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Saturday, June 8, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

David Ortiz:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .317.  Ortiz has been locked in from the day he got off the DL despite being in his mid-30s.  On a related note, Ryan Howard has no added Ortiz to his speed dial.

Clay Buchholz:  6.2 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.71.  Buchholz is now 9-0 as he pulls the AL version of Adam Wainwright in jumping out to the Cy Young lead.  What is interesting is that even though he is still pitching great, the K's have leveled off since the revelation that he may have doctored baseballs with some sunscreen. 

Jeff Baker:  2/7 with his 8th HR while hitting .329.  Have to mention that Baker has hit 3 home runs in the last week.  While he has always pretty much been waiver junk, everyone gets their moment in the sun at least once during the fantasy baseball season.

Matt Harvey:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.10.  Harvey left this one with a sore back but he apparently will make his next start according to Terry Collins.  Time to let out a collective "WHEW" Harvey owners.

Joe Mauer:  3/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .329.  Mauer's home run rate is up a bit this season which is always nice to see.  Justin Morneau than was heard saying out loud after Mauer finished trotting around the bases "so that is how you do it."

Pedro Alvarez:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .207.  What is really sad about owning a guy like Alvarez is that you get excited when he is hitting .230.

Russell Martin:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .251.  Or you get doubly excited when you own a guy like Russell Martin and he is batting .251.

A.J. Burnett:  8.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.12.  This on the heels of fellow retread Francisco Liriano's shutout Friday.  All the Pirates have to do to field one of the best pitching staffs in baseball is to mine for American League garbage who have some ability to strike people out and sign him on the cheap.  John Danks there is hope for your career.

Jeremy Hellickson:  6 shutout innings with an ERA of 5.18.  And on the seventh day the BABIP gods rested.

Kevin Gausman:  7 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 8.84.  Clearly falls under the heading of "check back on me next season."

Paul Konerko:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .234.  Someone dropped him in one of the Experts Leagues and I instantly felt a pull to pick up my old friend but resisted.  (Commence trying to stick own foot us ass).

John Danks:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.12.  Great debut for Danks who is doing his best to audition for the Pirates rotation next season. 

Domonic Brown:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .293.  Listen even going back to his prime sleeper days, we would have been more prone to believing Brown would steal 30 bases than hit 30 home runs.  And at this rate he might get the latter by the All Star Break.

Jean Segura:  2/4 with his 9th HR and 17th SB while hitting .345.  Just sit back and take in how beautiful that whole boxscore line is.  And how beautiful the man Jean Segura is.

Kyle Blanks:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .300.  Blanks is down his last shot to make it work in San Diego and so far so good as he is finally showing some semblance of plate discipline.  He has Paul Bunyan-eque pop so as long as he doesn't pile up the K's like Legos, this could be an option to look into for power-starved teams.

Jay Bruce:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .269.  When you have a last name like Bruce does, you can always keep yourself immune to fan criticism by telling yourself that it is not boos that you hear but instead its a chant of "Bruce."

Ervin Santana:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.99.  I think there are really only a handful of fantasy baseball starters who have been as maddeningly inconsistent as Santana has.  The elevator is currently going up but the fast fall is always right around the corner.  One of those guys who you close your eyes and say a prayer about before you gaze at his boxscore with one eye open.

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