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Sunday, April 24, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 15 K with an ERA of 2.63.  No this is not a misprint.  We all knew the Minnesota Twins were setting early records for strikeouts but this is ridiculous that they stuck out 15 times against a soft-tosser like Roark.  Don't even think of overreacting to this as Roark is a middling K/9 guy and one game won't change that.  Instead sell him off if you are an owner as he had zero trade value before this and might have a bit right now. 

Brett Gardner:  3/5 with his second HR and third SB while hitting .313.  Right now it should be Gardner and not the awful Jacoby Ellsbury hitting leadoff.  Let's hope Joe Girardi comes to his sense and boost up Gardner's value. 

Blake Snell:  5 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.80.  Well that was impressive.  Rays were conservative here with Snell's innings but his overpowering fastball did its thing.  Told you all to pick him up right after the news of his promotion and this deserves another look by the Rays. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.92.  The Yankees said all along that Tanaka would get going once the weather warmed up and that has happened in his last two outings so I will go with that assessment for now. 

Josh Donaldson:  3/4 with 7th HR while hitting .307.  Nolan Arenado and Josh Donaldson will be a fun comparison this season.

Troy Tulowitzki:  3/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .188.  The average is horrible but at least the power is coming back to Tulo-normal numbers after a bomb of a 2015. 

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 7 H 3 ER 1 BB 1 K with an ERA of 2.42.  One K in seven innings while giving up just one run is the classic smoke and mirrors outing.  This is going to get real nasty soon enough.  Cut bait. 

Jarrod Saltalamacchia:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .282.  The offensive numbers coming out of the catching fraternity has been record-setting bad which has meant that a retread like Salty is a tp ten 6-8 guy right now with his power. 

Yan Gomes:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .240,  Hopefully this is a sign that Gomes is coming around as we desperately need some catching alternatives. 

Corey Kluber:  8 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.67.  The velocity is still down some but this is a very encouraging sign.  Remember that Kluber was terrible last April also so hopefully he heats up with the weather as well.  Good start there. 

Ian Desmond:  1/2 with his second HR and 2 steals (3 for season) while hitting .164.  You still have to play Desmond in the shortstop spot given the lack of depth there and games like this remind you of how potent he was from 2012-14.  Alas it has been terrible since and the pop in moving to Texas has not materialized yet.  It is still early though and Desmond has plenty of time to turn things around.  This is a nice start.

Melky Cabrera:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .344.  Almost wish Cabrera was still on the juice because then he would be somewhat interesting to discuss. 

Todd Frazier:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .200.  Frazier has been a bit too like Chris Davis so far this season with his all-or-nothing power hitting but that can be chalked up to the change of leagues.  I am confident the numbers will be there like usual with maybe a slight average concession. 

Colby Rasmus:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .302.  Ramus will be the case study about a fantasy baseball hitter not being able to change his stripes.  Let's see if he can even remotely hold the average but I doubt it. 

Nelson Cruz:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .273.  Cruz is predictably going on a power binge after swatting one on Friday which he matched yesterday.  I don't own Cruz anywhere but boy does he supply a huge dose of any team's overall power. 

Mike Trout:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .302.  Not since Miguel Cabrera a few years ago has Mike Trout been challenged for the number 1 spot overall in fantasy baseball.  In fact with Trout not stealing much anymore, Bryce Harper currently holds that mantle no matter how much you may dislike him.

Hector Santiago:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.70.  Santiago has now struck out 7, 7, and 10 batters in three of his last four starts.  What is funny with Santiago is the word is clearly out on the guy being a three month and one asset as he was on the wire in the Experts League until I picked him up the other day for this start.  Will hold him until late June and then goodbye. 

Jeremy Hazelbaker:  1/2 with his 4th HR while hitting .311.  Hazelbaker pinch hit here and he has not been playing every day as even the Cards now his early hot start is somewhat of a fluke.  Now Hazelbaker can help a bit in power and steals but there was not a chance in hell he was going to carry on with his first two week April binge. 

Stephen Piscotty:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .270.  Not sure why Piscotty doesn't get more pub as he is a very gifted young hitter who has another ceiling he can reach in his overall game.  Love guys who can hit 20 home runs and bat .300 and Piscotty is that kid.

Michael Wacha:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 4 BB 0 K with an ERA of 2.82.  Wacha is being a smoke and mirrors pitcher right before our eyes.  Remember how tremendous a prospect Wacha was and how great he initially pitched?  Then the shoulder went bad and now look.  We told you as soon as Wacha grabbed his shoulder that this could happen as an injury there is death to the fastball and some pitchers' careers like Tommy Hanson (may he rest) and Josh Johnson.  Get the hell out from under this if you are an owner as the 1.42 WHIP suggest nasty days ahead.

Jose Fernandez:  6 IP 7 H 4 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.37.  The WHIP is up to 1.28 as Fernandez continues to scuffle.  He showed no noticeable Tommy John hangover when he returned midway through 2015 but this is certainly not the dominant ace who took the game and made it his patsy at 21.  I ultimately think Fernandez will be fine as he moves further away from the procedure but look at how bad Matt Harvey is struggling right now and he had the procedure around the same time as Fernandez. 

Kenta Maeda:  6.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.36.  Maeda was flirting with a no-hitter and hands down has been one of the most dominant pitchers in fantasy baseball despite not coming over from Japan with the same level of hype as a Yu Darvish or even Daisuke Matsuzaka.  What is crazy here is that Maeda was not a big K guy in Japan and here he looks like a rookie Hideo Nomo.  I did say when Maeda first came around that unfamiliarity with his stuff could lead to a spike in K's and we are getting that and then some.  Wow what a debut. 

David Peralta:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .274.  Said yesterday now that Peralta got the first home run out of the way, the flood gates would open there.  Yup.  Love this guy.  Wedded to the end of the season. 

Juan Nicasio:  5 IP 3 H 2 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.50.  Well that spring story died a quick death I would have to say. 

Odubel Herrera:  3/4 with his second HR and 2 steals (4 for season) while hitting .283.  Did a sleeper post on Herrera during the winter in talking up his Carlos Gomez-lite game.  All Herrera needed to do was gain some patience which he has done this season thus far.  Very bright future here both for Herrera and the Phils. 

Maikel Franco:  3/5 with his fifth HR while hitting .299.  I did say on record during the drafting season that a good idea would be to let your league mates spend first round picks on Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado, and Manny Machado while you waited until Round 5 or 6 to get the budding superstar that is Franco and get numbers in the same ballpark.  Boy I am killing it this season.  Am I not? 

Ryan Braun:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .355.  Braun has been locked in since the start of the season as his scorching average can attest and the power is steady but will never go back to his pre-steroid days.  Still hate his guts. 

Chris Carter:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .281.  Yeah slamming home runs when nobody is watching is Carter's specialty. 

Jeremy Jeffress:  3 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 3.52.  Whoops.  Yeah Jeffress has this closer thing down all the way to sucking when throwing in a non-save appearance. 

Neil Walker:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .288.  First Yoenis Cespedes and now Neil Walker go to the Mets and spacious Citi Field of all places to put up career-best rates in their offensive numbers.  What is next?  Chad Betts winning the Cy Young in Colorado? 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .322.  Cabrera is now somewhat underrated as he can go 15/15 and be acquired for nothing.  He is still getting knocked for never matching that one outlier superstar season he had as fantasy baseball players tend to hold strong grudges but the guy can still hit. 

Steven Matz:  6.1 IP 9 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.40.  That is now 17 strikeouts in his last two outings as Matz is rounding into the stud future ace-level starter he was always going to turn out being.  The kid is a tremendous pitcher already which is saying a ton. 


 

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