Monday, June 6, 2016


Nelson Cruz:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .289.  I guess Safeco Field's rep as a power killer is overblown what with Cruz continuing his yearly assault on 40 homers and Robinson Cano posting a season as good as his Yankees heyday. 

Hisashi Iwakuma:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.13.  Iwakuma has struggled badly at times this season as he was looking his advanced age but his last few starts have been encouraging.  He is the definition of a crafty veteran who still punches out enough guys to be useful as an SP 4.

Sam Dyson:  scoreless ninth for his 7th save with an ERA of 1.95.  Shawn Tolleson we hardly knew you.

Jose Bautista:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .229.  Bautista is not aging like David Ortiz since the latter is in the running for the AL batting title.  It certainly looks like he is in the stage of his career where it is all or nothing with his swing and the home runs.  At the very least the outfielder 1 status is finished. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .248.  Like with Bautista, Encarnacion is giving off that all or nothing vibe as well.  .300 average or even .280 seem done, along with any steals Encarnacion once had.  Down the first base rankings we go as guys who hit a high amount of home runs with a mediocre to bad average from this group are a dime a dozen. 

Russell Martin:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .197.  The Blue Jays already have to be regretting that ridiculous contract they have Martin prior to 2015. 

Marco Estrada:  8 IP 2 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.41.  Estrada looks like the next Matt Cain in terms of being a guy who annually beats the BAPIP curve.  His XFIP was over 4.00 last season and yet no correction has happened. 

Albert Pujols:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .238.  Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Albert Pujols.......

Gerrit Cole:  6.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.85.  Cole's WHIP is 1.31 and if this keeps up with the drastically lowered K rate by the end of 2016, we have to remove him from fantasy baseball ace consideration. 

Carlos Gomez:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .191.  Wow Gomez actually did something.  I mean one thing finally.  Boy has this guy become such a colossal joke. 

Evan Gattis:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .248.  Gattis is hitting a home run every other game and catcher eligibility is starting to be achieved in 5-game formats.  Yes please. 

Sonny Gray:  5 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.77.  I guess this is progress.  Gray is off the DL and this is actually the first time all season he has looked semi-competent.  Even though there is optimism Gray can turn back into a top of the rotation arm, his K rate was declining for four straight years which was an underlying and ominous sign.  I would not buy low.

Will Harris:  scoreless ninth for his first save with an ERA of 0.34.  Fresh off seeing Luke Gregerson blow his fifth save of the season, Harris is the must own pickup of the day and maybe the week.  Gregerson likely got the day off and should get the next chance as a last ditch attempt to save his job but Harris has been so lights out that he very well could keep the gig.  Who would have predicted Will Harris and NOT Ken Giles or Gregerson would be the best closing option for the Houston Astros this season? 

Evan Longoria:  3/4 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .281.  Longoria has gone nuts over the last week and is doing his best to get back into the top ten third base conversation.  I am buying it as Longoria is not old and the power as well all knows is the skill that holds on the longest. 

Logan Morrison:  2/5 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .258.  Before he crossed home plate, Morrison sent out a tweet for each base he passed along the way during his home run trots. 

Eduardo Nunez:  2/4 with his 7th HR and 12th SB while hitting .335.  This is Eduardo Nunez taking a crap all over what I typed about him the other day.  This is getting insane now. 

Byung Ho-Park:  1/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .217.  Park has completely lived up to the scouting report as a horrendous average but very imposing power hitter.  Sometimes it really is that easy. 

Drew Smyly:  5 IP 7 H 4 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.94.  Wow has the narrative changed quickly here.  Smyly was a monster his first five outings and now looks where he is at.  This from a big Smyly booster but I did correctly state that his lack of innings the last two seasons were going to lead to an early dead arm period.  I think a rebound is likely real soon given the very high K rate but that could be me trying to save face.  Check back in two weeks. 

Jake Arrieta:  5 IP 9 H 3 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 1.80.  It is almost as if Arrieta is saying to his owners "yeah I am due for a dud but at least I will strike everyone out while giving up the runs so it is not a total disaster."  Gotta love it. 

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .251.  I continue to say that this very well could be the real Jose Abreu in terms of average as he got some very lucky BABIP help his first two years to bat .300.  Not happening this season as we are in neutral territory and with Abreu not being fleet of foot to beat the curve, he could stay in the .250-.260 range throughout 2016. 

Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .219.  Not sure if Frazier is selling out more than ever to swing for the fences but the numbers don't lie there. 

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.97.  Lots of props to Verlander who has improved in almost every advanced and direct statistic across the board here.  Yeah life generaly turns out great when you are marrying Kate Upton.  Verlander is up almost 2 whiffs per nine but keep in mind he also has a lucky .269 BABIP.  In addition, Verlander's BB/9 and HR/9 are both up so this could get nasty again real soon. 

Jose Fernandez:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 14 K with an ERA of 2.29.  This is one of the best and most dominant outings from any pitcher this season and it was a recipe for monster success given the New York Mets' lineup is decimated.  Fernandez has such insane movement on his fastball that it is ridiculous and he gets as many of his K's on that aspect then he does major heat.  Tommy John surgery has not diminished hin one bit. 

Matt Harvey:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.95.  Second straight strong outing from Harvey which coincided with the Mets pairing him with veteran catcher Rene Rivera.  Sometimes a veteran backstop and not a youngster like Kevin Plawecki can be all it takes to unlock the numbers and until proven otherwise we will go with this.  Still the K rate remains well down from Harvey's previous numbers there. 

Mike Napoli:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .239.  Napoli has been a nice buy for the Cleveland Indians this season and his overall body of work has not changed in terms of being a pure home run specialist. 

Francisco Lindor:  2/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .313.  Lindor has cemented his status as a premier fantasy baseball shortstop due to his .300 average and very good runs and steals totals.  He also has shown that the home runs he hit a year ago were legit after not doing much there in the minor leagues so that can now be written in ink in terms of being a weapon there. 

Corey Kluber:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.84.  Kluber is once again getting into full gear as the weather heats up as he joins Jon Lester and Cole Hamels in that trend.  In other words the end of April is the annual buy low window on the hurler. 

Maikel Franco:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .250.  Disappointed in the average here as Franco is much more capable there but otherwise the rest of the numbers are in line. 

Aaron Nola:  6 IP 8 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.65.  Now with a 0.99 WHIP, Nola is right on the verge of being a cemented fantasy baseball ace for 2017. 

Corey Seager:  3/5 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .286.  The silliness continues here as Seager has unleashed his full fury potential with the bat since working through some early rust in April.  If this keeps up, Seager will absolutely be in the first round draft conversation for 2017 and well deserved I might add. 

Yasmani Grandal:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .192.  The longer Grandal continues with this home run or nothing approach, the more unlikely it will be for him to rediscover the good batting averages he put up in the minors.  Sometimes young hitters fall prey to hitting home runs early in their careers and that seems like the case here.  No good. 

Matt Wisler:  8 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 3.98.  Yeah when you throw soft like Wisler, this happens and it makes it almost impossible to carry around an ERA under 3.50. 

Nolan Arenado:  3/3 with his 18th HR and first SB while hitting .291.  Even Chris Davis is jealous of Nolan Arenado's power right now.

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/5 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .308.  Outside of maybe Corey Seager, no one has a hotter home run swing right now. 

Wil Myers:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .283.  If he can stay healthy, I can compliment Myers for developing nicely over the last year-plus since arriving in San Diego. 

Jon Gray:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 5.33.  As long as you start Gray only on the road, you can actually get ace-like power numbers. 

1 comment:

  1. With call ups fast approaching, which players do you see making an impact in each category?