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Saturday, April 16, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Mark Trumbo:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) .400.  Wow.  Yeah Trumbo is sitting on my Experts League team and I am loving every moment of it thus far.  The funny thing is that I NEVER owned Trumbo before as he was always overrated at the draft and his average was a killer at times.  Still his draft value fell so dramatically that he became attractive to me as a UTIL/CI guy after arriving in Baltimore.  Goes to show you that every player is worth your attention if the price is right.  Count on 30 homers and 90 RBI. 

Jonathan Schoop:  3/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .314.  Schoop is doing a better Robinson Cano impression then Robinson Cano. 

Mitch Moreland:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .205.  Moreland came through last season after years of disappointments but it wouldn't be a shock if he went back into the crapper.  Consistency is not his game. 

Ryan Braun:  3/5 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .297.  One has to wonder if Braun is going to run much anymore given all his maladies and increasing age but the guy can still it.  With substances or without. 

Jimmy Nelson:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 4 BB 1 K with an ERA of 2.79.  Ragged outing for Nelson who fought his control which is an issue from time to time but the kid is on a decent upward plan in his development.  We are not talking SP 1 or even 2 but Nelson has a K rate north of 8.00 going back to his minor league days and can make hay as an excellent SP 3. 

Michael Taylor:  2/6 with his first HR while hitting .171.  Taylor has some big contact issues but also the speed and power to go 15/15 which carries some heft in NL-only formats especially.  With Ben Revere down for awhile, Taylor will continue getting a long look in the precious leadoff spot.

Bryce Harper:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .313.  You wonder why any pitcher gives Harper ANYTHING to hit. 

Ryan Howard:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .219.  Nothing changes from anything we have said about Howard this season or the last four years.  Can hit for power, always hurt, and could get cut. 

Joe Ross:  7.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.61.  I have liked Ross for awhile in an SP 3/4 sort of way as he has excellent control and a hit rate that passes the smell test.  In fact if you had to choose from the Ross brothers, Joe would be the pick.  Look past the K Rate advantage Tyson has and embrace the better ratios and win rate Joe will achieve. 

Kike Hernandez:  3/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .440.  Not only does he have an awesome name but Kike Hernandez had an awesome game.  Every hitter has their day in the sun at some point during the season and the part-timer Hernandez' came early. 

Masdison Bumgarner:  5 IP 8 H 4 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.50.  The strikeouts were good but Bumgarner is still scuffling.  The WHIP is hideous at 1.80 as Bumgarner seems like he is still fighting his stuff.  Last April was rough as well so maybe he is a slow starter like Cole Hamels or Jon Lester. 

Clayton Kershaw:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.64.  Kershaw is a good pitcher.  Yup. 

Zack Greinke:  7.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 6.75.  Listen if you are a Greinke owner, do yourself a favor and completely erase your memory when it comes to his 2015 numbers.  As awesome as they were, they are never happening again and now that Greinke is an offensive park, the ERA could straddle 3.00. 

Wellington Castillo:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .226.  Castillo is your classic catcher you plug in and forget.  Yes it took awhile for the first home run but he should be around 20 by the end of the season which is all you can ask for at catcher. 

Albert Pujols:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .216.  Couple things on Pujols.  First is that he won't hit 40 home runs again.  The second is that we have to wonder how much further down his average falls as he is right now in Ryan Howard territory which is not where you want to be.

Kole Calhoun:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .412.  Calhoun has hit very well to begin the season but not for power until last night.  He shortened his swing during spring training which is no doubt helping the average but is it hurting the home run rate like Mike Moustakas in 2015? 

Trevor Story:  0/5 with 2 more strikeouts while hitting .295.  The book is out.  Hope you sold high.  The K rate is insane which means onward we go to .260. 

Chad Bettis:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.95.  Now do you really want to own a guy who has a middling K rate and plays half his games at Coors Field?  Don't you know what happens there by now? 

Joey Votto:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .243.  Votto has been scuffling early on but maybe he just needs to walk more to both piss his owners off and at the same time get on track. 

Matt Holliday:  2/2 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .235.  What you get out of Holliday at this late stage of his career is considered a bonus.  Nothing more and nothing less as he fights Father Time. 

Randal Grichuk:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .241.  As a rookie in 2015, Grichuk struck out at a 30 percent clip which is terrible and will destroy his average without improvement.  He has not been so hot there again this season and so he can be classified as a pure home run/low average specialist.  I like Stephen Piscotty better. 

Matt Adams:  1/1 with his first HR while hitting .200.  Adams is still in the majors?  You wouldn't know it considering how putrid he has been going back to 2014.

Carlos Martinez:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.46.  Every start Martinez comes out of without grabbing his shoulder is a win-win.

Eric Hosmer:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .325.  Listen just accept the fact Hosmer will struggle to hit 20 home runs which will allow you to better appreciate the still very impressive array of fantasy baseball skills he brings to the table. 

Stephen Vogt:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .273.  We have to see if Vogt learned anything from a year ago in terms of getting himself better prepared to withstand the rigors of an MLB season.  By last July he was screaming for oxygen which sent his numbers southward. 

Edinson Volquez:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 4 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.04.  Volquez is like Francisco Liriano-lite in terms of saving his career from the abyss due to truly horrific control.  While Volquez doesn from time to time have issues there still, the fact of the matter is that he has turned himself into a very solid SP 3 the last two-plus seasons. 

Rich Hill:  4.1 IP 9 H 3 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.15.  Hill is still missing bats but he has not fooled anyone his last two starts.  Still a possibility of him being back in the minors before you know it. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .310.  Encarnacion is killing it and it is not even May when he typically goes into major launch mode. 

Brett Gardner:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .231.  Gardner is a first half hero/second half zero so I expect his hitting to really pick up over the next few weeks.  His all-out style though leads to trouble once the summer months arrive.

Luis Severino:  5.2 IP 8 H 4 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 5.91.  Severino has not fired yet as he has not looked very good during his first two starts.  The kid is very young and full of talent so it could be some early nerves but the Yankees won't allow him to fall on his face which needs to be watched.

Michael Conforto:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .280.  Conforto is now hitting in the number 3 spot which is fantasy baseball gold and the kid has all the ability to be a 25-home run guy.  This is one stock that is really hot.

Yoenis Cespedes:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .286.  That is two home runs in the last three games for Cespedes as the Cuban masher is now on track.  Look for another bomb Saturday or Sunday as they come in bunches.

Neil Walker:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .250.  Walker can deliver some of the quietest 20 home runs in all of baseball.

Carlos Santana:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .207.  No one really cares anymore. 

Bartolo Colon:  5.1 IP 8 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.13.  Remember if you do own Colon, be sure not to test him much on the road. 

 

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