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Season-long statistics can be deceiving, so always make sure to check a player's most recent two weeks to find out how he's really performing. You'll be surprised at what you find.
Kelly Johnson, Arizona - Don't let the low batting average (.224) stop you from making a play for Johnson. He was batting .184 just 14 days ago. He's a stats-filler who could be a 20-20 second baseman this season. Johnson has hit six homers and knocked in 16 runs over the last two weeks with an OPS of 1.187. He's available for the low price of a waiver claim in one in every five leagues.
Michael Morse, Washington - After the first two weeks of the season, Morse was struggling to keep his batting average over the Mendoza Line. He was still batting just .211 at the end of April, but after the last two weeks in which he batted .409 with five homers and 13 RBIs he's now hitting a solid.301 and has taken over the cleanup spot for the Nationals. And the best news is that he's owned in just 36% of all leagues.
Jay Bruce, Cincinnati - It'll be a crime if Bruce isn't a starting outfielder for the National League in the All-Star game. He's certainly doing his best while the ballots are being filled out. Over the past two weeks he's hitting .429 with an OPS of 1.404 which is .475 over his season-long OPS. He leads the senior circuit in home runs and runs batted in. If you have him on your roster, enjoy the ride. If you want to trade for him, don't, the price will be astronomical. Wait for this streaky hitter's inevitable slump and then make an offer.
Dan Uggla, Atlanta - Uggla has always been a power guy who didn't hit for much of an average, but in the last two weeks he hasn't done either. Uggla's last home run was on May 15th and he's had four hits in his last 40 at-bats (OPS 0.240). He's got too much talent to cut, but he should get comfortable on your bench until he finds his home run stroke.
Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay - Zobrist was a big contributor to your lineup early in the season with a batting average in the .290s and an OPS around 0.950 through mid-May. Unfortunately, he's in the middle of an ugly slump which has him batting .106 for the past two weeks with an OPS of 0.316. His OPS has dropped from 0.944 to 0.802 in that same time span. Because he's eligible to play 1B, 2B and OF, he's too valuable to cut or trade, but he should be sitting on the bench.
Jeff Francoeur, Kansas City - Francoeur has a history of being a fast starter (career April OPS 0.804), so his April performance for the Royals shouldn't have surprised anyone (.314 batting average, OPS 0.926). Unfortunately, he also has a history for slumping in May (career May OPS 0.660) and he hasn't disappointed those who picked him up for the first month and traded him while his value was the highest, or simply cut him as the calendar turned to May. Over the past two weeks he's got an OPS of 0.548 with just 11 hits in 50 at- bats (.220) and one home run. It's time to dump him and use the spot for one of the many June rookie call ups which should take place by the end of this week.
Business and economic reports scheduled for release today:
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Commerce Department will release reports today on personal income and spending for January as well as construction spending for the first month of the year. Also, the Institute for Supply Management will release its manufacturing index for February.
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