Sunday, September 4, 2016


Randal Grichuk:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .231.  I have hammered him all season and for good reason but if you need a late power boost, Grichuk is in his best groove on that front. 

Kolten Wong:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .242.  Wong is done getting chances to hit near the top of the St. Louis lineup and deservedly so and it figures he only would start hitting now when he ruined his owners the first five months. 

Carlos Martinez:  6 IP 7 H 2 ER 5 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.07.  This is about when things really started going the wrong way for Martinez in 2015 and so this is something to keep close tabs on.  Walks in one start like this often are caused by fatigue and an inability to finish pitches and that would not shock me in the least with Martinez.

Russell Martin:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .247.  See Grichuk, Randal above.

Chris Archer:  6.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.06.  No 20 losses yet for Archer and that is an amazing statement to make about the guy since he leads the AL in strikeouts again and his stuff is still ace-level.  Yes 2015 could be an outlier overall but the power stuff is as good as anyone in the game and it shows how fickle a stat wins are. 

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .320.  Yeah so J.D. Martinez hitting .320 sort of snuck up on us.

Justin Upton:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .239.  We all know Upton runs hot and cold for extended periods of time but April-to the end of July was a bit much.

Domingo Santana:  3/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .241.  Santana showed up on some sleeper lists in March but for what reason I didn't understand.  Yeah he can hit some out but not enough to overcome the ugly average.

Jonathan Villar:  1/1 with his 12th HR while hitting .296.  Still can't believe this is the same Jonathan Villar who couldn't hit a lick in the Houston Astros system.  He better pass all of his "tests" next season unlike Dee Gordon. 

Chris Carter:  2/5 with his 32nd HR while hitting .228.  Whenever you need home run in a jiffy, this guy will always be there for you. 

Jose Abreu:  3/7 with 2 home runs (22 for season) while hitting .293.  Abreu has been on a tear as he seems hell-bent on getting to the 30 home runs that were expected of him in the first place.  With the average up to where it is, this is not simply window dresssing here.  Overall you would now have to say Abreu is earning back about 85 percent of the draft price.

Byron Buxton:  3/6 with his 4th HR while hitting .221.  Not sure what they fed Buxton on the farm but let me have some.

Miguel Sano:  3/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .239.  Pretty much everything has gone according to plan here.  Some Sano apologists wanted more of an average and 30 homers but the former was never going to happen and the latter was going to be a problem given the contact issues.  But I told you all this in March. 

Brian Dozier:  3/6 with his 35th HR while hitting .276.  Man if Dozier can hit .280 with all that power.

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