Friday, April 29, 2016


Jonathan Villar:  3/4 with 3 steals (5 for season) while hitting .262.  Villar is keeping the shortstop warm for Oswaldo Arcia but at least he is hitting enough to stay viable.  It was doubly nice to see Villar operating out of the leadoff spot where his speed plays at its most optimum.  Those in need of steals can look here for sure in the short-term.

Taylor Jungmann:  5 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 9.15.  By the time you read this Jungmann could back in the minor leagues.  Check out any blurb I wrote on Jungmann and what a colossal fluke he was as he kept getting by on smoke and mirrors and shake you head in understanding as you digest this horror show. 

Jake Arrieta:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.00.  Even Arrieta is not immune due to the start after a no-hitter blues.  Arrieta was fighting his stuff all game as he only went five and once again is a reminder that high K games or no-hitters mean bench the guy next time out. 

Stephen Vogt:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .268.  I like Vogt as he did some nice things for me last season as a sleeper tout that I wrote about last March.  What was nice is that Vogt's second half fade allows his price to not get out of hand for 2016 so another profit can easily be made. 

Aaron Nola:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.55.  I liked Nola heading into this season but I didn't foresee him being this good this quickly.  The K rate in particular has been tremendous as Nola has taken things to another level already.  A high-end SP 2 level.  With the chance to be an ace. 

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.03.  Roark actually bucked the trend of bad outings off a very high strikeout game as he was tremendous here after whiffing 15 his last time out.  In fact Roark has been ridiculously good so far but I am not buying the K rate burst.  The guy is young enough for this jump in performance though but maybe not to this extent.  Proceed somewhat cautiously going forward. 

Danny Espinosa:  0/3 while hitting .172.  Pick up Trea Turner.  Like right this second. 

Brandon Drury:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .311.  Drury has done a nice job in a part-time role early this season but he is only a former 13th round pick of the Atlanta Braves who has no pedigree.  Ignore. 

Rubby De La Rosa:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.18.  De La Rosa has a live arm that can induce a bunch of strikeouts but his inconsistency is more than annoying and makes him tough to depend on outside of rounding out your rotation.  Being more specific, De La Rosa tends to be like A.J. Griffin where he does well at home and is an abomination on the road. 

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .253.  Four home runs in five games.  He is strong. 

J.R. Realmuto:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .284.  Really love the development of Realmuto and now await with vast excitement some steals.  Told you in the winter the kid was looking like a very good catcher value as I once again eschewed drafting a catcher early.  Yup. 

Jose Fernandez:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.08.  Fernandez still is fighting his control a bit but this was much more in like with a typical outing of his.  This arm belongs right there with Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale in terms of awesome dominance and movement of stuff. 

Kenta Maeda:  6.2 IP 7 H 4 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.41.  Finally Maeda shows he is not a Japanese pitching robot. 

Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .236.  Told you all to stay patient with Frazier during his early struggles after switching leagues.  This happens almost every time when it comes to a hitter switching leagues which you need to be reminded of when we are at this point next April.  Frazier is fine. 

Manny Machado:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .333.  :)

Chris Davis:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .221.  NEXT!

Mark Trumbo:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .354.  This is looking like some home run derby between Trumbo Davis, and Machado.  As far as Trumbo is concerned, we all know the average is in major outlier territory but Trumbo is in arguably one of the very best spots in the majors batting behind Machado and Davis. 


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