Josh Donaldson: 1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .308. Listen we have to see Donaldson do this again next season before we completely buy in as the list of players who come up with star-like numbers and than fade into oblivion is a mile long. However he is shaping up to be one of those classic underrated power hitting third baseman due to the fact he plays for the West Coast A's as the Bias is a real influence on player values out there. Where do I sign?
Torii Hunter: 2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .315. Hunter's power bat has perked up finally since July arrived and he is scoring a ton of runs batting in the cushy spot in front of Miguel Cabrera. The old man is showing one last kick for fantasy baseball relevancy.
Victor Martinez: 1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .258. I said in April that Martinez would be more valuable as the season went on as he worked off the rust from missing all of 2012. The average is now up to .258 and could be .280 by the end of the month.
Justin Verlander: 7 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.50. Verlander was almost unhittable before leaving with injury but he again had trouble putting guys away with the strikeout. That would be like Juan Pierre scoring a lot of runs without stealing any bases. Remember this when contemplating the awful decision to pick a pitcher with your first or second round choice.
Adam Jones: 2/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .296. Jones is on pace to up his home run total slightly higher again this season as he continues to serve as one of the most rock solid hitters in all of fantasy baseball. When you consider the backward steps Matt Kemp and Ryan Braun have taken at the top of the outfield class this season, the low volatility of owning Jones makes him that much more valuable to own.
Chris Davis: 2/4 with his 37th HR while hitting .315. The best hitter in fantasy baseball. Yes over Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. How about that for a statement back in March?
Josh Johnson: 7 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.16. Sad. Very sad how this has all turned out.
Shin-Soo Choo: 2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .287. Someone is setting himself up to make some big time cash on the free agent market.
Jay Bruce: 3/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .277. Bruce had held steady with his average which is really the only part of his game worth talking about since it is the only issue that is a bit up and down when it comes to the Cincy outfielder.
Andrelton Simmons: 2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .243. I think Simmons is going to be one of those guy who makes All Value teams in 2014. Just a hunch.
Cole Hamels: 8 IP 8 H 2 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.05. It was only a matter of time until we saw the ace version of Hamels. Sometimes fantasy baseball can be this easy to get ahead if you as an owner take advantage of situations like this. Foolish owners panic, trade proven guys at their lowest values, and then get screwed in doing so while they watch the rebound like what we are seeing out of Hamels currently.
Desmond Jennings: 2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .267. Jennings has made some small gains in his overall game this season but not enough to where his 2014 draft price will get out of hand. He could very well remain a .265 hitter who can swat 20 home runs and steals 25 bases which is outfielder 2 territory but there is still some ceiling that remains which will have me coming back again to him next season. The tools are too good to ignore.
Chris Archer: 9 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.96. Wow has Archer been terrific his last four starts. Tampa continues to churn out top power pitchers each and every season and Archer seems to fit in well here as long as he keeps the walks in check.
Mark Trumbo: 1/3 with his 21st HR while hitting .245. Trumbo is a classic guy you want to stash on your bench and than insert when he has his 3 or 4 major power spikes a season which is going on right now.
Hisashi Iwakuma: 7 IP 7 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.02. First good outing in his last five for Iwakuma who still has the LUCKIEST BABIP in the game right now. The regression makes him a guy you want to sell at this very moment since before the bottom falls out and off this solid start. Iwaukuma is a decent pitcher no doubt but his numbers are more than a little inflated given the advances metrics.
Wily Peralta: 7 IP 7 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.61. Peralta carried some buzz coming into the season as a live but very raw power arm. After struggling to find hid way the first three months, Milwaukee's patience is now paying off as Peralta has been dominant his last two starts. The strikeouts are starting to collect and his 4.61 ERA remains a cover for you in getting in there for an add off the waiver wire.
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