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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Ichiro Suzuki:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .274.  Fading very fast, Suzuki's nice second half of 2012 seems like one last bust of top notch play before age finished its job on his game.  Still capable of picking up some hits, Suzuki is not a good play even in deeper leagues since he doesn't even play every day.

Hanley Ramirez:  4/4 with his second HR while hitting .343.  Huge game for Hanley which reminds us of how truly talented the guy is.  Immaturity and injuries have faded that memory but for now he is healthy and the skills are taking over the show.  Still young enough to be a superstar, Ramirez has much more work to do to reclaim his name.

Yasiel Puig:  2/4 with his 5th HR and 2nd SB while hitting .474.  Some are already saying he is better than Yoenis Cespedes but either way Cuban imports are all the rage.  After missing out on Mike Trout last season, yours truly is starting to understand how awesome a daily feeling it was to own the Angels instant superstar last season. 

Chris Davis:  3/5 with 2 home runs (26 for the season) while hitting .337.  Boy the Rangers front office have got to be throwing up every time they see this guy's boxscore.  Flat out the best hitter in fantasy baseball this side of Carlos Gonzalez this season.

Chris Tillman:  3 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.71.  Tillman is now up to eight wins which is five wins since I told you to pick him up.

Jose Fernandez:  7.1 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.05.  Fernandez' WHIP as a 20-year-old rookie is 1.05.  Future ace alert!  Going to already tell you that I am doing to be doubling down on this gem next season.

Will Venable:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .228.  Geez Will Venable has ten home runs.  No one cares.

Madison Bumgarner:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.25.  I mean every single one of you should be owning Bumgarner after I bowed at his altar all winter.  The best starter on the San Francisco Giants easy and close to top five in all of baseball.

Ian Desmond:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .268.  I keep saying all along that the Desmond question I had in 2013 was not his power/speed game but his average.  At .268 with a high K rate, Desmond is right where he should be.

Gio Gonzalez:  7 IP 2 H 2 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.34.  Gonzalez has been a monster for a month now as he might finally be throwing with a clear head after dealing with the Biogenesis crap. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .312.  If Gonzalez keeps this up, he will firmly be in the discussion for the top overall pick in 2014.

Adam Lind:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .340.  So I am now invested in this Lind reclamation story and so far I likey.  While the average should be around .275 before too long, Lind has the natural pop to be consistently and quietly excellent there.

Kris Medlen:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.96.  This was Medlen telling Brandon Beachy to shove it.  Honestly I don't know how the Braves can bullpen a guy who has a 2.96 ERA in 2013 and who has one of the more remarkable second halves seen in awhile last season.

Jay Bruce:  1/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .277.  Bruce has been locked in with the power the last month and that should continue for one of the naturally strongest hitters in baseball. 

Desmond Jennings:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .252.  The average is inching up but the steals are still AWOL.  It is like this guy has to always piss us off with something.

Aramis Ramirez:  1/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .272.  We are in dangerous territory with ARAM this season as he is off to a poor/injury-marred start at 35-years-old.  We all know he is as good a second half hitter as anyone in baseball so all is not lost just yet.  Stay patient.

Rickie Weeks:  2/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .217.  I don't even know who this guy is anymore he is so irrelevant.

Alejandro De Aza:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .262.  De Aza is a nice value play once again this season as he has added some more power to his leadoff game.  He still doesn't get his due however which is a tad strange since 9 home runs and 7 stolen bases plays well anywhere.

Justin Morneau:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .289.  It is funny what is going on here as Morneau is actually hitting well with 40 RBI and a .289 average but the power has vanished. 

Yadier Molina:  1/4 with his fifth HR while hitting .365.  Who does Molina think he is Joe Mauer with his batting average?  Aging as well as anyone in baseball while manning the grueling catcher spot.

C.J. Wilson:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.61.  You still don't want to own him as anymore than your SP 5.



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