Thursday, April 13, 2017


Aaron Judge:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .308.  Really like the improvement from Judge and that goes back to spring training when he hit .300-plus as well.  Third home run this week for Judge as well as the times are good.

Blake Snell:  4.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.18.  Only one K here as Snell continues to be undermined by high pitch counts and walks.  I admit I might have overhyped Snell a bit too much this spring but I was a sucker for the K's he showed in 2016.  Snell should only be owned in AL-only formats.

Jordan Montgomery:  4.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Not bad at all for a rookie debut and going back to spring training Montgomery has struck out batters at a very high rate.  While the fastball is not blazing at 94, the height and length of Montgomery makes it seem faster.  Worth an add as an SP 5 with upside.

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .219.  Took a bit for Dozier to collect his first hit but I expect a whole bunch more before it is all said and done.  Still not a fan of the average though.

Michael Fulmer:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.25.  Good finish for Fulmer after a somewhat rough beginning.  I am on record not liking the BABIP luck from 2016 and the mediocre K/9 rate but Fulmer also has every right to improve.  I won't be shocked if I am wrong.  I wouldn't be shocked if I were right as well.

Ryan Schmipf:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .160.  Call him the J.P. Arencibia of third baseman.

Stephen Piscotty:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .273.  Piscotty annoyed me when his jack in the ninth robbed a save chance for Seung-Hwan Oh but for all the crap he won't through last week, good for him.

Mike Leake:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.60.  We get this out of Leake for a stretch or two each and every season as he is a quality arm but the K's ebb and flow.  Even in a bandbox in Cincy, Leake was a very good SP 4 so no shock what he is doing in St. Louis.

Max Scherzer:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.13.  Wow.  I mean this guy is something else.  Overshadowed by Clayton Kershaw, you can put Scherzer in that discussion.

Danny Salazar:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.63.  Very simple with Salazar and always has been.  2 walks or fewer and he is usually a power ace stud.  3 or more walks and we get disaster.

Derek Holland:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Holland threw five hitless before giving up one in the sixth.  Tremendous start no doubt but honestly do you really want to go down this road of unfulfilled hopes again?

Jose Peraza:  3/5 with his 4th SB while hitting .297.  Right on par.

Michael Conforto:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .400.  This is the second time Conforto has started and homered this season and this is a frustrating situation for his fantasy baseball owners as the kid has the ability to be a 25-home run bat if given the time.  Unfortunately with Juan Lagares coming off the DL, the Mets have 5 OF's for 3 spots.  Not good math.

Maikel Franco:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .242.  Said yesterday to stay patient with Franco who homered for the second straight game.  Yup.  He is a good one.

Vince Velasquez:  5 IP 5 H 5 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 9.00.  This kid is a real project.  On one hand it is obvious the power stuff but on the other, Velasquez has poor control and undeveloped secondary stuff.  Still think he is a bullpen guy but in fantasy baseball as a starter he is a risk until further notice.

Zach Wheeler:  5.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 7.45.  Don't let the runs fool you as Wheeler was excellent before tiring in the sixth where Hansel Robles came on and let all three inherited runners score on a grand slam by Franco.  Wheeler is gaining stamina and his stuff is looked much crisper the second time around.

Jonathan Villar:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .179.  Glad I could light a fire under Villar with yesterday's Crisis Point post.

Chase Anderson:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.69.  I mean you really don't want to make it a habit of owning any Milwaukee starting pitchers but Anderson no doubt is hot.  For what it's worth of course since he has been waiver fodder for much of his career.

Marcus Stroman:  9 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.76.  Like with Franco on the hitting side, Stroman is a young arm who I assured you is destined for stardom if you stay patient (like after his somewhat rough 2016).  The stuff is tremendous; highlighted by a six-pitch arsenal that is almost unheard of.  Imagine if Stroman was in the NL.

Ender Inciarte:  2/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .189.  Inciarte had been absolutely brutal leading into this one so it is likely his fantasy baseball owners saw these homers on their bench,  However this is a guy who doesn't strike out much, can steal 20-plus bases, and hit some home runs while piling up leadoff at-bats.  Pick him up if available.

Freddie Freeman:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .333.  My love for Freeman is unending.

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/3 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .290.  Stanton is one of those big-name players in fantasy baseball I never own and don't care.  Guys who hit home runs at a high rate like Stanton but who struggled to hit for average tend to be overvalued and I don't fall for it.  Not my kind of guy which is sort of on the same line as my stance against Chris Davis.

Chris Davis:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .385.  See above.

Adam Jones:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .286.  Why did those in the fantasy baseball community yawn when they drafted Jones?  I don't get it.  Just because he doesn't steal 10-15 bases anymore?

Jonathan Schoop:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .174.  Sorry nice player but I need some semblance of speed from my middle infielders.

Steven Wright:  8 ER in 1.1 IP with an ERA of 13.50.  This is why you NEVER fool around with knuckle ball pitchers.  Put Wright out of your mind for like literally the rest of the season.

Andrew Toles:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .261.  Toles should be owned in all fantasy baseball leagues but he is not.  Do something about this.

Brandon McCarthy:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.50.  In between all of his injuries, McCarthy has proven himself to be a very solid fantasy baseball SP 4/5.  That stays true.

John Lackey:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.00,  Lackey's career as a useful fantasy baseball arm has gone about four years past where I thought it would.

Jose Leclerc:  scoreless 1.2 for first save with an ERA of 0.00.  LeClerc has been very good this season with closer strikeout stuff and his past control problems not being such an issue yet. With Mat Bush now injured and Jeremy Jeffress pitching as bad as Sam Dyson, LeClerc could emerge here believe it or not.  He won't get the next save chance given his youth and inexperience but a hedge pickup if you have a large roster is warranted.

Mike Trout:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .294.  He is so good that he is boring to talk about.

Mike Napoli:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .194.  Napoli really loves Texas.  Thinking he signs here about two more times before he is retired.

Carlos Gomez:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .129.  Gomez' early struggles has not put the horrid memories of 2016 first half behind us in the fantasy baseball community.  The Rangers seem determined to let him work out his struggles and maybe this is a sign things will turn.  Or not.

Elvis Andrus:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .333.  Wow I guess what I said yesterday about Andrus now being a power hitter rings true.


  1. What is your take on Amir Garrett? Out of all the following strong performers yesterday who do you like the best for this season: Garrett, McCartney, Leake or Anderson?

  2. Garrett off to nice start but had poor control in minors and tendency to give up HR's which is a bad matchup in Cincy. Leake very dependable as an SP 4. you know what you are going to get. McCarthy I like as he can get strikeouts and has been quite good when healthy.

  3. Judge over Bird, who has been injured and ineffective in the regular season so far?

  4. yeah for sure. although long-term Judge is the better prospect.


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