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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Albert Pujols:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .171.  Pujols is starting to get into his power groove which is a good place to be fantasy baseball-wise but he is more Justin Smoak with the average liability and pure power now then anything. 

Mike Trout:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .300.  Obviously I would love to own Trout in any league but the almost complete elimination of steals already is a bummer. 

Garrett Richards:  6.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 5 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.35.  Part of what made Richards have that big 2014 season when he almost turned into an ace starting pitcher overnight was him finally fixing his career-long control issues.  They weren't fixed. 

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .250.  Typical Stanton power surge in its present form and no HBP's to discuss yet. 

Yasiel Puig:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .292.  More glimpses of big ability from Puig but when that becomes the main narrative of your still-young career, we have problems. 

Kyle Seager:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .141.  Wished Seager would have waited a day to do this due to the fact I fired out a "Crisis Point" last night.  Stay tuned.  You will like it. 

Leonys Martin:  1/2 with his fourth HR while hitting .210.  Figures that Martin can't hack at near the top of the lineup and use his legs so now he has to go all-out to send some baseballs over the fence to have relevancy.  Not much might I add. 

Tajuan Walker:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.44.  There it is.  The official unveiling post-hype and potentially top-notch power ability of Tajuan Walker.  The wait will be worth it by the looks of it. 

Buster Posey:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .279.  Boring and great.  Yawn. 

Hunter Pence:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .263.  The steals likely are dried up for good but Pence's power still holding steady. 

Madison Bumgarner:  6.2 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.64.  Yeah all that early control talk is now a moot point.  Bumgarner too can be thrown into that slow start in April deal although his usually only goes the first two weeks and not the entire month.

Drew Pomeranz:  4.1 IP 7 H 3 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.86.  The WHIP is high at 1.36 which indicates some trouble could be on the way but if you just start Pomeranz at home, you could get SP 3 numbers.

Matt Carpenter:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .239.  Gone are the days of a .315 average or even .300. 

Jean Segura:  4/6 with his fourth HR while hitting .352.  This is crazy and you wonder where all this was the last two-plus seasons in Milwaukee after Segura had that incredible breakout.  Clearly the ability was still there under the surface which we are seeing now with a clear head in Arizona. 

Zack Greinke:  7 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 6.16.  Speaking of Crisis Point, this one needs to be addressed.  Honestly though Greinke picked a bad destination for his stuff which I will quickly explain.  For one thing, Greinke's velocity has been on a steady decline the last three years which of course lessens his margin for error and could lead to home runs.  Speaking of home runs, Greinke has always had that tendency even going back to his K.C. beginnings but Los Angeles and their spacious ballpark kept them at bay.  Now in Chase Field, there is no longer any home run buffer as he is giving them up by the boatload which included two last night.  Not good.  Not good at all. 

Gerardo Parra:  2/5 with his fifth SB while hitting .288.  If Parra was somehow dropped by an impatient owner in your league, it looks like he is now cemented at the top of the lineup after some initial bouncing around.  A career-best in steals looks like a lock. 

Trevor Story:  0/2 while hitting .247.  And right about now you may see a "T. Story" appear on your waiver wire. 

Jacoby Ellsbury:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .268.  Hey I screwed myself the second I drafted Ellsbury despite my strong anti-posts on him all winter.  Only reason I did so is that he dropped to the 11th round of the Experts League draft where everyone was against him and rightfully so and he actually represented some value there.  Looking back now I think he didn't fall far enough.

Starlin Castro:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .290.  Castro has been all over the lineup but the one common theme is that he hits the most when he is below the cleanup line. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.38.  There is no doubt that Eovaldi ramped up the K Rate when he picked up a slider midway through last season but generally he has been good this season.  It is possible he could graduate into a more prominent fantasy baseball role but his underachiever status holds strong until we see more evidence. 

Yan Gomes:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .245.  The average is inching up and the power is there in the bat of Gomes.  Watch this closely and get ready to add him.

Kevin Jepsen:  got the win with a scoreless ninth with an ERA of 4.15.  With Glen Perkins not even throwing yet, the closer gig is Jepsen's for awhile.  Like I said when this first went down. 

Michael Saunders:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .345.  Bummer that Saunders was not in the leadoff spot but he remains worth adding where available for all the reasons I have spoken about. 

Miguel Cabrera:  4/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .254.  The home runs are coming less frequently and the average is down quite a bit which adds to the legitimacy of Cabrera being on the decline.  Don't fully count him out however. 

Victor Martinez:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .281.  Listen when it comes to Martinez, just go with whatever he is doing in the moment and while he is health.  Guy has bucked every prediction the last four years or so. 

Michael Conforto:  3/3 with his third HR while hitting .333.  Threes all around for Conforto and guess what?  He bats third!!!! And is awesome at it! 

Neil Walker:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .301.  There was once a guy named Daniel Murphy who manned second base a year ago.  Hit a bunch of home runs in the postseason.  No seriously.  Walker is on some silly run right now with no end in sight which means you don't ask questions and kick back and enjoy. 

Lucas Duda:  2/4 with 4th HR while hitting .265.  Boy does this guy do extremes with the power swings.  Meanwhile there may not be a stronger pure power hitter in the game then Duda who will drive you crazy with his fluctuations but who will have his 25-30 home runs by the end of the season like usual. 

Raisel Iglesias:  5 IP 8 H 3 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.49.  Iglesias' WHIP is 1.45 as he has pitched a bit ragged but he has more K's then innings pitched which speaks to the power of his arm. 

Noah Syndegaard:  6.2 IP 7 H 3 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.69.  Now has an insane 38 K's in 26.2 innings.  Giving up 7 hits is about as good as your are going to get against Thor as he heads through what is shaping up to be a Cy Young-worthy season.

Chris Archer:  6.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 5.47.  Told you all to buy low on Archer and now look.  That window has slammed shut. 

 

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