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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Matt Harvey:  7 IP 3 H 3 ER 3 BB 13 K with an ERA of 2.16.  You absolutely can say that Harvey could be the best pitcher in all of baseball.  In fact if he played for the Braves he would be a late first round pick next season.  No really.  The guy is filthy and has not let up one iota all season with his massive K game.

Zack Wheeler:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 5 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Say what you want about how awful the Mets are but the fact of the matter is that EVERY team in baseball would give their left arm to have the duo of Harvey and Wheeler as their pitching future.  As far as Wheeler and his debut, he had some Trevor Bauer going on with the walks and that issue is really the only hiccup that should befell him along the way early on.  Still the power stuff is as good as Harvey's so enjoy the ride.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .268.  Encarnacion has been stuck in the .260-.270 range for the last two months so this is pretty much where he should remain give or take a few.  The power is the clear name of the game here however and on the heels of 2012, Encarnacion has firmly established himself as one of the truly best in baseball.

J.P. Arencibia:  3/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .222.  Great.  But that average.

Jayson Werth:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .262.  Listen you can do a lot worse than Jayson Werth in filling out your outfielder 3 slot.  The guy is grossly overpaid which we all know but we are not cutting the checks. 

Cliff Lee:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.53.  Typical excellence from Lee who remains a clear cut top five fantasy baseball starter.  Nothing groundbreaking here.

Adam Jones:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .301.  Jones has now firmly passed Matt Kemp, while having possibly post-steroids Ryan Braun in his sights in the outfield hierarchy.

J.J. Hardy:  3/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .271  If you could lock in a .270 average for Hardy and get all his usual pop, than the excitement level would surely go way up when it comes to the owning the guy.

Justin Verlander:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.72.  Verlander's WHIP is also now 1.35.  Ugh.  No word of any physical problem but before each of the last three seasons I spoke about Verlander's massive workload and how he could pay the price eventually.  We have seen the same problem blow up on Matt Cain and C.C. Sabbathia so don't think it can't happen to the Tigers ace either.

Joe Mauer:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .327.  Mauer's home run rate is up some in 2013 which is nice when combined with his customary batting average excellence but don't even think 2008 is back again.  Enjoy what you get there and don't be greedy.

Carlos Beltran:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .310.  Other than the stolen bases being gone for good, this is still vintage Beltran right on down to the slight limp.  In fact who is aging better:  David Ortiz or Beltran?

Jeff Samardzjia:  8.1 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.35.  Samardzjia is like a baby Max Scherzer in the way he has turned into a fantasy baseball ace-like pitcher after figuring out how to stop beating himself with walks.  While not projecting as high as to what Scherzer could be, there is no doubt that Samardzjia has completely lived up to the big time winter hype he carried.

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .304.  The hitting version of Scherzer and Samardzjia as far as meeting and maybe exceeding winter projections.  In one man's humble opinion, the bets first baseman in the game right now.

Raul Ibanez:  1/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .233.  Hope you are still riding this one out as your outfielder 3 like I suggested you do week ago.  Don't argue with the results.

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .266. Pujols has been red hot the last two weeks as he upps the average to .266.  He is still capable of crazy good stretches but not 2009 is not coming back.

Mark Trumbo:  1/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .264.  Trumbo better watch his back because Pujols wants his title back as best hitting 1B-eligible hitter on the Angels squad.



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