith (Yahoo! 3%, ESPN 1%, CBS 9%) finds his way into Bob Melvin’s lineup most days that the A’s face a righty, and he has been fairly productive too. The former Rockie still hits his fair share of home runs; he has slugged 13 this season while hitting .248. Lately he’s been batting second, further aiding his value. He a definite own in AL-onlys and should be on a few more mixed league rosters too.
Anthony Gose (Yahoo! 1%, ESPN 0%, CBS 8%) is back in the bigs, steals desperadoes. The raw outfielder could get decent PT in the Jays outfield with Jose Bautista out for the year and Colby Rasmus slumping, but I would avoid him unless you are a desperate AL-only owner in serious need of speed.
DL Watch: Starling Marte (Yahoo! 9%, ESPN 4%, CBS 38%) is rehabbing at Triple-A and is set to return in a few days. Marte was fairly productive when healthy, so consider adding him in leagues where he was dropped.
It was a zero-homer week for Darin Ruf (Yahoo! 0%, ESPN 0%, CBS 0%), so that story just got less exciting.