Monday, August 4, 2014


Michael Brantley:  2/6 with his 16th HR while hitting .322.  I am a bit worried about the outlier effect here as Brantley has blown way past even the most optimistic projections for this season.  I will say that the power growth has a great chance of carrying over to 2015 given the fact Brantley is entering his prime.  However the average is much more volatile and a drop of 30 points next season is likely.

David Murphy:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .261.  I told you all when Murphy was driving everyone in back in April not to go overboard.  Par for the course for Murphy to go nuts or a stretch each season but eventually his .260 average comes back to go along with light power/speed tallies.

Francisco Liriano:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.91.  Liriano has pitched very well since coming off the DL but that just means he is setting us all up for a 5.00 ERA September when league titles are clinched.

Tyson Ross:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.62.  I can already see a Tyson Ross/Corey Kluber Draft Debate next March.

Chris Coghlan:  2/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .292.  Few remember how solid a player Coghlan was as a rookie when he came up with the Miami Marlins and he seems to have taken full advantage of his second chance with the Cubs.  Coghlan is a sneaky good play given the fact he should bat leadoff the rest of the way and has 15/15 ability.

Matt Kemp:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .285.  Kemp has really gotten insanely hot the last month as he now seems all the way back from all of his maladies minus the speed.  The power returning shows as well that the shoulder is back in fine order.  Still when you break it all down, Kemp is a shell of his former top ten overall self.

Josh Reddick:  2/3 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .259.  The A's need Reddick to pick up the home run slack with Yoenis Cespedes out of town and so far so good.  I would take him for another spin as the power is always there and the average is actually not in horror show territory.

James Shields:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 0 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.43.  I will sound like I am nitpicking but Shields' K rate continues to plummet.  I spoke at length about Shields last week and I stand by it.

Nick Markakis:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .286.  Like with Chris Coghlan, Markakis has done a nice job reclaiming what was looking like a career headed for the toilet when his prime years arose.  In fact Markakis is finding a bit of the pop from his 24-year-old "heyday."

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.78.  Amazing tale of two halves with Tillman who for the second season in a row is pitching in dominant fashion after the break.  Remember I called Tillman one of the worst performing drafted starters in fantasy baseball at the end of May and now he is back to being of use in all leagues.

Danny Santana:  5/6 with 2 steals (8 for season) while hitting .325.  The shield of playing for the awful Twins should keep the attention away from Santana who is having an unbelievable debut with little fanfare to this point.  The average will come down but Santana looks here to stay as a leadoff speed dynamo.

Oswaldo Arcia:  3/6 with his 8th HR while hitting .230.  Arcia has always had the big power and so he could be of help in AL-only leagues.  The shine has rubbed off a bit though on a guy many thought would have made a bigger mark by now.

Kyle Gibson:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.93.  Yeah I got to eat some crow here as Gibson has been fantastic the last two months after it looked like he should be sent back to the minors early on.  This was a big prospect name at one time and after getting his head beaten in for awhile, Gibson has used the nice ballpark in Minnesota to get his feet under him.

Cole Hamels:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.42.  Hamels pitching great in the second half is like the sun coming up in the morning. 

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.39.  What is funny is that many have said that Strasburg is not what he used to be which is kind of ridiculous when you look at his numbers.  You can count on one hand pitchers who have better stuff and other than a slight loss of velocity, Strasburg has been every bit the ace he was expected to be.

Matt Holliday:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .269.  It is very crucial for Holliday to use these last two months to finish with a hot bat in order to hold even outfielder 2 status next season.  Age is looking like it if firmly taking shape.

Marcus Stroman:  3 IP 7 H 5 ER 1 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.49.  He is still a rookie people.  Patience. 

Scott Feldman:  9 IP 8 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.13.  AL-only interest here for a guy who always seems to pitch well when we try to bury him for good.

Victor Martinez:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .321.  How great would it be to see Martinez hit 30 home runs at his age?  Where do you draft him next season?  Wow this has been fun.

Hunter Pence:  3/5 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .289.  Try watching that swing of Pence which will make you appreciated how he can possibly hit even a single.  When he went back to the Giants, the team told him to return to his hacking ways when he was with the Astros and what the Phillies tried to get him not to do. 

Madison Bumgarner:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.21.  Nothing happening here for the Mets as Bumgarner was completely locked in.  The ERA has been a bit elevated this season and Bumgarner has had his share of trouble for the first time in his career but the ace-level of performance remains.

Buster Posey:  4/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .288.  One of those days where Posey can hit everything thrown to him.  With Evan Gattis cooling off, Posey is reclaiming his spot at the top of the catcher rankings.

Brandon Belt:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .250.  Belt looks like he is working off the rust from all his missed games and April is nothing but a memory.  We still don't know who the guy is at this stage of the game.

Bartolo Colon:  8 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 4.12.  The home runs were sailing out which means Colon got destroyed again.  As rocky a pitcher to own as there is given his home run tendency every season.


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