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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Carlos Correa:  1/4 with his first HR and 2 SB while hitting .250.  For a guy who picked up only one hit, Correa certainly filled up the boxscore.  Correa is the single most sought after player in 2016 fantasy baseball given the incredible ceiling and monster five category potential.  We all would give our left arm to own him and maybe our right too.

Luke Gregerson:  scoreless ninth for his first save.  Crucial clean first save for Gregerson who has the giant shadow of Ken Giles behind him.  Giles struck out two in the eighth but gave up a home run to Digi Gregorious which continued the choppy production from the spring.

Noah Syndegaard:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 0.00.  This kid is downright scary and we can't say it enough how awesome and dominant things could end up here.  Syndegaard is the new righthanded Randy Johnson which we have said since last season and only a frayed elbow due to all those 100-mph missiles can hold him back.

Neil Walker:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  As always Walker is likely sitting there on your waiver wire despite being very capable as a decent daily fantasy baseball second baseman.  Go check.  He will be there.

David Wright:  1/3 with 2 steals while hitting .143.  It was very nice to see Wright acting spry by picking up the 2 steals.  We all know the back has to be managed on a daily basis and one sudden wrong move can turn this into chaos but it is very encouraging to see Wright might be capable of 15/15 once again.

Mookie Betts:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .400.  Really love Betts and think he will right there as a top tier fantasy baseball outfielder by the middle of the season.  Think 2014's Carlos Gomez will a .300-plus batting average going forward in his career.

David Ortiz:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Nothing Ortiz does surprises us anymore as the guy has defied aging.  It is almost like he has found some sort of secret fountain of youth.  Wait a minute there.

David Price:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.00.  We always feel a bit uneasy drafting any pitcher from the American League (especially the AL East) but Price has more than proven he is immune to any of the trouble that can be found there.

Corey Kluber:  5.1 IP 9 H 4 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 6.75:  Remember that Kulber was miserable last April too so don't jump to conclusions yet.  He could be a new member of the Jon Lester-Cole Hamels we stink in April club.

Trevor Story:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .300  Saw the Rockies scored six runs and figured that Story (more than Nolan Arenado or Carlos Gonzalez) homered.  Yup.  Commence stabbing myself in eye for not picking him up when I had the chance.  The high K rate will drag the average down but Story looks like he won't be denied in terms of hitting 25 home runs.  At SHORTSTOP! 

Nick Hundley:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Hundley is that classic waiver wire catcher you can stick in the lineup on your team and never look back. 

D.J. LeMathieu:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .667.  Never look for much in the way of power from LeMathieu but it is remarkable how he has turned himself into a top ten locked-in fantasy baseball second baseman the last season-plus. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  While I am extremely envious of anyone who owns Carlos Correa or now Trevor Story, I take great comfort in seeing "P. Goldschmidt" staring back at me every day when gazing at my roster.  And I smile.

Jean Segura:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .444.  I am very optimistic about Segura being a prime bounce back guy this season.  The man went through some awful off-the-field stuff in Milwaukee and also battled injuries.  Still we saw once how good he can be and in a new environment and back in the leadoff spot, Segura could be ready to launch himself back toward the top of the shortstop rankings.  Behind Trevor Story of course because other then Carlos Correa no one can touch the guy.  Yes a little sarcasm.

Shelby Miller:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 9.00.  This coming one day after 200 million-plus free agent signee Zack Greinke got destroyed for 7 earned runs in his first start in Arizona.  Yeah that new rotation overhaul for the D-Backs is going swimmingly so far. 

Todd Frazier:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .222.  Whether in Cincy or with the White Sox, you can write in ink 30 home runs and a .260 average for Frazier.  Something to be said about ultra consistency a guy like Frazier brings. 

Jimmy Rollins:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .222.  The dinosaur that is Jimmy Rollins might get a slight initial boost in his new locale but eventually the long season will drag him down completely given the age and declining skills. 

Dexter Fowler:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .625.  Still puzzling that Fowler backed out of guaranteed daily spot with Baltimore but if he keeps doing this, Jorge Soler will be glued to the bench. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .286.  Love Rizzo who is now the definition of consistency at first base like an Adrian Gonzalez but with more power. 

Jon Lester:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.29.  The Cubs made sure to hang a calendar that showed the month of May and not April on the front so that Lester didn't continue his career-long struggles in the first month of the season.  Hey whatever works. 

Scott Kazmir:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  I guess the Dodgers were serious about not giving up any runs all season.  We have seen big Aprils from Kazmir before as he is the anti-Lester in the month but he struggles more and more as the season goes on due to his slight frame. 

Robinson Cano:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .222.  Well here we go.  I think Cano has The Fantasy Sports Boss on his favorites list so he can keep motivating himself for all the criticism we have given him the last two years.  Your welcome to whomever is involved here. 

Nelson Cruz:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Here we go again.  About 39 more where that came from. 

Brandon Crawford:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .429.  Somewhere J.J. Hardy is smiling.

Johnny Cueto:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.29.  Cueto is really going to love the NL West. 

Michael Wacha:  4.1 IP 10 H 4 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 8.31.  When I look at Michael Wacha, I picture the guy's joints being put together with scotch tape. 

Corey Dickerson:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .167.  So much for Dickerson not hitting for consistent power after leaving Colorado. 

Jake Odorizzi:  5.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.59.  Surprising how so few are talking about what a great arm this kid has. 

 

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