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Saturday, July 9, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Jason Kipnis:  3/4 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .273.  The evolution of Kipnis has continued in 2016 as the 29-year-old has just five steals but yet his power is really taking off.  Remember guys who come up built on speed often replace that with power later in their careers of they can maintain both like what we are seeing out of Kipnis' teammate Rajai Davis.  While the dynacism of Kipnis is not as attractive as it was when he was going 15/30, the overall product is still very valuable.

Carlos Santana:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .248.  Santana has a bunch of home runs over the last two weeks and continues to hit out of the leadoff spot here he can pad his runs and RBI being an AL bat.  By now it is old news how the average stinks but after losing catcher eligibility, this is the best we can expect from the guy right now in terms of impact.

Mike Napoli:  2/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .241.  The Indians have some lineup now to go with that awesome pitching.  Look out.

Brian McCann:  3/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .241.  Been hearing McCann is having a bad season but he is not.  Instead he is having a regular Brian McCann season with very solid power and the typical ugly average.  Don't overthink it.

Chad Green:  7 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 7.04.  Yeah you can take Green off your watch lists after he dominated San Diego last time out.  It was San Diego after all.

Corey Kluber:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.61.  Some questioned the All-Star Game nod but Kluber is on track on terms of doing his best stuff as the weather heats up.  One thing to be at least midly concerned about is the fact his K/9 has slipped for the third season in a row to 9.00.  Lots of innings the last two-plus seasons having an effect.

Yasmani Grandal:  5/5 with 3 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .204.  Well this was fun.  Yeah I have always been a booster of Grandal like I was always with Wilson Ramos.  Ramos finally took off in 2016 but Grandal continued to scuffle until this one.  The guy just swings all-out for the fences which works at times like this but makes him more of a second catcher in two-backstop formats.

Justin Turner:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .259.  Turner is really elevating the baseball this season and probably should be sitting down with Adrian Gonzalez in order to remind him now this is achieved.

Howie Kendrick:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .246.  Not happening this season for Kendrick who usually is a very dependable and cheap second base option.  Age no doubt a factor as Kendrick doesn't run anymore and the holes in the swing are growing.

Melvin Upton Jr.:  4/5 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .268.  Who would have thunk it that Melvin would be by far the most valuable fantasy baseball outfielder in the family?  Have to hand it to Melvin in that he pulled himself from the abyss as a truly hideous player the last few seasons and now is doing what made him so good during his early Tampa Bay days.

Andrew Cashner:  8 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  Yeah it just never happened here.  Too many injuries ruined this guy's arm and repertoire.

Vince Velasquez:  6 IP 8 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.32.  Decent enough in Colorado but long-term is where my concern lies.  I still think Velasquez's body won't be able to hold up as a starter given his big injury history but for now his high K rate still works nicely at the back end of your rotation.

Carlos Estevez:  1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 4.45.  Estevez has not pitched well lately which coincides with the return of Jake McGee from the DL.  Pick up McGee as a hedge.

Carlos Correa:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .264.  Again we have said it a bunch of times already but it still needs to be said.  Correa is sto ridiculously young which means a bit of a sophomore slump is no shock.  The skills are still insanely good and while the first round grade might have been a bit of reach which we were all guilty of, Correa is still every bit the gem he was prior to the first game this season.

Luis Valbuena:  3/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .265.  Valbuena is actually putting up a decent average to the point he can be used more liberally.

Marcus Semien:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .241.  Just to show you how batting average is paid more attentioin to then anything, I bet you didn't know Semien had as many home runs as he did.  The power has been tremendous for a SS-eligible guy but clearly more work needs to be done overall here.

Will Harris:  4 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 1.66.  Wow what a bad day at the office for Harris.  This is the kind of outing that makes one pay attention if you are hawking for a saves replacement but we are not there yet with Harris who otherwise has been terrific.  Luke Gregerson has the ERA down to 3.52 so he would be the guy though.

Ryan Madson:  fourth blown save with 3 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 3.47.  Closers are starting to get moved now with Fernando Rodney and Brad Ziegler finding new homes and Madson is expected to join them at some point this month.  Bad timing for a blown save but on a one-year deal count on a trade.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .265.  This is Asdrubal Cabrera saying "don't forget about me with all these young shortstops around."

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.62.  Going back to last season at this time, this is the most dominant I have ever seen Strasburg.  Yes the injuries are more than annoying but you know that is what you sign up for here.

Noah Syndegaard:  4.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.56.  Again Syndegaard had to come out with another injury scare as his dipping velocity set off alarms.  Arm fatigue was the diagnosis and again no structural trouble was found but this is getting out of hand here.  A sit down for two weeksi s warranted as Syndegaard is playing with fire with his health and this is why I told you to get the hell out from under this as as oon as you could if you own Syndegaard no matter how dominant he was the first two months. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .267.  Typical Encarnacion. 

J.A. Happ:  5.2 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.36.  Threw a lot of pitches earning those strikeouts early on in this start but again Happ was totally in control.  Sometimes things make no sense at all that you just go to go with it. 

Christian Yelich:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .316.  Love how Yelich is not selling out to hit for power like most young guys do.  Instead he is hitting line drives everywhere and showing the batting title skills I talked about forever. 

Jose Fernandez:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.52.  Fernandez is so much fun to watch that he is the kind of guy you are willing to pay through the nose to acquire so you get doubly pumped up with ever pitch of dominance. 

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