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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Evan Longoria:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .240.  At this getting late stage of Longoria's career (which can now be considered somewhat disappointing given where he started), his power and nothing else game is a dime a dozen.

Corey Dickerson:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .187.  Boy you just know that Dickerson is already pining for Colorado on a daily basis.  I mean we knew the average would plummet when he left Coors Field but this is ridiculous.  We are talking Adam Dunn right now and with less pure power. 

Ketel Marte:  4/5 with his first HR while hitting .297.  A home run is a nice bonus from Marte but overall it is nice seeing him hit so well the last week or so.  The second spot is almost fantasy baseball gold for his runs and steals and so this is one stock trending northward. 

Matt Moore:  4.2 IP 7 H 2 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.83.  Wow have the wheels fallen off here for Moore is all of a sudden is back to his old inconsistent ways.  The re-appearance of the ugly control is a big problem and now Moore is trending toward DROP territory just like that after a huge first three weeks.  Some guys just can't run away from their overall stat lines. 

Felix Hernandez:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.27.  Another two months and we will start to see if Hernandez has trouble finishing again.  Guys whose arms begin losing juice always start trending that way and then the bottom falls out entirely. 

Curtis Granderson:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .215.  The average has to come up here as Granderson is not getting it done there just yet.  .250 is the benchmark but Granderson is no guarantee to even get there. 

Steven Matz:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.86.  Matz wins again as his recent dominant run continues.  The lefty really has it all working right now and his rapid fire approach to his work constantly keeps hitters off balance. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .254.  What do you know.  Encarnacion's average is heading upward and his power is getting well into gear.  Where have we seen this in May before?  Umm every single season. 

Aaron Sanchez:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 5 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.58.  Sanchez' control gets away from him from time to time as it did in this one but the overall numbers continue to point to decent breakout and great value. 

Eric Hosmer:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .336.  Hosmer is on a career-high home run pace right now and his pure hitting has never been better.  Clearly rushed to the majors before he was ready, Hosmer endured his inconsistent years before breaking through fully the second half of 2014 and seems here to stay now as a top ten fantasy baseball first baseman.  Even better, he is now putting himself into usage in dauly leagues with the increased pop at first base and not strictly at UTIL or CI. 

Alex Gordon:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .233.  Nobody cares about Gordon anymore and that is understandable considering he doesn't run anymore, the average has sunk as his speed can't beat the BABIP curve like it did in the past, and the power is shaky. 

Csrlos Beltran:  2/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .245.  First sign of Beltran emerging from his two-week struggles at the dish which is nice to see but you all know hei barely now more than a low-end outfielder 3.  If the Yanks keep struggling too, Beltran is the easy piece to trade to a team who could use him at DH which could be a slight boost to his numbers. 

Brian McCann:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .267.  The .267 average is quite high for the version of McCann he has been the last five years or so.  Generally McCann is holding onto all his customary numbers as moves further into his 30's.

Brett Gardner:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .240.  So annoying that Gardner won't run anymore.  Without the steals, do you even want to bother?  I don't think so.

Jake Lamb:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .291.  Very tough to get noticed at third base now when your hitting given the massive starts that have emerged here the last few seasons but Lamb should be owned in all leagues as his average has been terrific since a year ago and there is a bit of 12-15 home runs pop to offer.  Believe me you could do a hell of a lot worse.

Jean Segura:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .341.  Amazing how the while change of scenery thing works for some guys as it clearly is in this case.  Segura is hitting everythign in sight, running, and supply some pop.  Basically performing like the five-star stud we all fought others for a few years ago.  Believe the numbers folks as this comeback is legit.

Tyler Chatwood:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.09.  Reason number 179498239 why you never should own any Colorado hurler. 

Todd Frazier:  4/6 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .215.  Yeah I know the average is incredibly frustrating right now but everything else is falling in line with what Frazier has always done.  I will take him off your hands. 

Rougned Odor:  2/6 with his 7th HR while hitting .298.  Upward and onward we go.  Stardom here we come. 

Shawn Tolleson:  1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 5.84.  The Ghost of Derrick Tunrbow lives on.

Corey Kluber:  2.2 IP 5 H 5 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.14.  The WHIP is 1.07 so still won't panic here and would entertain a buy low.  Like with David Price, the rate stats all check out but the velocity is down a bit which is lessening margins for error.  In fact get a daily double on buying low on both.

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .239.  Martinez is a bit slow out of the gates but I expect another home run tonight or the latest tomorrow.  That is how he rolls. 

Nick Castellanos:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .380.  I already called Castellanos' big start a MIRAGE so I am wedded to rooting for him to fail.  Clearly though hitting behind of Miguel Cabrera has its benefits. 

Daniel Murphy:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .398.  Murphy seems hell-bent on winning the batting title and is providing solid power which is making his 2015 burst look more realistic.  While the steals were short-lived and vanished forever, Murphy's power uptick is doing more than enough to offset this.

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 6 H 4 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.76.  The ball got up a bit on Strasburg in this one but he just got a huge extension so life is good for the volatile to own Nats hurler. 

Jonathan Villar:  2/5 with his 9th SB while hitting .264.  If you weren't able to get your hands on the resurgent Danny Santana for a steals burst, this post-hype sleeper will work just fine.

Jose Fernandez:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 4 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.54.  Excellent outing for Fernandez but he is still fighting the walks which no doubt is due to the Tommy John since he was tremendous there before the surgery. 

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .303.  Bradley Jr. is really starting to take off now for the Boston Red Sox and those who picked him up late in their draft.  Having a tough time knocking the guy as this breakthrough started the second half of last season which makes it more legit. 

Sonny Gray:  7 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 6.09.  Already did a Crisis Point on Gray last week and the same worries still apply.  Control and home run rate are trending for the third year in a row in the wrong direction and Gray was never a big K guy to overcome that totally.  Unlike Price and Kluber, I would NOT buy low or go near Gray.

 

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