Monday, July 4, 2016


J.T. Realmuto:  3/5 with fifth HR and sixth SB while hitting .314.  Yup this was the guy I told you all to draft more than any other catcher out there.   While Realmuto was pretty blah in 2015, the underlying theme was a burgeoning power./speed game which is as rare as Haley's Comet in fantasy baseball, plus the contact rate that is also rare here to hit .300.  I can't do it for you.

Stephen Piscotty:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .294.  Call him the J.T. Realmuto of the outfield as Piscotty also has 4 steals and quietly is doing it all.  If you sense a theme here, that is because I pumped this guy up too during the winter as a terrific contact hitter who has decent upside.  Many went more for the flawed Randal Grichuk which I told you not to do due to his high K rate.

Mark Teixeira:  2/5 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .192.  Health equals power for Teixeira and also a .240 average.  So I guess since he is hitting .192 there are better days ahead?

 Mark Melancon:  scoreless ninth for his 24th save with an ERA of 1.35.  Just like with Jeurys Familia, Melancon can be argued as the best closer in fantasy baseball and that could include last season as well.  While he tosses in a health scare a year that turns out to be nothing, Melancon has developed into as good a closer as there is.  Which means I won't ever draft him due to the price.

Seth Smith:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .280.  Grand slam from Smith who continues to be that guy who sits on your waiver wire most of the season but who in a pinch you pick up when injuries strike down your starters.  Play him agianst lefties especially which has been the stark career trend.

Brandon McCarthy:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Pick him up.  This is a guy who can certainly help you as McCarthy is finally back from Tommy John surgery.  A so-so pitcher in Arizona, McCarthy drastically upped his K Rate with the New York Yankees of all placed when he started using his offspeed stuff more which in turn made his fastball look quicker.  While there could be the usual control problems, McCarthy could even work as a an SP 4 in the short term.

Danny Espinosa:  4/5 with 2 home runs (18 for season) while hitting .241.  Now with 5 home runs in his last four games, the Wrapup has been all about Espinosa lately.  Career year timed perfectly here but honestly the power was never in doubt.  What made Espinosa go into hiding the last two seasons were injuries and that led to a drop in power.  Without power and that ugly average, nobody wanted him.  Very simple.

Stephen Strasburg:  6.2 IP 0 H 0 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.71.  Hitless innings are always nice especially when they go over six.  No way the Nats were going to allow Strasburg to go for it in hsi first outing off the DL but damn he has been dominant when on the mound this season.  No shock there as the only issue with Strasburg has been his annual DL stint and how serious the ailment was.

Wilmer Flores:  6/6 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .255.  Flores saw that C.J. Cron went 6/6 the other day and said to himself "I am inspired."  Telling that Flores still has only five home runs and a mediocre average after that colossol game which speaks to his limitation as an NL-only guy.

Noah Syndegaard:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.41.  Very encouraging off two rough starts in a row that included revelation of a bone spur on Thor's elbow.  Be that as it may, there reportedly is no discomfort being felt by Syndegaard with the spur and he was still firing 100-mph BB's in this one.  Steven Matz on the other hand HAS pain which is why he is struggling.

Jon Lester:  8 ER in 1.1 IP with an ERA of 2.67.  Well that was certainly a rough day at the office.  This outing was so bad that you actually feel a twinge of sympathy for those who own Lester as we have all been there.

Brandon Kintzler:  scoreless ninth for his fourth save with an ERA of 2.28.  You might see only 5-6 more saves the rest of the way given how awful the Minnesota Twins are but Kintzler seems up to the task as the replacement for Glen Perkins and Kevin Jepsen.  Saves are saves and at least unlike with Jepsen, this guy won't hurt you.

Jose Quintana:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.06.  Things have been quite rough the last month for Quintana and this is his first win since early May.  Still has 100 K in 111 innings and a 1.12 WHIP so all is forgiven.

Chris Archer:  5.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.50.  Well that is something.  Few things have gone right for Archer and his fantasy baseball owners this season as arm fatigue and the home run ball have conspired to set him back some.  The K rate is still very elite and validating 2015 but Archer is right there with scores of other young guys whose arms are not responding well to a high inning total the previous season.  This just means I can get him cheaper for 2017 when all will be right.

Russell Martin:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .225.  Things have been better since the middle of May but honestly you don't want this guy outside of two-catcher formats and even then you can do better.

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.54.  Oh give me a break already.  There is the stat line.  Not going into this anymore.


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