Who’s hot, who’s not?
Week 2 in Major League Baseball is in the books and the Seattle Mariners are still considered a winning team…for now. The team came out firing, pulling off an unlikely comeback win in Texas and taking 2 of 3 from Oakland at home.
Pitching and hitting were both spotty, but both facets are already showing better promise than the last 3 seasons combined.
For the week, the Mariners played 6 games went 3-3 in those games, with the Mariners scoring 21 runs and their opponents scoring 27 runs.
Here are some picks for this week that could just get you a comeback victory of your own.
Blake Beavan – SP
Blake Beavan may be 1-1 on the season, but that loss was a poor reflection of how he pitched in the game. Once again, it was a case of the starter going later in the game with a great performance while the offense refused to give him run support.
In Texas, Beavan went 6 1/3 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 run, 3 K’s. He got the loss that game.
At home against Oakland, Beavan went 7 innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 runs and striking out 4. He won that game.
Beavan continues to show why he is underrated and should be looked at if you have a pitching spot open on your fantasy roster. While he’s not a #1 or #2, he has the makings of a grind guy who can eat innings and get you some wins if the team starts hitting on a daily basis.
Kyle Seager – 3B/2B
Kyle Seager is a hot topic amongst Mariners fans so far this season. The comments surrounding him have boiled down to “Don’t EVER sit this guy” and “Why do we still have Figgins? Look at Seager!”
This week, Seager went 6 for 24 at the plate. It doesn’t sound too impressive until you take a look and see that the Mariners managed only 3, 4, and 6 hits twice in games this week. Seager had 3 runs, 4 RBI’s with a home run and 3 doubles mixed in.
While he isn’t the best producer, if you’ve got spots to fill, especially utility or corner infield spots on slow days, Seager might just help you tip the scale.
Keep An Eye On
Jesus Montero – C/DH
Jesus Montero was cold last week. He warmed up this week after my warnings that he would need a little time to get adjusted. With him basically scheduled to hit almost every game, he will bounce back and forth between catcher and designated hitter. He looked good behind the plate, so he may get more looks there.
This week, Montero was 7 for 20 with 2 runs and 4 RBI’s. He had a home run and double on the week.
Continue to watch Montero. If he heats up even more, he could become an everyday option for your fantasy team.
Justin Smoak – 1B
Like Montero, Justin Smoak was labeled as cold last week. And also like Montero, he warmed up this week. He still didn’t put out the numbers we are all hoping for, but he improved on a poor first week and showed he might finally step up.
This week, Smoak was 6 for 26 with 3 runs and 3 RBI’s. He had a home run and a double in that span.
Smoak is not an every day guy on a fantasy team just yet. Keep an eye on him, though, because if he hits even better next week, it could be a good ushering to a new era of his career…production.
Brandon League – Closer
Closers are so under valued in most leagues, it’s ridiculous. Brandon League would normally go under the who’s hot category, but he plays for the Mariners. He has 4 saves on the year which is astounding, but you cannot count on the Mariners team to score the runs needed to allow League a save situation.
If the team can stay in games and give their starting pitchers some run support as they keep pitching deep into games, League will be a much more viable option. Because of the sometimes anemic offense, though, he may be a bit of a gamble.
This week, League made 3 appearances, 2 of them were successful save opportunities while the third outing was just to keep him fresh. In those 3 appearances, League tallied 2 saves while giving up 2 hits, a walk, and striking out 2 batters.
Miguel Olivo – C
Miguel Olivo was pretty clutch last year for the Mariners. On a team hitting like dog poop in the 2011 campaign, Olivo was that beacon of light that put the few runs up on the board for the Mariners. This year, he has started the complete opposite.
In fact, when Olivo was given a day off to rest, replacement John Jaso replaced him immediately in many fans hearts with his solid 1 game performance.
Over the week, Olivo went 2 for 20 with 2 RBI’s.
He wasn’t a good option to start with, but he really shouldn’t be getting any looks for the time being.
Brendan Ryan – SS
Brendan Ryan may have ended the week on the best possible note, but it cannot excuse the rest of the weeks performances. While Ryan is a fan favorite, he could quickly be turned on as the fans, like manager Eric Wedge, are looking for accountability and production.
This week, Ryan went 3 for 16 with 3 runs and 2 RBI’s with a home run and a double.
One of those runs and 2 of those RBI’s were hit in the last game of the week vs. Oakland making the rest of his week one to forget.
As you will have noticed, I left Felix and Ichiro off the list. If you have them, start them no matter what.
I will highlight them when they have spectacular weeks, but they are always good for constant production of key stats when needed.