Thursday, August 31, 2017


Freddie Freeman:  2/5 with his 23rd HR while hitting .319.  There really is nothing to say here that hasn't been said before in terms of Freeman having a tremendous season that may not look like so due to a dip in counting stats due to injury.

Ender Inciarte:  5/5 with 4 RBI and 18th SB in Game 1 while hitting .307.  Believe it nor not Inciarte is one of the very best leadoff hitters in all of fantasy baseball.  Also with some power showing up this season, Inciarte is a quiet five category OF 1.  He then went 3/5 in Game 2 with his 19th SB and hitting .310.

R.A. Dickey:  8 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.91.  More evidence that knucklers have pitch forever.  But you won't ever trust them in fantasy baseball.

Greg Bird:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .135.  Bird has hit very well since coming off the DL and his power will be the main calling card the rest of the season.  Said to pick him up last week.  
Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with his 31st HR while hitting .246.  If you look away from the average, it is the same old Edwin.

Francisco Lindor:  2/5 with his 25th HR while hitting .271.  This is as clear a case of a young hitter growing into his power as I have seen in quite awhile.

Tommy Pham:  2/4 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting .307.  Man where did this power come from?  As good a breakout as anyone in fantasy baseball this season.

Jonathan Villar:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .233.  Does anyone even care anymore what Villar does?  Called that bust.

Domingo Santana:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .276.  Solid as a rock.

Chase Anderson:  6 IP 2 H 3 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.96.  If someone dropped Anderson in your league while he was injured, pick him up right away as he is continuing with a big breakout season of his own.

Mitch Haniger:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .248.  Yeah the bottom fell out on this potential breakout hitter during the summer.

Trey Mancini:  1/4 with is 23rd HR while hitting .294.  This is one breakout that checks out completely and I will be heavily on in 2018.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .306.  Wow.  That's all I got to say.

Nick Castellanos:  3/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .252.  Just doesn't hit enough to make that power stand out enough.

Charlie Blackmon:  1/3 with his 32nd HR while hitting .339.  Yeah it will two Colorado Rockie hitters in Round 1 next season.

Justin Verlander:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.82.  Verlander is doing his best work during the second half once again.  Maybe that is when Kate Upton has time off to be home.

Stephen Strasburg:  9 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.90.  The guy can pitch on the odd times he is healthy.

Rafael Montero:  8.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.12.  Yeah just don't do this.

Mike Napoli:  1/5 with his 28th HR while hitting .195.  It is like Joey Gallo has modeled his hitting approach off of this guy.

Dallas Keuchel:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 2.91.  Bad start no doubt but what we have learned about Keuchel this season is that A: He can pitch like an ace again and B: He can't stay healthy.

Andrew Cashner:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.30.  When we all forecasted great things for Cashner going back to his early San Diego days, pitching to contact like this with a smoke-and-mirrors approach was not what we had in mind.

Hanley Ramirez:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .249.  Boy has Ramirez' body both fallen apart and his average gone into the toilet the last three years.  Age knows no bounds.

Josh Bell:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .262.  Much respect to the season Bell is having and if even can get back up to .290 with the power uptick he showed in 2017, look out.

Ian Happ:  3/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .252.  I would suspect the ugly average will keep Happ's 2018 fantasy baseball draft price from getting out of hand but then this is what you want if you key in on young and obvious talent such as this kid.

Kyle Schwarber:  2/6 with 2 home runs (24 for season) while hitting .199.  Hey no one ever doubted the power.  It is just that Schwarber is now a younger Mike Napoli.  Kind of removes the excitement I gather when you look at him that way.

Anthony Rizzo:  2/3 with his 31st HR while hitting .282.  With some of the new talent that has burst through this season, there is a chance you maybe get Rizzo in Round 2 in next year's drafts.  As dependable a bat as you can get.

Eddie Rosario:  2/5 with 2 home runs (20 for season) while hitting .292.  Even in Minnesota and Target Field you are getting surprising power contributions.

Jose Berrios:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.80.  It shows you how utterly dominant Berrios is when he has control and is not giving up homers like it is batting practice.  Another one of those "look out" guys if the light bulb goes on and stays on.

Robbie Ray:  6.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2,97.  Ace pitcher at work.

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