Sunday, August 10, 2014


Corey Kluber:  6 IP 4H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.46.  Absolutely no signs of fatigue here as Kluber has been a top ten fantasy baseball pitcher all season.  All for a guy who was staring back at you while on waivers back on April 15. 

Michael Brantley:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .324.  We are now almost halfway through August and Brantley you could argue is getting even better.  Carlos Gomez quickly comes to mind as a late bloomer who all of a sudden exploded.  Will be a tad cautious in drafts next season due to the outlier effect but the tools were always there which lessens the risk some.

Mike Trout:  3/8 with his 26th HR while hitting .299.  We have talked a ton about the power burst of Trout which was not unexpected as he continues to mature.  With only 12 steals however, Trout is wayyyy down in that stat which also may not be surprising.  Trout already has moved out of the leadoff spot which automatically lessens chances and his worth is so extreme that the risk of injury maybe gives him some pause.  Still this is the number 1 pick for the next five years at least.

Albert Pujols:  2/9 with his 22nd HR while hitting .274.  Pujols' season has been a perfect example of a guy who is aging but still effective.  Gone are his .320 average days to go along with 40 home runs.  However now that Pujols is healthy, he has bumped himself back up to top ten fantasy baseball first baseman status easy and done a nice job altogether.

Stephen Vogt:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .320.  Voght finally ended a decent slump the other day which was expected given how he was hitting almost .400.  Still this is a classic Billy Beane power guy who gets on base a ton.  We will soon be seeing a .300 average and than a .280 but Vogt should still man your UTIL/CI slot.

Jeff Samardzjia:  6 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.08.  Can't believe I am about to say this given Samardzjia's long history of poor control but this season he reminds me of James Shields. 

Nolan Arenado:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .288.  Arenado is back on track after his injury-marred mid-months of the season.  I am actually glad he missed so much time because it will keep his counting stats down to the point I can hopefully snipe him next season at a nice rate.

Eric Stults:  6.1 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.76  Look at the ERA.  Move on.

Carlos Ruiz:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .265.  I guess he is still in the majors.

Cole Hamels:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.37.  If you want to be doubly impressed, check out Hamels' second half ERA/WHIP in his career.  That's why I love him.  Always there when you need him most.

Alex Gordon:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .276.  Any Gordon home run feels like a bonus.

James Shields:  9 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.25.  I got a lot of flak for calling out Shields as a guy who could be on the decline and headed for trouble in 2015.  Awesome start and awesome recent stretch from someone who has loved on Shields more than ANYONE the last four seasons.  However the K rate remains down big time and all those innings will take their toll.  They always do.  Maybe it was the same people who told me in April that I was crazy to tell you all to avoid Justin Verlander.

Adrian Gonzalez:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .266.  Gonzalez is starting to become irrelevant as far as being a guy nobody is ever excited to own anymore.  I still like him but I can't argue that his season has been one big yawn.  Yet he could finish with 25 home runs.  Weird game.

Carlos Gomez:  1/3 with his 18th HR and 24th SB while hitting .291.  What a beautiful boxscore.  I think I want to look at it for awhile.

Khris Davis:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .253.  Wow those 19 home runs kind of sneaked up on us. 

Mike Fiers:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.80.  This guy again?  Fiers is an August delicacy and crapola every other month.  His weird delivery works when hitters haven't seen him for awhile.  A few weeks later he will be crapola again.  Rinse and repeat.

Yu Darvish:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 3.06.  Yu Suck!  At least for a day.

Adam LaRoche:  3/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .276.  I picked up LaRoche last week in order to take advantage of his second half Hank Aaron impression.  Three home runs and counting. 

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.86.  Nice job by Roark who responded off of one of his worst outings of the season.  Good signs all around for 2015 sustainability. 

Jay Bruce:  1/5 with his 12th HR and 11th SB while hitting .222.  Bruce knows he has sucked so much with his hitting that he felt he needed to steal more bases to make up for it.

Nelson Cruz:  2/5 with his 30th HR while hitting .259.  You give it enough time and eventually the average goes where it should which is the case with Cruz who was hitting .290 as late as the end of July.  Power remains the only name of the game but boy has he killed it there.

Jake Odorizzi:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.89.  Corey Kluber of 2015.  Mark it down.

Desmond Jennings:  0/4 while hitting .240.  Will never own the guy again.  And I didn't own him this season either. 


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