On Monday each week I take a look at the fantasy baseball game breaking down players who have produced noteworthy performances of late – not just positive outings mind you, but I'll also delve into some of the players that have been sucking wind of late. Can you use this information to your benefit over at DailyJoust?
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GAINERS OF THE WEEK
Yovani Gallardo (+31, $359K) In three of his last five starts he's allowed one run, and in four of six he's allowed one or no runs. Despite that, his ERA has only gone down from 4.14 to 3.92. Why? Because in the other two outings Gallardo allowed 11 runs in 10.2 innings. So is the case with Gallardo. One game he's great, the next a total disaster. In the end Gallardo is what he is. Check out the numbers for this season compared to his career levels.
2012: 9.00 K/9, 3.59 BB/9, 1.35 GB/FB, 1.32 WHIP Career: 9.21 K/9, 3.47 BB/9, 1.23 GB/FB, 1.29 WHIP
He may never take the next step to true greatness, but if you run him out there every time he takes the hill the end result will include wins, passable ratios, an a big strikeout total.
Adam LaRoche (+21, $127K) It doesn't make a hell of a lot of sense, but we know it to be true. For whatever reason, and there really is no rational explanation for it, Adam is simply a better hitter in the second half of the season. For his career his OPS goes up .129 points after the All-Star Break (.897 to .768). He's done even better this year. In a mere 24 games LaRoche has gone deep eight times, knocked in 18 runs, scored 15 times, hit .348 and posted a 1.035 OPS, .199 points better than his first half mark. I'm unable to explain how LaRoche continually does it, so I'll just report that he does, in fact, do it.
Wade Miley (+40, $397K) His ERA has gone up three quarters of a run over his last six outings, but he's still sporting a 2.98 mark for the year. Showing few signs of slowing, Wade has allowed three walks in his last four starts while he's punched out 25 batters, a surprisingly total given his mere 6.75 K/9 mark on the year (the low walk total is expected given his 1.71 per nine mark on the year). His skill set scream out 3.98 ERA not the 2.98 that it actually is, but he has been remarkably consistent this year. He's also been amazing in four starts during the day with a 4-0 record, 0.36 ERA and 0.67 WHIP.
Chris Tillman (+109, $362K) The last time he took the hill was a bit rough (5 R in 5 IP), but he's won each of his last three starts and through five outings he has a 2.70 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Unfortunately his K/BB ratio is 2.22, pretty much the league average, ditto for his 1.03 GB/FB ratio. He's also posted a HR/9 mark that is about half of his career rate this year, all of which paints Tillman as a guy who is faring pretty well while at the same time not really deserving of all the success he's attained.
LOSERS OF THE WEEK
Tyler Colvin, (-28, $55K) Through 243 at-bats Colvin has been impressive with a .280 average, 13 homers and 43 RBIs. Unfortunately people were expecting a lot more after he hit .339 with five homers and 17 RBIs in June. I warned ya. Did you listen? In 26 games since then Colvin has hit .233, and though he has gone deep five times in that stretch the last time he hit a ball into the seats was July 6th, a full month ago. Colvin has regressed to being the type of hitter he is – one that can have success if used in the right situation, but not necessarily someone who should be in a fantasy lineup every day without question.
Yu Darvish (-72, $298K) The good. He's won 11 games and struck out 145 batters in just 127.1 innings. The bad. He's walked 70 batters, the fourth worst mark in baseball, an as a result both his ERA (4.38) and WHIP (1.41) are way worse than a league average hurler despite the fact that batters have a very difficult time producing hits off him (his OPS against is just .601). His performance has also taken a decided turn for the worst as he's allowed 21 runs over his last four starts (spanning 23.2 innings). It's getting harder and harder to throw him out there unless you are in desperate need of strikeouts.
Jonathan Lucroy (-33, $78K) People seem to think this guy is Mike Piazza Jr. He's not. Though he's hitting .323 with a .920 OPS, he's hit a mere .200 with a .646 OPS in eight games since he's been back off the DL. Given that he owns a career .272 batting average and .720 OPS, which hitter do you think he is more likely to be the rest of the way – Mike Piazza or Jonathan Lucroy?
Jarrod Parker (-34, $353K) Parker has allowed six runs in three of his last 10 starts, and as a result his ERA sits at 3.44, the highest it has been since May 18th. He's actually done a much better job limiting the free passes as he's issued just five batters in four games, and he's also struck out 19 batters in that time. Overall he's been impressive with that 3.44 ERA and 1.28 WHIP, but it's fair to question whether or not he is starting to wear down given that he has thrown 130.2 innings this season after tossing 136.1 last season.
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By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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