Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Andrew McCutchen:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .228.  I think next year the Pirates need to hypnotize McCutchen prior to the season beginning and convince him it is really May and not April. 

Jason Hammel:  5 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.24.  Only two more months until you have to sell high.  Guys with terrific control and solid K rates like Hammel are always undervalued in fantasy baseball.  Numbers will always be there under that combo barring some BABIP bad luck. 

Gerrit Cole:  4.2 IP 6 H 5 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.95.  The WHIP is ugly at 1.35 as Cole has not been his ace self.  With no word about any sort of injury, we have to simply assume Cole is fighting his location and nothing more.  Buy low. 

Khris Davis:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .234.  All Davis does is hit home runs.  That works nicely once again in your OF slot as long as you have average covered.  Even better, own Davis as a plug in guy when he is hot and bench when the inevitable 0-for-15 arrives. 

Nathan Karns:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.81.  Karns is rounding into form nicely as his WHIP is down to 1.24 as he now is making me look smart and not utterly stupid for pumping him up as an underrated SP 4.

Nomar Mazar:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .333.  Mazara has done nothing but hit since moving into the two hole and debuting with the Rangers and we are now into the second month of this.  With a low K rate and an excellent eye, Mazara is a natural .300 hitter with moderate power that could uptick with mroe develpoment. 

A.J. Griffin:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.32.  Wow now Griffin is excelling on the road as well.  Griffin has never done much of anything on the road prior to this season as he remained just a home stream.  I am not buying anything near what we are seeing right now with the exception of Griffin's home numbers.  Be very careful on the road given the history as you need to guard against over confience if you are an owner of the guy. 

Jon Gray:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 7.98.  Double-digit K starts will draw attention from all corners and Gray was considered a decent pitching prospect coming up the minor league ladder.  Alas do you really want to own stock in ANY Colorado starter?  If you are desperate I guess you can stream on the road or pair Gray with Griffin and go with that setup.

James Shields:  6 IP 9 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.23.  Shields is pitching pretty well but he also has a high strand rate that won't sustain.  All those years of heavy usage have made him nothing more than an SP 3 at this stage.

George Springer:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .269.  Springer has pretty much been where I expected him to be numbers-wise outside of maybe a slight dip in power.  Will likely heat up as the weather becomes warmer but you won't get anywhere near a buy low scenario on this well-hyped outfielder. 

Preston Tucker:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .200.  Tucker is a non-story right now until he gets up to arounnd .250.  Solid power or not.

Dallas Keuchel:  4.1 IP 7 H 5 ER 5 BB 3 K with an ERA of 5.11.  Keuchel's WHIP is now 1.57 as he has been a total disaster.  While I didn't call for Keuchel to be this bad, the fact he is struggling is no shock to me.  Go back and ready ANYTHING I wrote on the guy which in the end told you to AVOID the outlier that wash is 2015.  Sorry if you didn't listen. 

Jose Berrios:  5.1 IP 3 H 2 ER 5 BB 8 K with an ERA of 6.75.  The 8 strikeouts in less than 6 innings are a hint at what is to come from a full and mature Berrios but it could take until well into 2016 to get that pitcher.  Growing pains, growing pains, growing pains. 

Gio Gonzalez:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 1.15.  On a staff with Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer, this guy has been the best. 

Jonathan Papelbon:  scoreless ninth for his ninth save with an ERA of 2.38.  After some early struggles, two weeks have gone by and Paps is back to his old top five closer self. 

Brandon Crawford:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .254.  Crawford will never help you in average unless he gets a bunch of BABIP luck so no reason to complain about the near-straddling of .250.  He does have to pick it up in the power department however to earn even 75 percent of his draft price.

Joey Votto:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .231.  Starting to see some signs of Votto emerging from the fog.  He is much too good a hitter to continue on like this and I would absolutely advise for a BUY LOW in talking up to his nervous owner how bad he looks. 

Brandon Finnegan:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.97.  Finnegan has been decent but I am not a big fan and instead prefer Jerad Eickhoff or even more Aaron Nola. 

Johnny Cueto:  6 ER 5 IP with an ERA of 3.61.  Tough going against your old team in your old digs. 

David Wright:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .266.  Wright not generating much power can't be a shock considering he is dealing with the spinal stenosis.  15 homers is about the maxmium I expected heading into the season and that was also had to do with the scheduled high numbers of missed games due to rest. 

Lucas Duda:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .256.  The path will meander like a stream but Duda will have his customary numbers by the end of the season. 

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .289.  Right now the gamble Cespedes took in taking a one-year deal to cash in again next winter is coming up aces. 

Bartolo Colon:  8 IP 7 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.56.  Colon has always been a very strong pitcher out of the gates before age and fatigue due to his body frame wilt in the summer heat.  You have another month of fun to go. 


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