Friday, April 7, 2017


Daniel Nava:  2/3 with 2 home runs while hitting .667.  No don't pick him up outside of NL-only leagues.  We have seen this show for awhile now and it is still not interesting.

Adam Duvall:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .455.  Pure power guys like Duvall can get crazy hot with a boatload of home runs for like a two week stretch so make sure you got him in the lineup.

Drew Storen:  scoreless ninth for his first.  Day off for Raisel Iglesias so nothing to talk about here other than knowing Storen is closing backup for the Reds.

Mike Moustakas:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .308.  Nice start for Moustakas but as always it comes down to where the average will be after hurting his owners two of the last three seasons.

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .300.  We all know that Perez has traded his past .300 average for more power the last two years but it is nice to see him playing after that awful WBC home plate collision we witnessed.

Byron Buxton:  0/4 while hitting .071.  When is he going back to the minors for the 16th time?  The guy can't flat out hit.  That is sort of a problem.

Nolan Arenado:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .357.  Took him long enough to hit his first.  I mean for real.

Mark Reynolds:  1/4 with his 2nd HR while hitting .467.  Yeah he is still around.  If Reynolds stays in Colorado, he can play another ten years and just hit home runs.

Greg Holland:  scoreless ninth for his second save and 2 K with an ERA of 0.00.  It is like he never left.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .300.  Who is your favorite power hitting leadoff man, Schwarber or Carlos Santana?

Lance Lynn:  5.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Not bad for Lynn's first outing since coming back from Tommy John surgery.  Shaping up to be a nice value all the way around.

Matt Boyd:  5 ER in 2.1 with an ERA of 19.29.  I mean Mike Pelfrey could have done better.  Yeah this was that bad.

James Shields:  5.1 IP 2 H 1 ER 5 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.69.  Even when Shields wins he stinks.

Wil Myers:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .313.  Myers has hit well early on but with him it is all about staying healthy and doing what he can to show his 28/28 2016 campaign was not a gross outlier.  I have my doubts here on both fronts.

Yasiel Puig:  2/3 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .417.  Well look who is leading the league in home runs right now.  Mr. perennial F-Up maybe has seen the light?  The funny thing is that there was never any doubt about Puig's ability to be a star offensive players but instead it was keeping his head on straight.  Good signs so far and if this keeps up, Puig could be one of the very best value plays in fantasy baseball this season.

Ryon Healy:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .214.  Said Healy would be a slightly better average hitter like Ryan Schimpf but with same type of power.  Yup.

Sean Doolittle:  scoreless ninth with 3 K while Santiago Casilla worked a clean eighth.  Ummm......what?  I said all along Doolittle was the best closing option on the A's and stand by that assessment but this comes a day after a cut him loose to pick up Matt Bush.  Unreal.

Mitch Haniger:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .188.  Haniger is slotted into the precious two hole between Jean Segura and Robinson Cano so big things should happen here in terms of prime pitches to hit.  Which would be a continuation of the spring when Haniger hit everything in sight.

George Springer:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .313.  Already getting e-mails about how I was hating on Springer the last two years but that is misplaced.  I never had an issue with Springer's power but instead my concerns sat with his choosy steals and annually shaky average.  Valid points no?  Also it is April 7th everyone.  Remind yourself to breath.

Joe Musgrove:  5 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.69.  Not the worst way to shore up your SP 5 slot.

Ken Giles:  took the loss with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 6.00.  Here we go.  I own Giles in the Experts League and honestly I was scared to death to do so.  Also the only reason he is on my roster is that there was an insane run on closers in the drafts and Giles and Alex Colome (who I also got) were the best of the rest.  Giles is as high-wire a closing act as you can get given the walks and the clear evidence he doesn't have the "mental" strength at all times to close.  Strap in.

J.T. Realmuto:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .583.  You see this is what happens.  I tell you all to draft Realmuto last season as I predicted he was the next Jason Kendall.  Realmuto goes out and does a fairly good impression of the former Pirate.  Next he goes a bit higher than I wanted him to go in the draft as all the johnny come latelys now want him.  Bottom line:  I didn't get Realmuto and am quite depressed about it.  While I still think the power ceiling only goes to the 10-14 range, everything else including 10-plus steals and a .300 average are there.  Which of course is tremendous at the sinkhole that is catcher.  Your welcome.

Ryan Zimmerman:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .417.  Older veterans like Zimmerman tend to start the season fast so I am not shocked in the least by this.  What I am shocked about is that Zim didn't pull a hamstring filling up his cup of water at the cooler in the dugout.  Ride out the hot stretch.

Adam Eaton:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .300.  Sorry you need about 19 more of these to even remotely justify that ridiculous winter trade.  Don't think it will happen.

Blake Treinen:  got a blown save for giving up run-scoring hit in .1 IP and his WHIP is now 1.29.  Everyone else in the Nats pen is getting lit up too though so no need to worry.....yet.

Kendrys Morales:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .167.  I am really going to love owning my old friend Morales again this season.  In fact it wouldn't shock me in the least if he is neck-and-neck in home runs and RBI this season with the guy he replaced.

Marcus Stroman:  6.1 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.42.  Yes Mr. Roy Oswalt clone is off to a tidy start coming off the WBC.  Kid has SIX pitches and tremendous control which point to his future as a near-fantasy baseball ace.

Blake Snell:  6.2 IP 4 H 5 ER 5 BB 5 K with an ERA of 6.75.  Get him the hell out of here.  Snell is not ready for this.

Paul Goldschmidt:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .333.  Special talent here who really has nothing for me to talk about since he is so damn consistently good.

Jake Lamb:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .200.  Oh where will that average go?

David Peralta:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .154.  You should still believe.

Matt Kemp:  2/4 with 2 home runs while hitting .462.  While the flash is not as potent as it once was, you certainly can't argue with the power that Kemp still brings to the table.

Wilmer Flores:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .167.  When a lefty is on the mound, Flores turns into Edgar Martinez.  Decent bench stash to use against a southpaw since Flores hit almost .400 against them last season.

Matt Harvey:  6.2 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.70.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.  This was a new version of Harvey though who relied on secondary stuff to get contact outs.  The fastball sat mostly 93-95 and only 4 strikeouts bear out the new approach.  It worked for one night but the drop in velocity could cause the homers to start flying out as they did in Harvey giving up two shots to Kemp.


  1. It looks like Casilla got the heart of the order. Do you think it's more about match ups in Oakland than predicting a closer?

  2. So does it make more sense to hold Doolittle or Casilla?

  3. Casilla but it could go either way.

  4. Cheers. That's who I have. C'est la vie


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