Sunday, July 3, 2016


Rajai Davis:  4/5 with his 9th HR and 22nd SB while hitting for cyle and batting .275.  For a guy who has spent most of his career having to fight for everything he got, Davis has saved his best for last apparently as he has outfielder 1 power/speed numbers right now.  While Davis has always been capable of popping the odd home run to go with a very high amount of steals, it is obvious that he has added muscle as he has aged.  One thing I have learned watching Davis in his career is that he can never be counted out to make a fantasy baseball impact.  What he is doing in 2016 though is incredible.

Carlos Santana:  2/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .242.  Santana is on pace for a career-high in home runs which is nice and has its place for sure in fantasy baseball.  Oh buy boy do we miss those "C" eligible days.

Josh Donaldson:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .289.  Donaldson is insanely hot right now as he tries to tell Kris Bryant "Not so fast kid."

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .262.  Boy this Toronto lineup is scary.

Troy Tulowitzki:  1/4 with hsi 13th HR while hitting .223.  Relegated to hitting toward the bottom of the lineup, the post-hip surgery Tulo is now nothing but barely a daily usage fantasy baseball shortstop.  The speed is long gone, the health remains a joke, and it is telling how with Rogers Center as his home run, Tulo can't even hit .230.

Mike Zunino:  2/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting. 500.  Heeeeesss bbbbbaaaccckkk!!  Yeah I tried to make Zunino sound appealing but it didn't work.  This tiger has not all of a sudden changes his stripes.  He will hit home runs and pretty much nothing else as the 2016 Ryan Howard of catchers.

Chris Davis:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .247.  At least Davis has pulled himself out of the batting average gutter which is always the key here for him to reach maximum value.

Nelson Cruz:  1/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .283.  Power is the last thing that holds on when it comes to hitters and Cruz is upholding that theme.

Adam Lind:  4/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .246.  Lind is starting to do his usual thing after that truly horrific April and May where most gave up on him.  That was foolish and always a dumb move for those who take part in fantasy baseball because numbers can be lost in decent amounts that way due to impatience.  Remember veteran guys in their prime usually find themselves at some point.

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .291.  Arenado's season could end today and he would still be a top five fantasy baseball third baseman. 

Scott Kazmir:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.37.  Kazmir is up and down with his performance but this one was on the very good side.  The big K games are not as frequent as they once were and we are at the point where Kazmir's second half annual fade usually begins so don't overhype this too much.

Melvin Upton Jr.:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .266.  Upton Jr. has done a nice job salvaging his career this season in low-pressure San Diego, upticking his power and still running enough.  Perhaps most impressive is that Upton has cut his K rate which has boosted his average past his standard and ugly .230 previous territory. 

Ben Zobrist:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .298.  Zobrist will be right there with his customary 20 home runs but the offensive boost from Wrigley Field has helped the average nicely.  While he is aging at 35, Zobrist is still showing he is not done yet in terms of being a daily league fantasy baseball asset.

Neil Walker:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .260.  Daniel Murphy saw this and said "not nearly enough dude."

Bartolo Colon:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.87.  We are almost at the All-Star Break and Colon has a sub-3.00 ERA.  Let that sink in.  By the way he is 42.  Let that sink in 2.0. 

Jake Arrieta:  5.1 IP 8 H 4 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.33.  Perfect timing right on the heels of the very negative post I wrote on the upcoming trouble for Arrieta.  I am good at this. 

Jeurys Familia:  scoreless ninth for his 28th save in 28 chances with an ERA of 2.75.  You can argue Familia is the best closer in fantasy baseball this season as he has not blown one chance which is saying something among this volatile group.

Danny Espinosa:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .230.  Trea Turner see you in 2017. 

Mookie Betts:  3/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .296.  I am running out of superlatives for Betts who has a ridiculous skill set and monster five category ability.  We are talking being the mid-first round replacement for Andrew McCutchen.

C.J. Cron:  6/6 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .287.  This is what I wrote about Cron yesterday:  "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."  Just like with Danny Salazar among pitchers, guys I really love when the first arrive eventually get there. 

Albert Pujols:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .251.  At least he is not hitting .220. 

Kendrys Morales:  2/3 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .267.  Put every slugger in fantasy baseball in one room and the hottest home run bat over the last week is this guy. 

Aaron Nola:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.69.  Fatigue, fatigue, fatigue, fatigue.  Like with Marcus Stroman, Nola is going through the typical dead arm period all young starters go through during the season.

Ian Kinsler:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .291.  Would love to find out if anyone had Kinsler ranked as the top fantasy baseball second baseman this season.  I think I will be waiting a long time for evidence of this.

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 4 ER 1 BB 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.11.  Even if Verlander gets shelled, he still gets to go home to Kate Upton every night.

Jose Altuve:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .355. I mean this is insane.  Well at least we can say "With the first pick of the 2017 fantasy baseball draft, we all select Jose Altuve, second baseman Houston Astros."

A.J. Reed:  1/1 with his first HR while hitting .111.  Did a piece on Reed a few months ago where I talked about how he is a pure slugger with big power right on down to the ugly .250 average.  Not as big a prospect in my mind as Reed is limited in his overall ability.

Freddie Freeman:  3/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .289.  Freeman deserves a ton of credit for performing the way he has with no support in the Atlanta lineup.  Keep him in mind for next season if the Braves finally give him help as a big upside first baseman.



  1. Verlander only had 1 ER last night :)

    Pick 3 out of these for the ROS: Schoop, Beltre, Kang, Dozier, Crawford, Nunez