Saturday, May 20, 2017


Mitch Moreland:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .252.  Blah.

Chris Sale:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.19.  Man when I saw Sale was going up against Oakland, I thought 15 K's was possible.  Still will take another double-digit K game which is now as routine for Sale as waking up in the morning.  

Dexter Fowler:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .238.  Couple of home run in the last few days for Fowler which is nice.  He will likely begin to transition into more power and less speed as he continues to age.  Call it the Brett Gardner Effect.  

Seung-Hwan Oh:  2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 3.32.  The WHIP is 1.48 here as Oh continues to be beyond sketchy.  No change is coming just yet as Oh is spacing out rough appearances like this but he has so far been a bad investment considering draft price.  

Jason Kipnis:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .215.  This is a crucial season for Kipnis in that if he continues to struggle like this, he will be completely ignored in 2017 drafts.  

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .204.  Putting lipstick on a pig?  Man Encarnacion has been brutal and I wrote last week how guys with his big type of body can lose it overnight.  The one thing we can look at here that is positive is that Encarnacion's hard-hit rate is still very good.  

Lonnie Chisenhall:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .268.  Chisenhall is your classic power bat who you only pick up when injuries ravage your team.  So basically this qualifies every fantasy baseball owners this season in this insane epidemic.  

Josh Reddick:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .287.  Reddick makes for a tremendous buy low as he has been hitting well but the power has been spaced out.  Throw in his veteran tag and this is the type of easy get that can help put your lineup over the top.  

Carlos Correa:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .295.  Yeah so remember that piece I wrote about how the struggling Correa would be just fine about three weeks ago?  Sure it was kind of an obvious call but believe me I got dozens of e-mails where I had to get the Correa owners off the ledge.  

Jonathan Villar:  0/5 while hitting .207 and being moved down the order.  Eric Sogard now hitting leadoff for Brew Crew.  This is beginning to feel like a lost season for Villar under a hail of strikeouts but you should have never invested in him anyway given the double whammy of paying for a 30 K/9 guy and for coming off a career year.  

Jake Lamb:  2/5 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .287.  You might think I am bat crazy for selling to sell Lamb, especially now but how about a crazy lucky .348 BABIP and 27.6 K/9 rate.  He will be hitting .260 by the end of June.  

Brandon Drury:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .309.  Drury should be owned in all leagues as a super fill-in guy who can bat .300 and supply some power in a pinch.  

David Peralta:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting. 300.  Man it is so tough to kick the feeling Peralta is sitting on a breakout year.  I just can't give up on him but honestly he has been very good when in the lineup.  

Taijuan Walker:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.46.  Walker seems to have found something that works for him of late and again the pedigree is a draw here.  The sky-high home run rate is scary for sure though and that makes Walker one of those "plug him in and don't watch" guys.  

Chris Taylor:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .346.  I have been a bit late to this emerging story but Taylor has become the leadoff hitter with Andrew Toles done for the year.  Having washed out of the Seattle organization, Taylor has hit for a string of good averages in the minors with decent speed.  Now at the age of 26, Taylor is adding some power as well so this is an ascending player who is all of a sudden has a lot to offer.  

Cody Bellinger:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .291.  The average is still holding steady here and my goodness what power.  Should have been more read y to strike here.  Damn.  

Alex Wood:  7.1 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.88.  You can't find a more locked in pitcher not names Chris Sale going right now.  

Jose Abreu:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .270.  Next year Abreu will be ignored in drafts as he fully reaches the boring veteran stage and I will be waiting with open arms.  

Jose Quintana:  8 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.92.  I would say this was a good day at the office for Quintana.  Early April is simply just a memory.  

Ariel Miranda:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.28.  Miranda has flashed ability like this off and on the last two years and that makes him a nice SP 5 option in mixers and an ownable player in AL-only leagues.  

Nate Karns:  5 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.17.  Makes sense that Karns pitches on same day as Alex Wood since I told you in very strong terms of pick up both of these hidden K gem pitchers.  

Kelvin Herrera:  second blown save with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 4.50.  Can anyone get three outs in the ninth?  Closers this season are like victims of a horror movie,  You know it is only a matter of time before it is their turn to get destroyed.  

Daniel Muprhy:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .325.  Makes you wonder if Murphy wins two more batting titles and continues to crush it for a few more seasons like this that he can put himself into Hall of Fame consideration.  

Dansby Swanson:  2/2 with his 4th HR while hitting .201.  The lightbulb will go off eventually for Swanson which means he needs to continue to be watched but I am not a patient man.

 Matt Kemp:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .350.  So now Kemp is on the same lineup island that Freddie Freeman had been on for years before the former's arrival.  

Hector Neris:  scoreless ninth with an ERA of 3.54.  Neris has settled down lately but the jury is still seemingly out on his mental capacity to close.

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