Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Albert Pujols:  3/3 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting .252.  Pujols is is one of his ridiculous power surges right now and he remains a very potent bat despite the sliding average as he has aged.  With 71 RBI, there is no denying that Pujols is killing it in both the HR and RBI slots. 

Ian Desmond:  3/4 with his 17th HR and 16th SB while hitting .315.  If Desmond could have pitched the ninth and got the save, he would have mowed them down in 9 pitches.  This game line is a thing of beauty and pretty much the whole season for Desmond has been that way.  We will miss shortstop eligibility next season but even in the outfield, Desmond is a top ten guy.

George Springer:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .255.  Springer continues to hold down the leadoff spot but since he is not running much, his ideal spot is anywhere from 2-5 in order to boost his RBI. 

Dallas Keuchel:  6.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.70.  This is actually considered positive progress.  Now a year from now Keuchel will likely be a swell value which could make me invest despite slamming him going back to January and being proven correct.  Every player can help you at thr right price but Keuchel joins Matt Harvey and Chris Archer in solidifying the trend of how a high innings jump can ruin a guy a year later. 

Robinson Chirinos:  2/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .217.  Chirinos has good power but he can be thrown into the Jarrod Saltalamacchia realm in terms of the .200 average that goes with it.  In other words, value in two-catcher formats in AL-only leagues. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .266.  Encarnacion has pretty mjuch been on the exact same statistical plane all season with 5-7 home runs a month and a .265 average.  Yes the average is down from .280-.290 as he ages but Encarnacion's power is on a career-best pace. 

Aaron Sanchez:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.87.  No fatigue signs yet but it is coming.  Also Sanchez next season could very well be Chris Archer this season as a young guy who is in the midst of a big innings jump after being in the bullpen in 2014. Store that away in your memory bank. 

Jameson Taillon:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.44.  Taillon looked refreshed after he was screaming for oxygen two weeks ago.  Always a season of stops and starts for young rookie starting pitchers but so far Taillon has been decent, albeit with a K rate sharply lower than his minor league rate. 

Christian Yelich:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .318.  Listen I have always been a big fan of Yelich and he his hitting line drives all over the place like expected when he first arrived.  Now though he is not running with just four steals so he is still annoying me. 

Tommy Joseph:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .264.  I said yesterday that Joseph is in clear outlier territory with his home run rate but to ride it out until the dingers stop.  Rinse and repeat. 

Chase Utley:  3/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .266.  Utley is one of the best five tool players in fantasy baseball over the last 15 years so major props to his career.  The fact he is hitting leadoff at times and still doing nice things to be viable in NL-only leagues is a reminder of how great he once was. 

Yasmani Grandal:  1/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .208.  See Chirinos, Robinson. 

Reynaldo Lopez:  4.2 IP 10 H 6 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 11.57.  You got to smile at this line score.  At least if you didn't start Lopez which you shouldn't have done anyways unless a guy making their debut is a consensus top prospect.  Lopez has power stuff with the 9 K's but nerves likely casued the beatdown.  Not sure he will get another shot as Lucas Giolito is waiting. 

Scott Kazmir:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.30.  Fantastic outing from Kazmir and we are not accustomed to seeing this during the second half given his career-long fatigue issues from July onward.  If you do own Kazmir, you know this by now so nothing else needs to be added. 

Noah Syndegaard:  5.2 IP 7 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.43.  Overall Thor was good as his fastball consistently sat in the 96-100 range and the K's were flowing against a tough lineup.  The pitch efficiency was not great but this was encouraging.  Still if you own Syndegaard think about selling off this. 

Starlin Castro:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .261.  Like during his Chicago Cubs stay, Castro has annoying with long stretches of hot and cold hitting but generally he has made his owners their fantasy baseball money back. 

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