Sunday, August 6, 2017


Joey Votto:  1/1 with his 29th HR while hitting .311.  Votto is pure insanity this season and he has not let up one bit from the jump.  The guy is literally slump proof and is back to a slam-dunk first round pick for 2018.

Eugenio Suarez:  1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .257.  It is easy to do but try not to overlook the very nice season Suarez is having.  He will never challenge for a batting title but the kid really can drive the ball and pick up the odd steal as well.

Steven Souza Jr.:  2/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .269.  Souza is Eugenio Suarez with more power.

Orlando Arcia:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .282.  With shortstop all of a sudden becoming quite deep the last two seasons, the result has been that Arcia is somewhat fallen under the radar from the fantasy baseball community.  That just makes him an even more terrific value play for 2018.

Jimmy Nelson:  8 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.24.  It has been nothing short of a monster breakout from Nelson who along with Aaron Nola finally came through for me this season after I was a firm apologist for both for the last couple of season.  The K's are absolutely legit as Nelson was a weapon in that category in the minors as well so no fluke here.

Michael Brantley:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .303.  Nice player but Brantley has become such a yawn in fantasy baseball.

Aaron Judge:  1/4 with his 33rd HR while hitting .299.  Boy the strikeouts are getting out of hand again which is dangerous given the past but maybe the homer is a sign Judge is pulling himself out of his hellacious funk.

Luis Severino:  6.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.91.  I have to admit I was leery of Severino heading into the season but my goodness has he been every bit the fantasy baseball ace.  And he should be drafted as one next season as well.

Carlos Carrasco:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 4.06.  As big of a pitching enigma as you can get.

Nick Castellanos:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .239.  I have so ignored Castellanos this season that I was surprised he has this many home runs.

Jonathan Schoop:  1/5 with his 25th HR while hitting .303.  Can't wait to see how high Schoop gets drafted next season.  I do think he will get dinged as middle infielders who don't steal bases get crapped on a bit at the draft table.

Chris Davis:  1/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .216.  Why anyone would want to own this guy anymore is beyond me.

Manny Machado:  4/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .257.  Average up near .260 now as the BABIP luck begins to even out.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .306.  Would love to see Ozuna finish the year with a .300 average which puts a fantasy baseball hitting stock at a more elevated level then if they hit .299.

J.T. Realmuto:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .306.  Realmuto has tapped into some more power this season however modest but yet still holds the .300 average.  My man.

Matt Belisle:  scoreless ninth for his first save with an ER of 4.53.  Man that ERA is nasty.  If you are desperate for saves then close your eyes and go ahead.

Adrian Beltre:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .292.  Beltre is still hitting for average but he is losing the battle to injury as he continues to age.  I won't be coming back here anymore.

Joey Gallo:  1/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .206.  I know I have ripped the guy for the average since the start of the season but I am now using Gallo over Todd Frazier in the Experts League at 3B since it is crunch time and I need to make up ground in homers.

Brian Dozier:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .248.  Throw out 2016 and this is standard operating Dozier.

Jose Berrios:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.86.  Sorry I never got as excited as most in the fantasy baseball community over this kid.  Looks like another Carlos Carrasco to me.

Robert Osuna:  seventh blown save with 4 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 3.47.  Boy Osuna outdid himself ruining his fantasy baseball owner's ERA for the night with this bomb.

Danny Duffy:  3 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 3.48.  Feels like it has been a big struggle for Duffy this season despite the decent ERA.  At the very least it wasn't anywhere near what his owners anticipated.

Nelson Cruz:  3/5 with 2 home runs (24 for season) while hitting .282.  It is almost like Cruz saw the calendar said August and that he knew he had to get going to preserve his chances at another 40-home run season.

Willson Contreras:  2/4 with 2 home runs (21 for season) while hitting .281.  On the same day I wrote a glowing piece on Contreras, he goes out and adds two more bombs.  I am in love.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .193.  The only one proud of Schwarber this season is Joey Gallo.

Matt Wieters:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .245.  Disappointed in Wieters who seems past his prime now as a hitter.  Doubt I will be looking back in his direction in the future.

Aaron Nola:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.12.  When you are as hot as Nola has been and continue to deal in Colorado, you are having a huge fantasy baseball season.

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