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Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Kyle Seager:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .253.  As a big fan of the guy as there is in fantasy baseball, I am not happy with the season Seager is having.  What is funny is that Seager's advanced numbers are pretty much in line with his customary numbers outside of a dip in BABIP from 2016's .295 to this year's .280.

Robinson Cano:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .282.  Cano may have given up his .300 average for age but that is about the only noticeable sign of slippage.

Tommy Joseph:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .250.  Joseph took Edwin Diaz deep in the ninth and continues to show a knack for big home runs.  He is flawed for sure given the average challenges but Joseph has more than solidified his status as a UTIL or CI bat.

Edwin Diaz:  third blown save with 2 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 3.77.  Here we go again with Diaz.  You have to wonder how much longer the Mariners will put up with this as they have a few setup candidates who are capable of finishing games.  Again NEVER pay for a career year and that is especially true for closers.

Hunter Strickland:  scoreless .1 IP with an ERA of 2.25.  I picked up Strickland in the Experts League as I no way in hell wanted anything to do with Sam Dyson.  I told you all to take a flier on Strickland or George Kontos instead and so your welcome.

Anthony Rendon:  3/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .299.  Rendon has saved his name in fantasy baseball with a big 2017 after stumbling 2015-16.  The steals are already mostly a thing of the past but outside of that, Rendon is back to upper tier status.

Matt Wieters:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .252.  Wieters has not changed as a hitter since his early Baltimore days outside of a dip in overall home runs but that still qualifies him as a mid-tier fantasy baseball catcher.

Daniel Murphy:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .339.  Maybe Murphy should try closing games for the Nats because at this rate he would likely kill it at that skill as well.

Willson Contreras:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .252.  Contreras has fully put his past April and May struggles behind him and now this is the massive prospect slugger we all chased starting a year ago.  And he can hit outside of homers too as Kyle Schwarber looks on in jealousy.

Anthony Rizzo:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .252.  At this rate Joe Maddon needs to keep Rizzo in the leadoff spot as his homers are really exploding since making that strange move.

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 13 K with an ERA of 3.51.  This dominant outing reversed an ugly trend for Strasburg who always starts to see his ERA rise to the mid-3.00 range starting in June.

John Lackey:  8 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 5.24.  Rock bottom.  Although Lackey keeps redefining it.

Blake Snell:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 5.36.  Yeah he is still not ready.

Justin Smoak:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .301.  Where do you draft Smoak next season?  I don't think the price will go up as much as you think as most will want to see him do it again.

Marcus Stroman:  7.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.41.  Stroman is funny in that he either absolutely dominates or gets shelled.

Salvador Perez:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .291.  What a great season Perez is having.  The last few seasons have seen ugly averages from Perez but good power and now he is blending the two which means fantasy baseball jackpot.

Mike Moustakas:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .273.   I am willing to bet Moustakas is wearing a New York Mets jersey next season.

Alex Avila:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .321.  Nepotism at its finest.

Miguel Cabrera:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .265.  Second straight game with a homer from Cabrera who could be hinting at one last big second-half kick before more erosion arrives next season.

Adam Duvall:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .284.  Home Run Derby here we come.

Scooter Gennett:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .306.  Gennett needs to be on the poster front and center with the heading "why home runs were out of control in 2017 fantasy baseball."

Ryan Braun:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .259.  Braun is now in the phase of his career for the next 1-3 years where he will tempting to own due to the sliding draft price but in mid-June when he has missed a batch of games with 7 different injuries, the realization of why he was so cheap becomes real.

Travis Shaw:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .294.  Speaking of that poster, Gennett needs to stand next to Travis Shaw.

Curtis Granderson:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .235.  Said yesterday how Granderson is stupi hot and now we have to upgrade that to insanely hot.

Steven Matz:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.67.  As we always note with Matz, the issue is never the stuff but instead the health.  He has dropped in K/9 as Matz has tried pitching more to contact to lessen the strain on his elbow and so far, so good on that front.

Robinson Chirinos:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .248.  Chirinos, Avila, Tyler Flowers.  Never a need to chase catchers in the draft ever again.

Elvis Andrus:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .301.  It used to take Andrus three seasons to collect 10 home runs.

Aaron Judge:  1/3 with his 27th HR while hitting .333.  Take that Cody Bellinger.

Miguel Andujar:  3/4 with 4 RBI in MLB debut.  I said yesterday that Andujar is James Loney with his .300 stick but below-average power.  Right on par.

Masahiro Tanaka:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.56.  Two good starts in a row now but still anytime you put Tanaka in the lineup is a call to pray to whoever your savior is.

Carlos Rodon:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 6 BB 2 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Walks have always been what has held Rodon back and so this is not what you want to see right away.

Khris Davis:  2/3 with 2 home runs (21 for season) while hitting .256.  Love the recent average uptick as we will take whatever we can get there.

Ryon Healy:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .272.  And the homer came off a righty.

Trevor Rosenthal:  1 ER in 1 IP for fourth save with an ERA of 4.25.  Not impressive if Rosenthal was now getting a look closing games replacing the struggling Seung-Hwan Oh.

Zack Godley:  7 IP 2 H 3 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.67.  Said Godley was worth using every time out last week and a lot of what he is doing is legit.  Yuppers.

Yasmani Grandal:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .268.  If Grandal can show he is not a .240 hitter, upwards we go.


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