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Friday, July 1, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Carlos Carrasco:  7.1 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 14 K with an ERA of 2.56.  After Carrasco's last start, I pointed out how this is par for the course in terms of him getting more dominant as the season goes on.  Now I present to you this gem and also note that Carrasco has now developed into the best fantasy baseball starter nobody talks about. 

Josh Donaldson:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .292.  Hitting beauty in motion. 

Jason Kipnis:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .271.  It certainly looks like Kipnis is making that transition to a speed-oriented guy to one who now is making hay with good power at a weak position.  Kipnis has been a very volatile and at times downright annoying player to own over the years due to his injuries and inconsistent numbers and 2016 has been no different.

Kendrys Morales:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .262.  A firm member of the Fantasy Sports Boss Hall Of Fame team, Morales is making me proud yet again for pulling out of a terrible early season slump to begin replicating his big 2015. 

Brandon Moss:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .256.  There may not be 17 cheaper home runs in all of fantasy baseball this season.  In fact I bet you Moss is available on your league's waiver wire.  And yours too.  People he is playing in St. Louis where even dung comes up smelling like roses.

A.J. Griffin:  5 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.93.  And it came on the road but against the Yankees who have been limp with the bats all season.  The career trends remain stark here in terms of Griffin being just a home start play.

Michael Pineda:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 12 K with an ERA of 5.24.  That ERA is still hideous but over the last month Pineda has been pitching great.  What is funny here is that Pineda's K rate has been through the roof from the start of the season but a ridiculous home run rate and BABIP bad luck troubles blew him up early on.  Pineda doesn't pitch well deep into the season though so this could be the nadir.  I still wouldn't get involved here unless he is sitting on the wire and you want to ride this out until the fatigue-induced wheels fall away. 

Didi Gregorious:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .290.  You would love to see Gregorious run more as he has good speed but there is no denying the fact he has really had a good 2016.  In fact if Gregorious can keep this up through the remainder of the season, he can graduate into daily league status. 

Shin-Soo Choo:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .272.  Choo is there on the wire if you want him.  He is back leading off for a big offense in a hitter's park so you should remain interested.  Cheap 10-12 home runs if he stays in one piece. 

Steven Matz:  5.1 IP 7 H 3 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.40.  Not good.  Matz couldn't even reach the sixth, he gave up two home runs, and he admitted he no longer is throwing the slider which allows hitters to wait for the fastball to slam for home runs which happened here.  I told all Matz owners that the rest of the season could get downright nasty and I stand by that assessment. 

Kris Bryant:  1/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .279.  This kid is some kind of ridiculous. 

Javier Baez:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .269.  Here we go.  It certainly looks like Baez's proverbial light bulb has gone on as he is making gains everywhere.  Still only 23, Baez has cut his K rate from 30.0 in 2015 to this season's 22.3 and his .313 BABIP is pretty much neutral so his average gains are legit. 

Joey Votto:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .249.  Votto is stinkin' hot right now as he is at .360 his last two weeks and the home runs are flying out.  While we had to be extra patient as his slump went into a second month to begin 2016, Votto's pure hitting ability always rises to the surface eventually. 

Danny Espinosa:  2/4 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .235.  All of this wait for Trea Turner and Espinosa in the meantime has had a very good season.  Forget the average as he never is good there but the power has been on a career-best rate and Espinosa runs a bit too.

Brandon Finnegan:  8 ER in 2.1 IP with an ERA of 4.48.  Yeah the blood is starting to get spilled on young pitchers' ERA's and WHIP's now that the summer is here and the innings are getting heavy.  Was never a fan of Finnegan like I was with let's say anyone on the Mets' or Phillies' staff in terms of young starters which I have been on record saying since April.  Overhyped.

Justin Bour:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .269.  Bour can hit 25 home runs or even 30 and no one would still want him.  Just one of those quirky things that happen to certain guys in fantasy baseball in terms of coming up to the majors with no pop and not having speed flash which Bour qualifies on both fronts.

Trayce Thompson:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .239.  His brother is a better shooter but this Thompson can drive the baseball with terrific power.  We need some steals happening here though which Thompson is capable of as the average won't be friendly.

Yasmani Grandal:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .179.  Yeah I guess I have to stop hyping the guy.

Corey Seager:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .299.  I'm in love.

Kenta Maeda:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.82.  Maeda is used to throwing a lot of innings in Japan so I am not as worried abotu fatigue here as I am most othger rookie starting pitchers.

Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .203.  Wow Frazier is taking this every hit being a home run thing a bit too far I think.



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