Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Hector Santiago:  6.1 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 1 K with an ERA of 2.38.  Tough luck loss for Santiago who threw very well and continued with his habit of pitching well during the first half of the season.

Matt Boyd:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.40.  A needed nice outing by Boyd who likely would have been sent to the minors if he throw poorly again.  Still despite this dominant start, Boyd has pretty much negligible fantasy baseball value.

Todd Frazier:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .143.  Man has Frazier been bad but this is likely all he needed to open the floodgates.  Bet you he homers next game as well.

Francisco Lindor:  1/2 with his fourth HR while hitting .308.  Man Lindor's power is really at another level so far.  If this keeps up to go with his other excellent numbers in the four standard categories, Lindor could be first round material.

Carlos Carrasco:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.13.  Yeah Carrasco is making me look bad after panning him all spring but he was awful in the exhibition season.  Kudos for turning it around but let's talk in May.

Adam Duvall:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .367.  Duvall has gotten off to a big start to a season two years in a row now so no shock here.  30-plus home runs and maybe a run at 40 could be in the cards but where will the average be with all those K's?

Jameson Taillon:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.38.  Two very good starts to begin the season for Taillon who is the NL version of Marcus Stroman in terms of having ace stuff but with a K Rate that is below the top tier guys.

Yoenis Cespedes:  4/6 with 3 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .250.  A continuation of Cespedes' insane spring training performance.  Flat in his prime years now, Cespedes is one of the easier players to grade out in fantasy baseball as his numbers have settled into the .280-average/30-HR/100-RBI range.  This is a clear OF  despite those who stupidly knock him for not stealing bases anymore.

Lucas Duda:  4/6 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .333.  When the back is right, Duda can be a monster and he is one of the more pronounced streaky home run hitters in the game who can get 7 in a week.  This season he is even now hitting them off lefties.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  4/6 with his first HR while hitting .353.  What a solid career this guy has had.  Cabrera has been knocked for not replicating his monster power/speed year early during his term with the Cleveland Indians but that is unfair.  The clear leader of the Mets, Cabrera can still handle the bat just fine as well.

Travis D'Arnaud:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .278.  Feeling good about D'Arnaud so far but boy has this guy ripped our hearts out too many times to count.

Matt Harvey:  5/.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.92.  Exited with a tight left hamstring which is scary.  Always something with this guy but prior to the injury, Harvey was very good once again and even upped the fastball by reaching 96 a few times.  Of course he gave up another home run which is becoming a problem but now we have to worry about health again.  Sigh.

Maikel Franco:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .207.  Yes I know I am a Franco apologist but the kid is just too good to continue to struggle.  Often when a young hitter finally sees a ball go out, everything else comes together.  Now is the time to get him back into the lineup.

Randal Grichuk:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .194.  I know he as a buzzy name going into last season but Grichiuk is so damn limited to being a home run specialist.

Matt Wieters:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .435.  This is another guy I always have a soft spot for as a healthy Wieters can hit you an easy 20 bombs at a position that is not only shallow once again but now is ravaged by injuries.

Daniel Murphy:  4/5 with his second HR while hitting .472.  Your mouth just drops when you see this guy's hitting numbers now.

Jayson Werth:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .345.  What's funny is that as much as Werth was panned given his massive 7-year contract the Nats gave him, he has generally performed well.  Still is by the looks of it in Year 7.

Gio Gonzalez:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.69,  This guy always seems to suck when you expect him to be good and is a gem when you ignore him thinking he is useless.

J.A. Happ:  9 hits and 4 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  I mean I told you this would happen right?

Keon Broxton:  2/5 with his first HR and second SB while hitting .188.  I don't own Broxton but I kind of wish I did.  Lots of potential tools here but Broxton has to show he can hit for a somewhat decent average.  Unlike a Billy Hamilton or a Jarrod Dyson though, Broxton has pop.

Marcell Ozuna:  2/2 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .423.  Yeah wished I owned him too.

Drew Pomeranz:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Of course Pomeranz will throw a gem.  He was arguably one of the worst pitchers in spring training and was constantly hurt the last calendar year.  Makes sense right?

Manuel Margot:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .3343.  Meet my new favorite outfielder.  I own Margot in the Experts League in a stacked outfield that includes Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich, Andrew Benintendi, and Andrew McCutchen.  Needless to say, Margot has one of the 3 starting spots locked up for now.

Carlos Gonzalez:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .188.  All CarGo owners need to be aware of the very good chance he will get traded at some point and thus exit Coors Field.  Think about selling June before the rumors get out of hand.

Charlie Blackmon:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .229.  All right again the power is nice but can Blackmon reverse the clear stolen bases trend the last two seasons?

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .324.  Sometimes I lie awake at night and wonder how great it must be to own Nolan Arenado.

Jonathan Lucroy:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .250.  The literal last man standing among the top tier catching hierarchy.

Elvis Andrus:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .308.  Andrus has added a bit of pop the last two years which we will take,  Maybe I will stop destroying the guy the way I have the last 5-6 years because of it.

Sam Dyson:  second blown save with 3 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 33.00.  In this year's draft guide and on the site prior to the season, I said that Sam Dyson, Brandon Kintzler, and Jeanmar Gomez would be the first closers to literally toss the gig away.  Two down and one to go.  I mean a blown save is one thing but when you do it by giving up 3 runs then it is a whole other level of trouble.

George Springer:  2/5 with his fifth HR while hitting .243.  Ho-hum.  Sorry I want more out of this guy.  Can't have Springer go as high as he does in the draft by being a home run specialist.

Ken Giles:  2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 9.00.  This guy.  Giles makes you want to tear your hair out as he constantly does shizz like this.  Non-save chance yes and you know how that goes but damn this is why I told you I felt like I wanted to vomit when I drafted him.

Robbie Ray:  6.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 5 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.19.  I said in the spring that Ray was not as bad as his last season ERA given the poor BABIP luck and the K rate was insanely good.  However the caveat was Ray fixing his control woes and that is not happening yet and still holding him back.


  1. What happened with Lance Lynn? Gave up 3 HRs. Keep him or dump him?


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