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Saturday, August 15, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: EARLY SATURDAY EDITION

Felix Hernandez: 2.1 IP 12 H 10 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.65.  I mean.....what??????  How on earth????  Wow this is just a crazy sight to see here as King Felix was absolutely demolished like never before.  The ERA is at a career high mark amid some possible trouble brewing under the surface.  I have spoken more than a few times going back to last season about the very high amount of innings Hernandez has thrown since breaking into the majors before he could legally drink.  We have seen with similar cases in Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum how a pitcher can wash up as young as 30 due to such a high early workload.  Now I am not saying this is what is happening with Hernandez but a red flag could be seen in a velocity that has dipped the last two seasons.  Now the ERA is at an astronomical level for Hernandez' standards so this is something to watch very closely. 

Nelson Cruz:  2/3 with his 35th HR while hitting .324.  The heat and humidity turned Fenway Park in Coors Field Saturday as Cruz was a lock to go deep in this game.  For the second season in a row, Cruz is in the running for fantasy baseball MVP and you can even strongly state that is bettering his awesome 2014 all the way around. 

Mike Zunino:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .172.  Yeah we can forget about Zunino as he fell flat on his face this season which was his last as a sort of sleeper. 

Jackie Bradley:  5/6 with 2 home runs (4 for season) and 7 RBI while hitting .250.  Bradley got more hits in this one game than he got his entire career as a major leaguer to this point.  Not really but not that far off.

Pablo Sandoval:  1/1 with his 10th HR while hitting .259.  Hernandez was so bad that he even made Sandoval look good with the bat for one day.

Alejandro De Aza:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .273.  De Aza has done a fine job since signing on with the Boston Red Sox in an AL-only sense.  Ideally you want De Aza to be in the leadoff spot but that doesn't look to be part of the current plans. 

Carlos Beltran:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .271.  Beltran is another one of those guys who hits home runs in bunches so get him off the wire and into your lineup for the time being. 

Mark Teixeira:  2/4 with his 31st HR while hitting .261.  Good sign here from Teixeira who endured a recent slump amid concerns he was tiring after missing so much time last season with injury.  Crisis averted. 

Mashiro Tanaka:  9 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.56.  The Yankees and Tanaka's fantasy baseball owners have to be ecstatic about what they have gotten out of Tanaka this season.  We saw that Adam Wainwright was able to pitch two season with a partially torn UCL before it finally snapped completely and so at least for now it seems like Tanaka is as safe as he is going to get. 

 

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