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Friday, July 31, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY



Derek Norris:  5/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .238.  I would say Norris had a nice day.  Like water in the desert here as Norris was released from a majority of his teams over the last months due to his crazy slump. 

Justin Upton:  1/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .251.  Clutch homer from Upton who hits a three-run bomb against Jeurys Familia in the ninth.  The power can't be held in any ballpark but those who own Upton are crossing their fingers he gets moved before tomorrow's deadline to maximize that in a more offensive park.

Curtis Granderson:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .259.  Granderson could have moved out of the leadoff spot and into a more RBI-conducive place in the batting order if the Carlos Gomez deal had gone through but that is not happening.  The average is almost up to .260 which is like .290 for Granderson and he has been hitting the baseball hard for almost two months now. 

Jeurys Familia:  third straight blown save with 3 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 2.22.  Wow this is bad.  Tyler Clippard could be on the verge of closing for the Mets as Familia could be on fumes right now.  The difference from pitching in setup to closing games is so much more intense on a pitcher's arm and Familia is paying the price based on his very ugly results over his last three save chances.  I think Familia gets one more shot but I also wouldn't be shocked if a change is officially made as this one was very bad. 

Juan Uribe:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .276.  The guy hits no matter where he plays.  Uribe doesn't fit in mixed leagues anymore but he is great third base insurance there.

Ryan Zimmerman:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .216.  Amazing at one time we all wanted him as our fantasy baseball first baseman.  Should not be drafted anymore, so stark is the decline and health. 

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.22.  Yeah Zack Greinke is the best pitcher in all of baseball this season but don't think for a second Scherzer is not far behind. 

Dan Haren:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Unlike Justin Verlander and C.C. Sabbathia, Dan Haren has figured out how to still be a very solid pitcher despite losing his heater.  Props all around for the veteran starter who has been the epitome of a solid SP 5 and looks like he has some more mileage on that arm of his. 

Carlos Santana:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .227.  So let's see now.  Santana can't hit .230, he wont hit 25 home runs and maybe not even 20.  He strikes out a ton.  Why do we even care about the guy anymore?  I know I don't anymore.  Unfulfilled potential that will never be found since Santana is planted firmly in his prime.

Carlos Carrasco:  9 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.03.  I said last month that I thought Carrasco was primed for a monster second half just like in 2014 due to the fact he suffered some poor BABIP and strand rate luck in the first half and was still punching out a ton of guys.  Third straight complete game here from Carrasco and he is firmly earning a reputation for being a second half monster which is the trend you want your pitchers to have. 

Seth Smith:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .263.  If every pitcher in major league baseball wasa lefty, Smith and Chris Young would be first round picks. 

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .256.  Right now I just want Dozier to finish the season with an average over .250 as he has to prove he can not be a trainwreck there to go with his other stellar numbers in the other four categories. 

Eddie Rosario:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .294.  Rosario is a decent option in AL-only leagues as he hits for a solid average and can pop the odd home run.  Standards always so much lower in those setups. 

Alex Hicks:  3/4 with his 5th HR and 9th SB while hitting .299.  Hicks was a stalled prospect after being a first round pick way back in 2008.  He has not hit a lick leading up to the season but he is starting to show some progress and using the tools that he has like what we have seen with Cameron Maybin this season.  I would take a stab in five outfielder formats. 

Phil Hughes:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.11.  It just has not happened for Hughes this season as he is losing the home run battle again badly which is the main reason his ERA has spiked so badly compared to his terrific 2014 campaign.  Again we always tell you to avoid guys who give up a ton of home runs as it always overshadows peripheral numbers that could be so much lower if that rate was even average. 

Anthony Rizzo:  3/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .284.  Rizzo will be right up against 30 home runs which seems to be his baseline as he is pretty much on the same rate he was at in 2014.  That works just fine for us. 

Gerardo Parra:  2/4 with 2 steals (9 for season) while hitting .328.  What a season Parra is having as he picks up two hits nightly at the very least.  The D-Backs didn't see this one through enough and some team should pony up for the guy before today's trade deadline. 

Jimmy Nelson:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.76.  I have said numerous times this season that Nelson is a decent sleeper for 2016 as he has fought through the typical rookie inconsistency in 2015 but is starting to round into form.  Nelson has very good strikeout stuff that can shut down any lineup in any given start and the control is improving.  Keep him on the watch lists for next spring. 

Matt Shoemaker:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.24.  Shoemaker has thrown two straight shutouts with 17 K's in his last 13 innings.  A little too late for Shoemaker's original owners as 80 percent of them don't have him on their roster anymore but it does reinforce what we thought he could be this season as the arm is very good.  We hate to be repetitive but when Shoemaker keeps the baseball in the park, he dominates. 

Scott Kazmir:  7.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.10.  I have to hand it to Kazmir who is having a great season as the ERA hovers near 2.00.  Kazmir has always had awesome stuff and only health and fatigue holds him back which is obviously not the problem right now.

Yoenis Cespedes:  3/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .293.  Love the current version of Cespedes who has gotten back the average he posted as a rookie, cutting down on his K Rate a bit while also taking more pitches on average.  Could be his last home run as a member of the Tigers and all Cespedes owners are hoping for a new locale in a prime hitter's park.  Still trying to figure out how he screwed up the Boston thing. 

Adam Jones:  1/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .287.  Jones's numbers are slightly down from the last few seasons as he won't go near 30 home runs and stolen bases now seem like they are a thing of the past at the age 30 since he has only 3. 

Chris Davis:  2/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .244.  Along with Lucas Duda and Carlos Gonzalez, no one is lighting up the home run scoreboard more than Davis. 

Pedro Alvarez:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .237.  Yawn.
 
Marlon Byrd:  3/6 with his 17th HR while hitting .245.  Byrd has been very solid since the middle of June as his power still is impressive as he sits in his late 30's.  You can ride him as your outfielder 3 for the rest of the season at the very least.

Brandon Phillips:  4/5 with 2 home runs (7 for season) and two stolen bases (13 for season) while hitting .278.  Almost like Phillips owned himself in Draft Kings yesterday. 

A.J. Burnett:  7 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 3.06.  Burnett has a 1.34 WHIP which shows you that there has been quite a bit of good fortune to his ERA this season so this is not a total surprise.  Could be a rocky finish with Burnett having an aging arm that likely is tiring some. 

Josh Donaldson:  2/3 with his 25th HR while hitting .291.  Still wondering what Billy Beane was thinking dealing this monster away.  35 home runs here we go. 

Russell Martin:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .263  Anyone who invested very cheaply in Martin would be happy if the home run total and average at this very moment was his final tally. 

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .295.  Abreu is still the tremendous hitter he was as a rookie but opposing pitchers are being more careful with him this season and rightly so after his awesome rookie debut.  I am not down on him like some others are which is sort of ridiculous as 17 home runs is fine and the .295 average very solid as well.  Enjoy any slight discount next season and dive right back in.

Rusney Castillo:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .256.  I would give Castillo another shot.  call me stubborn but the guy has skills.  They eventually figure it out. 

Chris Sale:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.20.  Ugh.  Always shocking to see a guy as awesome as Sale get bombed like this.  Not a story until it happens a second straight time though. 

Mark Teixeira:  3/4 with 2 home runs (26 for season) while hitting .263.  The Yankees told Teixeira before the game that instead of destroying the dugout as he did the other day when thrown out at a play at the dish, take your anger out on the baseball.  Message received.

Brian McCann:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .253.  Very good season from McCann who is now a guy you plug in at catcher and not pay attention to due to his knack for supplying the numbers expected out of him each season. 











 

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