Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Marco Estrada:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.43.  I remember touting Estrada for years when he was with the Brewers and while solid, he was never the pitcher there in the easier NL then the guy who has been terrific in the AL East with the Blue Jays since of all places.  That's usually not the road to take for pitchers to ascend to upper tier status.

Luis Severino:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 3.86.  Severino is not a finished product yet as he is still very young and still trying to harness his sometimes overpowering stuff.  There are going to be days like this so as an owner you have to be willing to accept that.

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .225.  Man Machado is really taking his time to remember he was a top five pick in most fantasy baseball leagues this season.

Dylan Bundy:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 4 BB 2 K with an ERA of 1.82.  My goodness Bundy's K/9 in the AL East is a pathetic 5.67 and his .257 BABIP luck is tremendously lucky.  Try a 4.54 XFIP as more evidence by the bottom is going to fall out real soon here and it is going to be ugly.  Sell, sell, sell.  Not wait....SELL, SELL, SELL.

Daniel Norris:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.00.  You can group Norris in with Severino as the next generation of big K pitchers who can be ace-level if they can get the walks and home runs under control.

Adam Duvall:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .250.  I think Scott Schebler's idol is Adam Duvall.

Andrew McCutchen:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .247.  May is here and so like with Edwin Encarnacion, that means McCutchen will start hitting quite more frequently.

Josh Harrison:  2/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .313.  Everyone has their big power moment at some point during the course of the year.

Gerrit Cole:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.50.  Cole has been excellent his last three times out now and the fastball is popping again.  While the fun could stop on a dime given Cole's career injury woes, this is ample evidence that he still has big-time stuff when he feels right.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .293.  Ozuna will just continue to go on his merry way with nobody paying attention and then by the end of the season he will have his 25-30 home runs and we will all say "damn, maybe I should have looked more closely here."

Jake Odorizzi:  5 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.50.  Odorizzi is back from the DL and he has a place on a roster in almost all fantasy baseball leagues given that his stuff is quite good when he is on.  He just has not taken that extra step that many anticipated he would.

Michael Conforto:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .333.  All those people who fought me on Twitter going back to last season regarding why I loved Conforto so much and how they thought he was overrated have gone stone cold silent.  Again I will say it for the millionth time, I LOVE this kid.
Jose Reyes:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .178.  So I guess Reyes decided to be a power hitter overnight in order to ward off Amed Rosario.

Ender Inciarte:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .240.  Vastly unexpected power from Inciarte but boy if he can run some more and pair that with the home runs, we have something nice here.  Inciarte is being disrespected though as his ownership is not as high as it should be and that is because his average is ugly.  Remember average is the most overrated stat in baseball and in fantasy baseball it particularly is used to rate hitters more than any other number given how easy it is to understand at face value.  Don't be that guy and so pick up Inciarte everywhere.

Julio Teheran:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.33.  The Mets let out a collective beating on Teheran after the pitcher pretty much has shut them out since he was in the womb.

Lance McCullers:  6.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.08.  McCullers put a stop to a recent slide and the K's were back in full force.  The best here so far is that the health is holding up and this is all you care about with the guy as the numbers should be there given the force he throws with.

Eric Hosmer:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .226.  Man this guy has been pathetic and this is now the second year in a row Hosmer's average has cratered.  Unlike last year though, he is not hitting for power either.  And once again 3.0 he is driving his owners to drink.  One of the more annoying players in today's fantasy baseball given how many times he has disappointed.

Jonathan Villar:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .218.  So Villar so far is showing the power spike he put up last season is legit but he also is showing that his propensity for striking out is legit as well and now even worse.

Travis Shaw:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .263.  We are now into May and so Shaw has not show he won't fade as the year goes on like he did with the Red Sox in 2016.

Aledmys Diaz:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .227.  Diaz has been brutal for three weeks now but hopefully the home run is a sign he is coming out of it.  This is a good buy low candidate as Diaz' .207 BABIP can't get any more unlucky and he has actually IMPROVED his K/9 to 10.1 this season.  
Matt Carpenter:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .243.  Carpenter is coming around himself after back woes derailed his spring training and much of April.  Yet another buy low Cardinal.

Jedd Gyorko:  4/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .369.  You know the average won't last as Gyorko is what he is there but the power is terrific.  Maybe we are looking at the beginnings of a career year but maybe not.  Ride it out.

Buster Posey:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .348.  Listen no one disputes what a great hitter Posey is but if his power continues to slide, he is J.T. Realmuto without speed.

Hunter Pence:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .265.  Tough start to year for Pence who is getting old.  I have moved away from him for good given the recent injuries and sliding numbers.  So should you.


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