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Sunday, July 17, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Khris Davis:  2/4 with 2 home runs (22 for season) while hitting .258.  Going back to the midway point of last season, Khris Davis has been right on par with Chris Davis in terms of home run rate and pure explosive power.  While the average always leaves something to be desired, all Chris Davis owners would sign up in a second for .258.

Ryon Healy:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .286.  The 2013 third round pick was at .318 with 6 home runs in a bit over 200 plate appearances this season at Triple-A which is solid but very unspectacular production.  In AL-only formats you can see where it goes here but that is about it.

Sonny Gray:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 4 BB 2 K with an ERA of 5.12.  The WHIP is a crazy 1.48 here for Gray and it shows you how pathetic he pitched this season.  With no injury to blame it on, the four year drop in his K rate is clear evidence that the arm and juice there is simply not the same.  A fantasy baseball ace as recently as the start of 2016, Gray is barely holding on as a back-end guy.  As massive a drop in value as I have seem without an injury recently.

Hisashi Iwakuma:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.01.  Here is why I love Iwakuma so much.  Just when you are ready to move on from him for good, he goes out and does this.  As crafy a pitcher as you will find, Iwakuma is fine-tuning a new approach due to lost velocity.  Looking good.

Yu Darvish:  4.1 IP 2 H 2 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.15.  This is Yu Darvish in a nutshell.  Poor control and massive strikeouts.  Just stay healthy dude.

Jason Hammel:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.34.  Maybe this is a sign Hammel will last the season with his numbers.  Not likely but one can hope.

J.J. Hardy:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .262.  Hardy is hitting around .260 with a bunch of power.  Pretty much the same story for his entire career.

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.29.  Always impressed when a pitcher can post a good ERA like Tillman while working in the American League.  He has proven himself to be a key second-half guy the last few seasons so no immediate worries with the veteran.

Adam Wainwright:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.15.  It has been some turnaround for Wainwright who was among the worst pitchers in the game in April and May but since the start of June he has been very good.  He still is a clear level or two below his former ace days but at least Wainwright has earned steady usage again.

Eduardo Rodriguez:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 7.18.  Successful return to the bigs for Rodriguez but 1 K in 7 innings and some truly nasty beatings he took earlier makes him quite radioactive to own. 

Jonathan Lucroy:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .303.  The power has been at a career-best rate for Lucroy this season as he continues to rake at the dish going back to 2014.  You can put Lucroy near Buster Posey in terms of power and average combination during that span as well. 

Jimmy Nelson:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.39.  Nelson is a guy I have championed for awhile and he is really starting to work out the rough edges and become a very impactful pitcher.  While he doesn't light the world on fire, Nelson's stuff is still impressive and puts forth a solid amount of K's to enhance his value. 

Anthony Rendon:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .255.  Rendon has done a bit to salvage all the value and cache he lost a year ago in his truly horrific injury-marred 2015 campaign.  He is running some, hitting for power, but the average has not come back yet.  Clearly we all went overboard when Rendon was going as a late first round pick which makes many cringe at the thought. 

Tanner Roark:  8 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.82.  Roark has been fantastic this season and honestly he would likely have been tremendous a year ago as well if the Nats had not stupidly put him into the bullpen to begin the season.  Stamped as a completely legit SP 3 who would be higher with a bit of a better K rate. 

Gerrit Cole:  4 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.13.  I don't think Cole is healthy and he is one of those high-end ace-like starters who presents quite a bit of risk due to his rough delivery in the way Stephen Strasburg and until recently Chris Sale carry. 

Ryan Howard:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .160.  I am not sure if I am more surprised Howard is hitting .160 or that he is still with the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Jerad Eickhoff:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.76.  One thing we have learned about Eickhoff this season is that he carries great promise and that he is a full run-and-a-half better with his ERA at home.  Stream him there the remainder of the season when fatigue becomes more an issue. 

Carlos Estevez:  scoreless ninth for his 5th save with an ERA of 4.18.  With Jake McGee continually getting his head beaten in as one of the more prominent busts of the season, Estevez looks like he has a prime shot to hold the closing gig the remainder of the year unless he has a large implosion. 

Buster Posey:  3/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .293.  Posey has been out-hit by a few catchers this season but he still is the top backstop in all of fantasy baseball until consistently proven otherwise. 

Angel Pagan:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .289.  Pagan always does a nice job when healthy no matter the season or his age.  There is something to be said for that type of consistency for a guy who nobody ever wants. 

Matt Kemp:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .255.  Kemp is a prime trade candidate leading up to Aug. 1 as he still brings some very potent power to the table despite losing pretty much everything else.  Would be midly interested again if he gets dealt to a prime offensive park. 

James Shields:  8 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 5.10.  Shields has adjusted better lately in the AL but look at how pathetic the K rate is now in the American League.  No one way in hell.

Matt Shoemaker:  9 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 13 K with an ERA of 4.08.  Massive strikeout potential here for Shoemaker who has such a potent arm but who constantly has been held back by terrible gopher ball problems.  On the bright side, Shoemaker has gone from 1.60 to 1.10 in his HR/9 from a year ago to this season which is incredible and is the 99 percent reason he is doing as well as he is right now.  If he can keep this up, Shoemaker is a must start.

Eric Hosmer:  2/4 while hitting .299.  Hosmer has 13 home runs and 4 steals to go with the .300 average which is where you wanted him to be at this point in the season.  The pure hitting ability is off the charts as Hosmer has just a 19.5 K/9 and walks in 8.3 percent of his at-bats. 

Ian Kinsler:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .294.  Onward we go with the magical season from Kinsler who other than Daniel Murphy has set the second base standard. 




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