Thursday, April 27, 2017


Avisail Garcia:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .373.  It is almost May and Garcia is still racking.  That means some sort of light bulb might be blaring here.  Remember Garcia was a highly touted prospect before falling on his face the last two years.  Scores of post-hype sleepers have made god over the years so absolutely pick him up to see if Garcia is the latest.

Jose Quintana:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 5.22.  There we go.  Quintana is fully back on track and now that the rotation matchups are muddled and he doesn't have the de facto ace slot, the pressure is lessened.  If you bought low then good job.

Scott Schebler:  2/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .203.  Schebler is hitting a home run every chance he gets to play and has more than earned a long look in fantasy baseball mixers.  Just hope the average comes up because now he is Joey Gallo with no speed in the outfield.

Joey Votto:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .238.  Wow Votto's power is on par with the 37 he hit in 2010.  While his career rates indicate he is over where he should be on that front, imagine if he goes back to 2010 this one year and he goes on a second-half tear like he did in 2016?

Adam Duvall:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .228.  Funny how guys like Duvall always move back to their mean numbers before to long.  For Duvall that means the nasty average and good power.

Evan Gattis:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .292.  The Astros need to do whatever they can to make sure Gattis is playing more than he is since he is swinging such a good stick.  And because I own him.

Brian McCann:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .281.  In today's fantasy baseball there are virtually no catchers who can consistently hit but yet the Astros have two.

Lance McCullers:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.34.  It was all going swimmingly for McCullers there up until this week when trouble arrived.  As long as he is healthy, this is typical young growing pains for a guy who while it seems have been around awhile. it still only 23.

Anthony Rizzo:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .277.  After taking a year off from running, Rizzo has 4 steals to go with the 5 bombs.  And could be gaining second base eligibility.  Yeah the year is off to a fine start.

Josh Harrison:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .308.  Harrison has improved as a pure hitter since his early utility days and kudos to him for that.  He can help you as an OF 3 with his speed and the occasional homer.  And yet doesn't it feel like a yawn to own him?

Josh Bell:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .237.  The average is creeping up now for Bell as it should since he is a .300 hitter but yet he is still collecting unexpected home runs.  If that trend holds on both fronts, we may have something better than anticipated here.

Jon Lester:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 3.68.  Remember Lester's worst month by a mile is April.  In fact I wish his ERA was worse so I can have an easier time buying low.

Maikel Franco:  3/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .203.  Told a few people on Twitter the other day to remain patient with Franco.  Next day he does this.  Yes Franco has become a bit undisciplined in his approach but the raw ability and power is still quite obvious.

Freddy Galvis:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .243.  At least Galvis didn't have to run hard on the home run.

Vince Velasquez:  6.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 6.33.  It seemed like Velasquez took a bit off the fastball which curbed the walks and resulted in contact outs.  Best start in a while which could make this a trend.  That's not what you want as an on-the-fence Velasquez owner given that you want the K's but it is always something with this guy.

Hector Neris:  1 ER in 1 IP in non-save with an ERA of 2.38.  Neris has given up three earned runs since being put in the closer role.  That might be speaking to mental issue which have taken down many guys moving into the ninth inning prior.  Keep Joaquin Benoit close.

Tim Beckham:  3/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .280.  Maybe Beckham is one of those post-hype sleepers made good times infinity.

Dylan Bundy:  6.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.65.  The K rare is still pathetic here and Bundy will guaranteed fatigue in late July given the lack of big inning seasons on his resume.  Get out now.

Robert Gsellman:  5 ER in IP with an ERA of 6.23.  It was a fun ride last year but Gsellman simply can' get anyone out and needs to go down to the minors to get straightened out.  Hello Rafael Montero.

Aaron Judge:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .281.  Hey were almost through the first month and Judge is still hitting over. 280.  Just five more to go.

Luis Severino:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.00.  This is why you stay patient with young pitchers who have this type of power arm.  Severino has been magnificent and just needed some ironing out.  Look out MLB.

Rick Porcello:  6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.75.  Nice with the K's but Porcello but he is still putting a lot of base runners on.

James Paxton:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.39.  Sigh.  For someone like myself who touted Paxton heavily all winter and into the spring and then not to own him while he tosses three shutouts in April, this is sort of a form of emotional torture.  Like with Severino, Paxton needed to work on his delivery and control to add pop to his stuff.  Mission accomplished.

Nelson Cruz:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .308.  Locked in now.

Cole Hamels:  6.2 IP 7 H 3 H 3 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.03.  One K versus the Minnesota Twins reinforces what I wrote in Hamels' Crisis Report the other day about the slipping velocity and strikeouts,  Again April is his roughest month so I won't panic fully until we see what he has in store for May,

Trea Turner:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .326.  You can't get Turner out right now and we are seeing why he went in the late first round this spring.  Turner can dominate in runs, average, and steals at the very least and the power looks like it could be legit from last year.  This could get insane.

Ryan Zimmerman:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting. 387. Speaking of insane, no one is more off-the-charts than Zimmerman.  It is almost like he has all the fantasy baseball press clipping on him (none of them positive) taped to his locker stall.  Your welcome Ryan I guess.

Hunter Renfroe:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .247.  Renfroe is just a newer version of Adam Duvall.

Fernando Rodney:  first blown save with 5 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 11.00.  Not a misprint.  Boy when Rodney wants to suck, he goes off the charts.  Shame on the D-Backs and anyone who owns Rodney in thinking he could do this.  I picked up Archie Bradley where available and so should you.  Up to 17 K in 14.1 IP.

Sean Manaea:  2 IP 4 H 3 ER 0 BB 1 K with an ERA of 5.18.  Exited with shoulder tightness which is code for "welcome to the DL sir."  

Bud Norris:  scoreless ninth for third save with an ERA of 3.09.  Norris struck out 2 and was firing bullets in a clean frame.  This actually doesn't shock me as Norris has always had closer stuff (i.e. strikeout stuff) but lacked secondary offerings.

Corey Seager:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .368.  Already Seager is so good that he is boring to talk about.

Christian Arroyo:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .167.  Look past this as Arroyo is still an empty average.

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