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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 37th HR while hitting .277.  Three away from 40.  Now for the untimely injury.

Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his 29th HR while hitting .327.  It is amazing how few holes Harper has in his swing and when you can hit for that type of power it is almost not fair.

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.23.  I swear the guy is impervious to injury.  Yes a few "scares" pop up now and again (remember the finger issue that was a whole lot of nothing in spring training) but no derailment away from excellence takes place.

Sean Doolittle:  scoreless ninth for his ninth save with an ERA of 3.56.  It only took the Nats four months to find a competent closer.

Jose Pirela:  2/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .285.  Light-schedule day special.

Joey Votto:  2/3 with his 30th HR while hitting .314.  Votto reaches 30 homers for the second time in his career amid this fantasy baseball MVP campaign of his.  I mean you should start wondering now if Votto is good enough for the Hall of Fame.  Clearly one of the best pure hitters of he last century and of his era, Votto's power will help in the cause.

Adam Duvall:  1/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .267.  The Reds have some very impressive young hitters on their team to take into the future and Duvall has more than proven in 2017 than his 2016 breakout was no fluke.  And he even added some average points as a bonus.

Zack Cozart:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .318.  Really a big fan of this guy who has had a Votto-lite season in the middle infield with no one caring.  What is funny is that you could have punted second base and shortstop in your draft this past spring and picked up this guy and his teammate Scooter Gennett and been sitting on two 2017 gems.

Keon Broxton:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .222.  The big tease is back but even a smidge of plate discipline improvement would make the power/speed game (which is already quite impressive) jump off of the page.

Matt Carpenter:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .249.  Carpenter used to be a .300 stick but falling in love with the home run ball has altered his swing and the average has sunk as a result since 2015.  Not totally happy about it.

Paul DeJong:  1/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .283.  Doesn't it feel like DeJong has hit all 16 of his homers since the All-Star Break?

Mike Moustakas:  2/4 with his 32nd HR while hitting .276.  I wish Moustakas would keep signing just one year deals so I could then feel compelled to own him since he clearly swats homers in bunches when dough is on the line.

Eric Hosmer:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .315.  Like this guy too.

Carlos Martinez:  8 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.52.  Martinez' shoulder has held together to this point and that is really all you ever need to concern yourself with here.  If intact, Martinez is a fantasy baseball ace.  Simple.

Mike Trout:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .346.  I want Mike Trout to go on an epic tear which he is capable of in order to pass Bryce Harper in homers so that the latter doesn't think for a second he is better than his Angels counterpart.  Which he is not.

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .256.  Next average stop:  .270.

Dylan Bundy:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.15.  Wondering where this was the last three months.

Jake Arrieta:  6.1 IP 9 H 2 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.83.  Arrieta is doing his best to finish strong.  Still won't go near him next season.


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