Fantasy
Who's Hot, Who's Not - Hitting July 27

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While all six members of today's piece have been an All-Star at some point during their career, not all are playing like one at this moment.

Who's Hot

Ben Zobrist - Zobrist is putting together a year reminiscent of his 2009 All-Star campaign when he first appeared on fantasy radar screens (.297. 27 HR, 91 RBI, 0.948 OPS). Add in his multi-position eligibility (2B, OF) and Zobrist is once again a valuable asset. Over the past two weeks he's batted .350 and posted an OPS of 1.200, 329 points above his season average.

Dustin Pedroia - With Kevin Youkilis hurt, the "Laser Show" a.k.a. Pedroia batted cleanup on Tuesday night and went 4-for-5. For his career, he is batting .559 in the No.4 hole (19-for-34). Pedroia is in the midst of a career-high 23-game hitting streak and has raised his average from .273 to .304. There is no second baseman that I would trade him for - not Robinson Cano or Chase Utley.

David Wright - Wright has made a triumphant return from a nine-week stint on the disabled list (May 16 - July 21). In his first five games, he's batted .417 with a homer and seven RBI and an OPS of 1.083. That's a far cry from the guy who headed to the DL batting .226 with an OPS of 0.741. Hopefully he'll continue at a high level for the remainder of the season.

Who's Not

Prince Fielder - After a scalding hot June, Fielder has turned ice cold in July, batting just .234 with one home run and four RBI in 22 games. Fortunately, the month is almost over and looking at Fielder's 2011 production we can see that he has alternated each month from hot to cold (April OPS 1.047, May 0.804, June 1.238, July 0.673). August 1st can't come soon enough.

Hunter Pence - Perhaps all the trade talk centering around the Astros' outfielder is beginning to hurt his on-field performance. He is Houston's most "tradable" property - a hot bat with a reasonable contract. However, since the All-Star break as rumors have peaked, Pence's OPS has dropped 316 points. He's batted just .175 in the past 11 games with one extra-base hit. It's a good time to reach out to his owner and ask about his availability.

Adrian Gonzalez - It's a rarity to find the league's leading hitter on the "Who's Not" portion of the article, particularly after batting .306 in the 11 games since the All-Star break, but he has just one extra-base hit and his OPS over that span is under 0.700 versus his season average of 0.970. In fact, since June 18th, he's hit just two home runs and fantasy owners should be starting to worry about his sudden loss of power. It could be time to trade him before others begin to notice.



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