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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Brandon Crawford:  7/8 while hitting .278.  I guess the baseball looked like a grapefruit to Crawford.  He has had a solid but unspectacular season which pretty much defines his career in fantasy baseball. 

Christian Yelich:  3/6 with his 12th HR while hitting .327.  We all said it was only a matter of time before Yelich challenged for the legaue batting title and we are there now.  Some injuries initially held Yelich back but things are clicking on all cylinders outside of a lack of running.  Maybe the latter two are related however.

Martin Prado:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .325. Prado should be recognized as one of the best pure hitters in today's game.  He never has been flashy as he doesn't run and the power barely reaches double-digits but this is a classic average boost guy you stick in and forget. 

Jose Fernandez:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.81.  Will be interesting to see if Fernandez goes on a pitch count the rest of the way but the Marlins are challenging for a wild card.  At least he is all the way back from Tommy John in ace order. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/5 with his 31st HR while hitting .265.  Does this put Encarnacion back in first round territory for 2017?  Not likely as first baseman who go there hit for average but there is still time to get there.

Logan Forsythe:  3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .278.   This wrapup seems dedicated to those guys who are helpful but not overly impactful.  Forsythe is also among this group and at second base he can carve out more than consistent usage. 

Matt Carpenter:  2/5 with 2 RBI while hitting .294.  Carpenter on a per game basis has been as good as any hitter in fantasy baseball this season and I am fully a believer now after doubting the power of 2015. 

Michael Wacha:  5 IP 6 H 3 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.45.  What might have been if the shoulder didn't go wrong.  Not Wacha is nothing but SP 5 garbage. 

Adrian Beltre:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .276.  You have to wonder what the career numbers would have lookd like if Beltre had avoided Seattle altogether. 

Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .285.  If Arenado even stole just 15 bases, he would be the number 3 pick in fantasy baseball hands down behind Jose Altuve and Mike Trout.  Yes Jose Altuve. 

Tyler Anderson:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.04.  Anderson is a 2011 first round pick so there is pedigree here but the K/9 is in the mediocre 7.00-8.00 range which is nothing to write home about.  However helping Anderson is a HR/9 rate that is very good and he also doesn't walk many batters which is a huge plus in Colorado.  Stream on the road. 


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