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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Joc Pederson:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .235.  The giant holes remain in Pederson's swing and frustratingly he is still not running like he did in the minors which makes him a very limited fantasy baseball outfielder.  While no one questions the big power, it is shocking to say that Pederson can't be nothing more than an OF 3 based on his current statistical production. 

Justin Turner:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .252.  Turner is really ramping up the power lately and the average will come up as well given what we have seen the last few years.  There is a very good chance Turner is sitting on your waiver wire as late blooming veterans like him always get disrespected in fantasy baseball. 

Clayton Kershaw:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.57.  Kershaw gave up a run so he got shelled. 

Jake Lamb:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .283.  Yet another young and power-hitting third baseman has revealed himself and this time it is Arizona's Lamb.  Lamb did hint at this early last season before getting injured and he has even upped his rates in 2016.  Was always a fan of Lamb's and now he is firmly entering into the Fantasy Sports Boss "Love Zone." 

Shelby Miller:  6.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 6.36.  I guess law of averages state Miller had to have a good start at SOME POINT.  What a joke this guy has been but I guess this is why he has been dealt twice already despite throwing a hard fastball. 

Madison Bumgarner:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.85.  We are really in a special time now in baseball with this pitching as outside of Clayton Kershaw, how do you rank the dominance of Bumgarner, Jake Arrieta, Chris Sale, etc.? 

Steven Wright:  9 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.01.  Called for a massive regression of numbers from Wright a month ago and it simply has not happened as he is carrying a .246 BABIP and his XFIP is 4.27 which speaks volumes to how lucky he has been.  You can't sell high here though as no one will buy a knuckleballer so you might as well keep throwing him out there when the inevitable finally gets here.

Evan Longoria:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .278.  I won Longoria in the Experts League and needless to say I am very happy with the value he provided.  I only own Longoria simply for the fact that his draft slot was finally corrected after years of being vastly overrated.  Just like with Mark Trumbo who I also own.  This is how you win folks.

Francisco Lindor:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .314.  Amazing to say this but with Carlos Correa struggling the way he is, the argument can be made that Francisco Lindor is more valuable right now.  Either way Lindor has been nothing but a gem since debuting last season with his five-tool ability.  Also we doubted a bit the power a year ago since Lindor did not show much of it in the minors but he has proved legit there.

Carlos Santana:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .230.  Typical Santana.  Good power and awful average.  No catcher eligiblity means bench bat.

Cody Allen:  scoreless ninth for his 14th save with an ERA of 3.23.  Just like with last season, Cody Allen has smoothed things out after a horrific April.  Something to store away in your brain for next season.

Kyle Seager:  1/6 with his 14th HR while hitting .269.  Given what brother Corey is doing, even Kyle Seager's family don't want to talk about him at the dinner table.  Honestly though after a tough April when I told you all to buy low on Kyle, he has gotten right back to his standard numbers as I said he would.  Bad BABIP luck eventually turns.  It always does.

Adam Lind:  3/6 with his 10th HR while hitting .243.  Now is a great time to get Lind back in the lineup as he is crushing the ball right now and is capable of being a .280 hitter.  Yeah the adjustment from the NL to the AL took longer then I thought but we look forward.

Justin Upton:  2/5 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .237.  There were few bigger busts in April and May then Justin Upton but like Adam Lind, he had to go through the NL to AL adjustment which happens to every hitter and leads to slow starts.  Justin Upton also gets raging hot when he is locked in and that could be what we are seeing.

Miguel Cabrera:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .309. Yeah a bit below the overall MVP standard of the Cabrera from a few years ago but this aging slugger is still doing his sweet-swinging thing.

Marcell Ozuna:  2/4 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .322.  Third home run in two days for Ozuna who could wind up being among the cheapest 30 homers in fantasy baseball this season.

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .216.  Yeah it is pretty much a guarantee Stanton would hit a home run going to Coors Field.  Unfortunately we have seen the worst case scenario with Stanton when it comes to his average and high K rate combining to produce a ghastly average.

Charlie Blackmon:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .292.  Third season of excellence in a row from Blackmon leading off for the Colorado Rockies.  The early injury was a bummer but his status as an OF 1 has staying power.

Trevor Story:  1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .264.  With Jose Reyes now out of town for good, Story is here to stay which he cemented weeks ago with his big power.  He is still quite young which means an average gain in the future is very possible but the power could be approaching 40 before too long.

Nick Hundley:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .253.  With his concussion problems now in the past, Hundley needs to be added in all formats given his solid swing and home park.

Carlos Estevez:  scoreless ninth for his fourth save with an ERA of 3.86.  So far, so good with the new Colorado stopper. 


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