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Friday, August 1, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

So who has the stronger rotation:  the Oakland A's or the Detroit Tigers?  How about the stayed pat Los Angeles Dodgers?  Should be a fun postseason.

Neil Walker:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .284.  So in essence you could have drafted Walker about 12-15 rounds after Dustin Pedroia back in March. 

Aaron Hill:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .253.  No takers for Hill at the trade deadline as he once again is making it a career filled with letdowns when you expect big things and blockbuster seasons when you don't.  Look for 30 home runs out of Hill next season.

Yasiel Puig:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .319.  All right so Puig is not going to hit 30 home runs or even 25.  But one of the biggest concerns I had about the guy was his average taking a tumble this season with his propensity to strike out but that has not been an issue.  Also the behavior has been good since April as well.  Baby steps.

Julio Teheran:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.69.  Teheran has now fully developed into a fantasy baseball ace on the lower and more affordable level like guys like James Shields and up until this season Zack Greinke have been going back to 2011. 

Clayton Kershaw:  9 IP 9 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.71.  I may never see a better and more dominant pitcher in my lifetime.  Seriously.  So incredibly dominant is Kershaw that a very small part of me (emphasis on very small) can understand the pull to draft Kershaw in the first round.

Danny Santana:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .313.  We got something here with Santana who I did a positive writeup on when he first got promoted.  Now batting leadoff for the Twins, Santana will be able to unleash some more runs and steals to go with the surprising pop and average. 

Yordano Ventura:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.50.  The WHIP is now 1.31 as fatigue has taken hold on Ventura.  As much as I am impressed with his arm, I have no intentions of drafting Ventura next season as anything more than an SP 5 given the fact he completely fits the mold of a future Tommy John guy.  Young are, hard-thrower, slight frame, etc.  No thank you.

Jose Bautista:  1/3 with his 21st HR while hitting .293.  Bautista is still showing big time power despite the home run rate dropping a bit again.  However will gladly accept some home run giveback for an average where it currently stands.

Dioneer Navarro:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .275.  Not enough pub has been given to Navarro who has been good for two seasons in a row now.  Oh and he is also batting cleanup in the stacked Jays lineup.  Get going with this.

Nolan Reimold:  2/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .353.  Yeah he is still around teasing us all.  Reimold has a stretch like this every season that gets us thinking maybe he can stay healthy for more than two weeks and make good on his promise.  I like then new Toronto locale so maybe one more shot.

Jon Singleton:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .176.  Had this one perfectly pegged when Singleton first came up in pointing out how he could struggle to hit .230 with a bunch of pop.  Only thing I really got wrong was giving him more average credit than I should have based on what we have seen.

Cliff Lee:  back on the DL with more elbow trouble.  Don't count on seeing Lee again this season and at 36 his days as an ace are now completely finished.  It was a fun ride.  Enjoy that contract Philadelphia. 

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .293.  I am not sure who I am more shocked at for hitting over .290 this late in the season:  Stanton or Bautista?

Johnny Cueto:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.05.  Cueto is still going strong and staying healthy as he ups the win total to 12.  I get the nagging feeling though that 2015 will be an injury-marred mess.  Just a personal feeling but a strong one overall.

Jason Kipnis:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .243.  What a joke Kipnis has been this season for a guy who was going as high as Round 2.  The holes in his swing are pronounced and opposing pitchers are not giving him as much to hit as in the last two seasons.  It just hasn't happened one way or the other.

Oscar Taveras:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .210.  It is likely some idiot in your league dropped him already which means prime chasing in time for you.  Taveras should relax now that he knows he will pay everyday and the ability will rise to the surface as we may already be seeing.  This is still one of the more potent young bats in the game that will explode before to long.  Count on it.

Shelby Miller:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.14.  Miller almost started crying after the game meeting with reporters after feeling lucky not have been traded.  Its fitting since Miller made all of his owners cry boatloads of tears of regret for drafting him.

J.D. Martinez:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .325.  Enough already dude.  Remember that you are J.D. Martinez, failed Houston Astros outfielder.

 

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