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Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Freddie Freeman:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .336.  Let it be said that Freddie Freeman is right behind Paul Goldschmidt for the second spot among all fantasy baseball first baseman.  And in firm first round territory for likely the next five years.

Carlos Correa:  2/3 while hitting .273.  Told you to be patient here and Correa has been hitting ever since.  Believe in the talent and never overlook the youth in terms of early stumbles.

Ken Giles:  scoreless ninth for his ninth save with an ERA of 3.86.  While Giles is always scary, he has been money and lights out when a save is on the line.  That's all you can ask.

Robinson Cano:  4/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .296.  So much for the quad injury.  Maybe Kyle Seager should try it.

Aaron Altherr:  2/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .353.  Three home runs in the last two days and a firm statement to management that he needs to be in there every day.  I picked up Altherr for today's game and so yeah fantasy baseball life is good today.

Tommy Joseph:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .242.  Said to pick up Joseph yesterday as he is coming into his first groove of the year.  That is now one home run you have missed.

Jay Bruce:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .283.  Bruce is doing for the Mets and his fantasy baseball owners what the team thought they would get (and his fantasy baseball owners) of Yoenis Cespedes.

Buster Posey:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .367.  Third straight game with a jack as Posey tells Gary Sanchez "not just yet kid."

Derek Law:  2 ER in 1 IP for first save with ERA of 3.38.  Law looked very shaky and so this could already put Hunter Strickland into thr driver's seat for the next save.  With the Giants having literally blown over 30 saves going back to the start of last season, sometimes that's all it takes for someone else to get a shot.

Jeurys Familia:  first blown save with 3 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 3.86.  Man when Familia wants to gag it he goes all-in.

German Marquez:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.88.  An outing like this will get everyone's attention in fantasy baseball but Marquez was a middling prospect coming into the year who put up just a moderate 8.36 K/9 at Double-A in 2016.  And he pitches in Colorado.  Don't overthink this.

Mark Trumbo:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .239.  Said the other day Trumbo was ready to launch a crazy amount of bombs in a short time span  Count on another 2-3 before the weekend is out.

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .227.  Machado is still quite young and so a tiny part of me worries he is becoming a bit undisciplined with his swing in looking to go yard all the time.  In other words, becoming a younger version of what we see now out of Todd Frazier.

Jayson Werth:  2/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .299.  Yeah so that ridiculous 7-year contract that the Nats once again Werth doesn't look so bad after all since the guy is literally hitting his way to the end of it.

Stephen Strasburg:  6 IP 8 H 5 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.28.  May is here which means it is time for Strasburg's ERA to climb over 3.00 (check) and to get hurt (on the way).

Brad Brach:  second blown save with 3 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 3.79.  Man there were some ugly closer performances last night and this is the second recent blown save for Brach who is beginning to unravel a bit here.  Darren O'Day should be added here just in case as we are still in uncharted territory with Brach.

Jose Bautista:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .177.  Honestly I don't even want to write anything about Bautista anymore, such as non-entity as he has become in fantasy baseball.

Danny Salazar:  5 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 5.20.  I said last season I was done chasing the potential here and now the rest of you should fall in line.

Logan Morrison:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .255.  You own Morrison to ride out his power streaks like we are seeing right now and then you plant his ass on the bench when the o-fer's pile up which they invariably do.

Chris Archer:  8.1 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.04.  As an Archer owner (now in first place in the Experts League), I sat and stared at the beauty of this pitching line like an art lover gazes at a Mona Lisa.  So pretty were the details.  Again it is very simple here in that if Archer keeps the baseball in the park, you can't touch him.

Christian Yelich:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .281.  Yelich is on pace for another best in home runs but it is not a huge jump.  Still looking like he is in the fifth grade, Yelich is doing a fine job for me as my OF 2.

Wil Myers:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .301.  Myers has actually been quite non-volatile in the follow-up to his monster 2016 campaign and that is usually not the case in overall scenarios such as this.

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .194. Remember I told you last season and this year that Bradley Jr. was not as good as his first half of 2016 indicated.  The guy still has gaping holes in his swing and he doesn't run much to help offset the average hit.  Overrated.

Yasmany Tomas:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .259.  What I love about Tomas outside of being very cheap for a 25-home run bat is the fact he is never goes through pronounced slumps.  He seems to make it a point to pop a homer just often enough to stay firmly as a starting OF 3.

Zack Godley:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.25. Godley was pathetic last season and overall seems like nothing more than an SP 5 pitcher but feel free to stream under the right matchup.

Cody Bellinger:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .315.  At this rate Bellinger will never see the minor leagues again.

Kenta Maeda:  8.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.03.  Now three dominant starts in a row for Maeda or three dominant starts since I told you to buy low.  In fact this is what I said on April 24th when he hit rock bottom:  "Overall it just goes to show you that the advanced numbers all indicate a turnaround is on its way and it could be soon.  All Maeda has to do is knock down that home run total and he could just like that turn back to the SP 2 we all anticipated he would be.  With that said, a buy low is a good idea here as Maeda is simply going through a rut and is still very young (29) which means he has not lost anything stuff-wise.  I myself am going to try and steal away Maeda and it is moves like this that ultimately help you win your league."  I stole Maeda away that day and here we are.


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