Wrapping Up: Hawpe starts to heat up

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CPR’s wrap up of the day’s most useful fantasy news from the diamonds of the Majors.

Hitting Heads Up
– The Rockies’ Brad Hawpe has started to heat up in June. The Colorado right fielder went 3-for-4 Wednesday with a double and an RBI in Houston’s 6-2 win over the Rockies. The performance was the fourth straight multi-hit game for the outfielder who spent time on the DL earlier this season. Hawpe is a career .283 hitter and is a safe bet to crank out 20 homers a year with the thin air of Coors Field serving as his home park. Thus far in 2010, Hawpe only has four longballs in 42 games, but it looks like he’s finding a groove at the plate. Hawpe’s ownership level is just at 59% in Yahoo! leagues following his early season injury problems, so there should be chances to pick him up for free in many leagues. If you are in one of the leagues where he is owned, you still might be able to get the slugger at a discount if you hurry. A few more multi-hit games and that might not be a possibility.

– Another slugger who seems to be breaking out of some early season doldrums is the Rays’ Sean Rodriguez. Seeing increased playing time with Jason Bartlett on the DL, Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 10 games Wednesday with three hits against the Blue Jays. Rodriguez has put up huge power numbers in his minor league career, yet never hit more than three homers in the bigs in limited playing time the past three seasons. With a chance to see more at bats this year than ever before, and a recent string of hits, Rodriguez could be close to finally breaking into the power potential he has shown in the minors. A speculative add seems like the appropriate action for the 2% owned bat.

Buster Posey extended his hitting streak eight games Wednesday and hit his first major league homerun off Aaron Harang in the second inning against the Reds Wednesday. Posey’s average rose to .450 with two hits Wednesday. The young catcher/first basemen is owned in 55% of Yahoo! leagues at the moment, meaning there’s still a chance you can pick up the hot-swinging bat for free on your waiver wire.

Pitching Pulse
– Despite struggling through several difficult starts in the early season, the Indians’ Justin Masterson put it all together Wednesday to throw a complete game two-hitter against his former team as Cleveland blanked Boston 11-0. Masterson struck out six and walked just two while allowing two hits for his second straight win. Don’t jump on the Masterson bandwagon just yet though, entering tonight’s game his ERA sat at 5.46 and his WHIP was an astronomical 1.82. His control hasn’t been all the great either with 33 walks in 59.1 innings of work entering tonight. The 25-year old has the tools to turn it around, however, and his strikeout numbers are worth a look in roto keeper leagues. Masterson has fanned 61 batters in just over 68 innings of work this year after tonight’s performance. The righty is owned in just 4% of Yahoo! leagues.

Ian Snell lasted just five outs against the Rangers Wednesday as Texas exploded for eight runs in the first two innings en route to trouncing the M’s 12-2 from Arlington. Snell allowed eight hits and seven runs during his limited time on the mound to drop to 0-5 on the season. On the other side of the hill, C.J. Wilson threw seven strong innings allowing just four hits and two runs to pick up his fifth victory of the season. Wilson has been a pleasant surprise in the Rangers’ rotation this year, but it’s safe to expect his increased work load to catch up to him at some point. The lefty’s control hasn’t been extremely sharp of late either, which could serve as a trouble spot to owners. Wilson has walked 12 compared to 17 strikeouts in his last four starts. Expect a downturn in production from Wilson the rest of the way.

Closer Checkup
Matt Capps (20) allowed a hit before closing out the Pirates 7-5 Wednesday to hit 20 saves on the season. Drew Storen got the win for the Nationals… Mariano Rivera (14) threw a perfect ninth to dismiss the Orioles 4-2… Chad Qualls (12) picked up the save while the Diamondbacks held off the Braves 2-1… Jonathan Broxton (16) allowed a hit to Albert Pujols and a ground rule double to Yadier Molina, but got Randy Winn to ground out to end the game and preserve a 4-3 Dodger win at Chavez Ravine.

Tags: Aaron Harang Albert Pujols Brad Hawpe Buster Posey C.J. Wilson Chad Qualls Drew Storen Fantasy Baseball Ian Snell Jason Bartlett Jonathan Broxton Justin Masterson Mariano Rivera Matt Capps Randy Winn Sean Rodriguez Yadier Molina

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