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Friday, May 6, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Jaime Garcia:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.05.  What a ridiculous bargain Garcia has been in his career.  Sort of like the NL version of Jose Quintana. 

Brandon Moss:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .234.  Moss certainly went to the right place to save his fading career in St. Louis.  Always have admired the power which works very well for those who are in NL-only setups. 

Derek Holland:  11 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  And just like that a promising season goes up in some in a truly as bad as it gets outing.  I mean I actually feel bad for anyone who started in Holland in this one but honestly you have no one to blame but yourself for even attempting far from a proven guy in Toronto. 

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.50.  Are you kidding me with this guy?  Listen there is no doubt the numbers are pretty and Happ seems pretty locked in but a veteran guy in Toronto of all places having a career-year start?  No way in hell. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .262.  It is almost like Encarnacion and Andrew McCutchen have a yearly battle to see who can hit more home runs in May. 

Christian Yelich:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .330.  Remember all those years of us hyping Christian Yelich and saying he can be a batting champ someday?  Here it is. 

Adam Conley:  5.1 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.06.  Conley has been dealing this season with a boosted K Rate and a near no-no.  He showed flashes a year ago for Miami so I am not totally surprised by this.  The ballpark obviously works in his favor and this falls under the don't ask questions but keep starting him mantle. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  8 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.29.  On a team full of disappointments, Tanaka has been money for the Bombers.  The K rate and overall hit rates have gotten better as the season has gone along as Tanaka predicted it would and right now he looks as good as he did when he first arrived in 2014. 

Kevin Gausman:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.42.  Tough to get a clear read on this fully as the Yankees are arguably the worst lineup in baseball right not but a three-hitter is still domination.  Gausman is no longer showing himself to be the hard-throwing strikeout guy who came up the O's system but what he is doing now is working for him clearly.  Still tough to trust him now as more than just an SP 5. 

Chris Carter:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .274.  At this point maybe we can start daydreaming of Carter finishing with a better than .230 average. 

Brandon Phillips:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .293.  Like the second base version of David Ortiz. 

Jay Bruce:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .245.  Yeah the average is right back where it should be. 

Nick Castellanos:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .383.  This is Castellanos telling me to go shove the regression article I wrote about him the other day.  I still stand by it. 

Michael Fulmer:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 6.30.  If Fulmer were in the NL I would say be patient for another start but not in the DH league. 

Jayson Werth:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .222.  When a five-tool player begins to age, the last skill to go is the power which Werth is showing right now.  In NL-only formats he is holding his weight with the homers alone but this is as far as it goes.

Ben Zobrist:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .261.  Second home run this week from Zobrist which is nice but this is not 2010 anymore. 

Joe Ross:  6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.23.  Strikeout totals like this from Ross don't come around that often but the overall body of work should remain so as he is as underrated as any starter in fantasy baseball.  Been talking this Ross for awhile and right now Tyson even has to be shaking his head at how good his little bro is doing.

Kyle Hendricks:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.10.  When you ask me who would make a great stick him in and forget it SP 5, this guy's picture I will send back to you.  Nothing flashy here but the results have been quite effective going back to the start of 2015. 

Curtis Granderson:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .221.  Granderson remains the Mets' leadoff hitter despite the low average but that category is never why you own him anyways.  Very similar case to Jayson Werth but Grandy can still add the odd steal and will score more runs. 

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .299.  The power has exploded the last season-plus for Cespedes and he already is setting himself up for a massive payday this winter.  The steals vanished after his rookie season but Cespedes deserves credit for boosting his previously shaky average starting in 2015. 

Wil Myers:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .302.  Myers is having a bit start to the season for the second year in a row but as always injuries will determine where he takes this.  We all know Myers came up as a very hyped outfield prospect before he ran into both hitting and health troubles but it seems like he has settled in now finally as a major league hitter.  Another post-hype sleeper making good.

Colin Rea:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.82.  Rea was tremendous here but his WHIP is still high at 1.33 and he has been quite hittable since debuting.  Don't overemphasize this one as Rea still reeks of an SP 5 pitcher. 

Jacob DeGrom:  5 IP 8 H 3 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.99.  Like with Matt Harvey, DeGrom's K rate has plummeted as he no doubt is feeling aftereffects from the high innings total of 2015.  Many poo-poo this trend but it is clear as day.  I like DeGrom's chances of rebounding more than Harvey's as he is mentally tougher but he too could slip to SP 2 status after being a 2015 ace. 

Trevor Story:  3/6 with his 11th HR while hitting .268.  Well those who didn't sell high on Story have another chance to do so.  Kudos to him for adjusting and coming back with a batch of hits to save his average from the gutter but long-term I still recommended getting out as the K rate screams out .240.

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .309.  Now has firmly passed Josh Donaldson in my book. 

Dustin Pedroia:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .322.  I have to say that Pedroia has impressed the hell out of me with his overall body of work this season.  Clearly he can still hit for a high average but the power I didn't think would come back.  Now for some perspective.  The steals are gone for good and Pedroia's slight frame causes him to wear down which means this is as good as it is going to get. 

Hanley Ramirez:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .286.  Ramirez was a monster last April with his power but this time not so much.  Could be trading power for average but Ramirez honestly is just another guy now without shortstop eligiblity. 

Jose Altuve:  4/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .330.  Insanity. 



 

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