Monday, July 27, 2015


Jacob DeGrom:  7.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.06.  Outside of Clayton Kershaw, there simply has not been a better pitcher in all of baseball since the middle of May.  Just when we thought DeGrom couldn't possible do better than his 2014 Rookie of the Year campaign, he did just that and than some. 

Zack Greinke:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.37.  The scoreless innings streak ends at 45.1 innings which is an unbelievable feat no matter how you look at it.  There was some rust with the walks and an HBP for a run due to the extra layoff after the birth of Greinke;s son but this is the definition of nitpicking. 

Carlos Rodon:  6.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.09.  It is ironic that Rodon was opposed by Danny Salazar today as he is this season what Salazar was last season in terms of eye-popping K rates but equally eye-popping walk rates.  Salazar unlocked things a year later from that rough debut and the hope is Rodon will do the same.

Danny Salazar:  6.2 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.72.  See Rodon, Carlos. 

Matt Moore:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 7.61.  Take a pitcher I never liked even before Tommy John surgery due to utterly horrific control, enter the surgery that makes control worse, and this is what you get. 

Joe Ross:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.03.  This kid has a bright future and a decent present for the Nats.  The pedigree and also the K rate check out nicely and I would not object to using him the rest of the season outside of extremely tough matches on the road. 

Gerrit Cole:  7.2 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.24.  Cole is third in baseball when it comes to average fastball velocity and the career-year is worthy of the Cy Young which will likely go to Zack Greinke.  Still Cole was a pedigree guy all the way you made good on his potential after some early stumbles and health scares. 

Michael Taylor:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .240.  Taylor is screaming out to be picked up again as he is in a nice streak batting leadoff for the Nats.  He has proven that he can hit some home runs and steal even more bases in place of Denard Span and so until the latter returns to the lineup, the opportunity is there for a solid outfielder 3 addition. 

Neil Walker:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .271.  Walker is in his customary spot on many waivers wires as he begins to hit in the second half.  The numbers have been a collective yawn throughout his career but Walker can be a top ten second baseman in monthly doses. 

Evan Longoria:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .265.  Where has all the power gone?  Longoria is doing a Nick Markakis impersonation with the early onset power drain while manning third base which is never a comparison you want to have attached to your name. 

Logan Forsythe:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .283.  Think Neil Walker with a slightly better average and lesser track record. 

Jeurys Familia:  fourth blown save with 2 ER in 1.1 IP with an ERA of 1.70.  Second straight blown save for Familia who could be going through a bit of a dead arm phase.  He has been so good this season that we can easily look past the blip.  Still it would be a good idea for Familia to lock down the next save since none other than Jenrry Mejia is throwing well in setup. 

Lorenzo Cain:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .312.  It is striking the similarity between Cain and Carlos Gomez in terms of being late bloomers who became five tool fantasy baseball monsters as the former has become in 2015.  How high would you draft him a year from now? 

Dallas Keuchel:  5 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 2.32.  Amazing how such an ugly outing pushed Keuchel's ERA only up to a still quite stellar 2.32.  What a season. 

Michael Wacha:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.27.  Another in a very long string of shaky starts now for Wacha who is part of the profile of "fatigued pitchers" who will appear tomorrow. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  8 IP 8 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.19.  Just to show you how comical Eovaldi has been despite winning 10 games, his WHIP is a hideous 1.48.  Once again for the second season in a row, Eovaldi is right at the top of the majors in hits given up despite a rocket of a fastball.  Ridiculous. 

Kyle Gibson:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 3.48.  A tiger can't change his stripes and a bad pitching can't stop sucking. 

Stephen Drew:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .188.  All Rob Refsnyder owners just threw up their hands. 

Chase Headley:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .263.  No one gets paid more to do less in today's game than Headley.  From committing errors like the third base version of Ian Desmond to hitting like a bench player, Headley is the epitome of the overpaid athlete. 

J.T, Realmuto:  2/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .260.  After an interesting first week in April, Realmuto fell off the map due to a prolonger slump which is no shock for a rookie catcher.  However Realmuto has been hitting for a month now and stealing very rare bases as well for a catcher.  This is not Jason Kendall by any means but Realmuto is making himself closer to a sleeper candidate for 2016. 

Justin Upton:  2/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .251.  Here we go again.  Every season Upton has a hellacious slump that encompasses a full month of the season which destroys is batting average and keeps him from 30 home runs.  Guy has a clear perpetual tease to him but if he gets moved to an offensive park, look out with the home runs. 

Mat Latos:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.48.  Another decent start for Latos who has been brilliant at times since coming off the DL.  The rediscovery of lost velocity have helped the bottom line value here and I said after his last outing it is safe to use Latos again on an everyday start again. 

Maikel Franco:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .282.  The home runs dried up a bit over the last three weeks but Franco hits the board there Sunday.  He is a clear name the Philadelphia Phillies are going to build around but Franco is a clear two levels or three below the new stars on the third base block such as Manny Machado, Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado, and Todd Frazier. 

Ryan Howard:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .226.  Typical Howard who always homers back-to-back after his typically long slumps. 

Addison Russell:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .232.  Keep batting Russell at the bottom of the lineup Joe Maddon.  Please so I can steal him away cheaply in 2016 drafts. 

Dexter Fowler:  1/2 with his 9th HR while hitting .236.  Fowler once again will underwhelm with his numbers after a very nice April and May.  We have discovered that Fowler just cant sustain his production for six months and that makes him nothing but a bench outfielder at best now that he has reached his prime seasons. 

Aaron Nola:  7.2 IP 5 H 4 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.29.  Nola gave up two home runs but he was pretty good yet again and this time on the road.  Better yet, Nola has averaged nearly a K/IP which is a good-looking numbers out of the gate as well.  I want to see more as I am quite intrigued. 

Jason Hammel:  6 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 3.20.  Big beating here for Hammel who has been so good this season but recently has hit the skids at the same time he came down with some health issues,  Tough to tell if Hammel is hurting physically but the ERA has gone up more than a bit since the start of June.  We also have to see if Hammel struggles the second half again like in 2014.  Jury still out on whether last season's slide was solely due to the move to the American League or if it was due to fatigue. 

Rougned Odor:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .271.  This kid is starting to become a serious story.  Odor is still very young but his burgeoning power/speed game is beginning to explode.  Throw in the great ballpark he hits in and Odor could finish as a top ten second baseman even with this late start. 

Mike Trout:  4/4 with 2 home runs (31 for season) while hitting .315.  I will just be quiet and let the line score do all the talking.

C.J. Cron:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .264.  Not sure what took Mike Scoscia do darn long to get this kid in the lineup consistently.  Cron had a pretty swing which I talked about way back in March but at least he is getting the chance before you are fully onto fantasy football. 

Jeremy Hellickson:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.60.  Next please. 

Jay Bruce:  3/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .258.  The New York Mets supposedly are going after Bruce heavily and that would be a big about-face in terms of ballpark efficiency for Bruce.  However his natural power plays well anywhere like Justin Upton in San Diego so any move won't change his overall standing much.

Nolan Arenado:  1/5 with his 25th HR while hitting .286.  This is Nolan Arenado saying across the diamond to Todd Frazier, "The third base line starts behind me and not you."

Carlos Gonzalez:  3/4 with 2 home runs (18 for season) while hitting .270.  All of a sudden CarGo is a fantasy baseball monster again, albeit with the stolen bases taken totally out of the equation.  Maybe all the missed time last season kept Gonzalez from finding his groove until the summer but whatever is going on, he is moving firmly into outfielder 2 territory. 

Ben Paulsen:  4/5 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .293.  Paulsen was taking batting practice here but he should have been owned awhile ago just on his home ballpark alone.  Paulsen is a very good hitter who can smash 20 home runs and bat .300 in a full season.  A good story for 2016 as well. 

Josh Donaldson:  1/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .289.  Donaldson is a late first round guy now as he will sail past the 30 home run mark and maybe even have enough time to threaten 40. 

Nelson Cruz:  2/5 with his 25th HR while hitting .311.  Clearly I was wrong here about Cruz not being able to maintain his 2014 power haul but I was surely not alone in that assessment after he went to Seattle as a free agent and their sizable ballpark.  He gets the last laugh again as no one also saw Cruz doing what he did a season ago.  With power holding on well into a player's late 30's, Cruz could continue to be a force for a few more seasons by the looks of it. 


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