Many baseball stars are turning around their slow starts, much like the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics did not have a championship-caliber regular season.  They appeared old, slow and feeble for much of the season.  The Celts were a toss-up with the Heat in the first round.  Many predicted a Cleveland sweep, but the Celtics won that series.  The same thing has happened so far (knock on wood) against Orlando.  The Celtics have unexpectedly won in Orlando for the first two games.

The Celtics have not come out of nowhere, however.  They have been a good team since they won the championship in 2008.  They just started slow.  Great teams, like great players turnaround.

As time in May is running out, fantasy baseball owners are starting to see players with early season struggles turn it around and return to the level of play the baseball world has become accustomed.

On the flip side, if you are in possession of a player who has not turned it around yet and is still struggling, it is time to start evaluating how long you should stick with the player.  Some players just inexplicably in one season compared to the others and you don’t want these players on your team when that happens.

David Ortiz is starting to bring his power numbers back up with four home runs in his last six games.  It would appear he’s still got a little bit left in the tank.

Justin Upton is also turning his season around.  After struggling to get above the Mendoza line for much of the beginning of the season, he is now hitting .256 with seven home runs and stolen bases.  Hope you were not one of the owners who gave up hope on what is likely one of the best keepers in your league.

B.J. Upton has seven stolen bases in his last 10 games.  Despite not providing much else in terms of fantasy value thus far, keep an eye on him.

Jon Lester is throwing another gem tonight, showing he can be an ace on a staff where the veteran guys who were supposed to dominate (Beckett, Lackey and Matsuzaka) have done anything but.

Justin Verlander’s making a habit of following early season struggles with post-April domination.  He has allowed five total runs in his last five starts.

After a weak start to the season, Manny Corpas has regained the Rockies closers job with many dominating appearances.

The season of buy low on stars is ending as struggling stars may soon be veteran journeymen for both their real-life teams and their fantasy counterparts.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dave on May 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Only a Red Sox fan would think that David Ortiz has anything left in the tank….


  2. Posted by Lisa on May 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm



  3. Posted by your (actual) neighbor on May 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    oh come on, lisa. phillies? really? boooooo!


  4. Posted by Dave on May 22, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Going to the game tomorrow. Too bad David Ortiz is too fat to play in the field so I’ll only get to see him pinch hit and make the last out of the game…


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