It’s Monday, and you know what that means: another look at the league’s hottest and coldest. Will any familiar names show up?
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays. .474/.615/1.263, 10 R, 4 RBI, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 7 BB, 3 K
Well, everyone who called for a reversal of fortunes from Bautista in 2011 is probably feeling foolish right now. The man they call Joey Bats hit four homers on the week (all of the solo variety), hit for the cycle for the week, walked seven times, and scored an astounding ten runs. The Blue Jays are keeping their head above water in the always tough AL East, and Bautista is an big reason why. The return from injury of Brandon Morrow can only help their chances in the long run.
Lance Berkman, Cardinals. .588/.667/.824, 5 R, 2 RBI, 4 2B, 4 BB, 0 K
The second week in a row on the list for Berkman. Last week, he made the list with some insane power. This week, he does it based on a high batting average. He also didn’t strike out at all during the week, which is rare for Berkman. So far, the signing is working out really well for the Cardinals.
Ryan Braun, Brewers. .480/.533/.840, 9 R, 9 RBI, 3 HR, 4 BB, 5 K, 1/1 SB
Fresh off signing a massive contract extension, Braun helped give the Brewers a little piece of mind with a fantastic week. Nine runs AND nine runs batted in? That’s completely insane. Braun is having a massive season so far, and this could be the year he finally wins the NL MVP award, horrible defense aside.
Ike Davis, Mets. .381/.440/.905, 4 R, 6 RBI, 2 2B, 3 HR, 3 BB, 5 K
Davis didn’t have a sky high batting average like many of the others on the hot side of the list, but he sure did have a nice power stroke this week. The Mets first baseman is one of few bright spots for the team this year as they struggle with putting a competitive team on the field. You have to wonder when they’re going to press the button and blow it all up.
Peter Bourjos, Angels. .458/.480/.792, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 8 K, 1/2 SB
Unlike the rest of the players on the list, Bourjos made the list aided by some fantastic defense in addition to hit hot bat. The main question about Bourjos in the majors would be about whether or not his bat could play in the majors. So far this year, it’s playing really well in the majors, and the Angels have to be thanking their lucky stars they pulled the trigger on bringing him up last year.
Alex Rios, White Sox. .000/.080/.000, 2 BB, 6 K
Not one hit. Rios thusfar in 2011 is looking more like the player that Toronto gave away to the White Sox in 2009 than the stud who showed up in 2010 and was one of the best players in baseball. His struggles are a huge reason why the ChiSox are dragging in the AL Central.
Hanley Ramirez, Marlins. .048/.167/.048, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 2/4 SB
Hanley Ramirez is a pretty hot and cold player, and when you combine his struggles with the injury to Logan Morrison, the Marlins offense is in trouble. Luckily for the team, Mike Stanton is back and very nearly made the list of Scorching Hitters. If him and Hanley can both get it going at the same time, maybe all won’t be lost for the Fish.
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies. .050/.167/.050, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K
One of the two Rockies that were MVP candidates last season is off to an awful start, and that one man is Gonzalez. He’s been absolutely pitiful so far, but once he gets hot, it could get dicey for the rest of the NL West. Gonzalez + Tulowitzki = horrifying.
Jorge Cantu, Padres. .091/.130/.091, 6 K
Another former Marlin on the list. Petco Park has a nagging ability to suppress offensive numbers, and Cantu is this year’s hot victim, following in the footsteps of Adrian Gonzalez and Ryan Ludwick ahead of them. Unlike those two hitters though, Cantu really isn’t that great. So when you combine his abilities with the tendencies of Petco Park, he turns into a very, very bad hitter.
Raul Ibanez, Phillies. .050/.174/.050, 3 BB, 8 K
Unlike Bourjos, Ibanez made the list also because of his horrible defense. The Phillies offense has been pretty bad over the last couple of weeks, yet the team still keeps winning. It’s proof that pitching wins championships in the long run. But the Phillies are going to need Ibanez to heat up soon, because they can’t keep winning with three black holes in the lineup.