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July 28, 2014 posted by Chuck Anderson

2014 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Wrap: Boston Enters Sell Mode

2014 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Wrap:  Boston Enters Sell Mode
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Boston traded Jake Peavy to the Giants on Friday. He is in a better place to pitch than Boston, but do not go to great lengths to acquire him. His 4.34 xFIP and 7.26 K/9 are nothing special. For those in mixed leagues he is an occasional streaming candidate (hello San Diego). Two young pitchers are coming back to the Red Sox. Edwin Escobar landed on the BA Top 100 twice but has taken a step back in Triple-A. He is not up to par with many of Boston’s pitching prospects. Heath Hembree is one of ESPN’s top future closer (Insider) candidates. Koji Uehara is close to 40 and a free agent so Hembree could scramble into fantasy relevance at some point in 2015.

 

After a 3-4 night Saturday Martin Prado is hitting .333/.372/.472 in July with season highs in BB/K, ISO, and line drive rate.

 

Chris Young pitched Seattle past Baltimore with seven shutout innings. For those in need of quality ratios it might be time to stop worrying about the high FIPs and stream him at home where he owns a 2.21 ERA.

 

Nolan Arenado is making progress in some parts of his game, not so much in others. His ISO is up over 40 points with his fly ball rate rising as well. His strikeout rate is down slightly. Despite decreases in chase rate and overall swing% he has only a 3.7% BB%. It is declining in July too, and is a major issue that is holding him back.

 

Miami won three close games over Houston this weekend. Bryan Morris collected two holds, Mike Dunn one. Both could collect saves if Steve Cishek is traded.

 

Updated ZiPS projections have Josh Donaldson reaching 30 HR, 100 R, and 100 RBI. In 2012 and 2013 together that happened eight times. Mike Trout and Paul Goldschmidt and the only other hitters projected to reach those marks in 2014.

 

Since coming back to Cleveland Danny Salazar has a line of 12 IP, 4 ER, 3 BB, and 13 K. He is firmly back on the radar.

 

Juan Francisco vs. LHP: 0.06 BB/K, .091 ISO, 7 wRC+. In a word, bad. Vs. RHP: 0.26 BB/K, .312 ISO, 149 wRC+. He is a good power option on that split and can count on playing time until Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie return.

 

Collin McHugh was not great coming off the DL Sunday, but two of the six fly balls he allowed left the yard. His 9/1 K/BB ratio indicates a strong likelihood of future success.

 

Jon Singleton in Triple-A had a 0.81 BB/K and a .277 ISO. In Houston those numbers are down to 0.26 and .172. Look for improvements here before owning him in a mixed league.

 

 

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