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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Mike Napoli:  1/3 with his 25th HR while hitting 247.  Sometimes I dream at night of all these home runs from Napoli coming with him behind the plate.  Those were good times. 

Max Kepler:  4/6 with 3 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .256.  Kepler had ONE home run in the minors before his promotion and then overnight he turns into Babe Ruth.  That tells you quite a bit that this is in outlier territory right now and also that opposing pitchers don't have a read on Kepler yet.  Not doubting the kid has power but a year from now it would not shock me if he goes right back to his minor league norms. 

Danny Salazar:  6 ER in 2 IP with an ERA of 3.38.  Trouble.  Salazar is headed for "precautionary" MRI on his arm Tuesday but there is never anything precautionary about that.  Salazar looked awful and he simply never gets tattooed like this so there is some cause for concern.  I don't need to remind you that Salazar is young, he throws hard,.........all right I will stop there. 

Kendrys Morales:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .247.  Morales is what he is at this point which is a useful but not overly impactful HR/RBI guy as the average has slipped with age. 

Danny Duffy:  8 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 16 K with an ERA of 2.98.  Spectacular.  Duffy looks like he finally put it all together after about four years of inconsistent pitching loaded with walks and demotions.  Now no more walks and those massive K rates from the minors have shown up here.  It can take awhile for some guys, especially lefties, but the bottom line now is that Duffy is dealing. 

Kyle Hendricks:  9 IP 7 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.22.  This is unbelievable now with Hendricks who has now been unscored upon his last five times and is doing a fairly good impersonation of rotation mate Jake Arrieta's second half of 2015.  I said prior to the season Hendricks was as good an SP 4 as one can get.  Looks like I undershot him by 3 SP.

Mookie Betts:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .306.  About a month ago I said there was reason to CONSIDER taking Mookie Betts over the incredibly struggling Bryce Harper in drafts in 2017.  Still think that was such an outrageous statement? 

James Paxton:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.93. As long as he is throwing at home, Paxton should be started in all formats.  There is no doubt Paxton has ability but his health has been awful since 2013. 

Jose Altuve:  2/6 with his 19th HR while hitting .356.  I mean Jose altuve might hit 30 home runs.  I peed like three times just typing that.  Yes I own him.  Now I am starting to know what it was like to own Mike Trout the last few seasons. 

Marcus Stroman:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 13 K with an ERA of 4.74.  It was like Stroman was competing with Danny Duffy for the strikeout title of the night.  Listen Stroman has been rough around the edges no doubt but that talent is oozing out of him which is easy to see.  Understand this is still his first full season despite debuting in 2014.  Give him a mulligan on any ERA he has and drafts aggressively again in 2017. 

Bryce Harper:  1/4 as he hits .235.  The Nats score 14 runs and Harper goes 1/4.  What a disaster this season has been for Harper my goodness.  Daniel Murphy has loved life hitting in front of Murphy while Harper has been pressing and chasing everything out of the zone.  Obviously you still all want Harper and so do I but some reevaluation of his last two seaosns is in order. 

Stephen Strasburg:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.63.  Now 15-1, Strasburg has the Cy Young being shined for him. 

Hernan Perez:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .287.  Next stop for Perez is hitting .300 with those homers and steals.  This season you could have drafted Perez and Jonathan Villar in the last two rounds. 


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