After a two week hiatus, FBHoN is back like it never left.
Todd Frazier (1B/3B, Reds): Ever since the calendar turned to June, Frazier has been on an absolute tare. He’s hit four dingers and is now up to 13 on the season with a healthy 31 RBIs. If either Jay Bruce or Joey Votto round back into health/form, the likelihood of Frazier continuing to perform at this level greatly increases. Even if the average drops, the power is real, and with multiple position eligibilities looming with enough games played at 1B, he’ll be a nice asset moving forward.
Drew Hutchison (SP, Blue Jays): You might not like his consistency, but you can’t argue with the results when he’s on. He followed up a lackluster start against the Rays by blanking the Tigers for seven innings and finishing with seven punch-outs. He’s definitely worth owning in deeper leagues, and in shallower mixed leagues he’ll be a great matchup play. I’d even stash him on your bench just for those favorable matchups because he’s that good, and with an increasing Swinging Strike and O-Swing percentages, I’d pick him up for keeper leagues too.
Jordy Mercer (Utility, Pirates): The man literally plays every position except pitcher and catcher, but before this week he and his .190 BA weren’t even worth looking at. However, in his last 22 ABs he’s got 11 hits, two homers, eight runs scored, and seven RBIs. He’s worth a look in deeper leagues as long he’s hot, but don’t be surprised if he falls off a cliff agian.
Lorenzo Cain (OF, Royals): His batting average is nice, but he’s not driving in or scoring many runs, nor is he stealing any bases, making him essentially useless. The Royals as a whole are in an offensive funk, and if you’re desperate for steals he might be a nice candidate to target in deeper leagues with the hopes that he’ll start running more as the offense picks up.
Justin Verlander (SP, Tigers): You’d really think Christmas was coming in July the way they’ve been lighting up Verlander. His peripherals indicate he’s just as bad as his ERA suggests, and those diminished velocity and strikeout rates are concerning. I don’t even advise selling at this point because he should be on your bench and it can’t get much worse than it already is.
Matt Holliday (OF, Cardinals): He has exactly one RBI, one SB, and no home runs since May 28th. Basically he’s Lorenzo Cain without the batting average which means Holliday has just been flat out horrible recently. His BB% is a career high this year and his K% is lower than his career average, but with an ISO of .104 and no speed to speak of, this might be the end for Mr. Holliday.
Francisco Liriano (SP, Pirates): He hasn’t gone six innings or more in a start in about a month, but facing the Cubs and Marlins this week should help him get back in the groove. Liriano will still strike out a lot of people and if the Pirates offense continues to surge, he’ll be a nice pickup for Week 11.