James Gordon | May 22, 2017
In the fourth edition of Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, we see some drastic changes from last week. Some of the hottest players two weeks ago have fallen down to the bottom, while players who’ve been injured prior to this week went off. So without further ado, I’ present to you week four of Who’s Hot, Who’s not.
1. Jake Lamb, 3B Diamondbacks
Lamb, who led the league in OPS with a line of .412/.565/1.176, had quite the performance last week. He drove in a league-high 10 runs and had three straight games with a home run, one being a 2-homer game!
2. J.D Martinez, OF Tigers
What a performance for someone who just came off the DL! In Martinez’s first full week back with the Tigers, he slugged 4 home runs and drove in 9 while walking 10 times! Now that is very impressive for someone who hadn’t swung a bat in the majors until last Friday.
3. Corey Dickerson, OF Rays
In this past week, Dickerson has really caught fire. He’s hit a league-high 5 homers on the week, while scoring/driving in a combination of 18 runs. With the Rays slowly creeping up the AL East standings, Dickerson has been leading the charge.
4. Tim Anderson, SS White Sox
At the start of the week, Anderson was placed at the seven-spot in the lineup in hopes that it would help him out. Since he’s number 4 on the hot list, you could probably tell that it really helped him out. Since then, Anderson has recorded multi-hit games five out of the six games he played this week en route to 12 hits, three of which he hit a homer. By the end of the week, Anderson had himself a very nice slash line of .465/.465/.923.
5. Avisail Garcia, OF White Sox
Garcia is the second of many streaking White Sox players these days. He recorded 11 hits, 4 of which were doubles, and brought home 9 runs while he was at it. The center of his success in the past seven days came with a 2 homer, 2 double, 6 rbi game against the Mariners.
1. Tuffy Gosewisch, C Mariners
Tuffy really isn’t so “tuff,” huh? Gosewisch had by far the worst week of any ballplayer. He struck out 8 times over the week and literally did nothing. No runs scored, no rbi, he just got on base once, and never came around. Poor Tuffy…
2. Luis Valbuena, 1B Angels
Valbuena has had quite the rough going as of late, as he’s struck out 7 times in the process of going hitless in the 5 games that he played. There isn’t really much else to say about that, except that you’d hope his slump ends soon, yeesh.
3. Yonder Alonso, 1B Athletics
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Two weeks ago, Alonso was the hottest player in the league, as he even won AL player of the week honors. Now, he’s almost hit rock bottom after going hitless in 12 plate appearances. That’s gotta sting for sure.
4. Ryan Goins, 2B Blue Jays
No player has struck out in more at-bats than Ryan Goins. In 23 at-bats, Goins has struck out 8 times and only collected a single. He also looks way worse when you look at his K/BB, which is 8/1. That means he walks once for every 8 strikeouts! Yikes!
5. Randal Grichuk, OF Cardinals
Although Grichuk didn’t get as many at-bats in this week as he’s used getting, he still was only capable of recording a single hit. And that’s all it was, a single. Other than a stolen base, Grichuk has been pretty darn awful, striking out 4 times while only walking once.