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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Byung-Ho Park:  2/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .233.  I said a few days ago that Park has to hit at least .240 to be worth using more than a light day fill-in and he is almost there.  The power is tremendous as Park is already showing but his plus-30 percent K rate is as bad as it gets.  Even at his best Park could be just a .240 hitter and that could be asking a lot.

Jeremy Jeffress:  scoreless ninth for his fifth save with an ERA of 0.00.  So much for that training camp duel between Jeffress and Will Smith.  Jeffress has been terrific and is now a perfect 5-for-5 in save chances. 

Kyle Seager:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .152.  It feels like these were the first two hits of the season for Seager.  We all know he is a .260 hitter with 25 home runs and we will stick with that belief until he proves otherwise.

Carlos Carrasco:  6/1 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.79.  Carrasco's WHIP is 1.03.  Love him.  Used to hate him.  This is fantasy baseball. 

Manny Machado:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .392.  Who knew that Machado would already be more valuable then Miguel Cabrera who I publicly compared to him too right when he was first promoted before the knee injuries. 

Matt Wieters:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .265.  Wieters is kind of just another name right now due to how much time he has missed due to his elbow injuries.  Will no doubt revisit this if he can continue to hold off Caleb Joseph and stay healthy. 

Marcus Stroman:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.13.  Now 3-0, all Stroman does is win games.  The ERA will come down and Stroman will be the ace we projected. 

Roberto Osuna:  scoreless 1.1 IP for his sixth save with an ERA of 2.45.  So much for the blister. 

Curtis Granderson:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .151.  The Mets hit like 16949230 home runs the last two games in Philly. 

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .286.  This is the Cespedes who hit 17 home runs in his two month stint with the Mets last season. 

Neil Walker:  2/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .245.  Yeah the Mets are not thinking about Daniel Murphy much these days.  The two homers came against a lefty which is shocking since Walker was pretty much useless against southpaws in 2015.  Walker reportedly corrected a hitch in his righty swing and needless to say the results are beyond impressive. 

Lucas Duda:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .229.  Second game in a row with a homer for Duda.  Likely to make it a third tomorrow as Duda gets crazy hot with the power like few others in baseball. 

Michael Conforto:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .316.  I tweeted after the homer that Conforto was the first SLEEPER post we did for 2015 this past winter.  Yeah that was a good place to start as Conforto is likely not coming out of the three spot for the next five years. 

Logan Verrett:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.69. Verrett has thrown three games in three starts for the Mets as a fill-in going back to last season.  As dominant as Verrett has been, there is no room for him in the rotation when Jacob DeGrom returns.  No need to make an add here but it just goes to show you how stupidly rich the Mets are in pitching. 

Vince Velasquez:  4.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.93.  An error helped keep the earned runs to a minimum but Velasquez had nothing tonight.  This just one start after he struck out 16 batters but more often then not such a dominant outing is usually followed by a dud.  Remember Michael Pineda turned to mush immediately after he struck out 16 in a start last season.  Velasquez' velocity was down more than a little in this one as he no doubt was dealing with a tired arm. 

Robert Stephenson:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Yes I want to see more and yes pick him up.

J.J. Hoover:  2 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 15.19.  Watch for Caleb Cotham as a darkhorse closer candidate. 

Jarrod Saltalamacchia:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .300.  Sure why the heck not?  Anytime a catcher is hitting like this you pick him up and ride it out.  Even quite possibly the most boring player on the planet in Salty. 

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .256.  It was like Perez and Salty were saying to one another "Top This!" 

Shane Greene:  7 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 7.15.  Looks like we have a new candidate for worst starting pitcher in the major leagues. 

Yordano Ventura:  5 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.81.  Not good enough and honestly it rarely ever is for the underachieving Ventura whose ERA is being helped by a very lucky strand rate and whose 1.50 WHIP tells the story of how shaky he has been pitching. 

Ryan Madson:  scoreless ninth for his fifth save with an ERA of 2.25.  Sean Doolittle owners didn't even know what hit them. 

Drew Smyly:  8 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.91.  Not surprised by this in the least as health was the only thing ever holding the hulking Smyly back.  Monster strikeout potential here which we are already seeing and I wish I would have taken my own advice and reached for Smyly in the Experts League draft. 

Wil Myers:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .281.  I like seeing Myers out of the leadoff spot where his power can do some more damage.  Hope that wrist is feeling good so we can finally get a read regarding how good the guy really is.

Derek Norris:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .156.  Going back to last July, Norris has like 7 hits altogether.  Not really but he has been completely limp with the bat which removes him from even catcher 2 territory. 

Francisco Liriano:  4.1 IP 6 H 4 ER 5 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.11.  Hey the old Liriano is back!  Not really as Liriano has been so good for quite a bit of time now in Pittsburgh.  This is a clear reminder of what he used to be and lord knows we never want to go back to that again.  Liriano does have an outing like this once and awhile but unlike in the past he can now work his way out of it. 

Robbie Ray:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.96.  Ray has had some decent moments the last few years but he has never really been able to sustain it which puts him squarely in the SP 5 range until he proves otherwise. 

Jose Altuve:  1/5 with his fifth HR while hitting .304.  As long as you keep running bro, this latest power surge is way fine by me.

George Springer:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .281.  Third game in a row with a home run from Springer who has breathtaking ability that could result in an easy 25/25 if he just remembers to keep running enough.

Prince Fielder:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .173.  Fielder is working his way out of an early slump but it is old news now in terms of his power now only being in the 20-25 range but with a nice batting average.  Works more ideally in your CI or UTIL slot. 

Todd Frazier:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .182.  I have been hearing a lot of yelling and whining about Frazier's slow start but keep in mind he switched leagues in the offseason and that almost always requires an adjustment stint.  Frazier was also never much of an average guy either so .260 is about as good as your are going to get with the guy.  As long as the homers continue to fly out which they should, things will be just peachy.

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .220.  Abreu is one of those hitters who may slump from time-to-time but who you look up in September and see a .300 average staring back at you.  Season is not yet three weeks old yet people. 





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