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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

FANTASY BASEBAL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Addison Russell:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .234.  The breakout has not happened yet for Russell and his plate discipline continues to undermine him like it has done with Javier Baez at times.  Baez though has made strides cutting down the holes in his swing this season while Russell has not.  Since Russell doesn't run, an ugly batting average and so-so power leave a lot to be desired.

Wilson Ramos:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .337.  Ramos is having a vintage Victor Martinez behind the dish season.  Figures after pumping him up for five seasons or so, he finally stays healthy enough to bust out when I don't own him.

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.40.   Scherzer flirted with a no-hitter like he does every season but a home run by Ramos ruined it.  Honestly while the ERA is elevated by his usual ace standards, that almost competely has to do with his way out of whack home run rate. 

Odubel Herrera:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .314.  Yeah rising to stardom like this is sweet.  Especially when you buy in from a fantasy baseball perspective and recommended him to you all last March as a dirt cheap value play.

Ryan Howard:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .153.  And Howard didn't have any bottles thrown at him so the day was a win=win all the way around. 

Jerad Eickhoff:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.40.  Eickhoff really has impressed me this season like the rest of the young Philly rotation but I stand by my assessment that this is not an ace arm but instead a very solid SP 2. 

Adam Duvall:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .258.  The average has been on a steady fall as I told you it would given the 30 percent K rate but boy the power is impressive.  This one kind of snuck up on all of us as Duvall was not a big minor league name even with all the home runs on the farm.  Power has a place on any fantasy baseball roster and at least he is not Chris Davis bad in the average department. 

Freddie Freeman:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .250.  Freeman is doing the best he can with this horror show of a lineup the Atlanta Braves trot out every day.  Pathetic is the only word to use on that front but Freeman is at least yielding UTIL or DH numbers which is where I told you he would only be worth using. 

Ian Kinsler:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .317.  I suspect Kinsler will be on more than a few winning fantasy baseball teams this season.  Considering the MVP numbers and the somewhat affordable draft price as he entered into the boring veteran part of his career and one can understand why. 

Jose Abreu:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .264.  If the average doesn't get above .280. Abreu won't be a first round pick next season and will begin looking more like Adrian Gonzalez. 

James Shields:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 16.71.  I guess you can become the worst pitcher in all of baseball overnight by a trade. 

Jason Kipnis:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .272.  Kipnis has generally been solid with a high OBP and good power.  The steals don't look like they are ever coming anywhere near his old 30 levels as Kipnis becomes the latest guy not even at the age of 30 who slips sharply there though.  You wonder like with the power draining in baseball due to the steroids testing, speed is slipping earlier for the same reason. 

Edinson Volquez:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.90.  The K rate has cratered and the WHP is 1.36 which shows you how age has stolen a lot of ability from Volquez. 

Carlos Carrasco:  6 IP 10 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.40.  Get ready because Carrasco is going nuclear on MLB batters the rest of the way.  The buy now window is almost closed. 

Corey Seager:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .284.  Seager should start stealing bases just because he can and because he will put the excitement meter on "Tilt."

Jake Lamb:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .263.  Yeah Jake Lamb all of sudden is a top 12 fantasy baseball third baseman.

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .282.  The average was in the .260 range two weeks ago and has trended upward since.  That is the pull of the mean numbers winning out. 

Zack Greinke:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.75.  Greinke gave up another home run and this one was on the road but he is closing in on a month of very good pitching now after that horrific beginning. 

Byron Buxton:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .207.  Finally there is a pulse.  It already feels like a "been there, done that" deal with Buxton.


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