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Saturday, September 21, 2013

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

-As predictable as the sun arriving in the morning is Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez becoming a monster hitter in the second half of the season. He continued this trend Friday night as he went 3-for-4 a home run and 5 RBI. The scorching Ramirez has six home runs and 32 RBI in his last 32 games. He is earning back a good chunk of the value he lost from his miserable first half.

-Paul Goldschmidt has not let up one bit in his superstar breakout season as he clubbed his 35th home run Friday which upped his RBI total to 121. He has solidified his place as a first round pick next season.

-Detroit's Max Scherzer picked up the hallowed 20th win of his season Friday by giving up 3 runs in six innings in defeating the Chicago White Sox. Scherzer now stands up with a 20-3 record and 3.00 ERA with 0.96 WHIP. In addition he has struck out 230 batters in only 207.1 innings. Wow. Please remember that it was me who said over the winter Scherzer could be the best starter in Detroit with Justin Verlander sitting right there.

-Joey Votto cracked his 24th home run Friday which was a game-winner in the 10th innings. Votto is now hitting .306 with 24 homers and 71 RBI. It has not been a vintage season as Votto's RBI rate is down and 30 homers seem like his absolute ceiling now. He has fallen behind Paul Goldschmidt in the first baseman rankings.

 -The value pitcher of the year has to include Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano who threw a 3-hitter in 8 innings with two earned runs given up. He struck out 8 in the process. After being given up for dead like rotation mate A.J. Burnett, Liriano has now pitched to a 2.88 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 155 in 156 innings. It took until now for Liriano to finally pitch like the stud we all saw him be his rookie season in Minnesota before Tommy John surgery. Amazing.

-Nice return for New York Mets third baseman David Wright who homered in his first game back from the DL for a bad hamstring injury. That gives Wright 17 home runs with a .310 average in 106 games. Having one of his best seasons on a per game basis, Wright would have been looking at close to 30 bombs if he stayed healthy.

-Jordan Zimmerman has been money for the Wasghinton Nationals and his fantasy baseball owners all season and he is finishing strong after tossing a two-hitter Friday in beating the Miami Marlins. Zimmerman lowered his ERA to 3.18 with 159 K's in 206.1 innings. While we would love to see more strikeouts, clearly what Zimmerman is doing is working as he has been pitching like an ace for two seasons now.

There you have it. As always let us hear your thoughts.

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