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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Jason Kipnis:  2/2 with his 10th HR while hitting .288.  Since the start of May, Kipnis has performed like a top five OVERALL fantasy baseball hitter.  If Robinson Cano wasn't do consistently dominant, Kipnis would be considered the top second baseman in the game right now over the aging Ian Kinsler and pop-challened Dustin Pedroia.

Chris Davis:  2/4 with his 28th HR while hitting .333.  If you took out the name "Davis" and put in the name "Cabrera" you wouldn't know the difference based on the numbers. 

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 4 H 3 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.72.  You know what's coming.  Now 9-2 or 7-0 since I told you to pick him up.

Adam LaRoche:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .259.  The weather it heating up so you know what that means.  Adam LaRoche turns into Roger Maris.

Leonys Martin:  2/3 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .289.  Nice game for a catcher but no you don't need to pick him up.

Brett Gardner:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .285.  Gardner has already tied his career high in home runs and no he was not mentioned in Biogenesis.  What is really annoying about guys like this is that once they start tapping into some power (Austin Jackson looking at you too), they forget to steal the bases that made them known in the first place.

Miguel Cabrera:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .368.  Amazing when you think that Chris Davis has 7 more home runs than this monster.

Wilin Rosario:  3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .267.  Standard stuff from Rosario now that he has settled his average where it should be.  Same deal happening to Carlos Santana.

Matt Moore:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 6 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.95.  Ugh the Trevor Bauer Special.  Moore remains hideous with the walks which was not a problem back in his stupendous April.  Clearly he has fallen back into old habits there and the results have been frightening since the middle of May.  This game despite the K's gives little reason to believe he has broken through there.  Proceed with major caution.

Nate Schierholtz:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .300.  Schierholtz is in the midst of a nice career season and the average has gone nicely with the pop which makes him more stable to use despite the doubts he is for real.  Guys who finally get an extended look on bad clubs like the Cubs are have produced some dirt cheap useful seasons like we are seeing here so use this as you may.

Rickie Weeks:  3/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .230.  No one has ever doubted Weeks' ability to hit home runs.  It basically is his nonability to do anything else.

Jason Heyward:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .218.  This just can't go on for much longer.  It just can't.  Than again I have uttered that exact like next to Heyward's name since April.

Eric Hosmer:  1/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .275.  Someone asked me the other day whether Hosmer of Konerko would be a better bet the rest of the way.  I went Konerko since Hosmer can only elevate the baseball once every solstice.

Zack Wheeler:  5.1 IP 4 H 4 ER 3 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.18.  Wheeler continues to do his best Yovani Gallardo impression when it comes to the walks and poor pitch efficiency.  A few things since I witnessed this game.  One is that with any young pitcher not named Matt Harvey, you have to expect these growing pains, especially on the road.  My rule with all first year starters is to use only at home unless they prove otherwise.  Also Wheeler's secondary pitchers are not great yet which means opposing hitters can wait off the blazing fastball.  Hence only 1 K against one of the worst hitting teams in the game.  That will be the book on Wheeler, especially after this one, so my notion to trade him after the Atlanta start looks great right now.

Chris Sale:  8 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 13 K with an ERA of 2.75.  Sale continues to hold up well while striking everybody out.  The Matt Harvey of the AL.

Carlos Beltran:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .307.  Beltran is aging great and without the steroid questions that the David Ortiz' of the world face.  I know I said to deal him at the All Star Break which I still stand by but don't give him away either since funny things happen in St. Louis.

Allen Craig:  4/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .324.  Among the best pure hitters in baseball, Craig's home run ceiling is about 20-25 which is good but not great.  He has work to do to get there this season but a guy with his type of great swing is a good bet to go on a run to bring himself close.

Josh Donaldson:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .308.  My new favorite hitter continues to hold on tight to his breakout numbers.  You go dude.

Starling Marte:  3/5 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .283.  So I had a decision to make between Marte and Anthony Rizzo for my UTIL spot last night.  Guess who I went with?  Not this guy.  Commence shoving pencil up my nose.

Russell Martin:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .256.  Martin hitting anything above .250 with is power is a nice season in the making.

Kyle Seager:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .282.  It seems like Seager is another guy who always hits around .280.  We will take it.

Justin Smoak:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .244.  Trade for Cliff Lee.  Repeat that in order to let the absurdity sink in.

Buster Posey:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .308.  Back to being the top catcher in fantasy baseball.  As if there were any doubt.

Hanley Ramirez:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .361.  You had to wait like ten years for him to return to the lineup but Ramirez has been a monster thus far.  Brings back good memories.

Domonic Brown:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .274.  Average is sinking as it should without the walks but the power is tremendous. 


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