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Friday, August 19, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Jacob DeGrom:  5 IP 13 H 8 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.73.  Look away DeGrom owners.  Look away.  Let's hope his arm is not screaming for mercy. 

Kris Bryant:  5/5 with 2 home runs (30 for season) while hitting .296.  Bryant was playing whiffle ball in this one.  It only took two seasons for Bryant to work through the high K rates to become adecent average guy and unlike Giancarlo Stanton, it looks like we won't be waiting on and on for 40 home runs.

Hernan Perez:  2/4 with his 11th HR and 22nd SB while hitting .285.  It almost seems like when Perez hits a home runs or steals a base, he says to himself that he has to achieve the other for the power/speed game to be fulfilled.  I can't think of any other player who has done it in more games this season. 

Jake Arrieta:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 2.75.  Only 3 strikeouts as Arrieta gets destroyed in this one and now the fatigue watch is on once again after the way he bombed out in the postseason a year ago.  Only so much the arm can take. 

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his 27th HR while hitting .267.  You go Dozier.  Make me look bad for telling everyone to cut you outright in May. 

Alex Gordon:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .219.  Grand slam here for Gordon.  Other then good power, nothing has gone right here for Gordon whose legs are already shot and without steals, is pretty much a sketchy own since he was never a big average guy anyways.

Reynaldo Lopez:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.37.  Introducing the next Carlos Martine hopefully without the shoulder trouble.  This is a potentially monster 200-K arm so hope the ERA stays elevated so you can get him at cost next March.

Danny Salazar:  1 IP 1 H 3 ER 3 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.57.  Three walks in the inning tells you Salazar had nothing and it is possible he may have thrown his last pitch of the regular season given he just returned from the DL.  This is another one of those young and very hard-throwing arms like Noah Syndegaard or a Carlos Martinez where every pitch could lead to Tommy John or shoulder trouble.  Be afraid.

Maikel Franco:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .249.  Not happy with the average as Franco has the profile and approach of a .300 guy but that will have to wait until 2017.

Justin Turner:  2/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .278.  Based on the numbers Turner should be a sixth round pick next year.  But he won't.  He never goes before Round 10.

Yasmani Grandal:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .234.  Grandal is is one of those power zones which is nice to see after all of that inconsistency.  Always was an excuse maker for the guy through all the disappointments but always was a big believer in the ability.

Jered Eickhoff:  6 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.91.  I wouldn't start Eickhoff anymore this season since we are in the young pitcher's "dead arm" zone but your damn right I am in on him for 2017.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .281.  Becoming one of those guys where you jot down .275 and 25 home runs and don't look back.

Chris Davis:  2/5 with 2 home runs (27 for season) while hitting .222.  Humid air in Baltimore means Home Run Derby for Davis.  He delivered.

Manny Machado:  2/5 with his 27th HR while hitting .304.  Looks like the small window of stolen bases for Machado is already a thing of the past but no one cares as long as the power keeps going out like this and goes with a .300 average.

Mark Trumbo:  1/4 with his 35th HR while hitting .256.  So funny how a veteran's average eventually will be reached, even if it takes five months to do so.

Alex Bregman:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .200.  Here we go.  Strap in and get ready for the fun as Bregman is getting ready to launch.  

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