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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Mookie Betts:  0/4 while hitting .100.  Yeah not the start all Betts' owners were looking for.

Ian Kinsler:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .368.  Never thought Kinsler would get to this point in his career when he couldn't stay on the field early in his Texas Rangers days.  During that span Kinsler has put together one of the best second base careers we have seen in quite some time.

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.35.  Life is sweet for Verlander both on and off the field.

Chris Sale:  7.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.23.  You know you are a special type of pitcher when you are still beyond dominant even after moving into the AL East.

Logan Morrison:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .333.  We have seen Morrison's act plenty of time before and it always ends in disappointment but feel free to strike while the iron is hot.

Aaron Judge:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .261.  Judge hit well in spring training and we can accept .260 with all that power.  Here's hoping for the best.

Starlin Castro:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .310.  Amazing how Castro is now underrated after he was a highly sought after sleeper early during his Chicago Cubs career.  Everyone makes a stop at pretty much every fantasy baseball station at some point.

Chase Headley:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .375.  No truth to the rumors that the Yanks hypnotized Headley into thinking it was the year 2012 and he was with the San Diego Padres.

Michael Pineda:  7.2 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.97.  Yeah this is Pineda in spades.  No-hit stuff one start followed by 5 ER in 3 IP the next.

Khris Davis:  1/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .345.  I think the Chris Davis in Baltimore should now be known as the "other" Chris/Khris Davis.

Jharel Cotton:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.97.   The control remains a work in progress but obviously a very good start by enigmatic Cotton.  I don't trust him as far as I can throw him so your call on using him going forward.

Sean Doolittle:  struck out 3 in scoreless ninth for first save.  Yup this is the guy I said should be closing all along.  Like when I said Jeanmar Gomez was a folly as a closer.

Yasmani Tomas:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .333.  I like Tomas more than most as he is another guy who comes cheaper then he should.  Tomas can hit 30 home run without a doubt this season but yet who wanted him?  Besides me of course.

Matt Moore:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.70.  Never had any patience for Moore when he was in the American League but in spacious San Francisco in a weak division, this could work out nicely.

James Paxton:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Money.  Other than Aaron Nola maybe, Paxton was my strongest upside sleeper among starters for 2017 fantasy baseball.  He has 14 K's in 13 innings and the uptick in his fastball has pushed Paxton to upper-tier levels.  The stuff is that good.

George Springer:  0/4 while hitting .219.  For all those home runs, Springer still can't hit for average.  Far from it actually.

Eugenio Suarez:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .350.  Count on that .350 coming down to around .250 before too long but Suarez is a candidate to go 20/15 if all breaks right.  There is some good value in that as the fantasy baseball community always downgrades players who have poor averages given the cut-and-dry analysis of that number,

Billy Hamilton:  3/5 with 2 steals (4 for season) while hitting .346.  Man if the light bulb ever goes fully on for Hamilton in terms of pure hitting, he could be the next Vince Coleman a la 100 steals.

Tyler Glasnow:  1.2 IP 4 H 5 ER 5 BB 1 K with an ERA of 27.00.  Wow that was brutal.  Glasnow is not ready for the majors as his control is downright hideous.  No need chasing the K's if the walks serve as a very negative counterbalance.

Brandon Finnegan:  2 IP 4 H 1 ER 5 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.00.  Told Finnegan owners to bench him in this one coming off his terrific opening day outing as consistency doesn't jive yet with this kid.
Jay Bruce:  2/3 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .304.  When he is locked in like this, few players in fantasy baseball can carry you in the power categories better then Bruce.

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.50.  DeGrom gave up two runs in the first and then fired five blanks when he clearly didn't have his best stuff.  He can play on my team any day.  And he actually does.

Jerad Eickhoff:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.63.  Yeah I like Eickhoff and have made no secret of it.  When the hook is working like it did in this one, the K's begin to flow.  He won't ever be an ace as the K/9 rate is not upper-level over the course of a season but you can't find many better SP 4's.

Bryce Harper:  4/4 while hitting .370.  Like taking batting practice.

Anthony Rendon:  0/6 while hitting .115.  He is back from missing the opener with injury but in actuality Rendon would have helped his owners more by sitting out more games.

Adam Wainwright:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 7.00.  Done.


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