Monday, April 17, 2017


Trey Mancini:  3/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .364.  Well we may have something here.  The Orioles and Buck Showalter seem to uncover power hitters that come out of nowhere and given the ballpark, Mancini well worth a look,

Manny Machado:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .175.  As a Machado owner, it has been tough stomaching this rough start.  It will turn around as we all know but when it comes at the start of the season, it can put your team in a quick early hole you got to climb out of.

Dylan Bundy:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.86.  Hey we all knew Bundy had the talent given his pedigree as a top tier pitching prospect but his comeback from Tommy John was far from smooth.  Given that he keeps putting more distance from the procedure, Bundy's talent could now be fully coming to the surface.  If Bundy were in the NL, we would be even more excited.

Carlos Carrasco:  6.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 5 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.33.  Another home run given up and uncomfortable seeing so many walks from a guy who has vastly improved his control the last two seasons.  Carrasco never lets you feel 100 percent safe owning the guy.

Ryan Braun:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .244.  Yeah Braun's power is still holding steady no matter how he is doing it.  He lost the benefit of the doubt when he tried to ruin the MLB tester's life.

Eric Thames:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .368.  Fourth straight game with a HR from Thames.  A few things are going on here.  One is that Thames is taking advantage of pitchers being unfamiliar with him.  The second is that he has some big confidence after going all Babe Ruth in Korea and that counts for something.  Still ruing the fact I didn't see this coming.

Travis Shaw:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .217.  What got Shaw run out of Boston was his horrid average and that has not helped him again with his new team.

Matt Harvey:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.45.  Harvey has been very good in every start so far and his hamstring was no problem after the scare last time out.  All in all, Harvey's owners have to be more than pleased by the early returns.

Gio Gonzalez:  7.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 1.33.  This is Gio saying "hey remember me?"

Joaquin Benoit:  blown save with 3 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 4.76.  Ugh.  It never stops with these closers.  Benoit go the save the other day with no issues but this was ghastly.  It is not time for the Hecter Neris watch to begin but the latter's owners are that much closer to the big chair.

Blake Treinen:  1 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 6.00.  The Nationals bullpen is a joke as Treinen can't stop giving up runs and Shawn Kelly has an even worse 6.75 ERA.  When do the David Roberston talks heat up again?

Bryce Harper:  3/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .333.  Do you think his next contract will start with a "3?"

Cesar Hernandez:  3/4 with his third HR and first SB while hitting .346.  Yeah Hernandez covered pretty much all the basis.  Keep in mind he hit .294 last season so the average is no fluke and he could very well go 15/20 at this rate.  Where did he get drafted in your league?  Did he even get drafted?

Ryan Schmipf:  1/2 with his third HR while hitting .152.  Yup it was his only hit of the game.

Ender Inciarte:  2/3 with his fourth HR while hitting .250.  Inciarte's fly ball rate is way out of whack right now but he also is maturing physically.  I have been sniffing around here the last two years and basically Inciarte is another Cesar Hernandez but in the outfield.

Corey Dickerson:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .333.  Yeah in March I told you to make this move.  That's 4 home runs ago.

Pablo Sandoval:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .143.  Right now Sandoval DOES want to hit his weight.

Drew Pomeranz:  4.1 IP 5 H 5 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 5.23.  This is why you don't overreact to one start.  Hate Pomeranz with a full season of Boston and he will hate on your ratios to drive the point home.

Ian Kennedy:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.37.  Man there is never any in-between with this guy.  Either he does this of gets destroyed,

Jon Lester:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.00.  So far there has been zero sign of Lester's arm being impacted from the last few years of HEAVY usage.

Jameson Taillon:  7 IP 7 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.90.  Taillon has been fantastic and if not for a lack of experience, would be pushing right up toward ace level.

Greg Holland:  scoreless ninth for his 7th save with an ERA of 0.00.  It is like Holland is back to his Kansas City Royals days.  Dominating again.

Charlie Blackmon:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .232.  The average will jump back up and Blackmon has added power each and every year but the ultimate question is whether or not the steals loss last season was due to age or just a one-season anomaly.

Rich Hill:  2 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 3.38 before leaving with a blister.  This is getting insane now with Hill who gets a blister throwing a beach ball.

Brian Dozier:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .267.  No no expects a repeat of the home run tally from last season and more concerning to me is where the average will reside in.

Hector Santiago:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.47.  Two more months until you sell high on Santiago which is when the fatigue starts to set in.

Nomar Mazara:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .340.  Got to figure out how the hell to get this guy on my team.

Mitch Haniger:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .294.  Carry over from his big spring.  Sometimes the numbers do make the jump.

Sam Dyson:  third blown save with 2 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 27.00.  This is Shawn Tolleson 2016 all over again.  Matt Bush is back and will be named closer Monday.  Count on it.


  1. Who do you like more for the rest of the season? Joe Ross or Zack Wheeler? Will either get consistent playing time throughout the season?

    1. Have to go Ross as Wheeler on 120 inning total.

  2. Bundy or Daniel Norris better overall? Does one have a higher risk of shoulder troubles?

  3. both have had injury woes so a wash there. I think Norris has better chance of staying strong further into season.


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