Who’s the ___ in RF

Posted: March 29, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports
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We’re on to the last outfield spot and again my leagues are position specific; so I’ll try to find guys that are going to start the season playing rightfield.

The Best; Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins. Just like centerfield this is an easy choice. Even with a late season injury last season Stanton still led the National League with 37 home runs and drove in 105 runs. He posted a .288 batting average and even stole 13 bases last season; just an added plus. Stanton should’ve been the N.L. MVP last season and the Marlins rewarded him with a 13 year $325 million dollar contract. Besides home runs Stanton led the N.L. in Slugging Percentage at .555 and Total Bases with 299. There’s no reason to think that Stanton’s numbers won’t be better in 2015 and there’s an outside chance he could be a 50 homer guy. Like Trout the negative on Stanton is he’s going to strikeout; he had 170 last season. Otherwise he’s the best rightfielder in baseball.

Underrated; Alex Rios, Kansas City Royals. The stigma on Rios was that he was an every other year player, but he seems to have gotten past that. His power was way down last season, but he had nagging injuries all season long and you have to think if healthy he’ll hit more than the 4 homers he hit last season. Rios is 34 years old and entering his 12th major league season; so there is an injury concern with him, but if he’s healthy he’s very consistent. You can look for Rios to hit right around .280 get back to 15 home runs and drive in 75 or more RBI’s in the Royals line up; he’s been a double digit steals guy though his career, but that might be over since he’s had some leg injuries. Rios just gives you solid numbers.

Bounce Back; Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds. Bruce’s numbers fell off the charts last season. A .217 batting average with 18 home runs and 66 RBI’s. Before last season Bruce had 3 straight 30 plus home run season and never drove in less than 97 runs. While Bruce won’t hit .300 you;d think he’ll return to his career average of .251 this season. You’ll have to decide if the decline in Bruce’s numbers is part of the Reds decline as a whole or if he just had a bad season. If Bruce just has an average season and can get between 20 to 25 home runs and gets his RBI’s back to 80 plus; would you except that out of your rightfielder?

Stay away from; Curtis Granderson, New York Mets. The best thing Granderson can give your fantasy team is power, He hit 20 home runs last season and should be good for 20 or more home runs this season. Otherwise Granderson hit .227 drove in 66 runs and struck out 141 times. Granderson was a 40 home runs year hitter just a couple of seasons ago, but that seems like a long time ago. Granderson even used to give you double digit steals a season, but the last 2 seasons that hasn’t happened either. There is a chance if the Mets improve Granderson might improve as well, but that’s kind of a stretch.

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