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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Bryce Harper:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .385.  Took a few days off for the sore groin and now Harper is right back on the MVP train.

Mark Trumbo:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .234.  Those who have been patiently waiting for the typical Trumbo power explosion should buckle up now.

Trey Mancini:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .313.  I have said before that Mancini is an underrated stick who has hit .300 or better at almost every level her has been at.  Also the track record of Buck Showalter finding hitters who contribute both in real and in fantasy baseball each season is unparalleled.

Kevin Gausman:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 6.63.  Man Gausman was so putrid in April that the only owners he has left are already fully onto fantasy football.

Marcus Stroman:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Stroman seems to have one nasty stinker every month but is money in all the other starts.  It works out in the end but you still would like to see some more K's if you are in an innings-capped format.

Colby Rasmus: 2/4 with his second HR while hitting .235.  Nobody cares.

Nate Karns:  6.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.58.  There is a decent power arm underneath the nasty ratios but Karns is just an AL-only story until he starts to show some more consistency.

Brett Gardner:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .260.  Over the last two weeks Gardner has exploded with the power and he has done a nice arc in that category in his career.  He is not done yet being a good OF 3.

Matt Holliday:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .287.  Speaking of OF 3's, Holliday is that guy and maybe more if he can avoid the old-man injury bug.  I said in spring training that Holliday in Yankee Stadium works as a very affordable value play for at least one more season and so far, so good on that front.

Joey Votto:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .286.  Next stop?  .308.

Masahiro Tanaka:  7 IP 10 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.36.  Still way too many baserunners for Tanaka who faces an interesting opt-out question after this season.  He has been a major step down fantasy-wise from 2017 but you were always on borrowed time here anyways given the elbow so you had to understand the risks.  I am not saying the elbow is causing this but we also can't say it is not.

Buster Posey:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .363.  Posey is really swinging a hot bat and the home run was a nice sign since he has dragged there the last season-plus.  Catching is beyond rough on the body and so a drop in power going into the 30's is not a shock but Posey is still holding his top catching spot with Gary Sanchez coming back from injury.

Hunter Pence:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .254.  Pence has been widely cut in many fantasy baseball leagues and it is understandable given the age.  I think he can still help in a Matt Holliday sort of way but wait a few days to see if this continues.

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.80.  Man the strikeouts have been popping all season as DeGrom leads the majors in that category.  The double-digit K games are becoming commonplace but DeGrom is also showing his worst control since making hay with the Mets.  With a swinging K percentage that also leads the majors, it shows how the stuff is moving at an extreme rate.

Carlos Martinez:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Still too many baserunners for Martinez who has not justified his 2017 fantasy baseball draft price.  Wasn't a fan given the volatility with the shoulder and who knows if that has impacted him.

Jed Lowrie:  2/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .298.  The story has been written long ago here and it induces a big yawn.

Yasiel Puig:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .252.  Yeah that good April start has dissolved into the same, old inconsistency.  Enough already.

Alex Wood:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.73.  Yeah so remember that Status Report I wrote on Wood two weeks ago?  It said to pick him up.  Yup.

Austin Hedges:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .188.  Yeah so Hedges is J.P. Arencibia right now which makes one kind of nauseous thinking back to those memories.  Still in two catcher leagues you need to keep Hedges around given the rare power at this spot.

Trevor Cahill:  5.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 5 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.06.  Yeah so Cahill is this year's version of the Petco Park pitching special.  Use at home and bench on the road as you would always do in such a situation.


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