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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Ivan Nova:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.25.  You are never going to get a lot in the way of strikeouts from Nova but since moving to Pittsburgh midway through last season he has been pitching like an SP 3.

Lance Lynn:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3,12.  I told you all to be patient here with Lynn as he worked off the Tommy John rust as he has been a quality arm for a long time and even been in the Cy Young conversation.

Seung-Hwan Oh;  1 ER in 1 IP for first save with an ERA of 9.53.  Oh can't cant through an outing without giving up a run and Trevor Rosenthal is already lurking in the eighth inning.  With the Sam Dyson story now in the rearview mirror, this closing situation is becoming front and center.

Aaron Judge:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .275.  Of course it is Judge and not Greg Bird or Gary Sanchez who so far have turned out to be the most valuable Yankee prospect.  That's the way NO ONE drew it up.  Great start and a continuation on a very good spring but Judge is still what he is in terms of a high-K slugger in the mold of Chris or Khris Davis.

Matt Holliday:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .243.  Missing the last two games with a sore back is a reminder of Holliday's advanced age but there is no reason he can't help at least for one more season as a 20-home run bat who can drive in 80.  His days of being anywhere near .300 appear to be nothing but a memory.

Jordan Montgomery:  6 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.22.  Montgomery has been good but not great so far this season but that is to be expected for a guy now with just two MLB starts to his name.  He has come Chris Young in him as a tall and lanky arm who gets K's not with overpowering stuff but with a long extension that makes the ball seem like it is coming out closer to the dish.

Austin Hedges:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .158.  Hedges is beginning to come out of the fog and should be back on your WATCH lists given the position he plays.

Freddie Freeman:  4/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .400.  Paul Goldschmidt who?

Brandon Maurer:  1 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 5.79.  Carter Capps is getting close to a return.  Maurer has no business being anywhere near the ninth inning.  Make preemptive move on Capps now.

Ryan Braun:  3/4 with his 5th HR and 4th SB while hitting .289.  Yeah vintage Braun as much as I hate to say it.  Guy still getting it done across the board despite being taped up like a mummy.

Eric Thames:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .405.  This is Eric Thames' World and we are just living in it.  Yes he will cool down......we think.....but this a 40-home run bat folks.

Jeff Bandy:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .321.  At catcher you don't ask questions and instead just react.  Pick him up.

Neftali Feliz:  scoreless ninth for fifth save with ERA of 1.59.  Another reminder of why you don't have to draft closers early.  In Experts League I picked Feliz and Holland in the last four rounds and have 12 total saves between them with ERA hovering 1.00.  Yup.

Michael Brantley:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .268.  All Brantley needed was a sound shoulder to show he remains one of the best pure hitters in the game today.  Who can also supply some power/speed juice.

Danny Salazar:  6.1 IP 7 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.57.  It is seldom a work of art across the board but boy can Salazar rack up K's in a hurry.  And agita too.

Charlie Marton:  5 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.18.  Charlie Morton never seems to ever go away.  He will randomly show up and pitch a shutout somewhere and say "pick me up as your SP 5."  Sorry not when he is in the AL.

Ken Giles:  scoreless ninth for his third save with an ERA of 7.50.  If the Astros just pitched Giles in save chances, he would be Aroldis Chapman.  Seriously there may not be a worse non-save closer among the 30 in baseball.

A.J. Griffin:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.11.  Bravo.  Now let's keep it moving to people you really care about in fantasy baseball.

Jharel Cotton:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  This is why I say ignore Cotton even after his excellent second outing.  Way too much inconsistency to deal with here.

Robbie Ray:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 4 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.96.  Wow those strikeouts.  Wow those walks.

Brandon McCarthy:  5 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.12.  There were a lot of baserunners sure but McCarhy is a more than quality pitcher who has been quite good both before and after his TJ surgery.

Jake Lamb:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .313.  If you are a Lamb owner, try and sell high here while the average has a 3 in front of it.

Christian Yelich:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .250.  Really the only thing standing in the way of Yelich being a top tier fantasy baseball outfielder is consistent 20-plus home run power.  If he goes back-to-back reaching that level this season, then he gets there.

Robinson Cano:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .232.  The buy low window is closing fast.

Nelson Cruz:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .231.  The Cruz-Cano power show is just about ready to get going.

Ariel Miranda:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.06.  Miranda clearly know what he is doing and keep in mind he pitched to a 3.54 ERA last season with a 1.09 WHIP.  By all means see where it goes.


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