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Thursday, July 7, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Sonny Gray:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.16.  Gray was lucky he was not beaten up in this one as he put a ton of batters on the basepaths and it continues what has been a Matt Harvey-like horrendous season.

Ervin Santana:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.06.  Santana is like Freddy Krueger who keeps coming back from the fantasy baseball dead.  The guy is as extreme as a pitcher gets from one start to the next so you can never feel comfortable in any one of his starts so good luck to you if you take a chance.

Nick Castellanos:  3/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .307.  Amazing we have to cram in another top third base power hitter as Castellanos has gone beyond long enough in terms of proving his 2016 validity.

Cameron Maybin:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .352.  Forget the average staying like this as Maybin is still light on at-bats so drastic swings will literally take place here soon enough and his annually high K rates make him more of a .270 guy.  Still Maybin showed nice growth a year ago as a post-hype sleeper made good so continue to operate with him as your outfielder 3.

Michael Fulmer:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.11.  Again as I have said from the beginning, the strikeouts will ebb and flow here as Fulmer is not your classic power guy but my goodness his stuff is top of the line.

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/3 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting .231.  At one point Stanton had homered in four straight at-bats spanning today and yesterday's games.  He is fully locked in now as the classic monster power hitter we always seen Stanton to be and it is a thing of beauty when he is operating like this.

Wilmer Flores:  2/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .256.  This is Flores telling Jose Reyes "to get the hell out of here."

Jacob DeGrom:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.61.  Ace numbers again from DeGrom whose K rate has been back to his old standards since May.  Left a few pitches up for Stanton but otherwise was magnificent.

Zack Cozart: 2/5 with his 14th HR and 2nd SB while hitting .268.  Very nice.  Cozart getting going again and he has been a stupendous value play once again in 2016.  Another guy you can tab late when others go hard at the draft table for shortstops.

Ben Zobrist:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .291.  The quiet MVP-type season continues for Zobrist who at 35 is not done yet.  Never saw this coming after the ugly trends the last few seasons but maybe I should have going to Wrigley Field.

Jeremy Hellickson:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.92.  Hellickson should be on the move soon enough and in fantasy baseball terms he has run a bit too hold and cold in his career and in this season.

Mark Trumbo:  3/6 with 2 home runs (25 for season) while hitting .285.  Listen we all know that the ballpark has greatly improved the power output this season for Trumbo compared to a year ago when he was toiling in Seattle but the guy has also made strides as a pure hitter compared to his grip-it-and-rip-it days in Arizona.  The narrative is old at this point in terms of Trumbo being the monster value he is but you knew that already by reading my posts on him last Feb. and March.  So if yoru scoring at home I gave you Trumbo, Drew Pomeranz, and Odubel Herrera as app affordable sleepers. 

Justin Turner:  2/7 with his 12th HR while hitting .259.  Turner is on a career-best pace with his home runs but that has come a bit at the expense of his average which is a tradeoff we will always accept. 

Kevin Gausman:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.15.  I never trust this guy and this goes for if he was in the National League. 

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .258.  Take a deep breath Harper owners.  He is doing just fine.  Talked about this at length already in terms of the awful BABIP and strand luck beating down the average and the dip in pop has more to do with not getting as many pitches to drive which is understandable.  I will take him if you don't want him.

Ryan Zimmerman:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .221.  Well at least he is hitting for power.  Boy has this guy turned into a huge shell of his former All-Star self. 

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 7 H 4 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.07.  With Joe Ross facing an uncertain immediate future, Roark takes the mantle as the most impressive young pitcher in Washington and he more than holds his own there.  The K rate has jumped this season as the kid has refined his stuff and cut down on wasted pitches.  Nice upward movement with his stock. 

Michael Pineda:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.38.  The mystery continues. 

Miguel Gonzalez:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.39.  Nice outing from a usually depedable SP 5 guy but the whole season has been ghastly here. 

Brett Eibner:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .261.  Some pop here but no need to make a move unless an opening for regular duty presents itself.

Michael Saunders:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .296.  Like we have seen with Trumbo, leaving Seattle and going to a prime offensive park does wonders for one's offensive numbers.  What a season this guy is having when nobody cared about him anymore. 

Marcus Stroman:  8 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.89.  Two good outings in a row now for Stroman who I told you all to keep the faith on.  The outlook looks very nice indeed. 


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