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Sunday, July 23, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Wil Myers:  1/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .252.  Myers has been very good again this season but the average has dipped and so have the steals.  Both were predictable as he was in outlier territory there a year ago and that is why I said not to pay for his career year.

Paul DeJong:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .279.  Wow and DeJong hit a home run when NOT playing the New York Mets.

Jon Lester:  8 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.95.  Man there are a million and a half innings on that left arm but Lester is once again going along with his career-trend of being a superb second-half ace.

Alex Bregman:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .262.  I was never in love with Bregman as a "can't miss" hitting prospect and in fact said to go with Andrew Benintendi if you had the choice between the two in a post I did in March.  Not enough of this kind of stuff from him in 2017.

Yuli Gurriel:  1/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .298.  I still think Gurriel is getting a bit lost in the power-hitting bonanza in fantasy baseball this season but pay attention to the nice breakout happening here.

Adam Jones:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .266.  Jones is hitting leadoff again and is just 7 homers short of his customary 25.  Anything more is a bonus.

Jonathan Schoop:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .303.  Bret Boone clone but hopefully without the juice.

Ryan Braun:  3/3 with his 12th HR and sixth SB while hitting .271.  Braun is like any other aging hitter whose body is betraying him in that he still flashes the greatness but in much fewer doses.

Travis Shaw:  3/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .297.  And it is guys like this in his own breakthrough that have muted the Yuli Guerriel noise a bit.

Odubel Herrera:  4/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .270.  I guess there is still some time left for him to make me not look like a total moron for loving him at the draft so much.

Cesar Hernandez:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .275.  The big April performance has already been forgotten but Hernandez is a sneaky good pickup again then after missing so much time with injury.

J.T. Realmuto:  3/4 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .305.  The beauty of owning Realmuto has been more in the fact he is the very rare catcher who can bat .300 but he does have some pop as shown here.

Dee Gordon:  2/5 with 2 steals (34 for season) while hitting .290.  Have to say that Gordon is pretty much 9/10th's all the way back to his numbers after the PED suspension.

Jay Bruce:  1/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .263.  Still think the Mets will try and move Bruce but if not, will offer him a qualifier next year and why not?

Wilmer Flores:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .284.  Man the Mets are so annoying not playing Flores everyday to see what he truly can do offensively.

Elvis Andrus:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .291.  I think Andrus and Scooter Gennett worked out together all offseason.

Chris Archer:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.77.  Hate the wins column as Archer actually lost the game.

Justin Smoak:  1/3 with his 27th HR while hitting .302.  You would not be blowing Smoak if you said Justin Smoak was trending toward top tier status at first base.

Danny Salazar:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.79.  Hey if you want to torture yourself again then fine.  I have seen this show one too many times.

Marcus Stroman:  7.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 5 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.98.  The control was rough in this one but all of a sudden now Stroman has the ace-level ERA I said he was capable of achieving.

Mike Moustakas:  2/4 with 2 home runs (28 for season) while hitting .277.  Boy that is how you go into your walk year.

Bryce Harper:  2/5 with his 25th HR while hitting .338.  Still not sure why Harper can't steal bases during the same seasons he gores crazy with the bat.

Sean Doolittle:  scoreless ninth for fifth save with an ERA of 3.47.  Yeah it looks like Doolittle is the closer.  Whatever that means in Washington these days.


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