Friday, May 12, 2017


Jason Vargas:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.01.  Try this out in order to prove how the fantasy baseball community is not buying this at all.  If you are a Vargas owner, try trading him.  It won't happen trust me.  BABIP of .282 is on lucky side and XFIP ERA is 3.53 which is classic Vargas.  I will say though that his K's are up sharply the last two years so he figured something out.  But not to this level.

Mookie Betts:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .311.  Love that Betts is hitting leadoff and everything fully clicking now.  As if there were ever any reason to worry.

Jimmy Nelson:  6.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.99.  Man Nelson has terrific natural talent but he continues to show an inability to repeat his delivery which leads to the walks and undermines good K stuff.  I am running out of excuses for him but at least monitor Nelson's next outing.  

Neftali Feliz:  2 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 6.19.  Yes it was a non-save chance but Feliz is a joke and has to go along the same lines as a Fernando Rodney.  He simply can't close anymore and Corey Knebel needs to be added everywhere.  

Carlos Correa:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .282.  Yeah so Correa's April struggles are nothing but a distant memory now and this was a buy low that already is working out nicely if you took my advice.  Like with Kenta Maeda too.

Dallas Keuchel:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.69.  You saw this one coming as Keuchel absolutely owns the New York Yankees.  It still was another building block on what is shaping up to be just as dominant an ace season as Keuchel was in 2015 minus some K's.

Chris Devenski:  two scoreless innings with 4 K's and ERA of 1.92.  Devenski has 42 K's in 23 IP.  Just insane.  Andrew Miller who?

Nelson Cruz:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .331.  Aging like a fine wine.

Justin Smoak:  3/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .274.  If you believe in post-post-post-post-post-post-post-POST-hype sleepers made good, Smoak may be the guy for you.

Marco Estrada:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.12.  Estrada seems incapable of having back-to-back brutal starts and this is all you can really ask from from your fantasy baseball starters.

Mike Napoli:  2/3 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .174.  Napoli has like 7 home runs and 8 total hits on the season.

Brandon Maurer:  first blown save with 4 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 4.61.  Maurer has exploded like I said he would from the beginning and I have held Carper Capps this entire time with replacing him in mind.  This has been a truly pathetic season for closers with such guys like Maurer, Fernando Rodney, Jeanmar Gomez, K-Rod, Neftali Feliz, and Sam Dyson having no business being in the ninth inning.

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .229.  Been a rough go of it for Dozier and honestly you should have seen this coming.  He was in major outlier territory with the power last season and of course you should never pay for a career year like he had in 2016.  Two double whammy's that are bearing out now.

Miguel Sano:  1/2 with his 9th HR while hitting .304.  Throw out the average as Sano's BABIP is a ridiculous .431 and his K/9 rate is a joke at 33.1 so don't tell me about a career year.  He will be typical Sano before you know it which is still useful but not out of this world.

Matt Davidson:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .250.  I said weeks ago how Davidson's average would crater and it certainly has.  Nothing but a bench bat and that is stretching it.

Hyun-Jin Ryu:  4 IP 8 H 5 ER 6 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.99.  Just when you thought you could trust Ryu, he goes out and takes a giant crap on your ratios.

Gregory Polanco:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .241.  Pathetic start to the season for Polanco and yes I liked him very much.  Injuries have been a factor but man the whole Pirates outfield has been one big disgrace.

Zack Greinke:  8 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.79.  Given how pathetic Greinke was last season with his vastly decreased velocity and horrid ratios, I have no regrets about not chasing Greinke.  With that said, he clearly is not done as Greinke looks back to being the stud power arm he was previous to 2016.  His K.9 of 10.10 is his highest since 2011 and the .285 BABIP is not extremely lucky.  Wow.

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