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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Todd Frazier:  2/3 with his 14th HR and 4th SB while hitting .236.  Frazier is showing up in the home run column almost every other day now and that he has been locked in for over a month with the longball.  Rememeber too that Frazier has decent speed and is capable of 10-12 steals. 

Brett Lawrie:  2/3 with his 6th HR and third SB while hitting .256.  Lawrie says to Frazier, I can do anything you can do. 

Marlon Byrd:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .253.  Byrd's power per game rate is slipping which is not a surprise since he is pushing 40.  He has had a terrific late run to his career with some very useful and cheap home run outputs but right now Byrd is nothing but a waiver add. 

Mike Napoli:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .222.  Napoli swings for the fences and closes his eyes hoping for home runs.  This has been the story for a few years now which makes him not worth using in anything but the deepest of formats. 

David Wright:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .225.  Wright managed to avoid the DL with his latest back flareup and it was nice to see him go yard here.  Alas it was his only hit of the game, his average is a joke by his standards, and the K Rate is through the roof.  With Wright getting 2 days off a week each week, his stock is as volatile as it could get.

Neil Walker:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .261.  Now that his scorching April is over, Walker has settled back down to being the solid .260-ish/15-20 home run guy on a per game basis he always has been.  That works fine as a cheap and solid source of second base production but I didn't have to tell you how much of an outlier April was.

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .303.  There may not be a more productive hitter in the NL right now as Cespedes has the clear motivation to be shown the money this winter.  He will get it for sure as he is crushing every mistake pitch thrown his way.  Outfielder 1 status was firmly cemented last season and this season is elevating him even higher in the overall rankings at the position as the average continues to be solid. 

Gio Gonzalez:  5 IP 10 H 7 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.87.  Gonzalez was overdue for a clunker so no worries.  His owenrs though feel like this was a missed opportunity however as Gio has absolutely owned the Mets over the years.  Be that as it may considering the draft price, Gonzalez has been a huge value thus far.

Clayton Kershaw:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.48.  Only 7 strikeouts is unacceptable. 

Rich Hill:  8 IP 8 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.18.  You really have to wonder why Hill was pretty much out of baseball the last few years before finding redemption with the Boston Red Sox.  His curve is hellacious and when he doesn't get in trouble with walks, Hill is a major chore for batters.  He will no doubt tire as the summer gets underway but Hill is defying all sorts of explanations right now so I won't even try. 

Stephen Vogt:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .252.  Vogt has had matched the big first half he had a year ago but he has been steady nonetheless.  That steadiness is actually a big plus what with catcher being a colossol joke this season. 

Drew Pomeranz:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.70.  Forget about drafting Clayton Kershaw or Chris Sale.  Just wait until the last few rounds and take Rich Hill and Pomeranz.  Dominating on the road to go with his Petco Park excellence, Pomeranz has been one of the biggest steals thus far. 

Johnny Cueto:  9 IP 2 H 0 Er 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.38.  The pitching overall was just ridiculous across baseball and Cueto led the way with his stuff that was of the near no-hitter variety.  Clearly moving back to the NL and in a pitcher's park no less has unleashed another level of fantasy baseball ace ability. 

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .228.  The Mets ought to see what it would take to work out a deal for Pujols if the Angels eat some of the money.  Guy can still crack home runs at the very least which is what the Mets lose with Lucas Duda being out. 

Nick Tropeano:  6.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.86.  Tropeano right now carries the mantle of being the most extreme smoke and mirrors.  You know there is trouble lurking underneath the surface when you terrific 2.85 ERA is matched with a 1.47 WHIP.  Those two don't jive one bit and Tropeano's hideous control will open the dam to a score of earned runs soon.  Abandon ship.

Joe Mauer:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .271.  Not sure if you really want me to say anything here.  I choose not to as I don't get involved with overrated and extremely limited fantasy baseball players. 

Randall Grichuk:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .228.  Had no interest in Grichuk due to his awful K rate and the pathetic averages that go with it and needless to say I feel no remorse over not owning him.

Maikel Franco:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .255.  Franco has fought through some injury issues lately but that could simply yield a small buy low window worth pursuing. 

Miguel Cabrera:  3/3 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .327.  Well it looks like we may have been premature in calling for the demise of Cabrera.  He has been silly the last two weeks with a slew of home runs and the average is almost back to his customary batting title levels.  When any hitter is in such a groove like this, life is sweet. 

Nick Castellanos:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .311.  I gather Castellanos is going to be the guy who torments me all season when I said his early production was a fluke. 

J.D. Martinez:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .260.  This is why you never worry about an extended slump from Martinez as he is one of the more hot/cold players in all of fantasy baseball. 

Marcell Ozuna:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .321.  Everything is working on all cylinders with Ozuna who is doing that very beautiful power and batting average combination.  Not sure if the average can hold even at .300 given the K rates but Ozuna has 25 home run power that was interrupted only by some maturity issues a year ago. 

Ichiro Suzuki:  4/5 while hitting .417.  With Bartolo Colon pitching well and David Ortiz on a 30-home run pace, of course Suzuki will challenge for another batting title. 

 

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