Who’s hot, who’s not?
The Seattle Mariners had a very slow week. In fact, so did their opponents. The Mariners played all 7 days this week, an anomaly I’m sure brought on by the All-Star break. Either way, it was a rough week…again.
While the team managed to win 3 of the 7 games, it sure was ugly.
Hey, at least they’ve been consistent, right?
In 7 games, the Mariners managed to put up a measly 9 runs. Oddly enough, though, they stayed competitive in every game but one this week. Their opponents only scored 14 on the week, leaving the team thanking their lucky stars it wasn’t any worse.
Only putting up 9 runs in a week leaves me in quite a pickle for my list, but the pitchers bailed me and the anemic Mariner offense out.
Let’s see who made the list this week.
Felix Hernandez – SP
I normally keep Felix Hernandez off this list, because he is an automatic fantasy starter…no matter what. This week, however, the offense gave me zero option to choose anybody other than a couple pitchers.
Felix was lights out this week, pitching more like King Felix compared to the other guy we’ve seen on the mound in recent outings.
This week’s stat line: 9 innings, 5 hits, o Runs, o Earned Runs, 1 walk, 13 strike outs
Tom Wilhelmsen – Closer
Nobody has been more lights out since the emergence of Tom Wilhelmsen after taking over the Closer job. Whether or not he keeps the job throughout the year, Wilhelmsen has been a breath of fresh air on this team. Especially after following up Brandon League.
Wilhelmsen definitely deserves a spot in your RP on your fantasy team. While the Mariners may not win many games, they don’t score many runs which usually means just about every win will be a save situation.
This week’s stat line: 5 innings, 4 hits, 1 walk, 5 strike outs, 1 Save
Keep An Eye On
Dustin Ackley – 2B
It was hard to list any hitters above my Cold category, but I will give Dustin Ackley the benefit of the doubt. He has had half of this season now to prove to the Mariners that he was a worthy pick in the MLB Draft.
While there are many doubters out there still, Ackley has proven that he CAN hit the ball. It’s just a matter of consistency…the same issue with the team as a whole.
I still consider Ackley a starter on your fantasy team unless you have a better guy on hand. When Ackley breaks out of this ugly slump, it will most likely be well worth it to have him in your lineup.
This week’s stat line: 4 for 21 with 2 Runs, 0 RBI, 5 walks, 2 strike outs
Franklin Gutierrez – CF
Because Franklin Gutierrez has spent considerable time on the DL this season, I will not knock him for much or overly praise him. The fact is that he is fighting for a starting job every day with the crop of young guys waiting in Tacoma.
The Mariners have played switcharoo all season long and would not be surprised to see it again several more times.
While Guti isn’t necessarily a starter, keep your eye on his production. If it goes up much more, snag him. He’ll be playing for his job, literally.
This week’s stat line: 3 for 14 with 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 double, 1 strike out
Brandon League – RP
As if things weren’t bad enough for Brandon League, this week happened. He already lost his closer job and has failed at times since. This week, though, may be a new low of the poor guy.
What’s worse, though, is the fact that he has devalued himself to the point that I don’t think the Mariners can trade him for much more than a Chone Figgins type player.
This week’s stat line: 2 blown saves, 1 loss
Justin Smoak – 1B
While several guys could have made this category, I choose Justin Smoak from the list. His inconsistency is killing this team as well as his own stock with this Mariners teams and most likely the rest of Major League Baseball.
If Smoak doesn’t heat up soon, he may see his way to the bench or even out of town.
Smoak is a no go on your fantasy team. While he has shown flashes of greatness, they were just that…flashes.
This week’s stat line: 2 for 23 with a double, 4 walks, 3 strike outs