Saturday, August 5, 2017


Daniel Murphy:  3/4 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting .333.  Murphy must have thought he was playing against the Mets last night.  

Javier Baez:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .266.  Baez is having a decent season but thus far in his young career he has not met the initial hype that followed his MLB arrival.  Strikeouts have always held Baez back and at a 27.7 K/9 rate so far this year, things are getting worse.

Sean Doolittle:  scoreless ninth for his eighth save with an ERA of 3.81.  It looks like it is Doolittle as the clear cut closer despite the arrival of Brandon Kintzler.  Take that for what's it is worth with Dusty Baker the manager. 

Justin Upton:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .282.  Grand slam from Upton who is having a rare year for him in terms of average and power.  We'll take it considering where the former category has ended up for him in the past.  

Manny Machado:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .250.  A .265 BABIP is still hurting Machado's average since everything else is in line with the advanced numbers.  There will be many who say he is a bust this season but other then a drip in power, that is not true.  He even has added 6 steals which he had zero of a year ago.  

Tim Beckham:  4/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .279.  Pick up Beckham if available as he is absolutely racking since arriving in Baltimore and he moved from a prime pitcher's park to a hitting paradise.  

Kevin Gausman:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.15.  I can't say that Gausman has not been money since right before the break.  If you want to take a chance here then by all means but boy you are playing fantasy baseball Russian Roulette.  

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.20.  Verlander has pitched better himself of late but it is not like his original owners cut him loose like Gausman's did.  

Manuel Margot:  2/5 wit his 9th HR while hitting .280.  Really expected more steals from Margot but he never seemed to get his timing down there to be the huge weapon anticipated.  The home runs are a nice surprise.  

Gregory Polanco:  1/1 with his 10th HR while hitting .265.  Polanco pisses off his fantasy baseball owners yet again even when he homers.  Seeing he was not in the starting lineup, most likely took him out.  It has been that kind of 2017 here.  

Eduardo Nunez:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .323.  You couldn't ask for a better landing spot for Nunez at the trade deadline and we are seeing it now.  2016 was a bit of an outlier but Nunez is still very potent in the steals, runs, and average column.  

Carlos Rodon:  7.2 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.66.  No walks the key as always.  If Rodon could even curb them a little, he would simply overpower the opposition like this.  

Yu Darvish:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.81.  Darvish was tipping his pitches last time out (10 ER) and so no such problems here.  He will fit in just nicely in the big ballpark in L.A. and the strikeouts should be ridiculous.  

Chris Taylor:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .316.  Just one day after I knocked Taylor in saying he was playing over his head, he tells me to shove it. 
Yasiel Puig:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .259.  What's funny here is the collective yawn the fantasy baseball community now gives Puig and rightfully so.  Burn your owners too many times and you are dead to us.  

Orlando Arcia:  3/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .282.  We are really seeing the blossoming of Arcia's career this season and he becomes yet another addition to a recent explosion of fantasy baseball-worthy daily league shortstops the last few seasons.  

Brandon Woodruff:  6.1 IP 7 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Nice outing but Woodruff had a 4.46 ERA in the minors prior to his promotion so wait on this.  

Jacob Faria:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.81.  I want this guy on all of my teams next season.  I can't pay a higher compliment.  

Todd Frazier:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .207.  We have waited for the extended power binge from Frazier this season but it has happened and in two prime hitting locales as well.  He is now a seriously flawed hitter who fell too much in love swinging for the fences.  

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/4 with 2 home runs (35 for season) while hitting .275.  Five away from 40!  

Arodys Vizcaino:  scoreless ninth for his fourth save with an ERA of 2.50.  Changing of the guard here as Jim Johnson pitched the eighth.  This is smart of the Braves to see if they can depend on Vizcaino as their closer for next season.  

Brian Dozier:  3/5 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting .246.  Yeah so how did my prediction go calling out Dozier's 40 homers from 2017 a fluke?

Bartolo Colon:  9 IP 9 H 4 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 7.32.  This made everybody smile.  

James Paxton:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.70.  The only thing that will keep me from calling Paxton a fantasy baseball ace a year from now is the injury factor.  

Nolan Arenado:  1/5 with his 25th HR while hitting .315.  The ultimate nitpick is criticizing Arenado for the slower home run pace this season.  I will take him off your hands.  


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