Sunday, May 1, 2016


Kyle Seager:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .159.  The average remains putrid but Seager is a very good BUY LOW as he is in historically awful BABIP luck right now which of course will turn.  The power is what you really like here and Seager can also still chip in a few steals with around a .260 average.  The rough start might make the average around .250 but everything else should be in line.

Seth Smith:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .298.  Smith is a useful piece in deeper formats if you platoon him when only a lefty is on the mound.  Been the story of his career and that won't change now.

Wade Miley:  9 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.06.  Nice outing but Miley is nothing but a soft-tossing joke in mixed leagues. 

Yordano Ventura:  4 IP 3 H 5 ER 6 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.67.  This outing was as ugly as it look in speaking about a joke.  Ventura is a joke himself because for a guy who can throw as hard as he can, he is squarely in the Nathan Eovaldi territory when it comes to ineffectiveness despite high 90's stuff.  We are past the sleeper stage now and so Ventura can be graded on who he is which is just a middling starting pitcher. 

Fernando Rodney:  scoreless ninth for his fourth save with an ERA of 0.00.  Go figure,  I guess Rodney is going to be around until he is 60. 

Matt Shoemaker:  7 ER in 2.1 IP with an ERA of 9.15.  Now maybe I can finally stop talking about this guy which should have been the case last season but some still think his strikeouts are worth looking into. 

Derek Holland:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 1 K with an ERA of 2.48.  Only one strikeout here but Holland's big start could be an indication that all his injuries are robbing his velocity and than in response he has adjusted.  We hate the ballpark which is tough on lefties like Holland and that makes him more of an SP 5 at best in mixers. 

Mitch Moreland:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .257.  Moreland's power is coming along now after a quiet start but now firmly into his prime, what we saw out of him last season is pretty much all you can get optimally this year.  UTIL or CI only. 

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .176.  Likely selling out more and more to an all-or-nothing approach due to age, Pujols can still crack a high number of home runs but the damage to your team batting average is becoming extreme and make an investment very iffy. 

Brandon Drury:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .294.  It was said that Drury will play as long as he his hitting which he obviously is doing.  The guy was only a 13th round draft pick and did very little in the minors worth mentioning.  Sure you can ride it out but we have seen countless cases like this that go into the gutter real quick. 

Zack Greineke:  7 IP 8 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.50.  Greinke gave up more hits and walks then innings pitched which is not where you want your fantasy baseball pitchers to be.  We could be dealing with a situation where this could be as good as a Greinke start might get now that he is in a prime offensive ballpark.  Very disappointing so far. 

Brett Lawrie:  1/3 with his 3rd HR and 2nd SB while hitting .267.  Now that Lawrie is back in an offensive park after dealing with O.Co Coliseum in Oakland a year ago, he carries some post-hype appeal.  Clearly we all overhyped Lawrie when he first came out of the minors as he simply is not that type of a star hitter but those hurting for a second baseman can make the add.

Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .229.  Frazier is hitting home runs are his customary rates but the average obviously is a drag so far.  Remember though that Frazier was only a .260 guy at his best prior to this season given the high K rate in his bat and the adjustment to the AL took a few more points away.  Otherwise he is the same player. 

Pedro Alvarez:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .224.  Now just a part-time guy in Baltimore, Alvarez's career has dovetailed. 

Mat Latos:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 1.84.  A correction is obviously coming here as Latos has gone WAY above and beyond what his rates and previous numbers suggested.  Keep in mind though that he is healthy for the first time in years and his adjustment to solid offspeed stuff is working well enough.

Francisco Liriano:  6.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Liriano has dealt with some early control woes which is nothing new considering the scope of his career.  This could be the start of a nice turnaround here and believe it or not Liriano has been so good since arriving in Pittsburgh that he gets the benefit of the doubt. 

Jerad Eickhoff:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.15.  This was very good to see as Eickhof got his head beat in during his last start and the fact he adjusted back to his big start is key to him being a top-end starter in fantasy baseball.  We have liked Eickhoff for awhile and the only caveat is a late summer fade due to fatigue. 

Marcell Ozuna:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .229.  Right now Ozuna's 2014 debut by far is the best performance by the guy which is a problem.  He doesn't have a lot of fans in the Miami front office so he better pick it up.  Should be owned as nothing but a bench bat.

Derek Dietrich:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .278.  Dietrich has picked up some big hits in limited time this season but when you are known more for getting into it with Tino Martinez, that is a big issue for his potential fantasy baseball ownership levels. 

 David Ortiz:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .321.  This guy is amazing.  Ortiz will join Fernando Rodney as still being active at the age of 60 if he wants.  No matter how he is doing it, Ortiz is going to go out with 30 home runs and 100 RBI.

Rick Porcello:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.76.  Listen if you want to run out and pick up Porcello be my guest.  Don't come crying to me asking me what happened when he has an ERA north of 4.00 in another month. 

Jesse Hahn:  6.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Hahn has pitched well when given the chance in the past and he should be added as a solid SP 5. 

Michael Conforto:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .365.  Magical stuff is happening here as Conforto is as hot as any hitter in fantasy baseball.  Remember it was I who did a sleeper post on him way back in January saying he was capable of a .300 average and 25 home runs.  You heard it here first. 


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