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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Trea Turner:  3/6 with his sixth HR while hitting .270.  I still think the best times are ahead of us here and Turner may simply be your classic slow starter.  Through all the hot an cold spells the first two months, Turner never stopped running and he is still on a pace for 15 home runs to go with all that speed.

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .318.  Mike Trout who?

Matt Adams:  3/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .277.  Not sure how much of this is Adams' natural power or the ballpark (thinking it is a combo of the two) but it is clear the St. Louis Cardinals may not have seen this all the way through.

Nick Markakis:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .285.  The baseball has to be juiced if Markakis is homering.

Tyler Flowers:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .338.  Again the ballpark is playing a major factor here as Flowers has made a career of being a .240 nothing.  But how about the fact he and Alex Avila who no one even in NL and AL-only respective leagues wanted putting up top 5-7 catching numbers?

Stephen Strasburg:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.27.  Remember how I said Strasburg begins to make his journey to a mid-3.00 ERA once his best two months of April and May are over?  Here we are.

Matt Albers:  second blown save with 2 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 2.10.  Of course Albers blew it.  If you are a Washington Nationals reliever and hear the words "your our closer now," you automatically visit Crapolaville.  This is getting downright pathetic for the Nats now and they need to give up whatever the White Sox ask (they did that already in the ridiculous Adam Eaton deal) to get David Robertson.

Josh Harrison:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .311.  Another quality season from Harrison but you didn't know that because no one cares.

Jameson Taillon:  5 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.90.  Bravo to the kid who came back from cancer and was excellent.  Great story and best of luck here.

Addison Russell:  1/2 with his 5th HR while hitting .216.  Then there are bad stories such as this.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .244.  With Cabrera's defense becoming downright laughable, he did the best thing he could to change the narrative by slamming the two bombs.  Well done but he still stinks overall defensively and in fantasy baseball.
  
Jay Bruce:  3/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .267.  Overall a very solid season yet again from Bruce but the massive uptick in home runs around baseball has neutered some of his previously moderate value.

Jacob DeGrom:  9 IP 5 H 1 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.33.  116 pitches makes me queasy from a guy who has had major health problems but for one night at least DeGrom was fully back on track.  He made it a point to pitch more down in the zone which lessened the K's but allowed for the dominant outing.  We'll take it but just look out for a "bounce" his next time out.

Andrew Benintendi:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .274.  Asking for a .300 average out of any rookie is expecting a ton but besides that, Benintnedi has hit for more power than initially expected and he is running as well which is all you can ask for from this future monster.

Hanley Ramirez:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .249.  Ramirez has now fully completely the career arc from number 1 pick overall to nothing but a bench warmer in fantasy baseball at best.

Rick Porcello:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.67.  Porcello is really outdoing himself now proving my point he was a disaster in waiting.  HIs 2016 was as big a fantasy baseball fraud as I had seen in years and I called him out on it even back then.

Wade Miley:  6 ER in 2.1 IP with an ERA of 3.97.  Also remember when you asked me in April if Miley was magically legit after years of suckage?  Let's all laugh together.

Mike Zunino:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .233.  If you want to fall into this trap again then by all means.  I won't.  I mean I could just own Travis D'Arnaud if I wanted to be a glutton for punishment.

Nomar Mazara:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .287.  Mazara has been decent but no solid growth yet this season.  In other words, he has not crawled out of the OF 3 mode.

Yu Darvish:  7 IP 1 H 1 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.03.  Do you get the feeling that Darvish has been much less flashy than in years past when healthy?  Well he has seen a sharp dip in K/9 from 11.84 a year ago to 9.40.  Still very good but when you invest in Darvish, you expect 220 K's.

Aaron Judge:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .347.  Hell maybe Judge can hit .400 now too.  Who would doubt him?

Masahiro Tanaka:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 6.07.  Another home run given up but Tanaka was very good as the Yanks played it right skipping him versus homer-happy Baltimore.  Maybe this jolt of confidence gets Tanaka back on track but there are no guarantees here.


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