Monday, April 24, 2017


Anthony Rizzo:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .296.  Rizzo is clicking on all cylinders now after having a quiet power start to the season.  Just goes to show you that certain guys in their prime that are proven will eventually get where they need to get to.

Scott Schebler:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .175.  Schebler has hit for power but the average makes him a non-use player for now.

John Lackey:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.88.  Aging guys like Lackey who have a huge workload the previous year often don't bounce back well the following season and that looks like what is going on with Lackey who is not fooling anyone.

Matt Kemp:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .333.  Hamstring no longer an issue and so Kemp is back to being a very good low-end OF 2 and who also will continue to get great pitches to hit behind Freddie Freeman.

Cesar Hernandez:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .338.  Big things are happening here for Hernandez who was very good in 2016 and now is looking like a stud.  He is checking all of the boxes right now and I saw enough last season to believe this is all legit.

Odubel Herrera:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .273.  Herrera is trying to make the jump in power that would truly elevate him to OF 1 status and he is clearly knocking on the door already.  On of my favorite players in a short MLB time span, Herrera is still on the upswing.

Zach Elfin:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.25.  Elfin has been very good as the numbers show but he is a soft-tosser all the way who should not be used in inning-capped leagues.

Jacoby Ellsbury:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .333.  If there were ever any guy you want to sell high on, this is it.  The next injury is about 10.5 games away.

Ivan Nova:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.00.  Somewhere A.J. Burnett saw this and nodded understanding how one can turn into a terrific pitcher LEAVING the Yankees.

Jose Altuve:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .324.  I swear I wouldn't have knocked anyone who took Altuve over Mike Trout in drafts this season.

Carlos Correa:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .197.  More and more it is beginning to look like Correa's career-year came as a rookie.  Yes it is a bit of a ridiculous statement to make since he is so young but the numbers have not been there going on season two now since his smashing debut.

Steven Souza Jr.:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .347.  Will it be .247 next month in the average department?  Souza's overall fantasy baseball stock depends on where that number goes.  So far though Souza is right there as one of the very best value plays in the game.

Ken Giles:  scoreless ninth for 5th save with an ERA of 5.00.  Giles has a 1.11 WHIP and been very locked in when saves on the line.  His struggles in non-save chances are pronounced but as long as he converts the saves given to him, his job is secure.  The Astros have a lot invested here so they will give Giles every chance to succeed.

Michael Fulmer:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.88.  Minnesota is an easy lineup to get through but Fulmer is replicating his 2016 so far,  Yes I was a big spring critic but will reserve my full judgment in June.

Mookie Betts:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .313.  As long as Betts continues to run as often as he did in 2016, he will bring back every bit the number 2 overall draft price you paid.

Hanley Ramirez:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .210.  Ramirez' shoulder looks like mince meat right now as he still can't play first base which is telling how much pain he is in.  I said that his big 2016 was the impetus to run away from Ramirez in 2017 as he was not going to stay so healthy in back-to-back years and his average has been sliding for awhile.  Bingo.

Mitch Moreland:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .315.  Whether it is in Texas or Boston, Moreland is quite dependable as a 20-25 home run guy with a mediocre average.

Andrew Benintendi:  5/5 with an average of .347.  Wow this kid has one of the prettiest swings I have ever seen.  Seriously Benintendi is so textbook it is scary.  While the average is a bit empty right now with one home run, this is a special case where literally the sky is the limit.

Kevin Gausman:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 7.50.  Right now Gausman should not even be on a fantasy baseball roster.  No surprise here by what has taken place.

Francisco Lindor:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .315.  The Cleveland Indians have two of the best pure hitters in the game in Lindor, Michael Brantley, and Jose Ramirez.  The AL goes through them.

Danny Salazar:  5 IP 7 H 4 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.37.  There are just too many starts like this from Salazar who is a WHIP killer (1.50) and has elevated ERA which takes luster away from K's.

Gerardo Parra:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .333.  Yeah so the Rockies really don't need David Dahl.

Kyle Freeland:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.32.  Just look at the crazy WHIP to know that Freeland is your ultimate smoke-and-mirrors fluke.

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .286.  No letup to the monster start for Moustakas.  I do feel some regret for not taking him more seriously given the insanely cheap draft price.

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .213.  Say it all together now "it was his only hit of the day."

Robinson Chiranos:  1/2 with his 4th HR while hitting .389.  Chirianos has one or two of these big power stretches each season which makes him tempting to pick up.  He has been at this for awhile now and is overall a very limited fantasy baseball bat.  Of course at catcher you ride these out until they expire.

Yu Darvish:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.03.  Now another year further away from Tommy John, Darvish is looking completely back to his fantasy baseball ace status.

Devon Travis:  2/4 with first HR while hitting .136.  Man it is always something with this guy.  Either he hits and is not healthy or he is healthy and doesn't hit.  Patience running out.

Marcus Stroman:  9 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.10.  So remember when I told you all to stay patient with Stroman and buy fully on a big 2017 breakout?  Yup.


  1. I am in an NL only league and my team is tanking due to injuries (Bumgarner, Cook and Dahl) and PEDs (Marte). In an NL league I don't really think I can drop any of these guys. Just in order to pickup a pitcher to play this weekI need to drop either one of my OF or SS. Who should I drop? Margot, Renfroe, Inciarte, Crawford or Gyorko?

    Give me two guys from this list you would consider picking up:
    Senzatela, Walker, Gsellman, Wheeler, Chen, Kuhl, Folty, Feldman, Corbin, Straily, Conley

    1. Conley, Gsellman I like. Corbin third. Drop Gyorko

    2. Thanks! Who do you like the least out of Margot, Renfroe and Inciarte?

  2. Renfroe. Too all or nothing.


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