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Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Nick Castellanos:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .263.  Castellanos is in a nice spot batting second in front of Miguel Cabrera and so that could spell another 20-plus home runs.  Home runs are in plentiful supply at third base though so it is imperative Castellanos hit for average which he hasn't proven he can do yet.

Rick Porcello:  6 IP 11 H 3 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.38.  It would not shock me in the least if Porcello's 4.38 ERA is where he finishes the season around.  He simply is not as good as his performance from last season showed.

Josh Donaldson:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .348.  More calf trouble for Donaldson but it looks like he will avoid the DL.

Corey Dickerson:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .360.  If you didn't know any better, you would think Dickerson is back in Colorado.  That's two home runs you now could have had if you picked up Dickerson when I told you to back in spring training.

Marco Estrada:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 5.73.  Couldn't it be that the regression and BABIP gods are finally getting a chance to do their work after Estrada received arguably the most luck of any pitcher combined in 2015 and 2016?

Dansby Swanson:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .179,  Swanson has struggled pretty badly to begin the season but he has been rushed to the majors a bit.  Just look at what Michael Conforto went through last season to understand that nothing is a given for any young hitter who is rushed no matter where their draft pedigree lies?

Freddie Freeman:  4/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .346.  Quickly becoming my new favorite first baseman outside of Paul Goldschmidt who I own.

Starling Marte:  4/5 with his first HR while hitting .381.  I think Marte needs to sit down with teammate Andrew McCutchen (0-for-4) in order to try and teach him how to hit again.

Gerrit Cole:  6 IP 8 H 3 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 6.55.  More struggles from Cole who is lacking pop on his fastball and is now onto his second straight season of diminished power on the heater.  I won Cole and got him dirt cheap in the Experts League.  Yeah everyone else with a clue knew he was garbage.  I won't be using him again anytime soon.

Julio Teheran:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  The best pitcher in fantasy baseball nobody talks about.

Aaron Judge:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .211.  Yeah Judge is really struggling again to hit.  The holes in his swing are as giant as the Grand Canyon.

Ryan Zimmerman:  1/1 with his third HR while hitting .333.  Some are already asking me about picking up Zimmerman.  Feel free to do so but what do you really think you are going to get long-term here?  This version of Zimmerman is vastly diminished from 2012 and his injuries are ridiculous.

Jeremy Hellickson:  5 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 0.90.  Hellickson exited early with a cramp and will be fine for his next time out.  He is throwing great and is once again a very effective SP 5 who won't hurt you.

Jeanmar Gomez:  blown save with 3 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 15.00.  Gomez is a joke and should never see another save chance his whole career.  Hecter Neris should have been picked up in your league already given the obvious happenings here and once he gets the gig, his stuff is good enough for him to knock on the top ten closer door.

Kyle Schwarber:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .231.  Listen the story remains the same here in terms of Schwarber having 30-home run power (especially with the added at-bats hitting leadoff) but he still strikes out a lot which makes his average dicey.

Ryan Braun:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .250.  Back from his latest minor injury, Braun goes deep.

Jake Arrieta:  7 IP 3 H 3 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.08.  Some relief can be felt by all Arrieta owners so far as he has been great and looks nothing like the disturbing version he presented the second half of last year when the velocity dipped and the walks piled up.  Health is always a dicey proposition for Arrieta and boy has there been a ton of innings piled on the last three years.  He looks like a July sell to me given that issue but for now all seems well enough.

Salvador Perez:  1/5 with his fourth HR while hitting .294.  Yeah I guess those who reached for Gary Sanchez are having regrets instead not going for his guy.

Mike Moustakas:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .348.  Moustakas is an annual steal in drafts given his power but the fear is always with the average which is valid.  When you pay so little for the guy at the draft table however, there is no downside.

George Springer:  2/6 with his 4th HR while hitting .250.  Yeah the average is where it typically is and no surprise over the power as Springer is now fully into his prime years.  Still not a fan and had no regrets not getting him in drafts.

Lance McCullers:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.77.  Boy does this kid remind me of Kerry Wood.  All the way down to the awesome K-rate and injuries.

Chris Devenski:  4 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.13.  Why this guy is not in the Houston rotation is beyond me.  Pick him up anywhere given the Andrew Miller numbers.

Miguel Sano:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .350.  Sell, sell, sell.

Adam Duvall:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .348.  In three weeks the average will be .248.

Joey Votto:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .227.  Not sure why April is becoming such a problem for Votto.

Carlos Martinez:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.65.  Man this guy goes up and down more than an elevator.

Chris Ownings:  3/4 with his first HR and fourth SB while hitting .360.  Boy this is starting to look like Jonathan Villar 2016.

Edwin Diaz:  blown save with 3 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 7.36.  I own zero shares of Diaz given the fact he has hardly proved himself in the ninth inning and finishing games on a team out of contention as he did during the second half of last season is a whole lot easier then having consequences like in April.  No need to panic but you know how many one-hit wonders at closer we have seen.

Mitch Haniger:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .217.  Even Haniger doesn't understand why you haven't picked him up yet.

Robinson Cano:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .241.  Standard operating procedure.

Albert Pujols:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .207.  Nothing to add here that hasn't already been said in terms of Pujols having value only in your UTIL or CI spot given his drooping average.

Corey Seager:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .308.  Seager is on none of my teams and I cry every day that is the case.

Charlie Blackmon:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .214.  The home run was nice but let's start picking up some more hits bro.

Michael Conforto:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Get this kid a starting spot.  SOMEWHERE!

Jay Bruce:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Conforto over this guy seems plausible.

Noah Syndegaard:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 0.69.  If Clayton Kershaw had never been born, Thor would be the looking down at everyone among the starting pitcher fraternity.


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