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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Brent Suter:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.00.  No the lefty doesn't have hockey lineage and he has done a nice job in limited time with the Brewers.  However this former 31st round pick didn't strike guys out in the minors and he had a 4.42 ERA prior to his promotion.  Look on by.

Curtis Granderson:  1/1 with his 13th HR while hitting .237.  Pinch-hit HR from Grandy who continues his three-week tear.  This old man still has something to give.

Michael Taylor:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .281.  Taylor has been a guy who remained on the fantasy baseball radar due to his power/speed ability but the lagging average always held him back. That has not been the problem this season and so we are now all of a sudden looking at a nice breakout with five tools.

Steven Matz:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.12.  So far Matz is holding up physically and his new approach in taking a bit off the fastball in pitching down in the zone is paying off with two dominant starts in a row.  

Stephen Strasburg:  7.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.28.  Strasburg is back into another ace run after stumbling at the start of June.  Also whatever injury potion Strasburg is taking, it surely works.  

Aaron Nola:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.73.  Sorry but I am going to bask in this one a bit as I have gotten KILLED on Twitter for recommending Nola so much the last two years.  Through the injuries and rough outings, needless to say I have gotten a fair share of criticism for the guy.  However it was the injuries that kept Nola from reaching to his potential and we are seeing it now since he is healthy.  How about 25 K's in 21.1 innings and 3 earned runs in his last three outings?  Your welcome.  

Maikel Franco:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .221.  Unfortunately Franco is now just another name on the fantasy baseball wire.  

Masahiro Tanaka:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.25.  Things are looking up for Tanaka who has been very good his last two times out.  Tanaka has been a clear pitching victim of the insane power surge throughout baseball considering his tendencies for giving up the long ball but it could now be time to dust him off a bit and try him start-to-start.  

Jeff Locke:  11 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 8.16.  I mean seriously?

Rougned Odor:  1/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .213.  Again I will say that Odor has been GOOD if you just block out that average.  Seriously. 
 
Carlos Gomez:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .252.  The gamble the Rangers took on Gomez has paid off but in fantasy baseball it has been a volatile ride given the injuries and wildly inconsistent production.  

Craig Kimbrel:  second blown save with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 1.23.  He is human.  Barely.  

Charlie Blackmon:  1/3 with his 18th HR and sixth HR while hitting .313.  For goodness sake's move this guy down the order.  

Scooter Gennett:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .311.  Gennett is having the year Brad Miller had a year ago.  And no one will want him in 2018 like with Miller this season.  

Joey Votto:  1/3 with his 24th HR while hitting .317.  The prettiest swing in the game.  

Martin Maldonado:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .251.  In two catcher formats you could have not drafted a catcher, then picked up Maldonado and Robinson Chirinos off the wire right before the opener.  Never draft a catcher early again.  

Carlos Rodon:  6.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.59.  Rodon is still fighting his control like always but the power stuff is real and very potent.  

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .270.  While Moustakas is impossible to predict what he will do from year-to-year, the script was flipped to the GOOD side for 2017.  


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