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Friday, June 2, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Corey Kluber:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.36.  I would say this was a successful return from the DL.  I had no worries about Kluber performance-wise even before he went on the DL as he annually is an April bum but he has the ace-stuff to be a major weapon the rest of the way in a year where all top pitchers are either underperforming or are hurt.

Wilmer Flores:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .308.  The Mets are playing Flores much more liberally now that he is hitting almost .280 versus righties to go with his excellence against southpaws.  Flores catches fire enough during the course of the season to be fantasy baseball relevant and of course from the start of the year I said you can't do much better hitting-wise when a lefty is on the hill.

Chase Anderson:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.30.  Add Anderson to the ever-growing list of value play Milwaukee Brewers hitters/pitchers.  Like with the Philadelphia Phillies a year ago, bad teams (at least based on projections in Milwaukee case) can often have some of the very best values in all of fantasy baseball.

Adam Wainwright:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.79.  Wainwright has not pitched this well since 2014 and his 7.76 K/9 is the best it has been since 2013.  What is even more hysterical is that Wainwright has had some bad BABIP luck almost all season so his ERA should even be better.  At he age of 35, the bottom could fall out at a moments notice but considering he was a waiver pick in many leagues, you cant argue with the yield thus far.

Mark Reynolds:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .307.  Man Reynolds is making Ian Desmond look bad.

Gerardo Parra:  4/4 while hitting .312.  Again who needs David Dahl?  Not the Rockies.

Yovani Gallardo:  5 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 6.24.  There is shot and then there is the utter disgrace that is Gallardo.  How he is still in baseball at this point is beyond me,

Kyle Freeland:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.53.  He is a pitcher on the Colorado Rockies so Freeland has to automatically be good according to this season in fantasy baseball.  Said nobody ever about pitcher who happens to call his home park Coors Field.

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .226.  A .239 BABIP is quite rough and unlucky for Bradley which speaks to improvements on the way with his average but he remains quite blah overall with a remaining K/9 of 21.0 and a frustrating lack of steals for someone with good speed.  Which is why I wanted no part of this in March.

Mark Trumbo:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .278.  Little has been said about this but Trumbo has lowered his always high K/9 rate from 25.5 last season to its current 18.6.  Hence the lofty average status by Trumbo's previously low standards.  Still a fan.

Adam Jones:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .266.  He is taped up like a mummy but Jones keep hammering the baseball when he is not being listed as day-to-day.

Chris Davis:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .230.  You see Chris just look at Trumbo to realize you don't always have to be the Grim Reaper of the batting average category for those who own you in fantasy baseball.

Wade Miley:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.82. The K's are leveling off as I said they would and now let's get to work on the lucky .286 BABIP (FIP of 4.39 and XFIP of 4.05).

Eduardo Rodriguez:  7 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 3.54.  If this outing came last season or in 2015, I would be more worried.  Instead Rodriguez has been money most of the season so far and so he has the right for this to be chalked up as just a bad day at the office.

Kendrys Morales:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .265.  It took a bit longer than I anticipated but Morales is now making good on the big power potential he carried going from K.C. to the launching pad that is Rogers Center in Toronto.

Gary Sanchez:  2/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .270.  It took two months and one DL stint but finally we get a reminder of how good Sanchez was a year ago.  I said on and on all the offseason that Sanchez would be a bust this season given the ridiculous draft price he commanded in March and so far that has been right on par.  Still four month is a lot of time to turn things around and in his defense, Sanchez is walking a bunch (9.6 BB/9) and has lowered his K/9 from 24.9 a year ago to 22.8.  That's good.

Marco Estrada:  7 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 3.86.  Estrada has taken some big beatings of late but we are well past the time now where I will go back to the fact he somehow always beats the BABIP curve.  I can't even go there anymore without annoying myself.

C.C. Sabathia:  6.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.12.  Four excellent starts in a row now for C.C. and in deeper formats you can proceed with caution.

Zack Greinke:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.06.  Nothing new to add here that I already haven't mentioned in the glowing Status Report I did last week.  My goodness Grienke has been awesome and in this year of insane injuries among the pitchers, his impact becomes even more extreme.

Miguel Sano:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .297.  40 home runs here we come.

Kole Calhoun:  2/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .213.  I forgot that Calhoun is still in the majors since he has been so invisible.


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