Thursday, April 20, 2017


Josh Bell:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .205.  I keep coming back to James Loney here as that is the closest comparison.  Very good pure hitter no doubt is Bell but ideally you want more power from your fantasy baseball first baseman.

Dexter Fowler:  3/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .183.  Finally some signs of life with Fowler who was horrific until this one.  Leaving Wrigley Field was a bad deal for Fowler's fantasy baseball value and with sliding speed, he is on the border of OF 3 status.

Gerrit Cole:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.70.  Finally some strikeouts from Cole as they have been M.I.A. for awhile.  He is still putting way too many guys on base but let's hope this is the start of a strikeout trend.  

Trevor Rosenthal:  scoreless ninth for first save in place of the resting Seung-Hwan Oh.  This is notable due to the fact Rosenthal hit 101 and looked like the stud closer he was before injury problems began to hurt his stuff in 2015.  With Oh having been simply brutal so far, another blown save could result in a change here.  Pick up Rosenthal to stay ahead of the closer game.

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .188.  I swear Gallo closes his eyes before he swings and hopes to make contact.

Khris Davis:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .321.  Hey if Davis can hit .275 with all that power, hello top OF 2 status.

Chad Pinder:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Pinder is up to play in place of Marcus Semien but he is not really a guy of interest outside of AL-only formats.

Neftali Feliz:  first blown save with 4 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 6.75.  Wow was this an epic blown save.  Feliz had been tremendous coming into this one and was due for a dud but geez he outdid himself there.  As a Feliz owner I am nervous every time he goes out there as I don't trust him but up until now he was good.  Hope it was a one game very ugly blip.

Travis Shaw:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .237.  The Brewers have been a gold mine for cheap waiver wire value plays this fantasy baseball season and Shaw is among that group.  Shaw has very good power but of course his average leaves a lot of be desired,  This is the kind of guy who can be a nice help on the bench when needed which is why I picked him up in Experts.

Jett Bandy:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .323.  Hmmm.  At catcher you pick up a hot offensive player and ask questions later and right now that is Bandy.  Yes I picked him up too.

Addison Russell:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .254.  You can't sway me from arguing that Russell is overrated in fantasy baseball as I need steals from my middle infield.

Kyle Hendricks:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 6.19.  Yeah I had Hendricks as a prime BUST addition in this year's draft guide and all throughout spring training I reminded you.  The regression police are doing their thing here and it is not pretty.  I now sit back and nod my head.

Felix Hernandez:  6.1 IP 12 H 4 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.65.  Man King Felix is so hittable now.  Two more home runs given up makes it clear as day that opposing hitters are not having trouble catching up with his stuff now that the velocity is dipping.  Said it may not be anything but chaotic this season and here you go.

Christian Yelich:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .292.  Hello stardom.  Mr. Christian Yelich is here to see you.

Giancarlo Stanton:  3/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .268.  Freeze that average please.

Vince Velasquez:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 7.20.  Still too many base runners and this time not much in the way of K's which defeats the whole purpose of using Velasquez.  Bullpen, bullpen, bullpen.

Amir Garrett:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 1.83.  Seriously with this?  My goodness where did this come from?  Garrett was a decent prospect but his K/9 last season at Double-A (9.12) and Triple-A (7.18) and he was a 22nd round pick for crying out loud.  Unfamiliarity here is at work without a doubt in terms of opposing hitters having trouble with Garrett but I need to see more before I jump in with both feet.

Brad Brach:  scoreless ninth for first save with ERA of 0.00.  Brach has big-time stuff and is capable of being a dominant closer for as long as Zach Britton is out.  Britton has an MRI on tap and that will give us the answer here in terms of how high of an impact Brach can have.

Chase Headley:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .396.  What does Headley think it is 2012 again?  Headley has been locked in from the jump and I myself am riding this out as I wait for Todd Frazier to get over the flu.  He has been terrible the last few years no doubt but the Yanks are stressing stealing bases and Headley is helping there too to go with his home runs.

Aaron Judge:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .277.  Love the average right now for Judge.  30 home runs is in the offing if he can keep that number up.

Starlin Castro:  1/2 with his third HR while hitting .368.  It is almost like Castro doesn't even exist anymore, so little attention is paid to him these days.  Really it is only because he doesn't run anymore which is strange.

Masahiro Tanaka:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 6.00.  Much better.  Tanaka seems to have put his horrid first few starts behind him and any buy low window is closing.  I wasn't one seeking that out however as I still don't want anything to do with the division and elbow ticking time bomb.

Francisco Rodriguez:  second blown save with 1 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  No surprise here as I told you Rodriguez would be in the running to be first closer jettisoned out of the ninth inning.  He stuff looks terrible and Justin Wilson has a 0.00 ERA with 11 K in 8 IP in front of him.

Jay Bruce:  3/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .309.  Amazing we are talking about the same guy who Mets fans wanted to run out of town last summer.  Bruce has quickly adapted to NY which says a lot about him mentally and his homers are flying out at their customary rate.  As an added bonus, his average looks nice.......for now.

Robert Gsellman:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.09.  Much better.  This is the guy who took the league by storm last August and September.  This buys Gsellman some more time in the rotation but putting him right back out there in fantasy baseball should not occur until he puts up another solid outing.

Bryce Harper:  4/4 with 2 home runs while hitting .404. Why didn't you steal a base too you bum?

Ryan Zimmerman:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .380.  I get a lot of e-mails on Zimmerman asking if he is back or what his deal is etc.  Truth be told, he healthy for like the first time since he was a baby.  It is not a novel concept that a player performs at his best when healthy and that is what we are seeing from Zimmerman.  It won't last as you know since Zimmerman has a spot at the table of the most injury-prone players in fantasy baseball but still enjoy while the times are good.

Freddie Freeman:  2/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .440.  Freeman is playing so well that even Paul Goldschmidt owners are re-evaluating what they did in the draft.

Joe Ross:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.86.  It has been really tough sledding lately with Ross and his health but if he is sitting there on the wire, pick him up immediately.  I have always been a sucker for his talent just like his brother and the wins will surely be there.

Julio Teheran:  7 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 3.52.  Everyone has a bad day at the office.

Dallas Keuchel:  7 IP 8 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.96.  I have already discussed this at length but the bite sure does look like it is back on Keuchel's stuff.

Ken Giles:  scoreless eighth!!!!! inning with an ERA of 6.43.  Will Harris pitched the ninth which was interesting.  Not sure what to make of it but pick up Harris just in case.

Eric Hosmer:  1/4 while hitting .204.  Looks like we have a candidate for the next Crisis Point article.


  1. Mitch Haniger: 3/4 while hitting .323. 3 Runs scored and 4 RBIs. The man is on fire

  2. yes he is. continuation of big spring. looks legit.


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