Sunday, June 18, 2017


Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .203.  Man the journey to 30 home runs is very painful so far.

Matt Davidson:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .263.  That's four home runs in the last week for Davidson who is gaining notice for the second time this season given his hot streak.  

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .294.  Standard operating procedure.  

Jose Ramirez:  3/5 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .304.  Ramirez had cooled since his big April but overall he has more than validated his 2016 breakout.

Ryon Healy:  3/4 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .288.  We are overdue for a Status Report.

Masahiro Tanaka:  4 IP 8 H 5 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 6.34.  Love the K's which is the second time Tanaka went nuts there against the A's but he allowed three more home runs which is an absolutely insane problem right now.  You can't start Tanaka in any league and if not for the name, he should be on the wire.

Sean Doolittle:  scoreless ninth for second save with an ERA of 2.53.  It is time to check in on Doolittle again for saves given the season-long struggles of Santiago Casilla.

Miguel Cabrera:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .280.  Cabrera is hitting as well as he has all season which could indicate that his back is feeling better.  It has been a downright horrid year to this point by Cabrera's standards and for the draft price and he needs to pick it up soon to salvage something out of it.

Michael Fulmer:  6.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.45.  Me calling Fulmer a bust prior to the season is looking better and better by the start.  Can't get by with a very average K/9 in the American League forever.

Yoenis Cespedes:  4/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .322.  At this point it almost feels like anything Cespedes contributes is a bonus considering his legs are made of glass.

Trea Turner:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .264.  Leadoff homer for Turner who has more than shown the uptick in power he put forth as a rookie in 2016 is legit.  Now if he can get that average past the .280 mark, Turner will give back 80 percent of his 2017 draft cost.

Stephen Strasburg:  5.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.28.  You get the sense a DL stint is coming as Strasburg is overdue there and his ratios are steadily rising since April as they always do. By the end of the season you then wonder how Strasburg and his top-shelf stuff end up with a mid-3.00.

Enny Romero:  scoreless 1.2 IP for his second save with an ERA of 3.62.  Looks like we are now back to Romero who gave up three hits in the outing and was far from sharp.  Proceed at your own risk.

Cody Bellinger:  3/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .262.  So the Los Angeles Dodgers thought it was all right to bring up Cody Bellinger early but the New York Mets think it is a bad idea with Amed Rosario?  How is that working out for L.A.?

Joc Pederson:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .211.  Man we were all wrong about this guy.

Yasiel Puig:  2/4 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .247.  Yeah Puig was actually a first round pick a few years ago.

Adam Jones:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .265.  You get the sense Jones is only capable of a .265 average now with his 25 homers.  Maybe .260 next season.

Mark Trumbo:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .259.  I think at this point Trumbo's owners thought he would be sitting on at least 17 homers by now.

Manny Machado:  2/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .215.  Man if Machado is going to keep hitting under .220, we need steals to even things out just a bit.

Jonathan Schoop:  4/5 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .293.  One of the most underappreciated hitters in all of fantasy baseball.

Adam Wainwright:  9 ER in 1.2 IP with an ERA of 5.75.  Retire already please.

Wade Miley:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 4.29.  All right the ERA is pretty much now where he should have been from the start.

Mike Zunino:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .248.  Yup his only hit of the game.  Will be at .220 before you know it.  Maybe even lower.

Rougned Odor:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .221.  For all the bad press Odor has gotten, he is on pace for 30 home runs. Not too shabby for an off year.

Mike Napoli:  2/4 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .200.  The DH version of Mike Zunino.

Shin-Soo Choo:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .261.  The fact Choo has swiped some bags this season makes him more than just a veteran backup.

Tyler Flowers:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .333.  How about that guy out there in the fantasy baseball community that punted drafting a catcher and instead picked up both Flowers and Alex Avila off waivers?

Matt Adams:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .304.  So I guess this is why we all at one time chased the hulking Adams who always gave the impression of being a big-time slugger but for whatever reason it never unfolded in St. Louis.

A.J. Ramos:  first blown save with 2 ER in 1.1 IP with an ERA of 4.30.  I still think David Phelps is the best closer-type arm in the Miami bullpen and he should at the very least be added by those who own Ramos.

Yangervis Solarte:  2/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .264.  Solarte no longer carries versatility all over the diamond which carried much of his fantasy baseball value in the past but his bat remains potent enough as backup material and for those in NL-only formats.

Wil Myers:  1/3 with his 14th HR and 9th SB while hitting .262.  Myers' dip in average is no shock as he strikes out too much but we are all right with that as long as the power/speed game continues on as it has been.

Eric Thames:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .269.  Looks like I lit a fire under Thames' behind.  Your welcome Thames fantasy baseball owners.

Dinelson Lamet:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 0 BB 12 K with an ERA of 7.50.  So now the stage is set for Dinelson to be picked up by many and then give up 6 earned runs in 3 innings next time out.  Clearly there is some major potential here given the massive K rate but Lamet's control can blow up at a monent's notice and that makes him very tough to trust.

Cameron Maybin:  2/4 with his 4th HR and 21st SB while hitting .267.  The only thing that has changed here despite all the extra attention Maybin is getting is the fact that his stolen base rate has exploded.  His hitting and power rates remains mediocre.

Alex Meyer:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.52.  Meyer has been terrific over this last couple of outings and his nearly 7-foot frame makes him a good strikeout bet as well.

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