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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .214.  Things have gotten downright embarrassing for Stanton over the last few weeks as he pretty much has been a guaranteed strikeout.  When he connects you know it is going out but right now this is the worst case scenario for Stanton in terms of being an average liability and now with questions regarding whether or not he is jumpy at the dish after all the serious beanings he has taken. 

Alex Colome:  scoreless eighth and ninth for his 12th save with an ERA of 1.29.   I tell you what I think the Rays needs to re-think this Brad Boxberger automatically going back into the ninth inning scenario.  Colome has been a top five closer this season after having no experience in the ninth inning and remember Boxberger is a high-wire act who walks a lot of guys and can be homer prone. 

Jake Odorizzi:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.21.  Says a lot about the underrated ability of Odorizzi in terms of him going through some struggles early on but who still stands with an excellent ERA. 

Adam Duvall:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .259.  Duvall's average is coming down as expected since he strikes out like he wants to be Adam Dunn instead but the power remains potent.  Works best as your outfielder 4/5 in those formats that go that deep but you can retain Duvall on your bench if you want a power boost on light schedule days. 

Coco Crisp:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .248.  That a boy Coco.  You keep chugging along.  Another one of my old favorites who is still showing up in the box score.  Obviously his days of being a prime steals and underrated power asset are through but he still offers enough in both to hold bench value. 

Robinson Cano:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .292.  Yeah it pretty much is like Cano has never left the Yankees.  I guess that gastro issue was more serious then we all first though as he has gone nuts ever since it was addressed midway through last season.  Not saying Cano is back to first round value as no one would ever do such a thing due to the Seattle Safeco Field discrimination but boy has he been impressive.

Leonys Martin:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .259.  Thought Martin would have 9 steals and not not 9 homers by now.  Another example of how a fresh start can jump start as fantasy baseball contribution as Martin was not accepte in Texas.  Funny though how Martin had to go to Seattle to unleash his power potential.  You can never figure this stuff out completely. 

Jarrett Parker:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Parker has some Joc Pederson in him in terms of an awful average that goes with imprsssive power and some speed.  Well forget the speed part when it comes to Pederson who lost his on the way from the minors to the majors. 

Jeff Samardzjia:  6.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.54.  Yeah all of you who blasted me during the spring on Twitter about my sleeper suggestion on Samardzjia can apologize on there as well.  Remember that for veterans spring stats mean nothing. 

Carlos Beltran:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .275.  Beltran in the DH slot has coincided with his big jump in numbers recently but keep in mind Alex Rodriguez is coming back to steal that spot.  Be that as it may, Beltran looks like he is going to be that rare player who holds fantasy baseball value from the start of his career to the its completion. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.95.  The WHIP is also solid at 1.15 here for Eovaldi who has won five in a row.  Development of his offspeed stuff since coming to the Yankees has been key since Eovaldi relied way too much on his heater prior which opposing batters waited on.  Been a bit hater of his and rightly so in the past and remain uninterested given the overall body of work however. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .283. The 25 home runs Cabrera hit a few years ago go down as a gigantic outlier but he continues to help a bit at the shallow shortstop spot.  The steals though seem to be a thing of the past whereas he helped there a bit as recently as 2015. 

Ben Revere:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .194.  Forget the home run as that could be the only one Revere hits this season but what is more important is that he is starting to hit.  Typical two weeks or so of struggles after missing all of April.  Pick him up if available as Revere is a very stable source of runs, steals, and yes average. 

Daniel Murphy:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .392.  Kevin Long's tutelage of Murphy sitting back more at the plate has unlocked the power and it is now into a second season which adds to the validity.  Murphy is as good as pure hitter as there is as he continues to show and the power helps make up for the lost mini-run of stolen bases. 

Anthony Rendon:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .254.  Rendon has been nothing short of a disaster going back through all of his injury-marred 2015 and one has to wonder if 2014 will go down as an outlier.  For one thing, the steals have not come back at all and the average is pathetic given that was his strength coming up the minor league ladders.  Forget third base, second is where Rendon holds onto some value but I am not liking what we have seen here one bit.  Looking like the second base version of Yasiel Puig in terms of a gross inflation of value by the fantasy baseball community as Rendon was a first round pick in many leagues prior to a year ago. 

Wilson Ramos:  1/4 with his fifth HR while hitting .336.  Been saying it for years but I was always a believe or apologist if you will for Ramos.  The guy just could not stay healthy to show what he could do with the bat but now we are seeing it.  He won't hit even .300 but 20 home runs seems a cinch which at catcher is like 30 anywhere else. 

Ryan Zimmerman:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .242.  Zimmerman has become very limited in his overall impact at this stage as his body has totally betrayed him.  The power is useful of course but only in a backup capacity in competitive leagues. 

Stephen Strasburg:  6.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.79.  I guess the Nats knew what they were doing when the shut Strasburg down at 159 innings a few years ago despite the team going to the playoffs.  Ironic this outing was against Matt Harvey.

Matt Harvey:  5 IP 8 H 5 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 6.08.  Stick a fork in Harvey for the time being.  We reported after his last start that Harvey would go on the DL but he talked his way back into the rotation.  Now you can guarantee Harvey is going to be on ice for at least 15 days after this slop.  A few things:  opposing batters at batting almost .600!!!! against Harvey after the fourth inning and his fastball went rom 96 in innings 1 to 92 by the end.  Simply put, Harvey's arm is looking tired and lacking juice which can almost completely be blamed on his 216 innings from a year ago. 

Nomar Mazara:  3/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .317.  Mazara even got caught stealing which shows you he is trying to be the man everywhere. 

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .307.  Come on dude.  Start running.  Yeah I am a spoiled Machado owner who always wants more. 

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.61. Can't argue with the numbers here as Tillman is dealing and he has had some big stretches the last few seasons outside of his complete dud of 2015.  Unfortunately Tillman has never been able to fully sustain it so a sell high is not the worst idea.

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .276.  Perez is killing it right now and cementing his status as a top 2-4 fantasy baseball catcher behind Buster Posey. 

Adam Eaton:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .295.  Yeah I am an Eaton owner and happy about it.  The steals haven't matched the minor league numbers but the power has grown to offset it and the average and runs are stellar.  No one talks about Eaton but he is every bit an outfielder 2. 

Josh Tomlin:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.35.  Tomlin has generally pitched well when healthy for the Cleveland Indians the last few seasons but his K rate is very mediocre and in the AL that is asking for trouble.  Just stream him.

Chris Sale:  6 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 3.1 IP with an ERA of 2.26.  Yeah even Sale is human. 

 

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