Week eight of the fantasy baseball season is in the books, and enough though Josh Hamilton has slowed down a bit, there have been plenty of hot hitters around baseball. Here you go, the nine hottest hitters in the game are below.
Melky Cabrera, San Francisco Giants
Cabrera has been one of the best hitters in all of baseball during the month of May. He leads the Major League in hits, multiple hit games, and he’s approaching Willie Mays territory. The Melk Man needs two more hits to tie the San Francisco Giants all time hit record in the month of May. Oh and he’s hitting an impressive .368 to add to everything else he has accomplished.
Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
Like Cabrera, Konerko has arguably been the most consistent hitter in his respective league. Yes, Josh Hamilton is still raking, but Konerko leads the American League in batting average, and is second in Slugging Percentage and OPS. Expect Konerko to cool off a little, but he’s going to hit for a high average throughout the entire year.
Mark Teixeria, New York Yankees
The Yankees haven’t been as nearly as dominant as they have been in the past, but Teixeria’s recent play could be the spark plug that the Yanks have been looking for. Over his last seven games, Tex is hitting .417 with three homeruns and nine runs driven in. He’s been known to get off to slow starts, but that excuse is no longer available as we are a few games past the quarter mark of the season.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
By season’s end, Stanton should just write the Marlins a check for all the damage he has done so far. He’s broken a scoreboard; hit the Budweiser sign in left field, and it won’t be long before he puts a dent in the centerfield sculpture. He’s hit four homeruns in his past 10 games, and the Marlins are starting to heat up.
Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox
Viciedo has been a pleasant surprise for the White Sox. He’s only 23 years old, but he’s hitting homeruns like players in their prime tend to do. During his last seven games he’s hit three dingers to go along with an impressive .375 batting average. Viciedo could be replaced for a running back in the NFL, but he is a baseball player. His power numbers will continue to rise as his career progresses.
A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox
Pierzynski is the third White Sox to make this list, and that’s no coincidence. The Sox have been scoring runs like the Rangers of late, and A.J. has been a big part of the success at the plate. He’s hitting .389 with two homeruns and five runs batted in over his last seven games. This hot start is nice, but I don’t think he will keep his dominance up for much longer.
Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
McCutchen has been dominating all season for a struggling Pirates offense, and I think it’s time we give him some credit. Over his last seven games, Cutch’ is hitting .381 with a homer and five batted in. The slugging numbers just aren’t going to be on his resume because he has no one to drive in and no one to drive him in. But nevertheless, the Pirate’s franchise centerfielder is tearing it up.
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
Cargo had a bit of a power outage during the middle of last week, but he launched two homeruns against the Reds on Saturday to end that drought. Over his last seven games he’s hitting just .292, but he is going back to Coors this week, so expect some big numbers.