Thursday, June 30, 2016


Adam Duvall:  2/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .254.  Duvall has not stopped mashing one bit since the start of the season and his place as a supreme 2016 value play is already secured.  There are enough sizable holes in his swing that opposing pitchers will still try to be aggressive with him and that should ensure more mistakes being slammed. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .284.  Rizzo's numbers each year can be written in ink in terms of a .280 average and 35 home runs.  And a first round grade. 

Addison Russell:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .236.  With no speed, Russell has not hit for average to go with power and that has not happened this season.  As a result that makes him a bench option ideally which is not what many expected at this juncture. 

Kyle Hendricks:  6.2 IP 8 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.76.  Amazing how Hendricks has turned a "Big Four" in the Chicago Cubs rotation into a "Big Five." 

Josh Donldson:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .293.  Unlike in fantasy football which saw a majority of consensus number 1 picks go bust, in 2016 fantasy baseball almost all of the first round guys such as Donaldson have made their grades. 

Aaron Sanchez:  8 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.08.  Ratios are inching up and K rate inching down as the innings pile up.  This is your warning to sell high on Sanchez as the fatigue sets in.

Jose Altuve:  4/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .357.  This is getting stupid now.  The other day I said if the draft was tomorrow I would pick this guy first.  Over Mike Trout.  Yes sir.  The power uptick has turned the 5-7 Altuve into that special class of player known here as a "video game guy." 

Danny Salazar:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.22.  We are talking knocking on the door of top five among all SP territory. 

Lonnie Chisenhall:  1/4 with his fifth HR while hitting .297.  In AL-only leagues if you must go down this road AGAIN! 

Max Scherzer:  7.1 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.30.  Take out about 5 home runs and Scherzer has his customary 2.00-something ERA.  Nothing has changed here outside of that in terms of his ace profile.

Daniel Murphy:  2/4 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .352.  Talk about literally socking it to the team that gave up on you.  While he won't win it, Murphy has put his name in the fantasy baseball MVP chatter and at the very least has the second base spot locked up in the NL fantasy baseball All-Star team.  My goodness.

Brian McCann:  2/3 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .229.  Just when you get ready to start throwing dirt on McCann, he comes back with a game like this to remind you he is still very much potent in fantasy baseball terms.  The average has been disgusting for awhile so no surprises there but we need 20 home runs for him to retain his usual standards going into 2017.

Adrian Beltre:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .284.  Beltre likes Yankee pitching as he has gone all Babe Ruth on it the last few days.  What a underrated great career this guy has had as he knocks on the Hall of Fame door.

Rougned Odor:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .271.  Geez Odor is at 15 home runs and we are not even at the break yet.  Scary where this might go.  Future 40 home run second baseman?  Those are words I don't think I have ever typed here.

Didi Gregorious:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .290.  I haven't talked about the guy much but Gregorious has been very solid this season and clearly has elevated his hitting.  We are still just in AL-only territory but Gregorious also qualifies as a very good backup shortstop in mixers.

Eduardo Nunez:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .316.  I have no more answers here.  Every season there is a guy who comes out of nowhere and hits like a first round pick and never lets up.  This season Eduardo Nunez is that guy.  Value play of the year right now with Jonathan Villar slowing down a bit.

Todd Frazier:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .202.  All Frazier does is hit home runs.  He hits a lot of them but damn I can't believe he is entering into that phase of his career already at still a young age.

Ryan Braun:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .325.  Braun himself has not let up with the terrific hitting all season as he further pushed the Biogensis mess into the rearview mirror.  I won't forget.

Junior Guerra:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.25.  Guerra's XFIP is 4.09 as his BABIP is incredibly lucky at .247.  That's all you need to know when you wonder how this is happening.

Andrew McCutchen:  0/5 while hitting .239.  Back to square one in terms of whether McCutchen can make it back to his All-Star self of contnue to struggle.

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