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Sunday, May 8, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .277.  Bradley Jr. once again is showing nice signs of progress in his hitting after completely bombing out and showing he was far from ready to be a major leaguer in 2014.  He is beginning to close the holes in his swing and hitting at the bottom of the lineup takes a whole bunch of heat off of him. 

David Price:  4.2 IP 7 H 6 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 6.75.  This is getting crazy now with Price who is getting destroyed almost every time out this season.  Now one thing that has always been the case with Price is that the Yankees have always knocked him around at a high rate.  Now let's dig in here.  Price's stuff is actually still quite potent as he went into this one with a 12.03 K/9 which is about as high as a starting pitcher can get.  With Price missing bats at a high rate, we turn to the luck which is where lots of bad stuff is happening.  Again going into the Yankee game, Price's BABIP was terribly unlucky at .362.  What is crazy is that Price's FIP ERA is an ace-like 2.88 and his XFIP even better at 2.69.  However Price's velocity is down and more than a bit as he was mostly in the 92-93 range where in the past he was 96-98. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.78.  Eovaldi has flashed more since coming to the Yankees but look at how ugly that ERA still is after a gem of an outing like this.  No thank you.  Never liked the guy and never will. 

Justin Turner:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .260.  Turner's hip has mended well but it took awhile for him to get back as an everyday player.  At one time just a utility man, Turner has shown how good of a natural hitter he can be since 2014.  He is older then you think given the late start but Turner represents some nice value once again since his early DL stay meant no one wanted him at the draft table. 

Joc Pederson:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .276.  Pederson is buried at the bottom of the lineup for the Dodgers which is no shock how he was comically bad in the leadoff spot a year ago.  He still has not done much on the bases after some big minor league numbers there and one has to wonder if his contributions there are already finished.  The power is the name of the game and as long as he can keep the average somewhat useful, Pederson should be fine as your OF 3.  That is still quite a downgrade though after Pederson looked like another George Springer the first half of 2015 before opposing pitchers go a read on him. 

Clayton Kershaw:  7 IP 8 H 2 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.04.  I am almost shocked that Kershaw made it through his early years without Tommy John surgery considering how hard he throws. 

Rougned Odor:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .292.  Look who is crushing the baseball and who is now batting leadoff?  This top five fantasy baseball second baseman that's who. 

Nomar Mazara:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .323.  Doesn't it seem like every game Mazara has two hits?  And we are getting power too to go with the lofty average.  I have to admit I didn't now much about Mazara coming in but me and many others missed the boat on the kid.  What a beautiful swing.  A .347 BABIP is quite lucky but the 15.8 percent K rate and 8.00-plus BB rate are tremendous for a young hitter and point to continued success. 

Adrian Beltre:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .276.  How about an ageless infield of David Ortiz, Brandon Phillips, and Adrian Beltre with whatever shortstop you want? 

Mitch Moreland:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .260.  Cheap pop personified. 

Ian Kinsler:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .308.  Or swap out Phillips in the all ageless infield and put in Kinsler. 

A.J. Griffin:  2.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.94.  Griffin was starting to get hit on the road like he always has done in his career but now his shoulder is barking.  There is a long history of injury here and so a DL stint is likely. 

Rich Hill:  5.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.39.  Now a month into the season, Hill is showing his four-start string of gems a year ago was not a total fluke.  There is a cap on how many innings Hill can withstands but his K rate is insane.

Jon Gray:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.40.  When Gray is pitching on the road, you can see why he was considered a decent pitching prospect coming up the Colorado system.  Alas using a starter for only half his outings and one who we still don't know how good he may be is a waste of a roster spot.

Jake McGee:  second blown save with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 5.91.  McGee has been horrendous so far as the Colorado closer despite big strikeout stuff that he began showing a few seasons ago.  That tells you that McGee may not be able to pass the mental aspect of closing which means he could be out of the gig before too long.  Very disappointing. 

Johnny Cueto:  8.1 IP 8 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.02.  Very good stuff happening here with Cueto which was the easy call after he went back into the NL and in the best pitching park of his career. 

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .288.  Still waiting on the inevitable power surge from Bryant but with the average showing an uptick, maybe he is trying to use all fields with his approach as he matures. 

Kendrys Morales:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .213.  Morales has been on the bench for most of his owners as nothing has gone right yet but stay patient.  The whole Royals lineup has struggled and Morales is capable of big RBI numbers in his cushy spot on the order. 

Ian Kennedy:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.13.  Kennedy is doing his SP 4 thing again and that works just fine again for 2015.  If you need K's toward the bottom of your rotation, Kennedy fits the bill despite his career-long trends of being up and down like an elevator. 

Robinson Cano:  4/5 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .306.  Maybe that intestinal issue that Cano had corrected midway through last season really was the issue for his early struggles in Seattle.  Since the procedure, Cano has hit .315 with a boatload of home runs.  In other words, Yankee numbers.

Kyle Seager:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .234.  This my friends is called BABIP or luck correction.  Told you to buy low.  Can't do it for you.

Nathan Karns:  6.1 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Still not sure why the Rays traded away Karns since they know pitching as well as anyone.  Yeah they goofed. 

Dallas Keuchel:  7 IP 8 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.70.  Much better here but Keuchel still gave up two bombs and remains very hittable.  When I said he was going to be an SP 2 and not an ace this season, maybe I should have said SP 3.

Chris Davis:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .206.  Yup the home run was the only hit of the game for Davis.  Story of his career.

Steven Souza Jr.:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .278.  Souza Jr. deserves some pop for keeping the average in a tidy place after being the reincarnation of Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Young a year ago.  Now if he can maintain it is the bigger question.  50/50 there. 

Alex Colome:  scoreless ninth for his 8th save with an ERA of 2.25.  Colome has been so good at closer that don't assume Brad Boxberger gets the gig back when he returns. 

Shelby Miller:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 7.36.  I guess this is progress.  Not saying much.  One strikeout is pathetic.  So has Miller's pitching all season thus far.  Ugly is not even the word.





 

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