Most of the top hitters in baseball have or are about to pass the 150 at-bat plateau. This is just another benchmark I use when assessing my team. A slow start can quickly turn into a bad season, and fantasy owners need to differentiate which is which. The biggest benchmark is always Memorial Day weekend, and we are rapidly approaching that.
1. Colorado Rockies Outfielder Charlie Blackmon
-- In a previous waiver-wire column, I mentioned how the Rockies were
about to play numerous home games
in May and fantasy owners needed to capitalize. This is exactly what the veteran Blackmon needed in order to turn his season around. On May 1, the outfielder was batting .280, but due to the Rockies' recent stretch of games at Coors Field, Blackmon is now hitting .305. Blackmon hit four home runs during the past week and is once again a strong fantasy option.
2. Houston Astros Outfielder George Springer -- The outfielder had a monster week, as he batted .519 with 14 hits, five home runs and 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Springer is enjoying an MVP-type season through the first month and a half; he is hitting .321 with 15 home runs, 37 RBIs and 35 runs scored.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers Third Baseman Justin Turner -- A good week can turn a season around, and that is what has happened with Turner. The veteran was batting .278 with just one home run May 1, but after a week that saw him collect 10 hits, Turner is now batting .299 with six home runs and 21 RBIs. Fantasy owners are hoping this is the start of a longer period of success and Turner can become the offensive force he was in 2016 and 2017.
1. Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Bryce Harper -- Since starting the season off strong in the first week, it has been a long slump for the outfielder who signed a $330 million contract this past offseason. Harper is only batting .194 in May and is now hitting .229 for the season. The on-base percentage is still strong at .376, but the lack of batting average is concerning.
2. Chicago White Sox First Baseman Jose Abreu -- The veteran collected just five hits compared to 12 strikeouts and saw his average dip from .291 to .269 from May 6-13. Like a good week can turn your season around, a bad week can do the opposite. Abreu has been solid all season and should be able to snap out of this pretty quickly.
3. Texas Rangers Outfielder Joey Gallo -- The inconsistent season continues for Gallo, as he went another week striking out a ton and not getting enough hits. Gallo struck out 12 times while collecting just two hits and his batting average has dipped to .248. Gallo is hitting .200 in May with two home runs. I was hoping the strong start to the season would lead to a higher batting average for fantasy owners, but it doesn't look like that will be the case.