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Thursday, August 3, 2017

2017 FANTASeY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.92.  Happ is straddling a 4.00 ERA and has been for much of the season as he should since he was never the guy he appeared to be in 2016.

Josh Donaldson:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .250.  Will be interesting to see where the Donaldson stock goes a year from now and if he is starting a slow fade given the all-out play which often leads to numbers-sapping injuries.

Miguel Sano:  2/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .269.  I think Sano is capable of not much more when it comes to his average but everything else has been tremendous.  The Twins really hit on Sano as a prospect.

Ervin Santana:  9 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.28.  Santana is bringing the complete game back in style.

Ian Kinsler:  1/4 while hitting .244.  Age spares no one.

Matt Holliday:  0/4 while hitting .232.  Age spares no one part two.

Masahiro Tanaka:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.93.  ERA under 3.00 in his last eight starts now.  Firm turnaround.

Shane Greene:  scoreless ninth with 2 K for second save in two days with ERA of 2.59.  Always key to see how a new and inexperienced closer handles the first few opportunities and so far it seems the job is not too big for Greene.

Adam Duvall:  1/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .267.  I need some outfield power that won't cost me a bundle as I sit in second place in the Experts League and this is one of my targets.

Jeremy Hellickson:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.45.  If you are a Hellickson owner and didn't realize he got dealt into the AL East with the Orioles, you got a likely one start reprieve to now cut him loose.

Christian Yelich:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .285.  Not sure what Yelich has been eating since the All-Star Break but keep chowing down bro.

Vance Worley:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 5.31.  If you have to ask me whether or not to pick up Worley, you simply have not been paying any attention the last 10 years.

Tyler Flowers:  1/1 with his 9th HR while hitting .302.  With Alex Avila traded into backup status with the Chicago Cubs, Flowers has the inside track to sleeper fantasy baseball catcher of 2017.

Cody Bellinger:  2/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .272.  With Aaron Judge slumping terribly, Bellinger now can try and stake his claim to being the best young power hitter in fantasy baseball.

Jake Arrieta:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.88.  Yeah 2015 Arrieta still lies in there somewhere.

Zack Godley:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.86.  From an ERA of 6.39 last year to this, it has been a huge breakout for Godley.  The key?  Try the jump from a 7.23 K/9 in 2016 to 9.16 this season.  Or try a 1.57 HR/9 in 2016 to 0.57 this season.

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 28th HR while hitting .203.  I mean if he could only just hit .260.  Or even .250.

Elvis Andrus:  3/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .288.  Andrus has bored us for so many years that I don't think his monster 2017 campaign is getting the attention it deserves.  He reminds me of Jean Segura a year ago who himself had a run or mediocre campaigns before going nuts.

Yadier Molina:  3/4 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .277.  And he has 7 stolen bases.  t catcher.  Yup Molina is always there for a very good fantasy baseball season despite no one wanting him in March.

Eric Thames:  1/5 with his 25th HR while hitting .252.  Yeah Thames' power is immense but he still has the holes in his swing from before Korea.  Also let this be a lesson not to go overboard when someone breaks out like Thames did this past April.

Luke Weaver:  6.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.77.  The last name Weaver being associated with pitching can give one instant nausea but this version looks pretty darn good.

Logan Morrison:  1/4 with his 28th HR while hitting .248.  Wonder how many tweets Twitter obsessed Morrison fired off about not being included in the Home Run Derby.  One should have started with "Waaaaaaa!!!!"

Carlos Gonzalez:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting. 229.  Man it seems like CarGo literally lost his ability to swing the bat from the end of last September to the beginning of April.

Jay Bruce:  1/4 with his 29th HR while hitting .265.  I know power is plentiful in baseball but I am still wondering why no contending team felt Bruce was worth adding.

Mike Trout:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .335.  Someday I will own him.  I hope.


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