Friday, May 22, 2015


Lucas Duda:  2/3 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .302.  The power has been slow to come around up until this one but Duda should be applauded for his tremendous advances against lefties as he is hitting just under .400 against them.  That is staggering considering he hit only .180 last year against southpaws.  The power will grow even more immense over the summer so now is a good time to start dusting Duda off and keep him locked into your lineup.

Jacob DeGrom:  8 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.75.  Already did a small blurb on DeGrom yesterday, so awesome was he in this start.  His last two outings have been tremendous as DeGrom looks fully back on track to his 2014 Rookie of the Year ways.  What an arm.

A.J. Pollock:  2/5 while hitting .301.  Don't look now but A.J. Pollock is having a breakout season like I said he would prior to April.  Stole three bases the other night, is hitting .300, and there is developing pop.  Buy him now before the name grows.

Mat Latos:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 6.12.  Could be the worst starting pitcher in baseball right now.  That bad.

Brad Ziegler:  scoreless ninth for his first save with an ERA of 0.93.  Was an off day for new closer but Ziegler should have been given first crack since he has been such a good pitcher the last few seasons.  The lack of K's maybe played a role but either way I would still hold Ziegler to see how it ultimately plays out.

David Price:  6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.32.  There we go.  This is the Price we have grown to love over the years as he was virtually unhittable in this one.  Hopefully Price can find the sub-.3.00 excellence he had in his early Tampa Bay days but either way this was a monster outing that was a huge boost to his owners in daily leagues.

Joakim Soria:  first blown save with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 1.42.  He will be fine.  Just a bad game.  A bad pitch really.

Madison Bumgarner:  6.1 IP 7 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.84.  Bumgarner defeated Clayton Kershaw in this one.  Like the 2014 postseason all over again.

Clayton Kershaw:  7.1 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.32.  We are sitting here on May 22nd and Kershaw has an ERA north of 4.00 and not even just even 3.00.  Why do I not think this guy is completely healthy? 

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .289.  Bryant is already up to a mind-boggling 27 RBI and is every bit the insane slugger we anticipated he would be.  I also am starting to think that he will nestle in right behind Mike Trout in drafts next season.  Write it down.

Addison Russell:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .253.  Only a matter of time before Russell gets the bump up to the number 5 spot which will further fuel what is also shaping up to be a big time youthful bat for the Cubbies.  The envy of every other organization in baseball in terms of both the present and future.

Kyle Hendricks:  9 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.14.  Here is what is crazy so far this season for the Cubs:  Out of Hendricks, Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Jason Hammel, you can argue that Lester has been the worst pitcher out of all of them.

Danny Salazar:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.50.  So imagine if it was this year and not last when I told you all in print that Danny Salazar would have a Matt Harvey 2013 ace breakout and Shelby Miller would be the darkhorse CY Young winner.  I have to get some credit for my clairvoyance right?

David Freese:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .233.  Freese continues to reinvent himself from a truly yawn-inspiring 15-HR/.300 guy to a slugger.  Alas he couldn't completely go the Matt Carpenter route where he keeps the average.

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .231.  Last season Encarnacion started to slip a bit in the average department and he has gone even lower now almost two full months into the season.  Could be the start of a not-so-good trend that bears watching as this would push him out of the first round for next season.

Matt Shoemaker:  7 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 6.29.  Hopefully this is the last time I have to talk about this guy.  I was never on board the Matt Shoemaker Sleeper Train for this season as the gopher ball is ridiculous.  He will have his moments where he punches out 10 and looks dominant but he should be cut loose in all formats.

Wandy Rodriguez:  6.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Crazy that it took going to Texas of all places for Rodriguez' shoulder to finally feel good and he started pitcher like his old SP 3 self.  Ride it out but don't for a second complain when it all goes to hell.

Brad Boxberger:  scoreless ninth with two more K's for his 12th save with an ERA of 1.13.  Boxberger is already a top ten closer and could go higher.  Jake McGee we hardly got to know you.

Ryan Howard:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .257.  Now on pace for 30 bombs.  As much as I hate on Howard, I pull back when he pushed he average above .250 which is very rare and which is where he is at currently.  He is also on one of those crazy pure slugger streaks of power so this is absolutely something to take advantage of while he is locked in like this.

Julio Teheran:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.91.  Teheran has been a bit of a puzzle for me as his stuff is still good and the velocity is just a hair down thus far.  The ERA has steadily been dropping and he was at his best here so it looks like he is figuring things out.  The buy low window is likely finished by the looks of it.


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