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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Ender Inciarte:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .237.  Inciarte has failed to take advantage of the prime opportunity to serve as the Atlanta Braves leadoff hitter after arriving through the winter trade from Arizona.  He simply has not hit or even run enough and that goes for his replacement in the desert David Peralta as well.

Maikel Franco:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .261.  Second home run in a row for Franco who is rounding into another hot stretch like he was in April.  I said in March that Franco would enter into the top tier of fantasy baseball third baseman this season and he is gettign close to that level.

Zach Eflin:  9 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.30.  Take away the one disastrous outing versus Toronto in his debut and Eflin has been very good his four outings.  He has just 9 K's in 20 innings though so that speaks to his limitations in inning-capped formats.

Giancarlo Stanton:  3/4 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .226.  Queue up the second home run which was just a titanic blast.  No one will ever question the power on Stanton which is still as good as there is in the game but geez let's get that batting average up just a bit at least.

Steven Matz:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.54.  Take away the bad pitch to Stanton and Matz has a shutout.  This is a very heartening outing off his bone spur diagnosis but Matz is still not a good bet to even finish the season.  Sell right this minute.

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/3 with his 21st HR while hitting .307.  You know a guy is awesome when he is still on a carere-best pace in home runs despite already having been in the league for five seasons.

Josh Donaldson:  3/4 with 2 home runs (22 for season) while hitting .301.   Donaldson is in insanity mode right now as he goes mano-o-mano versus Kris Bryant to see who is the top dog at third base.  Wish I had either guy. 

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .290.  I think the Wrapup should be renamed "the third baseman Wrapup" given how the position has far and away become the most offensively dominant spot in fantasy baseball.  If the Rockies were not so putrid, Arenado would already be a cinch for the NL MVP.

Madison Bumgarner:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.09.  Bumgarner keeps talking about hitting so much lately because pitching is do damn easy for him that he is bored. 

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .324.  Looking at the average and power extreme combination, I remind you how I compared this guy to an in his prime Miguel Cabrera when he first came up. 

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.55.  I guess you can't ask for anything more from a guy who is your SP 5. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  7.2 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.12.  When Tanaka gets an extra day;s of rest as he did here, his ERA is nearly 2.00.  If not it goes over 4.00.  Keep this in mind.  Also Tanaka really has quieted all talk about the elbow as other than a dip in K rate, he is still pitching very well.  Just not the ace he was before the tear but a top SP 3. 

A.J. Reed:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .120.  As I said yesterday, Reed is a home run specialist and not much else.  Don't buy fully into the minor league hype.

Dallas Keuchel:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.02.  Maybe Keuchel went back to the drawing board but over the last month his ERA is in the mid.-3.00 range. 

Tyler Naquin:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .313.  What is funny here is that  Naquin might outproduce what the expected outcome was supposed to be for the overrated Michael Brantley who he replaced.  Nice and smooth swing here with improving power.  Definate outfielder 2 possibilities. 

Carlos Santana:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .248.  Santana needs to be in all lineups right now given how hot his home run swing is but beyond that he should go right back to the bench to be used when he gets going again.  Rinse and repeat. 

Carlos Carrasco:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.47.  No one will be able to touch this guy the rest of the way as Carrasco is a huge second half flame and already has achieved ace status in fantasy baseball in my book. 

C.J. Cron:  2/4 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .284.  Yeah surely feeling personal vindication here as I pumped this kid up prior to last season and then it went all wrong until now.  The swing always captured my attention and I compared Cron back then to a younger Billy Butler when he was with the K.C. Royals with more power.  Sounds about right. 

Jake Odorizzi:  7 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.33.  Odorizzi better get used to outings like this if he gets dealt to Texas as are the rumors. 



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