Thursday, July 30, 2015


Andrew McCutchen:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .290.  No matter how much McCutchen would have struggled this season, he still was going to be a first round pick in 2016.  Injuries were the main culprit for his early struggles and McCutchen is almost back to his standard rates over the last month or so.  No worries.

Jung-Ho Kang:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .295.  There is a nice story developing here that I told you all forcefully the other day to address by picking him up.  Kang looks like he is past whatever early adjustments he had to make against major league pitching and with that all precious shortstop tag, is now looking like a daily play. 

Francisco Lindor:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .258.  I think Lindor can be a sort of Jimmy Rollins-lite player when he is finally fully developed and so far he has looked decent enough.  While the power won't translate to what Rollins has done, Lindor is very similar with his speed and sometimes shaky batting average. 

Michael Brantley:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .301.  If Brantley can somehow get to 15 home runs, we will sign off in saying that was good enough as we never bought into 20-plus as most others did.  Right now the 2015 version of Brantley is who is, for better or worse. 

Yan Gomes:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .230.  The average has not come around for Gomes who is starting to slide into the "2014 fluke" file.  I won't go there yet but Gomes needs to have a good finish to stay relevant into drafts next season. 

Corey Kluber:  9 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.44.  Seems like so long ago when many were openly wondering if Kluber was a 2014  mirage.  Seems laughable now and no doubt Kluber has graduated into a safe ace pitcher in fantasy baseball. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .231.  Feel free if you want to pick up the newly healthy Cabrera.  I say stop living in the 2011 past. 

Justin Verlander:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.86.  Vintage Verlander here and a nice visit down memory lane.  He has been so magnificently bad over the last two seasons that we need to see this again at least one more time before we even think of looking here again.  And that is a big "If." 

Chris Archer:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.54.  Wow Archer has gotten zero run support lately and actually has a 9-8 record now which is comical.  I like to call Archer the new James Shields circa Tampa Bay era. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  1/3 with his 21st HR while hitting .275.  Gonzalez has now taken over from Albert Pujols as the hottest power hitter in baseball right now.  There are conflicting reports on whether or not Gonzalez will be dealt but he certainly is helping his trade value.  Another veteran who is starting to bring back some nice earlier memories. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .279.  With Rizzo's monster start to the season, truth be told I thought he would have more home runs at this point.  Still the guy is a stud no matter how you slice it, introducing a stolen base game to his immense power.  Top five fantasy baseball first baseman easy. 

Dexter Fowler:  1/2 with his 10th HR while hitting .244.  Moving right along.

Jon Lester:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 14 K with an ERA of 3.26.  The WHIP is now down to 1.17 as Lester has been virtually unhittable for weeks.  Starting to really earn that dough. 

Wellington Castillo:  2/3 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .247.  Castillo was underutilized with the Cubs and has found a home with the D-Backs.  He has hit for a decent amount of pop on a per game basis and grades out well as a nice catcher 2 option. 

Felix Hernandez:  7 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 3.02.  Only the second time Hernandez has had his head beaten in like this.  I you own him, too bad.  Deal with it.  We all wish we could own Hernandez for even one start. 

Patrick Corbin:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.21.  Corbin was in the midst of a nice breakout season before succumbing to Tommy John surgery a year ago.  He had shown an uptick in strikeouts before the surgery and so far, so good there again.  He should not be on the wire. 

Jake Peavy:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.12.  Prior to the season I liked the outlook on Peavy in having a full season to pitch in such a nice park like in San Francisco but his ongoing health woes prevented it.  At least he is healthy for the next 1.5 weeks so I would go with it until the next malady strikes. 

Bryce Harper:  3/4 with 2 home runs (29 for season) while hitting .335.  Wonder if Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson are already practicing their MVP speeches.

Michael Taylor:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .242.  Things are getting a bit crowded now in the Washington lineup with Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman back but if Taylor keeps hitting three home runs in a week, he won't have to check to see if he is in there.

Lucas Duda:  3/3 with 3 home runs (18 for season) while hitting .243.  Throw this guy in the Carlos Gonzalez conversation for the hottest home run hitter in the game right now as well.  For all the moves the Mets made over the last week, the re-emergence of Duda's power after a two month hibernation could be the biggest acquisition they make. 

Justin Upton:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .252.  Keith Hernandez said something very true about Upton in this game.  He said Upton accumulates his very good numbers quietly.  Couldn't have said it any better myself. 

Tyson Ross:  5 IP 2 H 1 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.38.  This start epitomizes what Ross has been all about this season as he leads the majors in walks, thus not allowing him to pitch deep into games and overshadowing good overall stuff. 

Chris Tillman:  8.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.35.  Tillman had no-hit stuff tonight and he is doing his second half Cy Young imitation as he has done pretty much every season of his career.  Pick him up in all formats and I don't care what the ERA and WHIP looks like right now. Those numbers don't have any bearing on you and only the Cy Young ones that Tillman always puts up from July on do. 

Troy Tulowitzki:  3/5 with a home run in his first game with the Blue Jays while batting leadoff.  Excitement all around here as Tulo did the expected in homering at Rogers Center, while he unexpectedly batted leadoff.  There will be more home runs where that came from. 

Jay Bruce:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .257.  The Mets got Carlos Gomez so they are out of the Bruce sweepstakes.  Bruce is doing his part to get a deal done, homering at a high rate over the last two weeks. 

Anthony DeScalfani:  7 IP  H 0 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.75.  DeScalfani has done a nice job preventing himself from falling off the edge as it looked like he was doing in May after his big April arrival.  Stays with his NL-only value though no matter how good he looked in this outing. 

Adam Eaton:  3/6 with his 9th HR while hitting .260.  After waiting 27597203 years for all of this potential to finally come out of Adam Eaton, we may finally have reached that point, albeit with no stolen bases.  Since everyone was so tired waiting all that time for it to happen, he should be there on the wire waiting to be added to your roster. 

Mike Napoli:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .210.  Forget he was still a major league ballplayer. 

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .260.  This is Albert Pujols saying to Carlos Gonzalez and Lucas Duda, "Not so fast." 

Preston Tucker:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .260.  The Astros have themselves a fine player her in Tucker and the best part is that he can hit over .250 which is a rare commodity in that locale. 

Lance McCullers:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.48,.  This kid has not gotten nearly enough attention or hype considering how dominant he has been as a rookie in the heart of a pennant race.  Reminds me so much of Sonny Gray when he debuted and we have seen how great that has turned out. 

Jon Singleton:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .205.  Already Singleton is fitting right back in with his power and barely hitting over .200.  I wonder what they are teaching these kids there on the farm.  It is strange how prevalent this trend is with all young Astros hitters going back the last four seasons or so. 

Brett Lawrie:  4/5 with his 9th HR and 5th SB while hitting .280.  Lawrie has been pretty good for Oakland as he has stayed healthy and is hitting for his highest average ever.  He is being flooded out of the third base market though given the infusion of monster stars there this season and I can't think of many guys who are held in disgust among the fantasy baseball community than Lawrie so the usage is not there which is understandable. 

Yasiel Puig:  2/4 with his 7th  HR while hitting .254.  Speaking of enigmas, Puig is going right to the top there given his petulance, immaturity, and downright disappointing numbers.  Remember when some actually drafted him in the first round the season after his rookie debut?  Yeah we all kind of overreacted with this one.


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