Sunday, July 7, 2013


Chris Davis:  1/4 with his 33rd HR while hitting .324.  I really am interested to see if Davis can maintain a plus .315 average given that he still strikes out more than a little and has gotten some BABIP help.  Be that as it may, Davis' power has been unmatched this season and at this point has clearly established himself as the next Jose Bautista in that category.

Chris Tillman:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 3.92.  Hey at least you don't have to listen to blowhard me tell you how many times Tillman has won since I told you to pick him up.

Brian Dozier:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .241.  Dozier has done a little Ian-Kinsler lite impression all the way down to the batting average this season.  While he is not an every day start guy yet, the power/speed game is interesting to say the least and should be watched to see if the average catches up.

Chris Sale:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.78.  The longer Sale can stay healthy, the higher he goes in the starting pitching hierarchy.  While he is already a top ten guy on talent alone, Sale could push the top five is his arm holds up since his stuff is that good.

Josh Donaldson:  2/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .317.  If I wasn't already stacked at third base with Miguel Cabrera, I would have been all over this from the beginning since Donaldson has the kind of nice short and compact swing to be a solid guy for many years.  No one knew anything about him outside of yours truly coming into the season since this is the A's we are talking about but man can this kid hit.

Mike Moustakas:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .212.  Donaldson's profile projected for longstanding success unless this guy who had holes the size of the Grand Canyon in this swing that opposing pitchers have relentlessly exploited since midpoint of last season.  Yuck.

Logan Morrison:  1/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .318.  When he is is not posting to twitter, Morrison can send some baseballs out of the stadium on a consistent basis.  If you don't mind having a Miami Marlin staring back at you on your roster, be my guest.

Matt Adams:  1/1 with his 7th HR while hitting .318.  Please someone trade for this guy so I can pick him up and see him hit .300 with 25 bombs.

Prince Fielder:  1/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .266.   You wonder is sometimes money aside Fielder questions why he signed with Detroit and their spacious ballpark.  Than he starts to realize he is getting paid so much that he can build his own ballpark, buy his own team, and than hit 50 home runs there once his Tigers contract is up.

Miguel Cabrera:  1/4 with his 27th HR while hitting .360.  Or Fielder can just bring a notebook to Miguel Cabrera's locker stall and write down every single thing he says, including what kind of soap he uses in the shower.

Pedro Alvarez:  1/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .241.  Hey the guy was the number two pick in his draft class for a reason and we are seeing that in full home run force right now.  Listen the average is never going to be good so get yourself away from that idea and he will look a whole lot more appealing to you.  While not my kind of player, even I can't argue with how dominant he has been with the longball the last month or so.

Alfonso Soriano:  2/4 with 2 home runs (12 for the season) while hitting .256.  Score one....I meant two.....for the old guy.  Soriano can still drive the ball as he showed last season but this is a one trick pony at this stage of the aging game.  Really is best served as a plug in guy when days off arrive for the rest of your roster.

Adam LaRoche:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .259.  You should have picked him up a week ago as July is here which means LaRoche turns into Albert Pujols 2013 with a better average.  Can't believe I just said that.

Andrelton Simmons:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .251.  I get the sneaky suspicion I will be talking about Simmons a decent sleeper candidate next season as he works through the present kinks. 

Jason Heyward:  2/5 with his 7th HR and 2nd SB while hitting .228.  At this point we all expected about 7 more home runs and around 10 more steals at this point with an average AT LEAST around .270.  In other words the only consistent thing Heyward has been this season is holding onto his gigantic bust label.

Marlon Byrd:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .261.  Byrd should find a new home by the trade deadline as his home run bat has worked well so far this season in a nice comeback campaign.  NL-only leagues have gotten nice use out of the guy but that is as far as it goes from this peanut gallery.

Madison Bumgarner:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.05.  This guy is getting himselfg squarely in the NL Cy Young hunt as he looks primed for blockbuster season.  Bumgarner has been a favorite of mine since he first got called up and honestly there has not been a pitcher I have recommended more during that time frame.  Your very welcome.

Matt Moore:  6.1 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Just like that Moore has flipped the switch back to GOOD after it was on BAD for the last month before that.  The roller coaster ride is fun on Coney Island but not in fantasy baseball.

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