Sunday, May 21, 2017


Aaron Nola:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.52.  I still believe.  Terrific first outing back for Nola who retains some ace-like potential if he can stay healthy long enough.

Carlos Gonzalez:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .221.  CarGo has looked old the first two months of the season but hopefully this gets him going.  Remember that Gonzalez' body has betrayed him very often in his career and that often leads to early erosion.

DJ LeMahieu:  4/5 with his second HR while hitting .299.  There is hot and there is what DJ LeMahieu is right now.  I have been saying for awhile that he is a bit overrated as a somewhat empty average but boy that average is swell.

Joey Votto:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .294.  So yeah I said Votto would be around .300 around this time when he was hitting .220 in early April.  There is not a better pure hitter in the game outside of maybe Daniel Murphy.

Scott Schebler:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .255.  Slowly but surely Schebler is upping the average and if he can get to .275, then he is really building on some breakout,

Greg Holland:  scoreless ninth for his 19th save with an ERA of 0.96. Here is your number 1 closer by a mile in 2017 fantasy baseball.  A guy who was my LAST round pick in the Experts League back when Adam Ottavino was looking like the guy.  Yuppers.  I always wait on saves for a reason.

C.J. Cron:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .232.  I missed the analytical boat on this guy as Cron has simply not developed the way I envisioned.  I thought early Billy Butler with the K.C. Royals but the fact it is late May and this is his first bomb is telling how bad he has been.

Mike Trout:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .350.  I swear this guy just defies any explanation.  We are looking at the modern day version of Mickey Mantle minus the off-the-field crap.

Curtis Granderson:  2/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .169.  Sorry dude it is too late to hold off Michael Conforto for when Yoenis Cespedes gets back.

Brett Gardner:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .282.  Love the power but it is so funny how Gardner seemed to get tired after two weeks at the start of the season stealing bases and has shut it almost completely down since.

Derek Norris:  1/3 with his fourth HR while hitting .228.  While I have liked Norris in the past, he is strictly just for the Al-only crowd.

Chris Archer:  6.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.76.  Some monster K games on Sunday and Archer was one of them.  He has developed fully into one of the greatest strikeout pitchers in the game today and if not for a high HR rate, would be in Chris Sale territory.

Devon Travis:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .239.  I want to keep believing in Travis but boy he is really making it difficult to do with all the injuries and so far underwhelming numbers.

Adam Jones:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .276.  Jones is in that hallowed "put down in ink his numbers" kind of guy.

Marco Estrada:  7.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.30.  This is what Chris Archer could have done without the Gardner home run.

Daniel Murphy:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .327.  Just when you thought Murphy couldn't top 2016, he is doing everything he can to do so.

Jaime Garcia:  8 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.07.  Garcia is once again doing the "look at his numbers at the end of the season and be shocked how solid they were" bit.

Stephen Strasburg:  7.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.28.  Wow almost a whole two months and Strasburg has not pulled up lame.  I don't need to tell you to sell do I?

Kodi Glover:  scoreless 1.1 IP for his third save with an ERA of 2.77.  We have now come full circle here after Glover looked like the closer coming out of camp, only to see the carousel of incompetence that soon too place with pretty much every other member of the team's bullpen.

Carlos Beltran:  1/2 with his 4th HR while hitting .247.  Beltran is barely holding onto relevancy in fantasy baseball leagues and it surely looks like 2016 was a last gasp effort of usefulness as we often see from aging veterans.

Jose Altuve:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .310.  While there is no debate that Mike Trout is the number 1 player in fantasy baseball by a mile, Altuve is opening up space on everyone else not named Bryce Harper for number 2.

Danny Salazar:  5.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.55.  More of the same here and this more of the same is more of the bad.

Salvador Perez:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .274.  And to think none of this might have taken place if not for some fortunate luck on that home plate collision involving Perez in the WBC.

Eduardo Nunez:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .272.  How about all those who chased Jonathan Villar early in drafts and instead could have had this guy 5 rounds later?

Matt Carpenter:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .235.  While we love the conversion Carpenter made mid-career from singles hitting .300 batter to a mediocre average slugger, he is beginning to take the latter a bit too far.

Travis Shaw:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .290.  Instead of fading in May like he did a year ago, Shaw is thriving

Kris Bryant:  3/3 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .303.  And to think some were beginning to wonder if Bryant was not going to hit 40 home runs.

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .226.  Like with Manny Machado, Rizzo is a first-round guy whose average has been a liability.  Rizzo's .228 BABIP is the major reason why and a HUGE buy low is presenting itself.

Jake Arrieta:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.80.  An improvement for sure, Arrieta has dealt with some poor BABIP luck this season but overall I still don't like the overall scene.

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