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Thursday, May 26, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

David Wright:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .226.  Two home runs in the same week for Wright is a nice sign but the batting average and K Rate remain putrid.  Nothing new to add here as Wright continues to be a 2/3rd's playing time third baseman which is never what you want from your starter.

Steven Matz:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.36.  Keep in mind that Matz dominated at Triple-A Las Vegas of the PCL of all locations prior to being called up by the Mets last season and he has done nothing but deal like an ace since arriving.  More on this in a Status Report later in the day.

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.71.  We have seen this from Roark before in 2014 before things went haywire last season when he was jerked around from the bullpen to the rotation which is murder on a young pitcher.  You always want the K rate to be slightly higher but truth be told Roark has inched that up decently as well this season.

Corey Kluber:  7.1 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.78.  Kluber is predictably taking off as he went through his usual April issues before turning back into his fantasy baseball ace self.  Sometimes guys are this predictable.

Jose Quintana:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.22.  Quintana's maturation into high-end fantasy baseball starter took a few seasons but geez is he dealing.  The uptick in K's is perhaps most impressive as Quintana is finding some velocity he never had before.  The only thing I am upset about is that my annually cheap investment in Quintana is likely no more.

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .200,  Dozier apologists will say the two day benching he got helped clear his head but that is a bunch of baloney.  Sorry but if you struggle to hit .240 year after year and then stop running, you should be on the wire.  Seriously.

Miguel Sano:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .221.  That average is hideous as I said it would be this past winter and this is why I had no interest here.  Take a few less homers and go with a better average third baseman every time out.

Tyler Duffy:  5 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 3.95.  Guys who throw soft in the AL can only get away with it long enough.

Odubel Herrera:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .327.  Yup Herrera already is looking my A.J. Pollock sleeper pick of the year.  There was always some burgeoning power/speed ability here and Herrera has even boosted the average by improving his patience as he further developed.  He is in near-outfielder 2 territory and looks like the new Carlos Gomez of a few seasons ago.

Kris Bryant:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .279.  It was about this time a month ago I told all you Bryant owners to stop panicking over his "slow start."  You can only hold down supreme talent for so long.

Matt Holliday:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .233.  The average is slipping badly after a good start here from Holliday but the power has been beter then anticipated so it evens out.

Matt Adams:  3/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .316.  It is easy to forget about Adams but a few seasons ago alot of us wanted him.  He certainly looks the part of a young slugger on the rise but massive injuries interrupted the narrative.  Not saying Adams won't curb the disappointing power output from 2014 and 2015 but riding this out is always advised.

Randal Grichuk:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .241.  The outfield verison of Miguel Sano.

Carlos Martinez:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.25.  The Cards should just put Martinez on the DL already.  He has gotten hit hard in every start since the shoulder went bad and the team only has to look at the disaster that is teammate Michael Wacha to know how bad this could be.

Nomar Mazara:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .320.  Every night you can jot down two hits for Mazara and now the home runs are showing up nightly as well.  So incredibly impressed by what Mazara is doing and even his biggest fan can't even fathom whatis going on.

Hector Santiago:  5 ER in 2.1 IP with an ERA of 4.58.  I guess Santiago is begining his second half fade early.

Russell Martin:  2/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .181.  It seems like the home runs were Martin's first two hits of the season. 

Michael Saunders:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .312.  How good has Saunders been?  Told you all to pick him up when he was moved to the leadoff spot a month ago and while he has not stuck there, Saunders continues to pound the baseball.  The average won't hold given the high amount of strikeouts he accumulates but the power is absolutely legit.

Xander Boagerts:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .349.  If Bogaerts could ever get near 20/20 with that average, he would be a worthy first round pick. 

Steven Wright:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.52.  The correction looked like it was underway a few starts ago but Wright has bounced back.  Knuckleballers play by their own rules however so your guess is as good as mine where this goes. 

Yasmani Tomas:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .286.  Yasiel Puig owners would take this kind of decent but not great production from their Cuban outfielder right about now. 

Yasmani Grandal:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .192.  Not sure if Grandal fell in love with hitting home runs but his inability to match his minor league average is beyond frustrating.  We would really have something here if he could have just hit .260. 

Scott Kazmir:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 12 K with an ERA of 4.84.  Kazmir flashed back to his Tampa Bay days but it came against the woeful Reds so some perspective is needed.  You still shouldn't own him. 

Khris Davis:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .232.  Once again the guy only hits home runs and does literally nothing else.

Adam Lind:  4/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .242.  I strongly told you all to stay patient here as Lind is a veteran in his prime who didn't all of a sudden forget how to hit.  The adjustment to the AL seems over and another bunch of home runs over the upcoming week is likely. 

Robinson Cano:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .295.  Yeah so I guess Cano is not done yet. 

Nelson Cruz:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .293.  Ho-hum. 

Evan Gattis:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .253.  When he gains catcher eligibility in your league, Gattis will automatically become a top 3-5 fantasy baseball catcher.  That is all it takes. 

 

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