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Sunday, July 31, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Wade Miley:  7 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.98.  Minor push toward respectability for Miley who has been an abomination.  If you can register even a somewhat competent ERA while calling Safeco Field home, you are nothing to me.

Jake Arrieta:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.75.  Very rarely do you lose when giving up four hits but Arrieta got screwed out of a win.  What is interesting is that his K rate has dropped more than a bit over the last month and again we have to worry about all those inning he has tossed the last season-plus.  Something to monitor the remainder of this season.

Devon Travis:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .298.  It is almost like Travis doesn't exist anymore in the eyes of the fantasy baseball community because nobody talks about him.  He was gone for awhile but he is hitting with force just like he did before his shoulder went bad early on last season.

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.16.  This is the story I have no explanation for.  Not every day you see a career-year MOVING into the AL East and Rogers Center as your home base.

David Dahl:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .348.  I am in love.  Just watch Dahl go nuts the last two months of the season and become a third round pick next year.  Or second round.

Justin Verlander:  9 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.54.  Not vintage Verlander 2009 but we will take it and be happy considering how ugly 2014 and 2015.  The zip on the fastball has returned somewhat this season which is pretty much all that has changed here for the better.

Brad Miller:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .253.  Add Miller to the growing list of post-hype sleepers made good in their locale.

Brett Gardner:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .256.  I have to say that Gardner is on the verge of being totally irrelevant now in fantasy baseball.  You lose you speed which was his calling card and that is pretty much it when even the modest pop starts to fade away for good.

Jason Kipnis:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .288.  Very nice season for Kipnis who is on pace for a high in home runs and still runs just enough to help across the board.

Mike Napoli:  3/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .246.  Napoli has rejuvenated his career with the Indians and also somewhat in the fantasy baseball community.  He has been a tremendous value asset in AL-only formats with the always potent power and even in mixers this is the type of guy you keep on the bench when you need a quick home run infusion on a sagging fantasy baseball lineup.

Marcus Semien:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .233.  Semien is pretty much the new Brian Dozier.  Right?

Josh Tomlin:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.43.  Rare do we get a K/IP from Tomlin in any one start but we got it here.  He remains a very nice SP 5 in all formats but in innings-capped leagues the lack of consistent K's is an issue.

Mitch Moreland:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .245.  Walk-off shot from Moreland who is getting into a power groove.  You know what to do there.  Pick him up and insert until a few 0-for-4's crop up.

Dee Gordon:  1/4 with his 7th SB while hitting .264.  Gordon is back which means a ton of steals and runs atop the Miami lineup.  What will be key now is to see how much of an average hit he takes presumably being off the steroids.  Remember that the batting title Gordon won a year ago was so far in outlier territory that you couldn't see it.  Chemically enhanced?  Until he proves otherwise then yes.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .298.  Another home run for Ozuna who is on a recent binge like Mitch Moreland.  Unlike Moreland, Ozuna has been a steady source of average, RBI, and home runs all season as the new power but lacking speed four-category OF 2.

Hernan Perez:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .283.  Like in Philadelphia, Milwaukee has yielded some tremendous hitting value plays in 2016 fantasy baseball.  You have Jonathan Villar becoming a top tier fantasy baseball shortstop overnight and now Perez doing his thing at a deep third base.  Remember next season that bad teams yield the best valeus.

Gregory Polanco:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .287.  Like Starling Marte before him, Polanco has solved some early holes in his swing to become a terrific hitter and as a result, has seen his power launch.

Cameron Rupp:  3/5 while hitting .273.  Rupp has not gotten a lot of type on him in this space but I did say in this season's draft guide he was looking like a good value play in two-backstop formats.  A .273 average is always nice for a catcher.

Jean Segura:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .312.  We are almost into August now and Segura is still over .300 with his average.  Tremendous comeback campaign by the guy but we still have to see it for six months which was the problem earlier in his career. 

Joc Pederson:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .239.  Very few signs of improvement from Pederson as the Dodgers are forced to hit him at the bottom of the lineup.  The holes in the swing are still gaping and the power is predictably down now too because opposing pitchers don't have to throw him anything in the zone. 

Braden Shipley:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Nice debut for sure as Shipley had no nerves by the looks of it.  This is a pedigree pitcher who was a solid prospect for awhile.  The K rate is medicore though for a top young arm so don't go thinking Shipley is going to be a monster pitcher the rest of the way. 





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