Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Johnny Cueto:  6.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.06.  Now up to 11 wins with 1 loss and taking dead aim at the NL Cy Young.  Just like with Jeff Samardzjia who I pumped up all winter, San Francisco is right there as the best ballpark for fantasy baseball pitching success in the game. 

Kyle Seager:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .269.  Love Seager as he once again is within single digits of where his career rates are across the board despite a horrid April.  Always be willing to pay extra for that type of dependability. 

Maikel Franco:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .239.  Shocked at the average as Franco is a guy who should be a perennialy .300 hitter given his very good approach with K's and walks but a bit of a sophomore slump deal could be at work.  Be that as it may, the power has fully made the trip from the minors to the majors.

Kurt Suzuki:  4/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .265.  Seems like every other season Suzuki brings some usefullness to the fantasy baseball table which is doing now.  We have seen his bat go limp for long stretches of the season though so this is just for AL-only formats. 

Aaron Nola:  7 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 4.11.  Nola has gotten hit hard the last few weeks as he reaches his first extended run of trouble in the majors.  Be that as it may, this is not a shock as the innings are starting to pile up on a young arm so fatigue could already be rearing its head as it does for almost all rookie pitchers in the summer.  I wouldn't buy low given that aspect and an innings cap at some point shutting him down but Nola's future remains extremely bright. 

Tyler Duffey:  6 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 6.18.  Yup the regression to suckville is complete. 

Charlie Blackmon:  2/5 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .295.  Forget the steals, Blackmon wants to now be a 25-home run slugger.  Love guys that continue to supply new tricks each season. 

Tim Anderson:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .292.  As with all guys build primarily on speed, take any home run you can get as a nice bonus.  So far, so good here with the potential stolen base dynamo. 

Chris Sale:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.83.  Sale back on track after some a bit of a rough patch in picking up his 12th win. 

Sonny Gray:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.20.  This is the best I have seen out of Gray all season as he had some zip on the fastball after this pitch was completely absent up to this point.  Still not a fan here as Gray looks like a guy who has thrown too many innings at a young age which is sapping some pop from his arm. 

Ryan Madson: scoreless ninth for his 13th save with an ERA of 2.48.  Count on the A's trading away Madson which means Sean Doolittle could be back in the closer's seat soon enough.  All Madson owners need to back him up with Doolittle before this happens. 

Yasmany Tomas:  1/4 with is 10th HR while hitting .257.  Tomas has already been all over the statistical map where at first he hit for average and now power and now he is reversing it.  At least he is showing good outfielder 3 usefullness and is not going down the ugly Alex Guerrero or Rusney Castillo path. 

Daniel Hudson:  scoreless nith for his first save with an ERA of 1.55.  While Hudson could be traded also, Brad Ziegler will be a hot commodity at the July deadline so cover yourself here. 

Zack Cozart:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .284.  Amazing to me that Cozart's terrific season is not getting more pub than it deserves.  Keep in mind he began showing this ability as a post-hype sleeper before going down with injury and he has picked up right where he left off there in 2016.  At the end of June, we are in legitimate range of the season for surprising performances. 

Jurickson Profar:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .345.  Yeah so this is what we all were waiting for. 

Colby Lewis:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.21.  The curse of the start after a no-no or near no-no shows up again. 

Corey Kluber:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.59.  It is the summer so that must mean Corey Kluber is pitching like the former Cy Young winner he already is.  Sometimes this game can be that easy. 

Carlos Correa:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .263.  Fair or unfair, Correra has to start going bonkers or else his owners will consider 2016 a letdown. 

Bryce Harper:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .258.  Pitchers are being much more careful with Harper this season which is the sole reason his numbers are down across the board.  Also Harper as a response is swinging at stuff out of the zone a bit more which is spiking his K's a bit. 

Jose Fernandez:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.45.  Yup the kid can throw a no-hitter in any given start, so dominant in his stuff. 

Matt Carpenter:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .297.  A clear darkhorse candidate for NL MVP.  Carpenter has been stupid hot the last few weeks and is filling up all the columns outside of steals.  With second base eligiblity remaining, Carpenter has been as good a buy as any hitter this season.  What a talent. 


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