Dirty Dining

Old, but not forgotten

David Ortiz hasn't slowed down in the first few days of June.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Sometimes we fantasy owners get too enamored with the "new" name (Matt Kemp), the rising star (Hanley Ramirez) or the suddenly blossoming journeyman (Jose Bautista). Today's group of four featured players are names that we've heard for many years. They may not have the glamour of the rookie phenom (Jason Heyward), but they are giving you every bit as good production.

David Ortiz - I pretended designated hitter David Ortiz wasn't playing anymore on Draft Day, refusing to even consider that he might still be able to hit. And in April my analysis seemed to be right on the mark as he hit a "robust" .143 with one homer and a mighty four RBIs. But as the calendar turned to May, Ortiz suddenly took on the look of the 31-year-old, 2006-version of the man. He slugged 10 homers, knocked in 27 while batting .363. Ortiz hasn't slowed down in the first few days of June, so if you are in one of the 20% of all leagues where he is still a free agent, you should get in on the fun.

Vladimir Guerrero - Unlike Ortiz, 35-year-old Guerrero hit the ball from the start of the season (April .333, May .330, June .500). However, he too was short on power. Then in May he slammed 10 homers as his OPS rose from a pedestrian .851 to a solid .972. He's missed a couple of games with a swollen left eye, but when he comes back, expect him to continue hitting well. In the Rangers' lineup, Guerrero could once again in a 100-RBI man.

Troy Glaus - Glaus was "left for dead" this spring after having a horrible, injury-plagued season in St.Louis last year. With high expectations coming off a 27-HR, 99-RBI, 2008 season, no one was willing to take a shot on him at this year's draft. Like Ortiz, Glaus seemed to verify that opinion by batting just .194 in April with two homers. I don't know what turned it around, but he's been on fire since the start of May. He batted .330 in May with six homers and 28 RBI and helped turn the offensively-challenged Braves' season around. He already has another couple of homers in the first three games in June. And the best news is that he's still owned in less than 50% of all leagues, so if you need a first basemen (all you Kendry Morales owners pay attention) or if you just need another hitter in your lineup, he's your guy.

Scott Rolen - Rolen is one of the reasons the Cincinnati Reds are in first place. Thought to be one of their weaker positions, Rolen is batting a solid .289 for the season with 13 HR, 37 RBI and 31 runs scored. The real question with Rolen is can he hold together, heath-wise. He hasn't played more than 128 games in any of the last four years. If he can play 145 games, he could give you 30 HRs and close to 100 RBI.

2010 Selected Player Statistics
David Ortiz BOS 143 24 39 12 33 0 0.273 0.955 140
Vladimir Guerrero TEX 197 30 66 12 44 4 0.335 0.924 158
Scott Rolen CIN 173 30 50 13 37 0 0.289 0.936 243
Troy Glaus ATL 184 28 52 10 42 0 0.283 0.850 723

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