Inside the N.L. West:
There seems to be no stopping the Rockies from spiraling into the depths of despair and ineptitude.
Troy Tulowitzki wants to play for a winner and Colorado seems miles away from contending anytime soon. Should the Rockies move their most valuable asset or at least entertain offers as the trade deadline approaches?
While I would love to see Colorado build a consistent contender around both Tulo and Car-Go, the club has not shown any vision or given fans hope that the future will be any different. Several teams will inquire about the greatest offensive shortstop in the game, but if the Rockies front office does its due diligence, Tulo will play the remainder of 2014 in Denver and be moved in the off-season for a boatload of prospects, pitchers, and draft picks.
In the meantime, Carlos Gonzalez is expected to return to the lineup this weekend and Tulowitzki will continue to mash.
Every week Three Up Three Down examines each division and offers an in-depth look at the highs and lows with insight for fantasy owners and baseball fans alike.
Dee Gordon, 2B/SS Los Angeles Dodgers: The fastest National Leaguer not named Billy Hamilton continues to sparkle at the plate and was named to the N.L. All Star roster. Over the last 15 days Gordon is hitting an unsightly .415 while scoring 8 runs.
Fantasy Advice: Gordon’s stolen base numbers have dipped slightly over the last few weeks, but he’s still swiped 42 bags on the season and we’re not even to the All-Star Break.
Chase Headley, 3B San Diego Padres: To be sure, it’s unusual to find a Padres hitter in this section but Headley might not be playing in the N.L. West for much longer. While he’s still not slugging that great (.388 over the last 15 days) Headley’s average is rising and looks to be the centerpiece for several American League clubs as the trade deadline approaches.
Fantasy Advice: Play him while he’s hot. If Headley does get traded it might be wise to hold onto him and check out his production (or lack thereof) before making any moves.
David Peralta, OF Arizona Diamondbacks: The 26-year old outfielder has been a pleasant surprise this season in the desert. Through 33 games he’s batting .331 with three home runs and 15 games.
Fantasy Advice: As injuries continue to mount all over MLB, Peralta is worth an extended look on your fantasy roster. He’s cheap and gets regular playing time.
Nolan Arenado, 3B Colorado Rockies: Owners are happy to see their slugging third baseman return from the D.L. but are growing impatient waiting for him to return to form. In the six games since his return, Arenado has gone 3-for-22 (.136) while not registering an extra base hit.
Fantasy Advice: As the weather continues to heat up in Denver, so too will Arenado. Make a play for this excellent Buy Low candidate today.
Brandon Crawford, SS San Francisco Giants: Even a Brandons Weekend full of bobbleheads wasn’t enough to stop the slide in production from Crawford. Over the last 15 days the Giants infield captain is 6-for-43 (.140) and hasn’t driven in a run.
Fantasy Advice: There has to be better, more consistent shortstop production out there somewhere.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP Los Angeles Dodgers: Despite being spotted a five run lead after a half inning in Detroit last night, the lefthanded ball of dough know as Ryu got absolutely hammered by the Tigers to the tune of seven runs on ten hits in just 2.1 innings.
Fantasy Advice: If you’re a Ryu owner don’t worry, if you aren’t try to hype up the southpaw getting rocked to his current owner and take him off their hands for cheap.
The Rockies captain continues to be a bright shining light in the dark clouds enveloping this franchise. Enjoy another weekend of extra base hits and RBIs before watching Tulo in the All-Star Game festivities from Minnesota.
The Gyorko Store called and said Jedd is still several weeks away from returning to the lineup despite resuming baseball activities at the Padres Spring Training facilities. Once he does come back fantasy owners better look out as Gyorko makes a run at the Mendoza line.