Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Ian Desmond:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .270.  I bought in more to Desmond's power last season than his average and that has borne itself out so far in 2013.  Without the luck he got on his BABIP last season, Desmond's average will never naturally be more than .280.

Jordan Zimmerman:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.16.  This was a tailor-made rebound game for Zimmerman who came off his first rough outing of the season.  The Cy Young campaign is back on track.

Mark Texeira:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .267.  Two bombs in two days are a nice sign for Texeira who has been off the beaten path for awhile with injuries.  The power was the least of my concerns with the guy however as it is more his health and his swinging for the fences which drags down the average.

Domonic Brown:  0/5 while hitting .284.  See I told you he would slump!

John Mayberry Jr.:  2/3 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .269.  Nothing to discuss here as Mayberry did his damage after pinch hitting.  Blah.

Prince Fielder:  3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .283.  After watching Miggy go off for like 51926 home runs in 4 days, Fielder felt it was his turn to step into the Home Run Derby batting cage.

Matt Moore:  2 IP 7 H 6 ER 6 BB 1 K with an ERA of 2.95.  Visions of early last season here for Moore who still has flare ups from time to time with his control.  One of those days.

Anibal Sanchez:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.65.  Sanchez now has a ridiculous 98 K's in only 78 innings.  One can only imagine how much more ridiculous his K rate would be back in the NL. 

B.J. Upton:  1/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .154.  Of course Upton only had one hit to get the home run.  Damn this guy just plain sucks.

Pedro Alvarez:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .202.  The Pirates have accepted Alvarez for what he is given that they have opened contract talks with him so we have to accept him for what he is as well which is a slightly better Adam Dunn at third base.

Nelson Cruz:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .268.  The Biognesis probe is nearing its conclusion which means this could be the last home run or so from Cruz before he is suspended. 

Mitch Moreland:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .282.  Good stuff.  Liking what Moreland has been doing all season as he finally is being given the chance to play everyday instead of being yanked in and out if  the lineup like he was for years.  Amazing what a clear mind can do.

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .167.  Took longer than we thought for Bradley to hit the power board but here we go.  He has vast fantasy baseball upside but has to go through the whole adjustment phase. 

Stephen Drew:  4/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .232.  We stopped chasing Drew's potential awhile go and rightfully so.  Hitting in Boston will obviously put Drew in position to spike his power numbers but that's about all the positives we can say.

Troy Tulowitzki:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .332.  If somehow, someway Tulowitzki can avoid the DL, he could get himself right there behind Mike Trout as the top pick of the 2014 draft.

Yoenis Cespedes:  3/5 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .239.  Cespedes has sick power and someday soon he could threaten the 40 home run mark so great is his upside.  Just work on those k's bro.

Ryan Doumit:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .235.  Catcher eligible.  Catcher eligible.  Catcher eligible.

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.97.  While we always hate the AL East, Tillman has some sneaky K's and value to use as your fifth starter. 

Yasiel Puig:  3/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .625.  I am in love!  I better not see Andre Ethier's ugly mug in the outfield ever again if it keeps the new Cuban masher out.  One of the homers Puig smacked went 444 feet and the fact he is hitting leadoff will maximize his plate appearances while increasing his steals chances.  Wow my heart is fluttering.

Allen Craig:  1/7 with his 4th HR while hitting .312.  Strange season from Craig who once again is hitting for a nice average but whose power has been light all season.  I still fully believe it will come around soon enough but I also have said that on more than a few occasions. 

Tyler Skaggs:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 3.86.  A complete about face from his first start but the Cardinals are always a rough matchup.  Not that his counterpart did any better.

Michael Wacha:  6 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  Mamma always said there would be days like this.  Wacha was absolutely blasted here which takes a lot of the shine off his debut.  With first year starters you always have to be leery of road outings.

Albert Pujols:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .244.  Pujols' OPS is down for the fourth year in a row as the really 38-but-I-say-I-am-34-year-old continues his fade which no doubt has been helped by his chronic maladies.  While his status as a first rounder this season was finished, his status as even a second or third round next year could be kaput as well.

Raul Ibanez:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .243.  Raul Ibanez has 11 home runs.  That deserves a WTF?

Jake Peavy:  6 ER in 2.1 IP with an ERA of 4.30.  It was all going so well.  Peavy than goes out and gets blasted two starts in a row and than gets hurt.  Remember in the winter I spoke about how I was cutting and running after benefitting from PEavy's comeback 2012 campaign as I didn't think he could hold up two seasons in a row.  I took awhile but YUP.

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .264.  Just a bit more upswing on his average and Encarnacion is right there as far as his 2012 rates were concerned.  Just saying.

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