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Saturday, June 8, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Francisco Liriano:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 5 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.75.  This was Liriano to a T.  Horrid control but terrific strikeout stuff.  Despite all the free passes he didn't allow any runs to score and no one can argue with the 1.75 ERA.  The strand rate is a bit out of whack but overall Liriano has fallen right in line with what A.J. Burnet has done since leaving the AL and Javier Vasquez before him when he almost won a Cy Young in Atlanta after leaving the Yankees.

Victor Martinez:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .241.  Martinez has hit .248 so far in June with 3 of his 5 home runs.  Remember when I told you all to stay patient with the natural hitter back in May due to missing an entire season which is rough on anyone?  Yup.

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.71.  Verlander has seemed a bit "off" all season and remember the one thing I always was a bit worried about was all the massive innings on his arm over the last six years a la Matt Cain, David Price, Tim Lincecum.  While Verlander has not completely fallen on his face like the other three, his numbers are all elevated.  It could be that Verlander is just so awesome that he could prevent a complete washout.  Be that as it may, the numbers are not Verlander-like which is a tad upsetting.

Adam Wainwright:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.34.  You are looking at the hottest pitcher in the majors right now.  Wainwright is now up to 9-3 and is well on his way to possibly winning that Cy Young we predicted.  The latest smashing success post-Tommy John story.

Desmond Jennings:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .249.  Jennings mercifully gets moved out of the leadoff spot given his rampant struggles to maintain an average for almost a season and a half.  Maybe that will do the trick to get the potential unleashed as he is still young enough to enter the post-hype realm.  However the obvious drawback is the loss of steals hitting lower in the order.

Chris Archer:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.91.  Better for Archer but after being almost unhittable, the K's didn't show up to the party.  So far Archer has been more a bit too volatile to own in anything but the deepest of leagues but he has talent that should be watched for some consistency.  If he does build on this outing than we will sign off on an add.

Josh Donaldson:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .329.  Donaldson had the grand slam in this one ans is now clearly an everyday standard 12-team third base option given that all the numbers have checked out for the better part of two months.  While the average is a tad lucky, the power and ability to drive in runs are all passing the test.

Salvador Perez:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .311.  Where has all the power gone?  Perez was right there as one of the most productive catchers in all of fantasy baseball last season the second half of the season and even though the average has been more than solid as expected, the home runs have been AWOL.  By now most Perez owners have jumped ship in search for more pop but I refuse to give up on him. 

Jedd Gyorko:  4/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .288.  In the spring I compared Gyorko to Dan Uggla with a much better average.  While April was a "find myself" month for Gyorko, May unleashed the second base power beast.  Gyorko should be picked up immediately in all formats if he is still on the radar (he is available in more leagues than you think) and he could easily crack 15 home runs the rest of the way.  Yes please.

Nolan Arenado:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .250.  Opposing pitchers have already found the rookie holes in Arenado's swing which is why he has been hitting nothing but air lately but Coors Field=power which makes him a guy you still want to keep on the bench if you can.

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .332.  I can see it now in the first round of 2014 drafts:  1.  Mike Trout 2.  Carlos Gonzalez  3.  Troy Tulowitzki 4.  Paul Goldschmidt.......

Matt Cain:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.09.  No home runs given up by Cain as we now give him the Marco Estrada analysis.  We are a long  way from being out of the woods and truth be told it may not happen in 2013.  This could go one of two ways:  either Cain pulls a Lincecum and stays horrible next season or he goes Jon Lester and saves his career.  We shall see.

Patrick Corbin:  7.1 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.98. I am out of answers here.  Next.

Yasiel Puig:  1/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .421.  It has been a very Mike Trout-ish debut so far for Puig who already looks better than his countryman Cespedes when it comes to hitting for power without the high K rate.  The Dodgers front office should be totally cleaned out if they even think of sending him down when the injured get healthy.  It has only been a week but I guarantee you that short of offering Mike Trout, you couldn't get Puig away from his pee-in-his-pants-with -excitement-owner under any circumstances.


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