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Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: LATE SATURDAY EDITION

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 15 K with an ERA of 2.94.  My goodness.  Strasburg is on the short list with Chris Sale, Clayton Kershaw, and Yu Darvish as the greatest strikeout artist in baseball and that part of his game has always been stable through the injuries and mid-3.00 ERA's.

Kodi Glover:  scoreless ninth for fifth save with ERA of 2.35.  Why Glover was not closing from Day 1 this season is a question only Dusty Baker could answer.  It only took him just about two months to remedy it.

Mike Moustakas:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .260.  Moustakas has the average up a bit again lately which is nice and the power has been big-time all year.  Considering the dirt-cheap draft price, Moustakas has been a fantastic buy warts and all.

Francisco Lindor:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .283.  Lindor's HR and fly ball rates continue to point to growth and they have been consistent both in April and May which adds to the validity.  Another ceiling reached.

Danny Salazar:  5.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 5 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.50.  Unrealized potential at its finest.

Mike Trout:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .342.  What is scary is that Trout is still improving.  How that is even possible defies logic.

Marcell Ozuna:  3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .311.  Another hitter who has tapped into some more offensive growth like with Francisco Lindor.  Ozuna's combining power and average is about as much as he can do (considering his lack of speed) to make his fantasy baseball value go as high as possible.

J,C. Ramirez:  7 IP 7 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.38.  The K/9 is just 7.29 and HR/9 is an ugly 1.33.  Smoke and mirrors specialist.

Eric Thames:  0/4 while hitting .278.  So yeah I did say to sell high on Thames at the height of his power surge.  Listen to me.

Chase Anderson:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.72.  Man has there been some insane strikeout games the last few days.  Anderson has joined in the party and actually has been pretty decent on a Brewers team filled with fantasy baseball values.  Just know the XFIP is well over 4.00 so don't be shocked if the bottom falls out.

Zack Cozart:  4/4 with 5th HR while hitting .355. I wrote a Status Report on Cozart before this game that was pretty glowing.  Now got to update it to make it more glowing before going up later.

Carlos Hernandez:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .293.  It seems like we haven't heard much from Hernandez lately which is true but that is because he has been a bit light during that span in the juice categories.  He still has been hitting though which is all that matters since everything else falls into place from there.

Tommy Joseph:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .255.  25 home runs here we come.

George Springer:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .242.  Sorry George but one guy you should have not have truid to be like coming into the majors was Joc Pederson but you pretty much have done so right on down to this apparent disdain for running.

Dallas Keuchel:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.81.  Now 8-0, you got to think Keuchel is right there as the leader in the AL Cy Young derby.

Jay Bruce:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .249.  Standard Bruce season so far.  Hot and cold, hot and cold.

Travis D'Arnaud:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .221.  Since he did something positive on the field, D'Arnaud is now destined to sprain his finger getting water from the Gatorade jug and go on the DL.

Lucas Duda:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .267.  Duda is seeing the ball really well right now as he has been on a tear the last week.  Keep him anchored into your UTIL or CI spot.

Andrew McCutchen:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .212.  McCutchen has turned into Chris Young circa Arizona right before our eyes.



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