SleepersAugust 31, 2009

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Sleeper Watch

By R.J. White

After Aubrey Huff was recently traded to Detroit, some playing time opened up in Baltimore. Former Cub Felix Pie has been given another shot at proving he belongs in the majors, and at long last it looks like he’s making the most of the opportunity. Pie has started 10 of Baltimore’s last 12 games; in that time frame, he’s brought his average up nearly 30 points to .272. His slugging percentage has also shot through the roof, as he’s hit four homers in his last seven games.

Can he keep it up? If he does, he stands a great shot at entering 2010 as a starter. Unfortunately, he still hasn’t made any improvements against lefties, although he really hasn’t had much of an opportunity to produce. In 21 plates appearances against southpaws, Pie has just three hits and no walks, striking out seven times and hitting one of his seven HRs on the season.

If you have room on your bench, Pie makes for a great add. Start him only when Baltimore is facing a right-handed pitcher — Pie has a very respectable .288/.359/.479 line against them. With any luck, the new-found playing time will lead to the 23-year-old Pie carrying over his 1.045 OPS August into September. At any rate, he could be a cheap source of power as you make your final push in the standings.

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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