I feel I need to have a moment of honesty with you all. It’s been a tough go of late. Don’t worry, I don’t need to be institutionalized (note the sweet Pirates hat in the video). I think I need to retire the Hit of the Week. I messed with the Razzball gods, and have been burned by the flames that surround that animated baseball. I’m a creepy guy who should stick to writing about Creeper’s. That is what the universe wants and that’s what it gets. Don’t get me wrong, unfortunate managerial decisions have killed some of my calls. Cameron Maybin got benched for three games that week in favor of Quentin! *shakes fist* Kole Calhoun was sucked into the abyss of the Sciosciapath’s path. I really wanted to suggest C.J. Cron this week, but I fear the folly of Big Mike and his managerial circus. Maybe Jack Clark and Chili Davis should of hit him harder? Last week Mitch Moreland did a lite version of the Full Loney, a Cuarenta Uno? I would of been happy with a Forty Twenty all week from him. Thanks for the new term OTS! What am I to do? My “others to consider” have actually done better than my main calls. Mark Reynolds, Chris Carter and Kolten Wong all out hit Mitch Moreland this week, and the week before, Garrett Jones and Adam Dunn both killed it, while Kole Calhoun sucked it. So you can take this one of two ways. Either only pay attention to the others under consideration because they will be useful, while the focus player won’t, or there is no other choice. I’m kidding, this isn’t a perfect science. In one of my leagues, the FCL, the quality batty calls are amazing. Those dudes are on fire with their adds *tips cap*. Speaking of the FCL, I would like to send a shout out to my new favorite commenter de Nachos. Dude looks like Brett Favre, owns a fungo bat, bought a championship belt for our league, and got a concussion the other day. I lit a prayer candle for you homeboy…..Life’s a risk, carnal!
I really wanted to put Oswaldo Arcia as my Hit of the Week. It was hard to resist the urge to put the hot guy on top. Uhh…that came out wong. He’s been mentioned on the daily by Grey and has really delivered this week with two homers, 3 doubles and 3 multi hit games. He gets five right handers this week which is nice for a lefty. But hey, this is a write up for Josh Willingham and his return to the Twins….or is it? Maybe it’s kinda both. Willingham is the 66th rated hitter on the Hitter-Tron for the coming week and only 4.8% owned in ESPN. This week the Twins get a full schedule starting with their NL kinda sorta not really rivals the Brewers in a split series then finish it against the Hotstros at home. Unfortunately there are not enough numbers to really give you any evidence to say he’s due to break out. So I’m going the gut route here. The guy is a home run hitter. That’s what he does. It doesn’t matter what park he’s in or who he is facing, the guy is a masher when healthy. Let’s look at some of his numbers over the last three years. Against left handers he’s hit 29 HR’s to 49 vs. right handers. At home he’s hit 43 HR’s to 35 on the road. He’s called the O.Co and Target field home over that span and those parks are not considered as “hitter friendly”. Last year before his injury he was in line for his usual numbers, which is around an average of 5 home runs a month. Sadly, after coming off the DL he was not the same hitter the rest of the way.
This week against the Brewers he gets two pitchers he’s taken yard which is always promising. In the Astros series he gets three guys with minimal history against which could be bad news for those arms. Josh is a little bit Zombino and a little bit Schmotato, he’s a Zomtato! He’s old and can get crazy hot. His K rate can make him schmohawky to impatient owners or frequently dropped in a rosterbaters league. Before you question the validity of a rosterbaters league, they are real and are crazy to play in. See RCL’s! Right now with Super 2 status coming many owners are being rookifiles. If you are on the outside looking in you should go grab Willingham. When healthy, he’ll put up more homers than most of them rookies and bat in the middle of the lineup. He won’t go through the bumps of learning to play on the big league level and can give you the boost you need in the all important home run category. I don’t think two knocks and 6+ RBI’s are out of the question this week. Do you? I’ll see you all this Thursday when I return to my DraftKings spot after having to take a leave of absence last week.