Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Jonathan Schoop:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .301.  At the age of 24, Schoop is now making himself a top tier fantasy baseball second baseman that nobody saw coming.  Very rarely do you see this type of power from a middle infielder and while you want some speed here (which Schoop does not possess), the holy grail combo of power and average is drool-worthy no matter where it shows.  While the .343 BABIP is very lucky and shows average regression coming to more of a .280 range, Schoop strikes out in just 20.4 percent of his at-bats which shows how in control the guy is. 

Alex Rodriguez:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .216.  It is noteworthy that Rodriguez even got into a game, let alone smack a home run.  Its over. 

Wilmer Flores:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .260.  Flores continues to get screwed by the Mets despite the fact all he does is hit and hit for power when in the lineup.  Ccan't depend on him in fantasy given the lack of clear consistent time on the field. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .293.  You know you have reached a special place in fantasy baseball when you can write in ink every season what your numbers will be on April 1.  Rizzo is that guy. 

Jon Lester:  7.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.89.  The K rate has slipped a bit recently but Lester came right back and dominated a Mets team who handed him his jock last time he faced them.  Starting to worry about the very high amount of innings Lester has thrown the last two seasons-plus but let's hope that is more a storyline for 2017. And it will be a storyline eventually. 

Steven Matz:  5 IP 8 H 4 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.56.  Next time:  either an ERA over 4.00 or the scalpel. 

Tommy Joseph:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .256.  Still not sure where all this power has come from since Joseph didn't do this in the minors but in NL-only setups you ride it out of course.  At the age of 28 though, Joseph has zero ceiling as a fringe guy who will be exposed before you know it. 

Jose Fernandez:  6.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 14 K with an ERA of 2.2.53.  No one has better pure stuff in all of baseball no named Clayton Kershaw.  NO ONE!

Aaron Nola:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.41.  Ahhh the joys of rest and acquired oxygen for a young pitcher.  I was hoping Nola would continue getting shelled so I can get him cheap next season and enjoy his SP 2 production.  Yes I like him that much. 

Matt Kemp:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .255.  Why is there so little chatter about Kemp on the trade front? 

Stephen Piscotty:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .299.  When I drooled all over Piscotty in March, I talked about his batting-title skills and developing power.  Yeah I would say the power developed already.  That just makes him ready to pass out when looking ta Piscotty now.  And I got him and Odubel Herrera for the cost of middle round draft picks.  And ended up with two guys who are aiming for OF 1 status. 

Randal Grichuk:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .227.  There was never any doubting Grichuk's power but now his value hinges on him hitting even just .250 which doesn't look in the cards right now.  In my opinion this puts Grichuk in clear OF 3/4 territory. 

Mike Leake:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.00.  Second straight game of double-digit K's for Leake after he never had more than 6 in any start prior to this.  Makes no sense to me but this is what Leake has done going back to his Cincy days.  Blends shellackings with gems like this with wavering K's.  The numbers meander but in the end are very helpful.   

Joey Votto:  2/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .265.  Votto now up to .265 as he continues his journey back to .300 where he always belongs. 

Zack Cozart:  1/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .263.  Votto and Cozart were like two batting average ships passing in the night. 

Eugenio Suarez:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .225.  Clearly Suarez has grown into his power this season but boy that average is unsightly and really ruins the overall picture here. 

Justin Upton:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .236.  Now Justin needs to call his brother and get hitting tips. 

Matt Boyd:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.91.  This is your broken clock is right twice a day deal for Boyd in terms of fantasy baseball.

Tim Anderson:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .279.  Anderson has hit for more power than we anticipated and ran a bit less.  Why does this happen?

Adam Lind:  1/1 with 14th HR while hitting .230.  Walk-off shot for Lind off David Robertson.  Not the overall season I thought we would be getting out of Lind but he still will likely finish with around 23 home runs.  Which is a home run amount Lind always seems to finish around so in the end it is all good.

Chris Sale:  8 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.18.  Robertson then comes in and gives up 4 ER in .1 IP (4.14 ERA) to put a blow torch to this gem.  Sale continues to be an underappreciated dominant top five ace even though he has taken bite off his fastball this season which knocked down his K rate a bit.

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Kluber was forced out with a calf injury and his immediate status is now cloudy.


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