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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Curtis Granderson:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .204.  We are dangerously close now in throwing Granderson into the bench outfielder realm due to his home run or bust approach.

Steven Matz:  5 IP 8 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.69.  Matz said he had "nothing" during this outing but yet he still struck out 8.  Always a good thing when you fantasy baseball pitcher struggles yet still helps a bit.

Jon Niese:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.93.  Here is a good streaming tip:  always bet on the guy going against the team that traded him the previous winter. 

Adam Jones:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .243.  Still waiting on that push from Jones to get him back to the .280 average but it simply has not happened.  Could be entering past his prime as there are quite a few bad signs here from a former outfielder 1 in terms of loss of speed and the average hit.  Not to mention a growing penchant for injuries which could be the primary cause of the erosion.

Mark Trumbo:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .299.  Nothing more for me to say here that I haven't gushed enough about.  I will say that I now have given you A.J. Pollock and now Trumbo the last two years as prime value plays.  Just saying.

Chris Davis:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .219.  Even Chris Davis is jealous of Trumbo's power right now.

Yordano Ventura:  6 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 5.32.  Ventura is only skilled at causing trouble and now taking punches to his kisser.  Classic example of a hard-thrower who can't get people out due to the straight nature of his fastball.  Complete garbage. 

Kole Calhoun:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .300.  You get the feeling Calhoun is "just there" this season?

Carlos Beltran:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .272.  Even if you can just roll Beltran up to the dish in a wheelchair, he can still slam home runs.

Starlin Castro:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .259.  The elevator has gone up and down here quite a bit season for Castro as inconsistency has become the word with the guy.  Overall he is helping more than hurting but the big April start has not carried through. 

Ryan Howard:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .153.  Without exaggeration you can almost say every hit Howard has gotten this season has been a home run.  Pathetic. 

Jerad Eickhoff:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.68.  Not enough people are talking about the tremendous 1-2-3 stable of young hard-throwers the Philadelphia Phillies possess in Eickhoff, Aaron Nola, and Vinny Velasquez.  While Nola can be or maybe already is an SP 1, Eickhoff's ceiling is more of a 2. 

Joey Votto:  2/5 with his 11th HR and 4th SB while hitting .225.  If you can just look past the average, Votto has been terrific as the power is above his career norms and he is still picking up a few steals which always made him more exciting then some other top fantasy baseball first baseman.  I would absolutely talk up the ugly average and attempt a buy low because Votto still has tremendous plate skills that will result in a bunch of hits falling in soon enough.

Billy Hamilton:  3/3 with his second HR and 2 steals (15 for season) while hitting .263.  Hamilton is actually hitting at a decent clip by his lowered standards and we all knows the steals will be there in bunches.  As long as he is not under the .240 mark, Hamilton can be used on a daily basis. 

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.80.  Fourth straight outing DeGrom has rung up a high number of K's and that is proof positive he has fully regained the lost bite on his stuff from April.  That means DeGrom is also right back as a firm mid-fantasy baseball ace. 

Carlos Gomez:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .190.  Maybe Gomez is finally feeling health as he has cracked two homers in the last week.  Ride with it as this is truly the first chance it looks like you can get something positive out of Gomez this season.

Ian Desmond:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .310.  Yeah Desmond is really learning the joys of moving from spacious Washington to the launching pad of Texas. 

Dallas Keuchel:  7.1 IP 10 H 4 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.44.  Yeah even when he strikes out a bunch of guys, Keuchel still stinks. 

Anthony Rendon:  3/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .267.  Rendon is hitting towards the bottom of the Washington lineup which might be helping to take the pressure off the guy who has been fighting to be even a semblance of the future star from 2014.  Whatever works. 

Todd Frazier:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .221.  It wouldn't be a daily Wrapup without reporting on a Todd Frazier home run.

Mat Latos:  6 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 4.62.  So much for the "new approach" working for Latos.  Another guy you can move away from forever. 

Billy Butler:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .241.  I guess Butler is still in the majors. 

Chris Carter:  2/4 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .227.  Standard operating procedure. 

Sean Manaea:  6 ER in 7 IP with an ERA of 6.20.  Send him back already. 

Eduardo Nunez:  2/5 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .337.  This is Eduardo Nunez now giving me TWO middle fingers for saying he would regress the other day.  Honestly no one on earth saw this coming and it is beyond staggering to see what is going on here. 

Brian Dozier:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .211.  Have no issues with Dozier's power but instead everything else. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .272.  I mean there was never any reason to worry here.  Another guy you jump up and down for when you draft him and never look back without any concern unless an injury becomes an issue.

Zack Greinke:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.84.  The numbers are all coming down here as Greinke has pitched to a mid-2.00 ERA his last four outings and it was very good to see this kind of start at home where a major portion of the struggles reside.  Won't say Greinke is all the way back to ace status as his K rate remains down but the signs are good. 

 

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