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Friday, June 28, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Jason Kipnis:  3/4 with 4 runs scores while hitting .295 and 18th SB in Game 1.  Kipnis is now nearly hitting .300 with 11 home runs and 18 stolen bases.  That is nearly first round territory folks. 

Adam Dunn:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .199.  Dunn is the ultimate internal argument guy when it comes to possibly picking him up.  Do I screw my team batting average by making the add?  Do I get lucky and get the 7 home run week the guy is famous for when I pick him up? 

Trevor Bauer:  5 ER in .2IP with an ERA of 5.29.  What was the big deal about this guy? 

Andrew McCutchen:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .293.  We haven't talked about McCutchen much but that's not because he is not doing what he should be doing.  On the contrary McCutchen has been right on target with his numbers, right on down to the April slow start and the batting average regression.

Gerrit Cole:  6 IP 8 H 3 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.70.  Cole is now 3-0 but honestly I am not totally blown away yet.  The K rate has been shockingly poor for someone who throws the ball as hard as he does.  Getting mucho run support has propped up the record for sure and yes I might be nitpicking some with this blurb but I type what I see.  Cole doesn't scream out "Matt Harvey II."

Nate McLouth:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .288.  McLouth must have stopped over for a visit to St. Louis on his way to Baltimore during this offseason as there is no other explanation for him having a major comeback season after seemingly being close to out of the majors.

Ian Desmond:  2/4 with his 14th home run while hitting .276.  Major props for Desmond for sending one over the fence off Harvey.  Looking like he has some more power room as he now settles into his prime.

Matt Harvey:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.00.  So when I do the next installment of the starting pitching rankings, I am tempted to put Harvey number 1.  Really other than Clayton Kershaw there is no debating that point.  And to think he is not even 30 starts into his career.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .271.  The power has not ebbed at all for Encarnacion this season as he continues to solidify his status as one of the premier home run hitters in the majors.

Miguel Cabrera:  4/4 with 2 home runs (24 for season) while hitting .377.  Call this the Cabrera Special.  Sometimes you get the feeling he could go 8/8 if he has the opportunity to do so in a given game.  Chris Davis here he comes.

Prince Fielder:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .281.  Fielder has really gone cold with the longball lately and he did take a step back there during his first season in Detroit.  Those 50 home run season is clearly an outlier at this point and 40 is out of reach for 2013 as well.

Ben Zobrist:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .271.  Zobrist is one of those guys who seems to suck more than a few stretches of the season but when the end of the year arrives he has his customary numbers.  Don't overthink things here.  Just leave him be and everything will even out.

Wil Myers:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .289.  Liking what we have seen out of Myers so far who seems like a clone of Jay Bruce in the making.

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.10.  Now a spectacular 12-0 before the All Star Break.  Touted him more than any other pitcher not named Matt Harvey and Adam Wainwright this past winter.  Yeah I pretty much nailed the pitchers this season huh? 

Julio Teheran:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.12.  Sometimes a little maturity goes a long way.  Teheran has been pitching lights out once he finally began to trust his stuff and now the Braves have a clear power pitching possible ace at their disposal.

Martin Perez:  6.2 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.37.  In the tradition of Chris Tillman, now 1-0 since I told you to pick him up last Sunday.

Eric Hosmer:  3/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .274.  It used to take Hosmer two months to get two home runs.  If this is a sign that he is finally figuring out how to elevate the baseball than I am once again intrigued.  Need to see more though.

Billy Butler:  3/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .280.  Butler has a lot of work to do to even approach the 29 bombs he hit last season.  This is a crucial thing to watch because those 2012 home runs could go into the outlier bin if he fails to come close.

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .211.  I don't know what the Royals served for dinner tonight but damn send the same dish back out there tomorrow.

Buster Posey:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .321.  Damn this guy is good.  Still can't wrap my head around how three catchers (Posey, Molina, Mauer) can all contend for a batting title.

Wilin Rosario:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .274.  Rosario is looking like he could be getting into a home run groove again.  Now if only Carlos Santana can fall in line likewise. 

Michael Cuddyer:  1/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .347.  You know what I am going to say so let's leave it at that. 

Shelby Miller:  5 ER in 1.2 IP with an ERA of 2.79.  One of your last picks on who would deliver the first butt kicking.

Bartolo Colon:  8 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.79.  You know what's funny? When it comes to fantasy baseball we don't care if our hitters or pitchers are juiced but in real life we think they are scum.  I present to you Bartolo Colon.

Hisashi Iwakuma:  8 IP 6 H 4 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.42.  Even when he gives up some runs, the WHIP is still terrific.  Was sold awhile ago on the latest Japanese pitching maestro on the heels of Yu Darvish and Hiroki Kuroda.  Daisuke Matsuzaka you still are horrible.

Addison Reed:  blown save with 4 ER in ninth with an ERA of 4.00.  After Reed threw a crazy three innings two weeks ago I told you I would be worried about his health and his numbers going forward.  Yup.



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