Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .262.  Here is a good debate:  Todd Frazier or Kris Bryant?  How would you rank Bryant with Frazier, Manny Machado, and Nolan Arenado for 2016?  Vote on the homepage.

Corey Kluber:  7.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.43.  Kluber's WHIP is 1.02 which is much more indicative of how great he has been this season despite the ERA being a bit high for his powerful stuff.  Some rough BABIP luck early on is mainly to blame and overall Kluber has now solidified himself as a top ten overall starter with massive strikeout ability. 

Jon Lester:  8.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.44.  Few pitchers are more dominant once the calendar flips to May than is Lester.  Next season let someone else draft Lester, trade for him at the start of May when his ERA is over 4.50, and than enjoy the Cy Young-type pitching the rest of the way. 

Matt Carpenter:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .260.  In the past it would take Carpenter two full seasons to hit as many home runs as he has in 2015.  No doubt he is swinging for the fences at the expense of his average but at least on the power front, he is fitting as a fantasy baseball third baseman. 

Wellington Castillo:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .254.  The Cubs have been tremendous in finding and developing young talent but they let one get away with Castillo who looks like a 25-HR/.260-hitting top-ten fantasy baseball catcher from here on out. 

Josh Reddick:  3/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .282.  Reddick has rediscovered himself as a fantasy baseball hitter, losing some home runs and gaining in the average department and overall serving as a good outfielder 3/4.  Nothing in his advanced profile indicates Reddick can't continue at this level the rest of the way and in 2016 be a very affordable back end hitter.

Danny Valencia:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .289.  Sometimes a change of scenery is all it takes for a hitter to relax and do his thing which has been the case with Valencia who has hit 11 of his home runs in the last two-plus months.

Franklin Gutierrez:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .299.  This gem of a story continues on unabated as Gutierrez can't stop hitting home runs and offensively producing at a level he has never been at in his career even during his prime years.  Obviously in a situation like this where a guy has been very blah in the past and like in poker, the numbers speak for themselves.  And in this case that means a "ride it out" the rest of the way.
Adam Jones:  2/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .285.  At the beginning of the season I told you all to write down in ink that Jones will hit 30 home runs and bat .290.  As easy a prediction as you can get in this crazy game. 

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .274.  Third home run in the past four games for Moustakas but since the All-Star Break it has been the "same old" liability as he is hitting only .218.  This after that shocking .297 first half that was hard to believe considering all the carnage that came before it.  Outlier anyone? 

Kris Medlen:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.10.  With two Tommy John surgeries in the bank, it is hard to remember how tremendous Medlen was just a few seasons ago when he went on one of the greatest all-time second half runs in 2012 (1.57 ERA/0.91 WHIP).  The strikeouts were a nice sign here and Medlen has a chance to reclaim some of that past shine the rest of the season in the K.C. rotation.  Don't trip over yourself picking Medlen up but if you are a bored and you have a spare spot and innings to use among your pitchers, click "add." 

Rusney Castillo:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .305.  Few have been higher on Castillo than this guy but the Red Sox didn't go along with the script here which is part of the reason they are where they are in this trainwreck of a season for them.  Castillo has absolutely tremendous all-around ability that portends to five-tool bonanza production real soon.  A major sleeper entering into 2015, we will go right back with that theme for 2016 given the dearth of playing time this season which will help cap the hype around Castillo next spring. 

Jose Abreu:  2/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .295.  Last season Abreu hit a million homers before the break but the average was a bit of a liability.  Last season during the second half Abreu stopped hitting home runs but went all Edgar Martinez with his average.  The same thing played out this season but in reverse.  If Abreu can just merge the two for a full season, things could get crazy.

Scott Feldman:  8 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.75.  Feldman has been a quietly effective SP 5 the last few seasons no matter the location but I understand you never really want to own him.  As long as you play him correctly in terms of matchups, Feldman won't hurt you much.

Nathan Eovaldi:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.00.  Eovaldi has a 2.93 ERA since the All-Star Break with a 1.22 WHIP which makes ignoring his ugly first half much easier.  He has introduced a splitter which began with his mid-to-late season renaissance and clearly the results speak for themselves.  The 1.44 WHIP is a reminder of how hit-prone Eovaldi has been even this season but again since the splitter intro that has not been as much of an issue.

J.D. Martinez:  2/5 with his 33rd HR while hitting .288.  Now the premier power hitter not named Giancarlo Stanton.  And Martinez hits for a better average.  Just saying. 

Nick Castellanos:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .246.  Castellanos has grown into some power this season but really we can't talk about the guy much going forward given the massive influx of potent third baseman this season which leaves this guy in the dust. 

Joey Votto:  1/2 with his 24th HR while hitting .309.  Really have Votto envy this season as he was always one of my favorite but I turned to toast the way he burned me in both 2013 and 2014.  He looks trustworthy again given that Votto has been healthy and showing no issues with the knee while hitting everything in sight. 

Eugenio Suarez:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .308.  It was nice knowing you Zack Cozart.  You no longer have a shortstop job in Cincy.  Not sure how truly good Suarez is since he has not shown this type of production even in the minors but it has gone on long enough to start generating some hype for 2016.

Brandon Phillips:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .286.  Fantastic season from Phillips who always seems like he knows we have been killing him in fantasy baseball the last few seasons in saying he is far from his past 20/20 star self.  How else to explain Phillips all of a sudden running again like he has?  Maybe he owns himself as well.

Charlie Blackmon:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .292.  Blackmon is heading for 20/40 which is quite ridiculous and no doubt shoving more crow into my face.  Here is a good one going forward:  Blackmon or Carlos Gomez? 

Ben Paulsen:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .278.  Always a good idea to pick up any hitter with a Rockies uniform who comes into playing time as Paulsen started doing over a month ago.  He has been a bit uneven but at the very least you can use him when playing at Coors.


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