Thursday, August 18, 2016


Adrian Gonzalez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .298.  Not all sluggers age like David Ortiz in terms of their power.  The average and RBI are still in line with Gonzalez' career norms but the power is down by a wide margin.  Could be a one year fluke but at Gonzalez' advancing age, it has to be watched closely. 

Justin Turner:  2/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .276.  Turner is the ultimate non-conforming hitter as he has gotten better as he has aged.  Considering he missed time early in the season with injury, it makes the power output that much more impressive.

Tommy Joseph:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .252.  Another useful player who has emerged on a bad team.  Still not buying the power as Joseph was never this kind of thumper in the minors.

Adam Eaton:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .276.  Love guys like Eaton as you can make a swell profit off players who help in all five categories but don't go crazy in any of them.  These are the guys who seem to fall through the draft cracks every season and Eaton makes that cut.

Tim Anderson:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .273.  With all of the great shortstop prospects to appear lately (who ever thought we would type that!), Anderson is flying under the radar a bit.  He has been very good since he his debut though, hitting for more power than expected and there are a slew of steals to be had once he gets his timing down there. 

Carlos Santana:  2/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .242.  Not the most conventional leadoff hitter but you can't argue with 26 home runs.

Yasmany Tomas:  3/4 with 2 home runs (26 for season) while hitting .269.  Tomas has been titanic with his power over the last month and overall has developed into a very good OF 3.  I say OF 3 and not OF 2 due to average risk since Tomas doesn't walk and hacks at everything.  It is working for him so far though. 

Curtis Granderson:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .224.  Becoming as one-dimensional a player as you can get.  Age knows no bounds. 

Freddie Freeman:  1/2 with his 24th HR while hitting .288.  Yeah we all said 30 home runs would happen eventually.  Here we go.  Can't wait to see what the numbers look like next season with a full helping of Matt Kemp and hopefully others. 

Eric Hosmer:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .274.  Where have we seen this before?  Hosmer hitting near 20 home runs and nothing more.

Alex Gordon:  1/2 with his 10th HR while hitting .219.  Man what the hell has happened here?  Now just a name.

Victor Martinez:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .303.   Always proceed with caution with Martinez as this could be a last hurrah deal but the swing still is as potent as ever.

Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .241.  Talked about Harper way to much this season.  This is a total throw out all the way around as far as his 2016 season.

Stephen Strasburg:  9 ER in 1.2 IP with an ERA of 3.59.  Always something with this guy.  Strasburg has to be hiding an injury as his ERA is over a billion his last three outings.


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