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Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Ryon Healy:  3/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .282.  While he struggles a bit versus righties (which is not the split you want), Healy is still hitting over .280 and is on pace for 30 home runs.  Sounds good enough to me.  A true breakout is happening.

Marcell Ozuna:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .333.  Speaking of breakouts, Ozuna is having a tremendous one himself in putting forth the very valuable average/power combination.  There is something to be said about this considering how many .250 power hitters there are out there.

Hunter Renfroe:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .224.  Nice power but from the start I said Renfroe was very limited and was really only for those in very deep five outfielder formats.

Jose Peraza:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .257.  Peraza saved his season with a big May and is back on solid ground.  The average was not where I anticipated but Peraza is running at will and knocking in some odd home runs.  Works well enough but perhaps I overhyped him a bit this spring.

Mike Moustakas:  1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .278.  Moustakas is looking like the guy who seemed to have broken out in 2015 after years of underwhelming numbers and a ton of strikeouts.

Lorenzo Cain:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .272.  Cain has really turned on the power of late and since he was already running at a high rate, why aren't you owning him?  What is really funny here is that Cain never changed as a quality OF 3 but he is being treated like a waiver guy going back to the middle of last year due to injury problems.

Johnny Cueto:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.57.  One of the themes of this 2017 fantasy baseball season is how a seemingly simply ailment like a blister has taken down many a big game pitcher.  I present to you the 2017 version of Johnny Cueto.

Tanner Roark:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.39.   It looks like whatever nasty ailment has infected the Washington bullpen's ability to pitch has spread to the rotation.

Aaron Altherr:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .286.  I admit I almost dropped Altherr a few days ago before the back -to-back homers but this is the trap many including myself fall into with players who have not proven themselves over the long haul yet.  We are too damn impatient that is costs us numbers when we don't see it through.

Mookie Betts:  4/5 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .280.  Bam!

Ian Desmond:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .280.  Yeah I am thinking the Rockies are already regretting that ridiculous contract they gave Desmond.

Francisco Liriano:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 5.36. No no no no no no no NO!  Don't do it.

Logan Morrison:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .239.  Yeah Morrison is right there as one of the value plays of the year in the non-Ryan Zimmerman category.

Kendrys Morales:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .254.  You get the notion that by the end of the season Morales will have his 25 home runs and 90 RBI but he will have different owners then those who drafted him.

Derek Fisher:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .667.  Yeah Fisher is fitting right in already on the in the insane Houston lineup.  Told you all to run to the wire to get him yesterday and if this keeps up, Fisher will never see the minors again.

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .201.  Nobody cares anymore.

Frances Marte:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.19.  Marte is yet another in the conga line of top Houston prospects who are making good at the major league level.  Nice strikeout potential here and Marte will keep getting chances in the injury-ravaged team's rotation.

Taijuan Walker:  5 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.32.  After endless stops and starts, Walker seems to be righting himself in the desert.  His home run tendencies remain a clear issue though so still make sure the matchup is right when starting him at home.

Lucas Duda:  1/2 with his 12th HR while hitting .252.  Duda didn't get the start so congrats are in order only for those who didn't check their lineups or who have 8 DL players on their bench and had no replacements.

Anthony Rizzo:  1/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .252.  I would say Joe Maddon's move to have Rizzo bat leadoff has worked out well so far.

Ian Happ:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .209.  Happ is striking out a ton but when he connects, the ball goes far.  I dropped him right before the recent explosion as I can't take on any more poor average hitters but that had nothing to do with any disrespect about his massive long-term potential.

Kyle Schwarber:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .178.  I guess this is progress since Schwarber is moving closer to .200

Matt Harvey:  4 IP 4 H 4 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.25.  Harvey is headed for an MRI as he complained of a dead arm.  He should also start complaining about a dead career.

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.15.  Mr. late spring/summer/fall dependable.

Dylan Bundy:  5 IP 6 H 4 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.29.  ERA will be 4.00 before you know it.  Your window to sell high on Bundy is closing fast as the fatigue will become an increasing factor.

Mitch Haniger:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .340.  Heeee'sss baaackkkk!

Miguel Sano:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .292.  Sano is holding on with his fingernails to the positive average with all that power.  Keep holding on bro.

Ervin Santana:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 2.56.  The beatings are beginning to pile up for Santana who we all know was pitching way above his head.  But you knew this already.

Eric Thames:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .256.  So Thames has now settled into the player I SAID he would be back in March.  No questions about the power but the average was going to be a risk.  Now that April is behind us, that is exactly who Thames now is.

Mike Leake:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.14.  Ervin Santana feels Leake's pain.


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