Thursday, April 14, 2016


Jayson Werth:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .136.  When you are almost 40 and can't hit your weight, we got trouble. 

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.45.  Roark has shown in the past that he has some ability but the K rate lags here which makes him a guy you own more for non-innings capped leagues.

Jonathan Papelbon:  scoreless ninth for his fifth save with an ERA of 1.80.  Yeah he still has it. 

Maikel Franco:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .379.  I will call it now:  25 home runs, 85 RBI, .300 average.  Yes please. 

Jerad Eickhoff:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.50.  No fluke here as Eickhoff is a guy we did a feature on during the winter regarding his sleeper value.  Eickhoff has a big tool shed of pitches and a K rate that makes the grade as well.  Pick up anywhere he is available. 

Ian Kinsler:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .355.  Aging like a fine wine.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .214.  I did say the other day that all Salty can do for you is hit home runs. 

Shane Greene:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.57.  Greene strated off like ganbusters last April and then proceeded to turn into one of the worst starters in the game from that point on.  Would be very leery of going down this road again unless he takes this deep into May.  If someone else snags him before then, no big deal. 

Mark Teixeria:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .240.  Now that the average has settled into usual Teixeira territory, enjoy the excellent power. 

J.A. Happ:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.25.  Smoke and mirrors special.  Avoid COMPLETELY.

Jason Kipnis:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .273.  Kipnis is annoying to own as his numbers are always all over the place and never what you expect good or bad.  The steals have really fallen off the last two years and without that contribution, he is nothing more than a back-end fantasy baseball starting second baseman.

Carlos Carrasco:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.46.  While I was a bit hesitant to re-embrace Carrasco last season, he is now firmly in my circle of trust due to his electric arm.  Carrasco is Jose Fernandez in the American League and he should sprint past 200-K's and flirt with ace status.

Drew Smyly:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.61.  Yeah we did a sleeper post on Smyly as well over the winter as all the guy does is strike out a ton of batters when he is on the mound.  The problem is that Smyly is never on the mound because he is always hurt but his arm is classic power all the way.  Extreme value to be had here if he can carve out just 180 innings. 

Chris Davis:  1/5 with his fourth HR while hitting .233.  On and on it goes.


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