Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
April's gone, and with it goes one-sixth of the MLB season. Let's check in on our hot/not list for the final week of the month.
Ryan Raburn, 2B/OF, Cleveland - Raburn was a second-half add in both 2009 and 2010, but he underwhelmed with a .729 OPS in 2011 and appeared to be on his way out of the league after batting .171 in 205 at-bats last season. Cleveland scooped him up this offseason, and after three uneventful weeks, he suddenly went bonkers. Raburn's last three games: 11-for-13, four homers, nine RBI.
Carlos Gomez, OF, Milwaukee - Gomez put up a .260 average, 19 homers, 51 RBI and 37 steals in just 415 at-bats during a resurgent 2012 season, but many fantasy owners were likely jumping ship after he hit .162 over the first two weeks of the season. After all, he was a career .243 hitter with 25 homers in 1,539 at-bats prior to last season. However, Gomez has continued his progression into a fantasy star with a .509 average, 11 extra-base hits (five homers), eight RBI and four steals over his last 53 at-bats. He's 10-for-18 (.556) with three homers and five RBI over his last five games.
Nate McLouth, OF, Baltimore - Like the other two hitters on our hot list, McLouth looked like he was done as a regular major leaguer and fantasy-relevant player as recently as last season, but he hit .268 with seven homers, 12 steals and 35 runs in 209 at-bats with the O's last year after being cut by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he has picked up his play this season. He ended April with a .346 average, seven doubles, two homers, eight RBI, 15 walks, 22 runs and eight steals after batting .522 (12-for-23) in the final six games of the month.
Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington - While teammate Stephen Strasburg generates all the headlines, Zimmermann continues to quietly go about his business. In his last two starts, Zimmermann has allowed a total of three hits, walked one and struck out 12 in 17 scoreless innings. He's 5-1 with a 1.64 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP this year.
Clay Buchholz, RHP, Boston - Buchholz already is more than halfway to his win total from all of last season after winning his first six starts of 2013. He shut out Toronto over seven two-hit innings Wednesday to drop his ERA to 1.01. Buchholz has fanned 18 batters over his last 14 2/3 innings and has a 9.47 K/9 on the year.
Lance Lynn, RHP, St. Louis - It looks like we need to get used to seeing Lynn's name near the top of the win chart perennially. Lynn is 8-0 over the last two Aprils, and he improved to 5-0 this year with seven strong innings Wednesday against Cincinnati. He has allowed just eight hits and two runs while striking out 22 in his last 21 innings.
Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota - Mauer appeared on our hot list two weeks ago on the heels of two straight four-hit, three-RBI games, but he has followed up his 10- game hitting streak with a 3-for-33 slump.
Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington - LaRoche has been swinging an icicle this entire season, and he didn't give fantasy owners any reason to be optimistic going into May. He's on a 1-for-35 (.029) stretch and struck out 13 times in that span.
Todd Frazier, 3B, Cincinnati - Frazier's average has slipped to .232 after a 4- for-34 (.118) slump. He did have a hit in three straight games from April 27-29, but otherwise he has gone hitless in his other four games since April 25.
Roy Halladay, RHP, Philadelphia - Just when we thought Doc had it all figured out, he gives up nine hits, three homers and eight earned runs in 3 2/3 innings at Cleveland. His ERA is 6.75 in 32 innings this season.
Wade Davis, RHP, Kansas City - Davis didn't make it out of the fifth inning in either of his last two starts. In his most recent one, he allowed 12 hits, two homers and eight runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Indians the day before Halladay faced them. He has given up 20 hits and 11 earned runs while walking seven in his last 8 1/3 innings.
Ryan Vogelsong, RHP, San Francisco - Vogelsong went at least six innings and allowed three earned runs or less in 20 of his first 21 starts last season, but he's done that once in five starts this year. He gave up five earned runs on eight hits (three homers) and walked three in five innings in his last start.