3 up, 3 down

May 09, 2006|By SHEIL KAPADIA

Up

Chase Utley, second baseman, Phillies -- He is a major reason Philadelphia has won eight straight games. Last week, Utley hit .483 with three homers and eight RBIs. His numbers have picked up since moving up to the No. 2 hole in the lineup at the end of April.

Alex Rios, outfielder, Blue Jays -- He is the top batter in the American League, hitting .384. Last week, Rios batted .462 and extended his hitting streak to nine games.

C.C. Sabathia, starter, Indians -- After returning from the disabled list May 2, he is 2-0 and has allowed one earned run in 13 innings. In his last start against the Mariners, Sabathia did not allow an extra-base hit or a walk in eight innings.

DOWN

Derek Jeter, shortstop, Yankees -- After a sizzling April, he cooled down in the first week of May. Jeter is batting .154 in his past six games and has struck out six times in his past 19 at-bats.

Cliff Floyd, outfielder, Mets -- Last season, he hit .273 with 34 homers and 98 RBIs. This year, Floyd has struggled at the plate, batting .186 with three HRs and 14 RBIs. He has homered just once in his past 11 games and went 4-for-25 last week.

Dontrelle Willis, starter, Marlins -- Florida's ace had a 3.13 ERA entering May but struggled in his two starts last week. Willis was 0-2 and allowed 15 runs in 12 innings. For the season, he is 1-3 with a 5.15 ERA.

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