Thursday, July 20, 2017


Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .275.  Stanton has takes the MLB lead in homers and is just ten away from reaching 40 for the first time in his career.  Shocked it has taken this long to happen.

Christian Yelich:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .282.  While he has been solid, Yelich has not built on his 2016 numbers and on that front, he has been disappointing.

Ender Inciarte:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .306.  Inciarte's home run rate has come back closer to his pre-2017 levels but he still has been terrific and a very good fantasy baseball value.  As far as leadoff hitters are concerned, Inciarte is one of the best.

Tyler Flowers:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .293.  Flowers can't even believe the average himself.

Javier Baez:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .275.  Like with Yelich, Baez has been good but not great.  He still strikes out too much and doesn't get the consistent time to be more than a bench player in fantasy baseball circles.

Mike Montgomery:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.83.  Montgomery has shown that he can be a viable starter for the Cubs and as an SP 5 in fantasy baseball.  He doesn't have the shine to be much more than that but he still works as a nice rotation support piece.

Miguel Sano:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .272.  If not for one Aaron Judge, Mr. Sano could be fully in the running for MVP.

Jordan Montgomery:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.09.  We have reached the fatigue stage of the season for young pitchers in their first full foray into the major leagues.  It is rarely pretty.

Ben Gamel:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .319.  A bit of an empty average from Gamel but there is no denying the fact the Mariners have a piece to work with for their future outfield.

James Paxton:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.05.  Silencing the Murderers' Row lineup that is the Houston Astros always earns an additional "well done" and it is a reminder how good of a pitcher Paxton is when not being let down by ill health.

Nolan Arenado:  5/6 with 3 home runs (21 for season) and 7 RBI while hitting .309.  Love the headline on that says "Unfairenado."  That's the feeling we all have playing fantasy baseball against the guy who owns the Colorado third baseman.

Charlie Blackmon:  3/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .329.  Left early with an injury scare but all seems well here.  Gigantic WHEW!

Trevor Story:  3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .235.  The Rockies had to drop him all the way to seventh in the order to get something out of him.  Not much worse than Kyle Schwarber this season in terms of unmet expectations but I warned you in MARCH about BOTH.  Yes lots of caps today.

Sonny Gray:  6.1 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERa of 3.66.  It has no doubt been a comeback season for Gray but nothing to the point of being in the ace region which he was before 2016.

Domingo Santana:  3/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .294.  Now you would rather have Santana over Eric Thames.  Who would have said that in April?

Gerrit Cole:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.18.  I owned Cole earlier in the season in the Experts League and it was not a good experience.  The K's only flash once in awhile and he always seems to get his head beat in once every four starts.  Too much volatility.

Corey Knebel:  fifth blown save with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 1.79.  Lots of blown saves from Knebel but he does as little damage as possible when doing it so as to not sound alarms.

Adam Jones:  3/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .266.  Jones just keeps on going.

Joey Gallo:  1/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .191.  Now maybe the hype will die down here since Gallo is as limited a home run hitter as there is in fantasy baseball.

Zack Cozart:  4/6 with his 11th HR while hitting .321.  I should do a poll asking who has been the bigger fantasy baseball surprise this season:  Cozart or Scooter Gennett.

David Peralta:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .318.  If Peralta had just a wee bit more power, the masses would be going crazy here.

Jacob DeGrom:  6.2 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.37.  DeGrom remains completely locked in right now as he has reached a month now of being unhittable.  It is not the smoothest of rides but DeGrom fully back as a fantasy baseball ace.

Aaron Sanchez:  4 IP 6 H 3 ER 5 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.25.  Likely headed back to the DL again with a blister.  Yeah I said he would go bust and he has on every front.

Kelvin Herrera:  exits after giving up 2 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 4.75.  Herrera was sick so maybe that was it or maybe he realized he sucked last night (and has for large stretches of this season) and bailed out.  Pick up Soria in case.  What a bust.

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