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Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Jeremy Hellickson:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 1 K with an ERA of 1.80.  Yeah this is Hellickson personified.  Solid pitching with next-to-no K's.  That won't work in inning-capped leagues but everywhere else Hellickson is as good an SP 5 as you can get.

Michael Conforto:  0/3 while hitting .302.  With Yoenis Cespedes sidelines for two weeks and maybe more, Conforto is now an everyday player which is the only good thing to come out of this injury.  Conforto has done nothing but yet and hit for power so far and so he gets crucial development time with Cespedes out.

Jose Reyes:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .137.  Everyone who picked up Amed Rosario did a collective groan.

Matt Harvey:  4.1 IP 5 H 6 ER 5 BB 1 K with an ERA of 4.25.  Harvey had absolutely nothing today and you can't blame him totally as this is the second straight start he has had pushed up a day which throws off the routine.  Still Harvey's velocity was not good at all today as he sank to the low 90's very quickly and only one strikeout shows that he is still having as tough time getting the K's to cooperate.  Overall while Harvey has not been terrible, he looks like Phil Hughes now right on down to the high home run rate which is not what you want by any means.

Russell Martin:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .190.  It was right about this time where Martin broke out of a season-opening slump last season on his way to a very solid year.  In two catcher formats Martin is more of an interest at this late stage of his career.

Matt Carpenter:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .250.  Carpenter has been beat up to start the season but there is no reason to worry here.  One of the more dependable NAME guys in fantasy baseball.

Roberto Osuna:  third blown save in four tries with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 7.50.  Wow.  I said after the last blown save that I didn't think Osuna was 100 percent healthy and I still firmly believe that.  He is still missing bats though and Osuna was so dominant the last two years that a bad three weeks won't run my view of him.

Carlos Martinez:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.71.  The WHIP is a nasty 1.47 as Martinez has been completely inefficient.  Yeah I was not a fan so just saying.

Adam Eaton:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .291.  Still can't believe what the Nats gave up for Eaton.  He has to hit 15 home runs and steal 20 bases with a .300 average to even make that deal seem sensible.

Bryce Harper:  1/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .418.  Remember when I said in the spring that Harper would put up video-game numbers this season after his somewhat rough 2016?  Exactly.

Daniel Murphy:  3/6 with his 5th HR while hitting .340.  Speaking of video game numbers, that has been Murphy's batting average the last season-plus.  It is almost like he is no Edgar Martinez at second base.

Nolan Arenado:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .314.  With Charlie Blackmon hitting so many home runs lately, it was almost like Arenado was making a statement here to show him who still is the top hitting dog in Colorado.

Antonio Senzatela:  6 IP 7 H 4 ER 3 BB 1 K with an ERA of 2.81.  Wow when Senzatela's owners saw the box score they all had a collective heart attack in thinking they were going to see a 7-earned run bomb attached to his name.  Still it was not a good outing and we are on borrowed time here before the bottom falls out.  Let this be a warning.

Francisco Rodriguez:  took the loss with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 6.23.  Justin Wilson is now warming up in the closer bullpen.

Corey Seager:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .318.  The new Troy Tulowitzki but without the injuries and he can hit anywhere and not be helped by his home park......Well maybe not exactly like Troy Tulowitzki.

Cody Bellinger:  0/2 while hitting .100.  Already striking out a ton.  Like I said he would.

Julio Urias:  5.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.59.  Listen the kid is barely out of high school so don't concern yourself with the shaky amount of base runners.  In fact if you want to trade him to me I am all ears.

Matt Moore:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.80.  Yup it is all-or-nothing with this guy.  There may not be a more annoying pitcher to own in fantasy baseball.

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .213.  Encarnacion's May power binges are a thing of beauty and he is test firing his home runs swing on the eve of the month.  This will be fun and will help erase the tough start.

Francisco Lindor:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .301.  It is amazing how quickly things have flipped with Carlos Correa and Lindor.  No one would draft the former over the latter now but even this past spring training that was something that seemed laughable.

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 8 H 3 ER 4 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.19.  Second straight K special from Kluber who himself is rounding into his late-April towards May form.  With Edwin Encarnacion ready to go Mickey Mantle in May, the Indians are set to win a lot of games.

Chris Sale:  8 IP 8 H 2 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.19.  Even when he loses, Chris Sale dominates.

Masahiro Tanaka:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.20.  Tanaka outdueled Sale which is saying a ton and he pitched to contact to keep the number of throws down and thus allow him to finish the game.  He had as truly brutal first two weeks but now Tanaka seems back in control.

Kendrys Morales:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .235 in Game 2.  I have said numerous times I thought Morales would be doing more.  Obviously there is plenty of time but a guy with this kind of power should be easily over 30 home run this season.

Chris Owings:  2/3 with 2 home runs (4 for season) and sixth SB while hitting .325.  Owings went a bit quiet with the juice lately but one big game changes all that.  Nothing like getting five games of numbers in one game.

Yasmany Tomas:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .308.  With all of the giant Cuban hitting busts to come out of there the last few seasons, Tomas should get more credit for being a high impact power hitter from the start.

Taijuan Walker:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.94.  So this is what will happen.  You will see this, pick Walker up off waiver, and then he will give up 6 earned in 3 IP his next time out.  Just watch.  Put Walker and Matt Moore in the same family.

Bud Norris:  scoreless ninth for his fourth save with an ERA of 2.84.  Keep in mind we are dealing with Mike Scoscia so if Norris keep this up, he could stay the closer.



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