Monday, August 25, 2014


Alexei Ramirez:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .285.  As the season has gone on, Ramirez' average has sunk to where it should be after being well above .300 for awhile.  Another prime example of how guys in the prime almost always end up where they should be in the average department.  Still the uptick in power and the holding steady steals have made Ramirez a very good value play this season. 
Conor Gillespie:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .303.  Gillespie has found himself onto more than a few rosters post-All Star Break as he has hit nicely.  The power is light though which is not what you want from the third base spot.  Works best as a day off fill-in or injury replacement.
Brian McCann:  1/1 with his 15th HR while hitting .235.  If going to the Yankees is not going to prop up McCann's sagging since 2010 batting average, than nothing will.  Start to move McCann well down the catcher rankings to the bottom portion of the top ten.
Chris Sale:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.03.  The life of an ace pitching for a miserable team as Sale didn't get the hurt due to a bullpen explosion of the highest order. 
Billy Butler:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .277.  Butler's power finally showed up after a three-month vacation but at the 15-20 rate and not the 29 outlier of all outliers from a few seasons ago.  Still Butler has fallen to the point he is now barely draftable.
Andrew McCutchen:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .305.  McCutchen's owners are lucky they got him back as quickly as they did.  No slippage to speak of this season which is all you can ask for our of your first round pick.
Starling Marte:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .276.  Marte was always miscast as a leadoff guy and being in the AL would be better for him.  However now that he was moved out of the pressure of being in the leadoff slot, Marte has done his best work.  Sometimes it is that simple. 
Mike Fiers:  7 IP 2 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.54.  Someone should be fired in the Milwaukee front office for not having the guy in the rotation from the start.  What Fiers is doing right now is ridiculous and is the stuff of second half legend so great is his dominance.  His delivery has always been funky enough to fool hitters despite not having top end speed on his heater.  One of the best difference-makers of the second half bar none.
Chris Archer:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.09.  Archer has been money in the bank for the second half of the season just like he did a year earlier.  That is the type of split you want as original owners like myself cut him loose in May and than someone else picks him up from August on and takes their league.
Trevor Bauer:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.18.  I know we have said it a million times already but maybe the light bulb has finally gone on.  The K potential is immense here and if in fact Bauer has figured something out, the sky is the limit in fantasy baseball parlance.  Very interested to see how he finishes things out.
Evan Gattis:  2/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .276.  If you can get 20 home runs from your catcher than you did great.  Anything else from than on is a bonus.
Todd Frazier:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .279.  Frazier is putting the finishing touches on a truly monstrous breakout season.  Top five all the way at third base next year and a late second round pick draft grade is also possible.
Ian Desmond:  2/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .247.  Clearly a step back with the average but Desmond has filled up the power/speed stats all season so not too much quibbling.  The most overlooked excellent part of his game however is the ultimate durability he brings among an injur-plagued group.
Bryce Harper:  2/5 with his seventh HR while hitting .265.  One has to wonder where Harper will be drafted next season after two disappointing years in a row.  The holes in the swing continue to get pounded by opposing pitchers but Harper remains incredibly young and capable of a massive bustout at a moment's notice.  Unfortunately the name value still vastly outstrips the production which is always a lose-lose proposition in fantasy baseball.
Steven Pearce:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .287.  Pearce is on another one of those power runs so get him back in the lineup if he has been on your bench.
Tsyioshi Wada:  6.1 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.56.  Took a no-hitter into the seventh as Wada is yet another Chicago Cub starter who has been money.  It actually is quite amazing if you go back and look at the collective staff ERA's and WHIP's from the Cubbies.  Wada has a nice combination of control and K potential which is all you can ask bare minimum.  Pick him up.
Victor Martinez:  3/6 with his 25th HR while hitting .328.  Victor Martinez is hitting .328 with 25 home runs.  Another let it sink it moment. 
Rajai Davis:  2/6 with his 7th HR while hitting .280.  Damn I dropped him yesterday after the doubleheader tease since he played in only one of the two games.  For a guy known for his wheels, Davis has always been able to pop some odd home runs.
Justin Masterson:  5 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 7.43.  NL or AL it doesn't matter.  This guy is pure garbage.
Lucas Duda:  3/5 with 2 home runs (26 for season) while hitting .260.  This is not Billy Butler outlier power surge going on here as the massive Duda is extremely powerful and made to be a slugging first baseman.  While the average will always leave something to be desired, Duda is now fully on board as a top ten fantasy baseball first baseman which is something no one could have foreseen in April.
Travis D'Arnaud:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .228.  Hitting almost .280 since his demotion with power.   The first half was so rough that D'Arnaud will still come at a discounted price in 2015 where he will fit right in with my post-hype sleeper plan.
Bartolo Colon:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.82.  Why the Angels have not already completed a trade for the guy is a massive mystery.
Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .308.  I really can't wait until Arenado is on my roster in the third base slot next season.  Count on it.

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