Originally written on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 11/14/14

For the first month of the season, Omar Infante was one of the best hitters in baseball – especially at the 2nd base position. During April, Infante hit .324 with 5 HR’s, 14 R’s and strangely enough only 7 RBI’s. Still, even with his low RBI totals, Infante was owned in 100% of ESPN leagues and seemed like a waiver steal.

Then in May, Infante became a different player. He stopped hitting homeruns (only one in the month) but his RBI totals nearly doubled (13) and he stole 7 bases – which is the third highest total of his career for a complete season. He also hit at a .314 clip and was actually walking at a reasonable clip for the first time in his career.

Now here we are in the middle of June and Infante is back to his usual self. No more homeruns or stolen bases – he’s gotten to double digits in those categories in a full season only once in 2004 – and his average has dropped to .281 overall and .175 in the month of June with only 1 extra base hit.

Is this just a slump? Or is Infante simply giving in to the law of averages that every baseball is a slave to? I’m more inclined to go with the latter of the two. So here are some possible replacements that you might be able to find on the waiver wire because the way Infante has been playing – the sell high option might have come and gone.

Brian Roberts – He’s finally back and playing basically every day. In his first 5 games back, Roberts is hitting .318 with 4 RBI’s. You won’t get much in the way of power, and stolen bases are all contingent on how his body is feeling, but he will be in the line-up close to every night and has always hit for average and scored a good amount of runs.

Jamey Carrol – He was only hitting .230 coming in to June, but after going 12-33 this month he’s raised his average to a respectable  .260 overall. And with 11 R and 9 RBI to go along with his .364 average in June, he’s producing in more than just batting average. Ride his hot streak.

Ryan Theriot – Theoriot absolutely sucked in May, but he has turned it on in June. He’s hitting .333 with 9 RBI and 8 R to go along with 6 SB. It would be nice if he ever hit the ball out of the ball park, but beggars can’t be choosers.

 

 

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