Monday, April 25, 2016


Kyle Seager:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .143.  Wow Seager has been absolutely brutal this season but I am the wrong person to knock him as I have championed is cause for years.  That is a well-deserved tactic as Seager has been arguably the best third base value in the game.  He will pull out of it eventually and maybe this is the start as Seager is still in his early prime years. 

Leonys Martin:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .200.  Batting eighth, there is no reason to get involved with Martin who you want for the speed aspect of things. 

Albert Pujols:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .153.  Hey all the props in the world to Pujols for reaching 40 homers a year ago when everyone including us left him for dead.  Even through that power surge however, the average was ugly and now even more so.  Like with Alex Rodriguez in 2015 and now through a horrid start to 2016, we might have seen the last hurrah a year ago. 

Matt Shoemaker:  6 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 6.87.  Well what do you know.  Shoemaker had a start ruined with home runs as he gave up two.  Even prior to last season when he was a popular sleeper, we told you to avoid this potential disaster in any start Shoemaker. 

Nomar Mazara:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .356.  Hey it is almost April and Mazara continues to rake.  He is more Stephen Piscotty in terms of being a .300 hitter with modest power but that still works just fine as your OF 3.

Mat Latos:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 0.74.  Now 4-0, it is clear the transformation of Latos from former hard-throwing strikeout artist to present day soft-tosser who relies on defense is now complete. 

Ryan Braun:  2/4 with his 5th HR and first SB while hitting .364.  Braun can't miss the baseball right now and he threw in a steal to show he can at least pick up one now and again.  All positives right now. 

Scooter Gennett:  1/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .258.  Wouldn't be a shock if Gennett grew into some power as he now settles into his prime but that has to be proven over the long haul.  Until then he remains mostly NL-only territory. 

Jered Eickhoff:  5.1 IP 9 H 7 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.07.  Young pitchers can be a dicey fantasy baseball proposition on the road as we found out here with Eickhoff in this one.  Still he struck out seven on a day he got bombed which is actually a big positive.  Location as the issue today and not the stuff.  Try to steal him away.  Like right now. 

Eric Hosmer:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .314.  Yeah the usual 2-3 home runs and .300 average from Hosmer per month.  Nothing has changed and nothing will.

Alex Gordon:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .246.  When they talk more about your defense then offense, we have fantasy baseball issues. 

Yordano Ventura:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.35.  I am actually happy to see just a few strikeouts here as Ventura all along needed to take some juice off his fastball to succeed fully.  If this keeps up then we could be seeing the full potential at work. 

Drew Smyly:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.51.  Unreal.  I mean Smyly has been absolutely ridiculous this season with his extreme K rate and low hit rate.  This is what the Rays saw though when they dealt for him in the David Price deal.  Damn I wish I took my own advice in touting him this season. 

Michael Pineda:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 6.95.  Pineda has had nothing all season and for a guy with a long history of injuries, one has to wonder if there is a physical ailment at work.  Another one who has never come all the way back from shoulder trouble. 

Josh Reddick:  2/4 with his 4th HR and first SB while hitting .250.  I don't have to tell you again how great a value Reddick always is.  This does it for me.

Khris Davis:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .197.  Have a soft spot for Davis after he went on a major power binge for me in the second half of last season that clinched a league title for me in the Experts League but in Oakland he should remain waiver junk.

Chris Coghlan:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .192.  Always seems that no matter who is there, Oakland hitters can't bat over .230. 

Jose Bautista:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .250.  The power has not been at the usual Bautista standards this season but the weather is heating up and the balls will start shooting out.  We all know this. 

Anthony Rizzo:  2/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .203.  Rizzo has like all eight of his home runs in the last week.  And all 8 of his hits.  Not really but pretty much.

Jason Hammel:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.75.  Wow Hammel always pitches like Cy Young the first half of the season.  I mean check out the first half splits the last two-plus years.  Insanity. 

Jacob DeGrom:  5.2 IP 8 H 1 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.54.  DeGrom was understandably rusty in his return as he had not pitched in two weeks so no reason to go into this.  Most important thing is that his son is healthy. 

Aaron Blair:  5.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 5.06.  Typical nervous first outing for a top pitching prospect.  Only one strikeout was about the only bummer but Blair should get another look.  

Colby Rasmus:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .293.  How is it that Rasmus is now hitting for BOTH power and average for the first time in his career?  One only has to look at his sky-high 21.3 percent BB Rate which is tremendous but obviously unsustainable.  Even if he drops to around 10 percent, that will help Rasmus avoid the .250 averages that have plagued him. 

Henry Owens:  3.1 IP 5 H 3 H 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 8.10.  When you come up the Boston Red Sox farm system, you are a bit more hyped that usual when it comes to being a prospect.  Such was the case with Owens who I never thought was in the elite prospect level.  Control has been horrific since he has turned pro and the overall package is lacking right now. 

Craig Kimbrel:  first blown save with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 5.00.  Kimbrel has gotten a bit unlucky thus far but he also has been more hittable.  The fact of the matter is that Kimbrel is a clear level or two below his early Atlanta Braves days.  There have been a few injury scares along the way which looks like it may have sapped his arm enough to result in more and more outings such as this. 

Joc Pederson:  1/1 with his third HR while hitting .278.  Pederson also drew three walks as his OBP once again is very good.  The power is the clear name of the game here but Pederson has not even been that impactful there yet either.  Lets not even get to the complete absence of steals.  That's a lot of qualifiers. 

Trevor Story:  0/5 with 2 more K's while hitting .253.  I am not even kidding when I say Story could be back in the minors by the end of May.  This looks as close to Chris Shelton right now then I have seen since. 

Jake McGee:  blown save with 5 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 9.53.  Look away McGee owners.  Look away.  No change would be thought of yet but you know how this works.  Back-to-back dud and the alarms blare. 

Jeremy Hazelbaker:  0/4 while hitting .280.  Downward and back to reality we go. 

Jedd Gyorko:  3/5 with his fourth HR while hitting .289.  I refused to talk about Gyorko until now because I was so tired of the boring ugly average and no speed narrative but in St. Louis magical things happen.  Go for it.

Aledmys Diaz:  3/5 with his third HR and first SB while hitting .480.  Well then.  Ruben Tejada I hope we never see you again.  You too Jhonny Peralta.  Just keep in mind though that Diaz batted just .264 at Double-A in 2015 but with 10 home runs and 6 steals.  A bit of category juice and upside keeps him very interesting.

Giancarlo Stanton:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .230.  Listen you love the power and the average has been up and down but plus-.260 is where we are aiming. 

J.T. Realmuto:  4/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  So in the Experts League I paired the comebacking Devin Mesoraco with the upstart that is J.T. Realmuto and needless to say I have gotten next to nothing out of them.  That is still in play because get who I started yesterday? 

Hunter Pence:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .260.  Good, old reliable Hunter Pence. 


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