Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Jake Lamb:  1/4 with his sixth HR and third SB while hitting .283.  We are in May now and Lamb still hitting for a good average.  I had major concerns there coming into the year but Lamb has a smidge of ceiling left to possibly reach a good level in that department.  And he is running now too.

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/4 with his 8th SB while hitting .313.  It needs to be mentioned that Goldy has 8 steals already and he plays first base.  Derrek Lee is jealous.

Taijuan Walker:  4.2 IP 5 H 3 ER 5 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.19.  It doesn't look like it is ever going to happen for this guy.  Walker is right near the top in baseball in swinging strike percentage but that is about the only thing that has gone right.  Still way too unrefined to trust.

Fernando Rodney:  scoreless ninth for seventh save with ERA of 11.45.  I can't even believe the D-Backs gave this save chance to a guy with an ERA north of 12,00 coming in.  It defies all sense of reason but then again this is the world of the one-inning robotic ninth inning closer.

Brett Gardner:  3/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .232.  Second two-HR game in a week for Gardy who is back into OF 3 mode.

Aaron Judge:  2/3 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .313.  Sorry Eric Thames but you are no longer front-and-center on the sudden "oh my God have you seen this guy" mantle.

Steve Pearce:  4/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .224.  Pearce can still pop some home runs but he doesn't play nearly enough anymore to be relevant to you in fantasy baseball.

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .226.  Machado has really turned on the power now but lets get that average going bro.

Chris Davis:  0/3 while hitting .221.  So it seemed like it was just last week Davis was hitting .320.  These guys never change their stripes.

Hanley Ramirez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .267.  Much in the same way you would cringe what a fat person;s insides looks like, you have the same feeling when looking at a full-body MRI on Ramirez.

Chris Sale:  8 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA 1.38.  I'm sorry considering the league and division, Chris Sale is the most impressive pitcher in fantasy baseball this season.  Sorry Mr. Kershaw it is true.

Miguel Cabrera:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .267.  Hopefully Cabrera has the injuries behind him now but I fear we have not seen the last of the DL.

Corey Kluber:  5 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 5.06.  Ehhhh.  Kluber's swinging strikeout rate is way down and that is concerning when you look at how many inning he has tossed the last four seasons and for how deep he threw into the World Series last year.  No pitcher can not be impacted by such a workload and a dip in K percentage is always the tell.  Something to watch closely.

Josh Harrison:  1/4 with his 5th HR and second SB while hitting .310.  Third home run in two days for Harrison.  Over that span the best two power hitters in the game have been Harrison and Brett Gardner.  Ahh fantasy baseball.

Joey Votto:  1/2 with his 9th HR while hitting .253.  Now up to .253 with the average, Votto should be at .283 next week.

Logan Morrison:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .262.  Morrison has shown a propensity for starting strong in the past so I am not totally surprised by this.  In fact nothing shocks me anymore when you only have to look at Ryan Zimmerman to understand why.

Alex Cobb:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Cobb has pitched pretty well but the flashy stuff he had before his Tommy John surgery has simply not returned.

Jay Bruce:  2/5 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .293.  This is Jay Bruce telling Curtis Granderson (.122), "your sitting your ass down for Michael Conforto when Cespedes returns and not me."

Freddie Freeman:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .378.  We are looking at a real-life and fantasy baseball MVP candidate this season.

Matt Harvey:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 5.14.  Only 3 strikeouts as Harvey is a complete bomb of a pitcher.  It is really sad what has happened here as Harvey was a power ace as recently as 2015 but the TOS surgery have destroyed his once very potent stuff.

Eric Thames:  0/4 while hitting .326,. Regression and pitchers now adjusting.

Jonathan Villar:  0/4 while hitting .211.  Sigh.  Said this would happen.

Carlos Martinez:  7.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.75.  Great outing but given his history of shoulder trouble, Martinez should never be allowed to pitch in the eight inning.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .196.  Hey listen you get what you pay for here. As good as the power is from Schwarber, the pronounced contact issues will not make the average pretty.  I said he was overrated for this reason in the spring and stand by that assessment.

Javier Baez:  4/4 with his third HR while hitting .269.  Man if we can even just get a .260 average out of Baez, we would have something to depend on.

Kris Bryant:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .291.  I mean what else is there to say that hasn't already been gushed about over here?

Jon Lester:  5 IP 4 H 2 ER 5 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.67.  Make a mental note not to draft ANY pitcher from a team that went to the World Series the previous year.  The entire Cubs staff are dying for oxygen for their arms.  It has not been pretty.

Ervin Santana:  6 H 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.66.  Yeah so you could have used your last two picks on Santana and Jason Vargas and ruled the pitching world in your league.

Brian Dozier:  2/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .250.  It is funny how the sluggers you anticipated so many home runs have been slow out of the gates so far this season like Dozier and then you have the shockers like Ryan Zimmerman and Eric Thames.

Byron Buxton:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .153.  I swear Buxton closed his eyes and swung.

Jose Altuve:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .326.  Owning Altuve in fantasy baseball like I do is the equivalent of walking into a bar with a ridiculously hot chick that is not in your league but went for you anyway.  The looks of envy from the other dudes are priceless.

Delino DeShields:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .256.  I don't care what DeShields has to do to stay atop the Texas lineup as long as he keeps on doing it.

Elvis Andrus:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .287.  The four home runs are like more than Andrus had his first four years in the majors.  It is close actually.

Nomar Mazara:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .245.  Mazara is going through a bit of a sophomore slump but it won't cost much to try and steal him away.  Go for it.

Jonathan Lucroy:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .232.  Yeah Lucroy has been bad but you have no choice to stick it out at this thin position.

Danny Duffy:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.89.  It is all going wrong here as Duffy's velocity remains down and the K/9 rate is sinking.  Uh-oh.

Jose Quintana:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.10.  All is right int he Quintana world.

Matt Moore:  9 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 6.75.  You should never own Moore again.  Like ever.


  1. What are thoughts on Bellinger? Think he will still get sent down went Joc gets off DL? I am in an NL only league with a short bench. Worth dropping Josh Bell or Scott Schebler for? How would you rank these eligible OF overall? Bell, Bellinger, Inciarte and Schebler?

    1. Inciarte Bellinger Bell then Schebler. Bellinger has to stay given how he is playing

    2. What about H Perez? Where would you rank him amongst the other OF I gave you

    3. I like Perez due to his versatility and he can help across the board. I like him better than all but Inciarte and Bellinger.

  2. You think Villar's steals will come back or cut him loose?

    1. The steals are the most stable aspect of his game. Don't cut him loose. Wasn't a big fan of his though. Once again shows why you never pay for career year.

    2. I'm actually asking for a friend who asked me. Really. I didn't draft him. :)

    3. yeah no Villar too good to cut. he will be fine with the steals but the average is a problem due to the K's.


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