MLB Meter: Hottest and Coldest Players for Week 3

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Nearing the end of week three of the 2014 MLB season, it’s time to take a look at which hitters and pitchers are cranking up their production as the weather gets warmer. Though it’s early, the streakiest players in the game have already posted numbers that are remarkable in ways both good and bad. Here are the best and the worst performances on the current week’s MLB Meter. Stats accumulated before play on April 18 were taken into consideration, with the emphasis on the previous seven games.

Hitters on fire

1. Chase Utley, Phillies: Philly’s old-school (some would simply say “old”) second baseman is feeling great in 2014. Utley is leading the entire sport in batting average (.462), slugging percentage (.769) and OPS (1.286). No one is even close to Utley’s marks in any of the three categories. In his past six games, Utley hit .458 with a 1.250 OPS.

2. Joey Votto, Reds: Cincinnati’s stud has turned it up several notches nearing the close of week three. Votto jacked 4 home runs and drove in 8 RBI in his last 6 games while hitting .450 with an absurd 1.677 OPS. The powerful, patient approach Votto takes is clearly working.

3. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers: On a very loud Dodgers team, A-Gon is slipping under the radar like a lethal stealth bomber. Pitchers who have encountered him recently have come away brutalized. In his last seven games, Gonzalez cranked 4 home runs and posted 12 RBI while hitting over .400. That run included 10 RBI in a three-game set against Arizona.

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