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Thursday, July 21, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Josh Donaldson:  2/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .308.  Heard an interview with an Oakland reporter the other day where they said Billy Beane's trade of Donaldson for a bag of balls to Toronto was an "anger trade" because the player popped off to the GM.  I call it pure stupidity and highway robbery by the Jays.  Another MVP-type season for the second time in two years for Donaldson who has earned back every penny of his mid-first round draft price.

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .266.  Almost getting bored talking about Encarnacion but a few more things:  at least for now he has not been plagued by the type of nagging injuries that dogged him the last couple of seasons which in turn kept him from 40 bombs.  As long as that continues, he will easily sail past that ledger which puts him into first round value again after he slipped out of the round this season. 

Marcus Stroman:  8 IP 8 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.90.  Stroman is a hell of a young pitcher who will be just fine as a top-end guy despite some up and down struggles which is not surprising for his age.  I told you all to remain patient a month ago with the kid as he went through the typical dead arm period and now the patient is paying off.  This is a marathon folks. 

Patrick Corbin:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 5.38.  It has not happened one bit for Corbin this season who I thought was at least a semi-decent sleeper based on an uptick in K rate in his return from Tommy John a year ago but nothing doing here.  Corbin's owners likely moved on weeks ago anyways. 

Jonathan Villar:  2/3 with his 34th SB while hitting .302.  Well there you go.  When Villar first came on the scene he couldn't hit .240 and the caveat was "with that type of massive speed if he could ever hit even a little......"  The rest as they say is history. 

Jonathan Lucroy:  1/3 with his 5th SB while hitting .305.  Lucroy has been Buster Posey with J.T. Realmuto speed.  Yes very nice indeed. 

Hanley Ramirez:  3/4 with 3 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .285.  The fade of Ramirez was taking another level this season until this one game at least boosted the numbers to respectability.  Respectability is not what we want in fantasy baseball and Ramirez is now simply just another guy with shortstop eligiblity long gone and outfield following suit.  He was a beautiful player in Florida but that is now more than ancient history. 

Drew Pomeranz:  5 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 2.83.  Welcome to the AL Drew!  Told you all to sell high after the trade from spacious San Diego to murderous Boston.  As incredibly dominant and a slam-dunk insane value that Pomeranz was the first half of the season, it will be very bad from here on out. 

Matt Holliday:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .245.  It is almost like Holliday said to himself one day "I can't hit .300 anymore so let's sell completely out for power."  It is working. 

Jedd Gyorko:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .265 in Game 1 and 2 more in Game 2.  I mean the power is nice when it comes but is there a name player in fantasy baseball that elicits more of a yawn than this veteran? 

Carlos Martinez:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.83.  Martinez has obviously successfully fought his way through the shoulder scare from earlier this season but like with Noah Syndegaard's elbow, it is only a matter of time before it barks again. 

Bryce Harper:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .249.  All right so here is another take on Harper.  Yes the average sucks but Harper is a guy who tends to really press and begin chasing when he gets the Barry Bonds treatment and that is exactly what is happening here.  The BABIP also has been sqaurely in unlucky territory all season as well which combined together give you .249. 

Anthony Rendon:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .257.  Rendon is doing a decent job getting back into the good graces of the fantasy baseball community after his 2015 whitewash but he goes right there with Yasiel Puig in terms of being a way to rash promotion to a draft's first round.  Maybe Carlos Correa joins them as well. 

Gio Gonzalez:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.53.  Gio and inconsistency go hand-in-hand which is a trend that has grown more stark the last season-plus. 

Matt Kemp:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .255.  Hey if Matt Kemp can smash 35 home runs, all the fantasy baseball power to him. 

Carlos Beltran:  2/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .304.  If Beltran stole a few bases, you would think it was 2008 all over again.  What a comeback season. 

Michael Pineda:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.25.  Since the start of June, Pineda has been solid and the K/9 rate remains ace-like which adds to the mystery of the guy.  Listen I won' tell you to ride with Pineda in the AL and AL East with that type of inconsistency and that goes double when you realize it it time for his annual fade to besin as well.

Jeremy Hellickson:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.84.  If you are a Hellickson owner, first of all props.  Second of all, you are no doubt praying the expected trade of him keeps him in the NL.  If he goes to the DH-league?  Say goodnight. 

Anthony Rizzo:  2/4 with 2 home runs (24 for season) while hitting .292.  Like with Josh Donaldson, Rizzo has earned every penny of his first round draft price and honestly has been more valuable than consensus number 1 Paul Goldschmidt and blown away Jose Abreu. 

Kyle Hendricks:  6.1 IP 7 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.27.  Jon Lester for Cy Young?  Jake Arrieta?  How about Kyle Hendricks?

Wilmer Flores:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .260.  Terry Collins for goodness sake play this man every single day. 


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