Renaissance Man [ren' i-sans' man] n - a man who knows a lot about many different subjects and has many practical skills and abilities.
At the beginning of each week I am going to take a look at some Rotisserie Renaissance Men from the previous week. Stats in this edition cover the week of May 3rd - 9th. These are the hitters that are solid contributors to all 5 roto categories and pitchers who are doing things right in 4 - and possibly 5 categories some weeks. Whether these guys are sitting on your bench or your league's waiver wire, they probably need to be in a starting line-up while they are staying hot.
Vladimir Guerrero - DH, Texas Rangers
(25 AB, .360 AVG, 5 R, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB)
Even though it looks like it hurts every time he runs Vladdy is still putting numbers up that count in every category. His 4 homer run week was thanks to 3 coming against the Kansas City Royals at home in Texas. I would not expect the stolen base trend to continue, but he does have 4 on the year so far. He also is close to grabbing outfield eligibility in most leagues, having roamed right field for 3 games this year. He stays home against Oakland starting tomorrow, then heads North of the border to beat up on some Blue Jays pitching. The off day today gives him a little break and then expect him to keep tearing it up this week.
Jayson Werth - OF, Philadelphia Phillies
(25 AB, .360 AVG, 6 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB)
Jayson Werth has always had the speed power combination to make him Renaissance Worthy but rarely do you see that average North of .300 for a week. Last week, thanks to 3 multi-hit games he was able to keep the average high enough to be included. His normal struggles against right handed pitching hasn't shown up yet but he does have 24 strike outs in 86 at-bats against righties this year, which will start effecting that .326 average he is carrying against them now. This week though he faces four, count them four, lefties in the six games so expect another big week out of Werth.
Ryan Braun - OF, Milwaukee Brewers
(27 AB, .407 AVG, 12 R, 1HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB)
This guy has just been En-Fuego so far this year. Making his second appearance as a Renaissance Man this year Ryan Braun is tearing the cover off the ball this year with 6 home runs and 10 doubles. Add that to his .365 batting average and 8 stolen bases, he is the quint-essential fantasy player right now. With the Brewers line-up starting to hit another hot streak, look for that to help out Braun this up coming week even though he is facing some tough pitching as the Brewers welcome in the Braves and the Phillies for two 3-game series.
Jake Peavy - SP, Chicago White Sox
(15 IP, 2 W, 17K, 1.20 ERA, 0.53 WHIP)
With many questions swirling around Jake Peavy following his first 5 starts of the seasons, they all seemed to have been answered last week. If you had not jumped off the ship, Jake seems to have righted it by putting up two stellar starts, allowing only 2 runs in 15 innings. After his 4.1 inning outing against Texas where he gave up 7 earned he made a tweak to his mechanics with pitching coach Don Cooper. It took one more bad start to iron things out but everything seems to be back on track now. He gets to beat up on Kansas City again this week so look for some more strong numbers out of him in for the near future.
Jon Lester - SP, Boston Red Sox
(15 IP, 2 W, 12K, 1.80 ERA, 0.87 WHIP)
Jon Lester put up those great numbers last week while facing a couple pretty good offenses in the Yankees and the Angels. His Sunday Night Baseball outing against the Yankees were just what the Red Sox needed, and turned a decent week into a great one for fantasy owners. After the 3 shaky starts to begin the season, he has been everything that the fantasy baseball world thought he would be. This week he will square off against Dontrelle Willis in Detroit who have done well against him, but in limited at-bats.
(4 IP, 1 W, 1 SV, 3 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP)
There were quite a few relievers this week that earned a win and a save (actually Tyler Clippard grabbed 3 vulture wins) but when a Closer gets one a piece it is usually because they blew a save. This is not the case for Heath Bell, who did not give up a run last week. His 3 strikeouts in 4 innings pitched is always welcomed by fantasy owners as well. This week the Padres stay out west against the Giants and Dodgers, which should be close games giving him plenty of chances to keep adding positively to his stellar stat line.