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Thursday, August 20, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Greg Bird:  2/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .333.  Well that is a good way for Bird to ensure he stays up with the New York Yankees.  Bird has natural power that points to him as a future 30-home run guy.  By now he should be picked up in all formats and after this one, his ownership likely doubled. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  7 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.24.  Eovaldi now is up to 13 wins as he has gotten some of the most generous run support in all of baseball.  The ERA is still high and the WHIP of 1.46 is very ugly as Eovaldi once again is near the top of baseball in hits given up but the Yankee hurler has been pretty solid for over a month now. 

Mitch Moreland:  2/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .294.  Those who took a chance on Moreland in his post-hype-post-hype-post-hype-POST-HYPE season have been handsomely rewarded this season as he has hit for big power with a good average throughout.  There is never any set clock for when a young hitter will eventually figure it out as we have seen in spades from Moreland who took his time getting to where he is today. 

Elvis Andrus:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .255.  It took a few years but just like with Evan Longoria, the rest of the fantasy baseball community fell in line with our firm argument how overrated the Rangers shortstop is.  Now Andrus is nothing but a waiver guy at best, while Longoria has been firmly passed by the new influx of power-hitting third baseman. 

Derek Holland:  6.1 IP 8 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.68.  Holland is finally back in the saddle for Texas after a very long and chronic battle with injuries the last two seasons.  The lefty is a quality arm who can put up a solid K rate and he surely is sitting there on the wire.  As long as you are careful with the matchups, Holland could be a solid back-end guy the rest of the season. 

Drew Pomeranz:  scoreless ninth for his third save with an ERA of 3.67.  It looks like failed starter Pomeranza is the new closer for Oakland and I must say I like it.  Pomeranz throws very hard and has the type of fastball that can generate a bunch of K's in the ninth inning.  We have seen countless cases of failed starters who turned into stud relievers over the years including Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Robb Nen, Mariano Rivera, etc. which makes this double interesting.  Not saying Pomeranz will be anywhere near those mentioned but this could surely work out given his stuff.

Jesse Chavez:  8 IP 2 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.75.  Chavez is getting a second wind here in late August as he is throwing as well as he did back in April.  I am still very leery of going with the guy as anything but a spot starter given his track record but at least the arrow is pointing upwards. 

Jimmy Rollins:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .225.  I didn't think it was possible for there to be a home run specialist at shortstop but that is what Jimmy Rollins has turned into.  The guy has to retire. 

Justin Bohr:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .247.  Bohr certainly has the size to be interesting from a power perspective but that is as far as this blurb goes.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .246.  Just a strange deal here with Ozuna who spent two months in the minors amid completely lost power despite a solid average in April.  Not sure what the hell is going on but 2014 already seems like a distant memory.  Still I can be aboard for the stretch run if this keeps going. 

Ryan Braun:  1/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .276.  I have to admit that Braun is having a very good season, upping the home runs and steals while the average has stayed below his steroids heyday.  That's as far as I want to go in praising the guy. 

Khris Davis:  2/4 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .239.  Davis only seems to know how to hit two home runs in one game.  NL-only play which has been the story of his career. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .255.  Encarnacion is looking more and more like David Ortiz by the day, right on down to the shoddy average and still very good power.  Certainly was not what was expected for a first round bat. 

Aaron Altherr:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .400.  With the Phillies having cleaned house, they are giving every day time to their youngsters which includes Altherr who is quite intriguing as he showed five-tool ability this season on the farm.  Altherr went into his promotion with a .293 average with 14 homers and 16 steals.  I would absolutely take a look in all formats.

Jeff Francoeur:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .279.  At this point why the hell not? 

Carlos Correa:  2/6 with his 15th HR while hitting .286.  Admit it:  you would use a first round pick on Correa next season if that was how you guaranteed he ended up on your team.  I concur. 

Nathan Karns:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.44.  What a great rookie debut from Karns who has been dealing since April with no letup.  But that should be no surprise as the Rays churn out hard-throwing aces like Willie Wonka churns out Gobstoppers. 

Brad Boxberger:  fourth blown save with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 3.19.  Second game in two days Boxberger gave up a run and his WHIP is up to 1.42.  As good as Boxberger was in April and May, he has been completely "rip your hair out of your head" since. 

Dallas Keuchel:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.37.  Listen I respect completely what Keuchel has done this season and fully buy into the numbers.  However I can still see myself avoiding drafting Keuchel next spring as he won't have the K rate of some of the other aces drafted around him.  Still the guy has been unreal. 

Carlos Perez:  2/3 with his third HR and second SB while hitting .238.  Always have to mention a Hit and Run Special by any catcher, so rare is such an accomplishment.  Perez is a decent hitter based on his minor league numbers but is just a story for two catcher formats. 

Jered Weaver:  6.1 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.34.  I got to hand it to Weaver in that the guy always figures out by the end of each season how to make his ERA and WHIP look respectable.  Still do you remember how brutal he was the first half? 

Jeff Samardzjia:  7 IP 8 IP 1 H 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.64.  Just to show you how brutal Samardzjia has been this season.  In one league I needed to start using up some innings and so I picked him up off waivers for this start.  The fact that Samardzjia was on waivers in the first place and that I was scared shizzless throughout the start spoke loud volumes. 

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.22.  Remember I did say that Strasburg had one of the worst strand rates and unlucky BABIP numbers among all starting pitchers before he went on the DL earlier in the year.  Guy has been the top five starter even his biggest enemies expected since coming back from the DL and is the one Washington National with a pulse. 

J.D. Martinez:  2/5 with his 32nd HR while hitting .289.  If Martinez can get himself to 40 home runs, we have our younger version of Nelson Cruz.  I still place Martinez in the outfielder 2 realm until I see him do this again next season but boy what power. 

Nick Castellanos:  4/5 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .244.  Huge game from Castellanos but that is a rain drop in the desert for his 2015 fantasy baseball season. 

Kyle Schwarber:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .311.  That's it.  I am picking Carlos Correa in Round 1 next season, followed by this monster behind the dish in Round 2.  My goodness.  Already looking like the next Buster Posey with perhaps more pop. 

Dexter Fowler:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .252.  Overall Fowler has done a decent enough job to remain in five outfielder format usage but still so many letdown along the way. 

Kris Bryant:  4/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .259.  Bryant seems locked in for a tremendous finish to the season after fighting through loads of strikeouts and a very rough first two weeks of August.  Which of course would be no grand surprise as Bryant will be my third round pick next season. 

Jon Lester:  2.2 IP 7 H 7 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.58.  Wow I got to think Lester was tipping his pitches as he gave up three home runs and had zilch to work with. 

Daniel Murphy:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .282.  Murphy has been right there with Curtis Granderson in really putting the New York Mets on his back down the stretch as he has upped his home run rate along the way.  He has lost interest in stolen bases as he ages a bit and really that was a stat none of us ever felt comfortable depending on anyway.  Still Murphy quietly remains one of the best pure hitters in the game.

Wilmer Flores:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .255.  The cult following that is now Wilmer Flores after he was and than not traded carries on. 

Adam Jones:  2/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .283.  Jones is so good and yet so boring because he is so consistently good that he goes in Round 2 of drafts when he the numbers continue to say he should be late Round 1.

Noah Syndegaard:  5 IP 8 H 3 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.17.  Once again it was a rough going on the road for Syndegaard whose ERA under such a scenario is over 5.00 there.  As much as we love the K potential, we have to go with the trends and avoid on the road. 

Yan Gomes:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .230.  So I say every drafting season to look for value plays centering on veteran catchers who are coming off a down year and have every right to improve.  I present to you Yan Gomes. 

David Ortiz:  2/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .268.  Ortiz has been scorching now as the average is almost up to respectable levels.  One of the few guys in fantasy baseball who we doubted a million times along the way and Ortiz every time proved us wrong. 

Travis Shaw:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .369.  Told you all to pick up Shaw last week and the guy continues to pound the seams off the baseball.  Ride it out, ride it out, ride it out. 

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  1/3 with his fifth HR while hitting .247.  Post-hype sleeper alert.  Post-hype sleeper alert. 

Corey Kluber:  6 IP 6 H 6 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.52.  Never a good thing when your line score starts with the numbers "6, 6, 6." 

Joey Votto:  1/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .306.  While Votto has not fully brought himself back to his old Round 1 stomping grounds, Round 2 seems right. 

Brandon Phillips:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .286.  Even when Phillips comes back with a tidy comeback season, you still get the feeling he is one big yawn. 

Stephen Piscotty:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .333.  The kid has done nothing but hit at all levels while moving up the St. Louis farm system.  Really the only issue here is why you haven't picked him up already.

Yadier Molina:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .282.  Second home run in the last three games for Molina who is still putting up a nice average like he always has.  The power will continue to dry up going into next season due to the toll of catching for all those years but Molina is a sure Hall of Famer who has had some solid fantasy baseball moments along the way. 

 

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