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Sunday, July 10, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Victor Martinez:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .309.  Martinez has seen his average dip lately but he still can hit .300 in his sleep.  The biggest thing of course is the return of the monster 2014 power which I never thought would occur but it is clear getting out from behind the plate has helped freshen up his body in his late 30's. 

Devon Travis:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .269.  Travis has returned from his ongoing shoulder woes to hit bear the bottom of the order but that is not as big a deal in the AL compared to the NL where pitchers hitting give the eighth and seventh spot a tough deal.  Travis has done nothing but hit since becoming a regular last season and the growing power makes him a daily play. 

Aaron Sanchez:  5 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.04.  The Blue Jays pulled Sanchez early in his one to preserve his innings and this approach can hurt his win chances the remainder of the season.  On the positive side, this could allow Sanchez to be viable deeper into the summer.

Mark Trumbo:  1/4 with his 28th HR while hitting .287.  So Trumbo has supplied the mammoth first round power that those who drafted Jose Abreu, Miguel Cabrera, or Joey Paul Goldschmidt expected. 

Nick Tropeano:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.12  Tropeano is making very good on his latest chance to stick in the Los Angeles rotation and his approach reminds me of Matt Shoemaker in terms of being a quietly very effective K guy but who is rough around the edges. 

Grant Green:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .300.  Grant is a 28-year-old Quad-A type guy who has a bit of power and speed but guys like this are a dime a dozen.  Could catch some unsuspecting pitchers off guard for a week or two but that's as far as I would go with this. 

Brad Miller:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .245.  Miller has become the latest Quad-A player to make it in low-pressure Tampa Bay, with the power standing out.  The .300 averages and even the speed Miller showed in the minors have not made the journey to MLB which speaks to the limitations. 

Xander Bogaerts:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .331.  Amazing that Bogaerts is already challenging for the batting title twice in the last three seasons to go with the power finally moving solidly upwards.  All signs point to stardom.

Koji Uehera:  scoreless ninth for his fourth save with an ERA of 4.81.  Shocker here that ths scuffling Uehara got the ninth inning call over the just-acquired and more effective in 2016 Brad Ziegler but this is a comfort thing for John Farrell.  Uehara is a clear multiple steps down from his heyday as a top five fantasy baseball closer but saves are saves as they say. 

Adam Duvall:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .249.  As the season has gone on, Duvall's average has sunk as expected given the 30 percent K rate but the power my goodness.  Basically Duvall is Jay Bruce. 

Salvador Perez:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .277.  20 home runs and a .275 average is what I said before the season and now I will say 22 home runs and .275. 

Kyle Seager:  2/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .285.  Since the beginning of May or when I told you to buy low on the .200-hitting Seager, he has hit around .300 with his usual array of home runs.  This is why the guy is one of my favorites. 

Tommy Joseph:  4/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .258.  Not sure where all this power is coming from as Joseph's high at any level above A-Ball was 6. Blame that partly on the ballpark and partly on the 24-year-old 2009 second round pick filling in.  There is a decent average here to be had but no speed as well.  As always ride out the numbers and ask questions later. 

Jerad Eickhoff:  8 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 3.80.  We have firmly reached the point now where fatigue will begin to become a factor for the young pitchers in their first full season in the majors.  While we all love to invest in young sleeper arms, often these are bad investments due to the high rate of injury, innings limits, and the very good chance their numbers dive when you need them most toward the end of the fantasy baseball season. 

Didi Gregorious:  1/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .298.  Gregorious got moved up to the fifth spot in the order for this one and then goes out and cracks a bomb against Danny Salazar.  Gregorious is considered one of those "old news" guys who the fantasy baseball community kind of ignores after years of unerwhelming numbers but he is really blossoming into a top 10 fantasy baseball shortstop now. 

C.C. Sabbathia:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 3.77.  It has all gone to hell here.  As expected.

Danny Salazar:  5.2 IP 8 H 6 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.75.  Rare clunker from Salazar but no worries here as the newest member of the fantasy baseball ace club looks here to stay and has built up endurance to ward off worries about a late fade. 

Kelvin Herrera:  scoreless ninth for his first save with an ERA of 1.77.  Wade Davis avoided disaster with his elbow so Herrera should no get as long a run in the ninth inning as we had initially hoped.  Either way he will dominant until his cohort is back. 

Daniel Murphy:  3/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .349.  Daniel Murphy is gong to hit 30 home runs.  Allow that to sink in.  And hit .330.  Allow that to sink in. 

Max Scherzer: 7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.03.  With no Yoenis Cespedes, Scherzer toyed with the Mets as expected.  The ERA has come way down as soon as Scherzer stopped making it a habit to give up a home run in each start. 

Stephen Vogt:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .277.  Vogt needs to now shoe he can continue to hit the last two-plus months of the season unlike a year ago. 

Ryan Dull:  scoreless ninth for his first save with an ERA of 2.01.  Could be an indication Dull will replace Ryan Madson when the latter gets swapped. 



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