Saturday, April 9, 2016


Miguel Cabrera:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .285.  Cabrera is still the best pure hitter in baseball and it is not even close for second.  However we are semi-interested in seeing how much power Cabrera hits for as he noticeably slipped in 2015.  That could be blamed on injuries but also on age. 

Jordan Zimmerman:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 0.00.  It was an easy call to say steer clear of Zimmerman this season as he was moving from the NL to the AL and with a dip in velocity and that still holds true from this corner despite this outing.  Keep in mind the Yankees sat down Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, and Alex Rodriguez so there was no one in the lineup.

Rougned Odor:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .111.  Odor is batting seventh now which is a bit of a bummer but the Rangers are allowing him to play with less pressure which should help down the road.  He got off to a horrid start last season that put him back in the minors so maybe a slow April is part of the cards.  If it continues this time, run and buy low as Odor is incredibly talented. 

Matt Shoemaker:  6 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 18.00.  Yeah he still is garbage and gave up yet another home run.  Avoid completely like we said all of last season as well when someone actually had the gall to say he was a sleeper. 

Josh Reddick:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .250.  I am a big fan of Reddick who has proven to be a stable source of cheap power while also having the ability to swipe a few bags. 

Chris Coghlan:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .400.  Oakland has a few decent and very cheap pieces to play with and Coghlan is included in that group with his multi-position eligibility and 15/15 skills. 

Steve Cishek:  1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 4.50.  Here we go again.  Joaquin Benoit get ready. 

Brandon Crawford:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .333.  I like Crawford and respect what he brings with his above-average power at shortstop but I would try and sell high here given you ideally want steals from your middle infielders. 

Ross Stripling:  7.1 IP 0 H 1 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.23.  Lots of Google searches on Stripling this morning but really look past the gaudy outing and know he lacks K's and is just an NL-only guy. 

Jean Segura:  3/4 with his second SB while hitting .500.  Almost like we are watching the first half of 2013 all over again. 

Jason Hammel:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Jake Arrieta deserves most of the pop in terms of being a former retread who took off with the Chicago Cubs but Hammel has done a very nice job himself the last two-plus seasons there.  Decent K rate, top-notch control, and a vast array of pitches work well in your SP 4 spot.  Keep in mind though that Hammel is another guy who tires as the season goes on and is a sell in July. 

Tyler White:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .692.  Who does this guy think he is, Trevor Story?  White is a former first round pick who hit .300 in them minors and has a decent home run rate.  Not great but decent.  Still White has clearly shown he can hit major league pitching and for now he looks pretty good in your UTIL of CI spot. 

Ryan Braun:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Two days until Ryan Braun comes down with a toe injury that will have him day-to-day for two weeks. 

Chris Carter:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .308.  Take a picture of that average as it will be .208 in a few weeks.  Listen we can't stand Carter in these parts but when he gets on a run like this with the power, feel free to ride it out. 

Byung Ho Park:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .222.  Park is already striking out a TON and that was the scouting report on the slugger.  Yes 20-plus home runs are possible but he could simply be another Chris Carter which is not so ideal. 

Yordano Ventura:  5 IP 2 H 2 ER 6 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.60.  On and on the wait goes for Ventura to find even some remote consistency.  Magical and powerful arm but the results just don't consistently show enough. 

Stephen Piscotty:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .200.  I thought Piscotty should have gotten more attention then he did this past drafting season.  After all he is St. Louis Cardinals draft property which is like having a Sutter boy who plays hockey. 

Aledmys Diaz:  1/1 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Get Ruben Tejada out of there and let's see what the kid can do. 

Evan Longoria:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .286.  It is amazing to me how so many people are downright bored with Longoria after these same folks were fighting over one another to make him a mid-first round pick a few years earlier.  Guy can still hit for power but granted the flash is gone in terms of no more stolen bases and an increasing K rate. 

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .294.  No matter where you put Machado in the order, the kid rakes.  Could do a better impersonation of Miguel Cabrera with more speed than Cabrera himself. 

Chris Davis:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .231.  Freeze the average as this is pretty much what you are going to get out of Davis.  Just add about 38 more homers.  At least. 

Jonathan Schoop:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .308.  Schoop has done more than enough the last season-plus to warrant consistent playing time but like with Brandon Crawford at shortstop, you get no speed from this middle infield spot with the guy. 

Chris Archer:  6 ER in 5 IP with 5 K with an ERA of 7.20.  Buy low, buy low, buy low.  There is a faction of fantasy baseball players who don't totally buy into what Archer did in 2015 and that means you could have a window to steal him away. 

Brock Holt:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .500.  Grand salami for Holt who is shocking with the power. Given the career trends, Holt might hit only two more homers the rest of the way.  Holt has been an empty batting average with good counting stats throughout his career and ultimately his crazy eligibility is his main selling point.  Don't overanalyze anything you have seen thus far. 

Josh Donaldson:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .238.  All's well here as Donaldson's body is back in working order which means baseballs are going to get brutally assaulted. 

Marcus Stroman:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  The 1.20 WHIP is more indicative of what Stroman has done this season and remember he is still incredibly young which will make him prone to the odd clunker.  No worries from this peanut stand as Stroman has some of the most polished stuff of any young pitcher in the game. 

Starling Marte:  3/4 with his first HR and first SB while hitting .333.  If someone told me Starling Marte would be the most valuable fantasy baseball outfielder on the Pirates, I wouldn't argue much. 

Brandon Phillips:  2/2 with his first HR and first SB while hitting .400.  Vintage power/speed game from Phillips who starting last season showed he is not jiving with the narrative he is finished. 

J.J. Hoover:  blown save with 1 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 6.75.  This closing experiment with Hoover is not going to last long.  Has a middling K rate that is not good for the ninth inning and total lack of experience.  Next! 

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.50.  DeGrom still is missing his top 2015 velocity and he left early with a sore lat which is a bit scary.  Still he struck out 6 which shows his stuff is still moving nicely. 


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