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June 29, 2013

Fantasy Forecast: Much like the Pirates, Alvarez can't keep this up

Fantasy Forecast
Andy Silva

---- — I feel like I’ve been awfully negative lately - and it looks like I may have underestimated Chris Davis - but here I go again. Similarly to how I believe the Pirates will come crashing back to earth, Pedro Alvarez will surely regress as well.

Alvarez has been hot as a pistol in the month of June. He’s hit 9 home runs, notched 24 RBI, scored 14 runs and is even hitting for average, hitting a robust .322. Now, the power is not surprising - Alvarez has always been able to hit the ball out of the park. But batting average has always been an issue. Even with hi hot June, Alvarez is only hitting .242 for the season.

For the season, Alvarez has 19 homers and 51 RBI. So, if you can afford to take the hit in batting average there is some value to be had. But given Alvarez’s history of being prone to hot and cold streaks, I may be inclined to see what I could get for Alvarez on the trade market.

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He plays for the Marlins so he flies under the radar, but Steve Cishek should get more respect.

In the month of June, Cishek has 9 saves with 13 strike outs, a 0.69 ERA and a 0.46 WHIP. Cishek has 14 saves on the season, which follows a surprising 2012 season that saw him come from nowhere to close out 15 games after taking the job from Heath Bell.

The Marlins may not have a ton of save opportunities, but at 62 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues Cishek could provide some cheap saves and should be owned in many formats.

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In other closer news, the Tigers finally had enough of Jose Valverde and designated him for assignment. The interesting part is that the team called up Bruce Rondon.

Now, it appears that for now, at least, Joaquin Benoit will get the ball in the ninth. But keep an eye on Rondon in case Benoit falters. Rondon is a flame thrower and had 14 saves at Triple-A before being called up yesterday.

Meanwhile, Koji Uehara has converted his first two save opportunities for the Red Sox. There are some health concerns, but Uehara has been solid all season and thus far has been getting the job done in the ninth. I think Uehara might not be ownable in all formats, but in deeper leagues he is worth a look.

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He’s not the player he used to be, but Ichiro Suzuki has been hot of late for the Yankees.

In the month of June, Ichiro is hitting .333 with 3 homers, 10 RBI and seven stolen bases. He is nearing age 40 and I wouldn’t expect much power, but Ichiro could still have enough in the tank to give you decent average, some steals and some runs scored. And at just 49 percent owned, he may be worth a flier.

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Andy Silva writes the Fantasy Forecast column for The Salem News. You can read his blog at blogs.salemnews.com/fantasyforecast and reach him at asilva@salemnews.com. You can also follow Fantasy Forecast on Twitter at twitter.com/sn_fantasysport.