Saturday, August 20, 2016


Curtis Granderson:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .224.  With only 34 RBI to go with those 20 home runs, Granderson's pop might be the least impactful in the game this season.

Johnny Cueto:  7 IP 8 H 1 ER 0 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.90.  Cueto dominated without the K in this one and that is always a big indicator of how good an ace starter he is.  When you can equally control an opposing lineup with ease with any strategy, you are the man.

Joey Votto:  2/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .304.  Well after all that angst Votto is hitting .300 when he was in the .240s in May.  Can't be a much better pure hitter than this guy.  While guys like Adrian Gonzalez and Jose Abreu have slipped in their production in 2016, this guy has been money.

Jose Altuve:  3/6 with his 20th HR while hitting .365.  Altuve reached the 20/20 level with the bomb, the first time in his career he reached such a lofty plateau.  He is teh clear fantasy baseball MVP no questions asked as the numbers are just silly and impact all five categories in a monster way.

George Springer:  4/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .262.  When we go into 2017, Springer seems set now where he currently is with his numbers both in average and in home runs.  Very good player but steals lower then expected considering minor league tallys and average mediocre.

Evan Gattis:  3/4 with his 19th HR and his second SB while hitting .241.  We got some new catcher toys to play with in fantasy baseball going forward, with Gattis re-joining the party in 2016.  The storyline has not changed in the time he was away. Like most catchers, the average is ugly bu boy can Gattis drive on a baseball.

Adam Jones:  1/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .274.  Other then a small leak in his average that could still end up at the usual .280, Jones is still the outfielder 1 he always has been but on the lower scale with the steals gone for good.

Mark Trumbo:  1/3 with his 36th HR while hitting .257.  I continue to bask in my ownership of Trumbo after screaming to the rafters about what a good sleeper was coming into the season despite my past anti-feelings toward him.  Everyone has a price where I will own you. 

Chris Davis:   1/4 with his 28th HR while hitting .222.  Funny how Davis is not even the best power hitter on his own team anymore.  And Trumbo hits for a higher average and is so much cheaper.

Pedro Alvarez:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .261.  Alvarez is another one like Trumbo who saved his fantasy baseball career moving into a prime hitter's park.   The Pirates couldn't wait to dump him but Alvarez' power is still alive and well.

Stephen Vogt:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hiting .272.  Vogt is a puzzle as this time around he has kept his average decent but his power has been down.  At catcher though we have lower standards.

Khris Davis:  3/4 with his 31st HR while hitting .256.  Massive power for the second year in a row for Davis and an average over .250 is always nice.

Kendall Graveman:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.09.  Graveman is just an AL-only play due to his shoddy track record and lack of K's but he is a hot AL-only pitcher right now. 

Addison Russell:  1/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .246.  You can have Russell in leagues where we draft together next season. 

Dexter Fowler:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .281.  While I do daydream what it would have been like if Fowler ended up in Baltimore, he still has put up very good outfielder 3 numbers for the second season in a row.

David Dahl:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .337.  I will say it now.  I will obsess about having David Dahl on all of my teams next season.  And I hope he finishes in a massive slump so I don't have to pay through the nose.  I don't think my will come true. 

Adrian Beltre: 4/5 with 2 home runs (21 for season) while hitting .291.  I did personally shy away from Beltre this season due to his age and declining home run rate but I guess that was not such a smart call. 

Mitch Moreland:  1/2 with his 21st HR while hitting .254.  Second season of 20-plus home runs from Moreland who works nicely as your CI or UTIL bat in deeper formats with a dirt cheap price.  You are never excited to own Moreland but he helps you.

Cole Hamels:  7.1 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.80.  No one including Hamels' mother saw this type of full season performance moving from the NL to the AL and with Texas of all places.
Tyler Naquin:  1/2 with his 14th HR while hitting .316.  Love this.  Those who own Naquin and were too late to take him out of your lineup still got a home run out of him and it was an inside-the-park deal to boot.  It is all going right for the kid.

Jose Ramirez:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .311.  People forget that Ramirez is still just 23. Already did a piece on him the other day and we firmly now have yet another third baseman to add to this ridiculously talented offensive group.  You can pick a third baseman in like Round 14 next season and still get an impact guy.

Trevor Bauer:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 13 K with an ERA of 3.88.  Few do strikeouts like Bauer does but he is still too up and down for anyone's taste.  Hate holding my breath in any one of his starts.

David Ortiz:  2/3 with his 28th HR while hitting .317.  Only one month-plus left of Ortiz.  Enjoy it while you can no matter how he is accomplishing things.

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  1/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .281.  Bradley Jr. has reached that special level of trust for yours truly by hitting for average this late in the season.

Michael Fulmer:  6 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 2.58.  Only one strikeouts as Fulmer was not folling anybody.  The Tigers have said they are growing concerned with the innings and this outing makes it understandable.


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