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Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Mookie Betts:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .305.  Betts has been insane over the last 10 days and while he got off to a slow start, by the end of the season he should once again be in the running as the number 2 overall players in fantasy baseball.

Logan Morrison:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .244.  Morrison has now gone into a second month of useful production which is saying a lot here given how brutal he has been at times the last three seasons.  Take it for what its worth but Morrison's overall profile can be found all over the wire.
Kevin Kiermaier:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .218.  An early injury knocked Kiermaier off course when he was hitting well and so patience is needed here.  There are still very nice fantasy baseball tools here so try and find a spot on your bench in deeper formats.

Chris Sale:  7 IP 2 H 3 ER 2 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.15.  The only two hits Sale gave up were home runs but otherwise he had no-no stuff.  There is no argument to be made that Sale has not been the most dominant pitcher in fantasy baseball this season and second place is not close.

Scott Schebler:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .260.  Every .10 Schebler gains on his average, he becomes more of a prominent fantasy baseball story,  If he goes to ,280, then I am especially interested.

Brandon Belt:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .220.  Does anyone even care anymore?

Matt Moore:  7.1 IP 8 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5..67.  See an inch above.

Derek Law:  scoreless ninth for his third save with an ERA of 3.00.  Feel free to drop Hunter Strickland.

Ian Happ:  1/3 with his first HR in MLB debut.  Well that was a nice start.  We are hearing Happs first foray into the majors could be less than a week but if he does more of this a la Cody Bellinger, he will this an interesting topic of debate.  There is a world of talent here and Happ has future star written all over him.

Jedd Gyorko:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .337.  Wow is Gyorko locked in.  On the surface this looks like the makings of a monster career year but the .337 average is a huge fluke.  A .412 BABIP is insane and totally unsustainable and his K/9 is UP from last season (21.9 to 23.6).  While 30 home runs is not out of the question, he is still the same player he was a year ago no matter good the numbers appear so far.

Carlos Martinez:  6.2 IP 5 H 3 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.88.  Yet again Martinez gave up more hits and walks than innings pitched which has been the theme of his season so far.  I noted in spring training that Martinez was grossly overvalued and nothing that has taken place so far has refuted this.

Jose Berrios:  7.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.17.  Bam.  This is the Berrios who made everyone excited last season in the minors where he looked like a future star.  Yes his debut in 2016 was a colossal bust but Berrios retains the heat that made him a top prospect in the past. Pick up where available.

Kendrys Morales:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .244.  Geez Morales has driven me crazy this season.  I talked him up like crazy given his move to Rogers Center and coming off a big power campaign in 2016.  While the power has been solid, the overall impact not so much.  Perhaps most disturbing is that Morales is looking more and more like a home run specialist as he continues to age.  
Jose Bautista:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .185.  In other words Morales is looking like Jose Bautista.

Trea Turner:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .257.  Turner is showing decent power again like he did in his 2016 debut that seemed like a bit of an outlier.  Overall though he is not coming close to the late first round price he had in drafts this past spring but there is still plenty of time to change that.  Or not since I told you that Turner was just the latest example of the fantasy baseball community going overboard on a half season debut (Yasiel Puig, Carlos Correa, etc.).

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .368.  Harper wasted no time showing he was deserving of his monster 2018 extension.  My goodness that home run was insane.

Justin Bour:  1/2 with his 7th HR while hitting .248.  Third straight game with a home run for Bour.  If you had the patience to stick by him, Bour is rewarding you now with the power that is always there and comes cheap at the draft table.

Julio Teheran:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.08.  Teheran goes up and down more than a roller coaster with his numbers and on a bad Atlanta team, the lack of wins make that tough to stomach.

Travis Shaw:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .281.  Shaw needed to be in a small market like Milwaukee all along to show his true skills without a clouded head.  While I am not 100 percent sure where the ceiling lies, Shaw is charging at 25 home runs and 80 RBI and the average may not be putrid either.

Neil Walker:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .242.  Since Walker has likely already been cut in your league, now would be the time to add him as he has been about the only Met other than T.J. Rivera swinging it well.

Robert Gsellman:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 7.07.  It is time to go bro.

Manuel Margot:  3/5 with his 4th HR and 5th SB while hitting .277.  Very nice rookie debut from Margot but a bit different so far then I expected in terms of anticipating more steals and less power.  Whatever I'll take it.

Wil Myers:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .299.  Already Myers has greatly curtailed his running from last season and so like I said, the steals from 2016 are going in the outlier bin.  Everything else has gone swimmingly however.

Avisail Garcia:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .347.  A .411 BABIP is completely unsustainable and so a sell high here if you can is not a bad idea.  There are a lot of bad feelings here tough so that is unlikely to happen.  On the plus side, Garcia has cut his K/9 from 2016's 25.4 to this year's 21.1 which is nice progress.

Trevor Cahill:  6 IP 8 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.27.  I would still be a tad leery starting Cahill on the road but thre K's are still popping no matter the locale.

Chris Davis:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .239.  Davis is way behind his standard home run pace and since he literally does nothing else but he power game, he is almost useless then to his fantasy baseball owners.  This is why you avoid guys like this at the draft table.

Nate Karns:  5 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 4.46.  There is some Robbie Ross here in that Karns has terrific strikeout ability but is still quite rough around the edges to wholly depend on.

Yonder Alonso:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .302.  Another guy I just wish I could fast forward to the end of the year to see where this goes.

Alex Wood:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.27.  Yeah so since I dedicated an entire piece to telling you to pick up Alex Wood, he has tossed 11 scoreless inning with 21 strikeouts.  Yeah Wood is giving wood to his new owners.

J.D. Martinez:  3/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .571.  Welcome back bro.  Damn you know how to make an entrance.

Justin Upton:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .266.  There has been some consistency to the .260 average and the moderate power from Upton this season and we will certainly take it given how annoying he can be on that front in the past.

Mike Trout:  2/2 with his 10th HR while hitting .347,  Just once I want to know what it is like to own Trout.  I think I am going to sign up for 100 public leagues next season so that I improve my chances to landing the number one pick.  Then I can gaze at Trout for six months and love life even more than I already do.


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