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Vines And Pines 5-31-15

The summer weather is here, May is over, and we are heading into the offensive time in fantasy baseball. The league pumped out about 250 more home runs than it did last month, and more than a dozen guys had close to double-digit home run weeks. The only one to hit that mark, was Bryce Harper at 13. Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, and Mike Napoli found some old form at the first base position this month. Jason Kipnis totaled 50 hits in the month of May, a truly impressive mark. Lets take a look at your league leaders.

Average – Dee Gordon .374

RBI – Giancarlo Stanton 44

Runs – Josh Donaldson 42

HR – Nelson Cruz/Bryce Harper 18

SB – Billy Hamilton/Dee Gordon 20

Wins – Felix Hernandez – 8

ERA – Zack Greinke/Shelby Miller 1.48

K’s – Corey Kluber 96 (Surprise, Surprise)

Saves – Glen Perkins 18

All Is Well With Andrew McCutchen

After a very slow April, among dozens sending him off their fantasy teams to others with injury worries, he has proven he is healthy. Over the last two weeks, he is hitting .400, with three home runs. The average is coming up fast, after a .330 May, with 10 doubles, and five home runs. So pretend these gloves are points that he is now giving to the opponent you shipped him off to.

The Most Underrated Top 5 Fantasy Player Ever?

.354 average, 15 HR, 43 RBI, 8 SB — Up to the minute stats for Paul Goldschmidt. The rankings disagree that he underrated, but do we give him enough credit in the fantasy world. This is a player I would give a lot for, and keep forever. We love talking about Anthony Rizzo and his stolen base ability, yet Goldschmidt is on pace for 26 SB. Which is close to Rizzo. He gets lost in the hype of some of the other players, so we will show him some love!

Brauny Man Is Back

Ryan Braun is sitting at 12 homers right now, and 38 RBI. He had a great May, hitting .287 with 8 home runs. Great signs after a struggling April, he is now on pace for 120 RBI, and 38 HR. Now if only we can get Carlos Gomez going.

Cain Coverage

There are a handful of centerfielders with tremendous range, but Lorenzo Cain seems to be making a play like these once a week. With that being said, I am positive he takes away an abundance of fantasy points from opposing hitters. This needs to be included in fantasy matchups soon. Mark Teixeira can’t believe it either.