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Saturday, August 13, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Jose Ramirez:  3/5 with his 8th HR and 3 steals (17 for season) while hitting .313.  Lost in the Francisco Lindor hype is the impressive post-hype sleeper campaign being put forth by Jose Ramirez.  I use the term sleeper loosely as Ramirez was never considered a highly sought after guy but there was the feeling he could hit .300 and steal a decent number of bases.  After falling on his face the last two years, he is doing just that in 2016.  Maybe Ramirez needed Lindor to have the spotlight shined onto him to relax but the Indians are a running wild team and their third baseman is contributing nicely there.  Even better, Ramirez is hitting some home runs to boost the status.

Kole Calhoun:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .276.  Boring.  Calhoun is one big yawn now as the power is down and he does really nothing else.  So far 2015's levels don't seem repeatable.

Rajai Davis:  1/3 with 3 steals (31 for season) while hitting .263.  Very rarely do you see guys stealing bases at this high clip in their mid-30's but Davis continues to perform like he as in his prime.  Davis has made a career out of being a very underrated outfielder 3 and that remains true today.

Tyler Skaggs:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.37.  There are always rough spots coming back from Tommy John.  Skaggs misses bats though which is why you still want him but wins will be severely lacking on this awful Angels team.

Carlos Carrasco:  7 IP 8 H 3 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.21.  A couple of recent beatings were concerning but Carrasco looks to be back on track.

Adam Duvall:  3/4 with his 27th HR while hitting .245.  Blame the home run derby or not, Duvall was almost non-existent until this game after the break.  The holes in the swing are being taken advantage of more and more as video of Duvall gets around though so I am worried he is cementing himself as a .230 guy.

Homer Bailey:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.30.  Just like with Tyler Skaggs, Bailey is coming back from Tommy John and the results are uneven.  Obviously in NL-only leagues you can take a dive but Bailey has made a career out of annoying us with his inconsistency.

Billy Hamilton:  1/4 with 3 steals (51 for season) while hitting .255.  This is the beauty of owning Hamilton in that he picks up three steals with one hit.  He is literally running wild right now and the average won't make you vomit either.  That is why next March you will be tempted to pick him again.

Charlie Blackmon:  3/4 with 3 home runs (18 for season) while hitting .321.  Just when you thought Blackmon had crested as a player, he goes out and does 2016.  Average is up more than a bit, home run rate up, steals steady, home/road splits even enough so he is not Coors inflated totally.  Yes you can group Blackmon right in the middle of the OF 1 tier.

 Ryan Howard:  3/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .195.  Almost there bro.  .200 is within your grasp. 

Evan Longoria:  2/3 with his 26th HR while hitting .283.  Longoria is having a fantastic season but he is a funny case.  What I mean by that is that everyone and their mother lusted after Longoria during his early Tampa years but then lost steals and a rough 2015 put him on the DO NOT DRAFT list of many.  He was always overrated as a first round guy in 2011 but Longoria is still getting it done and now at a bargain rate.

Starlin Castro:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .258.  Castro is now entering into the boring veteran tier as well.  He had some pop moving into Yankee Stadium and generally has been solid but Castro has not lit things up to the point he is going to stay in the desired range.

Freddie Freeman:  2/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .284.  On any other lineup, Freeman would have made a run at 90-plus RBI with all this power.

Anthony Rendon:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .267.  Rendon has reclaimed some of his past hype but nothing like pre-2015 of course and I don't think that will ever return.  Still believe he is a .300 hitter with 20/10 ability though so keep him close by.

Stephen Strasburg:  5.1 IP  7 H 6 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.07.  Strasburg is a veteran but he has not had big inning seasons in his still young career due to all his injuries.  Some fatigue could actually be at work as he all of a sudden has been hittable lately. 

Ryan Schimpf:  2/4 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .218.  The Adam Duvall of the infield is already 28 and will be lucky to hit .230 so keep expectations in check overall here.  Could very well be likely that Schimpf will be a nobody again by 2017. 

David Ortiz:  3/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .312.  If Ortiz really does retire, at least I can now RETIRE the typed line where every spring I talk about what a great price his power bat is as everyone thinks this will be the year he finally got old. 

Hanley Ramirez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .273.  This is what HanRam has come to:  struggling to hit 20 homers and for average with zero speed.  Sad. 

Edwin Encanacion:  2/4 with his 32nd HR while hitting .265.  Even though Encarnacion will hit 40 home runs, his age dictates caution going into 2017. 

Joe Musgrove:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.47.  What a debut this kid has put forth thus far.  Musgrove is striking out guys at a 10.31 clip.  The former 2011 first round pick could even be better than a healthy Lance McCullers. 




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