Sunday, August 5, 2018


Gio Gonzalez:  5 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 4.04.  I said from the beginning that Gio was a statistical fraud who was due to a major regression.  The WHIP is up to 1.51 which is downright disgusting and points to even more trouble ahead.

Austin Hedges:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .243.  Hedges has progressed a bit this season in that he is not hitting .220 but we still need more before he graduates into mixed league worthy.

Anthony Rizzo:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .264.  As horrible as Rizzo was in April and May, he is not far from the .280-ish average he was slated to be around.

Kyle Schwarber:  2/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .250.  This guy is now boring as heck with no catcher eligibility anymore.

J.D. Martinez:  1/4 with his 33rd HR while hitting .329.  Tell me again why the Houston Astros got rid of Martinez.

Chance Adams:  5 IP 3 H 3 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 5.40.  While Adams had very good numbers in the minors, his lack of K's are going to be a big problem in the AL East.  Don't add him.

Nathan Eovaldi:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Eovaldi still doesn't strike out as many batters as his potent fastball speeds would lead you to believe but boy has he been money this season and especially since coming to Boston.  I have been completely wrong on the guy so far but you can't blame me entirely for being skeptical given how annually disappointing Eovaldi has been previously.

Jose Abreu:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .267.  Right on track for 30 homers.  As always.

Carlos Rodon:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 5 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.94.  Ugly control is still a part of the deal here but it is showing up less frequently so far.  Let's hope it continues.

Corey Kluber:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.63.  Kluber is doing his second half Cy Young run as always.

Josh Reddick:  3/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .256.  While I have always loved Josh Reddick, a lot of that appreciation comes due to the fact he always seems to serve as a much-needed boost during the second half of the season when leagues are decided.

Marwin Gonzalez:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .232.  Marwin was exposed pretty much from the start of this season in terms of being the 2017 fraud he was.

Lance McCullers:  4 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.03.  I told you all to sell your shares of McCullers back in July as he was either going to tire and see his ratios go up or would get hurt since the latter is part of his career trend.  Like Noah Syndergaard, McCullers is a classic Tommy John case waiting to happen and leaving with elbow soreness is a potentially bad omen.

Kenta Maeda:  5 ER 5.1 IP with an ERA of 3.73.  Maeda has been so maddening to own all season and in particular, he is putting a hurt on his fantasy baseball owners lately.

Justin Bour:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .225.  Bour really let his average get out of hand this season to the point that I can't really defend him anymore in terms of ownership.  There is still hope a trade can be worked out in August since he will clear waivers.

Cesar Hernandez:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .262.  Just like a year ago, Hernandez was not able to carry over a big first half into the second; this game notwithstanding.

Nick Williams:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .261.  The Phillies have a ton of sluggers who post shaky averages and Williams is a poster boy for such an approach this season.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .271.  Cabrera is hitting toward the bottom of the Phillies lineup which stinks but so far it is not an issue.

Carlos Santana:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .221.  I really wish I never had to talk about this guy ever again given how boring he is.

Zach Elflin:  8 IP 4 H 3 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.61.  Well I would say this kid is coming along nicely.  Just be sure not to overhype the results from the rookie next spring as we what they did for the Luke Weaver and Luis Castillo owners.

Shohei Ohtani:  4/5 with 2 home runs (11 for season) and third SB while hitting .272.  Maybe Ohtani better stick to just hitting.

Leonys Martin:  3/6 with 2 home runs in the doubleheader (11 for season) while hitting .257.  As if the Cleveland Indians needed more hitting.

Matt Carpenter:  2/4 with his 28th HR while hitting .283.  I can't think of many players of recent memory like this who arrived into the league as a slap hitting/.300 leadoff man and then morphed into a massive home run slugger while remaining at leadoff later on.

Jose Peraza:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .286.  Billy Hamilton is so jealous of this guy.

Eugenio Suarez:  2/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .302.  Look out everyone because I won't be denied owning Suarez everywhere next season.

Trevor Story:  2/4 with 2 home runs (23 for season) while hitting .290.  The incredible Story of Story in 2018 continues unabated.

Travis Shaw:  1/3 with his 21st HR while hitting .244.  I really hope Shaw is not becoming an ill average slugger but at the least the power still plays very well.

Ryan Braun:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .243.  You never have to draft Braun ever again as he is nearly shot.

Freddy Peralta:  6 IP 2 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.54.  Very big things are in this kid's future.

Zack Wheeler:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.89.  Maybe the New York Mets actually did something right not trading him.

Marco Estrada:  7 IP 1 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.65.  I can't stand Estrada as a fantasy baseball hurler but can't argue with a one-hitter.

Khris Davis:  1/3 with his 30th HR while hitting .253.  Davis and his 40 home runs and .250 average are forever written in stone.

Andrew McCutchen:  5/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .264.  Get McCutchen back in there as leading off seems to be suiting him and getting the bat going.

Nick Ahmed:  3/3 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .247.  Ahmed is having one of those seasons where you look at the end of the year and are surprised as heck to see him with a bunch of homers.

Ketel Marte:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .255.  Marte is having a nice season but he never has really matched the hype of when he first came onto the fantasy baseball scene during his early Seattle days.

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .233.  I admit I screwed up the first base spot in the Experts League this season as I got caught with Eric Hosmer and then had to trade A.J. Pollock for Encarnacion.  Either way, I'm tied to Edwin the rest of the way one last time.

Yonder Alonso:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .252.  Alonso will hit 25 homers this season so he has now officially cemented the power growth in my book as being legit.

Trevor Bauer:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.25.  Amazing to say but the season Bauer is having compares with what Chris Sale has done the last five years or so. 

Jeff McNeil:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .364.  If you need an average boost at this late juncture, McNeill is a smart pickup as he was hitting ropes all season in the minors and has done so in his maiden voyage with the New York Mets. 

Noah Syndergaard:  6.1 IP 6 H 4 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.17.  The ERA is still terrific but the 1.22 WHIP and constant injuries not so much.  Count this peanut stand among those who will take an injury concerned pass on Thor next spring. 

Starlin Castro:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .289.  Castro needs to force a trade this winter to get himself ANYWHERE but Miami and thus reinvigorate his flagging fantasy baseball value.

Mike Zunino:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .204.  We need to stop with any Mike Zunino sleeper spring posts from now on.  Now that I did such a thing but many outlets seemed to think he was primed for a bust out but that was never going to happen in full with that brutal contact rate.

Gleyber Torres:  2/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .279.  The real deal.

Lance Lynn:  7.1 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.58.  Maybe the New York Yankees have found themselves a new Aaron Small. 

Javier Baez:  2/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .302.  It is a beautiful thing when all the natural talent in the world comes together in one blockbuster of numbers.

Cole Hamels:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 0.82 with  the Chicago Cubs.  Another good outing for Hamels who is loving life back in the NL but the 2 K is a reminder of how his power stuff has eroded. 

Jakob Junis:  5 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.98.  Don't even think about it. 

Kyle Freeland:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.04.  The 1.24 WHIP and .280 BABIP results in a 4.03 FIP and 4.38 XFIP.  In other words, Freeland is a mirage. 

David Peralta:  4/7 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting .298.  Always been a big Peralta fan and he too is having a big breakout this season.  I always grouped Peralta and Ender Inciarte together as two young and very talented outfielders on the cusp and both have come through the last season-plus. 

Jake Arrieta:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.11.  Credit goes to Arrieta who has adjusted on the fly to remain a very good pitcher despite the velocity and strikeout dip. 

Zack Godley:  7.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.35.  Godley has turned his season around nicely and been quite dependable again the last month.  Use him again. 

Nick Castellanos:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .284.  I was fine with Castellanos having a power did when he was hitting .300 but now not so much.

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