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Sunday, August 30, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/5 with 3 home runs (29 for season) and 9 RBI while hitting .269.  This is Encarnacion saying "screw you Fantasy Sports Boss.  I can still be a first round guy."  Now up to 90 RBI with the 29 homers, Encarnacion is actually not far off his 2013 and 2014 numbers if he can finish with around a .275 average. 

Russell Martin:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .240.  The average sank all the way down to garbage territory which is where Martin has been for years until a BABIP-infused uptick last season that reeked as a an outlier. 

Drew Hutchinson:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.87.  Hutchinson is up to 13-2 while Max Scherzer is 11-11 with an ERA almost two runs lower.  Wins suck. 

Lance Lynn:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.80.  The WHIP is ugly at 1.33 and the K rate this season is down from 2013 and 2014.  Still you can't argue with any ERA under 3.00 now matter how Lynn got there. 

Mookie Betts:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .273.  Once Betts found his footing in May, he has been every bit the young impact five-tool player we expected.  The future is very bright and I plan on buying heavily next spring. 

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.32.  DeGrom quickly turned the page on his beating at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies last time out.  He tired a bit in the sixth which led to the two runs but the 10 K's show DeGrom's arm is just fine in terms of strength. 

Joe Kelly:  7.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.94.  Kelly has pitched very well since he came back from injury and stopped obsessing over the radar gun.  When first half stalwarts like Hector Santiago begin hitting the wall in the second half, strong post-July guys like Kelly looks like he will be can be a nice replacement. 

Kevin Kiermaier:  2/4 with his sixth HR and 16th SB while hitting .261.  Kiermaier is the type of five outfielder setup player who you can stick in there and not bother with the entirety of the season.  Solid numbers across the board with little to no fanfare always make great investments. 

Kris Medlen:  5.1 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.51.  I think Medlen makes for a very smart pickup as he is averaging a K/IP since moving into the K.C. rotation and his 1.01 WHIP shows you that he doesn't beat himself with walks or a high hit rate.  Could be a solid impact guy the last month of the season as Medlen's arm is very fresh. 

Wade Davis:  scoreless ninth for his 13th save with an ERA of 0.99.  Davis has vastly outpitched Greg Holland this season who is hurting again.  There has to be a way for Davis to find a closing job somewhere if not in K.C. and under that scenario, he would be a top 3-5 stopper instantly.  NO one has pitched better than Davis the last two seasons in the bullpen. 

Ryan Zimmerman:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .225.  I want to say Zimmerman is capable of being a solid average guy again but this is up for debate considering how ugly he has been in that category this season.  We all know the health never cooperates and so if Zim is going to continue to hit this poorly overall, he is nothing but an injury fill-in option.

Ian Desmond:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .235.  We are way too far into the season now for Desmond not to take himself out of the trainwreck category for 2015.  The power has been good but that will be the only category he fulfilled expectations in.  With Desmond being a major liability two seasons in a row now, a sizable overall downgrade in ranking is warranted. 

Luis Severino:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.17.  Yet another exceptional outing by the kid Severino who is lighting up the radar gun and punching out batters at a high clip.  I am as high on Severino as any other young starter in the game. 

 Nick Hundley:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .299.  So Hundley is the shining example of how you can draft a catcher in the last round or even pick one up off the wire and still be solid back there.  How did those who picked Carlos Santana or Devin Mesoraco do? 

Aramis Ramirez:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .247.  I am obligated to discuss every ARAM home run since he is entering into his last month as a major leaguer which his sad for someone who has been about as big a fan as you can get.  With fellow favorite Torii Hunter also joining Ramirez in retirement, I really need some heavy duty depression medication for a while. 

J.A. Happ:  5.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 1.98 with Pittsburgh.  Happ has always been somewhat useful in shorts spurts which is happening right now.  He has a tough delivery for a hitter to pick up initially so the switch in leagues makes it not so much of a shock he is doing well in his young foray with the Pirates.  Ride it out in NL-only formats and be VERY carful streaming Happ in mixers. 

Steve Pearce:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .232.  Remember when Pearce was everyone's darling last year and this winter I told you to avoid him altogether due to how fluky it was?  I don't remember the former but I remember the latter. 

Adrian Beltre:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .272.  Beltre is making his numbers at least somewhat respectable but he is now barely useful in even AL-only formats given the massive infusion of third base talent this season.

Stephen Vogt:  3/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .264.  Lots of people have jumped ship which includes yours truly as Vogt was Joc Pederson bad since the Break.  Fatigue no doubt is an issue as Vogt is catching in his first full major league season but his second half fade will just make him that much affordable next season which is the silver lining in this. 

Jhoulys Chacin:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.70.  Hey Chacin is out of Colorado!!!!  Why the heck not under that scenario?  Guy has good stuff and been moderately successful even in the thin air out West. 

Mike Fiers:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.25 in Houston.  I guess now we have to set our watches to Fiers turning into Cy Young once the calendar flips to August.  Third time in the last four seasons now.

Jay Bruce:  3/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .233.  Bruce staying put in Cincy and not being dealt to the New York Mets was very good for him in terms of ballpark but overall the guy is still nothing but a seriously flawed slugger. 

Joey Votto:  3/5 with his 25th HR while hitting .309.  Votto looks determined to reach 30 home runs for the second time in his career amid this terrific comeback campaign.  Has pushed back past the Albert Pujols and Adrian Gonzalez' of the world.

Todd Frazier:  2/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .264.  Frazier is a .265 hitter through and through so we accept that less than stellar mark in return for the massive power and decent speed.  Yes please. 

Kole Calhoun:  1/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .261. Another quietly solid season from Calhoun whose power is better than I ever anticipated.  Another guy who if you accept the lack of speed, can really help you. 

Yan Gomes:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .221.  I am willing to give Gomes a mulligan on his 2015 as he got hurt early on, missed six weeks, and never was able to get into a groove which his very trouble for a young hitter. 

Kyle Seager:  2/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .259.  Thank goodness Seager won't be retiring anytime soon because I can't take the loss of another favorite.

 

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