Friday, August 29, 2014


Jake Arrieta:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 2.88.  Don't let this rough outing cloud the reality that Arrieta has been one of the best pitching values in all of fantasy baseball this season.  His K rate has been by far better than one could have expected and his 1.05 WHIP shows how stingy he has been with baserunners overall.  The best part is that the screen of doing all this with the woeful Cubs is likely to keep the draft price down a year from now.

Dylan Axelrod:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.64.  Yes please.  Axlerod has now struck out 15 batters in 11 innings with that tiny ERA.  Stop asking questions and do what you are supposed to do.

Yusmeiro Petit:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.44.  This guy is ridiculous right now and this is the second time in two years Petit has done stuff like this late in the year when no one is paying attention.  The guy has always had a big time arm but injuries and crowded San Francisco rotations prevented him from firmly taking hold of a spot.  Please don't ever let us see Tim Lincecum again.

Hiroki Kuroda:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.88.  By now most Kuroda owners have jumped ship in thinking another age-inflicted meltdown is on the way.  Truth be told Kuroda has been pretty good his last few starts but really don't temp fate any more than you may have already.

Mike Minor:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.70.  Minor has shown very little of the breakout pitcher he was in 2013, suffering from ongoing gopher ball and health woes.  The talent is there but Minor is almost like what Scott Baker was before his horrific run of injuries.

Evan Longoria:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .255.  Not sure why we ever went so nuts for Longoria in the first place.  You can argue that new arrivals Anthony Rendon, Todd Frazier, and Nolan Arenado are all better picks and values at the hot corner instead of the perpetually overrated Longoria.

Steve Pearce:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .290.  How about this guy?  Pearce is now into his second straight month slamming the baseball after taking a tour around the majors with listless results.  Could be the classic late bloomer here but whatever is going on, Pearce's power in this era of pitching dominance is a huge difference-maker this time of year.

Josh Donaldson:  2/3 with his 26th HR while hitting .255.  Nailed this one all the way as I said Donaldson's average would drop from his 2013 breakout, while his power was legit.  Basically Donaldson is a more powerful Longoria.

Alex Gordon:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .282.  It is always crucial for Gordon to reach the 20 home run mark in order to bring out maximum value and he should get there barring a late fade.  While he is a counting stats maven, Gordon is putting up his best season since 2011.

Lorenzo Cain:  2/4 with 2 steals (23 for season) while hitting .300.  I bet you didn't know Cain has 23 steals.  Or was hitting .300.  After years of disappointment, the speedier version of Steve Pearce is upon us.

Colin McHugh:  7 IP 8 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.99.  The greatest thing about McHugh next season is that no one will believe he can do 2014 over again.  Which means value play.


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