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Sunday, July 2, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Chris Sale:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.61.  Not seeing a pitching line such as this would be a shock if you are a Sale owner.

Carlos Santana:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .228.  Santana will now be that guy in fantasy baseball mixed leagues who is added and dropped ten times during the course of the season.

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .299.  Amazing to think that Martinez could have been easily sitting with 20 homers now if he did not get injured in spring training.

Miguel Cabrera:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .268.  Third game in last four Cabrera has hit a home run.  We can say this is the start of a big second half and it would not shock me in the least considering the caliber of player but I strongly suspect the fantasy baseball community is set to ignore him next season.

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .296.  Why didn't anyone want to own Abreu again this past spring?

Elvis Andrus:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .301.  In a season full of fantasy baseball surprises, Andrus hitting for this type of power should be right at the top.

Rougned Odor:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .211.  I know it is very difficult to do but if you looks past the average only, Odor has pretty good numbers.

Cole Hamels:  6.2 IP 2 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.12.  If you can seriously get anything for Hamels right now, go ahead and do it.

Miguel Sano:  1/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .269.  As the season has gone on, Sano's average has predictably started to fall just like I said it would.

Mike Moustakas:  1/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .270.  Get set for a career-best in home runs for Moustakas and perfect timing as he heads toward free agency.

Jose Berrios:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.44.  3 home runs given up and I have said that Berrios has a problem there which can derail any one start.

Khris Davis:  1/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .252.  The cheapest 40 home runs in the game.

Paul Blackburn:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Yeah that will work.  A 2012 first round pick by the Chicago Cubs, Blackburn is really a soft-tosser will have a tough go of it maintaining solid ratios in the American League.  Not recommended.

Willson Contreras:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .253.  When a catcher-eligible player is as hot as Contreras is right now, the presses stop in fantasy baseball.

Domingo Santana:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .273.  Santana arrived a year later then the fantasy baseball hype.

Orlando Arcia:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .285.  I was starting to wonder if Arcia was ever going to meet the hype hitting-wise but I think we are getting our answer now.

Sam Dyson:  scoreless ninth for his first NL save with an ERA of 8.64.  Buckle your seat belts.  This could get ugly.

Logan Morrison:  2/3 with 2 home runs (24 for season) while hitting .256.  Morrison will have to prove to the fantasy baseball community he can do this again in 2018 and so he should continue to be an affordable power bat for at least one more season.

Steven Souza Jr.:  3/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .270.  Second straight game with a homer for the still-improving Souza Jr.  I picked him up in the Experts League a few weeks ago and Souza Jr. is starting on a daily basis now for me.

Wilson Ramos:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .211.  If Ramos is still sitting on your league's waiver wire, make the add already.  This is a quality power bat at an offensive-starved position who also will man the DH spot.

Dylan Bundy:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.02.  So yeah I did say this would happen.  Bundy was a disaster waiting to happen back in May when he had a below-average K/9 in the AL East of all places and the BABIP was lucky as well.  \

Clint Frazier:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  The powerful red-head is off to as good a start as can be expected.  I told you yesterday to pick up Frazier where available as he is a top tier prospect and he has the look of a future 30-plus home run monster who also can swipe some bags.  If he works on the plate discipline, you got to look out.

Didi Gregorious:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .314.  It was a grand slam for Didi who is having a career-year after he already performed at a big uptick level in 2016.  Stop criticizing him for not swiping bases and instead embrace the top ten fantasy baseball shortstop has become.

Carlos Correa:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .311.  Yeah I think we reverse the drafting of Correa and Lindor next season back in favor of the former.

Yuli Gurriel:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .285.  Gurriel has been decent but he has not exactly blown the doors off yet.  Given his advanced age already, this very well could be the best we will ever see of Gurriel.

Gio Gonzalez:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.77.  Another piece of evidence why the wins column stinks is that Gio lost this game.

Trevor Rosenthal:  1 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 4.45.  Boy Rosenthal is garbage.  He already has thrown away his closing chance as Seung-Hwan Oh pitched in setup.  Matt Bowman got the one out in relief of Rosenthal to get the save but this one big mess.

Carlos Carrasco:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.50.  Back-to-back dominant outings from Carrasco who is teasing us again with ace ability.

Eric Hosmer:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .305.  Hosmer has now combined the all right power with a .300 average which always has been a battle.  If he can keep that link going, Hosmer can be called Joey Votto-lite.

Miguel Sano:  1/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .268.  No home runs from Sano is ever a surprise but boy that average is taking on water.

Kelvin Herrera:  2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 4.78.  He has to be hurt.  What a disgrace this guy has been this season.

Andrelton Simmons:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .281.  Even Simmons looks like a competent hitter in this ridiculous season of offense.

Ricky Nolasco:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.42.  Anyone who has ever chased Nolasco during his early Florida Marlins days smiled a bit seeing this.


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