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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Andrew McCutchen:  3/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .309.  To think I ever told you to draft Carlos Gonzalez over this guy.  Not my best work.

Pedro Alvarez:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .234.  Even the Pirates are fed up with the .230 average.  I have been since he first arrived.

Francisco Liriano:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.98.  Yeah he is doing it again.  After washing out in the first half, Liriano has been money since the summer began.  Which means he is going to reclaim some draft value for next season and have a 6.00 ERA by the end of next April.

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/3 with his 33rd HR while hitting .299.  Stanton is pretty much on pace to finish with the hallowed 40 home run mark.  And unless he goes into a massive slump, hit .290.  Truth be told the latter number is what we all are pleasantly happy about.

Ryan Braun:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .282.  Well this is what we have now with Braun off the steroids.  He is now a .280 hitter with 20-23 home run pop and declining speed.  If Braun is not the poster boy for the powers of steroids than I don't know who is.

Aramis Ramirez:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .307.  The home run rate is now finally slipping at the age of 36 so no surprise but the bat speed is still solid which is why ARAM is hitting .307.  I feel however that this is the last season to own Ramirez as a starter.  Know when to fold 'em.

Kyle Lohse:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Same old story for Lohse who should go into the Hall of Fame as an "SP 5." 

Jake Peavy:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.18.  Perhaps no other pitcher in today's game has  had his value qualifies more based on his home locale. 

Jeff Samardzjia:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Samardzjia needed this after two rough starts.  The Astros are no longer pushovers so he earned it.  Be that as it may, the move to the AL has not been a completely smooth one which is something to keep in mind for 2015.

Chris Carter:  1/4 with his 31st HR while hitting .227.  With Adam Dunn likely to retire, enter fantasy baseball's new "Dave Kingman King."

Josh Reddick:  1/2 with his 10th HR while hitting .256.  Yeah all those home runs Reddick hit a few seasons ago seem to be moving permanently into the "outlier" file.

Nick Markakis:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .285.  Markakis is now that guy who you pick up off waivers or draft in one of the last few rounds where you stick him in the OF 3 slot and don't look back.

Chris Davis:  1/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .190.  Chris Davis has been so abominable this season that he can't even take the "Dave Kingman King" title from Chris Carter.

Steve Pearce:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .289.  I don't know about you but I am riding this Steve Pearce Train all the way to the end of September. 

J.J. Hardy:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .282.  The baseball was sailing out of the park in such ridiculous fashion last night that even Hardy homered.

Jake Odorizzi:  8 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.23.  YES!!!!!  Keep getting hammered Odorizzi so I can steal you in the draft next spring.

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.41.  Remind me next June to trade for Chris Tillman.

James Shields:  6 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 3.45.  Now is a perfect time to revisit the "James Shields Is A Bust For 2015" post I did a few weeks ago. 

Michael Pineda:  6.1 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.95.  Either Pineda is hiding the pine tar really well or he continues to be a terrific pitching value on the odd times he is healthy.

Jacoby Ellsbury:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .280.  Yeah he is not going to reach 20 home runs but Ellsbury overall has been everything we thought he would be in his first Yankee season.  And here we are almost in September and he has not hit the DL. 

Anthony Rendon:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .276.  I think Rendon can hit 30 home runs with a .300 average as soon as next season.  Mark it down.  

Wilson Ramos:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .290.  Yeah this is why I love Ramos so much.  Terrific potential but the body never goes along with the script. 

Jimmy Rollins:  1/4 with his 27th SB while hitting .240.  Those who have sworn off Rollins like I have would need to admit that the 16 home runs and 27 steals are shockingly great.  The man is not going away without a fight.

A.J. Burnett:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 4.30.  Not sure why the guy thought of retiring last winter but few pitchers are as dominant when everything is working right. 

Dustin Pedroia:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .280.  Pedroia's bat is showing better signs this summer but overall the guy has gone bust in a major way.  Not even sure where I will place him in the second baseman rankings next season but his days as even a third round pick are finished.

Mookie Betts:  1/3 with his second HR and fourth SB while hitting .258.  Well since we have seen the Red Sox trade away everything not nailed down, maybe Betts can get more than an at-bat or two he seemingly got the last time around.  Still like the potential here as the kid will have a firm slot on the 2015 sleeper roster.

 

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