Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Andrew McCutchen:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .258.  Those holding stock in McCutchen were hoping he would get moved into a more potent offensive park but it wasn't meant to be.  He did hit leadoff in this one which could serve as a consolation prize however.

Dereck Rodriguez:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.59.  It is not a sustainable level of performance obviously but Rodriguez has a clue on how to pitch so stream him for the time being.

Miguel Andujar:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .292.  Write down in ink a .300 average for the next five seasons.

Masahiro Tanaka:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.84.  Tanaka went on a tear during the second half a year ago and he seems to be going down that path again this season.  Oh yeah no home runs allowed in this one and look at the end tally.

Jeff McNeil:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  McNeil was a batting average monster in the minor leagues prior to the promotion so his bat has some juice in it.

Daniel Murphy:  3/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .287.  Nothing like facing the Mets to get Daniel Murphy's season back on track.

Ryan Zimmerman:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .232.  Zimmerman has been so bad this season that I forgot he was still on the team.

Matt Adams:  1/2 with his 17th HR while hitting .287.  Things were so grand for the Nats hitters last night that they got TWO pinch-hit home runs.  One from Adams and the other from Mark Reynolds.

Steven Matz:  7 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 4.35.  I thought you were supposed to pitch BETTER in feeling a sense of relief that the trade deadline passes and you weren't moved?  What a disgrace

Javier Baez:  3/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .300.  Now that we know Baez has fully arrived with his blockbuster breakout campaign, we now need to focus on how high/potent the numbers will go.

Gregory Polanco:  2/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .254.  Polanco is tearing shizz up right now with the bat and he is running freely now as well.  It took long enough but again the talent has always been there.

Francisco Cervelli:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .244.  More injuries sent Cervelli's season off the rails but I would pick him back up in two-catcher formats if someone dropped him now that he is healthy again.

Jon Lester:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.22.  Lester has like an ERA of 100.00 in his last four starts and this is exactly what I warned would happen back in May when things were going so well.  Again pitchers like this with a ton of mileage on their arms almost ALWAYS struggle in the second half.  Hope you sold high like I told you to do.

Jake Arrieta:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.32.  Still sticking with my prediction of Arrieta finishing with an ERA over 3.75 but that's becoming more of a longshot by the start.

Matt Boyd:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.22.  Boyd is having a career-year despite the still shaky ERA but that really drives home the point of how useless he was before this season.

Kole Calhoun:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .209.  Calhoun is just kind of hanging around the periphery of the fantasy baseball universe as always and his recent burst of power won't change the that classification. 

Mike Trout:  2/5 with his 30th HR while hitting .312.  If MLB can get their hands dirty on any one thing, I wish it would be engineering Mike Trout to an East Coast franchise.  The New York Mets would say no if offering Trout since they feel they like win with their "Big Four." 

Tyler Skaggs:  10 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 3.34.  One outing like this can skew the look of an entire season for a pitcher.  Really brutal start for sure but Skaggs has been money all season prior. 

J.T. Realmuto:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .308.  Stays put in Miami at least until the winter.  As an owner of his, "Damn." 

Ronald Acuna Jr.:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .264.  The comfort zone at the major league level is being found now by the kid and so look out MLB. 

Nick Markakis:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .319.  I would say Markakis has earned a new deal with the Atlanta Braves which is astounding to say since NO ONE though it was a smart idea by the team to ink him in the first place. 

Kolby Allard:  5 IP 9 H 4 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 7.20.  He got the win but Allard went according to scrip in terms of having no strikeout ability. 

Ryan O'Hearn:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Big power here but O'Hearn was hitting under .240 in the minors which shows you where this is heading. 

Walker Buehler:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.65.  The kid is the real deal in terms of stuff but also keep in mind that we all felt strongly about Luke Weaver and Luis Castillo coming into the season and looks how that turned out.  Always tread carefully with young hurlers. 

Wade Miley:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.53.  Man this guy again.  Do what you want here. 

Josh Reddick:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .253.  Typical Reddick being there when you need him to be. 

Evan Gattis:  2/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .242.  Gattis will never win a batting title but he really came through as a big-time value play at catcher this season.

Jean Segura:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .318.  You wonder why the Milwaukee Brewers didn't remain more patient here and especially considering how Orlando Arcia is not cutting it yet. 

Charlie Morton:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.90.  So incredible have Justin Verlander,Chris Sale, and Gerrit Cole been that Morton is falling out of the AL Cy Young running despite 12 wins and those splendid ratios. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .290.  While he is a clear shade or two below his prime, CarGo always has a knack for solid second half performances. 

Charlie Blackmon:  1/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .289.  Blackmon was never the .320-plus hitter was a trying to show himself to be a year ago but everything else is right on par. 

Matt Carpenter:  1/3 with his 26th HR while hitting .278.  It just doesn't stop here. 

Jon Gray:  7.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.99.  The demotion to the minors seems to have re-focused Gray but you never can feel comfortable ever using him in any one start. 

A.J. Pollock:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .291.  You wonder how great Pollock's career would have looked to this point without all those injuries. 

Zack Godley:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.46.  Godley was among the most frustrating players to own in the first half given how utterly terrible he was coming off a breakout 2017.  Things appear to have settled down so take a shot if someone cut him loose in your league. 


  1. What is going on with Castellanos?

  2. he was going so well for so long that he was bound to cool. Not worried about him in the least.


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