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Sunday, August 13, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Andrew Benintendi:  2/5 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .280.  Benintendi is as hot as he was in April when he began this monster rookie season of his.  Scary to think what he will be in another year or so.  Knocking on OF 1 status already and in fact Benintendi may be there already.

Gary Sanchez:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .269.  Sanchez has actually been what I anticipated him to be with the average taking a dip but the power remaining potent as he moves toward his prime years.  His defense is absolutely abominable behind the dish however and so a move to full-time DH next season could be in the offing.

Jacoby Ellsbury:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .241.  As great a GM as Brian Cashman is, I still for the life of me can't understand why he gave this loser seven years.

Luis Severino:  8 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 3.32.  Severino had nothing in this one and he is allowed a clunker considering how great he has pitched this season in reaching near-ace status.  The only concern now is that this doesn't morph into a full blown fatigue fade which is likely to happen at some point as Severino reaches uncharted innings territory.

Mike Clevinger:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.65.  Just when I think I never have to make note of Clevinger again, he goes out and does this.  Decent debut for the guy I have to say.

Jose Berrios:  6 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 4.27.  Now you know I was not overly excited about Berrios back in May.  Just too unrefined for my taste.

Byron Buxton:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .230.  Yeah so much for those "next Mike Trout" discussions.

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .275.  I said last week that Cespedes is capable of getting red hot for a two months stretch so keep the faith.  That two months stretch has begun.

Aaron Nola:  7 IP 1 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.02.  This is an elite starting pitcher folks.   Again not trying to gloat (maybe a little) but I kept the faith here and now look.  While Nola let us down a year ago, it was injury and not stuff-related.  Just 24, Nola has a 9.43 K/9 and 2.64 BB/9. What a season.

Adam Duvall:  1/5 with his 26th HR while hitting .262.  The new top choice for "cheaper than it should be" power.

Zack Cozart:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .319.  The funny thing is that as great as Cozart has been this season, he will still come cheap next season as the fantasy baseball community will want to see him do it again.  So then yes I will own Cozart.

Travis Shaw:  2/5 with his 25th HR while hitting .292.  This dream season of Shaw has continued on unabated and he really has put himself into firm top ten status at the position for 2018 fantasy baseball.  What was Boston thinking?

Ryan Braun:  1/3 with his 13th HR and 8th SB while hitting .292.  Throwback game for Braun here but they don't come around as often anymore with a body that is failing him.

Eric Thames:  2/5 with his 27th HR and 3rd SB while hitting .248.  What is funny is that through all the crazy early hysteria over Thames, he has settled into a classic power with the ugly batting average like a million other guys.

Giancarlo Stanton:  3/4 with his 41st HR while hitting .281.  Don't think for a second that Stanton has not breathed a giant sigh of relief for finally reaching 40 homers and now that he is more relaxed, 50 should arrive soon.

Jose Abreu:  3/4 with 2 home runs (21 for season) while hitting .290.  Seems like you can write .290 with 25-27 homers each and every season for Abreu and he has replaced Adrian Gonzalez as one of the most cheapest first base top ten bats in fantasy baseball.

Eric Hosmer:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .312.  Yeah I think my days of criticizing Hosmer are over.  Nothing to complain about here as Hosmer finally has put it all together across the entire offensive spectrum.

Melky Cabrera:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .297.  Yeah I was surprised at how decent a season Cabrera is having too.  Since the steroids bust he has been kind of out of sight/out of mind for me.

Paul DeJong:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .291.  Listen we should have seen this coming.  For one thing, DeJong is a St. Louis Cardinals farm hand which alone is cause for fantasy baseball excitement.  Second, DeJong hit .299 with 13 home runs in just 48 Triple-A games before his promotion.  Guy can swing it.

Carlos Martinez:  6 IP 7 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.56.  By all accounts Martinez has had a good season (although not the ace-type his fantasy baseball owners anticipated) but his 9-9 record shows you how asinine the wins column is in 5 x 5 fantasy baseball leagues.

Mike Napoli:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .199.  Napoli is losing now to Joey Gallo (.208) in the Texas Rangers ultimate home-run-or-nothing batting title race.

Tyson Ross:  5.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 5 BB 2 K with an ERA of 7.11.  At one time a very good young power arm, chalk Ross up as the latest TOS victim that has completely ruined a career.

David Peralta:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .305.  All in all a solid season for Peralta but Ender Inciarte left him behind in terms of the young Arizona Diamondbacks outfielders who I liked back in 2015.

Patrick Corbin:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.52.  I still believe in the talent a bit but never chased it this season unlike Aaron Nola.

Tim Beckham:  4/5 with 3 RBI while hitting .295.  Yeah I would say Beckham is loving hitting life in Baltimore.  Said to pick him up right after the trade from Tampa Bay.  How is that working out?

Khris Davis:  2/4 with his 32nd HR while hitting .243.  Get that up to .260 bro.

Sean Manaea:  6 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 4.59.  There is a bad day at the office and then there is Sean Manaea 8/12/2017.

Kyle Seager:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .258.  So how many bought low when I told you to in June?

Cam Bedrosian:  scoreless ninth for fifth save with an ERA of 3.67.  Really like the arm on Bedrosian and think he can be a very good closer if he can stay in one piece.


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