Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Nolan Arenado:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .291.  Here is what you really have to admire about how dominant a player Arenado is as a hitter:  he is just as good on the road as he is at home.  Not a Coors Field creation a la Vinny Castilla.

Jeff Hoffman:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.29.  The end has to be coming.  After all the Rockies have the best starting staff in the majors.

Jorge Bonifacio:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .268.  Bonifacio strikes out in more than a quarter of his at-bats but he has a nice HR swing for those in AL-only formats and has been hot the last week.

Brett Gardner:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .281.  Now I guess Gardner is a 25-home run hitter.  Nothing surprises me anymore in this crazy fantasy baseball season.

Didi Gregorious:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .333.  Gregorious has fallen right in with the rest of the New York Yankees lineup this season by coming off the DL and spraying line drives all over.  He has become so much more than the defensive specialist he once looked like with the Diamondbacks and while Gregorious has never run as much as we had originally hoped, he is absolutely a daily league starter.

Michael Pineda;  6.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.35.  Home runs remain a huge problem for Pineda but this is his best season by a mile so far.  His free agent to be status likely is playing a major role in that but there has never been any doubt about Pineda's strikeout ability.  Still do you ever feel secure in any one Pineda outing?  The answer is no.

Max Kepler:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .271.  You yawn when you look at Kepler but he has done his best work of the season the last few weeks and in AL-only formats especially he needs to be on a roster.

Miguel Sano:  4/6 with his 11th HR while hitting .319., Sano is having an MVP start to his season, with massive power surprisingly being joined by a scorching average.  Keep in mind though that his 34.5 K/9 and truly insane .429 BABIP won't allow the latter to continue.  In fact I will go out on a limb and predict Sano will be at .265 by the end of June.

Adam Jones:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .275.  This is now a standard Jones line:  good but not great power and an average that won't go much above .280 if it even gets there.  The loss of steals a few years ago sent Jones to OF 2 status but it is high OF 2 status.

Jason Kipnis:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .226.  No thank you.

Scott Schebler:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .255.  Got to love being a Reds slugger in that home ballpark.

Scott Feldman:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.99.  Double kudos for Feldman pitching like this in calling Cincy home.  He has always been a deceptively good SP 5 in fantasy baseball with ratios that never rally hurt you and with a decent enough K/9.

Cameron Maybin:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .244.  Maybin has fully transitioned into being a waiver guy you pick up when he comes back from his yearly DL stint and begins swinging it well.

Corey Dickerson:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .345.  So yeah Dickerson is far and away leading the pack to claim my personal "Value Play Recommendation of the Year."  Recent winners of course were Mark Trumbo last season and A. J. Pollock in 2015.  (Commence patting myself on back).

Logan Morrison:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .248.  I think the Rays have convinced Twitter-addicted Morrison that they will let him fire off 1,000 tweets for each home run.  Whatever works.

Jake Odorizzi:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.14.  Not sure why this guy doesn't get more credit than he deserves?  I mean he is a starting pitcher in Tampa which is a designation where everything goes swimmingly.

Bud Norris:  scoreless 1.1 IP with 3 K for 9th save with an ERA of 2.66.  Sorry but Norris needs to keep closing even when Cam Bedrosian gets back.

Brandon Phillips:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .296.  Phillips had gone cold for awhile so this homer was timely.  He is fading in the power/speed categories but Phillips is still maintaining his average nicely.

Matt Adams:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .286.  Adams already is taking advantage of a fresh start with the Atlanta Braves and the home run leanings of the park. I said to pick up Adams given that aspect of things and starting him in deeper leagues is not the worst idea.

Jim Johnson:  scoreless ninth for his ninth save with an ERA of 2.84.  If you waited until the last few rounds to take Greg Holland and Jim Johnson this past March in the draft, you win.

Brandon Belt:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .241.  On a per game basis, Belt is on a career-best home run pace which is about the only nice thing I can say about him.

Joe Panik:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .268.  Panik is finally healthy after a complete disaster of a 2016.  I never doubted the swing here and so in NL-only Panik should be added.

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