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Friday, July 22, 2016

FANTASY BASEBAL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.18.  Now up to 14 wins, Tillman's reputation of being a major second-half gem is back in vogue after a year off there in 2015.

Justin Turner:  2/3 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .267.  Love the power explosion out of Turner who once again is one of the best values going in fantasy baseball.  No one ever wants the guy but all he does is hit and now with consistent pop.

Stephen Strasburg:  6 IP 7 H 6 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.83.  You know you are having a great season when you get shelled for the first time in JULY and still strike out a bunch of batters.

Julio Urias:  4 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.69.  The pitch efficiency is still awful here but Urias will only get better and by quite a bit.

Corey Dickerson:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .241.  Throw Dickerson in with Vinny Castilla and Dante Bichette in terms of being complete hitting frauds that were almost totally enhanced by Colorado.  In comparison, during his amazing season a year ago, Nolan Arendado hit more home runs on the road then at home. 

Sonny Gray:  5 IP 9 H 7 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.49.  Rock bottom?  It can't get any worse can it?  My goodness Gray has been garbage and the only reason why he is on a fantasy baseball roster is because of his name or because his owners are fully into fantasy football.  Nothing good has gone on here as Gray's K rate has sank to SP 5 levels and his home run rate has shot through the roof.  As big a bust as you can get. 

Stephen Piscotty:  1/2 with his 14th HR while hitting .297.  With Torii Hunter now off into retirement, I have my new outfield obsession.  I an in love.

Adam Wainwright:  6 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.09.  Wow the ERA is now almost under 4.00 as Wainwright has no doubt pitched like an ace again over the last month.  While we love the jog back to respectability, keep in mind this is a vastly different Wainwright in terms of a lowered K rate and higher hit rate due to decreased velocity.  At least Wainwright has shown he is not totally shot. 

Jonathan Villar:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .301.  If you switched Villar's name with Jose Altuve, you may not know the difference with the .300 average, semi-pop, and boatloads of steals.  That is how good and spectacular a value Villar has been. 

Francisco Liriano:  6.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 0 BB 13 K with an ERA of 4.96.  Maybe this is the start of a good stretch?  It couldn't have been any worse for Liriano prior to this explosion and honestly his stuff moves so much that when it is working, this can still happen.  However he is on your waiver wire for sure due to his nastly first half and given the career-long volatility, he should stay there. 

Christian Yelich:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .318.  Second home run in two games for Yelich but come bro run, run, and run some more so we can get more excited. 

Jerad Eickhoff:  5 IP 9 H 5 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.98.  Leading into this one, Eickhoff had an ace-level ERA at home but he got destroyed here which may lead one to think fatigue could now be starting.  It is inevitable. 

Tom Koehler:  8 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.42.  Still think Koehler could be a hell of a reliever but got to give him props for the swell outing.  There now I'm done.  Let's get to something that has some form of fantasy baseball value. 

Mookie Betts:  3/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .306.  Let me ask you a question:  would you trade Betts straight up for Bryce Harper?  Now a legit question. 

Dustin Pedroia:  5/5 while hitting .304.  Yeah Pedroia can still rake when healthy and honestly he has been good on that front.  The steals are long gone which is obvious given the age but Pedroia has turned out to be a terrific veteran value after no one wanted him in March. 

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .297.  I for one never saw this type of power from Bradley but there you go.  Will put him in the "let's see you do it again" mode for next season and for the rest of this year, I want to see how low this average gets. 

David Ortiz:  3/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .330.  Winning a batting title while putting the finishing touches on your final MLB season is certainly a nice way to go out. 


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