Monday, June 19, 2017


Kendrys Morales:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .257.  I was a big fan of Morales coming into the season but I expected more to this point both in average and a bit more in power.  Maybe he is finally finding his footing in a new locale like Edwin Encarnacion in Cleveland and the best days are ahead.

Russell Martin:  1/2 with his 7th HR while hitting .225.  I said a few weeks ago that Martin does his best hitting work from the middle of May onward and so those in two catcher formats should be adding him.

J.A. Happ:  6.2 IP 8 H 3 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.26.  Happ has found his groove since coming off the DL and so it is safe to use him again despite my overall reservations about the guy as a whole.

Adam Duvall:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .275.  Really like the improvements from Duvall this season in terms of the average and they are somewhat legit as he has cut his K/9 by two points.

Scooter Gennett:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .287.  Gennett is fully realizing the joys of hitting in Great American Ballpark.

Eugenio Suarez:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .278.  Talk about improvements, Suarez himself has firmly taken another step forward this season with his overall development as his K/9 has gone from 24.7 to this year's 21.9.  He also has raised his BB/9 from last year's 8.1 to this season's 11.3.  When gains are made in these two areas, it really elevates one's fantasy baseball stock another tier.

Justin Turner:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .385.  That glowing average is awesome no doubt but I believe most Turner fantasy baseball owners would trade 40 points there for some more power.

Logan Morrison:  2/4 with 2 home runs (21 for season) while hitting .234.  Now on pace for 47 home runs, leave it to the Rays to turn someone else's crap into gold.

Evan Longoria:  1/2 with his 10th HR while hitting .253.  When Longoria doesn't hit 25 home runs, he honestly is just another player no one would look twice at.

Steven Souza Jr.:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .265.  Souza Jr. knows no in between when it comes to being either cold as ice or scorching hot.  He is currently the latter.

Jacob Faria:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.37.  Now 3-0, Faria has been pitching at an ace-level already and gets added for now as the latest power fireballer coming out of the Rays system,  We have seen more than enough to start Faria every time out until further notice.

Trea Turner:  1/3 with 4 steals (26 for season) while hitting .265.  So now we are seeing why some were willing to pay a late first round price for this gem.

Jacob DeGrom:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.94.  Two completely dominant outings in a row for DeGrom since he overhauled his approach and began pitching more down in the zone.  It means less K's but boy the results have been superb.  Back to ace status we go.

Aaron Altherr:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .278.  Third home run in the last week for Altherr so if you were to make a list of Whose Hot/Whose Not, the Philadelphia Phillies outfielder would be on the former.

Maikel Franco:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .223.  I am as disappointed in him as I am anyone in 2017 fantasy baseball that I propped up.

Paul Goldschmidt:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .324.  The rare first round pick this season that has completely panned out according to script.

Chris Owings:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .292.  I think we are going to look at the end of the year numbers here and see close to 20 homers and 20 steals.

Ben Lively:  6 IP 8 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.33.  Lively's mediocre K/9 leaves very little margin for error and in his home ballpark, this is a fate you may not want to test.

Anthony Rizzo:  3/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .263.  Third home runs since moving into the leadoff spot.  Eat your heart out Rickey Henderson.

Ian Happ:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .223.  Think Jonathan Schoop right now but with a worse average.  The funny thing is that most in the fantasy baseball community would rather own Happ given the uncertainty of how good he can be.  That's how this works.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .324.  Believe it or not if the season ended today, Ozuna would have a firm spot on the All-Fantasy Baseball Team for 2017.

Stephen Piscotty:  2/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .250.  Been tough to own Piscotty the last year-plus but I still believe the natural hitting skills he showed in the minors will be there eventually.  Do you want to wait it out is the question.

Dexter Fowler:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .254.  It is almost like Fowler woke up last week and said to himself, "Yeah I want to ditch running and be a home run hitter now."

Yadier Molina:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .263.  Once again Molina has been a tremendous catching buy for pennies on the dollar.  There is always something to be said at catcher for relying on the aging but still effective veterans like Molina, Martin, and Brian McCann.

Mark Trumbo:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .263.  Mount Trumo has erupted.

Trey Mancini:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .310.  Looks like Buck Showalter has dug up another hitting gem that no one in the fantasy baseball community saw coming.

Wellington Castillo:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .291.  See Molina, Yadier above.

Lance Lynn:  7 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 3.33.  I think it was simply a bad day at the office but Lynn is a fatigue candidate soon enough considering he missed all of last season.

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/4 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .261.  You can't get Encarnacion out right now as he has 6 home runs in the last 10 games.  His May performances have been epic in the past but it looks like he pushed that forward to June this year in needing an extra month to adapt to being in Cleveland.  Either way, we are getting first round Encarnacion right now.

Hernan Perez:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .273.  Perez is having a nice season and I own him in Experts where I love the four-position versatility.

Jimmy Nelson:  9 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.28.  Yuppers.  Hope you weren't stupid and dropped Nelson after his rough road start versus St. Louis last time out.  Nelson's breakout is completely legit and supported by his advanced metrics and this is what I was always saying was possible here if there was enough patience.

Carlos Gomez:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .253.  I guess he is back.  No one cares.

Nolan Arenado:  4/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .299.  Arenado went for the cycle here.  The home run rare is down slightly but that is really stretching to try and say something negative.

Trevor Story:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .227.  I guess it is progress Story has the average north of .220.  What a disaster but you knew this since I did a long BUST piece on Story this past March.

Mark Melancon:  fourth blown save with 4 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 5.09.  Wow.  Melancon's dip in velocity began to be noticeable early last season but it didn't seem to inhibit him.  Well not anymore as Melancon has been brutal and injured this season.  The Giants just can't get a break in the ninth inning and they are heavily invested here which means they will continue to ride with Melancon.

Salvador Perez:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .253.  Been a few years now of Perez hitting around .260 but the power has ticked up since the start of this run.

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