Thursday, August 21, 2014


Marcell Ozuna:  3/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .261.  The average has slipped a bit every month this season but the power has remained consistent.  Considering Ozuna did not go drafted this past winter, 18 home runs is a nice bonus.
Jeff Samarsdzjia:  7 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 4.07.  Against the Mets of all teams?  Yeah no one saw that coming.  Even Samardjiza's biggest enemy.
Lucas Duda:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .255.  All I ask of Duda is to get his average to .270 and we are on board fully for 2015.
Jose Reyes:  3/5 with his 23rd SB while hitting .294.  Don't look now but Reyes is having a typically stellar season for him with a whole lot less fewer people paying attention.  Its almost like the latest leg injuries Reyes suffered in April pushed many to swear off him for good but the bottom line is that the guy still retains all his skills.
Jose Bautista:  2/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .290.  We are seeing a bit of a transformation from Bautista as the home run rate has dropped for the fourth straight season clearly due to age.  Howevre Bautista's average has rarely stayed at this level in his career so maybe he realizes the slippage and is looking to put more contact on the baseball.
Carlos Gomez:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .287.  Gomez has done everything expected of him and his status as an early second round pick for 2015 is already set in stone.
Kendrys Morales:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .229.  Whatever it is, Morales is clearly comfortable hitting in Seattle of all places.  The thunder has returned and 10 home runs from here through the end of the season is possible.
Alex Wood:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.05.  Wood has been terrific this season despite the lamebrain move by the Braves to send him to the bullpen for a time.  While the K rate has slipped noticeably the second half, Wood's stuff is very good and puts him once again in sleeper mode for 2015.
Gerrit Cole:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.69.  Speaking of sleepers, this is one that has not gone according to plan this season.  The big issues are the walks and injuries but keep in mind I made the comparison to a young Justin Verlander who you may recall had the two exact problems himself when he first came up.  Guys with 100-mph fastballs like Cole does don't stay down for long so I would absolutely stay the course with the guy.
Hunter Pence:  2/5 with his 17th HR and 11th SB while hitting .284.  It is almost like Pence realized he has to pick up the pace a bit in the power/speed categories so he goes right out and makes a contribution to both.  I swear if there is one guy in baseball who is fully aware of his numbers, it is this guy.
Jake Peavy:  7 IP 10 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.58.  Again notice how the K rate has jumped up since Peavy went back to the NL West.  I will be a buyer if this relationship continues a year from now.  The Ian Kennedy of 2015.
Steve Pearce:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .289.  Pearce has managed to stay relevant and not allow the numbers to fall off the map after a hot surge which had been the story of his career.  Ride it out.
Adam Jones:  3/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .289.  How much do you want to bet Jones finishes with exactly 30 home runs? 
Nelson Cruz:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .258.  However I would never have taken any bet that said Nelson Cruz would hit 40 home runs.  Can't wait to see him drafted stupidly in the second round next season and than he gets hurt and hits 20 home runs with a .250 average.  Mark it down.
Wei-Yin Chen:  7.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.76.  Chen is the new Jeremy Guthrie.  There when you need and out of the blue ERA boost.
Matt McBride:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .500.  He hit a home run and he plays in Colorado.  Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado anyone?  Pick him up already.
Daniel Duffy:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.53.  It is amazing to me how some guys get pigeonholed into the netherworld of fantasy baseball and Duff y is such a guy.  A huge arm and talent who only had to learn how to harness his stuff, Duffy is having a very nice breakout season that no one is mentioning.  That does not include me of yours who had him as a deep sleeper each of the last two seasons.  I guess I am the only one not on fantasy football yet.
Jorge De La Rosa:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.21.  Sorry but I don't care you good De La Rosa pitches.  I can never trust the guy.  Ever.
Tanner Roark:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.80.  The beat goes on.  Strikeouts be damned.
David Ortiz:  4/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .263.  And a year from now we will all wonder if Ortiz can hit 30 home runs again.
Garret Richards:  done for season with patellar injury.  Richards finishes with a 2.61 ERA and 1.04 WHIP while striking out more betters per innings.  Wow what a breakout.  There as not letup at all in Richards this season and all because he finally learned how to stop walking people.  Sometimes it is that simple as in the case of Daniel Duffy.
Lance Lynn:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.78.  All right bro so far, so good with the second half stuff.  I am almost now fully on the bandwagon.

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