Monday, June 24, 2013


Drew Stubbs:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .239.  I remember when we all just had to have Stubbs on our team.  Now he is just another guy.  Funny how that works.

Ryan Flaherty:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .191.  Who?  Exactly.  Let's move on.

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .274.  We all know the rapid rise Paul Goldschmidt has taken going forward but how about debating between Encarnaion and Prince Fielder?  Yes it is valid.

Colby Rasmus:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .243.  As soon as the Toronto front office told Rasmus to picture the baseball as Tony LaRussa' head, the results have spoken for themselves.

Justin Verlander:  5 IP 7 H 4 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of  3.90.  Instead of getting better, Verlander is adding fuel to the notion something is physically wrong with him.  I mean he used to get four strikeouts after the first four batters.  As I have always said, there are only so many bullets to throw in a pitcher's arm and they could breakdown at a moment's notice.  Which.....(here it comes) why you should NEVER draft pitchers early.

David Wright:  4/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .309.  Have always been a big Wright fan and apologist through his injury-marred and out of whack K rate years.  Wright is clearly letting Citi Field and its new dimensions work for him and the stability of a long term deal has also cleared his head.  Sometimes it is that simple.

Matt Harvey:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.05.  Only rain can stop Harvey as he came out after a 20 minute rain delay.  Yup no one is capable of beating Mother Nature but you get the sense if anyone could it would be Harvey.

Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .257.  Arenado is back on track after an extended slump.  Really this is what you see often with young hitters.  They come up, get off to a nice start and than the league adapts.  What happens from that point on ultimately determines how much long term success said hitter has.  So far so good for Arenado.

Michael Cuddyer:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .339.  While Cuddyer will not win any All Star berths, he does win the title from yours truly as the most underrated hitter in fantasy baseball.

Brian McCann:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .246.  Yeah the average has dropped into a sinkhole given McCann's increasing K rate and uselessness against lefties.  Power is still terrific for a catcher though and that is really all you own him for at this point.

Jonathan Lucroy:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .279.  It amazes me how many waiver wires this guy is on.  Hello people we have a catcher capable of hitting .280 with 15 home runs.  Pay attention.  At this point I would take Lucroy over McCann easy.

Adam Dunn:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .193.  I think we got to rename the Mendoza Line the Adam Dunn Line.

Jarrod Dyson:  2/3 with his 2nd HR and 8th SB while hitting .295.  If you need some quick speed with a home run thrown in once every month, here is your guy.

Anthony Rizzo:  3/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .253.  Rizzo has run hot and cold all season so this game could be a sign of a monster week ahead.

Pedro Alvarez:  2/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .237.  There is no one hotter in all of baseball right now.  The problem with Alvarez is that after seeing him hit all these home runs, the instant you pick him up he will go on his classic 0-for-20 run.  You just know it.

Justin Ruggiano:  2/5 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .229.  Yeah Ruggiano I guess is a bit more than a Quad-A player due to the pop and decent speed but Chris Young comparisons don't get me running to the wire.

Hunter Pence:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .285.  You know I have always liked Pence and enjoyed the discount he always provided but after his no-show in Philly I got gun shy.  Now that he is back to his old underrated self, I will now have a tougher time getting him next season as more will be thinking the way I am right now.  (sigh)

Shin-Soo Choo:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .274.  Choo should be able to get close to 25 home runs if he stays in one piece.  Now if he can just up the steals a bit all is well.

Brandon Phillips:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .265.  The .265 average brings back memories to when Phillips was a 20/20 guy.

Mat Latos:  7.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 13 K with an ERA of 3.05.  Latos has taken a step towards more consistency this season and is starting to put a whole year together which was his one big negative.  I will sign off completely on what we are seeing.

Adrian Gonzalez:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .301.  I will be completely happy if Gonzalez can crack 25 home runs.  He has some work to do.

Hanley Ramirez:  1/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .358.  Ramirez is hitting everything in sight right now which makes you wonder how great his season could have been if he didn't get hurt 20 times.

Raul Ibanez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .240.  Damn.  Can't believe what I am seeing out of this graybeard.  Ibanez has made a career out of proving doubters wrong though so go with it.

Matt Carpenter:  2/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .322.  Carpenter is great to own because he qualifies for every position including bat boy.


  1. I am lucky enough to own matt harvey but his possible innings limit scares me come playoff time. Should i look to deal him in the next 3 weeks before any possible news on this comes out?

    1. This is a valid concern and it is likely Harvey will wear down some as he goes into uncharted innings territory. However the Mets plan on letting him toss 200 innings so its not Stephen Strasburg territory (165). Offer him around at the end of July. Too soon to do that.