Saturday, July 16, 2016


Kyle Hendricks:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.41.  Phenomenal stuff here as Hendricks is pitching at a fantasy baseball-ace level at the age of 26.  While the .241 BABIP is crazy lucky (3.89 XFIP ERA), Hendricks has helped himself immensely 0.69 HR/9 and 2.49 BB/9.

Stephen Strasburg:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.51.  Two weeks ago I said this is the best I have ever seen Strasburg pitch for an extended period and honestly that statement should go back to midway of 2015.  Over that stretch, you can argue no one has been better.  Rocking a 10.83 K/9 and 0.86 HR/9, good luck getting anything off the guy.  As always only injuries can hold Strasburg back.

Michael Taylor:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .230.  Taylor is you classic example of a guy who has tremendous speed and good power but whose lack of pure hitting really holds him back.  Not guaranteed being in the lineup on a daily basis, Taylor should be ignored unless injuries open up more chances.

Stephen Picsotty:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .295.  Piscotty is still a forgotten man as no one is talking about him....except for me of terms of being such a tremendous young hitter who is upping the power as well.  While he doesn't run much, Piscotty can help a bit in the steals department as well.  Clear OF 2 who is not getting the pop he deserves.

Randall Grichuk:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .229.  Part of the reason Piscotty is not getting attention is because of this guy.  Grichuk got most of the young outfielder attention in St. Louis heading into he season due to his big power but he fell flat on his face under a hail of K's.  He has been much better after clearing his head on the farm and hitting leadoff was interesting.  However a .229 average hurts any power output and I still am on the side of thinking Grichuk is a severely limited fantasy baseball player.

Tommy Pham:  3/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .286.  Pham has done a nice job in limited time due to injuries but considering the track record of St. Louis hitters, a pickup should be made no doubt.

Ian Kinsler:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .292.  No letup in sight here for Kinsler who has been just as good as Daniel Murphy, with his steals and runs evening up his counterpart's average.

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.91.  Verlander has been much better this season (he couldn't be much worse in 2014-15) and that rests almost solely on the major jump in K rate (7.63 to 9.41).  It is very possible Verlander's arm lacked juice a year ago due to so many high inning totals and usually there is no coming back from that and only maintaining current levels.  The fact Verlander has found strikeouts again is important for his value moving forward and that makes him an SP 3-4 again wherear he was down to a 5 a year ago.

Paul Goldschmidt:  2/5 with his 16th HR and 12th SB while hitting .298.  Always love seeing a power/speed game out of Goldschmidt who has been excellent again but just a tad behind his insane rates from the last two years.  Nitpicking at its finest.

Jean Segura:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .309.  Segura cooled after his monstrous April-May but still he has been excellent for the price of a very late round pick.  Back in the good graces.

Justin Turner:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .259.  Never seen this type of power from Turner before as again he could be trading average for power as he ages.  It works.

Anthony DeScalfani:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.55.  DeScalfani is repeating what he did last April in posting some big outings early on in his season.  He had been hurt until recently and thus cemented his status as a strong starter but someone who fades as the innings pile up.  Ride it out. 

Mike Napoli:  3/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .249.  Haven't spoken much about Napoli because he is so darn boring but boy the power has been impressive. 

Brian Dozier:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .247.  Dozier has saved his season with some very good hitting over the last month or so and really he is back to his usual norms with the ugly average and good home run rate.  Never works for me though. 

Jonathan Schoop:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .303.  Schoop has really developed into a nice player who is sort of like his teammate at shortstop J.J. Hardy with the tremendous power but lack of speed. 

Chris Archer:  7.1 IP 7 H 4 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.68.  Just not happening this season for Archer who yielded two more home runs.  Mix of very high K rates but a slew of mistakes he didn't make a season ago.  Revisit in 2017. 


  1. who do you like better in a keeper league? sale/glasnow or syndegaard? sale is a round 3 keeper, Thor is a round 18.

    1. Sale. Dependable and no injury question marks.