Last week we covered the Buy Low Hitters & Pitchers.  Let’s take a look at some guys you should sell off before the smoke clears.

Batters
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Michael Young, Texas Rangers
– Young is off to a great start.  Sounds familiar to last year when his batting average dropped 46 points after the All-Star Break.  He already has 7 HRs through 30 games.  He only hit 21 his previous 311 games.  He still has the name and numbers to net you a good return.  He’s still very solid and qualifies at 3B & SS so make sure you get a deal you’re happy with. 

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Mike Lowell, Boston Red Sox
- I know it’s hard to deal away one of the league leaders in RBIs, but he is 35 with an injury history.  Last year the wheels fell off in July for Lowell, and despite a strong September, he still hit .225 after the All-Star Break.

Russell Branyan, Seattle Mariners - Not only is Branyan hitting 45 points above his career mark, his numbers typically take a dip after the All-Star Break.  
   - Before: .235 BA, .505 Slg%, 13.9 AB/HR, 6.0 AB/RBI
   - After: .229 BA, .469 Slg%, 16.7 AB/HR, 6.6 AB/RBI

He’s not a huge name, but maybe you can turn him into a solid little upgrade.
 
Blue Jays Trio of Adam Lind, Aaron Hill, and Marco Scutaro – Don’t get me wrong, that Blue Jays Offense is humming right now, and I imagine these three will have solid numbers at the end of the year, but they are all playing above their heads right now.  They play in one of the toughest division in baseball.  Now is the perfect time to try and score a struggling star for your league’s cellar dweller.
Pitchers
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Wandy Rodríguez
, Houston Astros – Wandy is off to a great start, and his value has never been higher after his eight scoreless inning win.  He’s sporting a 1.80 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  Historically he is much better before the All-Star Break than after it.
    – Before:  26-22, 4.33 ERA, 1.36 WHIP
    – After:  14-20, 4.96 ERA, 1.42 WHIP
 
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Joe Saunders, Los Angeles Angels
- Joe is off to another fine start.  He is coming off a Complete Game Shutout.  He has historically started off great going 24-6 with a 2.97 ERA before August and 13-10 with a 5.01 ERA after.  Not exactly how you want your Pitchers throwing down the stretch.
 
Jarrod Washburn, Seattle Mariners - Washburn is off to a fantastic start.  That’s the norm for him.  Check out his pre- and post-All-Star Game splits:
   – Before:  66-51, 3.93 ERA
   - After:  35-51, 4.34 ERA
Get out why you can.

Brian Bannister, Kansas City Royals - Bannister has been a great story, but I don’t see Cliff Lee, Part II from him.  He’s a .500 Pitcher at best with an ERA around 4.50.  His early dominance will come to an abrupt end.

 
Middle Relievers such as Jason Frasor, Cla Meredith, and Ramón Ramírez - They are among the league leaders in Wins, but they’ll likely max out around 10 Wins tops.  They have low ERAs and WHIPs, but aren’t contributing much in Strikeouts or Saves. 

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Monday, June 30th
Mark DeRosa went 3 for 4 with 3 Runs, a pair of HRs (one a Grand Slam), and 6 RBI.  Johnny Peralta went 5 for 5 with 3 Runs 3 Doubles, a HR, and 3 RBI.  Nick Swisher hit 2 HRs (one a Grand Slam) and drove in 5.  Edgar Gonzalez went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Josh Willingham hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3 Runs.  Brian Giles had 4 Hits.  J.J. Hardy, Mark Reynolds (3 RBI), Carlos Gonzalez, Aaron Miles, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Mike Lowell, Michael Young, Scott Rolen, Adam LaRoche (3 RBI), Billy Butler, each had 3 Hits.  Jody Gerut had 4 RBI.  Jim Thome, Chris Iannetta, and Brad Hawpe each had 3 RBI.  Geovany Soto scored 3 Runs.

Roy Halladay pitched a Complete Game four-hit Shutout with 6 Ks to improve to 9-6 with a 2.90 ERA.  Greg Smith pitched a Complete Game allowing 1 Run on 4 Hits to improve to 5-6 with a 3.44 ERA.  Ted Lilly gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 9-5.  Kyle Lohse gave up 1 unearned Run on 5 Hits to improve to 10-2 with a 3.67 ERA.  Mike Mussina gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 8 Ks, but took a Loss.  Paul Maholm gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in a 7 Inning no-decision.  James Shields gave up 2 Runs in 6-1/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 6-5 with a 3.70 ERA.  Roy Oswalt gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 7-8.  Glen Perkins gave up 2 Runs with 7 Ks in a 6-1/3 no-decision.  R.A. Dickey gave up 2 Runs in 6-1/3 Innigns, but took a Loss.

Saturday, June 28th
Derrek Lee
had 5 Hits and 3 RBI.  Gregor Blanco, Adam Jones (3 Runs), Dustin Pedroia, and Mike Lowell (3 RBI) each colleted 4 Hits.  Vernon Wells (3 RBI), Casey Blake, Willy Taveras, Chase Utley, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, Carlos Lee (3 RBI), Chris Ianetta, Kurt Suzuki, Adrian Beltre, and Edgar Renteria each had 3 Hits.  Paul Bako Kevin Youkilis, Lance Berkman, Mark Loretta, and Chris Young each had 3 RBI.  Ryan Raburn hit a Grand Slam.

Jeff Weaver and Jose Arredondon combined for a no-hitter, but an unearned Run cost them the game.  Chad Billingsley gave up 3 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 7 Ks to earn the improbable victory and improve to 7-7 with a 3.37 ERA.  Tim Linceum gave up 5 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 9-1 with a2.38 ERA.  Manny Parra gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 8-2 with a 3.95 ERA.  Johnny Cueto gave up 5 Hits in 6-1/3 scoreless Innings to improve to 6-8.  John Parrish gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings for his first win of the year.  Andy Pettitte gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improv to 9-5 with a 3.98 ERA.  Mitchell Boggs gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 3-0.  Brandon Webb gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 12-4 (he gets a decision every time out, huh?) with a 3.21 ERA.  Ty Taubenheim gave up 2 Runs in a 6 Inning no-decision.  Garrett Olson gave up 1 Run in 5 Innings to improve to 6-3.  Justin Duchscherer gave up 1 Run on 2 Hits in 8 Innings, but took a Loss.  Carlos Silva gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings to improve to 4-9.

Wednesday, June 25th
Carl Crawford
hit a pair of HRs with 5 RBI.  Bobby Abreu had 3 Hits and 4 RBI.  Carlos Guillen had 4 Hits and 3 RBI.  Jay Payton hit a pair of HRs with 4 RBI.  David Wright smacked a pair of HRs with 3 RBI.  Rick Ankiel had 2 HRs, 3 Runs, and 3 RBI.  Gary Sheffield and Chase Utley each had 4 Hits.  Kelly Johnson, Geovany Soto,  Jose Reyes, Kevin Cash each had 3 RBI.  Dustin Pedroia, Coco Crisp, Derek Jeter (3 Runs), Jose Castillo, Robinson Cano, Jack WIlson, Alex Rios, Evan Longoria (3 RBI), Ross Gload, and Carlos Gomez each had 3 Hits.  Mike Lowell and Brian Buscher each scored 3 Runs.

Eric Stults pitched a Complete Game four-hit Shutout to improve to 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA.  Kyle Kendrick gave up 4 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 7-3.  Joba Chamberlain continued to prove The Boss II right by firing 6-2/3 scoreless Innings improving to 2-2 with a 2.03 ERA.  Tim Wakefield knuckled 7 scoreless Innings allowing 2 Hits with 6 Ks to improve to 5-5 with a 3.88 ERA.  Jorge Campillo gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits with 6 Ks in 7 Innings to improve to 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA.  Randy Johnson gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.  Barry Zito shocked Giants fans by going 6-2/3 Innings allowing just 1 Run on 4 Hits to improve to 3-11.  Tim Redding gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but got a no-decision.  John Maine gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 8-5 with a 3.73 ERA.  James Shields gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 5-5 with a 3.76 ERA.  Luke Hochevar gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to even his record at 5-5.

Sunday, June 22nd
Mark Teixeira
hit 3 HRs and drove in 4 Runs.  Aaron Miles had 5 Hits.  Prince Fielder scored 3 Runs and added a Double, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Kevin Youkilis hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3 Runs.  Randy Winn had 4 Hits and 3 RBI.  Dustin Pedroia had 4 Hits.  Joe Inglett, Conor Jackson, Jody Gerut, Jason Giambi, Fred Lewis, John Bowker (3 RBI), Mark Ellis, Adam Kennedy, Mike Lowell, and Juan Pierre each had 3 Hits.  Mike Aviles and Magglio Ordonez each had 3 RBI.  Marco Scutaro, Eric Patterson, and Ray Durham each scored 3 Runs.

Tim Hudson gave up 4 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 8-5 with a 2.96 ERA.  John “Blackbird” Lannan gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits with 6 Ks in a 6 Inning no-decision.  Livan Hernandez gave up 1 Earned Run in 7 Innings to improve to 8-4.  Andy Pettitte gave up 4 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings as he improved to 8-5.  Brandon Backe gave up 2 Runs in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 5-8.   Justin Duchscherer gave up 1 Run in 7-2/3 Innings to improve to 8-4 with a 1.99 ERA.  Jon Lester (7-1/3 Innings, 2 Runs) and Joel Pinero (7 Innings, 2 Runs) battled to no-decisions.  Justin Verlander gave up 2 Runs in 5-1/3 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 4-9.  Randy Wolf gave up 2 Earned Runs in 6 Innings with 10 Ks, but took the Loss.  Ryan Dempster scattered 10 Hits in 8 Innings allowing 1 Run to improve to 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA.

Friday, May 30th
Russell Martin
went 4 for 4 with 3 Runs and 3 RBI.  Lyle Overbay went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBI.  Grady Sizemore hit a pair of HRs and drove in 3.  Adrian Beltre smacked a couple solo shots.  Jeff Baker, Ryan Braun, and Jay Bruce each had 4 Hits.  Bobby Abreu had 3 Hits and scored 4 Runs.  Ryan Howard had 3 Runs and 3 RBI.  Todd Helton, Mark DeRosa, Chris Coste, and Jason Michaels, and Willie Harris each had 3 RBI.  Jim Edmonds (3 RBI), Jacoby Ellsbury, Cristian Guzman, Scott Rolen, Brad Wilkerson, Mike Lowell, Torii Hunter, Curtis Granderson, Miguel Cabrera, Brandon Boggs, Esteban German, Alex Rodriguez, Hideki Matsui, Melky Cabrera each had 3 Hits. 

Josh Beckett (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 4 Hits, 10 Ks) and Daniel Cabrera (7 Innings, 2 Runs) each had no-decisions.  Brett Myers gave up 3 Runs in 8 Innings will 11 Ks to improve 3-6.  Tom Glavine (6 Innings, 2 Runs) and Edison Volquez (6 Innings, 2 Runs, 7 Ks) got no-decisions.  Jose Contreras (7 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Hits, 5 Ks) and James Shields (6 Innings, 1 Run, 6 Ks) each had no-decisions.  Manny Parra gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 3-2.  Kevin Millwood gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings to even his record at 4-4.  Justin Duchscherer gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.  Todd Wellemeyer gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 6-1 with a 3.16 ERA.  R.A. Dickey pitched 5-1/3 Innings of scoreless relief.  Greg Maddux gave up 2 Runs in a 6 Inning no-decision.

Thursday, May 22nd
Carlos Gomez went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs, a HR, and 3 RBI.  Jose Guillen went 4 for 5 with 3 Runs, a Double, a HR, and 3 RBI.  Nate McLouth went 4 for 4 with 3 Runs and a SB.  Miguel Olivo went 3 for 5 with a Run, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 5 RBI.  Gary Sheffield, Josh Hamilton, David Murphy, Kelly Johnson, Johnny Damon, Bill Hall, Ryan Howard (3 Runs), Lance Berkman (shocking), and Ty Wiggington each had 3 Hits.  Alexi Casilla scored 3 Runs.  J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell (3 Runs, 3 Hits) each hit Grand Slams.
 
Andrew Miller struck out 9 in 7 scoreless Innings (5 Hits) to improve to 4-3.  Tim Hudson gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to improve to 7-3 with a 2.97 ERA.  Jeremy Bonderman allowed 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 3-4.  Brian Burres (7-2/3 Innings, 1 Run, 5 Ks) and Ian Kennedy (6 Innings, 1 Run) battled to no-decisions.  Mark Buehrle got a no-decision despite giving up 1 Run on 2 Hits in 7 Innings.  Even more snakebitten was Aaron Laffey, who took the loss while holding the White Sox to 2 Runs on 7 Hits in 7 Innings.  He struck out 6 batters along the way.  Randy Wolf allowed 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 3-4.

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