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Friday, August 4, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Paul Goldschmidt:  3/4 with 3 home runs (25 for season) while hitting .320.  Like with Mike Trout, Goldy is so supremely awesome that what he does on a daily basis is a bit taken for granted.  Also like Trout, Goldy has continued to perform like a slam dunk top five pick in fantasy baseball the last three seasons while some other members of that club have slipped out down the ranks.

Willson Contreras:  3/5 with 2 home runs (18 for season) while hitting .276.  In the Experts League I own both Goldy and Contreras.  It was a good day.

Jose Quintana:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.42.  It has been home run problems all year for Quintana which has caused the ratios to spike to nasty territory and it continues no matter which Chicago locale he calls home.

Zack Greinke:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.10.  Believe it or not Greinke actually pitched pretty well as he has 8 strikeouts but the two home runs ruined the evening.  This is why pitchers with heavy ground ball rates are so valuable in today's fantasy baseball.

Charlie Blackmon:  3/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .330.  Summer in Coors Field is always a fun thing.

Mark Reynolds:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .284.  What percentage of leagues do you think Reynolds was drafted in back in March?  10 percent?  Maybe 5?

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .281.  Cespedes is really beginning to swing the bat well and we have seen two month bonanza's out of him in a Mets uniform before.  Just saying.

Ian Kinsler:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .244.  I am thinking Kinsler will be nothing but a very late round pick next season.  Older veterans always get dinged extra at the draft table.

Justin Upton: 1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .279.  Upton continues to just chug along like always on his way to 25-27 home runs.  The average is decent this time around however.

Yoan Moncada:  0/2 while hitting .100.  Ugh.  Second time in the majors and second time Moncada has not hit.  Byron Buxton nods his head.

Rafael Devers:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .406.  Damn this kid is impressive. If this keeps up, Devers himself could be that small sample rookie who goes right into the second round of 2017 drafts.

Mookie Betts:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .272.  Yeah I would say Betts has pretty much validated 2016.

Rick Porcello:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.70.  You need to buy my Draft Guide this winter just to read my pitching busts alone since in this season's guide I have you to avoid Porcello, Justin Verlander, Aaron Sanchez, and Noah Syndegaard.

Corey Kluber:  9 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.77.  Just the fourth pitcher to have 8 Ks or more in 12 straight outings.  The others are Pedro, Randy Johnson, and Nolan Ryan.  Good company.

Gary Sanchez:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .271.  Overall Sanchez has been quite good but I told you to never expect .300.

Francisco Lindor:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .272.  I think many Lindor owners would trade a few homers for his old .300 average.

Ozzie Albies:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .125. Your turn Rosario.

Chris Taylor:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .313.  I am sorry but I get the nagging suspicion Taylor is performing way over his head.  Just a hunch.

Jose Altuve:  3/4 with his 16th HR and 24th SB while hitting .365.  You got to love how through Altuve's power spike the last season-plus, he has kept on running.  Usually when homers start going out for speedsters, they ditch the running.

Steven Souza Jr.:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .272.  I wince every time Souza homers since I stupidly cut him in July.  I am an idiot.

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 29th HR while hitting .205.  Gallo is taking this home run or nothing thing to a whole new level of late.

Kyle Seager:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .258.  The second half renaissance continues onward.


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