Thursday, June 14, 2018


Freddie Freeman:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .344.  Freeman is as locked in as you can get right now and he has been the best buy by a mile with other first-round options such as Anthony Rizzo and Paul Goldschmidt.

Jacob DeGrom:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.55.  Ridiculous.  Over his last five starts, DeGrom has given up 6 earned runs COMBINED and he has ZERO wins!  With a 1.55 ERA.  I mean you can't make this stuff up.

Mike Soroka:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.57.  All outings versus the Mets need to be put into perspective but Soroka seems more than here to stay.

J.A. Happ:  5 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.48.  Wednesday was the day of the one-hitter I guess.

Lorenzo Cain:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .288.  Cain has been incredibly steady throughout the course of the season which is something to never overlook when you guys like Justin Upton drive us all up the way with his vast swings in production.

Mike Montgomery:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.31.  The WHIP is down to 1.08 as Montgomery has been downright dominant since moving into the Cubs rotation.  Said from the beginning he was worth trying out and his production has done nothing to change that line of thinking.

Mookie Betts:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .352.  Betts is picking up right where he left off in terms of the dynamic five-tool ability he was achieving before landing on the DL.  Short of Mike Trout, no one has been better per game.

J.D. Martinez:  1/3 with his 22nd HR while hitting .313.  Why pitchers continue to give Martinez anything to hit is one of the season's great mysteries.

Chris Sale:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.75.  It always needs to be said how incredible a performance Sale has put forth during his Boston Red Sox tenure given the AL East surroundings.

David Peralta:  1/4 with is 12th HR while hitting .274.  I didn't see this power coming.

Zack Greinke:  5 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 3.87.  Well this ERA is moving toward shaky territory which is concerning given the velocity dip but no need for a full blown panic just yet.

Mitch Haniger:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .270.  It's like April all over again.

Nelson Cruz:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .255.  I didn't think it was possible at the end of April but Cruz looks like he may get to 40 home runs yet again.

Ryon Healy:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .255.  Four home runs in his last three games now for Healy as he fully has moved into daily status as your UTIL or CI bat.

Marco Gonzales:  5 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Lots of baserunners for Gonzales but the strikeouts were impressive.  Keep trotting him out there.

Juan Soto:  2/3 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .344.  Forgive me for going overboard but I can't help it.  With Miguel Cabrera going out for the season, I now see a baby Cabrera/outfield version of the guy in this kid. 

Greg Bird:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .200.  Bird has done nothing for so long since coming back from injury that I thought he went back on the DL again.

Gleyber Torres:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .296.  It is always double exciting when a top prospect is hyped to the moon and back and then goes out and actually performs like this such as what we are seeing from this gem.  Looking already at second-round status in 2019.

Jorge Alfaro:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .248.  The average is up to usable status for Alfaro but only in two-catcher formats.

Jose Berrios:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.51.  The WHIP remains a gem at 0.95 which speaks to how good Berrios is really pitching and while I try to avoid AL pitchers in yearly fantasy baseball leagues, I will be going after him with determination next season. 

Andrew McCutchen:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .262.  McCutchen is saving his season midway through the year yet again but he is now officially one of the most boring players to own in all of fantasy baseball. 

Trevor Bauer:  7.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.69. Bauer has dealt with a lot of Jacob DeGrom bad luck with wins (just 5-5) but he is making a push for 300 strikeouts in what is shaping up to be one of the greatest post-post-post-POST-hype breakouts ever.

Dylan Covey:  7 IP 10 H 2 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.29.  Did a Trend or Mirage on Covey a few days ago that came out a "Trend" and so this outing doesn't surprise me.  Keep him sending him out there.

Luke Weaver:  4 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.52.  Move on please.

Evan Gattis:  2/3 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .246.  Holy cow Gattis is a bit insane right now.  Was wondering early in the season is he was on the back-nine of his career and maybe even the 16th hole but he is doing a top-five catcher thing right now.

Khris Davis:  3/4 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting. 243.  You can't deny Davis his 40 home runs. 

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