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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Jose Bautista:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .303.  It always amazes me how many guys hit home runs their first game back from injury.  Miguel Cabrera is in need of a fake injury right now.  Oh wait a minute.....

Drew Hutchinson:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.81.  All in all Hutchinson has been a nice find this season, with an above average K rate and solid hit rate.  The volatility will only increase though from here as he goes into uncharted innings territory so be very careful about when to cash in your fantasy baseball chips on his name.

Pablo Sandoval:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .271.  We haven't heard from the Big Rotund in awhile as Sandoval's homers dried up for a bit.  He was never the power hitter he showed earlier this season when he was on that ridiculous two week run.  Basically 2-3 home runs a month remains the norm with a lot of eaten food tossed in.

Tim Lincecum:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.06.  Fascinating stuff going on here.  Following up a no-hitter is always dicey in fantasy baseball but Lincecum just goes out and throws 8 scoreless as a terrific encore.  Here what is so interesting about this and it is coming from one of the guy's biggest critics.  Lincecum's K rate has dialed back even from the beginning of this season and all of a sudden the results are working perfectly.  We could be looking at a guy here who was tired of getting his head beaten in by attempting to remain the power pitcher he no longer was and instead pitch more to contact.  If that trend continues to hold true, we could be seeing a major second half rebound.

Devin Mesoraco:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .314.  For all the pub Evan Gattis has gotten, you could argue Mesoraco has been better.  The future looks bright with Salvador Perez at a perpetually weak fantasy baseball spot.

Seth Smith:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .281.  Seth Smith is that guy who sits on your bench, hits a home run, and than you put him back in where he does nothing for two weeks.  Rinse and repeat.

Lonnie Chisenhall:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .344.  Where does Chisenhall finish the season at?  I say .290 with 19 home runs. 

Adrian Gonzalez:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .257.  If Gonzalez' average stays in this outlier realm by the end of the season, I will be happy because than I can get an even bigger discount on him a year from now.

Josh Beckett:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 2.37.  Even Josh Beckett has a bad day once in a while.  Did I just say that?

Kole Calhoun:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .284.  Would have been interesting to see where Calhoun would have ended up numbers-wise if he hadn't missed a month.

Jered Weaver:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 3.56.  Weaver has been generally pretty good but the fact he no longer has his old big time strikeout stuff just means he is more prone to starts like this.  The fact his draft price has finally joined his actual ability makes him a guy you should own as an SP 4 going forward.

Kyle Seager:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .279.  Kyle Seager and Brandon Moss are two brother from a disrespected mother.

Hisashi Iwakuma:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.33.  First good start in three weeks for Iwakuma. Or the first good start he has had since I traded him for Matt Kemp and Oscar Taveras.  Which just means no one got anything out of the swap.

Steve Pearce:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .327.  Three home runs in two days for Pearce and one for every day the last month it seems.  Seriously though Pearce is some sort of hot right now and while anyone with any fantasy baseball sense knows this is like Juan Francisco for Toronto earlier, use while viable.

Nelson Cruz:  1/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .280.  Meanwhile Chris Davis is now hitting .205 behind him.  That just means Cruz will be the guy I tell you not to pay for a career year when winter 2015 rolls around.

Jeff Locke:  8 IP 8 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.46.  This guy again?  Please no.  Go away.

Stephen Strasburg:  7.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.53.  Good rebound off Strasburg's last start disaster.  Overall Strasburg has taken a bit of a step back with his numbers but this is not a jump off the bridge situation yet.  Guy remains a fantasy baseball ace but more towards the 10 in the top ten rankings.

Rick Porcello:  9 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 0 K with an ERA of 3.12.  Porcello just redefined the "trusting your defense" mantra.  Holy cow.  Regardless Porcello has been great in a non-innings capped sort of way.

David Price:  7 IP 7 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.50.  Price fell one K short of making if six starts in a row with double-digits there.  Unacceptable.

Curtis Granderson:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .234.  You can't keep Granderson in the park right now, even if it is called Citi Field. 

Daniel Murphy:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .302.  Let me say that if Murphy had ever been able to hit 20 home runs with his .300 average, 90 runs and RBI, and improving steals totals, he would be a top three fantasy baseball second baseman.



  1. Ortiz for Gerrit Cole in a keeper league? No brainer?

    1. Cole will be fine eventually. Justin Verlander struggled early on like this in his career too. I would make that move.