SleepersJuly 27, 2009

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Sleeper Watch

By R.J. White

In his first three games with the St. Louis Cardinals, Julio Lugo has eight hits in 14 at-bats, including two doubles, two triples, and one HR. He’s also added four runs, two RBIs and a steal to those impressive numbers. The Red Sox were eager to get rid of the 33-year-old shortstop, but he’s been on fire since coming to the Cardinals. Can he keep it up?

Why not? Sure, he won’t hit .600 the rest of the way, but Lugo is faced with a prime opportunity to help your fantasy squad. He hit leadoff in his first game with the club and moved to the two-hole in his last two games. In that part of the lineup, hitting in front of Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday, he’s going to see great pitches to hit and should be able to get on base consistently. That’ll lead to a handful of steals and a ton of runs.

Owned in just three percent of standard Yahoo leagues, many people still haven’t bought into Lugo’s chances with the Cardinals. I think he makes for a perfect add as your middle infielder, especially in deep leagues. Also take note that St. Louis used Lugo at second base in his first game with the club. If the team continues to find work at multiple infield spots, Lugo will see an increase in flexibility as he become eligible at multiple positions.

If Lugo is just sitting in your free agency pool and you have a spot available, I’d suggest picking him up to see if this hot streak is legit. He could make an impact on your standings both at runs and SBs from this point on.

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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