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Saturday, April 29, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Wellington Castillo:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .297.  Not much power yet from Castillo but he has been at or above .300 since the jump.  I have been a fan of his for awhile now as Castillo is your classic late round veteran catcher pick who you plug in and never worry about as he will do enough to keep the position afloat.

Manny Machado:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .231.  Got so many tweets recently about people thinking of trading Machado which is the epitome of stupidity and ridiculousness.  Yes he got off to a slow start but this is MANNY MACHADO uber-stud.  He looks good to me now doesn't he?  Sometimes you really need to trust the talent.

Mark Trumbo:  3/6 with his second HR while hitting .212.  The average has been disgusting so far fro Trumbo but honestly nothing he does in that category would surprise me given his strikeout rate and total lack of speed to receiver some BABIP help.  The power needs to flow consistently though and that has been lacking.  However you know in cases like this once once goes out, a bunch will follow.

Aaron Judge:  2/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .282.  It is classic fantasy baseball where all the Yankees prospect attention went to Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird and yet the guy who struck out in almost HALF his at-bats last season is going nuts.  In fact Eric Thames is now jealous.

Jacoby Ellsbury:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .295.  You know there is someone in your league who feels safe picking older veterans and thus owns both Ellsbury and Ryan Zimmerman.

Starlin Castro:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .361.  I mean this guy has been insane this season.  What's funny here is that if you own Castro and offered him around the league, no one would want him.  Trust me.

Matt Holliday:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .263.  If someone dropped Holliday in your league, pick him up and start using.  He was beat up physically early on this season which no doubt can be blamed on age but Holliday is rounding into form.

Kevin Gausman:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 7.50.  LOL.

Brad Brach:  first blown save with 3 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 2.08.  This was more runs given up in one inning by Brach than Zach Britton gave up for almost all of 2017,  Despite this slip, Brach has more than proven worthy of being a top ten fantasy baseball closer whenever he would receiver the call to fill-in again.

Travis D'Arnaud:  2/3 with 2 home runs (4 for season)while hitting .240.  Yeah a good deal of D'Arnaud owners dropped him when he injured his hand.  So D'Arnaud is that special guy who is pissing people off even when he finally does something good.

Ryan Zimmerman:  2/4 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .392.  I have run out of words here so I will just let the fantasy baseball season process do is thing eventually.

Matt Wieters:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .279.  Wieters is Brian McCann with the potential for a slightly better average.

Jacob DeGrom:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.84.  Third straight game of double-digit K's from DeGrom as he outdueled Max Scherzer.  Just an incredible start to DeGrom's season who is fully healthy and dominating again.

Max Scherzer:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 2.94.  Gave up two home runs to D'Arnaud and honestly this is the only way you get a bad outing if you own Scherzer.  If no home run go out, he gives you zilch.

Corey Dickerson:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .329.  It is like he never left Colorado.

Evan Longoria:  1/5 with his fourth HR while hitting .226.  My goodness the home runs are flying out at an insane rate already this season.  So much for the pitching era.

Kevin Pillar:  4/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .326.  I thought this guy was supposed to be built for speed?  Since Pillar can run, bat .300, and is now hitting for power, ummmm yeah pick him up.

Marcus Stroman:  7.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.97.  Yeah Stroman is arriving right on schedule.  And those Roy Oswalt comparisons I have him seem pretty spot on.

Adam Conley:  9 ER in 1.2 IP with an ERA of 6.86.  Wow Conley sucks.  I mean he has talent but man he is an unrefined product so far who looks like he needs to go back to the minor league garage for a tune-up.

Robinson Cano:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .253.  About another three weeks until Cano is hitting .300,  And two weeks after that when he is at .315.

Jose Ramirez:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .337.  I think we have to start making room at the upper tier table at third base for Jose Ramirez.

Carlos Carrasco:  8 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.04.  Just keep staying healthy my man.  Remember I did drool all over Carrasco last season until avoiding this time around.  Partial credit.

Andrew Benintendi:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .325.  The power has not exploded yet from Benintendi as he continues to fill out physically but it will come and maybe by the second half of the year.  Meanwhile enjoy the ,325 average.

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .281.  Another guy whose power has been light early on but that just means Bryant will crack 37 the rest of the way.

Jake Arrieta:  5 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 4.66.  I said to avoid Arrieta in all leagues and we are seeing way.  He has not been crisp at all and all those recent seasons of extremely high inning totals have sapped his arm.  In fact the whole Cubs staff is firing blanks.

Avisail Garcia:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .388.  On and on the breakout goes.

Todd Frazier:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .167.  Frazier can't hit for a horrific average two years in a row or else he will become persona non grata in fantasy baseball no matter how many home runs he cracks.

Albert Pujols:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .247.  Yeah about .250 is all Pujols is capable of at this late stage of his career in terms of average.

Mike Trout:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .355.  Mike Trout has talent.  Moving on.

Tyler Skaggs:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.99.  With a Tommy John surgery in his past, Skaggs is starting to round into form in terms of harnessing his stuff which at one time had many in the fantasy baseball community pumped.  He should have been picked up already but don't automatically assume he has graduated into an SP 3 either.

Freddie Freeman:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .368.  Few hitters have been as consistently good as Freeman so far this fantasy baseball season and while he has been around for awhile now, Freeman remains quite young and is tapping into yet another level of production by the looks of it.

Neftali Feliz:  2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 6.52.  It is not looking good here and Corey Knebel needs to be picked up.  This is what you expected though when you drafted Feliz.  Hoping for the slim chance of a good year but expecting constant trouble.

Yuli Gurriel:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .347.  I mean it almost is like people forgot Gurriel was a huge Cuban arrival last season.

Khris Davis:  2/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .276.  The average is leaking as expected but Davis' power has been insane.  40-plus on the way.

Charlie Morton:  7 IP 5 H 4 ER 0 BB 12 K with an ERA of 4.50. Just don't even look at the 12 K's as Morton is not this type of pitcher.  Capable of decent ERA?  Yes.  Above-average K Rate?  Career says no.

Scott Schebler:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .221.  With home runs going out like crazy, Schebler is not such a hot pickup since his average is terrible.

Joey Votto:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .247.  Now for the average jump, it is time for Votto to become Ted Williams.  Hold the power if you can too buddy.

Lance Lynn:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.45.  Always draft St. Louis pitchers. Always.

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