Who's Hot, Who's Not - July 25
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."

(All stats as of Wednesday, July 24)

Who's Hot

Hitters

Wil Myers, RF, Tampa Bay Rays - In just 121 at-bats, Myers has jumped to the head of a weak class for AL Rookie of the Year. He has picked up eight multi- hit games in his last nine games, including seven in a row, and is batting .500 with three doubles, two homers, eight RBI and a 1.275 OPS in that span.

Alejandro De Aza, CF, Chicago White Sox - De Aza has batted .449 with five doubles, a triple, two homers, four RBI, 11 runs, two steals and a 1.223 OPS over his last 12 games and is threatening to join the top-50 fantasy players with a .280 average, 12 home runs, 44 RBI, 58 runs, 12 steals and a .780 OPS this season.

Junior Lake, CF, Chicago Cubs - The Cubs prospect has been more Lake Superior than Lake Ontario so far, collecting 14 hits, including three doubles and two homers, in his first 27 major league at-bats. Lake hit .295 with 16 extra-base hits (four home runs) and 14 steals in 156 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa this season.

Jayson Werth, RF, Washington Nationals - After hitting just 25 homers in 231 games with the Nationals over the last two season and eight in his first 58 this year, Werth's power has returned in the second half of this month. He had back-to-back multi-homer games on July 21 and 22 and hit another one Wednesday against the Pirates. Werth is hitting .411 with seven bombs, 15 RBI, 10 walks and a 1.296 OPS since July 4.

Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles - Wieters clearly likes getting a few extra days off during the All-Star break -- he has hit .476 with two homers in five games since the break ended and owns a .792 OPS after the All-Star break in his career, compared to .715 before.

More: Hunter Pence (15-for-34 last nine games); Allen Craig (41-for-99, four HR, 27 RBI last 27 games); Mike Napoli (7-for-15, three HR last four games)

Pitchers

Scott Kazmir, LHP, Cleveland Indians - Kazmir one-hit the Mariners over eight innings Wednesday one start after allowing just two hits in six innings against the Twins. The lefty is 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA over his last 45 innings.

Matt Moore, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays - Moore threw his first complete game in a two- hit shutout of the Red Sox Monday to improve to 14-3. After losing three straight starts and posting a 13.86 ERA in his first three outings of June, Moore has won six consecutive starts and recorded a 1.50 ERA and a .143 opponents' batting average in that stretch.

Bronson Arroyo, RHP, Cincinnati Reds - The 36-year-old Arroyo, who is seemingly made of rubber based on his ability to both throw 200 innings in every season and swing his leg out like a fire hose during his windup, threw his sixth career shutout Monday against the Giants. He's 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA in July.

More: Wily Peralta (2-0, 0.31 ERA last four starts); Chris Archer (3-0, 0.96 ERA in July); Jered Weaver (2-0, 0.00 ERA last two starts)

Who's Not

Hitters

Ryan Braun, LF, Milwaukee Brewers - The first punishment from the Biogenesis investigation was levied this week in the form of a 65-game suspension for Braun. The disgraced outfielder will finish up with a .298 average, nine homers, four steals, an .869 OPS and a boatload of shame and (possibly phony) contrition. Hopefully he has some money saved up, because while he'll still get $113 million from the Brewers after this season, he's not going to get another paycheck until then. Better start updating your resume, Ryan.

Aaron Hill, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks - Hill has gone into a deep slump over the last couple of weeks, hitting .129 with 11 strikeouts in 31 at-bats. Because he doesn't have many at-bats this season due to a fractured hand, his average has dropped 43 points in the last nine games.

Jed Lowrie, SS, Oakland Athletics - Lowrie has maintained a .300 average for most of the season, but he's down to .283 after going 3-for-32 (.094) over his last eight games.

Alex Gordon, LF, Kansas City Royals - Gordon is actually batting under .200 (.188) with just seven extra-base hits over his last 44 games, and he has gone 5-for-41 (.122) with 17 K and a .387 OPS in his last 11.

Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox - Pedroia received a fat new contract extension this week, so he's doing pretty well in the game of life, but he has started off the second half in a 2-for-23 (.087) slump.

More: Anthony Rendon (2-24, five K last six games); Justin Ruggiano (1-42 last 13 games); Jose Iglesias (3-29 last eight games)

Pitchers

Paul Maholm, LHP, Atlanta Braves - Maholm carried a 9-6 record and a 3.69 ERA into July, but he went 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA in his first three starts of the month before hitting the disabled list with a left wrist injury.

Josh Johnson, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays - The lowest this former ace's ERA has been at any point this season is 4.38, and he's up to 5.66 after giving up 12 earned runs on 14 hits in his last eight innings.

CC Sabathia, LHP, New York Yankees - It's not a good sign that, just 21 starts into the season, Sabathia already has set a new career-high for home runs served up with 23. After being staked to a 3-0 lead in the rubber match of New York's series at Boston Sunday, Sabathia gave up nine hits, two homers and seven earned runs in five innings. Afterward, Sabathia summed up his struggles better than I ever could by saying, "I suck."

More: Lance Lynn (1-4, 6.30 ERA, 1.63 WHIP last five starts); Mat Latos (2-1, 7.20 ERA, 1.93 WHIP last three starts); Jason Hammel (0-3, 5.23 ERA, 1.49 WHIP last seven starts)




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