Saturday, July 2, 2016


Ian Desmond:  3/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .285.  There is Ian Desmond among fantasy baseball eligible shortstops....and then everybody else.  Yup didn't think I would be typing that out this season. 

Trevor Plouffe:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .252.  Plouffe has not changed his AL-only value since becoming regular but the guy is as consistent as they get with his .250 average and good but not great pop. 

Martin Perez:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.39.  Perez has had the typical control problems that most pitchers have coming off TJ surgery but he has picked up where he left off before the procedure with decent enough SP 5 numbers in non-innings capped formats. 

David Ortiz:  3/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .342.  While everyone fought over Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Abreu, and Joey Votto, you could have had the 2016 fantasy baseball MVP a few rounds later in Ortiz.  The guy has defied the "he is done" mantra for over five years now and for his latest trick, he looks primed to win a freakin' bating title. 

C.J. Cron:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .268.  I always liked Cron more than others but his plate discipline from the minors didn't follow him to the majors which caused more than a few stops and starts.  Swing looking better now and a buy low as a bench bat with a tiny bit more upside is still in play. 

Kris Bryant:  1/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .279.  Now the NL leader in home runs, Bryant can't be beaten with any fastball right now.  As locked in as one can get.  Look out Josh Donaldson.  You got competition for the number 1 third base honor. 

Brandon Nimmo:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .280.  Still not sure how much power is really in Nimmo's bat but he has not looked overmatched yet and he is even batting leadoff.  Do what you must do. 

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .292.  Cespedes is getting into one of his customary insanely hot stretches with his home run swing.  Always a thing of beauty. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/4 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .262.  Cabrera still is doing hsi thing as a low-end shortstop in 12-team mixers.  The speed is about the only thing missing from Cabrera of a few years ago.

Jacob DeGrom:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.62.  Love this guy.  I have drooled all over DeGrom since he became a regular to the point that I am disturbing myself as the ace numbers continue to flow despite a 2-mph loss on his fastball that still has not come back.  That is called being crafty and talented at the same time.  Also DeGrom is right there in averaging a K/IP which means his stuff is still as dominant as ever.

Jason Hammel:  10 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 3.45.  We have reached that time with Hammel where things turn to crap overnight.  The same theme has always remained with Hammel in that he is excellent in April, May, and June but then transforms into garbage starting in July.  Check out thre career trends here.  I have been warning you all about this for weeks now so this should not be a shock. 

Julio Teheran:  5 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 2.72.  Teheran misses the New York Mets already. 

Chris Carter:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .231.  Guys like Carter remain non-starters for me but I do subscribe to the usage of having him on the bench and inserting when the home runs are locked in. 

Jaime Garcia:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.84.  Just when you think Garcia should be headed to the wire, he throws a gem like this.  Guy has done it his whole career as one of the more underappreicated SP 4's in the game. 

Victor Martinez:  2/5 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .324.  For the second season out of the last three, Martinez has destroyed the baseball in putting up the hallowed combo of a high average and good power.  Last season was a complete bust as Martinez battled injuries but now maybe that campaign was an outlier and DH is really legit in terms of a late-career hitting renaissance. 

Michaal Fulmer:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.17.  Incredible things happening here and boy you wonder if the New York Mets wish they had dealt Steven Matz or Matt Harvey for Yoenis Cespedes. 

Odubel Herrera:  2/4 with his 9th HR and his 12th SB while hitting .306.  Yup Herrera is this season's version of A.J. Pollock in terms of being a blockbuster sleeper I told you all to be aggressive on.  Herrera showed hints of this type of five category production a year ago and the screen of playing on a brutal Phillies team kept the price down enough to make him a monster value.  Could be in the outfielder 1 realm for 2017. 

Kendrys Morales:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .262.  There you go my friend.  Two home runs in two straight games.  See Carter, Chris and ride this out. 

Carlos Santana:  2/8 with his 17th HR while hitting .237.  Wish Santana would show average growth now that he is not donning the tools of ignorance but that has not happened.  Not a fan of his an ultimately disappointed by the overall picture from the guy after he had so much initial hype. 

Marcus Stroman:  6.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.08.  Told you all to hold Stroman as he went through the typical dead arm period that most young starters undergo at some point during a given season.  The stuff is way too impressive for Stroman to remain down for long and the outlook is still bright. 

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