Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 6/3/13
The following countdown details seven hitters some stars, some unsung who are solid candidates for sizable fantasy numbers during Week 10 (June 3-9): 3B Manny Machado, Orioles 1. For the GMs who don't own Chris Davis (20 HR, 52 RBI, .357 batting in just 56 games), Machado serves as a wonderful consolation prize for Week 10. He draws six road dates with the Astros and Rays. 2. The 20-year-old Machado boasts the following 30-day numbers: Two homers, 12 RBI, 18 runs, three steals and a .347 batting average. In that span, he also leads the Orioles in base hits. 3. The Astros have the worst team ERA in baseball (5.12) by a country mile. Of equal relevance, the usually dominant Rays pitchers rank just 20th in baseball (4.22 ERA). OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 1. After a sluggish start, McCutchen has slowly recaptured his all-world form of seasons past. In the last 30 days: Three homers, 11 RBI, 18 runs, eight steals, .311 batting, .378 OBP. 2. McCutchen has six road games against the Braves and Cubs this week. In 29 career games at Wrigley Field, A-Mac boasts absurd tallies five homers, 17 RBI, 25 runs, nine steals, a .386 batting average, .504 OBP and 1.128 OPS. 3. If I was a betting man ... McCutchen is still a reasonable lock for 25 homers and 35 steals. 4. Last year, McCutchen notched career highs with runs, hits (194), homers, RBI, batting average, OBP (.400), slugging (.553) and OPS (.953). 5. Splits-wise, A-Mac enjoyed four months of seven-plus homers, five months of double-digit RBI and six months of double-digit runs in 2012. 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers 1. Gonzalez has a superb 30-day track record of four homers, 21 RBI, 10 runs and a .322 batting average. 2. Check out this snapshot of production: From May 25-29, spanning five games, A-Gon went 11 for 19, with three homers, eight RBI and seven runs. 3. The Dodgers have seven straight home dates with the Padres (three) and Braves (four). 4. With the Red Sox and Dodgers last year, Gonzalez posted nearly identical high marks with batting average and OBP. OF Marcell Ozuna, Marlins 1. The 22-year-old rookie has acquitted himself very well this year, rolling for a .333 batting average, .376 OBP, 15 RBI and 16 runs in just 31 games. 2. In the minors, Ozuna had a consistent track record of 20-plus homer, 90 RBI, 85 runs and double-digit steals despite being, for the most part, younger than his competitors at a given level. 3. The Marlins have six road games against the Phillies and Mets this week, two struggling pitching staff. C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers 1. Since May 19, Lucroy has rolled for three homers, 11 RBI, seven runs, one steal and a .378 batting average. 2. On May 31 against the Phillies, the Brewers backstop tallied one homer, one RBI, two runs and five hits. 3. This week, Lucroy and the Brewers have seven attractive home dates against the Athletics (three) and Phillies (four). 4. From 2010-12, Lucroy demonstrated flashes of his dynamic potential. In a healthy season, he has the capacity for 20 homers and 90 RBI. 5. Last year, Lucroy enjoyed prolific numbers in May (three homers, 22 RBI, .388 batting) and August (four homers, 18 RBI, .306 batting). C Jason Castro, Astros 1. Castro has raked opposing pitching since May 19, to the tune of four homers, seven RBI, nine runs, one steal and a .432 batting average. 2. Of his last eight games, Castro has notched three homers and multiple hits four times. 3. Through just 48 games, Castro has already matched or eclipsed last year's tallies with doubles (15) and homers (six). 4. In the minors, Castro demonstrated the potential for double-digit homers and a .285-plus average. 1B Kendrys Morales, Mariners 1. Morales has swung a curiously hot in the bat in the last week, leading the Mariners in hits (10) and batting average (.345) during that span. However, he didn't draw a single walk. 2. The Mariners have seven doable home dates with the White Sox (three) and Yankees (four) with none involving Chris Sale or CC Sabathia. 3. Morales has lifetime marks of a .305 batting average and .365 on-base percentage at Seattle's Safeco Field. Jay Clemons can be reached, day or night, on Twitter at @FOX_JayClemons.
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