Who's Hot, Who's Not - Hitting May 25

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While Jose Bautista and his season-long 1.296 OPS is the best in baseball, he's probably not available for trade at any price. Luckily, there are plenty of other guys putting up big numbers who are getting a lot less media attention.

Who's Hot

Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE - There is certainly no hotter shortstop in baseball than Cabrera. For the season his OPS is 0.900, but he's been carrying the best team in baseball (30-16 Indians) for the past two weeks with an OPS of 1.225, five homers and 11 RBIs. He wasn't a highly valued selection on Draft Day (ADP 191) and might still be undervalued by his fantasy owner. Make a reasonable offer and see what happens because, barring injury, I don't think he's going to fade.

Carlos Gonzalez, COL - Finally, the Rockies outfielder is showing why he was a top-10 choice back in March. His average is still only around .250, but considering it was .214 back on April 26th, he's come a long way. He's raised his OPS from .555 to .779 in that span as well. Historically, based on OPS May is just Gonzalez's fourth-best month with his best still to come in July, August and September. The best time to trade for him was four weeks ago, but he might still be undervalued, so if you were thinking of making an offer for him, do it soon.

Corey Hart, MIL - Hart has gotten a lot of attention over the past two days by hitting four home runs and knocking in nine runs, but he's actually been pretty good for two weeks. Hart has raised his batting average from .184 on May 10th to .274 today with his OPS rising from 0.395 to 0.815. He's still available in about 20-percent of all leagues as apparently he was dropped early on while struggling. It was just last year that he blasted 31 home runs and knocked in 102.

Who's Not

Andre Ethier, LAD - Ethier is as cold now as he was hot early on with his 30- game hitting streak. In the last two weeks he's batting .103 with an OPS of 0.325, no homers and two RBIs. Worse, he's been a late-game replacement the past two games after suffering multiple injuries while trying to run through an outfield fence. I would sit him until he is healthy again.

Garrett Jones, PIT - Jones is one of the Pirates' few power hitters, but he hasn't "gone yard" since May 2nd. Since then his average has dropped 38 points and his OPS has fallen from a solid 0.940 to an unacceptable 0.788. He's proven to be a very streaky hitter, which means he should be sitting on your bench until he gets hot, not dragging down your averages.

Mike Aviles, KC - Aviles had been a solid middle infield contributor with an average around .280 and an OPS hovering around .880 in early May, however, he is currently in the middle of a major slump. Over the past two weeks he's batting .190 with an ugly OPS of 0.238. Because he's eligible at 2B, SS and 3B, he's too valuable to release, but he should get comfortable watching from your bench until he returns to form.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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