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Sunday, April 17, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Leonys Martin:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .257.  Martin has a bit of pop but ideally you want runs and steals which won't happen as often if he continues to hit near the bottom of the lineup as he has been lately. 

Carlos Beltran:  4/5 with his third HR while hitting .354.  Beltran can still hit for power and as long as the legs are keeping him upright, a decent outfielder 3 season can be had.  Cap on home runs should be around the 20 mark though. 

Felix Hernandez:  5 IP 5 H 1 ER 6 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.00.  Wow what is up with the walks?  Hernandez was fighting it all game here but prior to this he was unhittable his first two starts.  Unless this happens again next time out, there is no reason to revisit the second half of 2015. 

Xander Bogaerts:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .262.  Bogaerts is a fine hitter but his mantra this season has to be all about hitting for much more power.  I personally have not been on board here due to the empty average but am willing to be swayed since Bogaerts is still quite young.

David Price:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.50.  Price rebounds nicely from the shellacking he took the last time out but that was to be expected given how top five among starting pitchers good Price is. 

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .282.  This is what I said about 24 hours earlier:  "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."  Yeah I'm good.

Curtis Granderson:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .146.  Maybe this will get Granderson's dormant bat going as it couldn't get any worse.  After such a quietly very good 2015, don't think that Granderson all of a sudden forgot how to hit.

Neil Walker:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .250.  Daniel Murphy who?

Matt Harvey:  5/2 IP 6 H 5 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.71.  There is just a ton going wrong here.  Harvey actually struck out the first three batters he faced but then picked up just one more K in his final 4.2 innings where he got ripped.  He has not been hit hard in all three of his outings this season with a frighteningly dropped off K rate and ugly ratios.  There is no way in hell the big innings jump Harvey undertook in 2015 is not the reason for this and so maybe Scott Boras knew what he was talking about when it came to his desire to cap his client at 180 frames.  I wouldn't even buy low on Harvey given what we have seen. 

Josh Reddick:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .250.  Reddick is one of those guys who you just might find sitting on the wire despite a string of good hitting games.  No one ever wants to own him.

Stephen Vogt:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .297.  Second game in a row with a home run from Vogt who manned the DH spot in this game.  The A's would be smart to keep giving Vogt starts at DH which will do nothing but place a smile on all his fantasy baseball owners. 

Ryan Madson:  scoreless ninth for his third save with an ERA of 3.00.  Well what do we have here?  Sean Doolittle pitched only .1 inning to finish the eighth before Madson got the call in the ninth.  We told you a week ago to pick up Madson where available given the shakiness of Doolittle and here we go.  Doolittle has been so brutal with his 6.35 ERA and 1.59 WHIP that this should be no shock.

Brett Lawrie:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .286.  The hope is that now that Lawrie is back in a hitter's park, his power will get a nice boost.  While that has not happened yet, he is hitting for average which is a nice sign.  Intrigued. 

Desmond Jennings:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .294.  Yeah Jennings never worked out or developed anywhere near where we anticipated he would.  No longer leading off and always injured, Jennings is just another name.

Brad Miller:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .125.  Until the home run, you could have made the case Miller was right there as one of the worst everyday hitters in baseball. 

Byung-Ho Park:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .194.  Not many ballparks can hold Park's power but geez you at least need a .250 average from the guy to even be remotely interested.  We are not anywhere near there. 

Trevor Plouffe:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .256.  I really can't think of many players who are more boring to own than this guy. 

Jay Bruce:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .310.  Listen Bruce didn't in the middle of his career figure out how to hit for average so look for that number to sink to his customary .250 range by the end of the month. 

Brandon Moss:  2/5 with his fourth HR while hitting .269.  Moss is a guy we used to tout as very cheap power but his playing time has become an issue the last few seasons.  Should get more of a longer leash while he is sending baseballs out at a high rate like he has. 

Stephen Piscotty:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .268.  Not sure how high the ceiling goes here in terms of power but I would easily sign for 18-HR/.300/80 RBI/80 R which is where I see Piscotty finishing around.

Adam Wainwright:  5.1 IP 10 H 7 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 8.27.  Well there.  No reason to sound like a broken record but I told you so. 

Brandon Finnegan:  5 IP 4 H 0 ER 4 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.04.  Yeah the ERA is sparkling but the dam is going to break here real quick and it is going to get ugly.  Finnegan's control is hideous and his luck will run out quick enough.  Decent future but the immediate outlook could get scary real quick. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .400.  Yeah all this 40-home run power is nice but if you are a CarGo owner I bet you would trade that for 20/20. 

Dexter Fowler:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .417.  Luckily for Fowler, injuries opened up playing time again or else he would have been tough to own in a part-time deal. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his third HR and first SB while hitting .200.  Getting a power/speed game from your slugging first baseman is like a cherry on top of a six-scoop sundae. 

Jorge Soler:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .250.  Keep it going kid.  Still have faith in you.

Jake Arrietta:  8 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.23.  The Cubs might want to not allow Arrietta to throw so many innings early on in the season due to how intense his workload was in 2015 but wow is the guy dealing.  Just when you think he couldn't be any better. 

Matt Kemp:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .273.  Remember when Kemp was one of the most dynamic power/speed guys in the game?  Yeah I am not sure I am remember if that was true either.

Melvin Upton:  3/7 with his 2nd HR and third SB while hitting .293.  When you saw that "Upton" homered you had to think that somehow Justin was traded back to the Padres before the game since his brother has been so completely useless the last few years. 

Shelby Miller:  1.2 2 H 2 ER 3 BB 1 K with an ERA of 8.53.  Miller has been pretty brutal this season as he evokes memories of his awful first half of 2014 that earned us some major drawback after we had hyped him so much.  We have been off this bandwagon since and that included last year when his ERA was supported by lucky strand rates and BABIP's.  Regression gods could sometimes take up to a year to do their thing. 

Corey Seager:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .267.  It hasn't been the start that those who paid through the nose for Seager anticipated but the hype was so extreme here that there is no chance in hell you can buy low.

Johnny Cueto:  7.1 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Now 3-0, all is right in the Cueto world now that he is back in the National League and in a prime pitching ballpark/division unlike when he was in Cincinnati. 

Scott Kazmir:  4 IP 7 H 4 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 6.43.  If Kazmir is this bad already well ahead of his annual mid-summer swoon, this could be an epically horrific season for a guy we never were interested in owning.

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .383.  Shudder to think about how much better this kid can get.  Are we talking 40 home runs and 100-pus in runs and RBI?  How about 20 steals and a .320 average?  Oh my goodness I think I just peed my pants since I am a Machado owner. 

Adam Jones:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .208.  Boy the Orioles are crushing the baseball this season and I have THREE in my Experts League starting lineup in Jones, Machado, and Mark Trumbo.  I am usually leery going over 2 hitters on one team in the same lineup but will make an exception for Baltimore or Colorado. 

Chris Davis:  2/5 with his fifth HR while hitting .225.  Take that Bryce! 

Andrew McCutchen:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .261.  Don't worry McCutchen owners.  April is almost over which means your guy will be back to his MVP ways in no time.

Jonathan Niese:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.50.  Listen Niese was a pretty decent starter during his time with the New York Mets but only in an SP 5 sense due to some shaky WHIP's and a poor K rate.  In non-innings capped leagues though you can try him on for size since he is now in pitching Lourdes. 

Bryce Harper:  2/3 with his fifth HR while hitting .343.  Take that Chris!

 

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