Saturday, June 23, 2018


Franklin Barreto:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) with 6 RBI and hitting .185.  Truth be told, Barreto was not hitting in the minors this season (.236) prior to his promotion and he is currently batting ninth to add to the "just one game" narrative.

Sean Manaea:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.40.  This is more of what we saw out of Manaea this past April before his BABIP luck began to run out.  Even now he continues to tote two HUGE red flags around in a .220 BABIP and horrible 6.71 K/9.

Odubel Herrera:  4/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .308.  Fifth straight game with a home run for Herrera who I already talked about at length the other day.  We are in some kind of insane run right now for the guy but like I said a few days ago, this is what happens when you are already talented and then reach your prime years.

Carlos Santana:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .228.  The average will never get better for Santana who is well past the improvement stage of his career and so he will be stuck in the mode of being added 8 times a season and dropped the same amount depending on how his bat is doing.

Zack Eflin:  5 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.44.  The WHIP is 1.17 and I have spoke glowingly about Eflin like I have Nick Pivetta for most of the season.  Should already be added everywhere.

Patrick Corbin:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.24.  Corbin was really scuffling for awhile so on odds alone he was due for a big outing like this.  Never a question of talent here but instead how his offspeed stuff negatively impacts his body as the season goes on.

Ivan Nova:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.98.  It certainly was a night for pitching dominance on Friday and Nova got in on the fun.  After a recent bump, he has his ERA right where it should be in straddling his annual SP 5 realm.

J.D. Martinez:  4/5 with his 23rd HR and 2nd SB while hitting .324.  If J.D. gets 10 steals, talk about icing on the superstar fantasy baseball cake.

Nelson Cruz:  4/5 with 2 home runs (20 for season) while hitting .266.  Cruz had 7 RBI as he has not lost any ounce of ability as he goes into his fourth decade on earth.

Ryon Healy:  1/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .259.  I liked Healy in March as a very affordable power bat along the lines of 25-30 home runs in a loaded lineup and who wouldn't kill you in average.  Right on schedule.

Steven Wright:  10 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 3.38.  So this is why I told you not to bother with this guy.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .233.  The power for guys like Edwin are usually the last stat to go when it comes to aging and fantasy baseball for slugging first baseman.  He will likely be nothing but a late-round grab next spring.

Francisco Lindor:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting. 288.  Just like with his teammate Jose Ramirez, Lindor's power is no longer up for debate.  Embrace the first-round greatness.

Yonder Alonso:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .255.  Alonso has upped the average of late which helps the bottom line and moves him more from backup capacity to UTIL right now.

Shane Bieber:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.45.  Bieber has Trevor Bauer potential with his massive strikeout ability and he could now be here to stay.  Upward and onward we go.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .239.  Third home run in the last week for Schwarber who should be re-inserted back into lineups.

Eugenio Suarez:  3/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .304.  I had Justin Turner and Anthony Rendon as the two third baseman I was really aiming at in drafts this past spring but will add Suarez right into that group in terms of extremely vaulable and well-priced players at the position.

Cody Bellinger:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .232.  If you don't believe in sophomore slumps, I present to you Cody Bellinger.

Yasiel Puig:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .256.  Never a question of talent.

Manny Machado:  2/5 with his 19th HR and 5th SB while hitting .305.  Love the steals that Machado supplies as a bonus and now the trade deadline stuff will go into overdrive.

Sean Newcomb:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.59.  Nice to see Newcomb dominate even when he doesn't have his strikeout stuff working.  Signs of reaching near-ace status.

Jesus Aguilar:  2/4 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .305.  I guess you didn't have to draft Joey Votto or Anthony Rizzo and instead just needed to get this guy off waivers.  What a breakout. 

Jack Flaherty:  7 IP 1 H 1 ER 2 BB 13 K with an ERA of 2.50.  We have seen a few of these nuclear strikeout outings from Flaherty already and he is already looking like one of those mid-season pickups that could put many fantasy baseball teams over the top given the extreme value. 

Shin-Soo Choo:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .280.  Choo has some run going right now in terms of getting on base and there may not be a better OF 3 relative to draft cost out there this season.

Dallas Keuchel:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.90.  Keuchel can't hold the jock of three of his rotation mates right now but he remains a good buy low considering his track record of pitching well the second half of the season.

Nolan Arenado:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .323.  Arenado wants to do an Odubel Herrera impersonation. 

Jon Gray:  7 IP 8 H 1 ER 0 BB 12 K with an ERA of 5.52.  Yeah this is why we always pause for a second when weighing whether to add Gray or not.  Lean on "not!" 

Andrew Heaney:  7 IP 9 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.42.  WHIP is down to 1.12.  Stick with it. 

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