Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Paul Goldschmidt:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .267.  What is funny with Goldschmidt is that despite striking out at a high clip, it has never wound up hurting his average.  It is like he is the J.D. Martinez of first baseman. 

Nick Ahmed:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .292.  Ahmed has a bit of pop to him but he turns to mush with his batting average due to a poor contact rate. 

Kenta Maeda:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Two starts and two shutouts by Maeda who has gone perfectly with the scouting report in terms of flawless control, a good hit rate, and decent enough K rate.  Clearly Maeda will be able to take advantage of the unfamiliarity aspect but hitters will eventually adjust.  Overall though when you have this type of control, Maeda will put himself in position to succeed and be a solid SP 2/3. 

Ian Kinsler:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .370.  Kinsler is really defying Father Time and he is a tremendous case of a guy who changed his game on the fly once his speed vanished.  Truly we thought Kinsler would have been toast by now but kudos to the guy for remaining a very steady top 2-5 fantasy baseball second baseman. 

Justin Upton:  4/5 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Upton was very quiet the first week but his power swing eventually finds its mark.  Now expect around 2-4 more home runs over the next week or so. 

Starling Marte:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .333.  We stand by out thoughts that Marte could be the most valuable Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder this season.  Yes that means he will have better numbers then Andrew McCutchen. 

Juan Nicasio:  3 IP 6 H 4 ER 5 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.00.  Wow this was nasty.  This is also why you don't ever buy fully into spring training results.  Nicasio was a guy who habitually got his brains beat in previously and so you can't think he all of a sudden figures things out.  I would hold him given the power arm but bench him for the next start to see how he responds. 

 Charlie Morton:  6.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.23.  Morton is capable of a decent outing like this once in awhile but his career is defined as being a soft-tosser who can put up somewhat SP 5 numbers. 

Jeanmar Gomez:  scoreless ninth for his third save with an ERA of 0.00.  Still like Hector Neris long term but Gomez is really taking full advantage of the closing opportunity he has been given. 

Marcus Semien:  2/3 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .259.  Semien has every right to improve off a very good but inconsistent rookie campaign in 2015.  There are some holes in Semien's swing that might still make it a challenge to hit for average but he has good wheels and the power could be growing.

Sean Doolittle:  blown save with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 5.79.  Doolittle just doesn't look like the same since his series of shoulder issues last season and Ryan Madson needs to be owned in if you are an owner of the A's closer.

Adrian Beltre:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .314.  Beltre is locked in right now at the dish and seems like he is not ready to cede top 5-8 status among third baseman. 

Hunter Pence:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .276.  Pence is doing his standard bit which is a nice sign after all the injury problems that pretty much ruined his 2015.  Then again why should we ever doubt the guy who has made a career of overachieving. 

Trevor Brown:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .375.  Brown took advantage of a day off for Buster Posey but there really is no reason to pick him up since Brandon Belt is the primary first baseman and there is no room for him to play consistently enough.

Jeff Samardzjia:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Wow you really had to have some stones to start Samardzjia in Colorado but he was very good.  Hopefully this is the start of a turnaround as there is big potential here in San Francisco. 

Lorenzo Cain:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .200.  The average is a bit low but Cain will be at .300 before you know it.  And if he can keep the power going like this?  Look out. 

Gio Gonzalez:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  This outing was tailor-made for a win and decent start from Gonzalez as the Braves beat the Nationals last time out.  Gonzalez showed nice control here and for his sake, let's hope this continues as he could be a tremendous SP 2 under that scenario.

Noah Syndegaard:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 0.69.  Incredible.  I said it last night on Twitter that Syndegaard can challenge Clayton Kershaw if his elbow stays intact. 

Jose Fernandez:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.06.  Fernandez didn't have his best stuff in a very windy day at Citi Field but he was ragged in his first start as well.  Could be some post-Tommy John stuff going on here. 



  1. What about Matt Moore's start so far? I have Tyson Ross and Ho Park who I can possibly drop.....Also thinking about picking up Finnegan, Rich Hill, or Jimmy Nelson. Alex Cobb, Ryu and Z.Wheeler are also free agents.
    Or is worth stashing Berrios or Blake Snell....(already stashing Giolito)
    Thank you!

  2. Jimmy Nelson is the best name on that list. I would add him. Rich Hill is a good K artist but who knows how long that lasts. Cobb not back until July and Finnegan has control issues. Moore looks good but he is a major sell in July as he will get tired.

  3. So would you drop T. Ross due to his shoulder issue? Or hold?
    My other SP in 10 team Roto 5x5 are

    Ed Rodriguez

    Thanks again!!

    1. I would leave your pitchers the way they are. Maybe a bit too much youth but good youth nonetheless.