Pitcher of the Week:
NL: Noah Lowry (SP--GIANTS)
Lowry is a much better pitcher than his 1-3 record thus far would indicate. He was hurt to start the year and is slowly working himself back into the pitcher he is capable of being. He is a young lefty who is pitching for a good team and is slated to make two favorable starts this week. He will be home vs. the Marlins and Pirates. This is a guy who I have a feeling will pick up the pace and be a solid starter for the rest of the year.
AL: Gil Meche (SP--MARINERS)
To be honest, the pickings are slim this week in the AL arms race. Meche is a guy that has a very favorable match up for his first start of the week (vs. K.C.), but then may face a challenge when he pitches at the Angels in his second start. Monitor his first start this week and if successful, go ahead and start him next time also. Meche has quietly put up decent numbers so far this year, but as you already know-- can be a big injury concern.
Hitter of the Week:
NL: Jacque Jones (OF-- CUBS)
Jones is getting hot and he looks to continue his hitting in two hitter-friendly parks this week. Would you believe this guy can still be had in a lot of mixed leagues? He is hitting over .300 and has 10 HR to go along with it. Jones will be at Houston and at Cincy this week which should help provide excellent numbers this week.
AL: Coco Crisp (OF--RED SOX)
Coco's numbers have not been spectacular since returning from an early season finger injury, but the rust was to be expected. Eventually, Crisp will find his grove and be that threat atop the Red Sox lineup much like Johnny Damon was. What better place to start being that nemesis then playing the arch-rival New York Yankees? Not to mention, the terrible Texas staff visits Boston after their four-game set with the Yanks.
Pickup of the Week:
Todd Coffey (RP-- REDS)
Coffey has officially taken over the closing duties from incumbent David Weathers in Cincy. However, the Reds really have not had a save opportunity other than the one Coffey "blew" this past week. Therefore, many owners may not be aware that he is indeed the closer and may still be available on your waiver wire. His numbers have been great in the set-up role and there is no reason he should not continue to put up those same numbers, plus some saves in the closer's role.