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Friday, August 21, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Miguel Sano:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .284.  Sano continues to kill the baseball from a power standpoint but if you watch now the average is starting to slide a bit as his high K rate takes hold.  While I was not totally interested in Sano when he first came up due to my fears of a .250 average, if he can finish 2015 above .265 with all that power, I am at least initially sold for 2016. 

Tyler Duffy:  7.2 IP 10 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.60.  Duffy has been shaky since moving into the Minnesota rotation upon his call-up but the kid has a 2.54 ERA at Triple-A this season leading up to it and a solid K rate as well.  There are some interesting ratios possible here but Duffy has to prove a bit more before you dive in.

Adam LaRoche:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .210.  Not even the second half can save this aging and lost bat.  At least now I don't have to ever talk about his "now LaRoche will heat up because it is summer" thing again. 

Michael Taylor:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .240.  Really would like to see what Taylor could have done with a full season of at-bats as his power is very interesting and he has the wheels to make himself a possible 20/20 guy.

Max Scherzer:  6 IP 8 H 3 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.79.  Scherzer was not great when Washington really needed him to be but he has a 11-10 record with that glowing ERA which shows you all you need to know about how fluky the wins column in.

Yohan Flande:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.94.  The Rockies pitching is pathetic no matter who it is and Flande should not be picked up anywhere given his home park and given the fact he is a bullpen arm masquerading as a rotation member. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his 24th HR while hitting .291.  Rizzo is now at that point where you can write in 30 home runs in ink.

Addison Russell:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .244.  You have to wonder if the ugly average is more to do with hitting at the bottom of the Cubs lineup (which is what I think) or the fact Russell is still not fully adjusted against major league pitching yet.  I know for one thin that I am buying the nice discount he will yield in 2016. 

Jake Arrieta:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.30.  Lost in the utter dominance of Zack Greinke and Jacob DeGrom this season in the National League is how fantastic a season Jake Arrieta is having.  Now up to 15 wins with stellar numbers across all four of the pitching ROTO categories, Arrieta is a darkhorse for the Cy Young.  And would be fully deserving. 

Chris Archer:  9 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.77.  Wow there are no words to adequately describe how ridiculously awesome Archer is.  He also was saying here that "no I am not tired and will finish the season shoving baseballs down hitters' throats" with this one. 

Alex Rodriguez:  2/4 with his 26th HR and third SB while hitting .262.  Rodriguez seems to be out of his recent funk after smacking the grand slam the other day.  Just the fact we are looking at "26 HR's" next to AROD's name is shocking enough. 

Josh Tomlin:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.03.  Nice debut from Tomlin but this is the same guy whose ERA is habitually in the mid-4.00 range.  No thank you. 

Neil Walker:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .268.  Don't look now but Walker is doing his own second half hitting thing in begging to be added in your fantasy baseball league where he once again should be rotting on the waiver wire. 

Charlie Morton:  6.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.06.  Morton is starting to earn the C.J. Wilson "all-or-nothing" label. 

Alfredo Simon:  9 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.52.  Simon did the Chris Archer in this one but the only people who benefitted from this were those who were already onto fantasy football and didn't even bother dropping him outright after he destroyed their team with his truly pathetic pitching in July and most of August. 

A.J. Pollock:  4/5 with his 30th SB while hitting .316.  You better believe this guy is a second round pick next season and there is not a player I touted more this past winter that has burst through in a monster way than Pollock.  Will have a plaque made with his name and 2015 statistics on it put on my wall.

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .269.  Boy did Moustakas need the home runs as his average is now starting to drop after being at or above .300 the first four months.  The guy still scares the crap out of me and the wounds are still fresh for me to buy in on this. 

Marcell Ozuna:  2/4 with his 6th HR and second SB while hitting .249.  Told you all to pick up Ozuna when he was brought up and I am not surprised that the power is starting to show after being AWOL the first half which was the reason for his demotion in the first place.  With the pressure off with Miami out of the playoff push, a relaxed mind should allow Ozuna to continue smashing baseballs over the outfield fence. 

Martin Prado:  1/2 with his 5th HR while hitting .270.  Waste of a season for Prado as he has been hurt and he needs to be on a playoff team where his still solid bat works best. 

 

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