Sunday, August 30, 2015


Josh Donaldson:  2/5 with his 36th HR while hitting .301.  What is happening now in Toronto is that the middle of the lineup is so potent that everyone is getting pitches to drive.  Donaldson is the definition of ridiculous right now and his blend of power and average has priced out even better than expected despite sky-high expectations in March.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/3 with his 30th HR while hitting .272.  Anyone who owns Encarnacion is moving up their league rankings on the strength of his bat alone.  It was only a few short weeks ago it looked like Encarnacion was finished as a first round guy but he has other ideas.

Russell Martin:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .244.  Martin has more than made the grade as a catcher 1 despite the ugly average due on the strength of his power alone.  He is really starting to get up there in age but Rogers Center will help ward off a drastic decline for a bit. 

Kevin Pillar:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .266.  Pillar now has 9 home runs and 17 stolen bases which is a very useful power/speed ratio.  He gets lost in the insane lineup that is Toronto but Pillar is the type of outfielder 3-5 that can help put your quietly over the top in balancing out a roster. 

Jered Weaver:  8 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.94.  When your fastball barely touches 85, your margin for error is pretty much zero as Weaver found out today. 

Josh Tomlin:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.08.  Having a fresh arm as Tomlin does this late in the season often sees pitchers in that class take advantage of tiring hitters.  Tomlin has decent stuff but has been the definition of inconsistent in his career so you still have to hold your breath whenever you use him. 

David Ortiz:  1/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .264.  Ortiz can barely move on the bases now but when he hits home runs, that is obviously not such a pressing concern. 

Noah Syndegaard:  6.2 IP 6 H 4 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.31.  Syndegaard is starting to look like he is running a bit on fumes and the return of Steven Matz is likely going to eventually send him to the bullpen where he could be insanely good.  Overall though Syndegaard's rookie campaign was very impressive and he only has to shore up issues on the road to be a monster power starter. 

Kevin Kiermaier:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .261.  Good past week for Kiermaier but this is just a short-term stopgap if needed. 

Nathan Karns:  5 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.69.  The Rays are now starting to watch and manage Karns' innings as the rookie is starting to get up there.  I am very high on Karns next season the same way I was into rotation mate Jake Odorizzi for this year and we all know how good that turned out. 

Ryan Braun:  2/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .278.  Overall it has been a Joey Votto-like comeback 2015 for Braun minus the steroid stain.  Whether you like him or loathe him.  Quite a few on both sides. 

Wily Peralta:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.30.  With a 1.48 WHIP, Peralta just had a rare good day at the office.

Jorge De La Rosa:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.40.  If you are picking up De La Rosa to boost your team for the last month, you really should be onto fantasy football. 

Justin Bohr:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .250.  Bohr just looks like a slugger and he reminds me a lot of Lucas Duda early on before his power takeoff in 2014.  Will monitor into 2016 but not go after until I see some growth. 

Jayson Werth:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .209.  The move to leadoff in place of the injured Denard Span is sparking Werth somewhat but that is not saying much given how pathetic he has hit this season. 

Justin Upton:  1/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .253.  Put down in ink 28 HR and a .260 average for the next five years.

Matt Kemp:  1/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .265.  Unlike Justin Upton, Matt Kemp can't get the hell away from Petco Park next season.  Next! 

Cameron Rupp:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .254.  All I have been saying over the last week is to pick up the burgeoning Rupp whose power is really earning him a long look as the starting backstop for the Phillies. 

James Shields:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.78.  Shields' K rate has bounced upwards this season which is no shock going from the AL to the NL and especially in Petco Park.  Still very concerned about his future outlook as are the Padres as they wanted to give him away at the trade deadline.  Talk about buyer's remorse. 

Jose Altuve:  4/5 with his 11th HR and 34th SB while hitting .313.  As an Altuve owner, I stared an extra few seconds at this boxscore of his and smiled.  Life is good when own this monster. 

Chris Carter:  1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .183.  Carter is so strong that he will fall into 20 home runs no problem.  The big issue now is that with him swinging literally at everything, opposing pitchers no longer need to throw him anything anywhere near the strike zone which is why the power is way down. 

Miguel Sano:  1/2 with his 13th HR while hitting .287.  I may really need to rejigger my Miguel Sano talking points for next season if he can finish with an average north of .275.  From very good to potentially great in terms of fantasy baseball. 

Derek Holland:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.82.  Now finally healthy, the very impressive arm of Holland can do its thing.  Told you to give him a whirl upon activation but now you got to run to the wire to get him if you didn't listen to me in the first place. 

Kyle Seager:  3/6 with his 21st HR while hitting .262.  Wow look who is scorching right now.  Seager is one of those classic guys who will always get his numbers no matter the ups and downs along the way.

Melky Cabrera:  4/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .279.  With Cabrera being so mediocre for most of the season after inking his free agent deal with the Chicago White Sox, I can now understand why he felt he needed the steroids. 

Matt Carpenter:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .262.  Amazing.  Never in a million years did I think Carpenter was ever capable of this type of pop but that is what swinging for the fences does when you move to third base and know you need to help in the home run department. 

Chris Heston:  5 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 3.56.  Nice overall rookie season for Heston but he can be chalked up to being a victim of late season fatigue. 

Julio Teheran:  8 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 4.62.  Well that about puts a bow on the utter disgrace of a season that Teheran has had.  Will be one of the radioactive starting pitchers in fantasy baseball next season. 

Jacoby Ellsbury:  2/6 with his 7th HR while hitting .278.  By the end of the season Ellsbury's numbers are going to look quite ugly, even on a per game basis when you consider the time he has missed.  Avoid firmly going into season as Ellsbury is looking clearly like he is on the decline. 


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