Posted: Tuesday April 19, 2005 3:28PM; Updated: Tuesday April 19, 2005 3:56PM
4. Brett Myers, Phillies: The right-hander always has had the arm but has never put things together. Could this be the year he does? He's allowed just one earned run while striking out 20 in 20 1/3 innings pitched this season, but only has one win.
5. Francisco Cordero, Rangers: He saved three games this past week while not giving up a run in 2 1/3 innings pitched.
Five not-so-hot hitters
1. Vernon Wells, Blue Jays: It's early, but I'd have a red flag up regarding Wells. His average dropped 45 points from 2003 to 2004, and all of his other numbers were down considerably (he did play in 27 less games in '04). He had just two hits in 23 at-bats this past week before a 3-for-5 game on Monday.
2. Richard Hidalgo, Rangers: Hidalgo usually starts out hot and then fades in the second half. For his career he's a .283 hitter before the All-Star break and a .234 hitter after. However, the new Ranger had a hideous week, going 1 for 23 with no RBIs.
3. David Bell, Phillies: Unlike Hidalgo, Bell usually heats up in the second half, and if you own the third baseman you're hoping that trend continues because he was just one for his past 20 before a 2-for-4 game on Monday. For the season he has no homers and four RBIs.
4. David Wright, Mets: The third baseman got off to a good start in the opening series of the season, but he had a rough time last week, going 1 for 16 with no homers or RBIs.
5. Eric Chavez: A's: The slugger hasn't been slugging. He has one double, two homers and four RBIs while hitting .191.
Five not-so-hot pitchers
1. Guillermo Mota, Marlins: Mota hasn't pitched poorly, but he hasn't had a save thanks to the starters racking up complete games.
2. Byung-Hyun Kim, Rockies: Most fantasy players know to avoid Colorado pitchers like the plague. But if you somehow had a temporary loss of your mental facilities and thought Kim might pick up a save here and there, come back to earth. The damage he will do to your stats won't make up for the occasional save. Kim lost two games this week and for the season has walked 10 batters in 8.1 innings pitched. Oh yeah, he's also sporting a 7.56 ERA.
3. Kerry Wood, Cubs: Wood probably will be a problem for fantasy owners all season. How can you have faith that his arm will hold up? If you're waiting for him to build up arm strength and hit his groove, that may take a while. He was roughed up twice this week, giving up 11 earned runs in 12 2/3 innings pitched.
4. Kip Wells, Pirates: The best thing you can say about Wells is that he hasn't had a short outing yet. However, he's lost all three of his starts, giving up 15 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings pitched. His WHIP is also a disaster, he's allowed 19 hits and 13 walks.
5. Kirk Rueter, Giants: The left-hander's numbers never have been pretty, but he did win 10-plus games from 1997-2003. This season he's winless, hasn't pitched more than five innings in any of this three starts and has a 7.62 ERA.
Five players to watch
1. Ken Griffey Jr., Reds: Junior hasn't been awful (.282) but hasn't hit for power (no HRs, three RBIs). Meanwhile, Wily Mo Pena contributes whenever he's in the lineup. We're not saying Griffey is headed for the bench, but don't be surprised to see his playing time go down.
2. Vicente Padilla, Phillies: The right-hander is scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Mets. Padilla was out with right triceps tendinitis, so don't put him in your lineups just yet. Monitor his first two starts and go from there.
3. Cliff Floyd, Mets: The constantly hurt outfielder was sidelined for a week with a strained rib cage. He returned Tuesday night and homered, but Floyd is just never going to play a full season with his brittle body. If he's already missed time with an injury, you can bet there's plenty of more where that came from. If you can find a Mets fan in your league, see if he'll take Floyd off your hands.
4. Dallas McPherson, Angles: The highly touted rookie was called up Monday after hitting .308 with three homers and 14 RBIs at Class AAA. Maicer Izturis and Robb Quinlan were splitting the duties at third, so expect McPherson to hold onto the job for the remainder of the season.
5. Dustin Hermanson, White Sox: He picked up two saves this week and hasn't allowed a run in four appearances this season. Is he the new closer? Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen has said Shingo Takatsu remains in that role, but Guillen's action speak differently. Hermanson might be good for some saves here and there, but beware. He'll implode sooner or later.