Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Kyle Hendricks:  4.1 IP 8 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.95.  Hendricks dealt with a load of base runners but managed to dodge the earned runs.  By now if you put 2016 completely out of your mind, you may proceed with Hendricks.

Anthony Swarzak:  scoreless 1.1 IP for his first save with an ERA of 2.23.  Not sure this is an official crowning of Swarzak as closer but I said from the moment David Robertson was dealt that this was the guy to own.

Jose Altuve:  4/4 while hitting .365.  It almost seems like we are watching the video game version of Altuve.

Alex Bregman:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .265.  Bregman had a nice finish to 2016 so maybe he gets hotter as the season goes on.  The prospect pedigree is still very much in play so take Bregman out for a spin if someone dropped him.

Russell Martin:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .222.  Still hitting second in the Blue Jays lineup which is a mystery to me.

Scooter Gennett:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .313.  Nothing is a bigger mystery than this guy.  My goodness talk about coming out of leftfield to use a baseball analogy.  Does anyone else get the sneaking suspicion though that Gennett could be this year's version of 2016 Brad Miller?

Zack Cozart:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .318.  Again more evidence that big time fantasy baseball value plays can be found on bad teams.  

Carlos Santana:  2/3 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .241.  Blah!

Adam Jones:  3/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .278.  Not may outfielders hotter than this guy right about now.  

Kevin Gausman:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.79.  Yes Gausman has shown some signs of positive life of late but still look at that ERA to tell you much of a prospective hurting he can put on your ratios.  

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .284.  Like with teammates Eric Hosmer, Perez is now combining past skills of average and power which is resulting in a truly blockbuster season relative to the position.

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his 29th HR while hitting .277.  Show the guy the damn money.  

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.50.  It is almost like Verlander was auditioning for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/3 with 2 home runs (32 for season) while hitting .274.  8 away from 40.  Finally.  

Randal Grichuk:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .227.  Grichuk now has homers in four straight games but they are pretty much his only hits.  

Tommy Pham:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .308. I own Pham and have been tickled pink over what he has done this season.  If you didn't know any better, you would think you were watching a second round five-tool fantasy baseball outfielder star.  

Mike Leake:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.20.  Now that Leake regressed back to where he should be ERA-wise, he can settle in now and be his old solid SP 4 self.

J.D. Martinez:  1/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .300.  It will be must-see fantasy baseball TV with Martinez taking aim at the inviting outfield walls of Chase Field.  

A.J. Pollock:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .303.  You feel like when Pollock simply even takes a step onto the field these days that he will get hurt.  In between he is some talent.  

Zack Greinke:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.92.  Man I seriously think we need to just flush 2016 from our memories as an outlier that goes the other way.  

James Paxton:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.84.  Paxton is as hot now as he was in April.  

Cody Bellinger:  1/4 with his 28th HR while hitting .269.  If there was no Aaron Judge, we would be all gushing even more over this monster.

Yasmani Grandal:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .272.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.


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