Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Kris Bryant:  1/1 with his 24th HR while hitting .279.  Bryant is raging hot which is why it was double worrisome when he went out with a leg injury that was later considered no big deal.  He is expected to be back out there Tuesday where he will probably hit two more home runs to show how superhuman he is. 

Willson Contreras:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .309.  I told you before he even debuted that Contreras was the new Buster Posey.  He might even be better. 

Zack Cozart:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .267.  The average has taken a dive lately but fatigue (yes young hitters get tired too) likely was the cause.  Overall though Cozart has been terrific for the second season in a row and has become a big favoritre of mine as a cost-efficient fantasy baseball shortstop.  Cozart actually would have gotten more pop if not for the sudden influx of affordable shortstops this season however. 

Kyle Hendricks:  5.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.67.  With Jason Hammel starting to go into his summer dive and Jon Lester coming off an 8-earned run beating, Hendricks all of a sudden is becoming the most stable arm in the rotation for the Cubs. 

J.T. Realmuto:  4/4 with his 7th SB while hitting .325.  Said in the winter that Realmuto is like the next Jason Kendall with the rare speed and .300 average.  Throw in developing power and Realmuto is right there as the top catcher in fantasy basebal.  Your welcome. 

Travis D'Arnaud:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .268.  D'Arnaud finally is looking like the smooth-hitting catcher he has hinted at before.  Now the next injury will hit today or tomorrow.

Curtis Granderson:  1/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .231.  Despite all his struggles this season, Granderson still has 15 home runs and is on pace for his highest number there since his Yankee days. 

Matt Harvey:  5 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 4.86.  I mean you can't even start the guy right now and that really goes back to May.  Looking like a completely thrown out 2016. 

Odubel Herrera:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .303.  If I created a Fantasy Sports Boss personal card, I would have the numbers of Odubel Herrera and J.T. Realmuto on it as references.  Who else gave you those two as prime sleepers?  Welcome to the outfielder 1 tier my friend.  Also welcome to the Circle Of Love which is the hallowed realm of obsession for yours truly. 

Maikel Franco:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .258.  Gave you this guy too but albeit with a .300 average.  Still think Franco will be a perennial .300 guy or even .280 as his approach is so good but at least the power is already tremendous. 

Jerad Eickhoff:  7.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.30.  And yet I gave you this guy too.  Again bad teams can supply some major cost-efficient fantasy baseball sleepers and the Phillies were oozing them.  Maybe I should amend that Aaron Nola is better than Jerad Eickhoff thing. 

Angel Pagan:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .289.  Pagan is really starting to fossilize but he is still can hit and work enough as a borderline outfielder 3. 

Gregory Polanco:  2/5 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .297.  Amazing how with Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and now Polanco, each guy came up running with no speed and then added pop in their mid-20's to become five category monsters.  The Circle of Fantasy Baseball life is complete for Polanco who is now knocking on the outfielder 1 door. 

Carlos Martinez:  7 IP 9 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.90.  If you haven't sold your shares of the ticking time bomb that is Carlos Martinez, your and idiot. 

Addison Russell:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .238.  Still thought we would see more here but Russell's contact issues are becoming just as concerning as Javier Baez was a year ago. 

Dustin Pedroia:  3/6 with his 8th HR while hitting .306.  Yes he doesn't run anymore but at least Pedroia has crawled out from being six-feet under in terms of being a fantasy baseball useful commodity.  As long as he is still healthy, Pedroia can still hit. 

Mookie Betts:  2/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .296.  I mean would you draft Mookie Betts over Bryce Harper? 

Rougned Odor:  3/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .269. Can't recall so many young hitters who are showing so much potential as I have this season.  This second base masher is right up there with anyone else. 

Lance McCullers:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.57.  Love this guy's arm and always have and it looks like McCullers is operating on all cylinders finally after working his way back from the DL and shoulder trouble.  He is a fireballer all the way who is your classic 200-K monster if his health allows it. 

George Springer:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .263.  Springer is looking exactly like I anticipated he would be in terms of big power and as so-so average.  While we want some more steals which seems to come and go, it is heartening to see Springer work his way out of being a .240 average guy. 

Junior Guerra:  7.1 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.93.  I have thrown cold water on this since the start but now I think a Status Report should be enacted.

1 comment:

  1. any idea if bryant will hold 3B eligibility? looking to acquire an infielder keeper and thinking about either bryant or machago, but don't wanna buy bryant if he's gonna be just OF next year