Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Mike Trout:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .319.  So much for that whole "Bryce Harper is passing Mike Trout as the number 1 pick in fantasy drafts" narrative.

Matt Shoemaker:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.12.  ERA has been coming down for weeks as Shoemaker continues to deal.  He was an aboslute joke last season and first two month or so of 2016 but even though I have been a huge critic, I will say he is still young enough to possibly have the light blub go on here.  Can't argue with the K rate as well and again it all comes down to how many home runs Shoemaker gives up.  On that front, his still high 1.13 HR/9 is vastly lower than 2015's 1.60.

Francisco Liriano:  4.1 IP 4 H 4 ER 5 BB 3 K with an ERA of 5.33.  The control can't get any worse and honestly I am shocked the Pirates are still trotting him out there every five days.  He has no business being on any fantasy baseball roster unless the goal is to finish last.  It was a nice run in Pittsburgh for a few years but Liriano's arm looks shot.

Ian Desmond:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .321.  With shortstop eligiblity remaining for one more season, you can argue that Desmond has been the best att he position in fantasy baseball.  Makes you wonder what Desmond was capable of if he were in a hitter's park all along.

Rougned Odor:  1/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .271.  Odor will be a .300 hitter in a year or so but don't let that category not let you see how incredibly talented this kid really is.

Mark Teixeira:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .191.  No one benefitted from the home run outside of Teixeira's mom's fantasy baseball roster.  And no one will benefit from the next one either.  Maybe by the third we will talk again.

Ben Revere:  3/5 with 3 steals (10 for season) while hitting .220.  Maybe this will get Revere going who we are still waiting to get value out of at the end of June.  Not the 40-steal gem of a season we all expected but when he is right, Revere can carry you in that category. Give him another whirl.

Noah Syndegaard:  5 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 2.59.  The velocity was back in the extreme range as Syndegaard whiffed 5 but everything else was terrible.  Now we learn Thor is pitching with a bone spur in his elbow on top of everything else.  He is going to try and pitch through it but the Mets would be royally screwing up here if they continue with this.  Either way, Syndegaard overnight has turned from a top five fantasy baseball pitcher to a guy who loks incredibly scary both on the mound and with his health.

Logan Forsythe:  3/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .297.  Forsythe once again is having a nice season on the heels of his eye-opening 2015.  Nothing ever jumps out about the guy but he is solid across the board nonetheless.  As long as he sits in your second base slot, that works.

Desmond Jennings:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .200.  Knowing he sucks, Jennings is now swinging for the fences every time in order to at least do something.

Eduardo Rodriguez:  9 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 8.59.  Don't let the door hit you on the way back to the minors.

Matt Holliday:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .258.  Holliday can be added to the Ian Kinsler's and David Ortiz' of the world as aging like fine wine.  What a hitter Holliday has been throughout his career and his power output has seen an uptick in 2016 when we were all ready to write him off.  Health is now looking like the only thing that can derail him the rest of the way.

Adam Wainwright:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 5.04.  Haven't checked in on Wainwright in awhile but good to see he still is garbage like I said he would be.

Danny Duffy:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.24.  Good comeback here off some recent struggles where alarms began to blare.  I see a Status Report on the way.

Devon Travis:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .274.  Travis has hit for good power since coming back fron his myriad shoulder problems and he fits like a glove near the top of the Toronto order.  Last April everyone went nuts about the kid but this time around things are muted given how long he was out.  The talent is real.

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .321.  A .376 BABIP is ridiculous and is the main reason CarGo is batting .321.  That will reset as he is more .280 than anything but for the second season in a row he is on a near-40 homer pace.

Jon Gray:  7 IP 5 H 4 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.83.  Man the K rate is so nice but owning Gray will give you Gray hair due to the ballpark.

Vince Velasquez:  5 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.38.  I have questions about whether or not Velasquez can hold up as a starter physically but there is no denying how potent his stuff can be.  Did the Houston Astros really deal him for Ken Gile?  Wow.

Kris Bryant:  5/5 with 3 home runs (21 for season) while hitting .278.  Perfection.

Anthony Rizzo:  2/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .287.  So funny how guys like Bryant and Rizzo eventually find their numbers despite peaks and valleys of output.  Both guys got off to slow starts in April which led to some crazy e-mails asking me what was wrong and now look.  Patience is never in abundance in fantasy baseball but AT LEAST two months need to go by before a more firmer analysis can be made.

Joey Votto:  2/4 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .248.  You can throw Votto into the above piece as well.

Jake Arrieta:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 2.10.  Not saying this to sound any alarms or to say this is the start of a trend but remember that Arrieta lost his fastball late last season as all the innings piled up.  Considering how 2015 was far and away his high for innings, he could fatigue even earlier this time around.

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