Monday, July 11, 2016


David Ortiz:  1/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .332.  Ortiz finishes the first half with yet another home run and a prime spot in the AL batting title race which is spectacular production for a guy at the age of 40 on his retirement run.  We have never seen an average like this from Ortiz, while the power has been tremendous throughout his Red Sox tenure so no surprise there.  Right there with Daniel Murphy, Ortiz has been the best power/average guy in the majors thus far and both guys were shocking for engineering that combination.

David Price:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.34.  When Price is on like he was in this outing, he is unhittable.  Unfortunately his ERA is not where anyone thought it would be in his first season with the Red Sox after signing that ridiculous contract.  The .325 BABIP remains in unlucky territory and the XFIP ERA of 3.23 is more in line with what Price should do in the AL East.  The best part is that Price's 10.06 K/9 would be a career-high if the season ended today so Price remains a big buy low candidate.  Trust the stuff.

Daniel Murphy:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .348.  Every home run from here on out will be a career-high padding.  Incredible.

Jose Reyes:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .250.  Reyes left the Mets as a supreme base stealer and he returns as a home run hitter. Three bombs at Citi Field is nothing to sneeze at and Reyes is yet another example where I continue to note who speed-oriented guys tend to trade steals for home runs later in their careers.  Yes he has something left.

Steven Matz:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.56.  Another scuffling start from Matz who had no control and continues to avoid throwing the slider which makes him so much less dynamic.

Jurickson Profar:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .323.  The Rangers need to stop jerking Profar around and let him and Rougned Odor becomes the best middle infield in baseball.  The kid has done nothing but hit and hit for some nice power since coming back from the abyss as the talent never went away with all those injuries.

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .246.  Dozier has really picked up the power over the last three weeks and is back at leadoff after landing on bench for a bit as he deserved.  Nothing new here as Dozier is a classic run hot/run cold guy who lacks flash now that he doesn't run anymore.

Chris Davis:  1/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .237.  This is one titanic home run you simply have to queue up on YouTube.  Davis is on schedule for another 40 bombs and this time he could hit .230.  Progress in small doses.

J.J. Hardy:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .263. I guess Hardy is back.  Never noticed.

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 5 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.41.  With Tillman historically being a second-half star, you have to wonder if he can keep up this half reversal.

Josh Donaldson:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .301.  And some worried when Donaldson was hitting .260 in May.

Robinson Cano:  2/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .313.  Yeah you can;t do much better than that if you are Cano who has re-validated himself as one of the best pure hitters in the game again after his first half flop of 2015.  Falling out of the first and even second round of drafts this season, those who believed he was not done yet have won.

Adam Lind:  1/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .232.  Good job Adam.  Thanks for salvaging something of this season and not making me look bad for being so loyal to your always cheap power.

Alex Gordon:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .207.  Gordon has not hit much of anything outside of the home run ball and I had said he was overrated for years even before he lost his speed and ability to even hit .280.

Mike Montgomery:  6.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.06.  Montgomery was very good early on last season before hitters got a read on him and he did well here in a spot here against unsuspecting hitters yet again.  Montgomery always gets exposed the longer he pitches in a given season so don't bother.

Randal Grichuk:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .226.  Too little, too late for Grichuk's original owners who now are seeing him hit home runs likely for someone else after they cut him when he was hitting so poorly in April.  Yes the power can be good but guys like this are everywhere on the wire.

Matt Adams:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .265.  Always thought there was more power to this guy but Adams has been Sean Casey until recently.

Mike Leake:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.14.  Leake will have about 2-3 starts a season so dont buy into the K uptick.  Overall we can take Leake to task a bit with the ERA higher then anticipated in St. Louis and their nice ballpark.

Mike Folty:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.49.  Folty has been pretty darn good since coming back up to the Atlanta Braves this season but he also can be a huge mess at times and won't win games on that team.

Jace Peterson:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .279.  The home run is nice but Peterson should be running so much more.  Without that he is not worth even being a backup bat.

Adrian Gonzalez:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .291.  Where has the power been?  Now Gonzalez has still hit well but we at least excpect 25 home runs here and that is not going to happen now.  While I still respect the player and the ultra-consistency, Gonzalez has a ton of work to do in the seocnd half to make himself respectbable in the fantasy baseball community. 

Kenta Maeda:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 13 K with an ERA of 2.95.  Yeah the first half couldn't have gone any better for Maeda and his fantasy baseball owners.  The seeds of success were planted on him as he made the journey here as Maeda's control is as good as it gets and that alone is a ratio-booster.  The real shock was the 9.29 K/9 as Maeda was in the high-7's in Japan.  A lot of that is the novelty of being an unknown commodity with a tough delivery.

Madison Bumgarner:  9 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 14 K with an ERA of 1.94.  Yeah that puts the topper on what was a truly insane first half for Bumgarner who has a career-best 10.13 K/9 right now.  Yes a .255 BABIP has helped but Bumgarner can be considered the very best pitcher in baseball with Clayton Kershaw on the shelf. 

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