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Saturday 24th Feb 2018

Baseball is a strange game. As much as fantasy owners try to predict player performance, the reality is that strange things happen every year. As much as I like to glance at post-draft, end of season standings projections, the reality is that they mean nothing. So, as we approach the All-Star break, let's take some time to celebrate the strangeness of this game by looking at some stats that do not make any sense. Then again, maybe we shouldn't be surprised.

Melvin Upton Jr. leads his younger brother, Justin, in all five standard rotisserie hitting categories. What year is it again?

Andrew McCutchen ranks 6th on his own team in OPS (.727), trailing Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte but also a trio of fantasy studs in David Freese, John Jaso and Jordy Mercer.

Adrian Gonzalez has fewer home runs through three-plus months (6) than he tallied in April alone last season (8). I hate to say it, because Adrian has been a favorite of mine over the years, but he's clearly past his prime.

Ben Revere, a career .289 hitter, sports a .225 batting average through his first 52 games as a member of the Nationals.

Didi Gregorius has slugged more homers (10) than his slightly more accomplished slugger teammate, Alex Rodriguez (8).

Among NL hurlers, only five pitchers have allowed more hits than Matt Harvey. The only good news for Harvey owners is that he won't be allowing any more hits this season.

2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel has a higher hits allowed rate (9.8 H/9) than Jeff Locke (9.7 H/9).

Through 19 starts this year, Chris Archer has allowed just one fewer home run than he served up all of last season.

Steven Wright's ERA (2.68) is nearly two full runs lower than that of his teammate, David Price. Price is getting paid 30 million bucks this season while Wright is taking home a little over 1/60 of that amount.

In the exact same number of innings (112 1/3), J.A. Happ has whiffed more batters (89) than Masahiro Tanaka (88).

After recording just one career save prior to this season, Jeanmar Gomez ranks 6th in the Majors in saves (24).

While we're on the subject of saves, Trevor Rosenthal, who notched a combined 93 saves from 2014-2015 and was on average the #6 closer off the board in NFBC drafts this spring, isn't saving any games these days after losing his ninth inning gig. He might regain the job at some point this season, but who says investing in the "elite" closers is a risk-free draft day strategy?

Mike Trout, who swiped just 11 bags last season, has more stolen bases (15) than Gregory Polanco (9), who collected 27 steals in 2015.

Adam Duvall has hit more homers (22) and driven in more runs (60) than Chris Davis (21 HR, 56 RBI).

Wilson Ramos, the owner of a career .268 AVG, ranks 2nd in the NL in batting average (.332). And of course, after owning Ramos in Tout Wars in both 2014 and 2015, I finally decided to pass on him this year.

But I mentioned this at the end of last week's column as well. Maybe I need to move on.

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