3 Up, 3 Down

Destination Mind Games

May 02, 2006|By SHEIL KAPADIA

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Kevin Mench, outfielder, Rangers -- He became the only right-handed hitter to homer in seven straight games last week. Even though that streak is over, Mench had a 14-game hitting streak through Sunday. He also had scored in nine straight games.

Moises Alou, outfielder, Giants -- San Francisco's veteran does not appear to be slowing down as he approaches his 40th birthday. Last week, Alou hit .500 with three homers and 12 RBIs. However, he might miss a couple games because of a hip injury suffered Sunday.

Jose Contreras, starter, White Sox -- After going 3-1 in the postseason last year, Contreras is 4-0 to start 2006. He leads the AL with a 1.45 ERA and has lasted at least seven innings in his past four starts.

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Andruw Jones, outfielder, Braves -- While his performance for the season has been solid, Jones struggled to put up big power numbers last week. Through Sunday, he was hitting .192 with no homers or RBIs in his previous eight games.

Carlos Delgado, first baseman, Mets -- Fantasy owners have been pleased with Delgado's performance in his new home this year. However, last week, he managed just three hits while striking out eight times and batting .130.

Brad Lidge, reliever, Astros -- It seems like Houston's closer is still feeling the effects of a shaky postseason last year. Lidge blew two saves last week and has struggled all season with a 6.39 ERA. He has walked 11 batters after having walked 23 in all of 2005.

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