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Friday, May 17, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Michael Conforto:  1/2 with his 9th HR while hitting .271.  Conforto smashed into Robinson Cano chasing a pop fly and ended up with a concussion that will likely land him on the IL Friday.  Concussions are always tricky so Conforto's return date could be murky.

Zack Wheeler:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.85.  Overall is has been a miserable season for Wheeler with some small doses of top-notch pitching that brought forth memories of his second half of 2018.  Always struggling to place pitches, Wheeler is getting destroyed when he misses and for now last season's second half run is looking like an outlier. 

Christian Yelich:  3/5 with 2 home runs (18 for season) and 9th SB while hitting .342.  Yelich already has enough home runs where if the season ended today it would be a very respectable total for 90 percent of the players.  And if the season ended today he would be in play to win the batting title.  Incredible stuff.

Mike Moustakas:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .259.  We could see a nice boost from Moustakas now that he is back at his natural third base position with Travis Shaw wiping out.

Yasmani Grandal:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .263.  Grandal is back to his standard batting average territory so solid stuff from here on out which counts for extra at catcher. 

Jean Segura:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .312.  Only two steals from Segura so maybe he is losing steam there as he ages a bit.  Everything else has been right on par though so just a minor quibble here. 

Zach Davies:  1 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 1.54.  Crazy stuff here as Davies is doing with with way below average K rates but is inducing very weak contact and avoiding the long ball.  Obviously Davies is not a 1.54 ERA guy but the fantasy baseball community knows this which means you are not going to get fair market value here.  That means the best course of action is to hold and enjoy the fun while it lasts. 

Jurickson Profar:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .185.  Man Profar has been terrible and it is not enough that he qualifies everywhere for you to keep holding through all of this.

Matt Olson:  2/6 with his third HR while hitting .214.  I said to add Olson when he returned given his 30 homer power but this works only as a UTIL or CI option in deeper leagues. 

Chris Bassitt:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.93.  Who knew all we had to do to destroy our leagues in pitching was to pick Bassitt and Davies with their last two selections in the draft. 

Rougned Odor:  3/5 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .167.  I have made endless excuses for Odor so I lost credibility here a long time ago.  The crazy thing is that Odor is supremely talented with terrific power and underrated speed.  If only he can get his shizz together once and for all.

Willie Calhoun:  4/7 with his second HR while hitting .500.  Remember we all climbed over one another to get a share of Calhoun last spring so nothing should change now in terms of quickly grabbing this potent bat off waivers.   Classic post-hype sleeper in play.

Joey Gallo:  4/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .269.  4 for 5 for a Joey Gallo game?!!!!  The end of times are here.

Hunter Pence:  1/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .292  Got to get the number for the hypnotist who successfully convinced Pence it is 2012 again. 

Jason Kipnis:  2/6 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .216.  Up until now the best swing Kipnis put forth this season was the viral gender reveal he took part in last week. 

Trevor Bauer:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.76.  Letdown city here of late as Bauer has gotten his head beaten in twice in his last three starts.  With 4 walks in this one, Bauer is fighting his stuff a bit which is a theme for his entire career to this point. 

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .231.  Think about how exciting it was to own Ozuna last month.  Wow have things changed. 

Matt Carpenter:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .200.  Think about how exciting it was to own Carpenter last season.  Wow have things changed. 

Adam Wainwright:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.75.  Well that short burst of turning-back-the-clock numbers was fun while it lasted. 




Thursday, May 16, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: BRENDAN RODGERS 2B/SS COLORADO ROCKIES

Another day and another top prospect has arrived in the majors.  Following closely on the heels of the Milwaukee Brewers promoting top second base farmhand Keston Hiura, the Colorado Rockies on Thursday made it official their calling up of second base/shortstop Brendan Rodgers from Triple-A.  The former third overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft, Rodgers was hitting .356 with 9 home runs in 152 at-bats at that level and he clearly has the look of a player who no longer is challenged by minor league pitching.  With just a 16.4 K/9 and very solid 9.2 BB/9 as well, Rodgers is checking all of the boxes in terms of his development as a hitter and so now let's see where this goes.  Already on top prospect lists prior to each of the last two seasons, Rodgers in the friendly hitting confines of Coors Field will likely be worth checking out.  The power is obvious here and again the atmosphere in his new home will likely further assist his work in that category.  Even more noteworthy is that Rodgers has really come a long way this season with his pure hitting as he came off a .232 average at Triple-A last season which followed a .275 stint at Double-A.  Rodgers also chipped in a total of 12 steals during those two stops last season which means he has something to offer in that category as well.  Whether this will all translate right away to useful fantasy baseball numbers in 2019 is not known just yet but Rodgers should be scooped up where available. 


2019 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: GLEYBER TORRES 2B/SS NEW YORK YANKEES

If you are a fantasy baseball owner of New York Yankees second baseman/shortstop Gleyber Torres, it was a good day on Wednesday.  For not only did Torres homer twice in the team's opening game of a doubleheader, he added yet a third bomb in the nightcap to complete a beyond monster day for his fantasy baseball owners.  As a result, the perennial top five prospect in the Chicago Cubs system who was subsequently traded to the Yanks in the Aroldis Chapman deal is putting forth another huge season as he goes into Thursday's action with the following numbers:

.290
8 HR
20 RBI
22 R
3 SB
21.0 K/0
4.8 BB/9
.325 BABIP

Coming on the heels of a 24-homer full-season debut in 2018, Torres is well on his way to establishing himself as one of the premier power hitting middle infielders in the game and he has the added value of qualifying both at second base and shortstop.  Digging into his 2019 numbers a bit more, Torres has actually been a bit impatient with just a tiny 4.8 BB/9 rate but that is an outlier number since he historically has been around the 8.0 mark in that category.  Since Torres already carries around a solid K/9 rate of 21.0, more walks should increase the batting average some and maybe get him closer to around .300.  Already having the natural power to hit 25-30 home runs, Torres has actually run a bit as well this season to add to the value.  Since you always want steals from your middle infielders, this is no small contribution.  So when combined together, Torres is having a terrific season and more good stuff should be on the way as well given the fact he is still only 22 and has a good batch of upside remaining.  While the term of being a "can't miss" prospect is one that is overused in today's game, Torres seems set to be a rare case where he fully comes through on such a label. 


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Jose Ramirez:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .199.  What happened to the stud overall hitter from 2016-18?  Ramirez is possibly swinging for the fences as the gross average since the start of the season would attest.  Even though he is stealing bases at a high rate, there is a sizable bust element here as the power per game average is down sharply as well.

Jordan Luplow:  2/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .280.  Luplow is perfecting the two homer games that's for sure.

Carlos Carrasco:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.18.  I mean Carrasco just doesn't do 2 or 3 earned run outings.

Wilson Ramos:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .237.  For the second time in a week, a Mets Crisis Point feature ran hours before a home run from the same player.  Hey any way I can help.

Victor Robles:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .250.  The plate discipline is non-existent here but the overall talent is silly good.  When Robles begins to figure out how to take a walk, the power/speed game will explode and turn him into a first-round monster overnight.

Noah Syndergaard:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.74.  Another home run given up which has been the big problem for Thor this season but two dominant outings in his last three validate the buy low theme I typed all over here back then.

Jason Heyward:  0/4 while hitting .250.  Yeah he still sucks after all.

Joey Votto:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .207.  Votto looks older than dirt but the occasional big game will emanate based on law of averages.  That doesn't mean you need to bother here anymore.

Kyle Hendricks:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.86.  Hendricks is having a dominant start to the season and looks like he did a few years ago when he was right there as the best pitcher in baseball.  The strikeouts will never be stable as Hendricks is not a big whiff guy overall but no more arguing over the quality of his stuff.

Ryan Braun:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .256.  I think Braun is now going to be that guy that gets added and dropped a million times in your league.

Yasmani Grandal:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .265.  Grandal's average has sunk back to his previous norms which is not a total surprise.

Keston Hiura:  2/3 while hitting .667.  Here we go!

Bryce Harper:  0/2 while hitting .219.  Now will you all finally admit that Harper is overrated?

Brandon Woodruff:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 5 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.72.  Woodruff is an advanced statistics darling as he is striking out a very high amount of batters and his swinging strike numbers look like that of an ace.  Still a work in progress in terms of control, Woodruff is putting forth a nice breakout campaign.

Charlie Blackmon:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .302.  Amazing how Blackmon was hitting around .250 a few weeks ago and now it is like it never happened.

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .317.  Nothing new to talk about here as Arenado is as excellent as ever.

Rafael Devers:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .331.  The lack of home run may be obscuring the fact that Devers is having a spectacular season so far.  With Devers running at a higher rate this season and now the average challenging for the batting title, the expectant power is really turning this into some story.

Michael Chavis:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .289.  Yeah it doesn't look like Chavis is headed back to the minors anytime soon.  Or ever again.  Keep him firmly planted in your lineups.

J.D. Martinez:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .316.  Not only is Martinez arguably the best power hitter in the majors but also maybe the best pure hitter.

Chris Sale:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 17 K with an ERA of 4.24.  I am opening my mouth wide so you can shove the crow deep into there.  The absolutely wicked stuff is back and as potent as ever.  However I will quality that Sale now has to prove he can hold up in August and September.

Carlos Correa:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .298.  It certainly looks like good health has restored Correa's past top-tier status.

George Springer:  2/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .329.  This is your front runner for AL MVP.  Holy cow.

Charlie Morton:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.32.  That ticking you hear is Morton's remaining time on top of his game before age-fueled fatigue begins to take its toll in late summer.  I would even entertain some offers now.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .237.  A lot of the pop has dulled here as Ozuna has been in a massive slump leading into this one.  At the very least, he is firmly proving his stark hot and cold spells.

Yadier Molina:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .283.  Marvel Agents of Shields need to study Molina to see how he is laughing in the face of age.

Jack Flaherty:  6 IP 3 H 3 ER 5 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.34.  We continue to see glimpses of ace-level ability but Flaherty can't get out of his own way with the walks and big innings.  Still not there yet.

Mike Foltynewicz:  8 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 8.02.  I think another stint on the IL is coming.

Mitch Garver:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .329.  I mean this is some pretty incredible stuff coming from Garver this season and especially so at catcher which is as bad as ever.  Not sure the long term viability here but it is certainly time for a separate report.

Josh Bell:  2/4 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .329.  Been saying for awhile now that if Bell could combine his minor league .300 averages and major league power uptick, he would be something to behold.  Well here we are.

Joe Musgrove:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.59.  Kudos to those who got right back on the horse here after the beating Musgrove took his last time out but remember another blowup could occur at a moment's notice given the lack of strikeouts.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.:  3/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .235.  The epitome of fantasy baseball impatience was anyone fretting over the first 10 quiet days of this kid's career.  It is all upwards from here and it promises to be a swell ride.