Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Mike Trout:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .303.  On a per game basis this is more or less where Trout should remain after he blew the top across the board in every stag category last season.  There was no way ANY player could stay at that rate of production so don't think Trout took a step back by any means if you are an owner.  You are still the envy of everyone else in your league.

Starling Marte:  1/4 with his 6th HR and 18th SB while hitting .279.  Looking a bit deeper at Marte, his total lack of plate discipline has caught up with him in the average department but everything else remains top notch.  While he will struggle to hit 15 home run, Marte can possibly threaten 50 steals out of the leadoff spot which plays incredibly well with whatever he does in the power department this season.

Pedro Alvarez:  3/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .216.  Just to show you how no one wants to deal with that average, Alvarez sits available in both Experts Leagues.  Just when you get the feeling to finally add him to your roster, a quick gaze at that awful average and K rate keeps you from doing so.

Gerrit Cole:  6.1 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.84.  My pregame scouting report on Cole was right on here as he didn't get many K's, he had impeccable control, and kept the damage to a minimum.  He should be able to stick in the rotation so this is not a short-term story  but Cole is also likely going to be more prone to the blowup due to the lack of top notch K stuff.

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .229.  Got some e-mails asking if a BUY LOW is in order here but unless the other guy wants to give him to you for a Subway coupon, than I would say no.  The sketchy average and lack of support in the Miami lineup are two large red flags.

Allen Craig:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .313.  This is one guy I told you all to BUY LOW on two weeks ago.  The average has been terrific all season and now the pop is making its appearance.  Yup.

Michael Wacha:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.58.  Yawn.  So far Wacha is not blowing me away as he certainly is not blowing opposing hitters away.  Remains a guy you start at home strictly as young pitchers who lack K stuff tend to come undone on the road.

Desmond Jennings:  3/5 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .254.  This was Jennings telling manager Joe Maddon to leave him alone in the leadoff spot.

Evan Longoria:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .304.  Two home runs in two days means the historically hot/cold Longoria is prepared to knock some stars down from space.

Matt Joyce:  2/3 with his 12th HR and 6th SB while hitting .258.  This guy never fails with his big time first halves.  If only he could convince himself July, August, and September were April, May, and June we would have a potential star on our hands.

Jon Lester:  7 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 4.12.  It is all going wrong now for Lester who has not been good since mid-May.  7 walks are a big time red flag and are telling you that Lester has lost feel for his arsenal.  Stash him on the bench his next turn.

Joey Votto:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .328.  Funny how we used to debate Votto and Albert Pujols.

Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .246.  So far I am not impressed with Frazier's follow up to his nice 2012 campaign.  The power should be much better in that ballpark to say the least and Frazier is not adjusting to the diet of offspeed stuff which has headed his way consistently.

Matt Garza:  9 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 6.26.  Glad I didn't follow my own advice in picking this guy up.  Sorry.

Tony Cingrani:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.15.  If Cingrani ever throws another pitch in the minors, Dusty Baker should be fired on the spot.

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.19.  Scherzer's WHIP?  How about 0.87.  Let's start talking about a Cy Young.

Jose Bautista:  1/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .266.  Good to see Bautista and Adam Dunn are continuing with their one-on-one home runs derby.  Whatever works.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .266.  Encarnacion's average has stalled in the .260 range which is not awful but the power is at monster area codes again.

Adam Dunn:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .182.  See Bautista, Jose above.

Carlos Gonzalez:  1/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .300.  We dodged our first CarGo injury scare this season.  There will likely be one or two more to go so keep praying daily.

Coco Crisp:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .299.  You wonder if General Mills ever thought about doing a regional cereal with this guy on the cover.

C.C. Sabbathia:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.07.  Velocity problems again in this one.  Hence the beating. 

Bartolo Colon:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of  2.93.  Colon could make the All Star Game this season.  RIDICULOUS in capital lettering.

Chase Headley:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .226.  Haven't talked about the guy much as his average has sunk miserably.  Not good.  His 2012 season is starting to get a bit fuzzy.

Aaron Harang:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 5.60.  Amazing how Harang's ERA went down to only 5.60  after this one.  Props though as he was sick.  Leave him on the wire.

Jason Kubel:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .262.  Boring veteran.  Nothing more or less.  Use if you must for a power boost.

Kenley Jansen:  scoreless ninth for his third save with an ERA of 2.45.  All is right in the world of the closer now that Jansen is in the ninth inning.


  1. Who do you like better the rest of the season Mreland, Blanks or Colvin?