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Monday, May 29, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Khris Davis:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .227.  If Davis is hitting .330 at the end of April next season. he will still be back around .240 before the middle of June; if not earlier.

Aaron Judge:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .322.  Grand slam for Judge who just can't do anything wrong this season.  

Michael Pineda:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.32.  Amazing how a guy who has had a career-long focus problem is all of a sudden locked in with free agent dollars at stake.

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .198.  Interesting debate:  will Gallo have a better chance of accumulating 35 or more home runs or an average above .215?

Andrew Cashner:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.92.  Oh give me a break.  The only person who should be vouching for what Cashner is doing is his mother.  Maybe also his grandma.

Jason Kipnis:  4/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .242.  I would say that Kipnis had a locked-in kind of day.  He has been hitting all right the last 10 days or so but honestly even if he were on the wire right now, I still wouldn't add him.

Jorge Bonifacio:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .273.  The average continues to point upwards for Bonifacio which adds to the potential value.  Said when this power run started that he should be in daily lineups until he cools.  The longer it goes, the better.

Josh Tomlin:  9 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 5.79.  If Tomlin did this two more times in a row, he should still not be picked up.

Andrew Bentinendi:  0/4 while hitting .273.  Oxygen please!

Robinson Cano:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .294.  Like with teammate Nelson Cruz, Cano is one of those special hitters who doesn't seem like he wants to ever get old.

Christian Bergman:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.67.  Two excellent starts sandwiched around a truly brutal butt kicking.  Shutting out Boston in seven innings is no small feat though and streaming Bergman as your SP 5 in non-innings capped leagues works well enough.

Giancarlo Stanton:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .280.  Stanton is having a tremendous season and he has stayed in one piece thus far.  The latter is much tough for him to accomplish then the former.

Adam Duvall:  3/4 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .274.  Duvall has lowered his K/9 from 27,0 last season to 22.2 so far in 2017 which is a  tremendous improvement.  Thus the average uptick to go with the power.

Scott Schebler:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .241.  It is like Schebler this season is just like Duvall last season.

Domingo Santana:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .270.  Who knew on a Brewers team with Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar that Santana would be the most impactful bat in fantasy baseball?

Jimmy Nelson:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.83.  You all know how much of a booster I have been of Nelson over the years and he is sucking us in again.  The strikeouts are popping and Nelson is avoiding the big inning like he failed to do in 2015 and 2016.  Get on board.

Ryan Schmipf:  1/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .163.  I mean this guy is just hilarious.

Joe Ross:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 6.18.  You get extra demerits for getting shelled versus the San Diego Padres of all teams.  Already getting "should I drop" Ross queries and while this was ugly, I would hold him for at least one more start (but keep him on the bench).

Brandon Maurer:  scoreless ninth for his sixth save with an ERA of 6.30.  Looks like Maurer is back in the ninth inning after getting a breather in setup the last week.  Brad Hand wasn't exactly lights out which surely contributed to the flip-flop.

George Springer:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .243.  Maybe next season those in the fantasy baseball community will accept that Springer is no star player.

Mark Trumbo:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .262.  The power rate is way down from a year ago but that just means Trumbo is in line for an insane home run display the last four months.  About as dependable as power bat as you can get.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .275.  (humming to myself to try and think of anything interesting to say here.....I failed).

Lance McCullers:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.48.  So we have now reached the point in the season where entertaining the idea of selling high on McCullers is not the worst idea in the world.  He has yet to pitch a full major league season and so fatigue will absolutely become a factor in late July.  Also with fatigue can come injuries and McCullers is already on bad terms with the trainer's table.  It will likely only go downhill from here.

Todd Frazier:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .186.  A .194 BABIP tells most of the story here as Frazier has actually IMPROVED his K/9 rate and quite a bit (19.8 this season to 24.5 a year ago).  Also how about this.  Frazier is walking at a 14.4 BB/9 clip compared to 9.6 last season.  This means Frazier is getting royally screwed and is actually a solid buy low candidate.

Evan Longoria:  2/6 with his 7th HR while hitting .240.  Longoria is another Frazier in that his .268 BABIP is quite unlucky and he too has improved his K/9 rate (18.7 to last year's 21.0).  Both Longoria and Frazier and becoming boring veterans the last two years but they represent could future investments for the last four months.

Logan Morrison:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .251.  I will take anything from Morrison in terms of an average north of .250 with all that power.  Remember back in the day before Morrison let Twitter distract him to no end, he was a prime prospect in the Miami system.  Fully buying the power.

Joe Mauer:  4/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .283.  Mauer also drew three walks as he remains an OBP machine.  But you know you should not be owning Mauer in any competitive fantasy baseball league outside of streaming him on light schedule days.

Alex Cobb:  5 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.67.  Told you three starts ago that the fastball bite (A.K.A. more strikeouts) is coming back on Cobb's stuff.  Yup.

Jedd Gyorko:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .322.  Gyorko is still toting around an insane .385 BABIP and his K/9 and BB/9 rates are both WORSE than last year.  That means a sell high is in order but no one will pay for Gyorko so your best bet is to stick with him.

Tommy Pham:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .333.  So Tommy Pham has become what I thought Stephen Piscotty would be.

Gerardo Parra:  3/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .279.  So remember when everyone was ga-ga over David Dahl and I said at the beginning of the year don't overlook Gerardo Parra?  Yuppers 2.0.

Johnny Cueto:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.37.  Multiple blisters have made somewhat of a mess of Cueto's first two months but he is still in his prime and as talented as any ace in the game.

Wilson Contreras:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .241.  Very letdown from what Contreras has done so far this season but at catcher you have to stick with him considering the price you paid and how shallow the position remains.


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