Saturday, August 6, 2016


Trea Turner:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .321.  No reason for the Nats take Turner out of the leadoff spot since he is hitting everything in sight and no adding power to the speed/average mix.  This looks like it will be really fun to watch. 

Wilson Ramos:  1/2 with his 17th HR while hitting. 332.  The average has been helped by a plus .330 BABIP all season so forget the average when projecting Ramos going forward.  Instead focus on his newfound health and the fact he is showing the consistent big power that made him such a fascination of mine in the first place.

Angel Pagan:  1/4 with hsi 8th HR while hitting .282.  The speed is quickly vanishing but Pagan can still get around the fastball and deposit over the wall and post a solid average.  For a guy who has made a career out of being an OF 3, this is just fine. 

Jeff Samardzjia:  5 ER in 7 IP with an ERA of 4.40.  It has gone all wrong for Samardzjia since June and not even the cushy home park can help him by the looks of it.  This means that the garbage we saw out of Samarzjia a year ago was not an outlier.  No good. 

Gio Gonzalez:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.13.  Gonzalez has been either brilliant or awful in any one start this season which makes him extremely volatile to trust on a start-by-start basis.  Pitching goes way to deep to depend on that. 

Jaime Garcia:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.04.  Garcia is funny in that he is one of those guys who you don't pay any attention to as a boring old veteran during the season but then look at the end of the campaign and see how good he was.  Something to be said for that type of quiet consistency. 

Mookie Betts:  3/5 with his 23rd HR while hitting .309.  Yeah if you offered Bryce Harper straight up for Betts you would get laughed at. 

Sandy Leon:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .374.  Hey when a catcher comes out hitting for power and well above average, you pick him up and worry how things will further transpire later. 

Travis Shaw:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .264.  Wow a Shaw sighting.  Was starting to think he was back in the minors.  The big start was impressive but Shaw was never going to stay a .300 hitter so no shock he dropped there. 

Steven Wright:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.01.  No one does complete-game shutouts like knucklers.  Wright was getting hit a lot lately which was part of his regression but he stopped the bleeding for the time being. 

Devon Travis:  2/5 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .290.  Out of the leadoff spot no less.  Travis is reminding is of his big start to 2015 before the shoulder went bad and Travis's game is a reminder as well that home runs are way up this season.  Like way up.

Starlin Castro:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .258.  Just like his recent tenure with the Chicago Cubss, we have seen wild swings in production from Castro.  Add it all up and he remains a solid bat but a flawed one that is red flagged with no more speed and now a mediocre average. 

Josh Tomlin:  7 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 3.81.  This is the danger I always warn you about if you own and use guys with mediocre K Rates.  You will get burned more than high K guys and it will be gross. 

Dallas Keuchel:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.56.  Keuchel has been good the last month and this from his biggest critic.  However he couldn't be any worse right? 

Jameson Taillon:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.29.  Taillon doesn't have the eletricity like when Gerrit Cole first came up but the kid has obvious talent and the stuff to be an SP 2 in time.  The Pirates are monitoring his innings so who knows how much further he will get to pitch and that makes Taillon interesting more for 2017. 

Justin Verlander:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.52.  Verlander continues to post a very good comeback season with the life on his fastball returning and being the impetus for the nice numbers.  Won't knock it since Verlander is a veteran and likely figured something out but it also could go by the wayside again in 2017 given the age. 

Victor Martinez:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .301.  Thought Martinez would have less than 10 home runs all season so needless to say the guy has been great.  Age seems like just a number to him by the looks of his performance this season. 

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