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Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Miguel Sano:  1/2 with his third HR while hitting .310.  I always share when I engage in debate on Twitter over certain guys and Sano is one.  I said to sell high on Sano now while his average is not putrid like it typically is and for the fact that third base is VERY deep in today's fantasy baseball.  The argument is that he could hit 40 home runs which is a valid point.  However what has gotten me to this point is avoiding low average home run hitters who don't steal bases as they overall are net negative investments.  It has worked for me and it will work for you as well.

Max Kepler:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .258.  Now that the Twins realize Byron Buxton can't hit, Kepler is getting a more cushy spot in the lineup.  Kepler was a revelation last season and he can do decent work again for you for the price of a waiver add in many leagues but overall you don't want to invest in Minnesota hitters.

Miguel Cabrera:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .133.  I already did a Crisis Point on Cabrera so no need to be repetitive.  I think he should be fine but then again guys with that body type don't end well outside of David Ortiz (and however he did it by the way).

Justin Upton:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .182.  When Upton homers after a slump, you know it is time to get him back in the lineup as they come in bunches.

Jordan Zimmerman:  5 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 5.06.  This is why you don't pick up Zimmerman after his first good outing.  Complete garbage.

Andrew McCutchen:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  With McCutchen, you know his fantasy baseball season doesn't begin until May anyways so whatever he does in April is a bonus.

Eduardo Rodriguez:  5.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.23.  Rodriguez needs to get together with Vince Velasquez to figure out what they are doing wrong.

Chad Kuhl:  6.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.38.  Hey this is Pittsburgh (land of the pitching Lourdes) which means any pitcher who comes out with out-of-the-blue numbers needs to be added pronto.

Carlos Gomez:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .139.  Man Gomez' start has been a reminder of how awful he was the first half of last season before losing his job and opening his path to the Rangers.  At the very least the power is holding steady but Gomez looks lost again.

Nomar Mazara:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .368.  Maybe Mazara can give Gomez some tips on pure hitting combined with power.

Yu Davish:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.33.  Darvish has been absolutely filthy the last two times out and how about just two walks?  Like with Danny Salazar, Darvish has no-hit stuff when the walks are not piling up.

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/6 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .275.  Five home runs in three games now Cespedes who is as locked in as it gets.  No new contract complacency here.

Travis D'Arnaud:  4/6 with his second HR while hitting .333.  If you haven't picked up D'Arnaud by now, you simply are not paying attention.  He hit like this in spring training and it has continued on into the season which adds legitimacy to it.  The talent has always been there but not the health but right now both are aligned.

Wilmer Flores:  2/7 with his second HR while hitting .200.  Flores is worth picking up and using when a lefty is on the mound because he turns into Yoenis Cespedes in such a scenario.

Marcell Ozuna:  2/6 with his 4th HR while hitting .389.  Ozuna is having a Cespedes type of week with his own home run barrage.  Always liked the OF 2 bat for an OF 3 draft price.

Robert Gsellman:  8 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 9.28.  If Seth Lugo were healthy, it is likely Gsellman would be demoted to the minors off this horror show.  He is missing bats (5 strikeouts) but he can't avoid the big inning.  I will remark here that Gsellman had an ugly ERA in the minors prior to his crazy good run with the Mets the second half of last season.

Raul Mondesi Jr.:  0/3 with his fourth SB while hitting .148.  The Royals can bury Mondesi toward the bottom of the lineup all they want.  The kid can't hit.

Trevor Story:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .143.  Story has been terrible to begin the year but you shouldn't be counting on average here anyways since his .343 BABIP was VERY lucky and his 31.3 K/9 rate was pathetic.  The home runs will flow no doubt but I said from the beginning the encore for Story this season is not going to look as pretty as it did a year ago.

Greg Holland:  scoreless ninth for his sixth save with an ERA of 0.00.  Just like that Holland is a top tier closer again.

Ryan Braun:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .226.  Moving right along.

Eric Thames:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .360.  A smart plan would be to pai the lefty-killing Flores with the righty-killing Thames in your UTIL or CI slot.

Jimmy Nelson:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.38.  I am always a sucker for Nelson and I feel myself falling for him AGAIN!

Francisco Liriano:  6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 9.00.  Liriano has been a strikeout monster since the start of spring training but my goodness you really are into some sick fantasy baseball shizz if you want to roll with this guy.

Kevin Gausman:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.94. Yawn.  Sorry this guy doesn't move the needle for me.  The K's come and go like Ex Lax and Viagra and the division sucks as always.  Why do this to yourself?

Aaron Hicks:  2/3 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .313  Aaron Judge gets a day's rest and the rightfield spot continues to churn out home runs on a daily basis.

Luis Severino:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.50.  There it is.  This is why a little voice inside of us continues to tell us not to walk away from the power arm of this kid.  Damn there is no consistency but Severino needs to be added where available.  Plant him on the bench for next start to see if there is an encore and if so, get him in there.

Tim Anderson:  1/6 with his first HR while hitting .167.  The utter lack of plate discipline really needs to improve here for Anderson to realize his decent potential but the power has been much better than advertised going back to his 2016 debut.

Michael Brantley:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .241.  As I have always said, the home run ceiling only goes to the 15-18 range for Brantley but happy to see him back where his .300 average bat always plays nicely with good counting numbers.

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