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Sunday, July 29, 2012

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Colby Rasmus:  2/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .246.  If only you could hit .270 Colby.  Colby always seems to annoy us about something.  Whether it is getting hurt, having a sucky average, or just plain acting like a baby in the clubhouse, there is always something to pick at.  We knew the power would be there going to Toronto but he is still capable of more i.e stealing bases and hitting even .260. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/2 with his 28th HR while hitting .299.  I don't think there has been one day this season where Encarnacion's fantasy baseball owners were annoyed at me.  That my friends is what you call a complete breakout season.

Adrian Gonzalez:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .294.  Now up to 62 RBI with his customary good average and with the power now showing up, I am inclined to wipe the slate clean for 2013 when it comes to Gonazlez.  The best part is that it won't take a first round pick to get him which will make him even more attractive.

Mark Texeria:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .262.  You all know I am prejudice against sluggers with poor averages and I haven't been a fan of Tex since after his first year with the Yankees when he fell head over heels for the short outfield fences.  His power is still in line with his career norms though and consistency does count for something.  I am interested to see who goes first next season:  Tex or Agone in drafts?

Jon Lester:  4 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.49.  Once again another shaky showing by Lester but in actuality this was one of his best starts in awhile which shows you just how bad he has been.  Being truthful, he was always a bit overrated since his ERA never finished in the 2.00 range and his WHIP was usually on the high side for a guy we considered an ace.  He and Tim Lincecum are already on my DO NOT DRAFT FOR 2013 LIST unless they are my SP 4 or 5.

C.C. Sabbathia:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.57.  You hate to see these starts from any of your pitchers but you never have to worry when it comes to Sabbathia.  Just one of those days.  Let's just hope he doesn't order extra room service to drown his sorrows.

Matt Kemp:  4/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .342.  I was all set to pen a STATUS REPORT on Kemp and why he is slumping so much but I will refrain from that for a bit.  This is the Kemp we saw in April and if he can stay on this type of roll, magic will happen.

Jesus Montero:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .265.  You wonder how much hitting in Seattle has dwarfed his hitting numbers but overall Montero has done just fine for his rookie season.  Remember Matt Wieters crashed and burned for a year or two before he figured it out so Montero is ahead of him there.  He will be a nice value in 2013 since the shine has worn off a bit since some would call him a letdown which I don't agree with.

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .302.  I was hard on Cespedes in the winter since his draft price was out of control for someone who never did anything on U.S. soil and for a high K rate.  Well he has performed very well with the 14 home runs and is managing to hit .302 despite striking out a bunch. 

Chris Carter:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .268.  I can't believe its almost been 10 years since Carter was catching passes up and down the Minnesota Vikings football field.  He looks damn good for being over 40.

Alex Presley:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .236.  Presley is making the KING proud with his home run hitting over the last week but batting average remains a clear issue.

Neil Walker:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .290.  Walker is once again quietly having a decent season that no one cares about. 

Ryan Zimmerman:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .271.   It seems like Zimmerman has hit those 15 home runs in the last month. 

Jordan Zimmerman:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.28.  Zimmerman is so quietly damn good that you have to do a double-take to absorb that awesome ERA.  Those are top ten fantasy baseball starting pitcher numbers folks.

Chase Utley:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .247.  Sorry dude its not 2009 anymore so nobody cares.

Mike Minor:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 5.18.  Be proactive here and add Minor since arms like this are tough to come by on the wire.  He is striking out a ton of batters and he his high ERA is the product of some early season shellings.  I have talked about his potential for years and I really am getting the feeling the dam is about to break.

Jose Reyes:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .274.  Yes the home runs from Reyes are like a nice bonus but dude steal some bases.

Carlos Santana:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .235.  All right I gave in and picked up Santana again after dropping him right before his hot streak.  That means he will go hitless

Josh Willingham:  1/4 with his 27th HR while hitting .273.  Josh Freakin' Willingham has 27 home runs.  Let that sink in.

Justin Masterson:  8 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 4.47.  The Justin Masterson Horror Show Special.  No one does it any better than this idiot.

Adam Dunn:  2/4 with his 31st HR while hitting .215.  Dunn is like a carnival attraction.  Watch big man hit balls a long way and than get struck out by a 5-year-old.

Paul Konerko:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .334.  Konerko is on a mission to crack as many home runs as he can before fellow golden oldie David Ortiz gets back in order to win the title of Best Slugging Senior Citizen.

Mike Napoli:  1/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .230.  Really Napoli has destroyed Carlos Santana this season but both guys have set back batting average for decades.

Ike Davis:  4/4 with 3 home runs (20 for season) while hitting .216.  Take that Adam Dunn.  Davis was nice enough to throw in an extra hit too with the three bombs.  Remember I did say to pick the guy up a month ago.  Say thank you.  I try my best.  I love this game.  I also hate it.

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