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Welcome to the first edition of The Sports Network's Who's Hot, Who's Not feature for the 2013 MLB season.
Every Wednesday, we'll be recapping some players who either have been destroying the competition or failing to meet expectations.
Austin Jackson, OF Detroit Tigers - We'll lead off with Jackson, because he's just so good at setting the table. Jackson is 14-for-32 with a double, a triple and a homer, six RBIs, one steal and 10 runs scored over his last six games. He has a .448 OBP and 19 runs scored in 13 games this season. The outfielder trimmed his K/BB from 3.23 in 2011 to 2.0 last season, and he has posted a 0.83 K/BB this year.
Joe Mauer, C Minnesota Twins - Mauer has collected four hits and three RBIs in each of the last two games and is 16-for-31 (.516) with four doubles, two homers, seven RBIs and seven runs scored over his last seven games. As usual, he'll make a run at another batting title if he stays healthy enough to get the necessary at-bats.
Starling Marte, OF Pittsburgh Pirates - Marte has picked up multiple hits in eight of his last nine games and is 18-for-39 (.462) with five extra-base hits, seven RBIs, two steals and nine runs scored in that span. We'll see if that 14/2 K/BB catches up to him.
Matt Harvey, RHP New York Mets - Harvey two-hit the Twins over eight innings in his most recent start and has given up just six hits and two runs while striking out 25 in 22 innings this season. Harvey has fanned 95 batters in 81 1/3 big league innings since being called up in 2012.
Paul Maholm, LHP Atlanta Braves - One-hitting the lowly Miami Marlins over seven scoreless innings on April 8 is nice, but holding the Washington Nationals to four hits and no runs over 7 2/3 innings in his next start is downright impressive. Maholm's ERA remains spotless through 20 1/3 innings this season.
Clay Buchholz, RHP Boston Red Sox - Buchholz took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays and finished with eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball and 11 strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season. Buchholz has allowed 11 hits and one earned through 22 innings in starting out 3-0, and all three wins have come against AL East rivals. That's a complete 180 from how he started last season -- 9.09 ERA, 2.02 WHIP in 32 2/3 innings over his first six starts.
Aaron Hicks, OF Minnesota Twins - Hicks hit .370 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 73 spring training at-bats to win the center field job despite never playing a game above Double-A, but he looks like he's going to need some Triple-A seasoning. The 23-year-old rookie has a total of two hits in 45 at- bats, and he has struck out 20 times. He has zero base knocks in his last 19 at-bats.
Josh Reddick, OF Oakland Athletics - Reddick has one hit and seven strikeouts in 15 at-bats since returning from a sprained wrist, and he is 4-for-39 (.103) on the season. That follows up him batting .215 with 74 strikeouts in 73 games after the All-Star break last season.
Adam Dunn, DH Chicago White Sox - Dunn's low batting average was tolerable last season when he hit 41 homers and walked 105 times, but he has just two home runs and three walks to go with 17 strikeouts in 50 at-bats this year. The lumbering DH is 0-for-17 over his last five games and 1-for-29 since his last home run.
Jarrod Parker, RHP Oakland Athletics - The 24-year-old Parker was supposed to be Oakland's ace this year, but he hasn't been right since spring training. He had a 7.45 ERA this spring and has allowed 18 hits, five walks and 10 earned runs over his last 6 2/3 innings.
Dan Haren, RHP Washington Nationals - Haren has been serving up some fat pitches this year and has allowed 26 hits, five homers and 12 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings. He only has one walk, but that's likely because hitters are eager to take a hack at his stuff as soon as they step in the box.
Yovani Gallardo, RHP Milwaukee Brewers - Gallardo gave up seven hits, and five earned runs to the St. Louis Cardinals in his most recent start and has allowed 26 hits and 12 earned in 16 1/3 innings this year. The right-hander has won 60 games, posted an ERA south of four and struck out at least 200 batters in each of the last four seasons, but his average four-seam fastball velocity is down to 90.3 mph this year, compared to 92.2 mph for his career, and he has been reluctant to throw it as much as he usually does.