Who's Hot, Who's Not - May 15
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

Jean Segura, SS Milwaukee Brewers - Here's some good news for the National League rookie field: since Segura had 151 at-bats last season, he's technically considered a second-year player. Otherwise, he might run away with the Rookie of the Year race. The 23-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down and is 12-for-23 (.522) with three homers, five RBI, five runs and five steals in his last five games.

Justin Morneau, 1B Minnesota Twins - Morneau's power has been sapped (3.8 percent HR/FB), but at least he's hitting and driving in runs again. The first baseman has a 10-game hitting streak and has gone 13-for-27 (.481) with five doubles and 10 RBI over his last seven games.

Adrian Beltre, 3B Texas Rangers - As we saw last year when he hit .377 with 17 homers in his final 38 games, Beltre is like the boulder chasing Indiana Jones when he gets hot. He's going to keep rolling and destroying everything in his path until gravity intervenes. He appears to be getting on one of his hot streaks now, as he has gone 12-for-27 (.444) with three homers over his last six games.

Marco Scutaro, 2B/3B/SS San Francisco Giants - Scutaro was hitting just .215 going into April 29, but he has hit safely in all 13 games since then and is batting .516 (16-for-31) with four doubles, a triple, a homer and five RBI during a string of seven straight multi-hit games.

Vernon Wells, OF New York Yankees - Wells is hot at just the right time, as Curtis Granderson came off the disabled list Tuesday. The veteran hit .414 with three homers over his last eight games and has nine home runs on the year.

Pitchers

Justin Masterson, RHP Cleveland Indians - Cleveland's groundball-throwing ace fired his second shutout of the season Monday against the Yankees. He has won two straight starts and had a 1.69 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP in that stretch.

Clayton Kershaw, LHP Los Angeles Dodgers - Kershaw came within one out of tossing his second shutout of the season Tuesday against the Nationals. He ended up allowing five hits and striking out 11 in 8 2/3 innings and owns a 1.40 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP on the season.

Shelby Miller of the St. Louis Cardinals, Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox each threw one-hit, no-walk shutouts in the past week. Miller's was the most impressive, as he struck out 13 and retired 27 straight batters after allowing a leadoff hit in the first inning.

Who's Not

Hitters

Ryan Howard, 1B Philadelphia Phillies - Howard raised his average to .282 on May 7, but he is 2-for-22 with 11 strikeouts since then.

Yoenis Cespedes, OF Oakland Athletics - Cespedes' average has reached a high- water mark of just .244 this season, and after hitting that mark on May 7, he has gone 2-for-26 (.077) with six strikeouts.

Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B Milwaukee Brewers - Welcome back to Earth, Mr. Betancourt. How was your trip? Betancourt hit eight homers and drove in 24 runs over his first 30 games this year, but he has picked up two hits in his last 25 at-bats and his average has dropped to .238 on the season.

Nate McLouth, OF Baltimore Orioles - McLouth has hit a rough patch lately. After going 0-for-4 Wednesday afternoon, McLouth is 3-for-28 (.107) with five strikeouts over his last seven games.

Ike Davis, 1B New York Mets - Davis' entire season has been one long frigid stretch, so his recent hitless streak hasn't done much damage to his batting average. However, it's worth mentioning that he is 0-for-13 with five K in his last four games and 3-for-22 (.136) in his last seven.

Pitchers

Jon Niese, LHP New York Mets - Niese allowed eight hits and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings Saturday against Pittsburgh and has walked nine and given up 15 hits and 15 earned runs in his last 8 1/3. His ERA sits at 5.93 after those two shellings.

Kyle Lohse, RHP Milwaukee Brewers - Lohse usually has things under control, but he walked five batters and gave up five hits in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday at Pittsburgh. He was lucky to get out of the game with just two earned runs allowed. He has given up 25 hits and 10 earned runs and walked eight batters over his last 17 innings.

Shaun Marcum, RHP New York Mets - After the Pirates tagged him for nine hits and six earned in 4 2/3 innings in his latest start, Marcum is 0-3 with an 8.59 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP in four starts since returning from a neck strain.

Carlos Villanueva, RHP Chicago Cubs - Villanueva surrendered seven earned runs on 12 hits and struck out one in five innings in his worst start of the season Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. The right-hander has given up four earned runs or more in three of his last four starts. The downswing has come at a poor time for Villanueva, as Matt Garza is nearing a return and the Cubs will have to decide between using a six-man rotation or dropping Villanueva or Scott Feldman out of the starting five.

Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Tampa Bay Rays - Hellickson gave up six hits and six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the San Diego Padres and has a 7.15 ERA over his last four turns.




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