Thursday, April 6, 2017


Hector Santiago:  1 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 1.80.  For as long as Santiago has been a starter, he has excelled in April and May and then began his annual fade in mid-June.  It is safe to use for two months but boy get the hell out when the NBA Finals get underway.

Ian Kennedy:  5 IP 3 H 3 ER 5 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.40.  Kennedy is so annoying in fantasy baseball as he is just good enough to be tempting to use as an SP 5 but then he often goes out and does this.  Not for me.

Adam Jones:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  There is the sun coming up in the morning and then there is Adam Jones hitting 25 home runs.

Chris Davis:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .250.  There is the sun coming up in the morning and Chris Davis hitting 40 home runs with 200 strikeouts.

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Happ was rough early but finished strong.  The guy confounded me all last season and he made zero sense since he was a career journeyman prior to his big 2016.  A .268 BABIP has to be answered for at some point.

Dylan Bundy:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.29.  So that's what we have waited 82 years to see.  It is only one start but boy it was a great one.

Chris Sale:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  That's certainly a nice way to introduce yourself to the Boston fans.  I will say it again in that Sale has the prettiest pitching boxscores in the game outside of maybe Clayton Kershaw.

Jameson Taillon:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  While Taillon doesn't have the strikeout ability of Tyler Glasnow, he certainly has the better polish.  Good upside here.

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0,00.  I have been drooling all over the comebacking DeGrom this spring and I put my money where my big mouth is by drafting him high in the Experts League.  Back to top ten starting pitching status DeGrom will go.

Bartolo Colon:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Don't you just hope Colon is still pitching ten years from now?  Do you have any doubt he could do it?

Ryan Zimmerman:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .429.  Even a dinosaur like Zimmerman can have a hot start.

Tanner Roark:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Roark kind of snuck up on us as a borderline fantasy baseball ace after being moved back and forth from the bullpen last year.  The K/9 rate continues to improve and Roark may very well at least reach SP 2 status in 2017.

Blake Treinen:  1 ER in earning second save.  Treinen gave up two hits but he also struck out two so we will sign off on the outing.  Will be watching closely to see how he adjusts but so far Treinen seems like he can do this.

Jonathan Villar:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  The biggest shock of Villar's monster and all-time value play season in 2016 was not the 62 steals but the 19 home runs.  Watching for an encore with the latter to stamp the ability there as legit and so far Villar is cooperating.

Eric Thames:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .333.  The Korean legend has his first bomb and I like the fact the Brewers will only use his against righties so as to maximize the good vibes.  Yes it is annoying checking his status every day but don't you check your lineup daily anyway?  Can't wait to see where this goes.

Travis Shaw:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .417.  One thing Shaw knows how to do is get off to hot starts like he did in 2016 before the impatient Boston Red Sox gave up on him.  Shaw is now in a place where a slump won't get him sent to the bench and he has 20 home run power with the ability to hit .275.  Pick him up.

Jharel Cotton:  5 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 10.38.  Remember in the spring I said you can draft Cotton but only monitor his progress early on before using him.  Another start like this and it is to the wire you go my friend.

Sandy Leon:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .625.  I said in the spring I didn't think Leon was more than a low-end second catcher in two-catcher formats given his light hitting numbers in the minors and stand by that assessment no matter this hot start.

Joey Votto:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .143.  Even if Votto is hitting just .150 by the end of April, that just means he will bat .450 the rest of the way.  Best swing in the game.

Raisel Iglesias:  scoreless ninth with 2 K for first save.  It was folly for Bryan Price to try and convince us he was going to go with anyone else to close games besides Iglesias.  While he failed as a starter, Iglesias certainly wouldn't be the first hard-throwing arm who took off when moved to the bullpen/ninth inning.  Really love the closing upside here.

Brandon Finnegan:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Finnegan was my whipping boy last season and for good reason but I never had an issue with his fastball.  It was just that it came in way too straight and he couldn't harness the rest of his arsenal.  Maybe this is a sign he figures some of that stuff out?  Will take until the end of April before I can make a firm assessment on that but at least the talking point is out there.

Francisco Lindor:  3/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .300.  Well I would say Lindor was the hitting star in fantasy baseball Wednesday night huh?  While Lindor is a fantastic player and quiet five-tool guy in fantasy baseball, his power has only been moderate to this point.  Still quite young though, Lindor has every right to be growing into some more upside there.

Nomar Mazara:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .583.  This kid can really handle the bat.  Combine Mazara with Rougned Odor and the Rangers might have the best combo infield/outfield  hitting prospects to come out of their system in all of baseball.

Danny Salazar:  5.2 IP 5 H 4 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 6.35.  Yeah this outing checked all the boxes for typical Danny Salazar.  Less than 6 innings?  Check!  Lots of strikeouts?  Check!  Lots of walks?  Check!  All your hair pulled out?  Check!

Sam Dyson:  5 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 72.00.  You know how I said all spring training and in this year's draft guide how Dyson could be one of the first closers to lose his job?  I swear it almost is like he is a big fan of mine and trying to make me look good on that prediction.  I mean really REALLY trying.  Jeremy Jeffress has experience edge but Matt Bush could be the guy any second now.

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