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Who's Hot, Who's Not - Hitting May 18

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Who's Hot

Jhonny Peralta, DET - As a shortstop, Peralta has been providing above average power since his days in Cleveland and has continued after arriving in Detroit last year. While his current 0.882 OPS is already above average for the shortstop position (only Troy Tulowitzki finished above that number last season), over the past two weeks the number has been positively spectacular - 1.441. He's owned in about 60-percent of all leagues and should be a solid pickup for those in need of middle infield help.

Carlos Pena, CHC - As cold as Pena was at the beginning of the year, that how hot he is this week. Pena didn't hit his first homer of the year until May 3rd, but now has five. His OPS over the past 14 days is a stunning 1.279. Pena has always been a streaky hitter, so you should jump on this opportunity immediately (50-percent ownership), ride the wave for as long as it lasts, then jump off as quickly as possible.

Vladimir Guerrero, BAL - So far it hasn't made a difference where Guerrero called home, be it Montreal, Anaheim or Arlington - he's always hit the ball well. So while he started slowly this season in his first year in Baltimore (March/April OPS of 0.673), it was only a matter of time. Vlad's May OPS is 0.904 and along with Nick Markakis' improvement at the plate has led the Orioles close to the .500 mark by winning five of the last seven games. Guerrero is still available in one out of every five leagues.

Who's Not

Miguel Cabrera, DET - Cabrera is one of the best hitters in baseball, owns a season-long OPS of near 1.000, but he's been scuffling over the past two weeks. He hasn't hit a homer since April 30th and is batting just .250 for the month with an OPS of 0.735. History tells us that Cabrera is normally a fast starter in April (career April OPS 1.004), then slows a bit in May (0.947) and June (0.897) before exploding again in August (1.025). Take a deep breath, relax and start Cabrera every day. It could be a lot worse, you could be starting Adam Dunn.

Alex Gordon, KC - Gordon was the talk of spring training and the first weeks of the season after posting numbers which suggested the No.2 overall pick of the 2005 draft was finally going to reach those lofty expectations. He batted .361 for the first three weeks with a solid OPS of 0.914. Things haven't been going as smoothly in May with a batting average of .170, an OPS of 0.539 and just a single homer with four RBIs. He might still bring some trade value, but don't wait too long or you will be stuck having to sit him on your bench getting little in return.

Carlos Quentin, CWS - Like Pena, the home run hitting Quentin is very streaky and he's currently in a "dry spell." After slugging six home runs in the first three weeks along with a .320 batting average and an OPS of 1.107, Quentin has gone quiet. Since April 22nd, he's batting just .182 with two homers and an OPS of 0.593. If you have the depth to sit him, do so, until he begins to swing well again.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.


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