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Sunday, June 11, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP:

Gio Gonzalez:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.91.  An unexpectedly big year from Gio so far as he has kept the ball in the park and the walks down far enough.  He has made a career of doing the opposite of expectations and this season is no different.

Kodi Glover:  second blown save with 2 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 5.12.  Second recent disaster for Glover who now might be taking his turn blowing the closer role for the Nats who already have been through half their bullpen on that front.  Oliver Perez maybe this time?  When will David Robertson get here?  Matt Albers could be the guy again as his 1.08 ERA has to be take advantage of.
Shin-Soo Choo:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .249.  Been so long since Choo's heyday as a 20/20 outfielder for the Cleveland Indians.  As we have said for the last two years or so, Choo can certainly help a bit in AL-only formats but he only holds bench value in mixed leagues.

Jeff Hoffman:  6.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.33.  I said Hoffman is worth using every time out given his high K rate and pedigree as a big prospect and so he has been everything expected and more.

Mark Reynolds:  4/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .309.  At the age of 33, Reynolds all of a sudden has learned how to hit for average after his career has been marked by ongoing .240 numbers there.  A .343 BABIP has a lot to do with this but Reynolds has been so much better than Ian Desmond for a fraction of the price.

Charlie Blackmon:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .338.  I mean shouldn't Blackmon be a top five pick next season?

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/5 with his 7th HR (a grand slam) in Game 1 while hitting .279,  Talk about coming back with a bang.  Cespedes as been missed for over a month and left his fantasy baseball owners in a lurch.  As long as the quad cooperates though, Cespedes will be a slam dunk OF 1.

Robert Gsellman:  6.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.95.  Gsellman has been excellent in each of his last four starts and will not be pulled from the rotation now that the Mets will use six starters.  While we are not all the way back to his second half performance of 2016, Gsellman can be used more liberally in deep formats and in NL-only leagues.

Sean Newcomb:  6.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  I will say about Newcomb the same thing I talk about with any hard-throwing prospect with ill control who has made their way to the majors.  That is to treat each start as a one-at-a-time proposition and that things can go to hell quickly.  As far as Newcomb, his control was downright hideous with a BB/9 over 5.00 at Triple-A this season and so we know there are some land mines ahead.

Sonny Gray:  6 IP 9 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.37.  Veteran guys coming off the DL always seem to be pretty darn good whether your a hitter like Cespedes or a pitcher like Gray.  It has been a very nice comeback season for Gray in between injuries and I feel good about his outlook at least through the remainder of 2017.

Carlos Martinez:  9 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.95.  Yeah I know I have been a big critic of Martinez but I can't argue with his dominant efforts of late.  Again as long as the shoulder holds up, ace numbers will percolate.

J.T. Realmuto:  3/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .301.  Realmuto is on pace for a career-best in home runs to go with his .300 average which is incredibly rare and valuable at catcher.  Hence why I pushed you so hard to draft him last season before the numbers showed themselves.  That's called foresight.

Brandon Belt:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .237.  It looks like Belt has realize he needs to sell out completely in swinging for the fences.  Gone is the prospect pop about his .300 stick and developing power/speed game.  After years of letdowns, Belt is now just a dime a dozen ugly average slugger.

Jose Berrios:  5.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.84.  The electric stuff was on here as Berrios predictably racked up the K's against the free-swinging O's.  The baserunners are beginning to add up though which makes it imperative Berrios holds those strikeouts.

Mike Fiers:  7.1 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.29.  This guy never goes away.

Jose Pirela:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .500.  While he is already 27 which speaks to the slow development, Pirela is a bit interesting as he hit 13 homers and stole 8 bags 201 at-bats at Triple-A prior to his promotion to the San Diego Padres.  Of course Pirela hit .248 at that level last season so don't go crazy but the fact he is leading off automatically makes him fantasy baseball-worthy.

Lorenzo Cain:  3/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .269.  Cain was stealing bases from the jump but with no power.  Now that some homers are showing up, he should be added if available.  I say if available due to the fact Cain literally has been dropped and added about a dozen times in the Experts League already.

Eric Hosmer:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .311.  Amazing how Hosmer makes you angry even when he hits over .300.  Last year he couldn't hit for average but he slammed homers.  This time it is the reverse.  The guy's most pronounced skill is pissing us off.

Salvador Perez:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .272.  Second straight game with a homer for Perez who if not for the discrepancy in average, would be the top catcher in fantasy baseball versus Buster Posey.

Jay Bruce:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .252.  Bruce is the epitome of consistency as he is a written-in-ink 25-30 home runs with a ,260 average, There is always something to be said for that kind of dependability but in fantasy baseball Bruce has been a guy that you feel forced to draft each season when you realize you need a third outfielder.

Steven Matz:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 1.29.  Nice return to action for Matz but the K's were absent.  Many scouts said that Matz didn't look good during his rehab outings but that had to be taken with a grain of salt given the PCL setting.  It has been said that Matz altered his release to put less stress on his shoulder/elbow and perhaps that is why the K's were not there.  Something to watch but Matz is a must use every start given the fact he retains significant talent.

Aaron Judge:  3/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .332.  I mean look at that average!  Judge has been every bit a monster this season and he is challenging already for fantasy baseball MVP.  Unreal.

Starlin Castro:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .324.  On and on it goes.

Matt Holliday:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .284.  The Yankees are ridiculous in terms of the home runs and with the weather really heating up this week on the east coast, count on much more of this.

Gary Sanchez:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .279.  Don't look now but visions of Sanchez' 2016 are coming back to the forefront.

Luis Severino:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.75.  Listen when it comes to young pitchers on the verge of a breakout, when you get into June and they are still dealing, you can conclude they have arrived.  Just don't let late season fatigue fades alter the overall assessment.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .245.  Encarnacion is completely locked in now with the power swing and memories of April and May are beginning to fade a bit.

Justin Verlander:  5 IP 5 H 3 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.68.  More garbage from Verlander who has been every bit the bust I said he would be in fantasy baseball.  Hope you listened.

Cody Bellinger:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .242.  So let me just say that when Bellinger first came up, I talked about his massive strikeout problem even in the minors.  That has manifested itself fully and now opposing pitchers are taking advantage once the few weeks of unfamiliarity are through.  This is the problem that Bellinger carries and it could undermine his overall impact.

Devin Mesoraco:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .225.  Ehh.  Again Mesoraco has had some big moments in the past but he has more issues than Reader's Digest.


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