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Fantasy Baseball: Who’s Running Hot & Cold – August 21, 2011

HOT

Peter Bourjos (LAA) –
Even though he continues to bounce around the Angels’ batting order, Bourjos has caught fire as of late. In the past week, he has scorched along at a 14-for-28 (.483) clip and added 7 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 SB into the mix for an all-around fantasy effort.
Mitch Moreland (TEX) 
After homering just once in a span of 26 games, Moreland connected for 3 HR in 3 games this past week. With eligibility at 1B and OF, he may be worth a look if he is available in your fantasy league.
Angel Pagan (NYM) –
He’s been hot ever since taking over the leadoff spot from the injured Jose Reyes on August 9th and this past week was no exception. Pagan has swiped 3 bases while going 13-for-28 (.464 AVG) during that time. With Reyes likely out for the season, Pagan could be a nice fantasy choice down the stretch.

COLD

Yunel Escobar (TOR) –
Although he has put together a very nice season for himself as the Blue Jays unlikely leadoff hitter, Escobar has struggled recently. He has hit only .069 (2-for-29) over the past 7 days and manager John Farrell gave him the day off on August 21 to collect himself. Let’s hope it works.
Andre Ethier (LAD) –
Luckily, Ethier padded his starts with an early season 30-game hitting streak as he has gone cold recently. Battling through a toe injury, Ethier has managed a mere 2-for-his-last-20 for a .100 average the past 7 days.
Vernon Wells (LAA) –
The poor production continues from the overpaid Angels outfielder. Wells has managed just 2 hits spanning 20 at bats in the past week to maintain an offensively-challenged August. This month, Wells has himself a .145 AVG with 1 HR and 5 RBI. There is a word for this type of season: ugly.

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