Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Evan Gattis:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .221.  Re-claiming catcher eligiblity has pretty much 80 percent of the value alone for Gattis as his .221 average is nasty to go with the big power. 

Andrew Miller:  scoreless ninth for his 9th save with an ERA of 1.39.  Instantly Miller becomes a top five closer in all of fantasy baseball with Aroldis Chapman out of town and maybe even the top guy overall.  Compare Miller and Wade Davis over the last three seasons.  See my point? 

Joey Votto:  2/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .279.  Next stop:  .300 average.

Jay Bruce:  1/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .271.  All Bruce owners were daydreaming what it would have been like seeing Bruce hitting bombs in Rogers Center.  Instead they went out and got Melvin Upton Jr. 

Adam Duvall:  2/4 with 2 home runs (25 for season) while hitting .247.  Duvall was stone cold quiet coming out of the break, with some blame likely going to the Home Run Derby which tends to screw up swings for awhile.  This is a great sign that Duvall is back, at least hitting bombs which is pretty much his only skill as the average has sank way back down as the 30 percent K rate has done its thing. 

Joey Gallo:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .200.  Gallo didn't waste any time picking up his first homer and there will be a bunch.  Seems like the Wrapup today is littered with ugly average/home run specialists such as this kid.  Gallo truly is a horrific contact guy, with some K rates that have sailed way above 30 percent which is unfathomable.  Still Gallo can hit 30 homers in his sleep and also has some speed to pick up 10-15 steals. 

Coco Crisp:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .237.  First Torii Hunter and now Coco Crisp is headed for retirement as per the rumors.  I can't take the emotional hits in my "favorites" wing. 

Josh Reddick:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .296.  Someone will come calling the next five days for Reddick as they should.  At least with Crisp and Hunter retiring or retired, Reddick will still be around as I have come to love him and his 20-HR/10-SB/.275 body of work. 

Sonny Gray:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.43.  Better but not saying much.  My goodness Gray stinks this season and it is too late in the process likely for him to turn it around.  2016 needs to be completely thrown to the wolves and now we go to see if Gray can be salvaged as even an SP 3.  What a fall. 

Scooter Gennett:  2/3 with his 6th SB while hitting .264.  Gennett has actually been pretty decent and not in the running as one of the most boring second baseman in fantasy baseball.  Still works best in NL-only formats where Gennett has had his best value ever. 

Tyler Skaggs:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  First MLB start for Skaggs since 2014 in coming back from Tommy John surgery and needless to say the kid looked great.  Tremendous pedigree here as Skaggs prior to the surgery was considered a big prospect and the post-hype tag applies.  Pick him up.

Wilson Ramos:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .339.  Look at that average!  Ramos is right there with David Ortiz in "didn't see that coming" in terms of the batting title average.  Combined with his usually good power and Ramos is challenging Jonathan Lucroy and Buster Posey for the top spot among all fantasy baseball catchers this season.  Took long enough but at least we are finally there. 

Anthony Rendon:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .257.  Rendon will never get back to his grossly inflated first round tag in 2015 but at least he is yielding numbers that are helpful.  Drastically reduced expectations here. 

Jonathan Papelbon:  third blown save with 2 ER in 0 IP with an ERA of 4.18.  It is almost like Papelbon is telling the Nats to go and get Andrew Miller.  After this latest mess, Dusty Baker hinted that a change could be in the offing.  Not such great options behind Papelbon as Felipe Rivera has a 4.44 ERA and Oliver Perez 4.25.  Could this spur the Nats to send Lucas Giolito to the Yanks for Papelbon? 

Jedd Gyorko:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .257 in Game 1.  St. Louis:  the land of retread players who make good. 

Noah Syndegaard:  6 IP 7 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.45.  Bad pitch efficiency here for Syndegaard but it was 96 with high humidity during the outing so I am good with looking past this and not focusing on the bone spur. 

Carlos Martinez:  5 IP 5 H 2 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.87.  Martinez also struggled with the heat so all is good all around. 

Jedd Gyorko:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .258 in Game 2.  Second time this season Gyorko has gone yard in both games of a doubleheader.  Now you know who to pick up if rain causes the Cards to playt two again. 

Bartolo Colon:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.35.  This guy is amazing.  Best rubber arm since David Wells.  Same gut also. 

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