Friday, August 18, 2017


Yan Gomes:  3/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .226.  Gomes is trying to get our fantasy baseball attention again but it is not working.

Byron Buxton:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .234.  Buxton is hitting better of late but that is not saying much considering how low the bar has now been set.

Carlos Carrasco:  5 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.76.  Carrasco is dealing right now and is virtually unhittable.  He looks like a fantasy baseball ace under these circumstances but unfortunately the guy just can't put April to the end of September together.

Jake Lamb:  1/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .266.  Considering how much he strikes out, we can live with a .266 average from Lamb with all this power.

Patrick Corbin:  8.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.25.  Corbin is locked in right now which I mentioned after his LAST excellent start.  I can't do it for you.

Joey Votto:  2/5 with his 32nd HR while hitting .316.  My goodness I mean expecting Votto to better this output next season is foolish; making Votto a bit risky in 2018 first rounds.  Still the guy is still right there with anyone in the game for fantasy baseball MVP.

Ian Happ:  2/3 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .248.  Happ has been everything as advertised in terms of power but he needs to use the winter to get that average in better working order before I dive in fully.

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .291.  Yes Bryant won't get to 40 home runs which is a decent bummer but everything else was right on par.

Javier Baez:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .269.  Ian Happ in 2017 is where Baez was in 2016 as an all-or-nothing slugger.

Kyle Schwarber:  3/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .204.  Yuck.

Jon Lester:  7 ER in 1.2 IP with an ERA of 4.37.  Lester had absolutely nothing and an injury was quickly diagnose which gives him a bit of a pass.  I am VERY leery of him moving forward into 2018 though as the inning totals are massive on his arm going back to his deep-into-the-playoffs Boston days.

Charlie Blackmon:  3/5 with his 28th HR while hitting .335.  Can't think of many cases where a guy went from 40 steal speed to 30-plus home runs with almost no speed within a span of a few seasons.

Tyler Flowers:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .293.  Never draft a catcher early.

Ender Inciarte:  2/3 with 2 home runs (10 for season) and 2 steals (17 for season) while hitting .300.  Yeah you can't cram in much more for one game in fantasy baseball.

Freddie Freeman:  2/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .321.  Freeman would have had a spectacular season if not for injury but as a nice consolation prize, he gave us third base eligibility for 2018.  An absolute first round pick next season.

Josh Donaldson:  2/3 with 2 home runs (20 for season) while hitting .272.  Donaldson has been a monster the last month and shows that the first round talent is still there but in injury-interrupted doses.

Justin Smoak:  2/4 with his 33rd HR while hitting .296.  Going to be interesting to see how the fantasy baseball community reacts to Smoak next spring in drafts.  I think he will still come cheap given how many people he has burned in the past.

Chris Archer:  7 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.84.  I will say it again.  If Archer just stopped giving up home runs (2 in this one), he would win the Cy Young.

Tommy Pham:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .312.  Still wondering why the Cards had him begin the season in the minors.

Seung Hwan Oh:  2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 3.74.  It is like Oh thinks he is closing again and so he has to give up runs.  Ummm wait a minute....

Gary Sanchez:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .277.  Sanchez just got done hitting his 20th of 22 home runs against the Mets in THIS series.

Curtis Granderson:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .228.  Someone please trade for him.

Steven Matz:  6 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 6.08.  From the start of his comeback from yet another injury this season, Matz was not striking anyone out which was a red flag by itself.  This being the Mets, there is a 100 percent chance Matz is hiding an injury.  What a disgrace.

Luis Severino:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.18.  Great sign here that Sererino simply had a rough day versus the Boston Red Sox and is not suffering from the dreaded August/September fatigue for a young hurler.

Jay Bruce:  1/3 with his 30th HR while hitting .263.   I think Bruce gets only a one or two year offer as a free agent this winter.

Nomar Mazara:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .260.  Thought we would see a bit more overall growth out of Mazara this season but his power is moving upwards nicely.  Far from a finished product however.

Yoan Moncada:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .190.  Moncada seems to be settling in now.  Talent is off the charts but those offspeed pitches need to be hit more often.

Jose Abreu:  2/5 with his 23rd HR while hitting .294.  Give me Abreu in Round 3 or 4 next season all day and everyday.

Ryan Zimmerman:  1/3 with his 29th HR while hitting .310.  The average has predictably come down but this is 2010 Zimmerman once again.

Aaron Nola:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.26.  The guy was overdue for a rough one.  Move on.


  1. Is Mazara a potential OF 1 next year? Love those RBIs, rangers line up and ball park. Still young

  2. no way is he an OF 1. maybe low end OF 2 at best but I don't think he is even that. Michael Conforto a better player and he is a top end OF 2.


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