Saturday, September 3, 2016


Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his 35th HR while hitting .215.  Yup the home run was the only hit Frazier got.  K Rate of 24.6 percent is by far a career-high and shows how you much of an all-or-nothing guy Frazier has become.  Yes the power is tremendous but we would give back some of those homers for .265. 

Brian Dozier:  2/4 with his 33rd HR while hitting .271.  At 29 Dozier is having a career-year as his .271 average is like .315 for anyone else given his habitual .240 marks previously.  Again like with Frazier, it all centers on the K rate but Dozier has gone the other way (21.0 in 2015 down to 17.7 in 2016).  Sometimes that is all it takes. 

Carlos Rodon:  7 IP 7 H 3 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.90.  Rodon looks like the classic young power pitcher who has seen the light bulb go off.  His ERA over the last two months is a bit over 3.00 and the key here is that Rodon has dialed back on the strikeouts in order to gain better control.  Funny how that works. 

Rougned Odor:  2/4 with his 28th HR while hitting .277.  Amazing what second base has become.  Jose Altuve, Daniel Murphy, and D.J. LeMahieu are all in the batting title running and Odor and Dozier are hitting home runs like first baseman.  The position is doing a third base 2015 collective bustout.  Looking more and more like the hitters as a fraternity are coming back on the pitchers.

Carlos Beltran:  1/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .292.  Beltran has fit in seamlessly with his new team.  Maybe he should call Jay Bruce and offer some change of scenery advice.

Jonathan Lucroy:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .300.  20 home runs is a big benchmark for catchers in fantasy baseball and that is even more so when you throw in a .300 average to go with it. 

Alex Bregman:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .243.  Over the last three weeks Bregman is hitting nearly .300 with 5 of his home runs.  No failure to launch here.

J.T. Realmuto:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .312.  Realmuto is no fluke folks as he has hit .300 the entire season with very good counting stats.  Yes the power is lacking but the pure hitting is very rare for a backstop.  Which is what I said back in March. 

Carlos Carrasco:  7.1 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.06.  Carrasco dominating in the second half of the season is like the leaves turning color in the fall.  Well Carrasco dominates all the time now so we can change the narrative a bit. 

Pedro Alvarez:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .257.  Not Mark Trumbo but Alvarez has been very good in his first go-round with the Baltimore Orioles this season as a widely forgotten fantasy baseball commodity.  Still wouldn't draft him next season but have to point out the positives to be fair.

Manny Machado:  1/2 with his 33rd HR while hitting .306.  Machado has now reached that hallowed level where he is so consistently awesome that there is nothing else to say about him. 

Chris Davis:  1/4 with his 33rd HR while hitting .221.  Man can we even just get .230 out of this guy?  As overrated a player as one can get. 

Mark Trumbo:  2/4 with his 41st HR while hitting .255.  Love how every time Davis hits a home run, it seems like Trumbo does too.  Then again Trumbo has hit a home run in almost every game it seems. 

Hunter Pence:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .285.  Hey he is older than dirt and always hurt now but if Pence is available, he is hitting. 

Jon Lester:  9 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.61.  A .252 BABIP has been quite fortunate for Lester this season which accounts for some of the sparkling ERA but over the last three seasons the Cubs ace's ERA has been 2.46, 3.34, and 2.61.

Mike Trout:  1/3 with his 26th HR while hitting .320.  Jose Altuve continues to give Trout everything he can handle in terms of being the 2017 number 1 pick but I think force of habit wins out there.

Nelson Cruz:  1/5 with his 33rd HR while hitting .279.  I think Cruz is going to be like David Ortiz in terms of hitting for monster power up until his retirement.  Has that look.

Yadier Molina:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .289.  Hey I have to be fair.  Molina is only two home runs behind J.T. Realmuto and not hitting for much of a lower average.

Randal Grichuk:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .230.  Right now Todd Frazier is envious of Grichuk's average.

Alex Reyes:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.35.  The St. Louis Cardinals have a young and very impressive pitcher.  Where have we heard this before?

Joc Pederson:  2/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .243.  Can't remember many other guys who went from extreme excitement surrounding to his name to someone nobody cares about in such a short period of time.

Matt Kemp:  3/5 with his 27th HR while hitting .262.  I think Freddie Freeman is more happy when Kemp homers than Kemp himself.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .274.  I guess the more Cabrera gets hurt, the better he hits home runs.

Noah Syndegaard:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.56.  Syndegaard has been very good the last three times out but the stolen bases are a huge problem.  Also investing in him for 2017 is the ultimate dive into testing fate.


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