3 Up, 3 Down

The Kickoff

June 01, 2006|By SHEIL KAPADIA

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Carl Crawford, outfielder, Devil Rays -- After hitting one home run in his first 44 games, he hit three over the past week to go along with seven stolen bases. While fantasy owners do not expect big power numbers from Crawford, a .300 average is realistic. He hit .444 in the past seven days to raise his average to .291 entering yesterday.

Jose Castillo, second baseman, Pirates -- Castillo hit .348 with five homers and 12 RBIs over the past week. After hitting .268 with 11 homers in 2005, he has been a productive fantasy player this year, batting .303 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs entering yesterday.

Brett Myers, starter, Phillies -- He has been a model of consistency, having allowed three earned runs or fewer in all 11 starts. Myers' best ERA for a complete season is 3.72, but he is posting a 2.80 ERA this season and has won his past two starts.

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Carlos Delgado, first baseman, Mets -- He went 3-for-23 (.130) with no homers and one RBI over the past week. Delgado cooled down in May, batting .218 entering yesterday. He still has 15 homers and 34 RBIs.

Michael Young, shortstop, Rangers -- He's had at least 200 hits in three straight seasons, but was 5-for-28 (.179) over the past week. Young hit 46 homers in the past two years, but has hit just three this year entering yesterday.

Jose Valverde, reliever, Diamondbacks -- The closer has allowed nine runs in his past 3 2/3 innings entering yesterday. Valverde's role could now be in jeopardy if his struggles continue.

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