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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: EARLY WEDNESDAY EDITION

George Springer:  4/4 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .265.  Boy the Houston lineup is insanely potent.  Looks like Springer is in one of those classic power grooves which is all fine and dandy.  Never had any issue with the home run swing but instead remain bothered by the ugly averages and utter lack of running.  Maybe next season his ADP will adjust accordingly.

Carlos Correa:  3/6 with his 9th HR while hitting .316.  Correa has nudged back ahead of Francisco Lindor after falling behind him in value last season.  While Correa too has stopped running (maybe a Houston management decision), his swing is a thing of beauty an his power is fully back to 20-25 range.

Alex Bregman:  2/6 with his sixth HR while hitting .264.  Maybe slow starts is just part of the fantasy baseball profile for Bregman.  Like the new age third base version of old friend Mark Teixeira.

Evan Gattis:  4/6 with his 4th HR while hitting .287.  Gattis wanted to get in on the fun. Said to draft him over Kyle Schwarber this spring.  How is that working out?

Brian Dozier:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .249.  Boy was the baseball flying out here Wednesday.  Dozier on pace for a 20/20 campaign which is a beautiful thing at second base but again he was never going to get back to 40 homers again given that now extreme outlier performance.

Joey Votto:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .283.  This guy is fully on the short list of fantasy baseball MVP early contenders.

Jose Peraza:  2/4 with 2 steals (14 for season) while hitting .264.  Wow look who woke up.  Peraza is running wild now and doing what we anticipated he would do on that front.  He is also capable of a better average so even more sunny times should be ahead.

Scott Schebler:  1/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .249.  Wow has this kid been good.  Keep in mind here that Schebler should be even BETTER as his .228 BABIP is very unlucky and his 18.8 K/9 is solid.  Talk about the average and make a play.

Devon Travis:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .261.  If Travis could just get out of his own way health-wise, he could become some story.  Particularly hot of late, Travis' stock is rising quick.

Jake Arrieta:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.60.  I am not a fan of his but Arrieta has had some rough (.340) BABIP luck.  While his adjusted 3.61 XFIP is nice, Arrieta tends to tire as the season goes on given his high workloads the last few years and so he is not an automatic buy low.

Brandon Maurer:  scoreless ninth for his eighth save with an ERA of 5.73.  The Padres seem determined to make it work with Maurer in the ninth inning in their infinite wisdom.  Just dumb as they could build up more value for Brad Hand if he pitched the ninth.  Also don't hold your breath now on Carter Capps closing.

Justin Bour:  2/5 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .288.  Yeah so good luck trying to find anyone else out there in the fantasy baseball community who boosted this guy more than I did.  Always a terrific and cheap power buy, Bour is actually tapping into another level of production as he is on pace for career-bests everywhere.  Yupppppppppppp!

Marcell Ozuna:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .321.  Man the power was no concern of mine here but boy has Ozuna shocked with the average.  Thank you .351 BABIP.

Dan Straily:  6.2 IP 9 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.56.  Straily seems to flash once or twice each season in putting himself on the verge of pickup status.  He always has collected a decent haul of strikeouts in his rampant MLB travels but we will sign off on a streaming capacity.


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