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Thursday, April 14, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Marcus Semien:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .276.  Semien started strong last April as well before his high K rate got the better of him for an inconsistent but still decent enough rookie campaign.  It looks like Semien has tapped into some more power and he has the wheels to steal 20 bases.  20/20 at shortstop is fantasy baseball gold no matter what the average may end up being. 

Matt Shoemaker:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 6.00.  When Shoemaker doesn't give up home runs, he is capable of very good outings like this.  Unfortunately any one single start has the chance to blow up in very ugly fashion and long-term he is not even considered a lock to remain in the rotation.

Delino Deshields:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .267.  Getting a home run from a guy whose value is almost solely dependent on stolen bases is like winning a daily fantasy baseball lottery. 

Robinson Cano:  1/4 with his fifth HR while hitting .189.  Pretty much every hit Cano has this season has been a home run.  Whatever works. 

Adam Conley:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Conley will be a popular pickup tomorrow off this gem but keep in mind the Mets can't hit the broadside of a barn right now.  He was decent as a rookie in 2015 though with a 3.76 ERA and 1.28 WHIP while striking out 59 in 67 innings but I won't go overboard just yet. 

Logan Verrett:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.29.  Verrett threw a spot start gem last season as well in Colorado of all places and he will be the guy if Jacob DeGrom has to go on the DL.  Worth a look in daily fantasy or in NL-only leagues if that takes place. 

Adrian Gonzalez:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .389.  Gonzalez has been hitting well as he usually does to begin a season but it is good he finally got the first home run out of the way.  This is a guy who can go on an absolute tear in that area so count on a bunch over the next two weeks.  April 2015 anyone?

Nick Ahmed: 1/3 with his third HR while hitting .296.  I will repeat what I said the other day in that Ahmed has some good power for a shortstop but this is the same guy who hit .226 last season and has some gaping holes in his swing.  Just a hot stretch that came at the beginning of the season and nothing else.

Alex Wood:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.50.  The search party is still out for all those missing 2014 strikeouts.  Without that its no thank you.

Kris Bryant:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .212. Listen we think the world of Bryant's talent like anyone else but you NEVER saw this publication gush over the guy considering we have issues with his contact skills.  The fact of the matter is that Bryant may not hit above .270 or even that number for that matter as his strikeouts can be crazy bad at times. 

Salvador Perez:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .222.  Guy who took giving up some average for more power somewhat to the extreme.

Jose Altuve:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .297.  Maybe Altuve has ANOTHER power uptick coming after his nice gain there in 2015 that made a fantasy baseball star into a superstar. 

Ken Giles:  2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 12.27.  Remember how many publications out there had Giles as a top five closer for this season?  Yeah that was not us.  Wasn't buying the hype as we had him in the teens. 

Carlos Rodon:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 5 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.38.  It is scary when you see this many walks with Rodon as his control issues are well pronounced but he fought his way through this start.  Overall you can't argue with the ERA and K rate but the walks have to stay down for him to achieve his optimum value. 

Domingo Santana:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .258.  Santana looks funny as a leadoff hitter as his K rate is high but he can run and offer some interesting pop as well.  Stay patient. 

Trevor Rosenthal:  2 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 4.50.  Here is a closer who you always feel should be better then he is.  Rosenthal has no threat to his job right now but for someone who throws 100-mph consistently, he should be much better then he has been.

Chase Anderson:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Anderson is like a Kyle Hendricks type SP 5 who can round out your rotation with decent numbers and a solid enough K Rate to not hurt you which is the name of the game for the guys who take that spot. 

Brandon Belt:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .313.  Pretty much going to any Brandon Belt blurb over the last four years and re-read the sentence "is this finally the year?" 

Nolan Arenado:  4/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .313.  Just once I want to know the tingling sensation you get in owning this monster. 

 

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