Saturday, December 27, 2014

We're going streaking!

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We're going streaking!

Prince Fielder has 3 home runs in the past week. (Jim Prisching/AP)
Prince Fielder has 3 home runs in the past week. (Jim Prisching/AP)

By the time you are reading this, today's FanDuel $1,000 MLB Single is probably already filled up. Don't worry, though. I come bearing good news. FanDeul is hosting a free tournament tomorrow just for philly.fanduel.com users. Make sure to sign up before the picks lock tomorrow at 7 p.m.

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With all that action this weekend, I figured it wouldn't hurt to give you a look at some guys who are on hot streaks, and whether or not those streaks will last the weekend.

Tomorrow, I'll be back with some matchups that could prove helpful this weekend.

Here is a look at some of the players who are on fire:

Prince Fielder (1B - MIL) - Right now, Fielder is arguably the hottest player in baseball, with three home runs and 11 RBI in the last week. Fielder and the Brewers will face the Nationals this weekend, and while they don't have a stable of studs, their rotation has done more than keep Fielder in check. He is just 11/57 (.192) with a home run lifetime against the Nats' projected starters. However, with the way he has been playing, I like Fielder to stay hot this weekend in the nation's capital.

Sam Fuld (OF - TB) - Fuld is 10/32 (.313), but more impressively has reached base safely in all but one of the nine games he played this season. In the last three, Fuld is 6/14 with four runs and four RBI. He will face the Twins next, who have yet to see the lefty. With a slew of mediocre pitchers, I give the advantage to Fuld.

Lance Berkman (1B, OF - STL) - Berkman was just 4/28 (.214) in his first eight games this season. Then he got a day off on Sunday. Since then, Berkman is 6/13 with four home runs, five runs scored and 10 RBI. That is really impressive. If he can stay hot against Los Angeles this weekend, that would be even more impressive, considering he is just 3/27 in his career against the starters that the Dodgers will throw out there this weekend. Unlike Fielder, who I see bucking the trend, I think Berkman could really cool down this weekend.

Johnny Damon (DH - TB) - Considering this is the second member of the Rays to make this list, you would expect them to be playing well. They have won their last two, but they are just 3-8 on the season and have been held to two or fewer runs seven times this season. Damon has gotten a hit in each of the last five games, going 8/22 (.364) in that span. This weekend he will face the Twins in a four-game set. He is 20/63 (.317) with five doubles and two home runs against the starters he will see this weekend. The only probable starter that he has struggled against is Brian Duensing, who he is 0/5 against in his career. No surprise there as he is the only lefty of the bunch. Duensing will pitch on Sunday, so that could be an off-day for Damon.

Dan Haren (SP - LAA) - Dan Haren is 3-0 on the season, including a rare win in relief against the Blue Jays last weekend. He has allowed just two runs all season and in his last start, he pitched a one-hit shutout en route to a 2-0 Angels' win over the Indians. Haren will pitch next on Sunday against the White Sox, whose current hitters are just 19/93 (.204) against Haren with just four extra-base hits. Look for Haren to be strong this weekend, but Mark Buehrle is going for the White Sox, so there is a chance he doesn't get the run support needed for a win. Either way, play Haren if you get the chance.


Matt Mullin is a sports producer at philly.com. You can reach him by e-mail at mmullin@philly.com. Follow Matt on Twitter: @matt_mullin

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