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Sunday, June 12, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Matt Moore:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 5.05.  Moore dominated a Washington lineup without Bryce Harper so some perspective is needed with this.  He had been absolutely hammered over the last month so let's not get carried away here.  Overall Moore continues to strike out a batter per inning which is where you want your fantasy baseball starters to be but his career-long control and long ball problems continue to undermine his stock.

Danny Valencia:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .335.  David Ortiz is in the running for the batting title and his chief competition is Danny Valencia.  Yes it has been a strange season. 

Marcus Semien:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .233.  We are getting close to "he is what he is" territory with Semien whose high K rate just won't allow him to pair a good average with his very impressive for an infielder power. 

Adam Jones:  2/4 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .238.  Still batting leadoff as the O's are in "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" with the unsual move.  Unusual because Jones has no more speed and his power is more of a middle of the order guy.  The arrival of Mark Trumbo though has reset the order and so to leadoff it is for Jones.  I am now only interested in seeing if Jones can rebound to his usual .280 average.  If not he loses his outfielder 1 status. 

Matt Wieters:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .266.  Told you all to draft Wieters as a dirt cheap value play at catcher in March and then told you to pick him up when he began to work off the two season rust in May.  Yup and YUP.

Chris Davis:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .228.  Yup the home run was the only hit of the day for Davis.  Like clockwork. 

Kevin Pillar:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .257.  Wish the Blue Jays didn't throw in the towel so quickly regarding Pillar being yanked from the leadoff spot.  With much fewer chances to run toward the bottom of the order, there is not much value to be had now for a guy who was looking like a real player in 2015. 

Aaron Sanchez:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.38.  Often we see a young pitcher struggle the next time out following a big K game.  Overall though Sanchez has shown he has upper-rotation ability but beware we are getting close to the fatigue part of the season for guys who are lacking in the arm stamina. 

Adam Conley:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.13.  The WHIP is nasty at 1.44 and yeah it was me who told you not to go overboard when Conley was lighting things up in April.  This wasn't the profile of a breakout pitcher. 

Ian Kinsler:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .316.  Yeah so I would say me calling Kinsler's season fantasy baseball MVP-worthy was not such an outlandish statement.

Michael Fulmer:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.52.  It was like Fulmer woke up one day and said I won't give up any more runs after his ERA soared past 6.00.  And he has mostly stayed true to that goal.  The development of a changeup has been cited as the reason for the sudden ace numbers here but keep in mind Fulmer was considered right there with Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Noah Syndegaard in the New York Mets system before being part of the Yoenis Cespedes deal.  While the strikeouts are a bit up and down, everything else is checking out nicely pointing Fulmer as a present and future high-end starter. 

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .281.  Nice to see Perez pick up right where he left off in terms of hitting the cover off the baseball. 

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .260.  No movement from Abreu at all in the average department which further bolsters my argument about how the BABIP luck he got in 2014 and 2015 propped him up there at levels he was really not capable of. 

Yordano Ventura:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.93.  With all that velocity, this is what we thought we would be seeing all along with Ventura but obviously that has not happened.  There is a smidge chance of post-hype sleeper in his future but Ventura looks more capable of dominating as a reliever then as a starter. 

Joe Ross:  7 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.01.  Ross has been tremendous ever since coming up last season and he shows nothing but SP 2 ability is in his future.  Like with Michael Fulmer the K's run hot and cold but Ross is the real deal. 

Danny Espinosa:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .220.  I am sorry Trea Turner owners.  I really am sorry. 




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