Sunday, July 9, 2017


Eric Thames:  1/4 while hitting .245.  So throw out April and this looks like the same Eric Thames who bombed out of the majors.  Man did I nail it with this guy as a pretender or what?

Clint Frazier:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .300.  Game-winning bomb by Frazier who already has a flair for the dramatic.  Frazier has immense natural power which was the scouting report on one Mr. Aaron Judge.  Boy the Yankees outfield of the present and future is ridiculous.

Luis Severino:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.54.  Severino has wobbled a bit of late but he always seems to stem the tide with a huge outing like this one.  And that my friends is what we call professional maturity.

Corey Knebel:  fourth flown save with 3 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 1.76.  Not sounding the alarms here as Knebel has been so darn good this season but when you give up 3 runs in .1 IP it has to be mentioned.

Josh Donaldson:  1/1 with his 9th HR while hitting .252.  Man it has been a struggle for Donaldson this season but I am leaning toward injury woes being the main cause of the offensive numbers dipping.

Marwin Gonzalez:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .312.  Basically if your an Astros hitter this season, you automatically are a monster.

Marcus Stroman:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.28.  Stroman's numbers don't jump out at your but he is a heck of a pitcher and there should be no debate about this.

Miguel Sano:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .279.  Don't think for a second that Sano can't challenge Judge and Giancarlo Stanton for the Home Run Derby title.

Jonathan Schoop:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .296.  Really starting to think a good strategy next season is to get a boatload of steals from an outfield spot and at short, while taking advantage of this stud that no one talks about.

Mark Trumbo:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .252.  Only 26 more homers to go in my predicted insane second-half monster power surge from this guy.

Matt Adams:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .288.  With so many home runs flying out from all corners this season, it actually is becoming a bit tough to judge just how good breakouts like this are.

Stephen Strasburg:  3 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 0 K with an ERA of 3.43.  Strasburg is back on track as he steams toward his annual 3.50 ERA mid-season swoon.

Maikel Franco:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .220.  It figured Franco would start hitting now that everyone and their mother cut his pathetic ass loose.

Aaron Nola:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.59.  I am getting back pain from all the bows I have now taken concerning recommending Nola as a sleeper both in 2016 and 2017.

Alex Cobb:  7.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.75.  Cobb is pitching like an ace now after working off the Tommy John rust.

Jay Bruce:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .265.  From a guy the New York Mets tried to find any take for this past winter, now it is in the realm of possibility they re-sign the guy.

Mike Clevinger:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Since coming back up to the Indians, Clevinger has been terrific.  The walks monster appears at random times but Clevinger's SP 5 status is becoming quite firm.

Cody Bellinger:  2/3 with his 25th HR while hitting .264.  The swing remains long but Bellinger would be the literal smashing story of the fantasy baseball season if not for one Mr. Aaron Judge.

Salvador Perez:  2/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .290.  So it looks Perez and Buster Posey will be the two catches I have to tell you to avoid spending a third or fourth round pick on next season despite the excellent numbers.

Gregory Polanco:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .259.  There is more than enough time for Polanco to change the narrative on his first two month dud of a 2017 but overall this did not go according to plan.

Ian Happ:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .264.  Happ is showing he is going to be a star and by the end of the season he could be in the running for that young hitter/pitcher who shoots right into the first two rounds of the draft with less than a full year at the MLB level.

Kyle Schwarber:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .177. This game of more than one hit qualifies as a season highlight for Schwarber.

Jake Arrieta:  5.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.35.  A previously injury-prone pitcher like Arrieta was early in his career simply can't pitch into the World Series and not have it hurt his following year's numbers.

Adrian Beltre:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .288.  We have reached the cliff season for Beltre given the rampant injuries but he can still hit to hold his spot when he is feeling spry.

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .302.  With Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson having tough years with average/health respectively, Arenado reminds us who the consensus number 1 third baseman in fantasy baseball is.

Justin Bour:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .286.  Love the guy.

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