Sunday, July 24, 2016


Mark Melancon:  scoreless ninth for his 29th save with an ERA of 1.55.  Melancon has been ridiculoys this season and over the last two years, you can argue that maybe only Zach Britton has been better closing games.

Aaron Nola:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.75.  Yes things are fighteningly bad right now for Nola but I will remain an apologist of his and talk up how spectacular he was in his ace-like April and May.  This will just make him that much a sweeter value next season.

Kirk Niewenhuis:  3/3 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .207.  Everyone knows the guy is garbage but if this happened in the first week of the season, everyone would have picked Niewenhuis up.

Jonathan Lucroy:  1/2 with his 13th HR while hitting .302.  Buster Posey is even getting jealous.

Justin Turner:  2/5 while hitting .269.  Turner has officially one nuclear with the bat as he is hitting almost .330 for the month and continues to tap into the type of big power we have never seen from him before.  While it looked bleak early on, Turner once again has proven himself to be one of the best prices bats in fantasy baseball.

Adrian Gonzalez:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .280.  Boy has this guy become insanely boring and quite medicore.

Matt Adams:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .261.  Maybe Adams finally figured out that somebody his size should you know for more than 10 home runs in a given season.  Better late then never.

Mike Leake:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.24.  You knew there would be a price to pay after those back-to-back 10-K games.

Johnny Cueto:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.53.  Tough luck no-decision but wow has Cueto been taking names back in the National League and in a prime pitcher's park as well.  Completely has reaffirmed himself as a top ten fantasy baseball ace.

Carlos Correa:  2/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .266.  Nice but still not first round numbers.

Evan Gattis:  2/3 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .224.  In typical Gattis fashion, the bombs were his only two hits as the average is unsightly.  Back with catcher eligiblity, nobody cares there.

Colin McHugh:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.18.  2014 is never coming back and belongs totally in the outlier range but McHugh has been very good over the last month and is back in the SP 5 circle of trust.  Not that there is much trust in that realm anyway.

Jay Bruce:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .267.  In another one of those fantasy baseball quirks, Bruce is actually having one of his best seasons when you combine power and average but he has put such a hurt on his owners at times in the latter category that now no one cares about him.

Nelson Cruz:  2/5 with 2 home runs (25 for season) while hitting .288.  Cruz is the man.

Kyle Seager:  2/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .284.  At least for now, this Seager can still claim he is the best hitter in the family.

Michael Sauders:  2/4 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting .288.  The joys of moving from Seattle to Toronto.  It is a wonderful thing.

Giancarlo Stanton:  4/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .245.  The home run Stanton hit smashed off the top of the scoreboard. It was epic.  Run to YouTube.

Jacob DeGrom:  3.2 IP 10 H 5 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.73.  The curse of the start after a complete game rears its ugly head again.  In particular when a young pitcher throws a complete game like DeGrom did his last time out, the arm "bounces" in his subsequent start.

Jose Fernandez:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.54.  Right now Fernandez has a K/9 over 13.00.  That is Randy Johnson territory.  

Trevor Story:  4/4 with 2 home runs (26 for season) and 7th SB while hitting .272.  Just sit back and take this whole boxscore in.  What a thing of beauty and the season as a whole for Story has been such as well.  I guess the Rockies never really lost Troy Tulowitzki by the looks of it. 

Nomar Mazara:  3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .287.  The Rangers balked at the White Sox request for Mazara in a deal for Chris Sale.  That tells you everything in terms of how high they think the ceiling is.  We agree.

Adrian Beltre:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting. 271.  Beltre should finish with around 20 home runs which is as good as can be expected at this late stage of his career.  Good but not great considering the slipping average.

Miguel Sano:  3/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .251.  Sano won't hit 30 home runs which was needed by his owners bare minimum considering how ugly the average was expected to be.

Hanley Ramirez:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .280.  Everone becomes boring eventually.

David Price:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 4.51.  Geez Price has been disgusting this season with no signs of a letup.  Price has been so good for so long that already that we have to give him a mulligan.  Struggles next season then all bets are off and clearly there is a problem. 

Kendall Graveman:  9 IP 9 H 3 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.15.  The epitome of a smoke and mirrors mediocre fantasy baseball starter. 

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