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Sunday, July 31, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Andrew Cashner:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.54.  Solid first start for Cashner but only two strikeouts speaks to his limitations.  Again if you have an ERA north of 4.50 with Petco Park as your home base, then you barely have SP 5 value.

Miguel Cabrera:  3/4 with 2 home runs (23 for season) while hitting .303.  Yes we all miss the .330 batting averages but Cabrera still totes a massive stick that is capable of big damage.  What is interesting now is that Cabrera has an "old news" feeling surrounding him which means his price is cheaper then ever.

Justin Upton:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .239.  Upton is in the midst of his best hitting stretch of the season which is not saying much.  Yeah it has been a joke of a season.

Dallas Keuchel:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.86.  Six earned in the first inning pretty much puts a topper on my best BUST pick of the season.

Carlos Beltran:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .304.  Beltran could be in his final days with the Yankees as the team has cratered.  It has been a terrific comeback campaign for Beltran who is proving his power remains quite potent despite pushing up toward 40.

Brad Miller:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .253.  Second home run in as many games for Miller.  The average is up above .250 which makes the swell infield power that much more valuable.

Blake Snell:  5.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.08.  Snell has good strikeout stuff and seems like the next Tampa Bay pitching gem to come out of the system.  Track record in terms of organizations like the Rays developing pitchers or the Cardinals on both sides always stand out.

Troy Tulowitzki:  1/2 with his 18th HR while hitting .243.  Tulo suffered a chip fracture in his thumb which likely will land him on the DL.  Typical Tulo as he seems to love the disabled list.  And now his offense is a clear shell of its former All-Star self to make matters more nasty.

Adam Jones:  1/6 with his 20th HR while hitting .267.  Jones is still hitting leadoff which is nice and like I said the other day, he is not far from his career norms despite the rhetoric he is having a bad season.

Chris Carter:  1/2 with his 24th HR while hitting .217.  Like with Carlos Beltran in New York, this could be one of the last games in Milwaukee for Carter.

Gregory Polanco:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting. 287.  Seems like the same guys are showing up in the wrapeup on a daily basis, Polanco included.  Last season Starling Marte had his full breakout with the Pittsburgh Pirates and this season it is Polanco.  Boy the Pirates know how to draft outfielder.  Austin Meadows we can't wait to see you.

Neil Walker:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .259.  By now most Walker owners are former owners as he has been simply horrific since the start of July.  This hopefully is a sign of a turnaround but Walker is right back in his usual spot as a fringe/waiver guy.

Sonny Gray:  3.1 IP 8 H 7 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 5.84.  Just when you think Gray can't get any worse.  Wow he has been putrid and hoenstly Gray already has it locked up in terms of being the absolute biggest pitching bust in relation to draft price in the game this season.

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.27.  Kluber is dominating during the second half again.  We have heard that one before.

Huston Street:  5 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 6.45.  My goodness.  Street has been an abomination and he won't get traded now.  He looks completely done and all those years of injuries look like they have stolen his stuff.  Joe Smith should slide into the ninth inning now unless he gets moved himself. 

Tyler Skaggs:  5.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Two dominant starts now for Skaggs in his first two outings since returning from Tommy John surgery.  By now if you havem't picked him up, it is too late.  Skaggs is a bit out of sight/out of mind considering how long he was out but his stuff looks like it survived the surgery without any erosion. 

Homer Bailey:  5.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.18.  There may not be a pitcher who has burned pretty much all of us at one time or another.  He is healthy now though and still misses bats so you can pick him up for the 1,000th time if you wish. 





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