Monday, July 18, 2016


Jason Kipnis:  3/4 with his 15th HR and 6th SB while hitting .280.  Vintage Kipnis here with the power/speed contribution.  The power is now outpacing the speed which is the reverse of when Kipnis first arrived but either way we will take it and be very happy.

Tyler Naquin:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .314.  Who knew that when the Indians lost Michael Brantley to ongoing shoulder trouble, they would be getting a more impactful player in Tyler Naquin.  There has not been as much talk as there should be considering how great Naquin has been but a very bright future seems certain by the looks of it. 

Mike Napoli:  1/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .249.  What a signing for the Indians this guy has been.  If you can hit the long ball, you have a place in any lineup in real and fantasy baseball. 

Max Kepler:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .229.  I mean he has 9 home run.....and nothing else.

Josh Tomlin:  7.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.34.  Meet the new Kyle Lohse right on down to the useful ERA's, so-so K rate, and ultimate smoke and mirrors approach. 

Matt Holliday:  3/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .244.  It is uncanny the trend of former top pure hitters transitioning into home run or nothing guys when they reach their mid-to-upper 30's.  It is this stage Matt Holliday is at which makes him just an OF 3 now but he is not embarrassing himself. 

Dylan Bundy:  3.1 IP 5 H 4 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.70.  Really starting to wonder what all the fuss was once about. 

Evan Longoria:  2/4 with 2 home runs (21 for season) while hitting .286.  Longoria is aging like Ian Kinsler without the speed when nobody really wanted him this season.  I got him like with Mark Trumbo because of the market dicating extreme value to be had.  This is how you win.

Brad Miller:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .243.  Look at Brad Miller hitting for this kind of power?  Never saw that coming as he came up in the Seattle system as a .300 hitting 15/15 guy.  Yet another Tampa Bay reclamation success story. 

Curtis Granderson:  1/3 with his 16th HR and 3rd SB while hitting .240.  Granderson is hitting over .300 over the last month and now he is collecting more RBI in the second spot with Jose Reyes leading off.  Add in the steal and things are looking up here after a very frustrating first two months-plus.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .267.  Nothing new to add here that hasn't been mentioned here already.  While many chase the young up-and-comers who are far from proven, this season has shown us the value in sticking with proven veterans like this.

Jacob DeGrom:  9 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.38. The WHIP is 1.01 as DeGrom once again is quietly putting up dominant fantasy baseball ace numbers.  Matt Harvey shakes his head in wonderment. 

Michael Fulmer:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.13.  I think the heights here could go to fantasy baseball ace status but the lack of top-of-the-line K's make it more likely SP 2.  Either way Fulmer has been ridiculous no matter how you view him. 

Ian Desmond:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .315.  It never stops with this guy this season as the ultimate comeback campaign has been engineered by Desmond with the Rangers.  A huge payday awaits and even  when he loses SS eligibility next season, his power/speed/.300 game is still quite valuable in the outfield. 

Cole Hamels:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Hamels is getting stronger as the season goes on as always.  The rare pitcher where switching leagues had zero effect on his numbers. 

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