Who's Hot, Who's Not - June 20
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

Carlos Gonzalez, OF Colorado Rockies - I'd like to not list the same players in this section every week because there are plenty of hot players to choose from who don't make the cut, but Gonzalez and the man below, Chris Davis, keep demanding recognition. CarGo hit .440 (11-for-25) with three homers, five RBI, seven runs, a steal and a 1.441 OPS over his last six games.

Chris Davis, 1B Baltimore Orioles - So much for that brief slump earlier this month. After going 0-for-15 with six strikeouts from June 7-10, Davis has hit .353 with six homers and 14 RBI over his last eight games.

Buster Posey, C San Francisco Giants - Posey has picked up a hit in half his at-bats (12-for-24) and posted a 1.264 OPS over his last seven games. He has five doubles, five RBI, five walks and zero strikeouts in that span. Posey has cut his strikeout rate from 15.7 percent in 2012 to a career-low 11.4 percent this year, but a declining line-drive rate (from 24.6% to 17.1%) and HR/FB (18.8% to 10.4%) has to be a concern for fantasy owners.

Ryan Howard, 1B Philadelphia Phillies - Howard picked up the "Golden Sombrero" with four strikeouts in four at-bats Wednesday night, but he's still hitting .440 with one homer, six RBI and a 1.251 OPS over his last seven games.

Gregor Blanco, OF San Francisco Giants - San Francisco's defensive ace has made use of his bat lately, going 11-for-25 (.440) and driving in seven runs over his last seven games (five starts).

Pitchers

Ervin Santana, RHP Kansas City Royals - Santana had a 4.72 ERA and went 0-4 in May, but he has rebounded in June with four straight outings of at least seven innings and two earned runs or less. He had a 0.61 ERA and a 0.68 WHIP over his last two starts. Santana has a career-low 1.36 BB/9 and has trimmed his HR/9 from 1.97 in 2012 to 1.27 this season.

Jeff Locke, LHP Pittsburgh Pirates - Locke threw his seventh start of the season in which he allowed zero earned runs Wednesday at Cincinnati and now has a 2.01 ERA. He has thrown 14 straight scoreless frames over his last two starts and has an ERA of 0.82 over his last seven.

Madison Bumgarner, LHP San Francisco Giants - Bumgarner went 1-3 with a 6.14 ERA from May 17 to June 8, but he has fanned 18 batters and posted a 1.29 ERA while going 2-0 over his last two starts.

Who's Not

Hitters

Marcell Ozuna, OF Miami Marlins - Has Ozuna hit the rookie wall already? The outfielder, who came up to the majors from Double-A this season, was hitting .331 on June 9, but he's 2-for-31 (.065) over his last eight games.

Elvis Andrus, SS Texas Rangers - Andrus has been in a slump all season, and it has gotten worse lately. He's 1-for-22 (.045) over his last five games, and his average is down to .238 for the year.

James Loney, 1B Tampa Bay Rays - Loney's two-hit game Wednesday snapped an 0- for-18 streak. The first baseman is only batting .139 (5-for-36) since June 9.

Brandon Phillips, 2B Cincinnati Reds - Phillips hasn't had a multi-hit game since June 10 and is hitting .095 (2-for-21) over his last five games. Phillips' line-drive rate is down from 20.6 percent to 17.5 percent and his strikeout rate is up 12.7 to 14.5 percent since 2012.

Alfonso Soriano, OF Chicago Cubs - Soriano has whiffed 13 times in his last 40 at-bats and is batting .125 with four RBI in that span. He went 2-for-25 (.080) over the last six games. Soriano has a career-low 9.0 HR/FB.

Pitchers

Lance Lynn, RHP St. Louis Cardinals - When fantasy owners see the Marlins on the schedule as an opponent for one of their starters, they expect at least a quality start. However, Lynn allowed nine hits, walked three and gave up seven earned runs in five innings on June 15 at Miami. That followed a four-run, six- inning effort at Cincinnati.

Matt Moore, LHP Tampa Bay Rays - The unraveling of Moore's season continued June 14 when he allowed seven hits and five earned runs with four walks in 5 1/3 innings against the Royals. He has given up 26 hits and 19 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings over his last three turns.

Jon Lester, LHP Boston Red Sox - If Lester can't beat the Baltimore Orioles, you know something is wrong. The lefty had a 14-1 career record against the Birds prior to his start Sunday, but he allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings. He has a 7.20 ERA and has allowed 47 hits and walked 18 batters in 35 innings over his last six starts.




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