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Friday, May 13, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Jarrod Salty:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .221.  Yeah you could have really gone to the extremes with his my catcher strategy of waiting and draft your guy in the late rounds by avoiding the spot altogether and end up with this guy off the wire.  Yeah the average blows but have you seen the catcher production this season? 

Joe Panik:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .246.  Now would be an excellent time to pick Panik up off waivers where he likes resides after his rough start that was fueled more by injury interruptions.  Should see a sizable jump in the average over the next month so there are a lot of hits out there to chase. 

Johnny Cueto:  7 IP 8 H 2 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.97.  It is like Cueto never left the NL for that scary stint with the Royals a year ago.

Zack Greinke:  4 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.26.  Gave up 8 hits and 3 walks in this latest slopfest.  Starting to really think 2016 will be one extended slog for Greinke since we are into month two of this.  So much for that Arizona pitching makeover. 

Matt Carpenter:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .266.  So far Carpenter is showing his power uptick in 2015 was not a fluke. 

Matt Holliday:  4/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .267.  Basically if your name was Matt and was in the Cards lineup, you had a big day.  We still see some reminders from time-to-time of what Holliday used to be as he shows he can still hold down a daily fantasy baseball outfield slot. 

Albert Pujols:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .194.  For the latest trick in a career filled with numbers for Pujols:  try to hit .200.  My how the standards have dropped here.

Adam Wainwright:  6 ER in 5 IP with an 6.80.  We are getting very close to teh point where Wainwright is so bad that he is not worth even discussing anymore.  Other then for me to tell you I told you this was coming.  Like say in 2014.

Jered Weaver:  8 ER in 4 IP with a 6.10 ERA.  This is ERA.  This is your ERA with no velocity.  Any questions?

Yasmani Grandal:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .250.  Those who didn't listen to me in picking up Grandal when I told you to on Wednesday now are minus one home run.  Do it now. 

Bartolo Colon:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.53.  I guess that home run trot last time out took too much out of Colon.

Clayton Kershaw:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 13 K with an ERA of 1.74.  Insanity at its most potent. 

Melvin Upton Jr.:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .267.  It looks like with brother Justin out of town, Melvin is not pressing as much at the dish as he is useful now for the first time in years. 

James Shields:  7 IP 7 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.12.  Nice outing but Shields still gave up a home run to Bartolo Colon.

Jimmy Nelson:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.51.  The breakout is happening.  No one is talking about it. 

Alex Gordon:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .239.  Anyway.....

Starlin Castro:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .300.  Castro was red hot at the start, went through a two week slump, and then rebounded with more big hit games.  Like the number 2 spot for him but Castro will go back down when Jacoby Ellsbury returns.

Ian Kennedy:  7 ER in 6.1 IP with an ERA of 3.25.  Very bad move if you own Kennedy and started him here as his high home run rate was never a good match at Yankee Stadium which is part of the reason the team dealt him away.  Not a shock he got bombed but overall Kennedy has been very solid.

Mookie Betts:  1/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .253.  I absolutely love Betts as he already is an outfielder 1 in my book despite a shaky batting average.  Consider the slow start in the average department he went through a year ago at this time and realize an already good overall beginning to this season will just get better.

Xander Bogaerts:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .333.  The power is starting to trend upward without exploding and that will go splendidly with the batting title average.  I correctly have called Bogaerts overrated since his debut due to the empty batting average but will surely jump on board if the home runs start collecting at a decent rate. 

Dallas Keuchel:  8 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.58.  So let's see over the last few seasons I nailed it on busts Justin Verlander, Adam Wainwright, C.C. Sabbathia, and now Keuchel as the biggest prediction of doom.  BAM!

David Price:  6.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 6.00.  Yeah I told you all to BUY LOW in his Crisis Point post a few days ago.  I am on fire this season. 

 

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