Monday, June 26, 2017


Giancarlo Stanton:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .274.  Yeah he is on pace for 40 homers again.  Where have we heard that before?

Mike Montgomery:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.03.  I told you to pick up Montgomery last week and other than shoddy control, he has some very good stuff that can certainly carry the SP 5 weight.  

Trey Mancini:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .321.  Talk about coming out of nowhere.  If he had some more at-bats, Mancini would be in the batting title hunt and the power has been well past his minor league rates.  Since it is the end of June. we are well past the fluke stage of the season so it looks like Mancini is carving out a tremendous breakout campaign.  

Jonathan Schoop:  2/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .295.  All free agent hitters need to get to Baltimore.  The place is the hitting equivalent of pitching in Pittsburgh.

Ervin Santana:  6 IP 9 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.80.  This is Santana giving the bird to the regression fairies.  

Scooter Gennett:  4/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .308.  And now Scooter Gennett is a slugger.  I can't stand it.  

Michael Taylor:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .273.  Could be the light bulb is going on here finally.  Maybe not at full blast but it is glowing.  

Tanner Roark:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.15.  It has all gone so wrong here after a nice start and a very good 2016.  Could be an injury we don't know about but Roark also has seen his HR/9 soar.  Cut him loose.  

Mitch Moreland:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .270.  In this extreme era of the home run, we have no use for Moreland.

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .269.  Like with Moreland, we need home run hitters who can either hit .300 or steal bases now to have the optimal starting value in today's power-driven fantasy baseball.  

Travis Shaw:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .289.  Think the Boston Red Sox could use Shaw at third base right about now?

Keon Broxton:  3/4 with his 11th HR and 13th SB while hitting .250.  Man you love the seduction of the power/speed game from Broxton but he strikes out more than the drunk dude who tries to take hacks in the batting cage at Dave and Busters.  

Zach Davies:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 0 K with an ERA of 4.96.  All you need to see here is the zero in the K's column.  Moving on.  

Shin-Soo Choo:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .257.  Guess we wrote him off a bit early.  

Gary Sanchez:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .298.  Yeah I admit I was wrong about calling Sanchez a bust.  Although it looked good even as late as the conclusion of May.  

Michael Pineda:  7 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.12.  And the old and infuriating Michael Pineda is back.  

Sonny Gray:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.45.  Gray has often done his best work down the stretch of the season so taking a stab here in a trade is not a bad idea but this is also not the 2014 version of the guy either.  

Jorge Bonifacio:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .250.  Like a younger version of the following guy.

Jose Bautista:  2/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .234.  The above is not a compliment.  

Jay Bruce:  2/6 with his 20th HR while hitting .270.  Extra kudos to Bruce who was pilloried by the New York Mets faithful last season but tuned that all out this season to post a big first half.  

George Springer:  1/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .280.  Springer is in uncharted average territory right now which of course is nice considering the massive power.  If Springer can keep that going, he gains another level of respect in my eyes.  

Evan Gattis:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .267.  Where has the power been?  

Wil Myers:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .259.  Decent but nowhere near last season.  

Cody Bellinger:  3/5 with 2 home runs (24 for season) while hitting .274.  Giancarlo Stanton is thinking of calling Bellinger for advice on how to hit home runs.

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