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Last week I spoke about Mike Moustakas rising in the rankings due to being returning quicker than expected from the DL. Well unfortunately he has completely fallen off the rankings as he is done for the season. A torn ACL is the culprit and it is very unfortunate since he was having a great start to the season.

One thing we don’t do here at lot is talk about the regular season standings, but after almost two months of baseball I wanted to visit these with a few notes I wanted to point out.

  • The Astros, a lot of people’s AL Champion pick this season are dreadful at 23-29.
  • The Orioles, picked by  many to finish last in the AL East trail the division and league leading Red Sox by two games.
  • Those same Red Sox have an insane 302 runs scored already. To put that into perspective. The highly touted Blue Jays last season scored 891 runs. They are on pace to beat that by 68 runs.
  • The Cubs are still off to a torrid and near historic start, losing just 14 of their first 49 games. Could this finally be the year?
  • In that same division, this looks like the first time in four year the Cardinals will not win the division.
  • The Phillies are actually competitive, sitting one game above .500. Who saw this coming?
  • Looks like the Nationals are finally putting it together, after a very disappointing 2015 season.
  • Be careful though it is an even year. The San Francisco Giants are lining up to make the playoffs after starting 32-21. If you don’t know what this means, the Giants have won the last three World Series in years that ended in an even number (2010, 2012 and 2014)

OK enough talk about real baseball. Let’s get back to some Fantasy Baseball!

Stock Up

Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

I have had Kershaw ranked No. 8 or No. 9 all season, but he is absolutely dealing right now.

He has the lowest ERA in all of baseball at 1.56, lowest WHIP, 0.65 and most strikeouts 105 (15 more than the next three pitchers)

The craziest number of all is his gaudy strikeout per walk ratio. You’re gonna need to sit down for this one. Is is at 21.00. Yes you read that right, Kershaw as struck out 21 batters for every one he has walked. Just to give you the total number it is 105 strikouts to five walks.

I have seriously thought about putting him No. 1, but I just can’t do it. I value hitting just that much more, so unless he keeps this historic pace up for another month, I doubt you will see him jump Harper or Trout.

Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Boston Red Sox

I may be a little late to the party here, but I was just waiting for JBJ to drop off. The drop off never came.

That mixed with the fact that the Red Sox offense is straight ballin’ right now, I had to move JBJ up in my rankings.

Now I don’t think he will bat .300 the rest of the way like he was doing on his hit streak, but he can be very useful the rest of the way.

Leonys Martin, OF, Seattle Mariners

I know, I know he just got hurt, but he should return next week.

For those of you who know me, I for some reason have a soft spot for Martin. I always thought he could take the next step and become the next 15 HR/ 30 SB player, but it never happened and 2015 he completely fell off.

This year before the injury he was on fire. Already having hit nine home runs and stolen eight bases (maybe a bit off 30 pace, but still good).

I expect good things for Martin once he returns.

Stock Down

Prince Fielder, DH, Texas Rangers

It has been a baaaad season for the Prince. He is hitting under .200 and only has three home runs. The one thing you could always count on Prince for was a pretty good average and now 20+ homers.

That seems like a real reach for him to get to those numbers now and it makes you wonder if there is another injury looming for Prince. The last time we got these horrible numbers from him was back in 2014, when he eventually missed the rest of the season with a neck injury.

This really goes farther back than this season. Just look at the tweet below… its not good.

Perhaps it is time the just cut the cord and use Joey Gallo at DH.

Francisco Liriano, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

I’ve always been down on Liriano. His high walk rate always scared me away.

Since moving to Pittsburgh though he has figured out a way to pitch well despite a rather elevated walk rate, so I bought in a little. I even drafted him in an NL-only.

This year however his walk rate has spiked to 5.25 per nine and so has his ERA. He is pitching more like the Twins version of Liriano than than the Pirates version. Not good. He needs to get his control back down to the 3.5-4 walks per nine before we can expect any improvement elsewhere.

Kevin Pillar, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

Pillar gets the distinction for being the first player mentioned twice this season in my Rest of the Season Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings.

That’s cool… right?

Wrong. He has been mentioned both times in the stock down section and this time he is close to falling out of the rankings all together, sitting at 239.

Things are just not going well for him, after it looked so promising to start the season as the leadoff man in this powerful lineup.

He now sits at .244 with just two home runs and four steals. Other counting stats are not there either, especially since he has fallen to eight most nights in the lineup.

He has been worse over the last two weeks, hitting .148. There is still potential given the lineup he is in and they should start to get hot all-around any day now, but its really worrisome what we are getting from Pillar this season so far.

Fantasy Baseball Top 250 Rankings

1Mike TroutLAACF
2Bryce HarperWSHCF,RF
3Clayton KershawLADSP
4Manny MachadoBAL3B,SS
5Paul GoldschmidtARI1B
6Nolan ArenadoCOL3B
7Josh DonaldsonTOR3B,DH
8Jose BautistaTORRF,DH
9Mookie BettsBOSCF,RF
10Anthony RizzoCHC1B
11Jose AltuveHOU2B
12Carlos CorreaHOUSS
13Miguel CabreraDET1B
14Kris BryantCHC3B,LF,RF
15Starling MartePITLF,CF
16Edwin EncarnacionTOR1B,DH
17Jake ArrietaCHCSP
18Chris SaleCWSSP
19Andrew McCutchenPITCF
20Giancarlo StantonMIARF
21Chris DavisBAL1B,RF,DH
22Yoenis CespedesNYMLF,CF
23David PriceBOSSP
24Nelson CruzSEARF,DH
25George SpringerHOUCF,RF
26Ryan BraunMILLF,RF
27Madison BumgarnerSFSP
28Max ScherzerWSHSP
29Carlos GonzalezCOLRF
30Buster PoseySFC,1B
31Hunter PenceSFRF
32Xander BogaertsBOSSS
33J.D. MartinezDETRF
34Jose AbreuCWS1B,DH
35Jose FernandezMIASP
36Jacob DeGromNYMSP
37Noah SyndergaardNYMSP
38Lorenzo CainKCCF
39Gerrit ColePITSP
40Matt KempSDRF
41Gregory PolancoPITLF,RF
42Stephen StrasburgWSHSP
43Johnny CuetoSFSP
44Kenley JansenLADRP
45Adam JonesBALCF
46Brandon BeltSF1B,LF
47Robinson CanoSEA2B
48Dallas KeuchelHOUSP
49Zack GreinkeARISP
50Corey KluberCLESP
51Eric HosmerKC1B
52Christian YelichMIALF,CF
53Joey VottoCIN1B
54Cole HamelsTEXSP
55David OrtizBOS1B,DH
56Chris ArcherTBSP
57Aroldis ChapmanNYYRP
58Mark TrumboBAL1B,LF,RF,DH
59Yasiel PuigLADRF
60Todd FrazierCWS3B
61Corey SeagerLADSS
62Ian KinslerDET2B
63Jon LesterCHCSP
64Danny SalazarCLESP
65Kole CalhounLAARF
66Adrian GonzalezLAD1B
67Matt HarveyNYMSP
68Charlie BlackmonCOLLF,CF
69Justin UptonDETLF
70Ian DesmondTEXSS,LF,CF
71Adam EatonCWSCF,RF
72Craig KimbrelBOSRP
73Wade DavisKCRP
74Miguel SanoMIN3B,RF,DH
75Rougned OdorTEX2B
76Jonathan LucroyMILC,1B
77Mark MelanconPITRP
78Brett GardnerNYYLF,CF
79Jose QuintanaCWSSP
80Felix HernandezSEASP
81Marcus StromanTORSP
82Matt CarpenterSTL2B,3B,1B
83Maikel FrancoPHI3B
84Dexter FowlerCHCCF
85Zach BrittonBALRP
86Trevor RosenthalSTLRP
87Ben ZobristCHC2B,LF
88Freddie FreemanATL1B
89Carlos MartinezSTLSP
90Jordan ZimmermannDETSP
91Curtis GrandersonNYMRF
92Hanley RamirezBOS1B,LF,DH
93Jason KipnisCLE2B
94Yu DarvishTEXSP
95David RobertsonCWSRP
96Daniel MurphyWSH1B,2B,3B
97Michael WachaSTLSP
98Masahiro TanakaNYYSP
99Steven MatzNYMSP
100Drew SmylyTBSP
101Brian McCannNYYC,1B
102John LackeyCHCSP
103Jeurys FamiliaNYMRP
104Stephen PiscottySTL1B,LF,RF
105Jay BruceCINRF
106Francisco LindorCLESS
107Prince FielderTEX1B,DH
108Salvador PerezKCC
109Billy BurnsOAKCF
110Jason HeywardCHCCF,RF
111David PeraltaARILF,RF,CF
112Carlos GomezHOUCF
113Luke GregersonHOURP
114Evan GattisHOULF,DH
115Randal GrichukSTLLF,CF,RF
116Gerardo ParraCOLLF,CF,RF
117Kyle SeagerSEA3B
118Addison RussellCHC2B,SS
119Brian DozierMIN2B
120Michael BrantleyCLELF,CF
121Joc PedersonLADCF
122Taijuan WalkerSEASP
123Jung-Ho KangPIT3B,SS
124Alex GordonKCLF
125Corey DickersonTBLF,DH
126Francisco LirianoPITSP
127Adam WainwrightSTLSP
128Cody AllenCLERP
129James ShieldsSDSP
130Trevor StoryCOLSS
131Hector RondonCHCRP
132Lance McCullersHOUSP
133A.J. RamosMIARP
134Adrian BeltreTEX3B
135Francisco RodriguezDETRP
136Carlos RodonCWSSP
137Albert PujolsLAA1B,DH
138Hisashi IwakumaSEASP
139Julio TeheranATLSP
140Jonathan PapelbonWSHRP
141Neil WalkerNYM2B
142Steven SouzaTBRF
143Anthony RendonWSH2B,3B
144Jake OdorizziTBSP
145Rich HillOAKSP
146Michael ConfortoNYMLF
147Welington CastilloARIC
148Roberto OsunaTORRP
149Jacoby EllsburyNYYCF
150Elvis AndrusTEXSS
151Byung-ho ParkMIN1B,DH
152Kenta MaedaLADSP
153Sonny GrayOAKSP
154Kyle HendricksCHCSP
155Santiago CasillaSFRP
156Khris DavisOAKLF,DH
157Alex RodriguezNYYDH
158Patrick CorbinARISP
159Gio GonzalezWSHSP
160Ben RevereWSHLF,CF,RF
161DJ LeMahieuCOL2B
162Jason HammelCHCSP
163Jeremy JeffressMILRP
164Dustin PedroiaBOS2B
165Huston StreetLAARP
166Brandon CrawfordSFSS
167Chris CarterMIL1B
168Yasmani GrandalLADC
169Aaron SanchezTORSP,RP
170Aaron NolaPHISP
171Yordano VenturaKCSP
172Jackie BradleyBOSLF,CF,RF
173Joe RossWSHSP
174Steve CishekSEARP
175Brad ZieglerARIRP
176Jeff SamardzijaSFSP
177Evan LongoriaTB3B
178Nick CastellanosDET3B
179Kevin GausmanBALSP,RP
180Jean SeguraARI2B,SS
181Leonys MartinSEACF
182Fernando RodneySDRP
183Wei-Yin ChenMIASP
184Jimmy NelsonMILSP
185Ender InciarteATLLF,CF,RF
186Lucas DudaNYM1B
187Francisco CervelliPITC
188Danny ValenciaOAK3B,LF
189Edinson VolquezKCSP
190Tyson RossSDSP
191Troy TulowitzkiTORSS
192Wil MyersSD1B,CF
193Matt HollidaySTL1B,LF
194Drew PomeranzSDSP,RP
195Billy HamiltonCINCF
196Jorge SolerCHCLF,RF
197Carlos SantanaCLE1B,DH
198Rick PorcelloBOSSP
199Justin BourMIA1B
200Wilson RamosWSHC
201Josh HarrisonPIT2B,3B,LF,RF
202Travis ShawBOS1B,3B
203Michael SaundersTORLF,RF
204Marcell OzunaMIACF,RF
205Justin VerlanderDETSP
206Chris TillmanBALSP
207Sam DysonTEXRP
208Ian KennedyKCSP
209Yadier MolinaSTLC
210Nomar MazaraTEXRF
211Mallex SmithATLCF,LF
212Marcus SemienOAKSS
213Ryan MadsonOAKRP
214Joe PanikSF2B
215Ketel MarteSEASS
216Adam DuvallCINLF
217Carlos BeltranNYYRF,DH
218Yan GomesCLEC
219Steven WrightBOSSP,RP
220Nathan KarnsSEASP
221Kendrys MoralesKC1B,DH
222Eduardo RodriguezBOSSP
223Mitch MorelandTEX1B
224Ryan ZimmermanWSH1B
225Russell MartinTORC
226Logan ForsytheTB1B,2B
227Jonathan SchoopBAL2B
228Adam ConleyMIASP
229Michael PinedaNYYSP
230Bradley BoxbergerTBRP
231Jake McGeeCOLRP
232Arodys VizcainoATLRP
233Jeanmar GomezPHIRP
234Andrew MillerNYYRP
235Dellin BetancesNYYRP
236Mike NapoliCLE1B,LF,DH
237Kevin PillarTORLF,CF
238Matt DuffySF2B,3B
239Tony WatsonPITRP
240Colby RasmusHOULF,CF,RF
241Scott KazmirLADSP
242Collin McHughHOUSP
243Alexander ColomeTBSP,RP
244Brandon PhillipsCIN2B
245Pedro StropCHCRP
246Matt WietersBALC
247Justin WilsonDETRP
248Shelby MillerARISP
249Starlin CastroNYY2B,SS
250David WrightNYM3B

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