Allen Craig was one of the worst players in all of baseball throughout the month of April. He spent most of the month with a batting average below .200. In the first 23 games, he went 15-for-88 (.170) with three doubles, one home run, five RBI and 16 strikeouts.
There must have been something that clicked because over the last week, Craig has been on fire. He hit a home run in two of his last three games. His batting average has risen to .220 and is on a five-game hitting streak. During those five games, Craig has gone 9-for-21 (.429), two doubles, one triple, two home runs, six RBI and just three strikeouts.
He closed out April with a .220 batting average. It helped that Craig went 4-for-5 on Wednesday. While it’s still not the best average, he’s making great improvement to help all fantasy owners who have stuck with him. Surprisingly, that is still all of them because Craig is still owned in 100 percent of ESPN.com leagues.
If you own Craig, like myself, and survived this long, then congratulations. You most likely kept him on your bench until he started to heat up, but even then it was a little risky.
Craig and the St. Louis Cardinals have a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs coming up this weekend. The likely Cubs starters are Travis Wood, Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija. Both Wood and Samardzija have allowed plenty of hits this season. Craig should continue his hot streak through the weekend and become a productive outfielder for all fantasy owners.