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Sunday, August 7, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Ryan Braun:  3/4 with 2 home runs (18 for season) and 13th SB while hitting .324.  Braun is having an excellent season by his post-steroids diminished standards.  Yeah he only needed the juice to swat 30 home runs but it seems like everything else has remained steady. 

Jean Segura:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .308.  Put the whole season together Jean.  Show me you can.

Wellington Castillo:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .254.  Castillo has done everything expected which is a nice statement to say about any catcher in fantasy baseball where volatility rules.  He is an unflashy as it gets but 15 or so home runs with an average that won't kill you works very well.

Devon Travis:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .294.  Third home run in two games for Travis.  He is good.

Eric Hosmer:  2/3 with his 5th SB while hitting .280.  Hosmer needs to hit .300 and keep up with some steals to achieve his draft price since he doesn't go over 20 home runs.  His margin is thinner than most fantasy baseball first baseman. 

Danny Duffy:  6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.97.  No letup or fatigue yet from Duffy who made that precious leap from awful control to top notch pitcher with vast improvements there alone.  Remember Clayton Kershaw made such a leap once. 

Aaron Sanchez:  6 IP 9 H 4 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.85.  Sanchez went back to start this one after the Jays said he was going into the bullpen to preserve innings.  It was an ugly outing which speaks to the legitimate fatigue issue that will seriously derail Sanchez is he thrown many more innings as a starter. 

Freddie Freeman:  3/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .280.  Love the Matt Kemp addition to protect Freeman and it is no coincidence his bat is very hot again.  Freeman has been terrific all season in actuality on a miserable team and after I suggested you avoid him the last two years due to the lack of protection, I am fully back on board this bandwagon.

Matt Kemp:  1/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .255.  Whether in San Diego or Atlanta no ballpark can hold the power of Kemp this season.  Taking the David Ortiz aging but getting better with his pop plan.

Ender Inciarte: 3/6 with his second HR while hitting .269.  Truth be told I expected a lot more from Inciarte given the precious opportunity at hand to bat leadoff on a daily basis but where has the running been?  Not impressed.

Kolten Wong:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .241.  Yeah he still stinks.  We all are guilty of overhyping this one.  The power/speed approach does that to you but Wong simply can't hit enough.

Carlos Martinez:  5 IP 7 H 6 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.29.  Fatigue, fatigue, fatigue, shoulder pain? 

Charlie Blackmon:  4/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .306.  A classic late bloomer, Blackmon has been every bit an outfielder 1 since 2014 with his five category production.  His home run rate actually I up again this season as he further grows into his power.  Also unlike former teammate Corey Dickerson, Blackmon's game can still be very effective on the road. 

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .242.  Opposing pitchers are more careful then ever with Stanton which is why he is not even hitting .260 this season but any mistake still goes over the outfield wall. 

Jonathan Lucroy:  2/4 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .298.  So far no regrets from Texas on what they paid for Lucroy's bat.  Three home runs in two games and an overall tremendous season will do that. 

Jay Bruce:  2/5 with his 27th HR while hitting .262.  Bruce is settling in with the Mets now after his second home run with the team and his RBI total has been immense all the way through.  Really though this is just a typical Bruce season but he has capitalized with men on base more.

Curtis Granderson:  1/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .232.  Granderson is only going to play 2/3 of the time now that Bruce is in town.  Very middling value given that and the always ugly average. 

Miguel Cabrera:  2/4 while hitting .311.  Now up to 61 RBI, Cabrera pretty much looks like the monster stud hitter he always has been.  Next stop 30 bombs. 

Adam Eaton:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .273.  Always been a fan of Eaton given the high upside he presented in the minors but he has to hit .300 and run more to be as impactful as he can be. 

Brandon Phillips:  2/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .274.  Phillips has not done much this season as age does its thing.  The mini-steals rebirth from 2015 has also gone by the wayside as the wheels are coming off now.  Move on. 

Ivan Nova:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.83.  Nova pitched well in his first start for Pittsburgh and in the NL.  He has ability which was hurt badly in the AL East but a half-run drop in ERA is expected now that he is in the Lourdes of baseball location with the Pirates who have saved many a fledgling career. 

Jake Arrieta:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.59.  Arrieta toyed with a striped-down Oakland A's lineup and is holding strong so far which is all we care about seeing after all these innings.  The K rate remained lagging though whatever that means. 

Ross Stripling:  5 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.79.  Feel free to stream Stripling when he is throwing at home. 



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