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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Danny Valencia:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .294.  Those who play in AL-only formats could find a spot for Valencia who has been hitting some home runs since being the latest in a very long line of players who found an oasis in the dessert in Oakland after being discarded from somewhere else. 

Steve Clevenger:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .417.  Basically if you are a Baltimore Orioles catcher not named Matt Wieters, you are killing it this season.  Clevenger is the backup to Caleb Joseph and sometime DH so there is no reason to do anything here however.

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.54.  If only the Orioles could somehow hypnotize Tillman and convince him that April-June is July-September, the guy would be in contention for the Cy Young. 

Albert Pujols:  1/3 with his 32nd HR while hitting .253.  The home runs fell off a bit over the last two weeks as Pujols went into a bit of a slump but even if he doesn't slam a single one the rest of the way, his season is nothing but a colossal success.

C.J. Cron:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .277.  Too little, too late here with Cron who should have been playing on a daily basis from the start of the season but we all know Mike Scoscia beats to his own drum.  I guess that means we can put Cron in the sleeper tier again next season. 

Carlos Rodon:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.42.  Rodon is looking like he is starting to figure things out as he has been a completely different pitcher for the better the last month than the human batting practice machine he was prior.  Take a long look at Danny Salazar this season and his struggles in 2014 and you see Carlos Rodon. 

Andrew Heaney:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.43.  It is not often I tell you to ignore a 4.73 minor league ERA when a pitcher gets promoted but I did so with this kid when I told you to pick Heaney up.  Hope you listened because you would have gotten ace-like ratios as a result. 

Yadier Molina:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .280.  Just an empty average right now for Molina and nothing else.  Salute the career and pick up Wellington Castillo. 

Michael Wacha:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.85.  Wacha has really reversed the sharp decline he was on in July a la Matt Harvey to pitch tremendously in August.  The fatigue issue doesn't look to be much of one as of now but we still have more than a month to go of potential trouble. 

Cole Hamels:  7 IP 7 H 3 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Yours truly has been as big a Hamels fan as one could get in terms of fantasy baseball ownership levels but I have to admit I really hate his new home.  The numbers have followed suit in going to one of the worst pitcher's parks in baseball as Hamels is more hittable than ever.  When 2016 rolls around, I hate to admit that Hamels is off my draft list. 

Cameron Maybin:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .280.  Second home run in three days for Maybin who is putting the finishing touches on a terrific but somewhat muted breakout season after years of disappointment.  I am leery of a falloff next season as I want to see Maybin do it again before I subscribe to what we are seeing in 2015 but at least we are starting to see what everyone once talked about in terms of his potential when he first came up. 

Matt Kemp:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .265.  Booorriiinnnggg!

Derek Dietrich:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .257.  Dietrich self motivates himself by pretending the baseball is Tino Martinez' head.  Hey whatever works. 

Justin Nicolino:  6.2 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.24.  Nicolino is about as bad a strikeout starting pitcher as you can get in today's game so keep on reading to the next blurb. 

Evan Gattis:  2/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .236.  It took Gattis about a full month to get his first hit of the season but as August gets set to close soon, he pretty much has given his owners the numbers they anticipated.  Unfortunately for Gattis, this will likely be the last season he is worth owning as he goes into the Mike Napoli lost catcher eligibility netherworld. 

Scott Kazmir:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 2.43.  The two injury scares that kept Kazmir out a combined 2.5 weeks pushed back his fatigue falling on face bit to around now,  Yup right on schedule.  Look out. 

Pedro Alvarez:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .252.  Will lose third base eligibility in most leagues after this season which will make him more of a mediocre fantasy baseball player than ever before among the crowded first base spot. 

Gerrit Cole:  6.2 IP 9 H 4 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.61.  Cole himself could be dealing with some fatigue as he goes into uncharted innings territory himself.  While he has not blown up, Cole has pitched to a 4.70 ERA in August after being under 3.00 in each of the previous four months.  He may not be delivering when you need him most as a result. 

Brian McCann:  3/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .249.  So the average has stunk yet again as even Yankee Stadium couldn't reverse the slide there McCann has shown after his first few seasons in Atlanta.  No matter as you pay McCann for his power and on that front he has been typically excellent.  Get the average out of your head and appreciate how solid an durable a player McCann is at a hair pulling out position. 

Carlos Beltran:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .268.  You really need to get Beltran into the lineup as he is doing his power thing when the games count the most which he has made a career doing.  Strike while the iron is hot.

Aaron Hicks:  1/6 with his 8th HR while hitting .276.  Darn I wish I had gotten my hands on Hicks when I had the chance.  The AL version of Cameron Maybin with his post-hype work. 

Miguel Sano:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .292.  I knew Sano had some major power but he has been so much better than I expected him to be with the average.  Sano had the right to improve there as he is still so young and now we have to start figuring out how high to place him in 2016 tiers.  Very impressive. 

Trevor Plouffe:  3/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .251.  Plouffe has been in a nice power run lately and he is the new Pedro Alvarez at third base with the latter losing eligibility there. 

Danny Salazar:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.16.  Here is the thing with Salazar.  I think he was so bad last season that he could be somewhat affordable in 2016 despite his excellent 2015 numbers.  The arm is as electric as you can get and you all know how much I loved him prior to last season.  I almost am wedded to the guy now. 

Carlos Santana:  2/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .229.  What a joke this guy has turned out to be.  Never again.

Travis Shaw:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .328.  Shaw has looked good since returning to the Red Sox and he is worth a look in AL-only formats as a result of his power. 

 

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