Monday, May 16, 2016


Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .238.  Still waiting on that 40 home run season from Stanton whose ill health (or bad luck depending on how you look at it) have prevented the inevitable. 

Ryan Zimmerman:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .234.  Zimmerman has become one big joke whose average AND power are waning badly as his body falls apart continually.  While I did have respect for Zim when he was hitting 25 home runs with a .280 average, those days are clearly a thing of the past and for good.  Nothing but bench fodder at best. 

Jose Fernandez:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.21.  It has been the same narrative for Fernandez all season in every single start as he is walking too many guys but his hit and K rates are tremendous as he reinforces his ace ability. 

Ian Kinsler:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .301.  Who knew that with the erosion of his steals that Kinsler would arguably become an even MORE valuable fantasy baseball second baseman. 

Miguel Cabrera:  1/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .286.  The stroke has looked real good the last two days with a bomb in each and we still see the magic there from time-to-time but not on the everyday basis it once was. 

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .237.  With Cabrera struggling until the last few days, you have to wonder if Martinez' slow start was due to him not getting as good pitches to hit as he once did. 

Manny Machado:  1/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .333.  The power continues to explode here but Machado still has a bagel in the steals column.  Here's hoping Machado is not taking the Mike Trout path to the vanishing stolen base. 

Michael Fulmer:  4 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 6.52.  Fulmer is simply not ready and I expect the Tigers to send him down after this latest clunker.  Good name to store for when he comes back up but Fulmer is a major liability to own in any league.

Jung Ho-Kang:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .292.  I guess we can state in the affirmative that Kang's Korean League power is every bit legit. 

Starling Marte:  1/4 with his 12th SB while hitting .326.  The guy just keeps adding new trick each and every season.  Marte started as a big stolen base guy, the next season he added power, and this season he is supplying a big average.  Instead of Andrew McCutchen in Round 1 this past drafting season, it should have been this guy.

Gerrit Cole:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.05.  It is no small feat shutting down the Chicago Cubs lineup this season and Cole has really gotten into a groove lately after a slow start.  I worry about this elbow and shoulder more than most other aces due to the few scares we have had over the last two seasons but for now all is well. 

Jon Lester:  6.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.86.  Lester has been ridiculous this season as pretty much any Cub hitter or pitcher has been.  While everyone lauds the Mets staff, Lester, Jake Arrieta, and Jason Hammel you can argue have been the most dominant trio thus far.

Eugenio Suarez:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .250.  The average has really cratered which is no shock to me since part of the reason I had Suarez down as a bust for 2016 was due to all the BABIP love he got in 2015.  I was getting a ton of heat early on for how good Suarez was doing but now not so much.  Yes the power has been very good but the slipping average at least bears out some of the concern I had.

Tony Cingrani:  scoreless .2 IP for his third save with an ERA of 3.18.  Cingrani has been incredibly inconsistent as both a reliever and as a starter but saves are saves as they say.  Do what you wish.

Carlos Correa:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .273.  Here we go.  Numbers, numbers everywhere.  This is going to be pretty. 

Xander Bogaerts:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .338.  If Bogaerts can keep up the power, he will take himself to yet another level as a top fantasy baseball shortstop and one of the more valuable players overall.  It is no shock Bogaerts is starting to inch up the power rate as he moves closer to his prime but the fact he is registering such a big average for the second season in a row tells you that his 2015 was no fluke in that area. 

Jonathan Lucroy:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .310.  Lucroy is really boosting his trade value for July as he is almost guaranteed to be a goner at that point.  What is nice to see if that Lucroy's injuries in a very tough 2015 have not hurt him this season. 

Chris Carter:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .254.  Carter has been some bargain thus far as he is back to his tremendous power past and he even is chipping in a useful enough average to where you don't have to cringe looking at the boxscore. 

Adrian Beltre:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .275.  Beltre is still holding his own but honestly the numbers are a clear level or two below his All-Star past.  While the value was solid, we have no regrets not boosting him up for 2016.

Ian Desmond:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .264.  Desmond has picked up a decent haul of hits over the last couple of weeks which took him out of the average gutter and like with Adam Lind and Todd Frazier, switching leagues no doubt had a big hand in that.  The shortstop eligibility runs out this season so enjoy it while it lasts but Desmond is a guy I don't ever foresee owning again. 

Sam Dyson:  scoreless ninth for his second save with an ERA of 1.89.  There it is.  I told you all to stick a fork in Shawn Tolleson/Derrick Turnbow yesterday in the Wrapup and Dyson was the guy I told you to add.  Yuppers.  By the way Dyson pitched yesterday as well in setup so there was no "day off" thing for Tolleson in this game. 

Jason Kipnis:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .267.  I can't believe how boring Kipnis has become the last two years.  I mean Kipnis was a guy we all wanted when he first arrived stealing 30 bases and hitting home runs at an improved rate.  Now?  Not so much as Kipnis has also stopped running way before we anticipated when it comes to his age. 

Tyler Duffy:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.85.  At least one Minnesota Twin hurler is having a fantasy baseball useful season. 

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .287.  Cespedes has not let up one bit with his monstrous power as the dollar signs dance in his head with free agency beckoning yet again. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .295.  Gonzalez was a bit slow with this power output the first half of last season before going all Babe Ruth the second half of the year.  Same thing could be in play again or maybe the Rockies have not played as many home games without taking a look as Gonzalez is as extreme a home/road guy as one can get. 

Jacob DeGrom:  6.1 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.50.  Just like with Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom's arm has not bounced back well from his big workload of 2015.  The ERA is much better then Harvey but the K rate is really lagging.  Again the trends are so strong here when it comes to young pitchers throwing a high amount of innings going through some struggles the following season. 

Adam Eaton:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .303.  Really have developed a strong liking for Eaton due to his quiet but very effective five tool production.  He is your classic guy who doesn't excel in any one category though which makes him come cheaper then he should at the draft table.  Thus it is the Eaton's of the world that often are the difference between winning and losing your league. 

Carlos Beltran:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .246.  Was the 400th home run in what I think is a Hall Of Fame career for Beltran.

Brian McCann:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .276.  Steady as he goes. 

Hector Santiago:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Second straight season of a very good first half for Santiago but given how awful he was once the summer arrived, it is all about him proving he can stay the distance with his stuff. 

Felix Hernandez:  7.1 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.47.  Hernandez has looked pretty much like his usual power ace self through the first month-and-a-half of the season and I will have no problem saying he is fully back as long as he can carry it through the rest of the way unlike 2015 when his numbers soared amid concerns of a dropoff due to his very high inning totals in his still young career.


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