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Friday, June 16, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Jose Berrios:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.74.  More excellence from Berrios who I was throwing some cold water on recently.  I still stand by my assessment that as a rookie, he will hit the wall sometime in August and also has an innings limit.  It is issues such as these that make investing in your pitchers so dicey and we haven't gotten to the injury problem.  Sell high.

Chris Tillman:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 8.07.  Talk about a batting practice pitcher.

Matt Davidson:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .259.  Dime a dozen slugger.

Wellington Castillo:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .298.  More evidence that on an annual basis, Castillo is as underrate a fantasy baseball catcher as there is out there.

Rich Hill:  7 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 5.14.  Well this story was fun while it lasted.

Cody Bellinger:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .254.  I think it is safe to say Bellinger has sewn up the NL Rookie of the Year Award.

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .255.  Encarnacion is not dead yet.  He seems fully back on track now, hitting over .320 the last three weeks with big power.

Chris Sale:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.82.  Sale took the loss here and this is why I hate the Wins category so much.  The fact Sale has three losses is ridiculous considering he has been unhittable in almost every start this season.

Nick Pivetta:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.46.  How about Pivetta staring down Chris Sale in this one and not batting an eye?  The fact this outing only lowered his ERA to 4.46 tells you all you really need to know though about whether to make a play here or not.

Miguel Cabrer:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting. 280.  Yes just six home runs which used to be a good three weeks for Cabrera in his prime.  That prime is getting further and further in the distance as his big body is fraying everywhere.

Steven Souza Jr.:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .260.  Yeah Souza settled back in to being a mediocre average guy to go with the very good power but at least it is not .230 bad.

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 5 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.50.  Man even when he is somewhat decent with the runs given up, Verlander sucks it with 11 baserunners in seven innings.  Why didn't you listen to me again back in January when I said he would go bust?

Wilmer Flores:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .311.  One of the only positives to come out of the Mets' season so far is that Flores has shown he can hit righties as well as lefties.

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .314.  What really has astounded me this season is not the super-human feats with a bat in his hand from Harper but instead the fact he is just 24.

Gio Gonzalez:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.89.  He will go to 2-0 on a million batters but so far Gonzalez is escaping that fine line of trouble.

Eric Thames:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .261.  Before you hammer me for yesterday's post, remember I said I had no questions about Thames' power but instead the increasing holes in his swing.

Keon Broxton:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .232.  Man if Broxton could ever find some sort of plate discipline, he would overnight become an OF 2 with his power/speed game.

Michael Wacha:  4 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.78.  Boy this turned ghastly in a matter of weeks but again Wacha's shoulder can only handle April and some of  May before calling in sick.

Buster Posey:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .356.  I think we have reached a point now where the Giants have to get Posey out from behind the plate permanently.  You don't want this batting champion's skills to go the way of Joe Mauer by staying too long.

Jed Lowrie:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .296.  Your know your having a good year in fantasy baseball when you add Lowrie for the light schedule day and you get this.

Yonder Alonso:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .306.  This is Alonso telling Justin Smoak he is not the number 1 first base reclamation story of 2017.

Lorenzo Cain:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .275.  Cain is having one of the quietly very good season in all of fantasy baseball.



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