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Saturday, August 27, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Manny Machado:  2/4 with 2 home runs (31 for season) while hitting .305.  Second straight 30 homer season for Machado and the average is up a bit this season compared to last.  Again slot the top four third baseman how you like but Machado is right there as a mid-first round lock for 2017.

Gary Sanchez:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .403.  Gary Sanchez cracked a home run.  In other words, water is wet.

Mark Teixeira:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .201.  At one time it looked like Tex was a lock for the Hall of Fame as he combined excellent first base defense with an annual 30 home runs.  The back nine of his career was ugly outside of the comeback 2015 campaign but still this guy was a tremendous player for many years.  Salute.

Yovani Gallardo:  7 ER in 1.1 IP with an ERA of 5.69.  Remember that trend of Gallardo turning to garbage in the second half every season?  Taking it to another level now.

Wilmer Flores:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .262.  10 of Flores' home run have come off lefties so keep on playing him against southpaws only.

Jose Reyes:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .281.  After working off the rust, Reyes has been pretty much his usual self hitting around .280 and starting to steal some bases, albeit not at the frequency he once did.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/4 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .264.  Taking out the steals here and you get the usual standard Asdrubal Cabrera.  Not exciting but gets the job done, especially in NL-only formats.

Russell Martin:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .249.  If you picked Martin up a week ago, you have a guy who has hit nearly .300 with half his power during that span.

Josh Donaldson:  2/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .289.  I mean was there ever any doubt?

Todd Frazier:  2/3 with his 32nd HR while hitting .214.  Unbelievable that the average never turned around for Frazier.  I mean he literally became Adam Dunn at third base overnight.  Not a comparison you want.

Chris Sale:  9 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 14 K with an ERA of 3.14.  Almost like Sale has said "screw to pitching to contact" deal he was seemingly doing in April and May.  What is really nice now about Sale is he is moving out of the Tommy John "danger zone" as he ages out of the 18-27 window where 90 percent of the cases are seen.  That makes him more dependable and less scary an investment.

Felix Hernandez:  7.1 IP 8 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.14.  Sale and King Felix finished the same game with the same ERA's.  Good outing for Hernandez but lots of baserunners which speaks to how he is more hittable than ever as the innings toll continues to do its thing.

Evan Gattis:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .244.  Hey if you miss out on the insanity that will be the Gary Sanchez sweepstakes next season, this guy will likely be sitting there as a nice 25-home run value.

Carlos Correa:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .271.  Hmmm.  Well I will take him if you still are disappointed.

Mookie Betts:  5/5 while hitting .320.  Top seven guys next season:  Betts, Altuve, Trout, Donaldson, Bryant, Arenado, Machado.

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .259.  What is funny now is that Pujols is completing he career fantasy baseball arc where a guy is a monster sleeper, star, and then becomes downright boring to draft.

Justin Upton:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .236.  Upton continues to scorch the baseball and is hitting for big power.  The better late then never tag applies here. 



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