Sunday, August 16, 2015


Luis Severino:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.18.  Three for three now with Severino in terms of good to very good starts to begin his major league career.  I have heard from more than one person that Severino reminds them of a young Pedro Martinez which can be a blasphemous statement but the stuff is certainly imposing.  The future is very bright. 

Jose Bautista:  1/3 with his 28th HR while hitting .242.  Well Bautista will get back above the 30 home run mark which is where you wanted him at least to be if you invested here.  Accept the average for what it is. 

Jacoby Ellsbury:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .269.  Ellsbury looks to be back on track after a pronounced slump after he came off the DL for his month stay on the shelf.  While I have been a big Ellsbury boosted in the past, the fact he is encroaching on his mid-30's and continues to be an injury mess makes him one to run away from him from this point forward. 

Cameron Maybin:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .277.  What a nice season Maybin is having as he has held onto a solid average all season which was his biggest negative in his career previously and his power/speed game has been very solid.  I am still a bit leery in that I always want to see an encore before I fully dive in but at least we can talk about that in the first place which is progress.

Shelby Miller:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 4 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.43.  The strikeout rate has dipped for Miller this season which coincides with his monster breakout.  That is always a good tradeoff for a hard-thrower in that pitching to contact and allowing the defense to do the work cuts down on pitches and lowers the ratios as we have seen with Miller.  No signs of tiring either as this 2015 season by Miller is right there with Chris Archer in terms of major value impact. 

Jorge Soler:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .270.  Yeah I am very disappointed in what we have seen out of Soler who pretty much has been a big bust.  The power has not been there and now we have a recent trend with Soler joining Yasiel Puig and Yasmani Tomas as three Cubans who came to the States with a reputation for power but hardly any of it showing up against major league pitching.  Something to think about when the next Cuban "sensation" arrives.

Jose Abreu:  2/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .295.  No such Cuban power worries with this guy as Abreu has really turned it on over the last two months to erase some bad April and May memories.  Abreu fought through the sophomore slump that seems almost a guarantee now with young hitters and is right back to his good average/power hitting ways. 

Melky Cabrera:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .280.  Just all right here as Cabrera has been overpaid for years and outside of being on the juice, has done little with the bat. 

Alexei Ramirez:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .240.  Ramirez is doing what he can to hold onto any semblance of fantasy baseball value but he is pretty much toast at this stage.  It was a decent but short run for Ramirez who was one of the early Cuban arrivals that made an instant impact but that's all she wrote. 

Chris Sale:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 15 K with an ERA of 3.32.  If you had to pick one guy to win a million dollars and needed 12 strikeouts in a given start, this would be the best bet to do so.  Standard operating procedure here from Sale who misses bats as good as any pitcher in all of baseball.  And the health has gone along for the ride for once which means we could be looking at 250 strikeouts. 

Gerardo Parra:  5/6 with his 12th HR while hitting .315.  A bit of a late bloomer but Parra always hinted at ability like this.  Arizona never gave him a chance to be the everyday leadoff guy his skills hinted at but now the Orioles have a real gem on their hands.  Will absolutely be on this bandwagon come 2016. 

Adam Jones:  3/4 with 2 home runs (22 for season) while hitting .286.  This is Adam Jones.  He is really good.  He is really durable.  He always supplies expected value. 

Caleb Joseph:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .255.  Meet the AL version of Wellington Castillo as a second half catcher whose power explosion is helping more than a few roster make hay down the stretch. 

Kendall Graveman:  6 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 4.27.  Yeah it was about three weeks ago when I did a separate piece on Graveman telling you how much of a mirage he was when his ERA was under 4.00.  Yes sir. 

Pedro Alvarez:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .249. I don't think there can be a more boring 25-30 home run hitter in all of fantasy baseball. 

Travis D'Arnaud:  2/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .270.  Yeah the next injury is 2.5 games away. 

Matt Harvey:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.57.  Harvey struggled but kept the runs to only 1 given up which was the first in over two starts.  The New York Mets ace had admitted to pitching to more contact this season in order to keep the pitch count down a bit and it shows as the K rate has dipped under 9.0 for the first time in his career.  Outside of that minor issue, Harvey has been as dominant as I expected him to be. 

Jason Heyward:  2/4 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .288.  Once again Heyward is getting into a very good run after the All-Star Break.  That has been par for the course for Heyward and will once again get many back to his drafting table in 2016.  Not me but a least he is not making his trade for Shelby Miller look as laughable as it did earlier.

Stephen Piscotty:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .333.  The top hitting prospect for the Cardinals is on the power board and overall the kid has looked quite comfortable at the dish so far.  I am not sure how high the ceiling goes here but at those who play five outfielders surely have a daily spot to use here. 

Miguel Cabrera:  2/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .351.  The long DL stint will keep the power numbers and counting stats down for the second season in a row but my goodness look at that batting average.  Same awesome top-two player but injury variable making it look otherwise. 

Colby Rasmus:  2/4 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .233.  Scroll back up to Pedro Alvarez and insert Colby Rasmus and the statement is still accurate. 

Carlos Carrasco:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.63.  Carrasco threw less than a complete game and struck out fewer than 10.  What a bum.

Tommy Milone:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.65.  Start only at home.  As usual. 

Ryan Braun:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .272.  Ok.

Taylor Jungmann:  6.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.23.  This is just crazy now.  I mean the guy was smashed in the minors but now is Cy Young in the majors.  I don't care how long this goes, the bottom will fall out and it will get real messy.  It just has to or else I don't know anything about this game after all. 

Drew Smyly:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.35.  Never easy to come back and make a start on the road so I can look past this some.  Smyly is well worth picking up though as he has shown the ability to punch out a batter per inning and also post solid ratios. 

Adrian Beltre:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .265.  Thought it was crazy that some publications still had Beltre as a first round pick this season when I correctly told you he was anything but and on a steep decline.  The numbers never lie and neither does the age. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  1/4 with his 27th HR while hitting .270.  If Colorado was smart, they would sell high here on Gonzalez.  Gonzalez' fantasy baseball owners don't have to do any such thing as his power has been so immense for long now that you have to go to the end of the season with it.  Just tread very carefully going forward into 2016 as Gonzalez remains as sizable a bust candidate as you can get given his history of injuries.

Chris Rusin:  9 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.99.  The 1.51 WHIP tells you everything you need to know about how this start is not an actionable move. 

Hunter Pence:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .281.  Good old Hunter Pence.  Always there to supply you numbers when you need him. 

Madison Bumgarner:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 14 K with an ERA of 2.98.  I don't think you can have two prettier back-to-back starts than what Bumgarner just had.  It is almost like someone convinced him it was October. 


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