One last set of first base rankings as we head down the stretch and into the season’s final month. You can find last month’s rankings right here, which link back through all the previous months.
Morse jumps into the tier of very, very goods thanks to his continued power and batting average output. Dude’s hitting .306/.365/.544 with 39 homers in his last 767 plate appearances. Pretty nuts. Youkilis is on the DL but is expected to be activated as soon as tomorrow. He’s more valuable at third base anyway. I looked at Teixeira’s continually declining batting average two days ago.
This tier is like the ghost of fantasy past. Young? Helton? Kotchman?!? They’re all hitting though, and have been all season. Trumbo has the power numbers, obviously, but he’ll kill your rate stats, especially in an OBP league.
Lots and lots of new faces here as non-contenders have started to break in some new players down the stretch. Loney actually has the second highest wOBA (.473) behind Votto (.498) over the last 30 days (among first baseman), and those two are way, way ahead of the pack (Konerko’s third at .437). Sanchez and Lind have been stuck in some brutal and prolonged slumps, and I probably would have dropped them further if they weren’t guaranteed everyday jobs.
Morneau’s really only in this tier because he’s on the active roster, but he’s again experiencing concussion-like symptoms and doesn’t figure to be much of a factor down the stretch. The fact that there are two guys below him is a nod to his track record and the general awfulness of the other two. Dunn’s fall from grace is painful to watch.
Off The Radar
LaPorta was just sent to Triple-A but figures to be back on the ten-day period ends. The other five droppers are all hurt, though Lee is working his way back and could be activated with a week or two. Wallace and Rizzo are all but certain to come back up this month, Barton and Ka’aihue as well. Playing time is a question, though.