Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Lucas Duda:  1/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .255.  Duda is fifth in the NL in home runs which is not something anyone would have anticipated.  The lefties continue to chew him up and spit him out and Duda will never contend for a batting title but the improvement has been very legit. 

Anthony Rizzo:  2/4 with his 28th HR while hitting .276.  Here is what is so great about Rizzo in addition to me telling you all to draft him this season.  He will clear 30 home runs and probably still not even be a first round pick.  Or even a second rounder. 

Javier Baez:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .234.  We are already drooling all over Baez despite a K rate that would make Adam Dunn disgusted.  The power is immense for the position but Baez will have a rough time in the average department for the next season or so at this rate.  The 2015 sticker price is already through the moon.

Kyle Hendricks:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.66. Told you all to pick Hendricks up over a week ago.  How is that turning out?

Jonathan Papelbon:  scoreless ninth for his 29th save with an ERA of 1.58.  So please all of you who argued with me in the spring, how "done" is Papelbon anyway? 

Nelson Cruz:  1/3 with his 32nd HR while hitting .260.  If it always seems like Nelson Cruz hits .260 that's because he pretty much always does.  Also how fitting that in a walk year Cruz has had his best output and health ever.

J.J. Hardy:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .286.  Hardy has cost himself some bucks as a free agent with the drastically reduced pop.  His average has climbed to higher levels than we are used to seeing here and one wonders if it is coming at the expense of the homers.  For Hardy this is not a good tradeoff.

Nick Markakis:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .297.   If you didn't know any better you would think it is 2008 all over again for Markakis.  It only took five years to get back there.

Bud Norris:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.69.  Norris is just the latest power arm who sees big time results when the walks are curbed.  We have to buy into the WHIP and ERA as Norris is not doing this in the NL West.

Trevor Plouffe:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .244.  A year after he semi-broke out, no one cares about Trevor Plouffe.

Jason Vargas:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.17.  The fact this came on the round is double impressive for the home-loving Vargas. 

Jay Bruce:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .224.  The way things look now, Bruce has dropped to as low as an outfielder 3 given how awful his K Rate and subsequent average is.  Not to mention stats down across the board outside of the fluky stolen bases.

Jason Heyward:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .268.  Nice player but Heyward is starting to look like he will never live up to the hype.  He has gotten a ton of time already and owners are pretty much out of patience.  From July on Heyward seems to do his best work so maybe consider him the outfield version of Adam LaRoche.

Neil Walker:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .279.  Hey if you drafted Neil Walker in the last few rounds of your draft, you got 17 home runs by mid-August.  You did well.

Starling Marte:  3/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .271.  Marte has some underrated pop for a guy known for speed so no surprise there.  The strikeouts necessitated a move out of the leadoff spot though which is a big bummer since it took steals away.  Minor step back this season with remaining upside for 2015.

Wilson Ramos:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .298.  Picked Ramos up for the day since Wilin Rosario was off.  Yup.  Keep Ramos around if you did the same.  The guy is in a major groove.

Adam LaRoche:  1/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .272.  Speaking of major grooves, this guy has hit 5 home runs the last two weeks.  Yes it is August.


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