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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

George Springer:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .250.  I mean just a steal once every two weeks is all I ask.  It might seem like I am really nitpicking here but right now Springer is no different then Khris Davis and you spent a lot more on him.

Cam Bedrosian:  scoreless 2 IP for third save with an ERA of 0.00.  Bedrosian struck out 3 and even Mike Scoscia can't screw this up in terms of him having the overpowering stuff to possibly be a top closer.  Then again Scoscia can;t be trusted with literally anything.

Kyle Seager:  0/3 while hitting .220.  A home run would be nice bro.  Like soon.  See I even criticize "My Guys."

Wei-Yin Chen:  7 IP 0 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.94.  Coming off an injury-marred 2016, Chen was pulled after 100 pitches which is understandable.  On the fantasy baseball front, Chen has been a quality SP 5 for years if you want to go there again but there won't be much in the way of K's.

Luis Severino:  8 IP 3 H 3 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.05.  This is why you stay patient with Severino.  He now has 27 K in 20 IP.  However I tweeted last night that Severino reminds me of Michael Pineda in terms of overpowering K stuff but also suffers from massive inconsistency and sometimes from inning-to-inning.  Not a finished product yet but the 2017 results very promising.

Avisail Garcia:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .440.  Garcia came in to spring training 16 pounds lighter after he began to eat his way out of a job last season and so far he looks like the hitting prospect many talked up.  We could have out latest post-hype sleeper member.

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .212.  No doubt Encarnacion has been horrific but changing teams clutters the mind for most players and takes an adjustment period to feel right.  Consider this a sign things are about to turn and your BUY LOW window is closing.

Jose Ramirez:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .365.  I wasn't 100 percent on board with last year's power surge but Ramirez obviously doesn't give a crap what I think.

Miguel Sano:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .245.  Wow it took like a week for Sano's average to go from over .300 to its current rightful place.  And I did tell you to sell high.  With third base now being so deep, Sano's awful averages make him barely a daily league starter.

Mookie Betts:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .356.  Betts' first week was wiped out by the flu and his second getting his strength back.  The third is Betts the number 2 overall player in fantasy baseball.  Welcome back.

Russell Martin:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .114.  Wow Martin can really do the ugly average thing but he also can get super hot like he did last year after a brutal start.

Marcus Stroman:  6 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 4.05.  Boy I would really love to see Stroman in any other division.  Guy has ace stuff but still going through inconsistency that most young hurlers traverse.

Odubel Herrera:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .289.  I want to see another uptick in power for Herrera this season but even if he doesn't get there, this is still quietly one of the very best five-tool players in fantasy baseball.

Zach Wheeler:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.52.  Wheeler has ramped up the K's in his last two starts and been showing signs of his past as a top prospect.  His pitch efficiency remains a problem as he as out after five and that will cost him wins but coming back from two years off, this is as good as one could expect after working through all that rust.

Adam Jones:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .277.  In five years we will still be saying how Jones hits 25-30 home runs but yet no one wants him.

Adam Duvall:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .286.  Duvall knows how to get off to a quick start as he did this in 2016 as well to put his name on the fantasy baseball map.  Works well as your OF 3 power anchor there but notice how the average is slowly but surely dipping?

Joey Votto:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .235.  What is funny here is that there was no buy low on Votto and there never really ever is since everyone in the fantasy baseball community knows what an awesome hitter he is.

Kevin Gausman:  8 ER 2.2 IP with an ERA of 7.23.  Never liked Gausman and didn't care he pitched well last season.  His stuff is not as good as some might lead you to believe as the K's are underwhelming and the division takes a toll.  Cut him loose if you want.  You won't miss much.

Miguel Cabrera:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .222.  Couple of back scares are disconcerting at Cabera's age but he is starting to swing it quite well.  I still am fully invested for 2017 but 2018 is now not automatic.

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.37.  If there was no such thing as Clayton Kershaw, Scherzer might have four Cy Youngs.

Blake Treiner:  1 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 7.11.  Done!  It took less than three week for Treinen to show he can't close and so Shawn Kelly is the guy now to own (scoreless .2 for save).  Dusty Baker should have gone Kelley from the beginning but he always has to try and reinvent the wheel.  And those who drafted Kelley under the assumption he was the guy and then cut him when Treinen got the gig have likely lost him to someone else.  Commence drinking heavy amounts of vodka.

Eric Thames:  3/5 while hitting .426.  Thames did not hit a home run.  He is in a slump.

Travis Shaw:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .241.  The Brewers will let Shaw sink or swim on a daily basis so there is some value here in terms of a possible 20 home runs.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .241.  Don't be annoyed at the average as that is who Schwarber is.  Big slugger who walks a lot but also has K problems.  No shock there.

Jimmy Nelson:  7 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.42.  It is almost like Nelson does this on purpose so no one ever owns him again.

Mike Leake:  6.1 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 1 K with an ERA of 0.84.  Listen if you can live without the K's, Leake is a supreme SP 4.


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