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Friday, May 27, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Gerrit Cole:  5 IP 7 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.53.  The manifestation of Cole continues as his K/9 is now a very mediocre 7.43, a number which the pitcher himself is proud of as he openly tries to pitch to more contact.  The ERA is sparkling and the .318 BAIP is just a bit lucky so it is working for Cole.  You can be annoyed as a owner due to the drop in K's but with nothing else. 

Mark Trumbo:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .279.  Give it enough time and a hitter will always roll back to his standard batting averages unless he has big speed to beat BABIP curves.  Classic case here with Trumbo who was over .300 for awhile but his .321 BABIP is dropping.  Outside of that, the power has been huge just like his old Arizona days and I am as shocked as anyone that I am benefitting from this as a past critic. 

George Springer:  2/4 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .270.  The 24 percent K rate pretty much matches his 2015 output there so a bit disappointed in that respect but Springer is right on schedule in terms of rising close to outfielder 1 status.  Needs to add some more steals to cement that though if the average remains shaky.

Luis Valbuena:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .220.  Fourth straight game with a home run from Valbuena and this is something we saw last season in terms of the all-or-nothing power swing.  In AL-only formats I guess you could take a shot while the homers are flying out but back-to-back O'fers are as far as I would take this.

Lance McCullers:  5 IP 1 H 1 ER 6 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.60.  It is like an old A.J. Burnett Florida Marlins start.  McCullers has a Kerry Wood arm with massive K potential but like Wood, has trouble with control with a BB/9 over 3.00 and of course poor health. 

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .246.  Harper had been in a big slump lately.....not Giancarlo Stanton slump....but a slump nonetheless.  A few things here:  one is that Harper's .230 BABIP is the main reason for his trouble as his K/9 of 18.3 is almost 2 points down from his monster 2015.  Once the luck turns around as it will (Harper's BABIP was .369 and .352 from 2014-15), he will be back to his MVP ways.  Your fooling yourself if you try a buy low though.

Aledmys Diaz:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .329.  Here we are now in almost June and Diaz is going the way of Nomar Mazara with the average/power thing.  The shortstop eligibility is the key here of course and that alone has Diaz as a top five option there.  Been saying he would cool off for awhile but it simply has not happened.  Maybe I should stop and throw my hands up. 

Joe Ross:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.52.  Joe's brother Tyson now wants to be him.

Jonathan Villar:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .295.  Great credit goes to Villar who couldn't hit a lick when he first came up and now he is doing a terrific leadoff impression.  Already among the most profitable value plays of the season, Villar could be a prime trade chip in July. 

Ryan Braun:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .361.  Can't knock the production but only the character. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .287.  Slow go of it for CarGo who still is not running and the power on a per game basis is way down.  Of course he went all Hank Aaron on us last July through the end of the season so no reason to panic yet.

Trevor Story:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .272.  Story continues to hold onto his average and hit for power as this "Story" has gone on longer then anticipated.  Not that I doubted the power but I thought we would be looking at .250 now. 

David Ortiz:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .337.  I will call it now.  Ortiz will have 10 home runs at this point next May.  Forget retirement.  And no one will want to draft him again too like always. 

Starlin Castro:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .264.  Ehhh.  Castro is losing his average and has been another guy who stopped running in his upper 20's.  It is almost now like hitters think it is cool to just stop moving on the bases at that age.  Thank you very much Mike Trout. 

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.20.  A lefty against the Yankees is always a profitable situation.  The only numbers you should focus on here is the lucky .263 BABIP which shows in the XFIP and FIP ERA's both over 4.00.  It will turn ugly.  Trust me. 

C.C. Sabbathia:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.83.  All right.  No doubt Sabbathia is pitching well and he was up to 93 in this one which is his highest velocity in two years.  Keep in mind Sabbathia got help for alcohol troubles at the end of last season and a clear mind could be helping him as well.  Proceed cautiously but I will hedge and say try him out if the matchup is right. 

Jose Fernandez:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.82.  If Fernandez is not giving up walks, you are getting nothing out of him.

Drew Smyly:  6 IP 6 H 5 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.92.  There could be a dead arm deal going on here as Smyly missed almost all of last season.  Hold the fort here as Smyly is terrific when all is right.  In fact try a buy low. 

 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: TORN ACL FINISHED MIKE MOUSTAKAS FOR 2015

While not considering a top third base option in fantasy baseball terms, Kansas City Royals hot corner veteran Mike Moustakas still proved himself quite useful over the last two years as he further refined his batting approach and added power as he moved closer to his prime.  After years of struggling mightily with his batting average, Moustakas posted an impressive for him .284 mark with 22 home runs in 549 at-bats.  Now turning 27 when a player begins to tap into his most power, Moustakas came out and slammed 7 home runs the first month-plus of 2016.  While the .240 average brought back memories of struggles past, Moustakas was still holding his own as an every day fantasy baseball third baseman.  Soon though disaster would strike in the form of a torn ACL in his knee which was confirmed Thursday and that means Moustakas will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.  Again we are not talking Josh Donaldson, Kris Bryant, or Manny Machado here but in 12-team leagues and especially AL-only, Moustakas is a moderate loss whose power was his best asset.  Obviously cut Moustakas loose and look to the waiver wire for reinforcements. 


FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: STEVEN MATZ ALREADY LOOKING LIKE A FANTASY BASEBALL ACE

Coming off yet another Matt Harvey brutal beatdown at the hands of the Washington Nationals, the New York Mets turned to lefty Steven Matz to try and win the series for them Wednesday afternoon.  Continuing a pattern of ace-like pitching since getting blasted in his initial 2016 start, Matz tossed eight shutout innings which included just four hits given up, one walk, and 7 strikeouts.  The outing brought Matz' season totals to a 2.36 ERA. 0.99 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts in 49.2 innings while going 7-1.  Take out the first dud and Matz has an ERA under 2.00.  All at the age of 24 and in his first full MLB season.  No matter how you look at it, Matz has been phenomenal this season and his numbers are impressive wherever you look such as his 9.29 K/9 which is at another ace level.  His 0.65 HR/9 is also splendid and shows that Matz is not beating himself there with the long ball.  Matz also is showing good control with his 1.71 BB/9.  Put them all together and only health has held Matz back this season as he missed a start with tightness in his pitching elbow.  Health has been a challenge for Matz in his young career as he already has been a victim of Tommy John elbow surgery, plus he missed two months in 2015 with a torn lat muscle.  As long as Matz' health is good, he has fantasy baseball ace stuff which he has shown throughout 2016.  A late fade could happen due to fatigue but all signs are positive thus far for the kid.


FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: JULIO URIAS SP LOS ANGELES DODGERS

A big prospect name is coming up to make his MLB debut Friday and the fantasy baseball community should already be all over him where available.  Of course we are referring to the news that the Los Angeles Dodgers are calling up top pitching prospect Julio Urias to make his debut Friday against the New York Mets in place of the injured Alex Wood.  Only 19-years of age, Urias has been compared to Felix Hernandez in terms of his power fastball and ability to generate a bunch of strikeouts.  The numbers thus far at Triple-A are ridiculous as Urias goes into his debut with a 1.10 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 48 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched.  Better yet, Urias has shown good control with just 8 walks.  Put it all together and Urias has immense upside and could easily stay around in the rotation is he excels out of the gate which would not be a shock given how good his stuff is.  Pick him up everywhere.  Do it now. 

 

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

David Wright:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .226.  Two home runs in the same week for Wright is a nice sign but the batting average and K Rate remain putrid.  Nothing new to add here as Wright continues to be a 2/3rd's playing time third baseman which is never what you want from your starter.

Steven Matz:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.36.  Keep in mind that Matz dominated at Triple-A Las Vegas of the PCL of all locations prior to being called up by the Mets last season and he has done nothing but deal like an ace since arriving.  More on this in a Status Report later in the day.

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.71.  We have seen this from Roark before in 2014 before things went haywire last season when he was jerked around from the bullpen to the rotation which is murder on a young pitcher.  You always want the K rate to be slightly higher but truth be told Roark has inched that up decently as well this season.

Corey Kluber:  7.1 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.78.  Kluber is predictably taking off as he went through his usual April issues before turning back into his fantasy baseball ace self.  Sometimes guys are this predictable.

Jose Quintana:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.22.  Quintana's maturation into high-end fantasy baseball starter took a few seasons but geez is he dealing.  The uptick in K's is perhaps most impressive as Quintana is finding some velocity he never had before.  The only thing I am upset about is that my annually cheap investment in Quintana is likely no more.

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .200,  Dozier apologists will say the two day benching he got helped clear his head but that is a bunch of baloney.  Sorry but if you struggle to hit .240 year after year and then stop running, you should be on the wire.  Seriously.

Miguel Sano:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .221.  That average is hideous as I said it would be this past winter and this is why I had no interest here.  Take a few less homers and go with a better average third baseman every time out.

Tyler Duffy:  5 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 3.95.  Guys who throw soft in the AL can only get away with it long enough.

Odubel Herrera:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .327.  Yup Herrera already is looking my A.J. Pollock sleeper pick of the year.  There was always some burgeoning power/speed ability here and Herrera has even boosted the average by improving his patience as he further developed.  He is in near-outfielder 2 territory and looks like the new Carlos Gomez of a few seasons ago.

Kris Bryant:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .279.  It was about this time a month ago I told all you Bryant owners to stop panicking over his "slow start."  You can only hold down supreme talent for so long.

Matt Holliday:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .233.  The average is slipping badly after a good start here from Holliday but the power has been beter then anticipated so it evens out.

Matt Adams:  3/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .316.  It is easy to forget about Adams but a few seasons ago alot of us wanted him.  He certainly looks the part of a young slugger on the rise but massive injuries interrupted the narrative.  Not saying Adams won't curb the disappointing power output from 2014 and 2015 but riding this out is always advised.

Randal Grichuk:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .241.  The outfield verison of Miguel Sano.

Carlos Martinez:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.25.  The Cards should just put Martinez on the DL already.  He has gotten hit hard in every start since the shoulder went bad and the team only has to look at the disaster that is teammate Michael Wacha to know how bad this could be.

Nomar Mazara:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .320.  Every night you can jot down two hits for Mazara and now the home runs are showing up nightly as well.  So incredibly impressed by what Mazara is doing and even his biggest fan can't even fathom whatis going on.

Hector Santiago:  5 ER in 2.1 IP with an ERA of 4.58.  I guess Santiago is begining his second half fade early.

Russell Martin:  2/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .181.  It seems like the home runs were Martin's first two hits of the season. 

Michael Saunders:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .312.  How good has Saunders been?  Told you all to pick him up when he was moved to the leadoff spot a month ago and while he has not stuck there, Saunders continues to pound the baseball.  The average won't hold given the high amount of strikeouts he accumulates but the power is absolutely legit.

Xander Boagerts:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .349.  If Bogaerts could ever get near 20/20 with that average, he would be a worthy first round pick. 

Steven Wright:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.52.  The correction looked like it was underway a few starts ago but Wright has bounced back.  Knuckleballers play by their own rules however so your guess is as good as mine where this goes. 

Yasmani Tomas:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .286.  Yasiel Puig owners would take this kind of decent but not great production from their Cuban outfielder right about now. 

Yasmani Grandal:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .192.  Not sure if Grandal fell in love with hitting home runs but his inability to match his minor league average is beyond frustrating.  We would really have something here if he could have just hit .260. 

Scott Kazmir:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 12 K with an ERA of 4.84.  Kazmir flashed back to his Tampa Bay days but it came against the woeful Reds so some perspective is needed.  You still shouldn't own him. 

Khris Davis:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .232.  Once again the guy only hits home runs and does literally nothing else.

Adam Lind:  4/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .242.  I strongly told you all to stay patient here as Lind is a veteran in his prime who didn't all of a sudden forget how to hit.  The adjustment to the AL seems over and another bunch of home runs over the upcoming week is likely. 

Robinson Cano:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .295.  Yeah so I guess Cano is not done yet. 

Nelson Cruz:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .293.  Ho-hum. 

Evan Gattis:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .253.  When he gains catcher eligibility in your league, Gattis will automatically become a top 3-5 fantasy baseball catcher.  That is all it takes. 

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL LINEUP NEWS: CHRISTIAN YELICH STILL OUT WITH BALKY BACK

Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich is out of the lineup again on Wednesday with ongoing soreness in his back but still the team is not planning on placing him on the disabled list.  Yelich has now missed four games in a row with the back but he continues to be listed as day-to-day. 

Anlaysis:  Yelich's loss is big as he has been terrific this season acorss the board and finally living up to the massive hype he had when he first arrived.  By now it is clear Yelich came up a bit too early which is why he struggled initially but his batting title bat and very good power/speed ability make him a good fantasy baseball asset. 


FANTASY BASEBALL LINEUP NEWS: TROY TULOWITZKI (QUAD) OUT WED.

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is OUT of the lineup Wednesday as he battles sorenes in his quad. 

Analysis:  Injuries and Tulowitzki have been best buddies for almost a decade now so no shock he shows up in the health blotter again.  Devon Travis is back making his debut at second base tonight against the New York Yankees with Ryan Goins handling short. 


FANTASY BASEBALL LINEUP NEWS: MARK TEIXEIRA OUT WED. WITH NECK PAIN

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup Wednesday with renewed neck pain.  Teixeira has been mired in a brutal slump all season and has dealt with on again/off again pain in the neck.  An update is expected after the game versus Toronto.

Anlaysis:  Teixeira has been a disgrace this season across the board and his big comeback with extremely good power prior to yet another season-ending injury in 2015 is already becoming a distant memory.  There is no reason to hold onto Teixeira at this point as he is such a liability and his age doesn't help matters.

 

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: MAIKEL FRANCO SUFFERS SPRAINED ANKLE

Updating an earlier item, Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco suffered a right ankle sprain during Wednesday's game.  No word yet on how long Franco will be out but the team is expected to offer a more pronounced update Thursday. 

Analysis:  This sounds like a day-to-day deal so no reason to worry if you are Franco owner.  Franco has really done a nice job this season with some good power but the average has slipped a bit lately.  Either way Franco is supplying more positives then negatives and has a bright future. 


FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: MAIKEL FRANCO EXITS WITH FOOT INJURY

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was forced out of the team's game Wednesday with an apparent foot injury.  Franco hurt the foot while sliding into second base in the seventh inning and headed to the locker room right away. 

Analysis:  Uh-oh.  Of course there is no reason to panic here but a hitter as promising and productive as Franco would be a big loss.  Check back for an update. 


FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JACKIE BRADLEY JR. OUTFIELER BOSTON RED SOX

Well this is getting interesting.  Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games as he went 1-for-3.  While still a ways away from Joe DiMaggio's record, it is more than surprising that it is Bradley Jr. and not pretty much anyone else who is challenging it.  The reason we say this of course is due to the fact that previous to this season, the knock on Bradley Jr. was that he couldn't hit enough to make it as a major leaguer and that was an understandable premise when you look at his .189, .189, and .249 averages his first three years in the league.  Alas Bradley Jr. finished the 2015 strong with 9 home runs in August and September and a .267 second half average.  Thus Bradley Jr. was starting to develop before our eyes which brings us to his scorching .346 average engineered mostly out of the bottom of the Red Sox lineup.  The average is not the only talking point here as Bradley Jr. has 8 home runs and 33 RBI to go with 2 stolen bases and that has all of a sudden turned him into a high-impact five category outfielder which no one saw as being possible this season.  As always when one digs into the advanced statistics, we get some answers as to who Bradley Jr. got here.  He has drastically reduced his K rate from last season's ugly 27.1 mark to this season's 19.3.  In addition, Bradley has also gotten bit luck boost from his .400 BABIP which is in no way sustainable.  While the average will come back down to earth, Bradley Jr. is no doubt developing nicely and also growing into his power.  We won't go there when it comes to the hitting streak but it speaks to how nicely Bradley Jr. has turned out to be a swell fantasy baseball value in 2016.  We would not sell high here as Bradley Jr. has too many tools to part with. 

 

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .214.  Things have gotten downright embarrassing for Stanton over the last few weeks as he pretty much has been a guaranteed strikeout.  When he connects you know it is going out but right now this is the worst case scenario for Stanton in terms of being an average liability and now with questions regarding whether or not he is jumpy at the dish after all the serious beanings he has taken. 

Alex Colome:  scoreless eighth and ninth for his 12th save with an ERA of 1.29.   I tell you what I think the Rays needs to re-think this Brad Boxberger automatically going back into the ninth inning scenario.  Colome has been a top five closer this season after having no experience in the ninth inning and remember Boxberger is a high-wire act who walks a lot of guys and can be homer prone. 

Jake Odorizzi:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.21.  Says a lot about the underrated ability of Odorizzi in terms of him going through some struggles early on but who still stands with an excellent ERA. 

Adam Duvall:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .259.  Duvall's average is coming down as expected since he strikes out like he wants to be Adam Dunn instead but the power remains potent.  Works best as your outfielder 4/5 in those formats that go that deep but you can retain Duvall on your bench if you want a power boost on light schedule days. 

Coco Crisp:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .248.  That a boy Coco.  You keep chugging along.  Another one of my old favorites who is still showing up in the box score.  Obviously his days of being a prime steals and underrated power asset are through but he still offers enough in both to hold bench value. 

Robinson Cano:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .292.  Yeah it pretty much is like Cano has never left the Yankees.  I guess that gastro issue was more serious then we all first though as he has gone nuts ever since it was addressed midway through last season.  Not saying Cano is back to first round value as no one would ever do such a thing due to the Seattle Safeco Field discrimination but boy has he been impressive.

Leonys Martin:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .259.  Thought Martin would have 9 steals and not not 9 homers by now.  Another example of how a fresh start can jump start as fantasy baseball contribution as Martin was not accepte in Texas.  Funny though how Martin had to go to Seattle to unleash his power potential.  You can never figure this stuff out completely. 

Jarrett Parker:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Parker has some Joc Pederson in him in terms of an awful average that goes with imprsssive power and some speed.  Well forget the speed part when it comes to Pederson who lost his on the way from the minors to the majors. 

Jeff Samardzjia:  6.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.54.  Yeah all of you who blasted me during the spring on Twitter about my sleeper suggestion on Samardzjia can apologize on there as well.  Remember that for veterans spring stats mean nothing. 

Carlos Beltran:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .275.  Beltran in the DH slot has coincided with his big jump in numbers recently but keep in mind Alex Rodriguez is coming back to steal that spot.  Be that as it may, Beltran looks like he is going to be that rare player who holds fantasy baseball value from the start of his career to the its completion. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.95.  The WHIP is also solid at 1.15 here for Eovaldi who has won five in a row.  Development of his offspeed stuff since coming to the Yankees has been key since Eovaldi relied way too much on his heater prior which opposing batters waited on.  Been a bit hater of his and rightly so in the past and remain uninterested given the overall body of work however. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .283. The 25 home runs Cabrera hit a few years ago go down as a gigantic outlier but he continues to help a bit at the shallow shortstop spot.  The steals though seem to be a thing of the past whereas he helped there a bit as recently as 2015. 

Ben Revere:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .194.  Forget the home run as that could be the only one Revere hits this season but what is more important is that he is starting to hit.  Typical two weeks or so of struggles after missing all of April.  Pick him up if available as Revere is a very stable source of runs, steals, and yes average. 

Daniel Murphy:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .392.  Kevin Long's tutelage of Murphy sitting back more at the plate has unlocked the power and it is now into a second season which adds to the validity.  Murphy is as good as pure hitter as there is as he continues to show and the power helps make up for the lost mini-run of stolen bases. 

Anthony Rendon:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .254.  Rendon has been nothing short of a disaster going back through all of his injury-marred 2015 and one has to wonder if 2014 will go down as an outlier.  For one thing, the steals have not come back at all and the average is pathetic given that was his strength coming up the minor league ladders.  Forget third base, second is where Rendon holds onto some value but I am not liking what we have seen here one bit.  Looking like the second base version of Yasiel Puig in terms of a gross inflation of value by the fantasy baseball community as Rendon was a first round pick in many leagues prior to a year ago. 

Wilson Ramos:  1/4 with his fifth HR while hitting .336.  Been saying it for years but I was always a believe or apologist if you will for Ramos.  The guy just could not stay healthy to show what he could do with the bat but now we are seeing it.  He won't hit even .300 but 20 home runs seems a cinch which at catcher is like 30 anywhere else. 

Ryan Zimmerman:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .242.  Zimmerman has become very limited in his overall impact at this stage as his body has totally betrayed him.  The power is useful of course but only in a backup capacity in competitive leagues. 

Stephen Strasburg:  6.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.79.  I guess the Nats knew what they were doing when the shut Strasburg down at 159 innings a few years ago despite the team going to the playoffs.  Ironic this outing was against Matt Harvey.

Matt Harvey:  5 IP 8 H 5 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 6.08.  Stick a fork in Harvey for the time being.  We reported after his last start that Harvey would go on the DL but he talked his way back into the rotation.  Now you can guarantee Harvey is going to be on ice for at least 15 days after this slop.  A few things:  opposing batters at batting almost .600!!!! against Harvey after the fourth inning and his fastball went rom 96 in innings 1 to 92 by the end.  Simply put, Harvey's arm is looking tired and lacking juice which can almost completely be blamed on his 216 innings from a year ago. 

Nomar Mazara:  3/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .317.  Mazara even got caught stealing which shows you he is trying to be the man everywhere. 

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .307.  Come on dude.  Start running.  Yeah I am a spoiled Machado owner who always wants more. 

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.61. Can't argue with the numbers here as Tillman is dealing and he has had some big stretches the last few seasons outside of his complete dud of 2015.  Unfortunately Tillman has never been able to fully sustain it so a sell high is not the worst idea.

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .276.  Perez is killing it right now and cementing his status as a top 2-4 fantasy baseball catcher behind Buster Posey. 

Adam Eaton:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .295.  Yeah I am an Eaton owner and happy about it.  The steals haven't matched the minor league numbers but the power has grown to offset it and the average and runs are stellar.  No one talks about Eaton but he is every bit an outfielder 2. 

Josh Tomlin:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.35.  Tomlin has generally pitched well when healthy for the Cleveland Indians the last few seasons but his K rate is very mediocre and in the AL that is asking for trouble.  Just stream him.

Chris Sale:  6 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 3.1 IP with an ERA of 2.26.  Yeah even Sale is human.