Sunday, June 9, 2013


Nelson Cruz:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .261.  It always seems like Cruz is hitting .260-ish but be that as it may, he has been hitting for very good power all season long.  With appeals to any possible Biogenesis suspension likely to go beyond the 2013 season, Cruz could hit 30-plus home runs which jives well for where his owners got him in the draft. 

Adrian Beltre:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .307.  We are going year-to-year now with Beltre since he is 35 but he has been monstrous after a slow first two weeks.  Yup telling Beltre he is a free agent at the end of every season since arriving in Texas has done the trick.

Ryan Raburn:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .292.  Look at little Ryan Raburn begging to be owned.  If he didn't still carry the all-important second base eligibility than this would be a non-issue but he does so it is.  Got it?

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .241.  Shocking to see Pujols sitting here in June with a .241 average but age doesn't discriminate.  Especially when you say you are two years younger than you really are.

David Ortiz:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .322.  Amazing that is was 5 years ago when we all prematurely thought Ortiz was done after a horrible start to his season which was followed by a steroid probe.  The guy has been terrific but one can never completely buy in considering his sins of the past as far as if this production is  really legit.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia:  2/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .273.  Salty is in a major power zone right and should be added pronto so you can get the benefit of the 4 home runs that will come in the next ten days.  Even though the .273 average looks like .320 by Salty's standards, you are only picking him up for one reason only and that is the home runs.

Jordan Zimmerman:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.00.  I mean how high can we rank Zimmerman?  He arguably has been the best stater in baseball this season with only one poor outing under his belt.  While you would never draft him over Verlander, Kershaw, Lee, and the other top power guys, it still feels like he is getting disrespected for the simple fact his strikeouts will top out at around only 165. 

Adam Jones:  3/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .306.  We are getting to the point now with Jones where we can begin to debate his first round status for next season.

Chris Tillman:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.89.  I said two weeks ago to pick up Tillman as your SP 5 and in that time he has averaged almost a K/IP with a 3.00 ERA.  Yup.

Matt Moore:  8 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.78.  This is one of those starts where if you are a Moore owner, you sit there and stare at this mess for a good minute in order to really process what you are seeing which is followed by panic setting in about what this will do to your ERA and WHIP numbers.  Moore's WHIP itself is now up to 1.35 which is taking a huge bit of the shine off his dominant April-May.  The funny thing is that Moore walked only one batter in this one as he surrendered 12 hits in only 5 innings.  Something obviously is not right as Moore needs to go back to the drawing board to get his breakout season back on track.

Carlos Gomez:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .316.  It is ow June 10th as I write this and Gomez is still hitting more than a little over .300.  Just saying.

Kyle Lohse:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.03.  I really am starting to think both Lohse and Patrick Corbin speak the same smoke and mirrors language.

Tyler Flowers:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .214.  I remember when everyone tripped over themselves to pick up Tuffy Rhodes candidate Flower the first week of the season.  How silly.

Alex Rios:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .288.  Rios was in some skid the last three weeks until coming out of it the last few days or so.  He is not getting any help from the White Sox' pathetic bats so don't jump to conclusions here as he will be just fine.

Coco Crisp:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .290.  I keep hoping someone drops Crisp when he goes into a mini-slump so I can pick him up and continue my streak of owning him each and every season and telling you all how I am enjoying yet another underrated season by the guy.

Troy Tulowitzki:  2/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .351.  I am sorry but shortstops just shouldn't be able to hit like this.  The only guy in fantasy baseball who could possibly challenge Mike Trout for the top dog spot in 2014 drafts.

Luke Gregerson:  blown save with 3 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 1.78.  Thanks bro.  Appreciate it.

Brandon Belt:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .251.  Every time Belt hits a home run I keep thinking he is starting a massive breakout streak where we all run to the wire to pick him up.  But once again Belt finds a way for him to let us down again.

Dan Uggla:  2/2 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .193.  Have to mention anyone who hits 2 home runs even if I can't stand the guy.  I present to you Dan Uggla.

Carlos Beltran:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .305.  The All Star Break is fast approaching which means the shelf life on owning Beltran is growing shorter and shorter.

Matt Holliday:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .264.  While Holliday is not completely finished, the fact the Cardinals were entertaining the notion of moving him down in the order shows even they realize his fading more than a little.

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