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Saturday, May 13, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Cody Bellinger:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .323.  Gary Sanchez watched Cody Bellinger these days and mumbles to himself, "wow this looks familiar."

Clayton Kershaw:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.43.  This is as big a shelling as Kershaw ever takes.  

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .203.  I love home runs as much as the next guy in fantasy baseball but Gallo is so limited overall that he is not worth the hit to your average.  Sorry my opinion.  

Jesse Hahn:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.74.  In between rampant injuries, Hahn has been a quality arm in SP 5 terms when it comes to fantasy baseball.  He always seems to operate in good pitching parks as well which helps.  

Santiago Casilla:  4 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 5.02.  And just like that we are reminded why the San Francisco Giants couldn't wait to let this guy walk over this past winter.

Wilson Contreras:  2/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .228.  Man both Contreras and Kyle Schwarber (.189) have been a disgrace under a sea of strikeouts.  Both guys have royally tested the patience of their fantasy baseball owners but given the utter lack of impact players there, you have no choice but to grin and bear it.

Randal Grichuk:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .230.  Throw Grichuk into the same bin as Joey Gallo.  Don't want him and never have.

Eddie Butler:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Nice debut for Butler but he remains a beyond mediocre pitcher whose K/9 straddles 6.00 in his career.  No thank you.  

Brian McCann:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .281.  So while you chased Schwarber and Contreras this past March, you could have had this guy a few rounds cheaper and gotten vastly better numbers.  Aging but still productive veterans sometimes can be the best value bats.  

Lance McCullers:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.98.  Man I see Kerry Wood all over this kid, right on down to the explosive stuff and propensity to get hurt.  

Evan Longoria:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .241.  Listen at this stage of the game for Longoria, the average is not a given.  2016 was tremendous no doubt but his age is getting a bit up there and the strikeout rate remains nasty.  Throw in the zero speed and Longoria is almost solely dependent on home runs which have not flowed yet.  

Rick Porcello:  6 IP 9 H 3 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.01.  The strikeouts have been good but Porcello has given up a ton of base runners this season (1.34 WHIP).  He has regressed just as I said he would but not to the point of being a disaster.  He was never a fantasy baseball ace folks no matter what he did a year ago.  

Danny Duffy:  7 IP 8 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.38.  The WHIP is nasty at 1.34 and perhaps the innings jump a year ago are coming to roost as Duffy's velocity has been a problem all year.  The K/9 last season was a very good 9,42.  This season?  Try a scary 6.22.  If not for keeping the ball in the park (0.36 HR/9), Duffy likely would have been a liability.  When it comes to sagging velocity, you can never predict if things will turn around.  

Dylan Bundy:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.26.  Man I give up here.  If Bundy can keep pumping up the K/9 (which was pathetic coming into the season), he has a chance to ward off the expected regression (.253 BABIP=4.38 XFIP).  You also have to be aware of the fatigue issue as Bundy has not thrown a high amount of innings in years given his injuries.  This alone makes him a big sell guy in the summer.  

Buster Posey:  2/7 with his 6th HR while hitting .358.  Damn Posey has been downright scorching with the bat.  And he has been pumping the homers as well which is the statistic that either makes his season very good or incredible.  Still without peer behind the dish.  

Denard Span:  3/7 with his second HR while hitting .274.  Span is back and healthy for now.  He will remain the Giants' leadoff hitter and thus get a high amount of at-bats to do some moderate fantasy baseball impacts.  

Johnny Cueto:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.15.  Told you to buy low on Cueto who is rounding into ace form.  You had your chance.  

Josh Bell:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .236.  Bell is quickly becoming the Yasmani Grandal of catchers in that both guys were known as average guys in the minors but then reversed things in the majors by hitting for power.  

Tyler Glasnow:  7 ER in 2.1 IP with an ERA of 7.98.  Pathetic.  This kid should have been back in the minors in mid-April when I first said it.  

Mike Trout:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .336.  No DL was needed thank goodness and so Trout wastes no time showing why Bryce Harper wishes he owned him.  

Matt Shoemaker:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.50.  Shoemaker can be so tempting given his K stuff but he always seems to be straddling that line of being useful or pure garbage.  

Justin Bour:  3/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .243.  Second game in a row with a bomb from Bour whose April struggles were pronounced.  He is a pure streaky power hitter though so you plug and play when he is going good.

J.T. Realmuto:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .305.  There has not been any power uptick this season from Realmuto so he is what he has been there in 2016 and 2017.  As long as the average still hovers above .280, he is a top ten fantasy baseball backstop given how utterly pathetic the position has been.


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