Old and young Turning Heads

Old and young Turning Heads
Thu, 2 Jul 2009 10:00
by Steven Iñiguez Ruiz
Another W and 8 Ks for Contreras
José Contreras picked up win number 3 of the season last night in a 6-2 Chicago W, sweeping the Indians in a three games series in Cleveland, and is available at both ESPN and Yahoo fantasy leagues for owners who need Ks. Since his return from the minors, Contreras has accumulated 29 K while walking only 5 in 5 GS and has a 2.18 ERA in 37.1 IP. Eight of those Ks rung up by RP Contreras came last night which was his 3rd 8 K start since rejoining the rotation the 8th of June since then walking one batter every 7 innings with a 0.78 WHIP. In his last five starts Contreras is also averaging 5.8 K per outing. Contreras is 6-2 in the last 14 games against Cleveland and his next start will be in Chicago against the Indians and will be the second time he faces the tribe this season.
José Contreras (Cws – SP)
3 4.84 46 21 1.27
Posednik stealing the show
White Sox OF Scott Podsednik has quietly collected 9SB this past month of June with only 2 CS, scoring 16 R and driving in 12 RBI, batting .319, and is available in both ESPN and Yahoo Fantasy leagues for owners looking for runs and stolen bases. With Chicago winning 11 of their last 15, Podsednik has been the catalyst of his team’s offensive outburst scoring 8 R in his last 10 games by being on base for team RBI production leaders in the month of June: Alexei Ramirez (39), Paul Konerko (49), and Jermaine Dye (48). Posednik is showing no signs of slowing down while also batting .351, collecting 13 H, 7 R, 6 RBI, and 2 HR in the same 8 games. Chicago faces phenom KC – RHP Zack Greinke, (10-3, 1.95 ERA) on Saturday, but owners need not worry about Podsednik who has owned Greinke picking up 4 H in his last 7 AB against the young righty this season.
Scott Posednik (Cws – OF)
.311 3 20 26 12
Beckham flirting with stardom
2008 1st round draft pick – 8th overall – Gordon Beckham barely has 24 MLB games under his belt but is already turning heads in Chicago and is available in both ESPN and Yahoo fantasy leagues. SS/3B Beckham is hitting .571 in his last 6 games with 12 H, 6 RBI, and 1 HR in 21 AB. What has been most impressive of the 22 year-old Beckham has been clutch and near automatic hitting with runners in scoring position no matter how many outs, knocking in 8 RBI in his last 10 games. As of Thursday, Beckham is the White Sox starting 3B, so owners need not worry about playing time; this kid is going to get his at-bats, and could be an excellent pick-up at SS or 3B.
Gordon Beckham (Cws – SS/3B)
.278 2 14 12 1
* Floyd’s High Road ERA mistake: Gavin Floyd’s next start against Kansas will most likely not be his last start before the All-Star game break because the All-Star game is on the week of the 13th of July not the 3rd.