Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Danny Salazar:  7.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.80.  Dominance.  Salazar has fulfilled all of the massive expectations I had for him when he first arrived.  Even if it took a season longer then expected.  I got destroyed on here for recommending Salazar so hard prior to his ugly 2014 but eventually talent wins out.  I feel vindicated.

Ian Desmond:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .268.  Desmond is really settling in now with Texas and the numbers are starting to show. A few things here:  one is that Desmond seems done with the steals, at least at a difference-making level.  The second is that his power is playing nicely in Texas and 20 homers is very possible.  Throw in the remaining shortstop eligibility and Desmond all of a sudden works again there. 

Nomar Mazara:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .307.  Some prospects just have the "It" factor when it comes to pure hitting and Mazara belongs in this class.  His swing is incredibly smooth and he has the look of a .300 hitter in his sleep.  There is a question of how much power we will eventually see here and Mazara also doesn't run but that is nitpicking for a kid who has been a tremendous surprise. 

Adrian Beltre:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .278.  Beltre's power is on a recent upswing but accepting the fact his 30 home run days are over is key in owning the guy.  As long as those expectations are put in check as a hedge to his advancing age, Beltre can be a very good impact player for you again.

Khris Davis:  3/5 with 3 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .228.  The narrative "all Khris Davis does is hit home runs" is taking on a whole new meaning with this game.  When Davis connects, the baseball goes out with nothing in between as shown by his awful average.  The modern day Dave Kingman.

Danny Valencia:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .358.  You wonder how Valencia couldn't make it in Toronto of all places.  He has raked since arriving in Oakland which is like the last stop before retirement for many veterans and clearly he has taken advantage.  While you want to do better as your starting third baseman, Valencia is showing us at least for now he can work there when he is this hot. 

Cole Hamels:  6.2 IP 9 H 3 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.10.  Hamels has always had an issue with home runs and he gave up three in this one which ruined his day.  He can be a bit volatile with that but he managed in Philly all those years in that launching pad so only slightly more worries in Texas with the DH.  Alas the 1.32 WHIP is clearly a product of the league move.

Corey Seager:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .291.  Wow this kid is a real gem.  Seager seems determined to go all 2015 Carlos Correa on the major leagues and at so far he has been the rare massive sleeper whose incredibly expensive draft price seems justified.

Joc Pederson:  2/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .250.  Pederson just can't hit a lick at times and where are the steals?  It looks more and more like the minor league steals were a great mirage.  Very disappointed in the progress. 

Clayton Kershaw:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.67.  300 strikeouts here we come. 

Starlin Castro:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .284.  Castro has been steady but nothing otherworldly.  The eligibility is the best attribute perhaps since Castro doesn't run anymore and that is somewhat of a letdown statement to say out of a guy who had so much promise when he debuted. 

Jake Lamb:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .274.  Who needs Kris Bryant or Josh Donaldson when you have Jake Lamb or Danny Valencia?

Michael Pineda:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 6.60.  If Pineda were younger, he would be back in the minors with these disgusting numbers.  The funny thing is that Pineda continues to miss bats but he has been a human batting practice machine.  A riddle I will dig into more in the coming days. 

Zack Greinke:  7 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.08.  Better but the bar has been greatly lowered here. 

Brandon Crawford:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .256.  There is something to be said for guys like Crawford who stay around their usual offensive numbers year after year.  Not much cup of tea due to the shoddy average and zero speed but respect the consistency.

Madison Bumgarner:  9 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.45.  Always have a soft spot for Bumgarner as those who have followed me for awhile know how much I drooled whenever I saw his name in print while coming up the San Fran system.  I don't own him anymore after years of doing so due to the draft price soaring with his Cy Young-worthy numbers but the guy is a true gem.

Evan Gattis:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .221.  Told you all to pick up Gattis the other day as he will be adding precious catcher eligibility soon enough but the fact he is also DHing means he will be the rare catcher who will be in lineups on a daily basis. 

Tyler White:  3/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .252.  Remember him?  Umm not really.  Classic out of the gates unknown batter who went nuts and then went into toilet when league got a read on his approach. 

Jose Abreu:  1/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .247.  For the second season in a row Abreu has been behind his production pace the first two months of the season but I fully expect his torrid power and average upticks before too long.  A buy low likely won't work but give it a shot. 

Dallas Keuchel:  6.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.43.  HAHAHAHAHA! 

Jason Heyward:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .237.  The Cubs paid all that money for Heyward to take a month-and-a-half to hit his first home run?  I continue to tell you all that Heyward is your classic better real life player then fantasy baseball one. 

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .274.  So massive are the expectations for Bryant that many are feeling letdown by the fact he has just 7 home runs.  Patience people. 

Jonathan Lucroy:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .311.  Can't you just see Lucroy in a Mets uniform before too long?

Travis Shaw:  3/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .329.  Who needs Kris Bryant or Josh Donaldson when you have Danny Valencia, Jake Lamb, and Travis Shaw?

Eric Hosmer:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .336.  It took some time but Hosmer is really unleashing his full batting title and solid power ability.  This is why I wrote so many sleeper posts on the guy in the past but the letdowns were somewhat brutal.  Now just sit back and watch this Edgar Martinez with more speed clone. 

Nelson Cruz:  3/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .281.  While not swatting on a daily basis as he has done at times the last two years, the every other day thing works just fine.

Kyle Seager:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .254. So basically if you bought low on Seager when I told you to, you would have had him as a near .300 hitter with his usual standard of power. 

Vince Velasquez:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.42.  Velasquez used a lot of pitches to get his 10 K's but boy he continues to show monster strikeout potential.  There is a very similar trajectory here to Danny Salazar.  Yes that good.

Mallex Smith:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .247.  Figures that we get two home runs and not two steals from Smith in a given game.  Nothing makes sense sometimes.

Curtis Granderson:  2/2 with his 7th HR while hitting .211.  Granderson has looked awful at the dish this season but at least he is hitting for his customary power.  The all-or-nothing approach is getting more stark as age is becoming an issue.

Michael Conforto:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .283.  Hitting a home run off Max Scherzer is no small feat but Conforto needed this as he has been quiet the last two weeks as the adjustment period beckons.

Max Scherzer:  6.1 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.01.  Watch a Scherzer start and you will be amazed by the sick movement on his pitches that elicits all of those strikeouts.  The ERA remains elevated but that is due to Scherzer's home run rate being way out of whack.  That does more to distort numbers then anything else.

Noah Syndegaard:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.19.  You want to see sick?  Try the 101.5 mph heater Syndegaard tossed last night.  Thor can't be denied when it comes to his current standing as the single most dominant young pitcher in baseball and remember over the winter I said he was clearly the most talented of the potent New York Met bunch.  The numbers speak.


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