Monday, May 2, 2016


Chris Sale:  5.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.66  Sale got the win but he struggled with his control.  Hey it happens to the best of them and Sale is the best of them.  No one talks about how utterly dominant Sale has been the last four years as he truly is a locked-in top five guy among all pitchers. 

Brett Lawrie:  3/3 with his fourth HR while hitting .290.  Lawrie is begging you to pick him up right now and I think I may do just that.  Ballpark has made all the difference.  Health also. 

Danny Espinosa:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .188.  Espinosa is trying in vain to hold off Trea Turner but this is not going to do much to push that off past June 1. 

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.55.  The alarms would have blared if Scherzer struggled again in this one but he looked like his old top five ace self.  We can easily forget April as long as this continues into May and if so, Scherzer will answer in the affirmative that his high innings totals the last few years were not to blame for his early ugly outings. 

Buster Posey:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .284.  Do you really think that Posey won't finish with 20-plus home runs and a .300 average?  As safe an investment as one can make. 

Hunter Pence:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .293.  Pence is awesome.  Nobody ever wants to own him except for me but he is the epitome of dependable.  Yes 2015 was ugly but that was more due to injuries which have not carried over. 

Matt Duffy:  2/4 with 2 steals (2 for season) while hitting .263.  Duffy stealing bases?  Yes please.  Honestly though this was solely due to Noah Syndegaard on the mound who is as slow as they get when it comes to delivery to home plate.

Madison Bumgarner:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.03.  Bumgarner struggled again with control like he has for most of April but the K's are ticking upward and right on schedule.

Noah Syndegaard:  5.2 IP 5 H 4 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.51.  First sign of struggles from Syndegaard this season but it is what it is.  He will soar past 200 strikeouts before you know it. 

Evan Longoria:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .242.  Longoria is holding onto the third spot in the Rays order but his fall from being a former first round pick has been swift the last few seasons.  Right now Longoria looks like a younger Albert Pujols who is swinging for the fences and not doing anything else. 

Josh Donaldson:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .293.  Ho-hum. 

Troy Tulowitzki:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .172.  Wow has Tulo been ugly and it marks the second season in a row he has dropped across the board in numbers.  Lots of injuries in Tulo's past which look like they are starting to firmly eat into his numbers.  Been telling you to avoid him for years and now there is no reason to even take him at a discount. 

Marcus Stroman:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.77.  The WHIP is now 0.95 as Stroman's stuff continues to point toward ace status.  From the start I have loved everything about Stroman but the only knock is that his K's tend to fluctuate. 

Jake Odorizzi:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.12.  The WHIP is now down to 1.18 as Odorizzi is picking up where he left off in his big but underreported 2015.  The K rate is very intriguing and potentially potent with more development but at this very moment Odorizzi is squarely in SP 3 territory. 

Marcell Ozuna:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .227.  Second game in a row with a homer from Ozuna whose lack of plate discipline has really stalled his career.  The power remains interesting but this is still in only watch mode.

Domingo Santana:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .259.  Santana carried some sleeper hype coming into the season and he has been pretty good thus far.  Nothing earth-shattering by any means but Santana leading off with his decent power keeps him in your everyday lineup in the outfielder 3 slot. 

Chris Carter:  3/5 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .278.  On and on the power goes with Carter who has gone into May with a decent average for the first time in forever.  He will be in the .250 range or more likely worse before too long but it looks like his off 2015 is now the outlier.  30 home runs is a very good possibility. 

John Jaso:  1/6 with his second HR while hitting .306.  Second game with a home run for Jaso himself who continues to do a nice job leading off as one of the more disinteresting players in fantasy baseball.  Jaso will be lucky to hit more than 8 home runs given his career trends but those in OBP leagues can find a place for him.

Gregory Polanco:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .315.  Polanco is now up to the number five spot in the lineup as he has hit so well that the move was a necessity.  This will of course help his RBI numbers but Polanco's steals continue to be neutered.  Still the development is obvious as Polanco is cutting his previously high K rate which dragged his average down prior.  The is one stock on the upswing. 

Carlos Santana:  1/3 with his fourth HR while hitting .244.  The average is inching up a bit here which is always the key with Santana who has hurt his owners badly there in the past.  He is very blah no doubt and has no place on my team now and forever given the average issues. 

Danny Salazar:  7 IP  H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.40.  Yeah we were a year too early in extremely hyping Salazar back in 2014 but the guy is now on the doorstep of fantasy baseball ace status as the walks are fading more and more. 

Vincent Velasquez:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.44.  Nice outing from Velasquez who struggled a bit since his huge 16-K game.  We feel very confident Velasquez will be very good like this for another two months or so before you got to cut bait as the innings pile up.  Very good long-term outlook. 

Nick Castellanos:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .361.  It is tough to get attention as an upstart fantasy baseball third baseman in this day and age of Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado, Kris Bryant, and Maikel Franco but Castellanos is trying. 

Julio Teheran:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.72.  Yeah Teheran is looking for attention again after this one but we have been there and done that too often.  There is no start that is not edge of your seat when it comes to this guy so no thank you. 

Alex Rodriguez:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .203.  Rodriguez is really locking in right now and is the only Yankee that is hitting worth a darn.  Throw him into the UTIL slot until he cools. 

Travis Shaw:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .322.  Shaw continues to do nothing but hit since he came up last season but again like with Nick Castellanos, third base is tough to break into as a starter.  Not enough power on a per game basis but the average speaks for itself. 

David Price:  6 ER in 7 IP with an ERA of 6.14.  Wow Price has been absolutely brutal this season and it is not easing up now that we are into May.  Too easy to say it is the AL East and it would be false as Price became a Cy Young winner in the division.  Yes the ballpark is rough but he excelled in Toronto last season.  I see a Crisis Point on the way. 


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