Friday, April 8, 2016


Ryan Howard:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .333.  We all know Howard still has tape-measure natural power but he can't catch up to the fastball much anymore and by the end of the month he will be sitting with a .230 average and on your league wire. 

Eugenio Suarez:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .333.  Suarez is taking the early lead in terms of being a guy we called a 2015 fluke making us look bad.  Hey whatever works for him.

Jay Bruce:  3/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .500.  See Howard, Ryan above and take out the blurb on not catching up to the fastball and insert a .250 average instead of .230. 

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .313.  Abreu has had some swings in home runs per month in his two year career but overall is every bit the first round talent he was the last two seasons.  Nothing to analyze here. 

Mat Latos:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Maybe this outing is a sign that Latos has moved on into the "reinvention" portion of his career in terms of not relying on the fastball or strike out as much anymore due to decreased velocity and injuries sapping his strength.  Could be some usefulness in AL-only formats but the guy could get bombed at a moment's notice which makes him very risky in mixers. 

Mark Teixeira:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .364.  We have seen this out of Texeira before such as the first four months of 2015 where he went wild with the power.  As we always say here, enjoy the production while it lasts because the next injury is right around the corner.  Since there is no trade market for Tex in your league, you might as well take advantage while you can.

Starlin Castro:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .583.  Yeah we so far have nailed this one as we begged you all to draft Castro given the new start and remaining in prime hitting ballpark.  Batting eighth is a bit of a drag but in the AL it is less of an issue then the NL due to the DH.  Also Castro could be relaxing more hitting lower in the order.  Either way whether you man him at short or second, Castro has been as good as any hitter the first week. 

Brian McCann:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .455.  McCann is one of those guys who you write his numbers in ink and never loom back.  In his case:  .250/25 HR/80 RBI. 

Tyler White:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .667.  While I think White is more a 20-home run guy than anything more, his swing is very smooth and should elcit a tidy batting average as well.  Pick him up where available before the name grows. 

Preston Tucker:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .429.  While not anywhere near the prospect that was George Springer, Tucker did good things in the minors and can be another 16-20 home run guy for your outfielder 3 slot. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  5 IP 6 H 5ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 9.00.  The riddle that is Eovaldi continues as he opened up with a 102-mph missile and stayed in the 97-100 range throughout but not bombed.  While the radar readings are fun, Eovaldi remains a frustrating tease. 

Bryce Harper:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .300.  Bryce Harper hit a home run.  Also it is cold in winter. 

Joc Pederson:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .313.  I am very interested in seeing how Pederson will do early on after he was virtually useless the second half of last season with his putrid K rate.  No one questions the power but we have to see if Pederson is more Dave Kingman or more a young Grady Sizemore before the injuries. 

Hunter Pence:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .294.  There is Hunter Pence being old reliable as usual.  And his name being Hunter brings back memories of his counterpart whose first name is Torii.  I miss you man.

Alex Wood:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 9.00.  Still wondering why on earth I typed a sleeper post on this bum prior to last season. 

Manny Machado:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .308.  Hit third with Adam Jones out with a scary oblique issue which is good and bad.  Remember though that it was YOURS TRULY who called Machado the next Miguel Cabrera with speed back in 2014.  YUP!  (First YUP of the season)! 

Joe Mauer:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .364.  Next home run from Mauer is in about five weeks. 

Ubaldo Jimenez:  7 IP 8 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.29.  Jimenez started strong last April and May before crapping out from that point on with his usual walk the park bit so be aware of the splits if you get involved. 

Anthony Rizzo:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .455.  We could be seeing the start of a 40-home run camapign from the guy. 

Jean Segura:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .44.  If this guy is so far not the poster boy for the whole "fresh start unleashing talent" phenomenon, I don't know who is. 

Shawn Tolleson:  faced one batter and gave up game-winning hit to Albert Pujols.  Not good.  Not good at all.  Time to be afraid if you are invested.  Sam Dyson gave up a run as well so this is looking like a big mess. 

Hector Santiago:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Strict clock on Santiago like we use with Scott Kazmir.  Sell in June. 


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