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Thursday, June 13, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Marlon Byrd:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .252.  Picking up any New York Mets hitter not named David Wright is a losing proposition over the long haul and Byrd is case in point of this.  Remember the guy was in the Mexican League last season after his PED bust and still calls Citi Field home.  Yeah so don't do it.

Adam Wainwright:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.18.  Now up to ten wins, Wainwright might lock up the Cy Young by August.  And yes we will always remind you yours truly picked him to win the award.

Matt Harvey:  7 IP 5 H 1 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.04.  No truth to the rumor Felix Hernandez called up Harvey offering his shoulder to cry on (re:  lack of run support).

Ryan Zimmerman:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .274.  Zimmerman is due to erupt soon with the home run ball.  While me saying this means nothing since you already play him every day, I just feel more analytical by stating it.

Robinson Cano:  3/6 with his 16th HR while hitting .282.  We were starting to get a bit concerned about the fact Cano was getting nada to hit the last month as opposing pitchers finally realized that a la Giancarlo Stanton, there is no reason to feed Cano anything near the dish.  That memo failed to reach Jarrod Parker apparently.

Hiroki Kuroda:  8 IP 2 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.78.  Kuroda didn't get the win but he continues to remain strong as summer approaches.  We always worry about guys his age lasting the season but Kuroda has already made a career out of defying the consensus thought.

Hunter Pence:  2/5 with his 11th HR and 13th SB while hitting .296.  Holy crap Pence is having a terrific season.  Where the hell did that come from?  Totally missed the boat on this one as Pence does his best work when the fans don't curse you out for taking a first pitch strike (looking at your Philly).

Matt Cain:  6.2 IP 2  H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.70.  Cain's strikeouts have taken a dip lately which coincides with better pitching.  While his numbers still belong in a horror movie for fantasy baseball owners, Cain could be dialing back the heat in order to prevent the baseball coming in straight and end up in Chavez Ravine.  Whatever works pal.

David Ortiz:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .306.  The Boston Glove's well-respected columnist Dan Shaugnessey wrote a piece basically accusing Ortiz of steroids.  While he does have a positive test under his belt, nothing has come out in years to implicate the rotund slugger.  I have to say that this does smell fishy but for now just enjoy it while it lasts.

Mike Carp:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .330.  I haven't spoken much about Carp as I kept waiting for him to just go away.  Well that is not happening which means we have to go here.  Carp was a guy who had a lot of pub working his way up the minor league ladder, especially with his pop.  We all Fenway Park can help salvage careers and sometimes it jump starts them as well.

Ervin Santana:  7.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.74.  Sorry even if Santana had a 0.00 ERA at this point I still wouldn't pick him up.  Scars are still visible.

Jeremy Hellickson:  8 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 5.67.  Damn the BABIP gods have gone overtime on punishing this guy after all those lucky seasons.  Very ruthless at this point one would surmise.

Nelson Cruz:  2/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .264.  Nothing new to report here as Cruz is slotting right into his usual statistical rates.  In fact the next time we have anything new to say, Cruz is likely on his way to a suspension.

Cliff Lee:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.55.  Lee should be dealt soon enough as the market is strong for the still top notch ace and the Phillies won't want to continue to pay the freight here on a rebuilding roster.  The guy continues to have one of the greatest second half careers I have seen in years and the fact he doesn't rely exclusively on heat should keep him near ace-level for another few seasons at the very least.

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