Sunday, April 10, 2016


Jose Bautista:  2/3 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .316.  It was like Bautista said to himself "damn almost a week into the season and I have a bagel in the home run column.  Better do something about it."  Done. 

Adrian Beltre:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .304.  There is no doubt that Beltre can still hit but for how much overall power?  The days of 30 home runs are likely done for good but where he falls in the 20's will go a long way in determining where his fantasy baseball future lies.

Cole Hamels:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.08.  That's two very good starts to begin the season in Hamel's by far worst month.  And in the American League no less.  Sometimes nothing makes sense in this game. 

Shawn Tolleson:  scoreless ninth for his second save with an ERA of 22.50.  Crucial conversion for Tolleson who already seemed on the brink after tossing away two games in a row for the Rangers.  What is helping him though is that the setup crew in front of him has been pretty abysmal.  Right now we are not there yet in calling Tolleson the latest Derrick Turnbow but the jury is still out. 

Josh Reddick:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .263.  Not sure why Reddick is still available in that league.  And that one.  And that one......

Rich Hill:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.12.  Just a continuation of the excellent four start run Hill had at the end of last season in Boston.  The guy has always had a quirky lefthanded delivery that generates swings and misses so the K's are not a total shock but maybe not to this extent.  Still there will be major fatigue issues here as early as June as Hill has taken a long road back to the majors which included stints in bullpens and long stretches of not pitching.  Be wary of the early returns not being sustainable. 

Kyle Hendricks:  6.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.70.  If you are looking for a terrific SP 4/5 type you can plug in and never look back on, this is your man.

Zack Greinke:  6 IP 7 H 4 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 9.90.  Greinke missed a bunch of bats but he is still a big ragged with the overall results.  Other then obvious move to a more offensive park, I am not one to overreact to this and instead would attempt a buy low.

Matt Kemp:  3/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .429.  We have been tough on Kemp the last few years once he began his injury/loss of speed descent but we never had any qualms about his power which is obviously still in fine working order.  He can hold outfielder 2 value once again this season but boy those old days of 30/30 are missed. 

Wil Myers:  2/6 with his first HR while hitting .318.  And he is not even hurt yet!  Myers has the power but boy talk about a post-hype sleeper scenario.  Not a big fan due to the high K rate and ongoing injuries and you wonder Myers will even consider running anymore given how often he has been hurt.

Trevor Story:  1/5 while hitting .333.  NEWS FLASH:  TREVOR STORY DID NOT HIT A HOME RUN!  We might add that he struck out in 3 of his plate appearances as the average will continue to tumble due to issues on that front. 

Drew Pomeranz:  5 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.60.  Here is a kid who has always had a good arm but could never stay healthy long enough to show what he can do.  Perfect ballpark setup here in Petco and Pomeranz can dial up the fastball to the mid-90's which will yield a nice K rate.  Give him a whirl.

Carlos Martinez:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.00.  So far, so good here in terms of Martinez' shoulder. 

Julio Teheran:  4 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  It is starting to look like 2014 was the outlier campaign for Teheran.  My theory is that his very slight frame and rough delivery has sapped some juice from the arm as there is a clear line of demarcation from his big 2014 to his hideous 2015 and now ugly start to this season. 

Ryan Howard:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .250.  In NL-only formats treat Howard like you do Chris Carter.  Ride out any home run burst and then throw back onto wire for the next run whenever it appears again. 

Vinny Velasquez:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Yes that was us who did a sleeper piece on Vinny Velasquez.  You can find it here:
Arm has a lot of juice and Velasquez left a lot of strikeouts in his wake coming up the minor league ladder. 

Bartolo Colon:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.23.  How a guy who can't throw much above 90 and is 41 can continue to pitch like this is amazing.  Colon runs hot and cold and is prone to massive beatings given the high home run rate but he is especially good in April and May so in deeper formats he is worth a look in the right matchup scenario. 

Tyler White:  1/2 with his third HR while hitting .667.  What in the name of Trevor Story is going on here?  What am I buying?  The terrific swing and .300 average ability.  What am I not buying?  The consistent power which White never showed in the minors.  A correction will be coming there. 

Colby Rasmus:  2/3 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .357.  About the only impressive thing Rasmus has done in this corner's opinion is take the $15 millions qualifying offer last winter while so many other players screw this up royally.  Ramus is as one-dimensional as they come with the home runs and that won't change this season. 

Scooter Gennett:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .412.  Gennett is another guy who has a nice swing but is performing way over his head in terms of power.  He likely won't have double-digits by the end of the season given the career norms. 

Mike Moustakas:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Moustakas has firmly established himself as a 20 home run guy but 2016 is all about whether or not he can maintain the average growth from last season.  50/50 deal on those odds.

Kendrys Morales:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .143.  Mark him down for 22 home runs and 90 RBI and be done with it.

Lorenzo Cain:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .231.  No player better exemplifies what the Royals are all about then this speed/high-contact dynamo. 

Ian Kennedy:  6.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Kennedy is annoying to own as he never seems to pitch well when you expect it and then throws gems in Coors Field against the Rockies. 

Madison Bumgarner:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.27.  The control was excellent and the outing dominant.  Worry meter lessens considerably. 

Yan Gomes:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .214.  I like Gomes as a good bounce back guy this season at catcher but the average has to come along for the power ride. 

Jose Abreu:  2/2 with his second HR while hitting .333.  Abreu has graduated squarely into the "so good he is boring," tier. 

Avisail Garcia:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .190.  We have been boosters of Garcia the last few years which is becoming a dying breed.  His spring was big however and the power could be reaching a growth spurt.  Post-hype sleeper tag applies here.

Eugenio Suarez:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .368.  Sorry for any negative thing we said about you kid during spring training. 

Raisel Iglesias:  5.2 IP 8 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.31.  Iglesias was a bit ragged in this one but I love the arm which has struck out nearly a batter per inning in his young career.  Kid is going places. 

Alex Rodriguez:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .214.  I suspect all Babe Ruth family members shed a tear every time they see this guy go yard. 

Carlos Beltran: 2/4 with his second HR while hitting .294.  I say Beltran is a Hall of Famer.  It will be close however. 


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