Saturday, April 23, 2016


Miguel Sano:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .263.  All is forgiven in terms of the ugly start to the season as Sano is getting hot now and striking out SLIGHTLY less.  No one will ever doubt the extreme power Sano brings to a roster but he needs to at least push the K Rate down to below 25 percent. 

Jayson Werth:  1/2 with his third HR while hitting .200.  Werth looks like he could be on his last legs on the surface but not so fast.  He has come back from the brink before and could easily do it again on a loaded lineup like this.  The steals however got last rites awhile back.

Kyle Gibson:  7 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 6.10.  Yeah he still sucks like I have been saying since he first debuted.
Gio Gonzalez:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.42.  Gio has been the best pitcher on the Nats staff so far this season and is off to one of his best starts ever.  As always with Gonzalez, as long as he is not beating himself with walks, the numbers can be very impressive in an SP 2 sense.

Maikel Franco:  3/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .274.  Franco was scuffling the last week or so until last night when he went all Nolan Arenado.  Still firmly sticking to my assessment of 25 home runs in Franco's bat this season and knocking on the door of the top tier guys.

Aaron Nola:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.50.  Nola's K/9 is now 10.38 which dwarfs the 7.88 mark he had as a rookie.  This tells you Nola has further refined his already potent stuff and in turn has elevated his outlook into the future as a possible ace guy whereas before I saw him at bets an SP 2.  Absolutely love the kid and would shed tears of joy if I could somehow steal him away in the Experts League. 

Jeff Samardzjia:  7.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Good to see Samardzjia leaving his massive spring training struggles behind and this is what I originally had envisioned when he first signed with San Francisco as a free agent.  I do not think we will ever see early Chicago Cubs numbers from Samardzjia (especially in the K rate) but it is no longer stressful to put him out there. 

Brian McCann:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .302.  How could you not love this guy?

Starlin Castro:  0/3 while hitting .259.  Boy did that narrative change real quick which goes along with the theme of Castro's career.  Ever since he got moved up to the number 2 spot from number 8, he has struggled.  Seems like Castro simply can't handle being counted on as a prime hitter in a lineup and instead does his best work in the shadows.  Disappointing. 

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .397.  Owning Manny Machado as I do in the Experts League gives me THAT GUY that the rest of your league fawns over and daydreams about having on their teams.  Yes it is wonderful.

Mike Moustakas:  3/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .290.  For a guy I was never really a fan of, I have to give a hand to Moustakas who really went to work on his swing and has seen big results.  Whereas he projected as a just a 20 home run guy with a horrible average, Moustakas is hitting above .275 for the second season in a row and in 2016 could be hinting at a slight power uptick.  Boy is third base ridiculously stacked. 

Chris Young:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 6.41.  I always found it funny how Young's 85-mph fastball induced a bunch of strikeouts earlier in his career due to the fact his 6-10 release made it seem like it was right at a hitter's nose when it came out. 

Chris Coghlan:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .196.  If someone dropped Coghlan in your league, take a stab at the guy as the hits are falling in and going out over the last week.  Coghlan has always been underrated due to his ability to hit for power and steal bases and in Oakland he will play more than he has since his fantasy baseball resurrection. 

Sonny Gray:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.73.  Gray has put a few too many guys on base as per his ace standards early this season but I blame that on rust since his spring was interrupted a bit.  Nothing to worry about. 

Ryan Madson:  scoreless ninth for his 7th save with an ERA of 1.86. Watch Madson now finish as a top five closer this season which would be par for the course with this always volatile closer group.

Colin McHugh:  7 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 7.56.  Remember when I told you McHugh was not that good in his surprising 2014?  Yup delayed version.

Carlos Santana:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .200.  Not sure why Santana moving into the leadoff spot gets as much pub as it does since he still can't hit a lick and only falls into some power. 

Marlon Byrd:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .250.  Byrd is one of those guys you never like to own but by the end of the season you look at his numbers, say to yourself "Hmm," and nod approvingly. 

Josh Tomlin:  6.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.54.  Tomlin is a decent arm who if he were in the NL you would be a bit more quicker to the waiver wire to go get him.  Alas decent in the AL is not realty worth checking out from a fantasy baseball angle. 

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 5.79.  Amazing that a dominant start like this only gets the ERA down to 5.79.  The planets will align once in awhile and allow Verlander to have a big start like this but please my goodness ignore the name brand.  The old Verlander is NEVER coming back.

Randal Grichuk:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .191.  Was never excited about Grichuk as a sleeper like so many of you were.  Noted how his 30 percent K Rate just won't work for me.  Now hitting .191.  Yup 2.0. 

Wil Myers:  3/3 with his third HR and second SB while hitting .303.  Aprils and Wil Myer's bat go very well together.  Now the challenge is for him to get out of bed without getting injured. 

Adam Wainwright:  6 IP 7 H 3 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 7.25.  This is now considered a good Wainwright start.  Ugly. 

Gregory Polanco:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .298.  Polanco has hit very well despite being stupidly buried in the Pittsburgh lineup which is neutering his overall value.  It is imperative Polanco move up even a little for his owners to get even 80 percent on the dollar of what they thought there would get out of the kid.

Wellington Castillo:  2/5 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .231.  There you go.  One of my favorite value play touts is going off the last week or so.  Your welcome.  Again ignore all batting averages from any catcher not named Buster Posey and embrace the rare power. 

David Peralta:  2/5 wit his first HR while hitting .275.  Do yourself a favor and try to steal away Peralta from his owner.  It has been a bit of a slow start but Peralta has bit power and could start going nuts now that the always tough first one is out of the way.  I am very high on the guy and have been from the start of last season. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .194.  Rizzo is going crazy with the power right now but it would be nice if he added some other hits outside of the homers. 

Javier Baez:  2/4 with his first HR and first SB while hitting .353.  And this is why we all continue to chase this kid. 

Jon Lester:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.98.  No standard April struggles this year as Lester looks like he is dead set on posting another massive ace season. 

Corey Seager:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .246.  Here we go.  Get ready for what looks like a very exciting ride. 

Adrian Gonzalez:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .364.  Yup AGONE is still there.  Still hitting ropes.  Still the best first base value in fantasy baseball.
Trevor Story:  1/4 with 2 more K's as he bats .273.  Told you, told you, told you.  Whereas you could have gotten a Grade 1 return on a Story trade after the first week, now we are looking at Grade C.

Nolan Arenado:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .286.  It will be fun debating between Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado prior to drafts the next few seasons. 

Jon Gray:  5 IP 7 H 5 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 9.00.  If only Gray could have come up with any other team. 

Nelson Cruz:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .270.  Cruz's home run rate a bit down at the start of the season.  That just means he will cram in 37 homers from now through the end of the season. 

Kole Calhoun:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .311.  Calhoun is hitting as well as ever when it comes to contact and average and the power is always there in a very underrated way. 

C.J. Cron:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .161.  Sorry dude I don't have time for you anymore.  You made me look bad long enough. 

Hisashi Iwakuma:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.81.  Still going.  And going.  And going.  Love this guy. 

Jose Quintana:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 0 K with an ERA of 1.82.  I am sorry if you didn't draft Quintana.  I mean I lost my voice yelling for you all to do so and bring aboard arguably the best annual pitching value in our fake game. 


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