Thursday, June 22, 2017


Scott Schebler:  2/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .258.  The BABIP is still a very unlucky .247 which means Schebler is a .280 hitter with all this power.

Max Scherzer:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.09.  And Scherzer lost.  Hate the wins category in 5 x 5.

Salvador Perez:  3/3 with his 15 HR (grand slam) while hitting .292.  If Perez holds the average with all this power, you can make a firm case that he is the number 1 catcher in 2018 fantasy baseball.

Andrew Benintendi:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .274.  Benintendi fought through that one dip in production that led to a few benchings and is back assaulting opposing pitchers.  One of those rare cases of a young player who already has it all figured out.  What a talent.

Xander Bogaerts:  1/2 with his 5th HR while hitting .322.  While he is still young, we have seen more than enough of Bogaerts now to conclude the power may not improve much, if at all.

Ian Happ:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .221.  Damn this guy.  Happ is making a point for torturing me for cutting him a few weeks ago.  I deserve the flogging.

Francisco Lindor:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .256.  Here is all you need to know here:  Lindor's BB/9 and K/9 this year is almost to the number the same as the year prior but his average is way down.  Why?  A .251 BABIP is solely to blame.  So with that said, get very excited about the power uptick here as Lindor is still a .300 hitter underneath it all.  Next year Lindor should be picked in the late first round.  Yes he should.

Carlos Carrasco:  6 IP 7 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.99.  First time since originally getting hurt that Carrasco has looked totally in control of his stuff.  This should be considered a sign he is feeling well for the next 2.5 weeks and then the next injury will show up.

Didi Gregorious:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .321.  Special props belong to Didi as he has pretty much achieved the impossible and that is to seamlessly replace Derek Jeter.

Matt Holliday:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .275.  Yankee Stadium has a way to ward off age for veteran hitters.

Tommy Pham:  2/5 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .286.  For all those who chased Stephen Piscotty or Randal Grichuk, it turns out Tommy Pham was the best fantasy baseball outfield option on the St. Louis Cards for 2017.  And that was with him beginning the year in the minors.

Jedd Gyorko:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .297.  Starting to believe.

Nick Pivetta:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.46.  46 K's in 42 innings show you that Pivetta can miss bats but he is far from a finished product given his ugly 4.04 BB/9.

Matt Adams:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .293.  What's funny here is that Adams' huge season is being overshadowed by the overall offensive assault from all corners of the fantasy baseball hitting community.

Tyler Flowers:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .325.  Tyler Flowers is hitting .325.  See above starting at the word "offensive."

Matt Kemp:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .320.  Yeah I am so making it a point to draft all Atlanta Braves batters next season.  Don't recall ever saying that before.

Sean Newcomb:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.96.  It is very simple when it comes to Newcomb:  avoid the walks that plagued him in the minors and he will help you significantly.

Shin-Soo Choo:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .270.  Maybe I need to just draft all veterans to complement my Braves batters next season as well.

Tyson Ross:  7 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 9.35.  Another thoracic outlet syndrome pitcher who seems completely shot overnight.

Miguel Sano:  1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .290.  There will be some MVP votes earnedh ere.

Jose Berrios:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.67.  Amazing what a little seasoning can be for a young hurler who was not ready last season.

Josh Bell:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .235.  Bell swinging for the fences all out this season as he wants in on the home run fun.  At the expense of his average of course.

Jeff Hoffman:  9 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 4.29.  You were pushing the envelope here going with Hoffman at Coors against a powerful Arizona lineup.

Carlos Correa:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .301.  It already seems like Correa has dropped the steals from his ledger but that is just a minor hit.

Mitch Haniger:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .319.  Breakout back on track.

Justin Verlander:  5.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.52.  Retired the first 16 batters and then couldn't get out of the sixth.  Rough.

James Paxton:  5.1 IP 9 H 3 ER  2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.39.  It is all starting to fall apart here for Paxton who I don't think is 100 percent healthy.  Tread carefully using him in the future as the stuff is not working.

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