by Ryan Butler
Here are the Players of Week Five, playas:
Gaby Sanchez (6 R/2 HR/10 RBI/0 SB/.464 BA): He’s turned in a great season so far with solid numbers across the board (21/5/20/0/.328) and has played a large role in Florida’s surprising early success. As of Monday he’s still owned in only 68% of Yahoo! public leagues. He plays in a big ballpark, but I like his .282 career BA (small sample size, I know) and love his 18/18 K/BB rate.
Alex Rios (6/2/3/1/.458): This one is from the “back from the dead” files, as the first month of the season left everyone wondering what the hell was wrong with this guy. On May 1 he was hitting .155 and by May 8 his BA had risen to .213. Clearly things are starting to turn around for Rios, and he’s too talented a player to stay terrible for too long.
Adrian Gonzalez (7/3/9/0/.321): Week five finally gave Red Sox fans and fantasy owners a glimpse of what to expect from Adrian. I personally saw his act for five seasons in San Diego (not to mention Little and Pony League), and he’s as legit a hitter as there is in baseball. He can be streaky, but when he’s hot, he can carry your team for a week.
Tom Gorzelanny (15.0 IP/2 W/10 K/1.20 ERA/0.60 WHIP): Classic case of a guy who is a pretty good real-life pitcher, but not much of an asset in terms of fantasy play. This week he was outstanding in both respects, and while he left something to be desired in the strikeout department, when a guy manages two wins in a week, who’s going to complain?
Clayton Kershaw (13.2/2/12/1.98/1.24): He’s only 23, but it seems like this guy has been around forever, doesn’t it? One of the best young pitchers in baseball, his week five performance is nothing out of the ordinary for him. He’s a solid contributor in all SP categories.