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Fantasy Fix: MLB players poised for a comeback

Chris Gingrich

So, Albert Pujols didn’t win the Home Run Derby last week like I thought he would. No big deal, really. As long as he continues this pace, he will single handedly deliver many a fantasy baseball title.

You better be careful what you do with your team now, in terms of who you add and drop, because I can recall many times in the past when I dropped a player who struggled the first half, only to come back and be ranked within the top 50 players by the end of the season.

Let’s take a quick look at players who could come back big.

• David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox – Surprisingly enough, Ortiz has mounted a comeback since his supremely sub-par start.

He started his comeback before the All Star festivities, but it should continue in the second half. He is ranked 290 in the Yahoo game right now and still is available in 11 percent of leagues.

• Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs – In the past six games, he is 7 for 20 with 6 RBIs and 2 homers. Soriano is primed for a big second half, and I expect him to get at least 10 more homers, 50 more RBIs and raise his batting average by at least 20 points.

• Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox – If he can overcome the plantar fasciitis in his left foot, he has a chance to make a great second-half comeback story. In his rehab stint, he hit .375 with five extra base knocks.

Are there any pitchers worth picking up, you might ask. The answer is yes.

• Jamie Moyer, starting pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies – I know, the guy is approaching senior citizen status, so why would you want him on your team? Consider this: In his last five starts he is 5-0. He has lowered his ERA more than two points since the end of May and is available in every league out there.

• Michael Wuertz, relief pitcher, Oakland Athletics – Not only will he keep your ERA pretty low, but he will get you a lot of strikeouts for a relief pitcher. He has 27 Ks in his last 13.2 innings.

• Brett Anderson, starting pitcher, Oakland Athletics – In his last three starts he hasn’t allowed a single run. In the same span, he has only walked three batters and struck out 18 others. He is not on anyone’s radar right now, so get him while he’s available and pitching lights out.

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