Bits: Don't give up on Eric Hosmer


Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer had three hits and a stolen base at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, lifting his batting average to .191. Hosmer got some much-needed luck with two infield singles and a bloop double, but with a season BABIP of .191, he was due. Hosmer is starting to be dropped in ESPN standard leagues -- he's at 97.3 percent owned -- but that is a mistake. He remains a top-10 first baseman.

Houston Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez knocked in three runs Wednesday with a triple and two singles. Martinez hit .282 with a lot of walks and RBIs in April but has really struggled in May. His three RBIs Wednesday matched his total for the month. Still, he's going to play and could become a mixed-league option again this season.

Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios homered Wednesday for the first time in six weeks, and although he's owned in 82.9 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues, there's little sign a rebound season is pending. Use Rios' Wednesday performance (two RBIs, two runs) as a way to trade him. Just because teammate Adam Dunn is back doesn't mean Rios is joining him in mixed-league relevance.

Oakland Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker rebounded from a poor outing (six runs) by allowing one run in seven innings Wednesday. Parker has permitted two runs or fewer in five of six starts. This outing was also notable for his highest percentage of off-speed pitches, leading to eight strikeouts and only one walk. Despite only one win to show for his 3.38 ERA, he's worth a look in deep formats.

San Francisco Giants left-hander Barry Zito is not; he allowed six first-inning runs Wednesday and eight overall (four earned), and saw his ERA rise to 3.53. Zito's May ERA is 5.63, with 19 walks against 17 strikeouts. He lured fantasy owners in with a 1.67 ERA in April, but trust Zito's May work and look elsewhere for help. Zito remains owned in more than 21 percent of leagues.

Another NL West lefty is Ted Lilly of the Los Angeles Dodgers, pounded for eight runs Wednesday with nine hits and four walks. Lilly had permitted 10 earned runs in his past 10 outings dating back to last season. Continue to trust the reliable Lilly and keep him active for his next outing against the Brewers.