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Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Carlos Martinez:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.87.  Martinez is 6-6 with a .287 ERA.  The wins column in fantasy baseball needs to go.

Aaron Nola:  7.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.32.  Nola seems back on track but boy has he tested patience the last two seasons.  What is a real shame is that Nola has been striking out guys at a very high clip since making his way into the Phils rotation but injuries and a homer tendency have stunted things.

Tommy Joseph:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .261.  Joseph ebbs and flows like the tide.

Jose Abreu:  1/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .296.  Love how Abreu's value dropped this season for no apparent reason other than he was not the fresh kid on the block at first base.  He is the new Adrian Gonzalez in terms of being arguably the best first base value since he can be had now in Round 3, while everyone else spends first round picks on the position.

Todd Frazier:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .210.  Is it too much to ask Todd to hit .250?  Damn.

Matt Davidson:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .265.  Davidson has more than shown himself to be a starter in AL-only formats; with the power stroke to challenge 30 home runs at this rate.  Third base has been the position that has been the biggest explosion of offensive talent the last three years though so Davidson gets lost a bit in the noise.

Jose Quintana:  6.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.69.  Quintana has not gained any traction on the season after a truly putrid start in April.  If he can get on a run now though, it will really heat up his trade prospects for July 31.  A move out of offensive haven Chicago to a possible NL locale would also boost his fantasy baseball value.

Mike Napoli:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .201.  If you are using Napoli as anything more than a bench bat, you are not going it right.

Carlos Gomez:  3/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .267.  Wow Gomez is really tearing the cover off the baseball since coming back into the lineup.   While clearly well past his prime, Gomez qualifies as a nice OF 3 as the summer heats up in Texas.

Gregory Polanco:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .252.  Polanco better have a big second half to remove his name from the All-Bust Team for 2017.

Travis Shaw:  3/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .298.  Yeah it is not often you can say that leaving Boston and Fenway Park is a PLUS for a hitter's fantasy baseball numbers.  This is Travis Shaw 2017.

Chase Anderson:  6 IP 2 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.92.  The beat goes on here for Anderson who gained a full 1.5 miles per hour on his fastball this season which coincides with the breakout.  No need to sell high here.

Paul Goldschmidt:  3/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .335.  25 steals?  Check!  30 home runs?  Check!  Batting title?  Maybe.

Chris Owings:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .291.  Owings still doesn't walk (5.2 BB/9) but he has the speed that beats the BABIP (.334) curve just as he did a year ago.  Hold.

Charlie Blackmon:  2/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .328.  Since he doesn't steal anymore, most Blackmon fantasy baseball owners would do well to hope he gets moved down the order a bit to the 3 spot to add more RBI.

Antonio Senzatela:  9 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.79.  I would say the end of the fantasy baseball train tracks have been reached here.

Zack Godley:  7 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.53.  All right let's dig in here.  Godley is already 27 and bombed to a 6.39 ERA last season for D-Backs.  However Godley checks all the legitimacy boxes as his BB/9 (2.68), K/9 (8.21), and HR/9 (0.63-especially important in Arizona) all check out.  I'm sold.

Jesse Hahn:  2 IP 6 H 9 ER 3 BB 0 K with an ERA of 4.66.  And just that like that overnight, Hahn is a fantasy baseball pariah for the rest of the season.  When you toy with marginal fantasy baseball arms for an extended period, you often get burned.

Marwin Gonzalez:  2/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .312.  Someone in the Experts League mocked me on the message board when I picked up Gonzalez in April.  Whose is laughing now?

Cameron Maybin:  1/3 with his 6th HR and 22nd SB while hitting .277.  Maybin reminds me of what Carlos Gomez was when he was a first round pick.  But with more pure speed.

Aaron Judge:  1/3 with his 25th HR while hitting .331.  The K's are picking up a bit lately but Judge always refuses to allow enough games to go by before swatting a homer.

Luis Severino:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.30 .  I have started to tell Severino owners out there to begin selling high as he moves closer into uncharted innings territory.  The end months are usually not good in these situations.

Kris Bryant:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .264.  Nothing to see here in terms of the average.  On the surface it seems like Bryant is slumping there but not true as he has IMPROVED both his BB/9 and K/9 rates but has seen a .40 drop in BABIP.  Yes it can be that simple.

Willson Contreras:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .249.  Contreras hit everything in sight in the minors so I advised to stick with him through the early struggles.  That patience is starting to pay off now and at catcher you really need to let your draft picks take extra time to pan out.

Marcell Ozuna:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .328.  Always overshadowed by Giancarlo Stanton. Ozuna is making his case that he is actually the best fantasy baseball outfielder on the Miami Marlins.  Seriously.

Buster Posey:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .344.  To think that Joe Mauer was supposed to be one of the best hitting catchers of all time when he arrived.  Sorry it is this guy.

Brandon Belt:  1/2 with his 13th HR while hitting .226.  Ugh that average just sucks.

Matt Adams:  2/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .297.  At this rate Adams is going to hit 30 homers.  No one even saw 15 happening back in April.

Robinson Cano:  2/4 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .284.  Still going strong.  Literally.

Miguel Cabrera:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .271.  I won't say that Cabrera is not capable of going nuclear with the bat the rest of the way but boy this looks like as classic a cliff season as you can get.

Ian Kinsler:  2/5 with his 8th HR and 6th SB while hitting .254.  This was Kinsler saying "I want to feel what it was like to be 23 again" prior to the game.



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