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Stock Watch: Buy & Sell Analysis

Last week's Stock Watch recommended claiming Ben Sheets where available, and he has continued to impress since his return to the Majors with six more shutout innings and a win against Washington.

Buy

  • Adam LaRoche - A notorious second-half hitter with a batting average nearly 50 points higher after the All-Star break, LaRoche has now homered in three straight games. LaRoche is enjoying a productive season from the clean-up spot, and has the highest line-drive percentage of his career.  
  • Justin Ruggiano - With Emilio Bonifacio shifting to second base after the trade of Omar Infante, Ruggiano should be in line for everyday at-bats. Ruggiano has both seven home runs and steals in only 137 plate appearances, and he showed a good power/speed combination for the Rays' Triple-A minor league club with 15 home runs and at least 23 steals in both 2009 and 2010.
  • Starling Marte - Another power/speed combination hitter, Marte homered in his first career at-bat Thursday and has raked at every level of the Pirates system.  Marte had 12 home runs and 21 steals in 431 plate appearances in Triple-A before being called up, and produced 12 home runs, 24 steals and a .332 batting average for the Pirates' Double-A affiliate in 2011.
  • Peter Bourjos - With the Angels looking to acquire help for the stretch run, Bourjos has been mentioned in trade rumors that would result in him starting for the club that acquires him.  Bourjos is coming off a season in which he hit 12 home runs with 22 steals, and would be a productive fourth or fifth outfielder in 12-team mixed leagues with everyday at-bats.

Sell

  • Matt Harrison - Enjoying a 3.02 ERA and 12 wins following a season of 14 wins and a 3.39 ERA, now is an excellent time to sell high.  Harrison's strikeout rate has decreased from last year to only 5.40 strikeouts per nine innings, and he has historically been a better pitcher in the first half.  Last year his August ERA was 6.07, and his career ERAs in August and September are 4.97 and 4.74 respectively. Harrison's SIERA sits at 4.21, and it would not be a surprise for him to have a matching ERA the rest of the season.
  • Matt Harvey - After dominating the Diamondbacks Thursday night, Harvey is going to a popular name in fantasy circles this week.  Those owners in re-draft leagues that are fortunate enough to have claimed Harvey off waivers should be looking to sell to an owner that will overpay for rookie hype.  Harvey showed typical control issues for a young starter this year in Triple-A, as he walked nearly four batters per nine innings, and may initially struggle in the majors as he learns command.  Stock Watch also recommended selling Trevor Bauer in re-draft leagues for many of the same reasons. RotoAuthority's Mike Axisa recently warned about the Mets' poor defense potentially inflating Harvey's WHIP and ERA, as well.
  • Dee Gordon - Those sitting on Gordon to return from the DL should be looking to deal him to steals-starved owners, as a report has surfaced that Gordon may return to a bench role following the Dodger's acquision of Hanley Ramirez. As only a one-dimension player when he is starting, Gordon can safely be dropped in 12-team mixed leagues.


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