It has been a couple of weeks but Real Or Fake is back! Every week we deal with Fantasy baseball players who go on hot streaks and we wonder whether they are going to continue or if it is just a mirage and they will be waiver wire material shortly after.
As a society we also love the real or fake aspects of horror movie monsters. Whether it is Jigsaw from the Saw movies, Michael Myers from Halloween, or Chucky from Child’s Play,
MLB players can be real or as fake as our favorite slashers. Below you will find six players who are on hot streaks and whether they are Ghost Face from the Scream series or whether they can legitimately help you. As always you can follow me on Twitter @fightingchance.
A.J. Pollock, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
The month of June has been very kind to Mr. Pollock, as he has secured six multi-hit games, drilled three of his eight home runs, and posted 10 RBIs, all while hitting nearly .320. He’s had a hard time staying healthy in his short Major League career, but if he can stay on the field, Pollock is capable of 15 homers and 30 steals with a very solid batting average. He can’t keep up the pace he has been on the last 10 days or so, but Pollock is as real as a heart attack…..or at least an ingrown toenail…….or Pinhead.
Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland Athletics
It has been a rough week or so for the Athletics, but you certainly can’t blame Josh Reddick for this, as he has been on a serious hot streak. In the last week he has four multi-hit games, including two home runs and eight RBIs. In 2012 Reddick hit 32 home runs and although he has 10 at the mid point of June, I’m going to say that he is as fake as the Candyman. Nothing in the rest of his history says that Reddick is anything close to a 30 home run hitter and I believe that when he cools off he is going to cool off for a long time. Reddick is a decent player and an okay third outfielder, but he is not as good as he has been playing for the past week or so.
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies
Once thought to be a perennial MVP candidate, injuries have taken their toll on Gonzalez and have made him a shell of what he used to be. However, given all of his talent and his still relatively young age, Gonzalez still gets attention from Fantasy players. Lately Cargo has been on quite a tear with a couple of multi-hit games and two home runs to go with his four RBIs. It is a nice streak, but I have ABSOLUTELY no confidence that Gonzalez can stay on the field. It isn’t about talent, it isn’t about a lack of confidence, but Carlos Gonzalez is a 30-year-old with the body of an 80-year-old. He is as fake as a Freddy Kruger attack on your latest dreams. Take this hot streak as an opportunity to trade him away!
Leonys Martin, OF, Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers have quite the crowded outfield, especially if/when Josh Hamilton can get healthy. Right now Leonys Martin is making his claim to an everyday job. The month of June has been very kind to Martin as he has five multi-hit games this month, has driven in seven runs and stolen five bases since the calendar turned to June. Martin has been around a few years so I think you should know what he is. When we are heading to the end of September I believe that you will see Martin hitting .265 with eight home runs and right around 30 steals. Given the pace that Martin was on before this hot streak, I’m going to say that this latest burst from Martin makes him real.
Chris Heston, SP, San Francisco Giants
Two turns ago Heston made history by throwing a no-hitter against the Mets and although he wasn’t as sharp in his next start, Heston still has been a solid starter this season. He has allowed just six home runs in 13 starts, and he has struck out 72 batters in 79 innings. Obviously the guy isn’t going to throw a no-hitter every time he takes the mound, but I think all-in-all, he is going to be a solid starter throughout the season and isn’t going to be a crazy machete wielding vigilante like Machete, but Heston should give your team a chance to win most times out with a decent strikeout ratio. Keep him in your lineup on a weekly basis. He will throw some duds, but overall Heston should be a help to your team.
Jaime Garcia, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
In his five starts since returning from significant injuries for the Cardinals, Garcia has been nothing short of brilliant in 2015. He has only given up more than two earned runs once over that span, and he has a combined 24 whiffs in five starts. The problem with Garcia is health. In the past three seasons, he has only been able to make a combined 21 starts, when a healthy season is about 30 starts for one season. It isn’t that I don’t have faith that Garcia can get the job done if he is on the mound, I just think that Garcia’s health is as real as Camp Crystal Lake and Jason Voorhees.