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Monday, April 11, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Josh Donaldson:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .310.  Last year's AL MVP is right on schedule to duplicating the awesome haul of numbers he put up in 2015. 

Marco Estrada:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.35.  Yes it came in Toronto as well.  Estrada's XIP and FIP ERA last season was near of above 4.00 so he has a lot to prove this year in terms of showing how good he really is.  This was a nice start.  Remember we were huge boosters of Estrada for years during his Milwaukee years due to him having a very good K Rate and impeccable control but Toronto always rightfully scared us. 

Roberto Osuna:  scoreless ninth for his third save while striking out the side with an ERA of 0.00.  Meawhile Drew Storen has a 7.71 ERA.  John Gibbons made the right call.

Eugenio Suarez:  3/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .435. Insanity going on right now with Suarez who still carries the previous shortstop tag and right now looks like a young Troy Tulowitzki.  Yeah, yeah we sandbagged him over the winter but a week in Suarez is laughing all the way to the fantasy baseball bank.

Buster Posey:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .391.  Standard excellent fare here.  Just stay in one piece behind that dish dude. 

Brandon Belt:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .292.  Fresh off signing a new deal and coming off a huge spring, all the planets are aligning for this to FINALLY be the year Belt keeps Belting the baseball.

Angel Pagan:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .320.  Pagan is now hitting at the bottom of the order when everyone is healthy for the Giants which will hurt his already fading steals but Pagan offers up enough across the board to maybe sneak in another outfielder 3 campaign. 

Scott Kazmir:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  Not it is not August, although it feels like it looking at this Kazmir line.

Johnny Cueto:  6 ER in 7 IP with an ERA of 4.50.  Cueto was decent with 8 strikeouts so his stuff was good but his location not so much.  The velocity has dipped a bit which is a concern considering Cueto's smallish frame but the new locale in San Francisco could very well push him back to ace status.  If not SP 2 will be more than good enough. 

Trevor Story:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .333.  When is the Disney movie?  Already running out of superlatives but we as always remind you we told you all to pick him up after his FIRST spring home run.

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .375.  On and on it goes with CarGo and his power surge the last season-plus.  It is very simple here as Gonzalez just has to stay healthy.  Also forget he ever stole bases because he is looking finished there. 

Odubel Herrera:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .182.  A lot of people are sleeping on Herrera which is foolish as the speedster can swipe 20-plus bags and pop a few homers as well.  The screen of being on the awful Phillies is keeping him off the radar but that just means you won't have competition when you pick him up.

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .200.  There were actually some boos raining down on Cespedes the game before this one which is downright idiotic.  Cespedes is one of those guys who runs extremely hot or extremely cold but the numbers will be there in the end.  Just buckle up as the ride can get bumpy.

Matt Harvey:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.63.  If you want proof positive of a pitcher's arm "bouncing" the season following a major push upward in innings, we present to you Matt Harvey.  Always a major strikeout dynamo, Harvey has just four K's on the season total after two starts and his slider is lacking bite.  Remember that there was a major battle between Harvey and the Mets over innings last season as he returned from Tommy John and we no doubt are seeing the effects now.  Not saying this won't turn around as Harvey is too good for this to continue but it is more than mildly concerning. 

Jeanmar Gomez:  scoreless ninth for his second save with an ERA of 0.00.  We will go out on a limb and say Hector Neris will lead the Phillies in saves this season.  Neris has been dominant as he fanned three in two scoreless frames in front of Gomez.  Gomez is just an average guy when it comes to K's and that will lead to trouble soon enough.  Keep Neris close by.

Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .217.  You can easily draft a team of all Colorado hitters and be up there in most of the 5 x 5 categories. 

James Shields:  7 IP 6 H 4 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.85.  Yes it was Colorado but this outing is why we fear Shields so much and this is coming from a former big booster of his.  The K rate is slipping, the homers (already a big problem) are getting worse, and the velocity is ebbing.  All very bad signs here which is why the Padres will give him away if anyone wants him. 

Coco Crisp:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .222.  Crisp is showing he has nine fantasy baseball lives as this comes just one game after he stole two bases.  The guy made a career out of being underrated and in five outfielder formats he looks like he still has something to offer.

Felix Hernandez:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 0.69.  Maybe a winter of rest is what King Felix needed to freshen up an arm that already has a ton of mileage on it.  Last season was quite disturbing, especially the second half and we have to watch to see if that cycle repeats itself.  For now though the arrow is pointing in a positive direction.

Jorge Soler:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .150.  Jury is still out on how good Soler really can be but with Kyle Schwarber done for 2016, we will get a chance to find out.  Post-hype sleeper!

Socrates Brito:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .286.  With A.J. Pollock out until late July and maybe even for the season, the speedster with the philosopher name should be on all your radars.  Keep in mind Brito hit .300 with 9 home runs and 20 steals at Double-A last season in doing a Pollock-lite impression.  Go get him. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .280.  Yes he is great.  Next.

Jake Arrieta:  7 IP 8 H 3 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.93.  Crazy workload for Arrieta last season could come back to bite him at some point but for now enjoy the top five ace-numbers.

Nomar Mazara:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .750.  Well how about that?  Texas+guy who can hit=go to the wire. 

Jose Altuve:  1/3 with his first HR and 4th SB while hitting .208.  As an Altuve owner, life is that much easier when you can see him sitting there in your second base slot.  What an insane talent. 

Preston Tucker:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .385.  Tucker kind of gets lost in the shuffle with all of the top tier Astros prospects that have come through but he deserves your attention with his 20-home run/.280-average bat.

Dallas Keuchel:  5.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 6 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.55.  This is the classic throw away game when you have a guy with some of the best control in baseball walking six batters.  No worries. 

Jimmy Nelson:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.70.  I started hyping Nelson at the start of last season as the kid has the classic kind of power arm that elicited a bunch of K's along the way.  Still not a finished product as the home run rate is high but Nelson is on the cusp of being a factor as a possible SP 2 before long.

Jeremy Jeffress:  scoreless ninth for his third save with an ERA of 0.00.  Who is Will Smith again?  The actor right?

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .250.  Again we can't go into much detail here as Moustakas is not doing anything outside his statistical realm.  Just have to see if his average gains from 2015 is an outlier or not.

Brian Dozier:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .182.  Quiet start for Dozier who once again is having major average issues.  The guy slipped a bit in steals a year ago which is not good since that helps cover up the major hit his average brings to your team.

Corey Dickerson:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .263.  Yeah maybe we all blew up the whole narrative of Dickerson not hitting for the same power after being dealt from Colorado.  We should have noticed that he gets to play mucho games in offensive dynamo parks like Baltimore, Boston, Toronto, and at Yankee Stadium. 

Manny Machado:  4/4 with his third HR while hitting .429.  Maybe THIS Manny could go down as the better overall player and hitter then other OTHER Manny.

Christian Yelich:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .364.  Do this another 14 times or so Christian and all will be forgiven regarding 2014 and 2015. 

Joe Ross:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.29.  If only brother Tyson had the control Joe has. 

Matt Carpenter:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .217.  Like with Mike Moustakas' average, we have to see if Matt Carpenter's power explosion in 2015 is legit or not.

Adam Wainwright:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 6.55.  I mean honestly why go to any other fantasy site when we nail it 9 times out of 10/.  We started sounding the alarms on Wainwright in 2014 and continued begging you all not to draft him or use him anymore.  There you go. 

 

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