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Let's check in on which players have been driving fantasy owners' success and which ones have been driving us mad recently in this week's edition of "Who's Hot, Who's Not."
Chris Davis, 1B Baltimore Orioles - You can throw Chris Davis on our season- long hot list -- he hit .348 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in April and is batting .370 with 10 homers and 22 RBI this month. It seemed unlikely that Davis would top his four-game stretch to open the season -- 9-for-15, four homers, 16 RBI -- but he's basically done just that with these otherworldly totals over his last eight games: 18-for-30, three doubles, six homers, nine RBI. The slugger is hitting .432 with 10 homers and 20 RBI over his last 19 games as well.
Domonic Brown, OF Philadelphia Phillies - More than three years after ranking 15th on Baseball America's top-100 prospects list, Brown finally is realizing his potential at the major league level. Brown won the NL Player of the Week award for May 20-26 by hitting .348 with two homers, and he's aiming to make it two in a row. Over his last three games, Brown has belted four homers, giving him six to go with a .343 average over his last nine games.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Los Angeles Dodgers - Los Angeles' big budget plan has flopped worse than "Battleship" did last year, but don't go calling Gonzalez Taylor Kitsch. A-Gon has doubled and homered three times apiece over his last five games and hit .579 with eight RBI in that span. He has a .333 average, seven homers and 38 RBI this year.
Josh Donaldson, 3B Oakland Athletics - Fantasy owners are starting to catch on to Donaldson; his ownership in Yahoo! leagues is up to 78 percent, and it should be higher. He's batting .332 with eight homers, 33 RBI, 30 runs and a .960 OPS, and that includes an 11-for-20 (.550) stretch over his last five games.
Carlos Gomez, OF Milwaukee Brewers - When Gomez was robbed of a home run by Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks on Tuesday, all he could do was raise his helmet in a salute to a great play. Gomez likely wasn't all that upset about the snag, since he already had two two-homer games in the three days prior. Even with the extra out courtesy of Hicks, Gomez still hit .368 with four jacks in 19 at-bats over his last five games.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP Los Angeles Dodgers - Ryu will need a few more starts like the one he had Tuesday if he wants to become as big of a star as South Korean countryman PSY, but he's on the right track. Ryu two-hit the Los Angeles Angels and didn't walk a batter in his first career shutout to improve to 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA on the year. He has won two straight starts and three straight decisions.
Jeff Locke, LHP Pittsburgh Pirates - While his .224 BABIP and 4.27 FIP suggests his success won't last, Locke has gone from barely registering on the fantasy radar to being a legitimate mixed league option in the span of two months. The left-hander has thrown four starts in which he tossed at least six innings and didn't allow a run, including his last two. He is 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP over his last four turns.
Lance Lynn, RHP St. Louis Cardinals - Lynn struck out nine Los Angeles Dodgers over six scoreless two-hit innings on May 24 and followed that up with seven two-run innings Wednesday against the Royals. He's 7-1 with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP this year.
Vernon Wells, OF New York Yankees - Wells was batting .300 with nine homers when he appeared in the "Who's Hot" section on May 15 and he hit his 10th homer later that day. However, since then he has gone 6-for-43 (.140) with nine strikeouts in 11 games.
Norichika Aoki, OF Milwaukee Brewers - Aoki's average continues to swing back and forth dramatically. He was hitting .385 on April 12, .247 on May 1 and .333 on May 19, and has hit another cold streak lately. His average is down to .296 after a 2-for-26 stretch.
Matt Kemp, OF Los Angeles Dodgers - Remember when I said not to call Adrian Gonzalez Taylor Kitsch? Well, that's because Kemp has that role locked down as the star of this flop. Kemp still has just two homers on the season; 229 major leaguers have more than that. The outfielder is hitting .059 with 10 strikeouts in his last 17 at-bats and left Wednesday's game with a strained right hamstring.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B San Francisco Giants - Sandoval is still batting .284 on the season, but he had that up to .313 on May 17. A 3-for-26 (.115) stretch has been the culprit of that drop-off.
Jason Heyward, OF Atlanta Braves - The nearly monthlong break Heyward had to take due to an emergency appendectomy didn't help him put his struggles to bed. The outfielder was hitting .121 before the surgery and is batting .195 in 11 games since returning. He has just one hit over his last 18 at-bats.
Wade Miley, LHP Arizona Diamondbacks - Miley had his worst start of the season his last time on the hill. He gave up seven hits and seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings against the San Diego Padres, bringing his ERA to 4.53 and his WHIP to 1.39. Miley is 1-4 with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP over his last six starts.
Zack Greinke, RHP Los Angeles Dodgers - If Kemp is Kitsch, then Greinke is the Rihanna of this caper. Like Rihanna in "Battleship," he hasn't been around for long (five starts), but he still has been noticeably terrible. The right-hander allowed 19 hits and nine earned runs in eight innings over his last two starts and has a 4.38 ERA this season.
CC Sabathia, LHP New York Yankees - Sabathia's average fastball velocity is down 2.2 mph from last season and 3.7 mph from 2011, and he has been hit hard as a result. In his last three outings, he has allowed 29 hits and 13 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings.
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