Saturday, April 8, 2017


Ivan Nova:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Yup Nova joins A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano as garbage pitchers who turned into stud when they landed in Pittsburgh, A.K.A. the Lourdes for hurlers.

Tony Watson:  perfect scoreless ninth for first save.  Watson needed this after a rough spring and the heat being supplied by Daniel Hudson.  Still not sold on the lefty yet in the ninth inning.

Pablo Sandoval:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Yeah he is still in the majors.  No one even cares anymore what Sandoval does but in that ballpark we are forced to pay attention.

Michael Fulmer:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Yes Fulmer was a prime name on my 2017 BUST list and am expecting a regression to a mid-3.00 ERA and a sophomore slump.  Be patient on that front.

Francisco Rodriguez:  blown save with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 3.86.  The first of many.

Steven Wright:  4 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  You are asking for it by getting involved with this guy.

Blake Treinen:  2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 8.10 as he earned his third save.  Already the heat is on Treinen who has not been good.  Luckily he has had cushions to convert the saves or else this narrative would be worse.  Pick up Kodi Glover where available as he has a 0.00 ERA and pitched in the eighth.

Max Scherzer:  6.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.70.  All is well on the fractured knuckle front.

Vince Velasquez:  4 IP 5 H 4 ER 3 BB 10 K with an ERA of 9.00.  You can really see the power pitching potential here but I stand on record saying I think Velasquez is more of a bullpen/closer than a starter due to a limited secondary arsenal.

Bryce Harper:  2/4 with 2nd HR while hitting .357.  Yawn.  Basically this is a continuation from the big spring Harper had.  All he needs is for his body to cooperate in order to challenge for the top spot in our fake game.

Daniel Murphy:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .471.  At least this season we no longer have to keep checking to see if Murphy's power is legit.

Jayson Werth:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .313.  I guess we have to start talking about Werth again given the hot start he has had.  He can work as an OF 3 while the going is good.

Freddy Galvis:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .286.  It would be funny if the Phillies realize Galvis was better than J.P. Crawford all along.

Byron Buxton:  0/4 while hitting .056.  Enough with this crap already.  I mean honestly Buxton simply can't hit and despite all the INSANE hype the last few years, he very well could be a Quad-A guy.  Right now Buxton is more likely to be back in the minors next week then have 5 hits.

Brandon Kintzler:  scoreless ninth for second save with an ERA of 0.00.  I had zero confidence in this working with the soft-tossing Kintzler pitching in the ninth inning but he has nailed down both chances so far without giving up a run.  See it can be done Blake Treinen?

Hyun-Jin Ryu:  4.2 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.86.  The Korean finally made it back to the mound here after his last two seasons were almost completely derailed by injury.  He has some longer-term value once he works off the rust as Ryu has proven he can miss bats.

Brandon Belt:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .286.  No one does a hotter first two weeks then this perennial tease.  Go back and see what Belt has done in Aprils past which has kept the "is this finally the year" narrative going.  We have been down this road a million times before so really there is nothing to add other then to ride it out and take what is given.

Manuel Margot:  2/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting. 263.  Wasn't this guy supposed to be about average and speed?  Home runs are now part of the deal?  I think I just peed myself.

Francisco Lindor:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .267.  Well I guess Lindor is a slugger now.  No seriously keep in mind Lindor is still just 23 and so he has every right to grow into more power.  Added to his .300-plus average and 20 steals and Carlos Correa will soon be looking up at him.

Shelby Miller:  5.1 IP 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.06.  I was interested to see if the big velocity Miller showed in the spring would be there in the regular season and it was.  However nothing ever comes easy here as Miller was all over the place with his control.  Still tough to trust.

Gary Sanchez:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .167.  Sanchez has been brutal early on but all will be right if he keeps doing this.  I am on record saying he was grossly overdrafted based on his excellent but small sample size performance in 2016 given the expected 25-plus K/9 rate and pitchers being more careful against him.  Time will tell on that one but no shock over the slow start.

Matt Holliday:  2/2 with his first HR while hitting .308.  An oldie but still a goodie, Holliday is about as good an OF 3 as you can get in fantasy baseball given his still potent bat and great ballpark.

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .273.  I bet you almost all of Machado's fantasy baseball owners would trade  few home runs for some steals.

Khris Davis:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .375.  Why did this guy come so cheap at the draft table again?

Rougned Odor:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .375.  Said the other day the Rangers have arguably the best infield AND outfield young upside hitter in the game.  Yes sir.

Nomar Mazara:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .588.  Still can't figure out why Mazara went as cheaply as he did in drafts this spring either.  Yes Mazara doesn't steal bases but the swing is a thing of beauty with burgeoning power.

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