Jed Lowrie – The hottest shortstop in the American League plays in Boston, and Lowrie is burning up the bean. Lowrie has three round trippers in his last six games and is hitting a robust .432. With a base hit in eight of his last nine games, Lowrie is clearly the best shortstop in Boston, and it’s painfully obvious that Marco Scuatro will be left on the bench at this torrid pace. Owned in 51.6% of ESPN leagues, Lowrie is not only a must add for this weekend with Ervin Santana and Matt Palmer on the mound, but possibly for the rest of 2011. In h2h leagues it’s all about riding the hot bat, so add Lowrie and feel free to bench your lukewarm shortstop.
Dillon Gee – Guaranteed at least one more start before Chris Young returns from the dl, Gee will look to shutdown Arizona on Saturday. To finish up 2010 Gee posted a 2.18 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in five starts, while looking sharp in his 2011 debut against Atlanta, holding them to one run in just over five innings pitched. A strikeout machine in the minors, Gee led the International League and all of Triple A in 2010, so he could work his way into the Mets rotation. Monitor Gee’s status going forward, and start him with confidence against the free swinging Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Alexi Ogando – Owned in just fewer than 50% of ESPN leagues, Ogando is an automatic pickup if you need a win in your h2h league this weekend. If you’re not an ace, stating a pitcher at Yankee stadium is a disaster so Ogando giving up five earned runs to the Bronx Bombers is certainly not a surprise. The Royals are not the Yankees, and before his last start Ogando had gone 13 innings pitched, with four hits without allowing a run. His era was not going to remain at zero forever, but with the Royals on deck he has a legitimate shot at lowering it from 2.33 this weekend
Randy Wolf – Two seasons ago Wolf was a legitimate fantasy starter, posting a 3.23 era and 160k with Los Angeles. Last season after signing a big contract to play in Milwaukee Wolf struggled a bit, but now as the team’s fourth starter the veteran lefty looks to be in control. His last two starts were gems, throwing 12.2 innings of five hit, 15k, zero run ball which included a start in Philadelphia. The Astros head into Miller Park on Sunday and their offense which reminds me of the Indians in the first 30 minutes of the movie Major League. Give Randy the ball on Sunday and let’s hope 2011 is similar to 2009.