Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Edinson Volquez:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.67.  Perhaps Volquez has finally natured and figured out how not to walk 8 guys in 2 innings.  Perhaps the Lourdes of Baseball in Pittsburgh for pitchers did the trick.  I will ask you though:  would you trust Volquez in any one start?
Didn't think so.

Kole Calhoun:  3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .288.  What a nice job Calhoun has done this season and while you would expect more steals out of a leadoff guy, getting 12 home runs and counting from that spot is certainly nothing to sniff at.

Charlie Blackmon:  0/4 while hitting .282.  Oxygen please!  Oxygen!

Corey Dickerson:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .321.  Unreal.  Why this guy was not planted in the middle of the Rockies order Opening Day is a question I have no answer to.  Not just a product of Coors either as Dickerson has hit half of his home runs away from home.

Odrisame Despaigne:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.72.  Kid has been terrific so far and is running into some K's now as well.  Just draft all San Diego starters next season and start each of them every time out when they are at home. 

Kendrys Morales:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .219.  Sad how this guy's career once looked so damn promising until busting his leg on an unnamed Angel while celebrating a walkoff home run. What might of been.

Kyle Seager:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .277.  Yup Seager will be on my team next season.  Count on it.

Chris Young:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.20.  Just another story that is tough to believe after Young has virtually been out of baseball since 2009.  The guy is so damn big that when he releases the baseball he looks like he is virtually inches from the plate, thus making his stuff look more unhittable than it really is.  Story of his career.  Outside of the injuries of course.

Chris Sale:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.01.  Few pitchers are capable of producing such a Mona Lisa start like Sale had here, win or no win. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his 26th HR while hitting .278.  If Rizzo were playing on the New York Yankees everyone would be drooling over any little thing the guy did.  Why does that not happen when he is playing for the Cubs?  The stats still count just the same no matter how few games Chicago wins.

Kyle Hendricks:  7.1 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.73.  Say what you want about the Cubs but they continually trot out useful fantasy baseball starting pitchers of which Hendricks looks no different.  Give it a whirl.

Josh Donaldson:  3/4 with 2 home runs (25 for season) while hitting .255.  Good to see Donaldson fully pull out of his hellacious slump from July-to-early-August.  30 home runs at third base is big time no matter what the average says.  But you should have known the average would take a dip sine I said it a hundred times over the winter.

Jon Lester:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.51.  Yeah I would say Lester in Oakland is a match made in pitching heaven.

Oswaldo Arcia:  2/4 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .234.  Arcia is just the latest power asset-average drain slugger who gets added and dropped a zillion times a season.  Nothing to see here.

Chris Carter:  2/4 with 2 home runs (28 for season) while hitting .230.  The .230 Carter is currently hitting is like anyone else batting .280.  The guy is destroying the baseball right now so do the Adam Dunn rule here.  Play him until you get four straight games of O-fers and than move on until he gets hot again.

Colin McHugh:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.08.  Not sure why the Mets gave up on McHugh so quickly when he struck out everyone known to man in the minors and of which he has done just as much with the Astros.  Another diamond in the rough in Houston.

Doug Fister:  7 IP 7 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.34.  This is the man who is the answer to the question:  who has been THE most underrated starter in fantasy baseball the last three years. 

Anthony Rendon:  1/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .276.  Since power was the only thing missing from Rendon's game coming into the season, I would have to say that all systems are a go for a string of top five fantasy baseball third baseman rankings for years to come.

Ian Desmond:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .244.  The average has never really gotten going but the way Desmond strikes out a ton this is not totally shocking.  Immense power from the shortstop position and possessing durability none of the top guys have place Desmond in the discussion of being the top guy in the game where he plays.

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .256.  Onward we go with Cespedes who is becoming an easy guy to mark down with 25 home runs and a .260 average every season.


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