These aren’t just guys I think underperformed in April, but who will turn around to better their expectations for the rest of the season.
C- Matt Weiters is batting .220 with four HR. I expect .280 and 20 by season’s end.
1B- Adam Dunn .165 with three home runs. He is as safe a bet for 35+ HR as anyone in baseball.
2B- Dan Uggla is batting .213 with five home runs. He is a career .260 hitter but bankable 30 HR.
3B- Pedro Alvarez sits at .212 and one HR. He won’t hit .275, but .260 and 25 HR is a fair hope.
SS- Hanley Ramirez is an elite fantasy option at his position. Buy low if his owner is stupid.
LF- Carl Crawford…see Ramirez, H.
CF- Alex Rios is at .205 but is always going to be streaky. Ride the hot ones to .270, 20 HR, 30 SB.
RF- Nick Markakis… I may be the only person on the planet who likes him, but I do. Safe bet for .295. He has hit 20 HR in a season before, has ample RBI and run scoring opportunity with a great lineup and a great hitter’s park. And he’s still young with room to grow. There is .300, 20 HR, 80 RBI and 80 R potential.
SP- Francisco Liriano for obvious reasons.
RP-Everyone but Mariano Rivera… I’ll tag Brian Wilson but all the elite closers seem to have struggled. I wouldn’t bank on that being repeated for the entire season.
April All-Overachievers coming soon.