Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Kevin Kiermaier:  2/2 with his third HR while hitting .236.  Said to pick Kiermaier up yesterday,  Preferably before the game.

Francisco Lindor:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .279.  I am totally buying the power uptick this season and also am buying the fact Lindor was the better player all along compared to Carlos Correa.

Chris Archer:  5 IP 5 H 6 ER 6 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.70.  Damn Chris.  Archer really covered all of the categories of suck from the 6 walks to another home run given up.  He remains a bit all-or-nothing when it comes to any given start and so 2015 looks more and more like an outlier ERA by the day.

Carlos Carrasco:  3.2 IP 6 H 5 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.60.  Likely headed to the DL with a left pectoral injury.  Carrasco was bombed before coming out and his velocity dipped sharply as well which is always scary.  While he continues to look like a fantasy baseball ace when on the mound, Carrasco simply can't be counted on to give more than 175 innings a season.

Freddie Freeman:  1/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .338.  This is me thinking Freeman could be a top five pick next season.

Justin Smoak:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .283.  Hey Smoak is Smoakin' hit right now so do what you got to do despite the history of suckage.

Yuri Gurriel:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .293.  Grand Slam from Gurriel who has hit well overall but with little power to this point.  I would still own him and stream Gurriel in when needed but he needs the juice categories to flow a bit more before I use him more liberally.

Jose Altuve:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .292.  The Mike Trout of infielders.

Justin Bour:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .256.  Bour is paralleling Tommy Joseph in terms of his power game coming around and through their extended hot and cold streaks.  Justin Smoak too for that matter.  They are all the same.

Jake Lamb:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .282.  The longer Lamb goes into the season maintaining a .275-plus average, the more overall value he adds onto his name.

Yasmany Tomas:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .250.  Tomas is capable as a .265 hitter so don't go crazy over the all-or-nothing approach yet.  I have gotten asked about cutting Tomas which seems silly since he has proven himself to be a 25-homer stick the last two years and the average was not putrid.  My rule is wait until June to pass that kind of judgment on a guy who has two proven years.

Zac Godley:  6.2 IP 1 H 1 ER 5 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.93.  Call it the A.J. Burnett Special.

Zach Wheeler:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.76.  Check out Wheeler's last five starts and you will see a guy who is throwing pretty darn well right now.

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .263.  While he may take a circuitous route to get there, Abreu will be at 25 homers and 90 RBI by the end of the season.  Nothing to see here.

Kole Calhoun:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .226.  Might be the most boring leadoff hitter in all of baseball.  And a so far unproductive fantasy baseball outfielder to boot.

Mike Trout:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .352.  So I said yesterday that if Trout set a goal to hit a home run in every game the rest of the season, I would believe he could do it.  I'm just saying.......

Jesse Chavez:  7 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.22.  Between Chavez and Hector Santiago, the Los Angeles Angels have two of the most sharp first half star/second half dud pitchers in the game.

Bud Norris:  scoreless 1.1 IP for his eighth save with an ERA of 2.95.  There is hope for Matt Harvey.  All Harvey has to do is look at what Norris is doing to see that he can thrive in another role now that his career as a starter is crashing and burning quickly.

Hunter Renfroe:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .217.  Between Ryan Schimpf and Renfroe, the San Diego Padres have the market cornered on .200-hitting power hitters.

Khris Davis:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .220.  Man it was almost like Davis saw his .300 average a few weeks ago and said to himself "this is not me."

Nelson Cruz:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .319.  Cruzing right along.

Kyle Seager:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .254.  Now would be a great time to try and steal Seager away.  Trust in the consistency.

Sean Manaea:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 5.52.  Don't ask me about Manea again.  He is garbage.

Edwin Diaz:  removed from save chance after walking four and giving up 2 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 5.28.  Now I guess Diaz figures it is his turn to throw the closer gig away.


  1. Who do we grab in Diaz's place?

  2. I say Nick Vincent. Steve Cishek is a possible option as well when healthy.