Fantasy Baseball Dugout’s Player of the Month awards are given to the top statistical hitter and pitcher in fantasy baseball during a calendar month when Major League Baseball is in competition.
A standard 5×5 league is used for scoring (runs scored, homeruns, RBI, steals, batting average for hitters; wins, saves, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP for pitchers).
FBD’s June Players of the Month are:
Hitter of the Month: Alex Rodriguez, Third Baseman, New York Yankees. Rodriguez finally paid the dividends of that no. 1 pick you spent on him during the month of June. And A-Rod’s owners can rest assured that his performance should continue – he recently rejected an invitation to participate in the Home Run Derby for fear of messing up his swing. From June 14 – 18, Rodriguez homered in 4 straight games, scored 9 runs, and knocked in 7 RBI. Over the course of the month, A-Rod logged 36 hits, scored 24 runs, hit 9 homers, drove in 23 RBI, stole 5 bases, and batted an awesome .356. Due to his stint on the DL earlier this season, A-Rod might not currently be the undisputed no. 1 player in fantasy baseball. His season numbers are solid, however – .316, 24 homeruns, 44 RBI, 45 runs, 11 steals – and he is obviously a must-start in all leagues from here on out.
Pitcher of the Month: John Lackey, Anaheim Angels. As we reported in our last Player of the Week post, John Lackey has been an absolute monster since returning from the DL May 14. He won all five of his June starts and hasn’t given up more than two earned runs since May 25. His start 6/29 against the cross-town, interleague rival Dodgers was his best outing of the month – 8.7 innings, no runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts. The sickest Lackey stat is that his ERA coming into June was 1.80, and by the end of the month… it dropped even lower! In 38.7 innings of work in June, Lackey was 5-0 with a 1.16 ERA, 34 strikeouts, and a ridiculous 0.78 WHIP. You better be starting Lackey if you have any interest in winning fantasy baseball. If there is a lazy owner out there who isn’t checking their team and has Lackey on the DL or their bench, make an offer to get your hands on him. On the year he’s 6-1 with a 1.44 ERA, 54 strikeouts, and a 0.89 WHIP in 68.7 innings of work.