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Thursday, July 28, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .245.  Stanton has been destroying the baseball for the last month or so and honestly he pretty much is back where he should be numbers-wise across the board after that brutal April.  Considering the ugly average, in hindsight Stanton should be a second rounder in 2017 and not going in the first.

Adam Conley:  6.2 IP 8 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Conley has been a nice value play as an SP 5 this season.  He doesn't do any one thing great but the overall package has beeen quite useful.

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.68.  Strasburg picked up his 14th win and now should be considered one of the prime favorites for the NL Cy Young.  I have long maintained here that I was never one to own Strasburg due to the cost and combined injury risk but never have I questioned his ace talent.

Blake Treinen:  scoreless .2 IP for his first save with an ERA of 2.01.  Felipe Rivera was given the chance in the ninth but quickly gave up a run and was pulled for Treinen.  This is one big mess right now but I guess Treinen is the guy to own.

Daniel Murphy:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .351.  The gall of Murphy to go 0-for-5 the previous night.  You are forgiven Dan as he now reaches the 20 home run mark for the first time in his career.

Alex Dickerson:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .286.  Fourth straight game with a home run from Dickerson and right now he is the most valuable Dickerson in fantasy baseball.  With Melvin Upton now in Toronto, this Dickerson should be given everyday playing time and at on power alone, is worth an add.  Remember that seasons in 2016 have started like this for guys like Adam Duvall and looks where that has gone.

Miguel Cabrera:  3/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .301.  Knock Cabrera all you want for no longer hitting .330 with a pace of 40 home runs.  Clearly a victim of his past immense success, Cabrera is still raking more than enough and 30 home runs will be a tremendous total no matter who it came from.

Dustin Pedroia:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .303.  Pedroia has been red hot and is actually having a very fine season with his customary .300 average and decent enough pop.  A striped down version without the steals no doubt but Pedroia has shown he is not done as a regular contributor in fantasy baseball just yet.

Xander Bogaerts:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .331.  Mr. Bogaerts I would like to apologize for some mean words I typed here about you in the past.  Now that you can hit home runs and run to go with the batting title average, you win.

Madison Bumgarner:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.09.  Those who have been readers from the begining know I saw greatneess in Bumgarner right from the start.  It took others a bit to catch one which is why I owned him for a few years at a deent price but not now and not again for a long awhile.  It is amazing that just when you think we have seen the best out of the guy, he continually improves.

Dan Straily: 7.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.84.  ERA is now under 4.00 as Straily continues to pitch well.  The guy has obvious talent and put up some big K numbers in the minors but never has been able to stick with any on team.

Jay Bruce:  1/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .271.  I think the Blue Jays are going regret not making the deal for Bruce and instead going with Melvin Upton Jr.

Andrew McCutchen:  3/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .246.  The average has never come around and even the power will not go near the 30 mark and may never again.  While McCutchen has at leats been respectable, it is comical to look back and see that these numbers cost a first round pick. 

Gerrit Cole:  9 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.78.  Cole has been dominant his last few starts and it shows just how good he can be if he can stay healthy which has been his biggest callenge.  The K's are down quite a bit though as he admittedly has pitched more to contact.  While we can overlook that to an extent, the health has to cooperate and it never totally does for a full season which makes Cole one of the riskiest fantasy baseball aces in the game. 

Kris Bryant:  1/3 with his 26th HR while hitting .283.  Those who drafted Bryant in the third round a year go when we knew he would begin the season in the minors......this was why.  Bryant is having an MVP season both in real and in fantasy baseball and 50 home runs seems to be in the future as soon as 2017.  What a talent.

Javier Baez:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .287.  Baez hitting .287 is like anyone else hitting .347.  Kudos to the kid as he really cut down on the whiffs which threatened to make him a Quad-A guy.  The Cubs are playing it right with Baez too in batting him near the bottom of the order to take pressure off of him.  Its working and the future is bright again.

Addison Russell:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .248.  Russell lacks the flash that Baez has in that he doesn't run and unlike Baez, he remains an average liability. 

Jason Hammel:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.23.  Wow it is almost August and Hammel is still throwing well.  As surprising as the fact that Lyle Lovette once married Julia Roberts.  Alas August usually is the line of demarcation with Hammel so the narrative has not changed just yet. 

David Dahl:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Love this kid.  Here is what I could see happening though.  Dahl is very capable of going 10/10/.315 the rest of the way and all of a sudden he becomes a second round pick next season. 

Jon Gray:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.94.  On the road, on the road, on the road. 

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .311.  Yeah the steals seem to have dried up already but Machado doesn't hold anyone's jock and his first round price tag this past March has been justified after many said it wouldn't. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  5 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.16.  Yes you guess it.  This one came on four days rest where Tanaka's ERA is over 4.00.  On five days rest it is under 3.00.  Rinse and repeat. 

Lance McCullers:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.18.  McCullers is quickly becoming one of the best strikeouts artists in the game right before our eyes and yes I will say this:  his path looks very similar so far to Clayton Kershaw with early injuries, poor control, and massive strikeout stuff. 

Yasmany Tomas:  2/5 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .262.  While there have been scores of recent massive Cuban hitting busts (Alex Guerrero, Rusney Castillo, Yasiel Puig), this guy has delivered.  After some fits and starts, Tomas has gone right along the scouting report in terms of power and an average average. 

Freddie Freeman:  4/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .280.  Kudos to Freeman who has had a nice season despite the lack of any help in the Braves lineup.  Depending on what the Braves front office does in the offseason in terms of protection, Freeman's stock will go north. 



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