Monday, May 23, 2016


Logan Morrison:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .176.  You got issues when you are known more for his Twitter habits then hitting a baseball. 

Miguel Cabrera:  3/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .315.  Over the last two weeks Cabrera has been every bit the early first round monster he was a short while ago.  Age has no doubt robbed some numbers from the bottom line but when the swing is right, there is no one better.

Victor Martinez:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .329.  Martinez can teach a class on pure hitting and it is nice to see the power again after the complete flameout of 2015.  Guy is not going away yet.

Chris Archer:  6 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 5.16.  See similarities to Matt Harvey?  Note to self and to everyone else:  avoid young pitchers who make a big jump in innings the season after.  The numbers are all very ugly under this scenario and that could make someone like Noah Syndegaard scary for 2017. 

Jordan Zimmerman:  5.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.52.  Got his seventh win before departing with a groin injury that may or may not end up with a trip to the DL.  Zim has been shockingly good in defying all convention going from the NL to the AL and all of this despite a mediocre K Rate which is always trouble in the DH league.

Madison Bumgarner:  7.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.17.  You can't get anything off Bumgarner right now as he is as locked in as one gets.  Remember that we said it was only a matter of time before Bumgarner figured things out after his second straight early April bump in the road and boy did he put the hammer down since.  Basically you group Bum in with Chris Sale and Jake Arrieta. 

Jacoby Ellsbury:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .275.  Ellsbury is on a nice little run right now but the next injury should be on tap in another week or so.  Then Ellsbury will be day-to-day for another week.

Brian McCann:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .258.  Standard operating procedure personified.  What is funny here is that every season we all chase other upstart looking fantasy baseball catchers and year after year McCann still goes out and swats 20 home runs and collects 75 RBI.  Yet McCann continues to get treated like old news.

Michael Pineda:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 6.34.  Talked a lot about Pineda last week and the advanced metrics all point to a turn for the better and probably by a sizable margin since he is still missing a ton of bats.  Overall though I still don't advise a buy low as the summer slide will approach soon.

Justin Turner:  1/1 with his 4th HR while hitting .232.  It takes hitters about three weeks or so if they miss the majority or all of spring training with injury to find their swing.  Said Turner was done with that trial run a few days ago and now he has hit 2 home runs since.

Kenta Maeda:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.29.  Yet another shaky outing on Maeda whose ERA has jumped a full two runs over the last three weeks.  Correction, correction, correction.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .270.  Doing a better impression of Robinson Cano then Robinson Cano. 

Nomar Mazara:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .304.  No letup in sight here as Mazara is a line-drive machine with burgeoning power.  Missed the boat on this one when Mazara was coming up but he has the type of pure swing that elicits some Manny comparisons.

Evan Gattis:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .244.  Yeah all of these home runs will look nice once the catcher eligibility is gained here. 

Dallas Keuchel:  7 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.92.  I mean I really don't have to say anything anymore that I already haven't said.  I will let the numbers speak for themselves which would be screaming out "The Fantasy Sports Boss told you to avoid him." 

Cole Hamels:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.83.  It seems like if you are a veteran starter age 30 or above, you have a better chance of holding your ratios in switching from the NL to the AL like we have seen from Hamels and Zimmerman.

Jose Bautista:  1/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .230.  While about as opposite a player as you can get in terms of being a classic leadoff hitter, the move to the top spot in the order has coincided with the biggest power surge of the season for Bautista.  Sometimes the attention snaps to the forefront when a move around the lineup commences. 

Josh Donaldson:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .250.  Donaldson's average is actually not a major shock as he has had contact issues going back to his Oakland days and Rogers Center kept that from being an issue a year ago.  He is more .280 then .250 but also more .280 then .300 when luck is equal. 

Marcus Stroman:  7.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.89.  You want a few more K's here but Stroman continues his ascent toward being a fantasy baseball staff ace. 

Todd Frazier:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .228.  Geez the average is still putrid but Frazier was only a .260 guy to begin with so it is what it is.  Can't argue with the massive power though which remains the key number emanating from a Frazier swing. 

Zack Greinke:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.59.  Came on the road in a pitcher's park in St. Louis so Greinke is far from out of the struggle woods right now. 

Justin Bour:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .254.  Even if Bour hits 25 home runs this season, he will still be around in the late middle rounds of next season's fantasy baseball draft.  Just watch.  Guys like this always slip through the cracks where they then end up on my wining team.

Adam Conley:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.15.  I didn't co crazy when Conley got off to a hot start and told you all not to overreact despite the decent K rate.  Now look.  The WHIP is also 1.43 people. 

Max Scherzer:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.80.  Yet another home run given up which has derailed what has been the usual dominant stuff from Scherzer.  If he can get that more under control, he is back to being the number 2 guy in the game among starters.

Noah Syndegaard:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.94.  Here is what is insane about Syndegaard outside of the monster velocity:  his K/BB ratio is 7:1 which is ludicrous for a young power pitcher.

Michael Conforto:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .284.  What a nice swing this kid has.  Conforto has that classic "It" factor with being a young hitter in today's game who can adjust back when hurlers start to take advantage of some holes in his swing.  The power ceiling is likely going to be capped at around 25 but Conforto still has a shot at outfielder 1 status a few seasons down the road. 



  1. Drop Keuchel at this point?

    How do you like better Hellickson, Eovaldi or Miley?