Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .271.  Status quo for Encarnacion who continues to pummel the baseball like almost every other Toronto hitter.

Adam Lind:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .322.  First we have Chris Davis hitting .337 and now Lind swatting .322.  Next thing we know J.P. Arencibia will hit .500 the rest of the way and take the batting title.

R.A. Dickey:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.72.  Despite all his massive struggles in 2013, Dickey's knuckler is still capable of complete dominance once in awhile.  Still wouldn't go near him even if he was on the wire.

Josh Donaldson:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .308.  Sure we have to see him do it again but Donaldson's swing is so free an easy that .300 with 22-25 home runs seems like a nice bet as is baseline profile.

Raul Ibanez: 1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .243.  On and on it goes for this still powerful graybeard.  Starting to remind me of Lance Berkman in 2010 when we all thought he was washed up and than seemed to turn 25 all over again.

Michael Cuddyer:  2/4 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .344.  The most underrated hitter in baseball gives us yet another reminder of how foolish we all were for ignoring him this season after dropping second base eligibility.

John Lackey:  7 IP 8 H 2 ER 0 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.99.  I hate talking aboutthe guy since he is such a shmuck but the results have been shockinly good and remind us of his early Angels days with his punchouts.  Another case of legitimacy being added the longer this goes.

Nelson Cruz:  1/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .267.  Cruz batted third in the order tonight which was a nice development since he historically has been stuck in the sixth slot.  Power has been much more consistent this season as opposed to the usual hot and cold spells of the past.

Ichiro Suzuki:  3/4 with his 5th HR and 12th SB while hitting .278.  Suzuki is red hot right now and so those in AL formats or deeper leagues could let this run its course.

Jason Kipnis:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .288.  Damn I wished I owned this guy.  2012's second half fade we argued was just a blip on a developing player's radar.

Jordan Zimmerman:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.28.  Up to 11 wins as Zimmerman is now the main competition agianst our prediction of Adam Wainwright winning the Cy Young.

Mike Trout:  2/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .308.  The home run rate is down some this season but that was to be expected.  Still Trout has only gotten pushed from Carlos Gonzalez as the top dog outfielder.

Eric Aybar:  2/4 with his 3rd HR and 4th SB while hitting .282.  Aybar has hit well since returning from the DL but is still annoyingly batting towards the bottom of the order. 

Miguel Cabrera:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .370.  Cabrera realizes that Chris Davis is getting too far ahead in the home run race so he reacted accodingly.

Alexei Ramirez:  2/4 with his 18th SB while hitting .280.  Ramirez has really reinvented himself as a major base stealer in the middle of his career.  While I panned him in the spring, it was for the old lack of juice version of Ramirez not this new steals model.

Aramis Ramirez:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .273.  The second half tear is imminent.  As sure as Mark Texeira getting injured as Ramirez becoming a monster from June on.

Allen Craig:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .320.  Wrote yesterday about how guys with such a sweet swing as Craig can go on extended home runs tears out of the blue.  2 days and couting.

Yadier Molina:  2/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .357.  Someone did a poll asking who you would start your real life baseball team with.  Top five finishers were Trout, Miggy, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, and Molina.  Best defensive catcher in the game and now possibly batting champ.  Makes sense.

Justin Upton:  1/4 while hitting .241.  Amazing what has happened here.  After having no peer in a ridiculously powerful April, Upton's strikeout tendencies have reared their ugly head in horrible fashion.  84 K's in 266 at-bats is crazy and he has only 3 home runs in May and June.  B.J. is now getting some company in the Upton bust file.

Buster Posey:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .314.  Posey is looking like he will be going on a major tear as his MVP bat is roaring.  As good a hitter as there is in the game as his April issues were just a slow start.

Clayton Kershaw:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.08.  Has gotten no competition from Justin Verlander in the battle for number 1 starter in the game.  Instead Matt Harvey looks to be his biggest rival for that honor.


  1. Actually, Molina's HR was his 6th not his 4th......he will be in top 2-3 for NL MVP if this continues and has definitely earned the starting role in the ASG

    1. RAINKING: Yes his fourth. Sometimes in typing all these numbers they get jumbled in the head. And yes he is clearly the starter for the ASG and truly is on of the most valuable players in the game.