Sunday, May 15, 2016


Yan Gomes:  1/4 while hitting .167.  Gomes continues to frustrate as we have not even seen a glimpse of the guy who seemed to be on the verge of being a prime hitting catcher in 2014.  There is no reason to even own the guy until we see a modicum of consistency which doesn't seem to be in the cards by the looks of things. 

Kevin Jepsen:  1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 5.65.  Jepsen can't pitch a clean innings and that makes picking up Trevor May even more imperative.  May has been dealing with a high K rate all season thus far and seems like the next failed starter to make it as a very good reliever. 

Anthony Rizzo:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .279.  A month ago many were worried about the awful average Rizzo was toting.  Not me of course but it just goes to show you that guys with such tremendous skills will always get to their usual haul eventually. 

Addison Russell:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .263.  Russell is not my kind of infielder as he simply doesn't run.  That means in my book he has to hit for power AND average and he is not there in the latter.  Russell is still very young so he has plenty of time to improve but think Jhonny Peralta here.  Yeah not so exciting now is he?

Jake Arrieta:  8 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.29.  Arriet's WHIP is a ridiculous 0.84.  Again it is Clayton Kershaw and everyone else among starting pitchers but that everyone else line could very well start with this guy. 

Todd Frazier:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting 220.  Frazier is one pace for a career-high in home runs as he is absolutely locked and loaded right now.  Basically nothing is getting past Frazier down the middle with his power swing. 

Jose Quintana:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.54.  Quintana excelled as a lefty against the Yankees so no shock there.  What would be a shock right now is Quintana getting hit hard in any one start since it has not happened yet.  The only thing I am upset about now is that my annual value play draft pick of Quintana is performing so good now that the cat is out of the bag. 

Christian Yelich:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .328.  We said a few years ago that Yelich could be a future batting champion and look where we are.  It took awhile for Yelich to find his footing but boy is he a line drive machine right now. 

Wilson Ramos:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .359.  I won't even say anything here about Ramos so as not to jinx him.  Talk about waiting awhile for this. 

Stephen Strasburg:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.95.  Strasburg is now 6-0 as he is healthy for now and throwing darts.  We would have loved to see a full season of Strasburg aiming for a new contract but this is good enough. 

George Springer:  1/6 with his 9th HR while hitting .264.  Another moonshot from Springer who is getting into one of those beautiful power runs.  While I am not a total fan due to the ugly average, Springer has already shown that any comparison to Joc Pederson is laughable. 

Carlos Correa:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .275.  Admit it.  You are a Correa owner who expected explosive numbers from the start.  While Correa has still been very good, you actually feel somewhat letdown.  Please.  I wish I had those issues. 

David Ortiz:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .320.  Yes the power is awesome but Ortiz actually picked up a triple.  In the same month Bartolo Colon went yard.  The end of time is near. 

Clay Buchholz:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 6.11.  Just love busting on this guy.  It is so easy to do. 

Matt Andriese:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.56.  Do the Rays do pitching or what?  Andriese's outing here was one of the most impressive of the season without throwing a no-hitter but now let me throw some cold water on this.  With the Rays pitching thing clearly in his favor, Andriese screamed out mediocrity going back to his so-so minor league numbers.  The K rate is very average and straddles being below average and that is major trouble in the AL East.  Working both as a starter and a reliever for the Rays in 2015, Andriese put up a 4.11 ERA and 6.72 K/9.  Still interested? 

Kole Calhoun:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .305.  Been awhile since Calhoun's name has appeared in this space and that is because his home run rate is down.  On the flip side, Calhoun's K rate is down by a large margin from 2015 (23.9 to 16.8) which is boosting the average.  Maybe if the two stats meet in the middle we can all be happy.

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .203.  Yeah Pujols has the whole Adam Dunn thing down pat in this very late stage of his career.

Mike Trout:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .306.  Still nothing in the way of steals for the third season in a row for Trout despite his annual spring vow to run more.  It is time we forget that part of his game once existed and instead focus on the other four categories which are always incredibly productive. 

Adam Lind:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .229.  Man Lind has been bad.  He is doing the whole Todd Frazier changing leagues and hitting for an awful average against new pitchers thing but the difference between the two is that the Mariners DH is not hitting for power.  I still believe but Lind has got to pick it up. 

Hisashi Iwakuma:  6.1 IP 9 H 4 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.38.  The WHIP is 1.40 and Iwakuma looks OLD! 

Steve Cishek:  third blown save with 3 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 3.10.  Second blown save in a row for Cishek after I said the last one that it was not time to worry.  Now there is decent concern for Cishek to throw a clean inning his next time out.  Please don't let this be a repeat of 2015 as that was some of the worst closing performances I had seen in awhile. 

Corey Seager:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .283.  No failure to launch here as many grew concerned about a quiet April.  Seager right on track now to put up the very good but not dominant 2016 I forecasted all along.

Adrian Gonzalez:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .290.  The home runs have been scarce so far for Gonzalez but he is doing everything else according to his career norms.  As always that is the more telling statistic and a few hot streaks with the long ball will get Gonzalez back where he should be there as well.

Carlos Martinez:  5 IP 5 H 4 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.14.  Ugly.  I told you all to avoid Martinez this season and few listened.  The shoulder is bad and now all of a sudden he is getting it?  Not a coincidence. 

Scott Kazmir:  8.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.89.  Been a brutal season so far for Kazmir but his last two times out were good to very good.  He has always been a first half guy so Kazmir could continue this run into July but you know what to do after.

Troy Tulowitzki:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .185.  Albert Pujols likes this batting line. 

Shawn Tolleson:  third blown save with 3 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 7.07.  Done.  Turn out the lights here as Sam Dyson will be named the new closer today or at least a committee.  Remember I said Tolleson had to prove he was no Derrick Turnbow one-year wonder this season and he failed epically. 

Neil Walker:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .272.  Walker was in a huge slump coming into this game so a trip to Coors Field is always a remedy to fix that issue.  Put him back in.

Jake McGee:  scoreless ninth for his 11th save with an ERA of 3.60.  Things have stabilized here which is a big positive for us counting on McGee's mental makeup as a closer. 

Hunter Pence:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .288.  Standard operating procedure. 

Aaron Nola:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.89.  I am in love.  There is a new member in my obsession club and Nola is in it.  Record arrival rate too considering how young he is.  Nola has exceeded even my expectations and is quickly on track to be a fantasy baseball ace. 

Odubel Herrera:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .336.  I am in love 2.0.  Unlike Nola, I own Herrera and did a sleeper piece on him during the winter.  Remember there can be some insane values with young players on bad teams and Herrera oozed potential with his speed and developing power.  Yup.

Miguel Cabrera:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .281.  We have talked about it since the end of 2014 that Cabrera's body was starting to betray him and his sliding home run rate backs this up.  While still effective, the days of Cabrera even being a second round pick look finished unless he strongly rebounds. 

Adam Jones:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .259.  Fourth home run in five games for Jones.  Amazing what a sound body can do for a slugger.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/3 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .258.  If you have speed elsewhere in your lineup, Schoop has shown he can do a Neil Walker impersonation for you.

Matt Wieters:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .232.  Injuries have ruined the career of Wieters as he is nothing but a waiver catcher injury replacement. 


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