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Who's Hot, Who's Not - June 6
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - 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."

Who's Hot

Hitters

Domonic Brown, OF Philadelphia Phillies - In just over two weeks, Brown has erased all concerns that he would never make it in the big leagues. He has won two straight NL Player of the Week awards and was named NL Player of the Month for May. The outfielder hit .417 with five homers and 12 RBI since the last edition of "Who's Hot, Who's Not," and has hit .381 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI in his last 16 games. All of Brown's homers in May were pulled to right field and came on pitches inside or up and over the plate. We'll see if he can adjust once pitchers start pitching him away.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Arizona Diamondbacks - Goldschmidt has vaulted to the top of the NL RBI leaderboard with 12 RBI over his last five games. He's hitting .413 with two homers and 17 RBI over his last 11 games, and .381 with nine home runs and 32 RBI over his last 27. Goldschmidt has both a career-high line-drive rate and a career-best HR/FB.

Carlos Gonzalez, OF Colorado Rockies - Gonzalez had his second career three- homer game and drove in six runs Wednesday at Cincinnati. The outfielder is batting .368 with four homers and eight RBI over the first five games of June and .353 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI over his last 22 games.

Troy Tulowitzki, SS Colorado Rockies - CarGo's teammate went 5-for-5 with a pair of longballs Wednesday against the Reds and is batting .471 with five home runs and nine RBI over his last eight games.

Matt Carpenter, 2B St. Louis Cardinals - Carpenter has hit safely in 14 straight games and picked up multiple hits in 10 of them. He has hit .450 during the streak and is 11-for-18 (.611) over his last four games. Carpenter is tied for second in the majors with 47 runs.

Pitchers

Julio Teheran, RHP Atlanta Braves - Teheran had the best start of his major league career Wednesday afternoon against the Pirates, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finishing with eight scoreless one-hit innings and 11 strikeouts. The former top prospect has a 2.11 ERA and a 35/7 K/BB over his last 42 2/3 innings.

Hishashi Iwakuma, RHP Seattle Mariners - Iwakuma has been brilliant all season, so it should be no surprise that he's on this list. The right-hander is in the midst of his best stretch of the season, allowing just 10 hits, walking two and giving up zero runs over his last 15 2/3 innings. Iwakuma's 14.6 percent line- drive rate is the lowest in the majors.

Bartolo Colon, RHP Oakland Athletics - With seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday against the Brewers, Colon improved to 4-0 over his last four starts. He has allowed just three earned runs over his last 30 innings (0.90 ERA). Colon's 86.2 percent contact rate is seventh highest in the majors, but there's nothing wrong with pitching to contact when you have a 17.6 percent line-drive rate and a 7.5 percent HR/FB.

Who's Not

Hitters

Jose Bautista, OF Toronto Blue Jays - Bautista increased his average to .299 on May 28, but since then he has gone 3-for-34 (.088) with two RBI in seven games. All of those games came on the road, where Bautista is hitting .174 (20- for-115) in 29 games this season.

Chase Headley, 3B San Diego Padres - Headley hasn't had a multi-hit game since May 16 and is batting .147 (11-for-75) with one home run over his last 19 games and 2-for-26 (.077) in his last six. Headley's HR/FB is down from 21.4 percent to 11.4 percent since 2012.

Nick Swisher, 1B Cleveland Indians - Swisher has just one hit in June and is hitless over his last 15 at-bats. He also went 0-for-7 to end May, making him 1-for-24 (.042) over his last seven games. Swisher actually has a career-high line-drive rate (25.7 percent), so the hits should start coming again for the veteran.

Joey Votto, 1B Cincinnati Reds - Votto was scorching hot a week ago but he is 3-for-27 (.111) with one RBI and six strikeouts in his last seven games. His OPS in that time is .311.

Alex Gordon, OF Kansas City Royals - Gordon was hitting .352 as recently as May 22 but his average has come back down to Earth after a 9-for-49 (.184) slump. The outfielder is 2-for-22 (.091) with eight strikeouts and zero RBI in his last six games. Gordon probably has some more regression in his future, as he has a career-high .383 BABIP even thought his line-drive rate is down from 25 percent to 22.7 percent since last season.

Pitchers

Yovani Gallardo, RHP Milwaukee Brewers - The A's handed Gallardo his sixth loss of the season Wednesday by getting to him for six hits and five runs. Gallardo really hasn't had anything all season -- his K/9 is 7.33, down from a 9.05 career rate, and he has allowed line drives at a rate of 28.4 percent, second worst in all of baseball.

Dan Haren, RHP Washington Nationals - The New York Mets launched three homers off Haren Wednesday night, bringing the right-hander's homer total up to 15 in just 67 2/3 innings. This season, Haren has both a career-high flyball rate and a career-high HR/FB.

Jake Peavy, RHP Chicago White Sox - It turns out the sharp pain Peavy felt during his last start was a non-displaced rib fracture on his left side. The right-hander will spend 4-6 weeks resting before starting his rehab program. Peavy will return to a 4.30 ERA after allowing 15 hits and 12 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over his last two starts.




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