Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Devon Travis:  1/2 with his 8th HR while hitting .304.  Travis was forced out with a recurrence of shoulder trouble which spells a likely DL stint, his second of the season for the joint.  April 2015 seems like nothing but a rumor. 

Ken Giles:  scoreless ninth for his first save with an ERA of 1.80.  The Ken Giles closing era being in Philly with Jonathan Papelbon now a National.  Giles' WHIP has been ugly all season and is currently at a high 1.34 which speaks to how shoddy his control has been.  That is always a bad recipe for a closer but Giles offsets that with an extremely high K rate.  Ultimately we think he will do just fine. 

Lucas Duda:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .236.  Duda is swatting home runs at a high rate again as he pulls himself out of that hideous June-mostly July slump.  We can start dusting him off given the power surge lately and Duda himself seems to be responding to Terry Collins' stated "hit or sit" vow. 

Curtis Granderson:  2/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .253.  Granderson has had a ton of big hits for the Mets this season and the power has been level in every single month so far.  As long as you get "Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees Years" out of your mind forever, you can appreciate a decent outfielder 3 campaign. 

Noah Syndegaard:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.70.  Right now Syndegaard is number 1 in all of baseball in average fastball velocity at almost 97.  Not that is not a misprint.  Every Syndegaard start is littered with 97, 98, 99, and so forth into the deep innings.  The Mets have an amazing rotation that could own baseball for the next five seasons. 

Eric Hosmer:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .313.  Hosmer himself has had a good season but not great which is the story of his still young career.  We can forget about any 20-plus home run surge as Hosmer is now moving into his prime.  That is a mild shame but his overall hitting is quite potent from an average and counting stats perspective. 

Trevor Bauer:  9 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.13.  The blasted starts still come too frequently but the rampant inconsistency is not as start as it was even last season.  The control is also looking up as well which could make the guy a scary pitcher real soon.  I am tired personally of waiting but I would not blanch at anyone who gives him one more shot in 2016. 

Jose Fernandez:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.53.  The four walks stand out as Fernandez could be going through a bit of post-Tommy John wildness as we have seen from counting pitchers coming back from the surgery.  Nothing too much to worry about as he only gave up four hits and continues to strike guys out at a high rate.  Next season Fernandez should be the fourth or fifth pitcher off the board at the latest. 

Freddie Freeman:  1/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .291.  The long DL stint really kept the lid on what could have been a career-season for Freeman but that could work to your advantage in the draft next year.  In the meantime, I would actually try to buy low as Freeman is at his most getable right now. 

Chris Davis:  2/4 with 2 home runs (24 for season) while hitting .243.  Davis now has five home runs in his last seven games.  What is funny is that the season Davis got pinched for PED's a year ago, he was at his worst. 

Julio Teheran: 5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.71.  When I can't explain why a pitcher is struggling as bad as Teheran has this season, I won't touch him for at least another year due to the fear of the unknown.

Ubaldo Jimenez:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.73.  After two truly hideous starts in a row, Jimenez takes himself off the fantasy baseball ledge with this solid outing.  I think Jimenez wears down due to his maximum effort release and as such, continued struggles should lie ahead. 

Jose Abreu:  3/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .296.  We are too far into the season now for Abreu to totally save himself from being called a disappointment.  The power never took off as expected but is still very solid.  We all expected the moon and the stars here but this could be Abreu's version of the sophomore slump.  That means 2016 could be special.  Maybe. 

Pablo Sandoval:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .263.  You really are a garbage hitter when your numbers stay stable going from San Francisco to Boston. 

Jeff Samardzjia:  8 IP 7 H 4 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.94.  I think the next trade domino to fall will be this guy going to Toronto.  In other words for Samardzjia, a bad situation/ballpark just continue getting worse. 

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .289.  With the Tigers getting spanked in this one, maybe they do an about-face and start selling parts starting with this guy.  While the on-base percentage is pretty miserable, Cespedes has had a fine season in posting one of his better averages since he was a rookie with solid but not tremendous power. 

Curt Casali:  3/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .300.  Second straight two-home run game from the previously unknown Casali.  Well you will be a lot more well-known after this one and should be one of the more popular adds.  The Rays will .likely continue taking a long look here which means those in two-catcher formats need to do so as well.

Evan Longoria:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .268.  Maybe Longoria finally decided to get hot for once this season.  Will be a struggle to even finish with 20 home runs. With third base getting suddenly infused by major stars, Longoria is now old news despite still being young enough of age. 

David Price:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 2.53.  It was almost as if Price decided he would decide for the Tigers himself whether they should go for it or sell parts.  We certainly know which side of the aisle Price is on by the looks of this outing. 

Jake Odorizzi:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.76.  Not enough attention has been paid to how good a season Odorizzi is having, likely due to the DL stint he had earlier in the season capping his numbers a bit.  Still when active, Odorizzi has been terrific, striking out guys at an ace-like rate.  This kid is on a firm push upwards among the pitching class. 

Joey Votto:  3/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .311.  Votto is crazy hot right now and few can pile up the hits the way he can.  At the very least, Votto has fully reinvigorated his fantasy baseball value as an upper-level first baseman. 

Mike Leake:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.56.  Smoke and mirrors will get Leake a ticket of town, with the Tigers being one team mentioned as a possible destination.  If he stays in the NL, feel free to continue using him the way you have this season. 

Sonny Gray:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.16.  Who is the better young pitching ace, Jacob DeGrom or Sonny Gray?  Let's hear it. 

Josh Reddick:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .287.  Funny how it seems like all the guys who are on the trading block have big games leading up to the deadline.  Reddick is among that group and he has turned himself back into a useful fantasy baseball outfielder after two years seemingly in hiding. 

Joc Pederson:  0/4 while hitting .228.  Things have gotten downright ghastly for Pederson as he is swinging almost literally at everything and opposing pitchers no longer are giving him anything to hit.  Pederson is obliging just fine in getting himself out and he is hitting only .176 in July after a .222 June.  I own Pederson myself and have barely played him during that time.  While the power is immense, Pederson has become a major liability in the average department that takes some of the home run value away. 

David Peralta:  3/4 with his 5th SB while hitting .278.  The D-Backs have a very nice outfielder filled with three young hitters who are looking like real good players in Ender Inciarte (2/5, 3rd HR, .296), A.J. Pollock (1/4 with his 23rd SB hitting .302), and Peralta who can do things across all five categories.  With Peralta now playing every day, his ownership tag should be much higher than it currently is.  The kid has nice skills that hive well with fantasy baseball. 

Nelson Cruz:  1/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .309.  Cruz has had another big season but the Safeco Field is pulling here as 19 of Cruz' home runs have come on the road.  Boy does Safeco suck.

Hisashi Iwakuma:  6 ER in 5.2 with an ERA of 5.10.  Wow at home no less.  I still like Iwaukuma as he doesn't walk guys and strikes out a solid amount of batters when healthy which he is now.  Don't overreact to one bad outing even with the fresh memory of his first half trainwreck.  Keep plugging him in as long as the park checks out. 

Wily Peralta:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.90.  Peralta is your classic SP 5 and maybe not even that in some more shallower leagues.  He is there if you want him.  I don't. 

Junk-Ho Kang:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .289.  Kang has been very solid since taking over for Jordy Mercer and he is looking safer and safer as both a short-term and long-term investment.  The power has not exploded like his Korean numbers but you knew that going in.  Instead embrace the decent enough strike zone judgment from Kang and go from there. 

Brett Gardner:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .297.  Second straight season for Gardner smacking double-digit home runs after failing to do so the seven years prior.  Deserving of his All-Star berth, Gardner now reminds me firmly of Alex Gordon when he was leading off for Kansas City, albeit with more speed. 

Chris Young:  3/6 with his 12th HR while hitting .263.  When a lefty is on the mound, Chris Young is Nelson Cruz. 

Martin Perez:  8 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 10.50.  Yeah this should be in the firm running for the absolute worst start in all of fantasy baseball for 2015. 

Carlos Correa:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .299.  I feel compelled to already say that Carlos Correa is the number 1 shortstop in fantasy baseball.  While that is part of an indictment on the utter lack of players useful for fantasy purposes, Correa is the real deal 5-tool monster.  May no be a more valuable player given position scarcity going forward. 

Chris Carter:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .185.  It really doesn't look like .200 is even in the future for Carter this season in terms of average and with the power falling off more than a bit, the value here is to the point of being completely useless. 


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