Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .329.  Really the only variable worth talking about with Harper nowadays is whether or not he is hurt or whether or not someone on his own team or a player from opposing squad is trying to beat the hell out of him.

Ryan Zimmerman:  3/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .327.  What is the bigger surprise for you:  the fact Zimmerman is hitting .327 this late in the year or that he is HEALTHY?

Eugenio Suarez:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .252.  It was a nice start by Suarez in April but it looks more and more like he is a poor average hitting tiger who can't change his stripes.

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.31.  Starsburg has been vastly up and down or late which adds to the fact he annoys the hell out of all of us every season.

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/3 with 2 home runs (28 for season) while hitting .275.  No Home Run Derby hangover here.

Justin Bour:  1/4 with is 21st HR while hitting .286.  Speaking of the Home Run Derby, Bour got screwed in that he was incredible with 21 absolute bombs in Round 1 but he had to face Aaron Judge.  
Michael Conforto:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .278.  It is very crucial that Conforto put together a full six month season to show he can hold his swing that long unlike his disastrous 2016.  World of talent here that really is starting to come together but he has to remain consistent enough to fight through the pitching adjustments.

Lucas Duda:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .248.  Someone has to trade for Duda because he can literally carry a team to the playoffs with his insane power binges of which he is on one now.

Brett Cecil:  scoreless ninth for his first save with an ERA of 3.55.  The Cards ninth inning situation is starting to take on a Washington Nationals comical feel.  Just hours after saying publicly Trevor Rosenthal would get the next save chance, Cecil goes in a day after blowing one.  Cecil was completely inept the first two months of the season but turned things around in June to put himself in position to get this shot.  We have seen him fall flat on his face before when trying to close games (like in Toronto) so go into this with eyes wide open to the trouble that could lie ahead.

Eduardo Rodriguez:  5.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.66.  A little choppy in his first start back off the DL but E-Rod has had the strikeouts all season going at a high level.  The wins will also be there so pick him up where available.

Anthony Rizzo:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .260.  Another day and another homer from Rizzo who is in a Lucas Duda-like binge.

Jon Lester:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.07.  Man you just wonder if Lester's arm is going to completely fall off one day given all the crazy innings on it going back to his Boston days but that day is not here yet as he begins another monster second-half run.

Brandon Kintzler:  scoreless ninth for his 26th save with an ERA of 2.18.  Never saw this in a million years.  Shocked how great Kintzler has been but that just puts him as a prime Derrick Turnbow closing one-year wonder bust next season.

Kyle Seager:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .256.  That's now THREE home runs since I told you to buy low on the ultra-consistent Seager.  He is the type of hitter who could be hitting .000 at the break with 0 home runs and then hit .600 with 25 bombs the second half to get to his customary numbers.

Nelson Cruz:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .292.  So I said a few days ago that Cruz was currently behind the 40-home run pace but a big two week power stretch could get him right back on that path.  Well that two weeks stretch looks like it began that day since Cruz has gone yard in three straight games.

Lance McCullers:  4.2 IP 6 H 4 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.28.  Told you to sell high back in June as I saw trouble ahead with innings getting up there and long injury history.  YUP!  Damn I am good.

Eric Hosmer:  2/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .312.  Got to hand it to this guy.  He annoys all of us to death but Hosmer is putting both the average and power together finally and darn it looks sweet.
Jason Vargas:  6 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 3.06.  Vargas could be set to go on a Marco Estrada regression fairies annihilation run by the looks of it.

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