Monday, June 17, 2013


Corey Kluber:  8 IP 7 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.58.  Kluber is a very interesting name for me this morning as he has settled into a string of big time outings for Cleveland, highlighted by this gem.  Kluber has averaged a K/IP during his minor league days and he is right at that number this season as well (65 K's in 65 IP).  That is fantasy baseball money when it comes to starting pitching and since Kluber doesn't beat himself with walks, this could be a nice story for awhile.  You always are a bit hesitant about adding American League starters but Kluber is doing his best to allay some of those worries.

Marlon Byrd:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .253.  This one falls under the "unless you are absolutely desperate and need to stoop to picking up New York Mets hitters who are not named David Wright."

Ricky Nolasco:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.61.  Nolasco is a given to get traded so it will be interesting to see where he lands.  At least he is finally pitching well after grossly disappointing us for like five years running. 

Carlos Gomez:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .317.  Sorry critics he is not going anywhere.  YUPPPPPP!!!!!!!  That's my guy.

Jay Bruce:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .283.  Told you all to trade for Bruce back in April when he was stuck on 1 home run.  11 bombs later I would say that was one of the easier calls to make. 

Will Middlebrooks:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .199.  Not that anyone is paying attention anymore and rightfully so.  Young hitters who are considered sleepers and who fall on their faces are not given much wiggle room by fantasy baseball owners which is understood.  While I always suggest giving it more time than usual, even I don't want to wait around for Middlebrooks to hit even .240.

Chris Davis:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .335.  I bet you in some leagues out there the Chris Davis owner back in April offered for sale in thinking he would sell high.  No one bit on the offer however as we all thought Davis would be back to hitting .260 in no time.  I think we could all give a collective "damn" on that one.

Jon Lester:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.37.  Would be tough to argue who has been worse the last month between Lester and Matt Moore.  I guess that whole Lester returning to ace-form mumbo-jumbo was a bit premature there.

Pedro Alvarez:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .213.  Will Middlebrooks meet your hitting and position brother by another mother.

Zack Greinke:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.22.  I still have no answers here.  Yes Grienke is dealing with some poor BABIP luck but he always does and is pitching in a great park.  The elbow always crops up in my head when I see outings like this.  Right now Greinke is as radioactive as Lester and Moore.  Shocking.

Austin Jackson:  2/5 with his third HR and sixth SB while hitting .276.  Jackson is a guy who has grown on me over the years which shows you even players I used to loathe can eventually get into my good graces.  Could be a monster second half for Jackson is he stays healthy.

Adam Lind:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .350.  Don't make me hack into your teams and pick him up for you.  Lind is as hot as Brooklyn Decker lounging on the beach.  Power can be extremely good as we have seen in the past and even though the average is in major fluke territory, that is no reason to ignore what Lind is doing.

Colby Rasmus:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .251.  This is getting insane.  I picked up Rasmus last week as you all know to fill in some injury holes and he has swatted four home runs in that time.  I am good but not that good.

J.P. Arencibia:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .216.  In order to entertain myself, I am betting with myself to see who will hit for a higher average between Alvarez, Middlbrooks, and Arencibia.  That is the only way I will ever pay attention to these schlubs.

C.C. Sabbathia:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.93.  Listen I am not going to keep rehashing the velocity issues with Sabbathia.  Flat out it is still not the same and likely won't ever be again.  Value him as a SP 2 for now and you are good.

Jered Weaver:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.41.  Ugh this guy sucks.  But you knew that already by listening to me.

Brandon Moss:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .235.  Wanted to include Moss in the batting average race between J.P., Alvarez, and Middlebrooks but at .235 the A's slugger is out of their leagues.

Josh Donaldson:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .307.  I don't know what it is but I really like this kid.  And the best part is that since he plays in Oakland he will always be available for you to pick up when you need him.

Bartolo Colon:  2 ER in 7 IP with an ERA of 2.89.  Now has 9 wins.  Colon has found pretty much every steroid known to man so he will likely be pitching like this until he is 70.

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .316.  The man is a god.  Seriously.  It is magic when you see a guy who fixes his road/home splits and stays healthy (for now) and let's his talent do the talking.   Best player in the game this season.  Hands down.

Wilin Rosario:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .257.  Slowing down a bit but the power will hang around.  Was never going to hit .300 with those K's.

Cole Hamels:  3 ER in 7 IP while dropping to 2-10.  The Phillies have written the book on how to have some of the best pitching aces in the game post records more befitting of scrub starters. 

Julio Teheran:  6 IP 7 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.36.  Not good for Kris Medlen as it looks more and more likely that he will go to the bullpen when Brandon Beachy is ready. 

Ian Kennedy:  1 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.21.  He didn't even get in trouble this time around as he appeals his suspension for inciting last week's chaos.

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