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Friday, July 29, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Hernan Perez:  2/4 with his 6th HR and 2 SB (16 for season) while hitting .279.  Once again I remind you that some swell fantasy baseball values can be had on bad teams.  Just like the pitching and Odubel Herrera coming out of Philly, Perez has been some value as a 6/16 power/speed diamond in the rough.  While his overall hitting skills are still up for debate as pitchers continue to adjust to him, the juice is quite valuable for a middle infielder. 

Zach Davies:  6.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.59.  Those in Milwaukee who miss Kyle Lohse have a younger clone now in town. 

David Price:  8 IP 7 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.26.  I think Price is primed for a monster finish as beneath the ugly ERA, he continues to rock a double-digit and career-high K/9 rate and his BABIP has been unlucky throughout. 

Brad Ziegler:  blown save with 2 unearned runs in .1 IP for an ERA of 2.56.  The short tenure of Ziegler as the closer in Boston is pretty much finished as Craig Kimbrel is set to get back at the end of the weeked. 

Mitch Moreland:  2/3 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .237.  Moreland's power is not in question but honestly he has pretty much proven himself to be another Justin Smoak which says it all about how much of an ordinary fantasy baseball he is. 

Rougned Odor:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .277.  Next season Odor has the talent to be an early second round pick.  If you get him in the third round you did very well.  What a talent. 

Cole Hamels:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.84.  Full transparancy:  I had Hamels down as a bust candidate this season moving from the NL and into the AL in one of the worst parks in the game.  Needless to say I blew that one and Hamels has been insanely good which is doubly impressive in that park. 

Aroldis Chapman:  1.1 scoreless inning for his first save with the Cubs.  Best and most impactful move of the trade deadline so far.  What will the Nats do in response? 

Aaron Altherr:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .750.  See Perez, Hernan.  Another potential diamond in the rough here as Altherr is an Odubel Herrera type in that he has power and can really run.  Remember that he hit 5 homers and stole 6 bags in a cup of coffee debut with the team a year ago.  Pick him up everywhere. 

Tommy Joseph:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .262.  The average is headed for .250 as it should given the K Rate but geez Joseph is hitting home runs at a rate that is far beyond what he did in the minors.  Again take it as a grain of salt but "ride it out."  Been a longer ride than anticipated. 

Maikel Franco:  1/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .259.  Some have asked me if I am disappointed in Franco after he was one of my strongest sleeper touts this season.  I mean the guy has 19 home runs with two months to go.  I am fine. 

Adam Jones:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .269.  What is funny here is that for all the narrative that Jones is moving past his prime, he is not far from .280 and 30 home runs which is where he has been the last four or five seasons.  Let it play out. 

Max Kepler:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .243.  This has been some debut so far for Kepler who is hitting for big power even in Target Field.  What is crazy is that Kepler hit only 9 home runs in the minors a year ago and 1 this season there before his promotion.  That calls into question the legitimacy of the power as this is not Adam Duvall 2.0. 

Jacob DeGrom:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.56.  Coming off his worst outing as a pro, DeGrom dominated.  That means the complete game he tossed prior to the Miami mess was likely the sole reason for his bomb the last time out prior to this.  All is well. 

Jeurys Familia:  second straight blown save with 2 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 3.14.  Familia was not even supposed to pitch in this one and was on fumes.  Fatigue an issue and it was down the stretch a year ago so this needs to be watched. 

Aledmys Diaz:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .313.  Diaz' spectacular debut continues unabated and honestly I thought this would ebb long ago.  Stamp of approval. 



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