We are coming to the end of the third month of the season, and although it isn’t quite the All-Star Break, there continues to be players who surprise us, and those who go on hot streaks that we do expect.
Are these players real or are they fake?
When you go to the bar on the weekend do you wonder whether the “assets” of the women you meet there are real or are they fake?
Fantasy sports and breasts…..are there two better things that go together?
The following six players are on a hot streak, are they real and spectacular or are there artificial ingredients involved?
6 Players on Hot Streaks: Real or Fake?
Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees
In the past month he has passed Willie Mays in home runs, and also collected his 3,000th hit and Yankee fans everywhere that had been begging for the team to dump him and his contract over the past 18 months are now cheering him like he is a savior. In the past week he has hit nearly .500 with three home runs, 10 RBI, and he’s even stolen a base.
Let’s not forget though that he is 40 years old, and although he isn’t playing the field, I still expect him to run out of steam. It has been a great start for A-Rod, but he’s as fake as the lovely ladies who grace the pages of many “gentlemen’s magazines.”
Taijuan Walker, SP, Seattle Mariners
After a really rough start to the season, in the last couple of weeks Walker is really starting to come around. He has won his last three starts, and has only allowed five runs in those outings. His strikeouts really have started to pick up too, as he has whiffed 38 guys in his last 35 innings. He’s young, he’s talented, and the future certainly looks bright for the very real Mr. Walker.
Albert Pujols, 1B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Did someone turn the clock to 2006? After looking lost at times over the past two seasons, all of a sudden Albert Pujols is starting to look like that guy that terrorized the National League for the better part of a decade.
He’s having a great season, and in the last week he has hit five home runs and driven in 13 runs. I’m not buying this, however, as he has 23 home runs so far and finished with 28 all of last season. He’s due for a major correction, and I definitely see a very silicone second half for him.
Jason Heyward, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
The trade for Jason Heyward this offseason was starting to look really, really bad for St. Louis for the first two months of the season but lately he is starting to wake up. In the last week alone he has a hit in every game, four multi-hit games, and clobbered three home runs while driving in six.
His problems previously in his career were more injury related than not being able to hit. This guy is too good to have been that bad and I believe that he is in for a very solid second half.
Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees
Someone check this guy’s bat! Kidding of course, but man has Gardner been on a roll! In the last five days he has connected on four home runs after only having five over the first ten weeks of the season. He has had five multi-hit games in the last six, and has driven in nine runs.
Gardner took the next step towards improving his power last season, and until recently that looked like a fluke. However, I think that Gardner is for real and now a threat to hit twenty home runs in a season. Look for him to raise that batting average in the second half as well, and he is a guy that I like going forward to keep it rolling.
Yovani Gallardo, SP, Texas Rangers
n April and May, Gallardo was middling along and being the average pitcher that he had become after starting off his career strong in Milwaukee. Something happened to Yo over Memorial Day weekend because since then he has been a different guy. I don’t know if he has been eating his Wheaties or an improved clone of him has joined us from another dimension but whatever it is, it is working.
He still isn’t going deep into games, but in his last five starts he has allowed just three earned runs combined, while striking out 21 guys in 25 innings. In no way do I expect this to continue, and his hot streak is as real as those large globes that are usually found on women named Destiny or Charity.
Hopefully, we helped you decide if these six players on hot streaks were real or fake. As always, please follow me on Twitter @fightingchance.