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Sunday, September 14, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Brian McCann:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .238.  All in all McCann did his job this season as far as power is concerned and really that is all he has to go on now as it has been five seasons since he helped in batting average.  The only other knock is that 30 home runs is never going to happen after McCann failed to get there in Yankee Stadium of all places.

Steve Pearce:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .287.  Ironic that Pearce hit the home run against the Yankees as they were one of like 20 teams to sign and cut him loose at some point in his past as the ultimate journeyman.  May finally have found some traction as Buck Showalter loves guys like this.  Anyone who can hit the baseball over the outfield wall has a place on any roster no matter how many teams they have been on.

Zack Greinke:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.64.  And he even hit a home run but alas it doesn't count.  That is a rule that just has to change.

Tim Hudson:  6 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 3.41.  Call this the Hiroki Kuroda effect.  Pitcher at or near 40 who arms is screaming "Mercy" once September hits.

Mike Trout:  3/3 with 2 home runs (34 for season) while hitting .290.  If Trout is not the first pick in your draft next season than find a new league with good players in it.

Jered Weaver:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.50.  Wow where did that come from?  Talk about a blast from the past.  Obviously this is not Weaver anyone when it comes to the K's being consistently great but the 3.50 is right where it should be for a guy who has reinvented himself on the fly as a successful SP 3.

Josh Donaldson:  1/3 with his 27th HR while hitting .255.  To think there was some debate over whether or not to take Donaldson over David Wright this season.

Robinson Cano:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .322.  Cano won't get to 20 home runs for the fist time since being a regular but that is the price you pay for signing with Seattle.  Outside of that Cano has been as good as ever.

Sonny Gray:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.18.  Gray is still going strong this late into the season as he wraps up a truly magnificent first full season in the majors.  When you break it all down, it was Gray and not Michael Wacha, Tajuan Walker, Gerrit Cole, or Tony Cingrani who was the ace youngster this season.

Felix Hernandez:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.14.  Hard to believe King Felix could have a career year this far into his still-young career but that is exactly what 2014 was for him.  Amazing stuff.

Yasmani Grandal:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .216.  Grandal is doing a find J.P. Arencibia impression for us.

Tyson Ross:  4 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 2.81.  The ratios are inching up here which could be blamed on fatigue.  In fact I hope Ross gets his face beaten in the rest of the way so I can get him cheaper for next season.

Matt Carpenter:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .272.  Yeah overall Carpenter has been exactly what I thought he would be.  An overrated second baseman whose best attribute (average) is the one stat you can't hang your hat on.

Matt Holliday:  1/2 with his 18th HR while hitting .270.  Nice finishing kick for Holliday who is aging right before our eyes.  I think the bottom falls out completely in 2015.  Just a hunch.

Shelby Miller:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.75.  I guess me pumping up Miller all offseason and into April was not completely off base after all.  Miller really turned things around as the season went on and ultimately will finish with solid numbers.  Still no matter how you slice it Miller took a firm step back from what he did a year prior.

Oswaldo Arcia:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .229.  Add Arcia to the realm of the awful average hitting sluggers who are becoming a dime a dozen. 

Jose Abreu:  2/3 with his 34th HR while hitting .321.  My goodness.  Forget Paul Goldschmidt.  This is your number 1 first baseman by a mile for 2015.  And maybe the number 2 pick overall.  While the power waned a bit, the average jumped off the map.

Dayan Viciedo:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .233.  See Arcia, Oswaldo above.

Javier Baez:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .174.  Impressive power to say the least and the future is very bright but that K rate is a sight for sore eyes.  That has to be fixed even a little for this to work.

Michael Brantley:  2/4 with his 19th HR and 20th SB while hitting .319.  Carlos Gomez 2.0 right on down the later breakout.  There is still some bust potential here as Brantley is not a .320 hitter and won't do that a year from now but the power growth is legit as he taps into his full prime.

Victor Martinez:  1/4 with his 31st HR while hitting .334.  I ran out of positive and amazed adjectives back in May so now I just sit there with my mouth agape.

Bryce Harper:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .272.  He is doing it again.  Harper is finishing strong so that we all reach for him again next March.  And than watch as he hits .200 in April and goes on the DL with a sore neck after gazing at himself too long in the mirror.

Ian Desmond:  3/4 with 3 steals (21 for season) while hitting .250.  Desmond has now gone 20/20 for three seasons in a row which is a feat that should not be overlooked.  Utter consistency is the name of the game here at a ridiculously volatile spot. 

Aramis Ramirez:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .296.  Same old.  ARAM will be there again when everything else fails next season at the third base.

Julio Teheran:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.89.  My new favorite cheaply priced fantasy baseball staff ace.

Lorenzo Cain:  1/3 with his 25th SB while hitting .299.  We found another post-hype sleeper done good people.

 

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