Sunday, August 21, 2016


Yoenis Cespedes:  3/5 with 2 home runs (24 for season) while hitting .293.  He's baaaacckkk!  Yoenis has put back-to-back monster seasons together as he has now reached a new level of power and increased average.

Denard Span:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .274.  Span has become a very shaky fantasy baseball play as he doesn't run nearly as much anymore and is losing the battle to injury.  In other words you really don't want to own him anymore.

Evan Longoria:  2/3 with his 28th HR while hitting .291.  The last two years were not great for Longoria but he has earned back a sizable amount of his value prior to the that with his power.

Rougned Odor:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .274.  Odor went cold for awhile as surely the grind of his first full season is getting to him.  Still we are looking at a second baseman who can hit 30 home runs which is valuable as you can get.

Nomar Mazara:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .281.  Like Odor, Mazara has had a rough second half as the at-bats have piled up and led to fatigue.  Not sure if the power will go much past 20 though unlike his teammate.

David Phelps:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.28.  Phelps looks like an ace power pitcher since he went into the Miami rotation.  He has given up just three runs in four starts since the move began and is racking up a ton of strikeouts.  Injuries and poor control have held Phelps back in the past but he should already be off the wire given the K rate.

Jose Abreu:  2/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .283.  I'm sorry but 15 home runs at this point frm Abreu is pathetic.

Chris Sale:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 B 8 K with an ERA of 3.15.  Few do domination like this guy does.

Alex Gordon:  3/4 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .227.  That's four home runs over the last five days for Gordon so if you ever going to use him, now is the time to do so.

Salvador Perez:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .257.  Perez is kind of just there now as a non-flashy catcher who was exciting in the beginning with the .300 averages but now not so much.

Ian Kennedy:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.58.  Kennedy is actually having a decent season despite the fact the Royals are already regretting the five-year deal they gave him.

Alex Bregman:  3/6 with his third HR while hitting .238.  The other day I told you to strap up as this kid is getting ready to launch.  Hope you made it tight.

George Springer:  3/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .266.  Springer is one guy who wished the Astros played a 10-game series in Baltimore and not three.

Chris Davis:  1/2 with his 29th HR while hitting .224.  Chris Davis hits a lot of home runs.  Now on to some less obvious things.

Kris Bryant:  2/5 with his 31st HR while hitting .300.  Thinking Bryant is now getting close to passing Josh Donaldson in the fantasy baseball third base hierarchy.

Ben Zobrist:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .279.  Zobrist started out scorching hot, only to settle back into his usual home run rate and average.  Veteran guys don't suddenly reached highs in their late 30's so it was only a matter of time before that happened.  Still Zobrist is not finished yet in terms of being a usable infield option.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/5 with his 35th HR while hitting .268.  One thing you have to love about Encarnacion is that his home runs are consistent throughout the season.  That is something to be impressed with right Jose Abreu?

Russell Martin:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .246.  Like with Alex Gordon, this is about the only stretch that you want to own Martin after a truly hideous first four months.

Melvin Upton Jr.:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .246.  Maybe the name change was an attempt to push away the horrid memories of B.J. Upton.  It has worked.

Josh Tomlin:  6 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 4.39.  No one has gotten their head beat in more the last three outings than this average fantasy baseball starter.  An average Tomlin always was even when he was pitching to a low 3.00-ERA during the first half.

Robbie Ray:  7 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 13 K with an ERA of 4.31.  I haven't spoken much about Ray this season as his walks have been awful at well over 3.00/9 but the K rate is over 11.00 which is Chris Sale territory and points to how much potential he has.  Ray only has to work through the control to launch himself into a very high level fantasy baseball power pitcher and he reminds me of Danny Salazar when he was working out the kinks.

Cesar Hernandez:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .298.  Hernandez is pretty much just a batting average help right now which puts him squarely into NL-only territory but there is still room to enter into the consistent mixed realm by next season.

Adam Duvall:  2/5 with his 28th HR while hitting .244.  How low will the average go?

Brandon Finnegan:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.32.  I have not been a big fan of Finnegan going back to the beginning of the season but I will say the kid has room to improve and be more of an interesting commodity in 2017.  At least he is showing he can pitch deep into a season.

Felix Hernandez:  8 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.26.  We likely have reached the point where Hernandez is more of a 3.00-plus ERA pitcher then one who was a mid-2.00 ace starter.  Age and injuries doing their thing.

No comments:

Post a Comment