Friday, June 3, 2016


Trayce Thompson:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .270.  So let's see.  I did a piece on Thompson a few weeks ago where I said he has big power but that his average would be slipping due to a high K rate. Yup and yup again.

Jason Heyward:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .229.  Again I don't know what the shock if about Heyward this season.  I have been saying on here the last three years how overrated he is and voila he is hitting .229 on June 2.

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .239.  Not happy about the hacking approch thus far for Rizzo in 2016 as his average is taking a beating.  Yes the power is splendid but that was always going to be there.  We need an average rebound or else Rizzo becomes midly disappointing.

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .279.  Next stop 40 home runs!

Javier Baez:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .253.  With his ridiculous K rates, Baez' current average is as good as it is going to get.  We will take it as long as the power/speed game remains.

Julio Urias:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 9.39.  My goodness he is 19.  This is not Felix Hernandez.  Kid is not ready.

Kyle Kendricks:  8 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.84.  Maybe we should start talking about a "Big Three" with Hendricks joining Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta.  A .255 BABIP will have to be answered for but even a correction there still has Hendricks with a nice ERA and solid enough K rate.  I said in this season's draft guide that Hendricks was the best SP 4 around.

Zack Greinke:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.29.  Greinke has been very good his last 3-4 starts and it is no coincidence he was excellent and did not give up a home run which has been a season-long problem.  There was no way Greinke was going to pitch to an above 5.00 ERA but as good as he has been lately, he still has to solve his home woes.

Dallas Keuchel:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.50.  Pathetic that this makes for a very good Keuchel start this season.  Sorry if you didn't listen to the massive amount of warnings I gave you all winter.  Keuchel threw an insane amount of innings last season and it was a huge jump from 2014 which makes him the AL version of Matt Harvey.  It is a clear trend people.

Madison Bumgarner:  7.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.91.  For good measure Bumgarner hit a home run which of course doesn't count.  Since the middle of April, no one has been better as Bumgarner is racking up an insane amount of K's and little in the way of hits.  This is what a classic fantasy baseball ace is all about and Bumgarner once again is reaffirming his status as a top five starter and maybe even top three.

Buster Posey:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .264.  The average continues to ride below Posey's usual standards but that is the only quibble.  If only we had such complaints about the rest of our players.

Joe Panik:  1/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .242.  Panik tends to get red hot as the summer arrives and when combined with his uptick in power, we could be looking at a very solid second-half asset at a position that always brings angst.

Zack Cozart:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .306.  Using Cozart as your SS yet?  Should have started that a month ago. 

Eugenio Suarez:  3/5 with 2 home runs( 12 for season) while hitting .232.  Lots of people have been asking me if I saw this coming out of Suarez and this is what I tell them.  Yes I saw the ugly average even when he was well over .300 in April.  Suarez strikes out way too much to sustain anything positive there.  The power is also not a total shock as Suarez continues to grow into his prime.  There.

Adam Duvall:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .260.  Told you all Duvall hit 30 home runs in the minors last season and so this is far from a fluke.  The average is dropping as it should as well given the 30 percent K Rate.  At his core, Duvall is a .230 hitting/25 home runs or more limited OF 3.

Carlos Gonzalez:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .306.  Here we go.  CarGo is going crazy as he did all of the second half of last season.  We are now into our second year in a row of this, along with the complete absence of steals.  So in other words R.I.P. 20/20 seasons but welcome 35-40 bombs.

Nolan Arenado:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .287.  Nolan Arenado's mom must be so proud. 

Trevor Story:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .261.  The average is being pulled back to the mean for the second time this season and now we wait to see if he responds as he did earlier.  Honestly though the holes in Story's swing can't allow anything above .270 without luck. 

Nelson Cruz:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .298.  No slippage here.

Dae-Ho Lee:  3/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .301.  Hate to say this but we have reached the point where Adam Lind needs to go away for awhile. 

Evan Longoria:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .273.  Longoria is kind of just there now given all the third base explosion this season.  Amazing how he has gone from first round monster everyone wanted to now one of the most boring bats at third base. 

Brian Dozier:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .207.  Still think you should cut him. 

Eduardo Nunez:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .331.  Wow.  Nunez has been a bench outfielder for years and now this.  There is some outlier shouts going on around here but the powers/speed gaem is juicy.  I think a Status Report is on the way.

Matt Moore:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 5.46.  Yeah he is still garbage after that brief initial flurry of power starts upon his return.  Looks like it never going to happen with this one.

Jonathan Villar:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .305.  Now into a third month of this, Villar has become a classic late bloomer.  Barely able to hit .230 when he first came up, Villar stuck with hit and now is performing like a top five fantasy baseball shortstop.  Incredible story here. 

Chris Carter:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .224.  Yeah another two weeks and Carter will be hitting .200 with his usual awesome pop. 

Maikel Franco:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .253.  Said at the start of the season we would see Franco right there with the other top fantasy baseball third baseman.  Still think so. 

David Ortiz:  1/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .335.  I mean seriously?  Right now Ortiz is the most productive fantasy baseball first baseman by a mile.  Take out the name and you would think this is a first round bat.  At 60 years old and if he is still playing Ortiz could still swat 25 homers. 

Adam Jones:  2/5 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .242.  Jones batted leadoff which was interesting but overall he continues to scuffle.  Age is looking like a factor here as Jones doesn't steal anymore and is becoming more and more of a pure home run guy.  As a big Jones fan it pains me to say it but not liking the overall picture.

Manny Machado:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .318.  I also own Machado and Mark Trumbo in the Experts League which is surprising since I don't like to own that many bats from one team.  Machado though is the real gem and nothing about 2015 is looking fluky outside of lack of steals. 

Mark Trumbo:  2.4 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .288.  I mean I can't take enough bows with this.  And this is someone who hated Trumbo forever.  Already a firm member of the All-Value Team and Trumbo's career season so far can include 45 homers. 

Carlos Carrasco:  5 IP 9 H 3 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Carrasco was rusty in his first start since escaping the DL but he does second half production as good as anyone.  Buy low and do it today. 

Rob Refsnyder:  2/3 while hitting .400.  Joe Girardi said Refnysder will play going forward.  Retains second base eligibility which is where you want the kid.  Has sweet swing that can post good average and some power.  Pick him up if available.