Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Freddie Freeman:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .343.  What a hitter.  Freeman arrived on the scene at a very young age and went through some growing pains (with help from some awful Braves teams) but the arc to stardom is now complete.

Dansby Swanson:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .194.  Surprised Swanson is still here but the Braves want to get him going.  I said from the beginning Swanson would be more of an empty average at least for 2017 then anything but even the average has not been there.  

Kevin Pillar:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .313.  At this rate we are going to be talking about 20/20 Kevin Pillar knocking on OF 1 status for 2018 fantasy baseball.  Folks the numbers speak.  

Tim, Beckham:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .266.  Since I wrote the Beckham Status Report, his average dipped just as I said it would.  Love the versatility here and solid pop but this is a bench bat who was trying to disguise himself as a starter previously.  

Colby Rasmus:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting.  No this is not the year that Rasmus puts it all together. There is no "puts it all together" with this guy.  

Corey Dickerson:  2/5 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .333.  Man I am almost tired about reading how I pegged this guy as a supreme value back in February.  But you know I sort of did.  Your welcome.

Edwin Enacarnacion:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .207.  Man what a joke this whole thing has been.  Maybe Encarnacion finally realized it was May when he usually goes bonkers.  Or that the season has been underway for 1.5 months.

Danny Salazar:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 5.66.  Gave up four home runs.  Salazar has reached that very bad stage of his fantasy baseball career where I don't even want to type another word about him.  That is how poorly I think of the guy now.  You can have all the K's you want but Salazar is now pretty much cementing himself as an all-time tease who will just continue to shizz on your ratios.  

Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .388.  Harper saw all these Mike Trout home runs lately and said "wait just a second there."  

Josh Harrison:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .292.  I mean I don't have to pick him up for you do I?  I swear whether it is Harrison or Corey Dickerson, the fantasy baseball community has no love for mid-career veterans who had a recent down season.  

Kodi Glover:  pitched a scoreless ninth with a four run lead which is typical for a closer.  Meanwhile Matt Albert tossed to one batter in the 7th inning and walked him before getting pulled.  Yeah he is a fully fledged member of the Nats bullpen now.  

Mark Trumbo:  4/7 with his 5th HR while hitting .248.  All right so while I have said a few times already that maybe THIS is the start of a Trumbo power surge, I feel most confident now when he comes off a homer game to go with 3 additional hits.  

Chris Davis:  3/5 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .266.  Davis was behind his standard home run pace of later and so one game went a long way toward curing this.  

Victor Martinez:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .277.  Martinez has been hitting ropes the last two weeks as the average continues to climb.  Remember we have counted him out before prematurely and so there could still be some decent fantasy baseball live left here.  

J.D. Martinez:  2/3 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .500.  Martinez really rocking these two home run games so far.  

Wade Miley:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.02.  Yup everything starting to go the wrong way for Miley after pitching way over his head of late.  Or going the right way actually when you look at his brutal career numbers,  

Brad Brach:  third blown save with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 4.05.  Man it is almost like Brach finally realized Zach Britton may not be back for months and the stuff between his ears is overcoming his actual power arsenal.  Lots of problems here lately (why wouldn't there be since every closer sucks this year) but Darren O'Day has been brutal himself.  Man.  

Justin Wilson:  first blown save with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 1.59. I swear no one can finish a game this season.  NO ONE!  

Dallas Keuchel:  5 IP 4 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.84.  Now 7-0, Keuchel has been about one of the only things that have gone right on the pitching side in this injury-marred disaster we call the 2017 fantasy baseball season.  

Joey Votto:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .297.  It is a shame Votto is in baseball purgatory in Cincy because he is putting up real MVP numbers as opposed to just fantasy baseball ones.  

Kyle Schwarber:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .187.  Man there are a lot of Schwarber apologists out there in fantasy baseball.  These are the same people who keep playing him and don't pick up or use Corey Dickerson.  All because of the stupid "C."  He is not a hitter people.  He is a home run specialist.  

Ian Happ:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .400.  There now is growing pressure for the Cubs to find a spot for Happ to play on a daily basis.  Call it the Michael Conforto Effect.  

Anthony Rizzo:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .221.  I think I might have found my next Crisis Point subject.  

Addison Russell:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .226.  Man this guy stinks.  I have been a huge critic from the start of 2015 as I hated Russell's hitting overall and his lack of running.  So overrated it is a joke.  

Nomar Mazara:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .257.  I still really like this kid but just like with Rougned Odor, young hitters go through these dips.  

Yu Darvish:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.76.  Everything working to great effect here as Darvish is dominating and racking up the K's as he would always do when fully healthy.  

Jerad Eickhoff:  6 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.53.  I have been an apologist of Eickhoff myself but trust me the kid has skills.  Try and hold him.  

Mookie Betts:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .293.  All if forgiven for April Mookie.

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .200.  Other then the first half of 2016 which now is a clear outlier, Bradley Jr. has shown he can't hit.

Eduardo Rodriguez:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.95.  Rodriguez has been very good and showing consistency for the first time in his career.  Young AL East pitchers are usually a recipe for disaster but Rodriguez has entered into the circle of trust considering how long he has been at it so far this season.

Gary Sanchez:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .278.  Curious about what a Sanchez owner would now accept as a :good" season for Sanchez.  22 homers?

Yasmani Tomas:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .252.  Tomas this week looks like Buster Posey last week versus the New York Mets pitching.

Zack Greinke:  6.2 IP 5 H 4 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.09.  Greinke has been so good this season that a so-so outing like this is now an anomaly.  He is also pushing up on a career-best K/9 rate.  No one saw this.

J.C. Ramirez:  7 IP 2 H 2 ER 0 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.95.  I keep getting asked about this guy and I will just tell you that you can have him.

Jonathan Villar:  0/5 while hitting .210.  LOL.

Jimmy Nelson:  6 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.86.  He is doing it to me again.  Damn.

Steve Cishek:  first blown save with 3 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 40.50.  Welcome back from the DL bro.  This brought back ugly Cishek memories of 2016.  Or 2015.  I still am all-in on Nick Vincent for saves here.  Like I was with Bud Norris when everyone else said (insert name here).

Rich Hill:  5 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2,77.  2.5 starts to go before he is back on the DL with a blister.


  1. Stick with Brach or cut him loose?

  2. no stick with him. very talented but in a bit of a rough stretch. Darren O'Day is up to a 4.70 ERA.