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Thursday, June 27, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Jurickson Profar:  1/2 with his third HR while hitting .268.  Profar has not exactly been lighting things up since his promotion but no worries on whether he will be a star.  Give it two years tops.

Derek Holland:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.14.  Yes this is not a vintage Yankees team but a 2-hitter is impressive against anyone and Holland has clearly taken the next step in his development as the numbers check out.  While I am always leery of starting Texas pitchers, Holland has had buzz for awhile for a reason.

Jered Weaver:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.15.  Better.  Forget the 2009 Weaver as he is never coming back.  The shellings will come more frequently and Weaver profiles as a SP 2 and no longer an ace. 

Matt Garza:  7 IP 8 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.83.  Garza has 47 K's in 49.1 innings and other than the 9 earned run bomb a week and a half ago, has been exactly what I thought he would be which is a sneaky good SP 3 play.

Aaron Hill:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .292.  Hill has been terrific since being traded to Arizona and I expect more of the same as far as what he did in 2012.  Comfort in new home = success.  Just ask Hunter Pence.

Ian Desmond:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .272.  As long as you never expect him to bat .300, Desmond will make you very happy with his steals and pop.

Marlon Byrd:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .260.  Byrd is strictly for NL-only leagues or deep five outfielder formats.  He still plays for the Mets despite the better than expected power this season.

Lonnie Chisenhall:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .235.  Chisenhall better get some consistency soon as you will than carry the dreaded Quad-A player label.

Miguel Gonzalez:  6.2 IP 9 H 3 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.77.  Gonzalez is just the latest in a long list of surprise starters in 2013 such as Travis Wood, Patrick Corbin etc.  The 9 K's were an anomaly as the punchouts are not part of his game usually but again the ratios are working well in AL-only leagues and as a SP 4 or 5 in standards with no inning limits.

Dustin Pedroia:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .318.  Pedroia is having a big time season that has him in the MVP discussion.  While he was light on the power, the home runs are starting to now arrive which further enhances his already terrific 2013 campaign.

Jon Lester:  7 IP 5 H 4 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.61.  Suffered a hip injury in this one which is obviously not good for a pitcher who needs to push off over 100 times a game.  Lester was not great again in this one as he has taken the Matt Moore path to crapola the last month and a half.  Starting to get cut in more than a few leagues and I can't argue.  Has just lost his stuff again.

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .303.  Took a lot of flak for his slow start with the power but now the balls are starting to go over the fence which jives nice with the .300 average.  Remember a catcher who can hit .300 is like .330 for any other position.

Chase Utley:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .277.  I own Utley in both Experts Leagues which is surprising for me to even type.  However the value was finally worth looking into the guy and so far so good outside of the annual DL trip.  Still some thunder in his bat.

Domonic Brown:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .276.  Ultimately I think Brown will be a .265 guy who can hit 30 home runs and maybe more.  Just needs to find some patience and than the results could be scary.

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