Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Cole Hamels:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.60.  Hamels is now up to 9-1 and has been every bit the ace he has always been and in Texas of all places.  As a longtime Hamels lover, I admit I avoided him this season due to the AL and his so-so performance with the Rangers after coming over via trade last summer.  While the K rate is downslightly, everything else is where it should be which is a testament to the player. 

Adrian Beltre:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .285.  While Beltre is no longer a .300 hitter or a 30-home run guy, he is still holding steady as a solid daily league fantasy baseball third baseman.  That is more toward the bottom in the 10-12 range though.

Matt Carpenter:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .300.  If Carpenter stole some bases, you would easily say he is in the running for fantasy baseball MVP.  Carpenter leads the game in runs scored with 54 and also has 49 RBI out of the LEADOFF spot in the NL!

Corey Kluber:  8 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.50.  Amazing how if you throw out April and even early May, you can argue that you can count on one hand more effective fantasy baseball power pitchers then this guy.  Reo:  member that when you go out and buy low next April 30. 

Travis Shaw:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .273.  Shaw has settled more into his actual level of production now that oppoing pitches are getting more of a book on him after he debuted in garbage time for the Red Sox a year ago but he is still doing a nice job overall for a guy who was not considered a top prospect.  The sell high window is likely closed now that the average is dropping but Shaw makes for a top backup third baseman. 

Chris Archer:  6.1 IP 7 H 4 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.76.  It is just not happening here for Archer who despite standing second in the majors in K/9 rate at 10.91 which is excellent, he has given up an insane amount of home runs and the walk rate is approaching 4.00!!!!  Just like with Matt Harvey in New York whose arm has bounced off a big workload jump a year ago, Archer's overall stuff is not nearly where it was in 2015. 

Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .258.  I did a long piece on Harper the other day and stand by what was written in terms of the average being severely depressed by an unlucky BABIP and now the power will always be there ready to explode.  Yup. 

Lucas Giolito:  4 H 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Giolito looked great as expected and his curveball is something right out of a video game.  With a fastball that approaches 100, Giolito is here to stay and set to be a fantasy baseball ace before long.

Matt Harvey:  3.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.55.  See Archer, Chris.  Just not happening with the guy.

Giancarlo Stanton:  3/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .228.  Ho-hum.

Miguel Cabrera:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .295.  Cabrera could straddle up close to 40 home runs this season and yet some still say he is losing it.  Outside of average which is still helpful, talk such as this is nonsense. 

Nick Castellanos:  3/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .302.  Castellanos' average has sunk lately as I said it would when he was up there with a .350 BABIP in May but as long as he still hits for power, he holds his spot as a top ten fantasy baseball third baseman. 

Brian Dozier:  3/4 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .259.  Wow Dozier is really locked in right now.  Over the last week he is taking batting practice among major league pitchers and his average is above .250 which is the most shocking thing of all.  Yes I told you to cut him loose in May and still don't like him as every hitter has a stretch like this at some point. 

Ben Zobrist:  2/6 with his 10th HR while hitting .296.  Zobrist will finish the season with his customary .260-.280 average but the uptick in power is a pure product of his new offensive park. 

Javier Baez:  1/7 with his 7th HR while hitting .256.  Like how Baez has worked to cut down on the K's which is what will help him stay in the majors and we all know the power/speed game could be special. 

Billy Hamilton:  1/6 with his third HR while hitting .255.  The home run was nice but let's get the steals going. 

Jon Lester:  7.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.03.  Lester how not slowed down one bit with his dominant pitching this season and another Cy Young could be in the offing.  In addition, Lester's second wave of ace pitching after he dipped during the end of his Red Sox tenure has not gotten the attention it should have received.

Julio Urias:  6 IP 2 H 2 ER 6 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.09.  Better.  Urias has terrific stuff with tremendous movement but that movement he has not harnessed yet as evidenced by the sky-high walk rate.  Obviously things will smooth out as he further develops as Urias is still just 19.  He wil be a very good one but not yet.  He remains a volatile start every time out for now. 

Carlos Correa:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .265.  Correa is really heating up right now like he did last summer.  We didn't see him last April in the majors so maybe he is a slow starter.  Either way the best time seem ahead this season. 

Wil Myers:  1/2 with his 18th HR while hitting .284.  Myers also has 11 steals as he is doing a five category dance.  Post-hype sleeper made very good. 

Denard Span:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .253.  Age is robbing Span of some of his skills and right now he is only a bench bat. 


  1. Pick up Giolito in place of McCullers, Stroman or bone spur Matz?