Monday, May 15, 2017


Jarrod Dyson:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .220.  So what we have learned about Dyson this season is that he is still just a fourth outfielder despite the Mariners playing him on an almost daily basis.  He simply doesn't hit enough to be depended on in fantasy baseball circles.

Justin Smoak:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .274.  So Smoak has done this season what we expected out of Kendrys Morales and Jose Bautista.

Kevin Pillar:  1/4 with his fifth HR while hitting .314.  Not sure why more people in fantasy baseball are not talking about Pillar as he has been very good across the board.  Leading off for the Blue Jays, Pillar is up to 5 home runs and 6 steals with the .314 average.  Put those numbers next to Mookie Betts and everyone goes nuts.

Aaron Sanchez:  5 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.95.  Lots of baserunners for Sanchez in his first start back from his second DL stint.  Still don't like him and any Sanchez owner out there now should be doing their best to sell him before the bottom falls out.

Edwin Diaz:  1 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 4.20.  Diaz' encore to his big 2016 breakout has not gone smoothly at all and given the youth, this is not so surprising.  Remember that unknown guys who throw hard often dominate one year but then opposing hitters begin to get video to exploit for the next season.  Hence the 4.20 ERA.

Jason Kipnis:  4/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .197.  This one game was literally all the positive output from Kipnis this season.  He has become one of the more frustrating players to own in all of fantasy baseball given the wild swings in numbers and rampant injuries.  Not for me anymore.

Carlos Santana:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .228.  Santana was moved down to sixth in the order and so maybe he relaxed a bit more in this one.  I said he was a decent buy low candidate as he is not terribly expensive to pick up given his average problems in the past but there could be 20-25 more home runs here worth getting a hold of.

Hector Santiago:  6 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 3.80.  Wow and it is not even late June yet.

Tommy Joseph:  1/5 with his 5th HR in Game 1 while hitting .255.  So scroll down a few pages on the site and find where I said to pick up Tommy Joseph after home run number 2.  Yes sir.

Aaron Altherr:  2/3 with his 8th HR in Game 1 while hitting .350.  Yeah I put my fantasy baseball money where my mouth is by picking up Altherr prior to his two home run day last Wednesday.  Really love the tools here and other then the average taking a sizable tumble due to a high K rate, Altherr looks primed to be a new power/speed prime fantasy baseball outfielder,  In fact Odubel Herrera is jealous here as he was supposed to be what Altherr is doing right now.

Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his 12th HR in Game 1 while hitting .372.  A man among boys.

Trea Turner:  1/5 with his 4th HR in Game 1 while hitting .255.  So yeah I guess the power spike from last season is legitimate.  But please Trea don't do the Charlie Blackmon falling in love with the home run but lose interest in running bit.

Shawn Kelly:  second blown save with 3 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 7.15  Scratch Shawn Kelly now from the next save which brings up full circle back to Kodi Glover who was supposed to be the guy from the beginning anyway.  Man what an utter disgrace this closing situation is in Washington.

Steven Souza:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .266.  Man it was all going so well for awhile here.  Again Souza is just like a Chris Davis or a Khris Davis in that the holes in their swing eventually have them in the mediocre average region.

Starlin Castro:  2/5 with his 7th HR in Game 1 while hitting .343.  Wow has Castro been awesome this season.  Remember during his early Cubs days we thought a batting title would be possible?  He is hitting .343 WITH power.

Aaron Judge:  1/3 with his 14th HR in Game 1 while hitting .316.  I think the home run Judge hit just came down finally.

Brett Gardner:  3/5 with his 7th HR in Game 1 while hitting .274.  I guess saying the whole Gardner was washed up narrative three weeks into April was a tad premature.

Luis Severino:  2.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.86 in Game 1.  Severino is starting to do the inconsistency thing again.  Damn.  Things were looking so well there for awhile.

Michael Conforto:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .343.  Yeah so saying "believe in the talent" back in March looks a bit prophetic on my part now huh?  Even in this last year's draft guide the blurb I wrote on Conforto was constantly wet due to all the drool I spilled writing it.

Keon Broxton:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .270.  Broxton is also up to 9 steals and the average has been climbing for weeks.  Yes Broxton is a strikeout machine but he is drawing walks to counter that.  Starting to take off fully now.

Jonathan Villar:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .222.  The K/9 rate is still truly insane and Villar's 2016 career year looks like more of a huge outlier by the day.

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 8 H 4 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.07.  The control was vastly improved but DeGrom was shaky for the third time in his last four outings.

Corey Knebel:  scoreless ninth for his first save with an ERA of 0.95.  Sorry Neftali you are never getting this job back.

Addison Reed:  first blown save with 2 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 3.86.  Yeah this beings back some nasty memories from Reed's Chicago White Sox days.

Brandon Maurer:  second blown save with 3 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 6.00.  There you go.  Said from the beginning of spring training not to go anywhere near this disaster in waiting.  Carter Capps will be closing games by the start of June.  Bank on it.

Chris Davis:  2/2 with his sixth HR while hitting .252.  Moving on.

Mike Moustakas:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .250,  Man that average just can't stay decent though.

Kevin Gausman:  5 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 7.19.  Even Robert Gsellman is disgusted by Gausman.

Yadier Molina:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .270.  In two catcher formats Molina is a stick in there and never look back guy but that is as far as his current value goes.

Matt Carpenter:  1/3 wit his 8th HR while hitting .252.  Sorry your not buying low here anymore.

Jake Arrieta:  4 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.44.  So who still wants to debate me that I was not 100 percent right saying Arrieta would be a disaster this season?  I am waiting.

Corey Seager:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .283.  Call Seager the Miguel Cabrera of shortstops with his incredible pure hitting.

Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .299.  Or call Seager the Nolan Arenado of shortstops.

Mike Trout:  1/1 with his 11th HR while hitting .352.  Third straight game with a home run.  Trout is so good that is he vowed to hit a home run every game the rest of the season, I would believe he can do it.


  1. Drop Inciarte or Y Tomas for Tommy Joseph?

    1. you can drop Inciarte but I would hold Tomas.