Monday, April 18, 2016


Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .280.  Arenado is some sort of ridiculous.  While he has not shown himself to be a Bryce Harper in the average department, he is every bit on par when it comes to his power comparing to the Nationals outfielder. 

Jon Lester:  7.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.21.  I guess like with Cole Hamels, Jon Lester forget that it is April.  This is the first April in forever that Lester has pitched well which means one of two things.  He will suck in May instead or more likely he is sitting on a monster season.

Tyler Chatwood:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.79.  With two Tommy John surgeries in his past, Chatwood is a guy that you can easily look past.  The kid has some interesting talent and an arm that can generate some swings and misses but you can't party with any pitcher from Colorado. 

Jose Bautista:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .310.  Love that Bautista is hitting for average but more power please. 

Travis Shaw:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .324.  Sad that the Red Sox could have saved all that money ill spent on Pablo Sandoval and instead just let this kid play.  Going back to the second half of last season, Shaw has done nothing but prove himself quiet useful. 

Aaron Sanchez:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.35.  Sanchez has been intriguing for years with his power arm and finally he got a chance to show what he could do this season in the rotation.  Now up to 20 strikeouts in just 21 innings but the control is very shaky as was already known form Sanchez' scouting report.  Poor control, pitching your home games in Toronto, and residing in the AL East are three very big negatives so don't be surprised if some nasty outings show up soon enough. 

Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .359.  Just walk him!  Geez it can't be that tough.

Gio Gonzalez:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.69.  As usual it is all about the control with Gio.  If he has it, dominance ensues.  If not, he is out after three innings. 

Jonathan Papelbon:  blown save with 2 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 4.76.  Ehh all of a sudden Papelbon's ratios look like a baby's dirty diaper as his WHIP is also disgusting at 1.41.  People started saying he was toast three years ago and instead Papelbon posted stellar campaigns in each.  I won't overreact like I didn't the last time but three years older makes his struggles a bit more noteworthy. 

Andrew McCutchen:  1/6 with his second HR while hitting .250.  Second home in in a row for McCutchen.  Time to buckle up and get ready for the offensive explosion. 

Jose Altuve:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .314.  How about Altuve hitting 20 home runs with 40 stolen bases and a .320 average?  Could happen and so instead of talking about him as a fist round pick, we would be debating top five. 

George Springer:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .269.  Thought we would see some more juicy numbers out of Springer by this point but no worries.  I will take him off your hands if you wish.  I am just curious about where the average will be and if Springer can keep the K's at bay.

Ian Kinsler:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .340.  Kinsler is aging like a fine win don't you think?  Like many, I was suckered into thinking Kinsler was finished being a top guy once his speed went but instead he had other ideas.  What is even more impressive is that Kinsler has found durability later in his career after being an injury mess his first few years. 

J.D. Martinez:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .372.  Martinez is taking this "I still hit .300 despite having a very high K rate" thing to a new extreme. 

Matt Carpenter:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .250.  Carpenter is still doing his giving up average for power thing which we will take at third base but not at second.  Play him accordingly. 

Alex Rodriguez:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .118.  Rodriguez was as bad as any hitter in baseball going into this one so you had to figure he would fall into one at some point.  Joe Girardi moved him down in the order to take pressure off Rodriguez but honestly no one can be shocked if he continues struggling at 41. 

Matt Moore:  6.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.95.  Moore looks like a completely different pitcher and that is a good thing.  The old Moore had zero control and was often out of the game in the fifth innings due to horrible pitch efficiency.  No walks today means Moore is finally harnessing his awesome fastball and now the Ks are flowing like alcohol at a graduation party. 

Jason Grilli:  second blown save with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 5.79.  Grilli needs to retire and welcome to the ninth inning officially Arodys Vizcaino. 

Steven Matz:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 7.27.  Unlike Matt Harvey, Matz' problem was not velocity or a tired arm.  He simply needed to refine his stuff as he is still very young.  Matz dominated here and his four-pitch arsenal coming from his lefty arm is tremendous.  Amazing upside. 

Corey Kluber:  6 IP 9 H 6 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 6.16.  Kluber rebounded from a poor start but he is getting hit hard again for the second April in a row.  The problem here is that Kluber's velocity is down more than a little as he sits at 90-92 compared to 95-97 two years ago.  Something to be concerned about for sure as Kluber has thrown a monster total of innings the last two seasons. 

Yasmany Tomas:  3/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .297.  For the second season in a row, Tomas is hitting for average but the power has been well below what was expected when he first came over from Cuba.  He is certainly in the right place in Arizona to fix that and he remains a decent post-hype sleeper. 

Patrick Corbin:  6.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.75.  Corbin is working through some typical post-Tommy John control problems but overall he continues to show that he is capable of SP 2 numbers.

Joc Pederson:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .257.  Pederson is hitting at the bottom of the order which is death to his fantasy baseball value and has to change.  Still no running and the average is plummeting back to the .230 mark.  We got off the bandwagon midway through last season after being excited as anyone about him but the swing issues are way too pronounced here. 

Kenta Maeda:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.47.  Incredible.  Maeda has been money in all three of his starts and is pitching like a fantasy baseball ace.  I was a bit leery as Maeda was not a big K guy in Japan but I also had mentioned when I first profiled him that the unfamiliarity factor could boost him there which it has. 


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