Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Charlie Blackmon:  2/4 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .325.  Since he doesn 't run anymore, ideally now you would want Blackmon in the middle of the Rockie lineup to pick up some more RBI.  Be that as it may, the guy is amazing in that he seems to add new tricks each and every season.

Gerardo Parra:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .263.  This is Parra telling David Dahl he is not giving up his spot without a fight.

German Marquez:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Another piece of evidence that the end is near centers on the fact that you were probably best left off drafting all Colorado Rockies starting pitchers back in March.  If you had done so, you would be near the top of your league in ERA/WHIP.  (Commence opening dryer door and trying to figure out how to turn it on with you inside.)

Jorge Bonifacio:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .267.  Fourth home run in last five games fr Bonifacio who yes should be owned everywhere.  Just keep in mind this is not some huge breakout happening here.  Instead Bonifacio is your typical high-K slugger who is hot.

Whit Merrifield:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .257.  Merrifield has been trying to get our attention for the last two weeks or so and he has it now.  The guy can run some and hit a few home runs at a shallow position.  Sign me up for a trial run.

Lorenzo Cain:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .266.  Very little power from Cain this season and to this point he has been just helping in steals and runs.  He has been signed an cut about 6 times in the Experts League already as well which speaks out to his fantasy baseball standing.

Aaron Hicks:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .293.  Hicks is killing it this year and remember he was a former first round pick by the Minnesota Twins who took awhile to find his major league footing.  He has that footing now but is stuck in an outfield rotation that has him a part-time player.  Like with Michael Conforto with the Mets (and we all see how that is turning out), Hicks has to start playing on a daily basis given how well he is hitting.  Sorry Jacoby.

Danny Duffy:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.92.  Second straight good strikeout game for Duffy who was very slow out of the gate on that front.  Good times seem to be ahead and through the K barren desert in April, he still kept the ERA down.  That shows you a guy who knows how to pitch.

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .247.  So yeah I said over the winter that Dozier had the double-whammy of coming off a career-year which is a major no-no in terms of investing and he also was in major outlier territory with the home runs which led me to believe he was going to slide back there.  Right on both fronts.

Ervin Santana:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.80.  How about the AL trotting out Santana first and Jason Vargas second during the All-Star Game?  This is getting beyond insane now with Santana and sorry but it needs to be pointed out he was a PED guy in the recent past.  If you don't think that is how he is doing this, how about the ridiculous .136 BABIP.  .136!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  That simply does not happen since the mean is .300.  Also how about a under-mean 6.43 K/9 which sucks?   Of the fact that despite the glowing ERA, Santana is walking guys at a high 3.47 BB/9 rate?  Quite possibly the biggest fluke ever.

Dylan Bundy:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.92.  Bundy is another fluke guy with underwhelming K numbers and a very lucky BABIP but if he can up the strikeouts like he did in this one, the erosion may not be as steep.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .186.  Schwarber out of the leadoff spot in this one and is firmly showing himself to be all-or-nothing which is not what you expected when you overpaid at the draft table like I told you not to do.  Also if Schwarber had no "C" attached to his name, be very well would be waiver trash.

Jason Heyward:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .257.  The bar has been set so low now for Heyward that his season so far can be considered progress.

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .224.  If you haven't bought low yet, you are not paying attention.

Johnny Cueto:  6 IP 5 H 4 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.64.  So now we find out that Cueto has been battling multiple blisters which is no doubt to blame for the bloated ERA considering he should be dominating in the NL and in that park.  This puts the breaks on a buy low because blisters continue to wreak havoc in any given start once they show themselves.

Jon Lester:  9 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.19.  Lester always gets stronger as the season goes along so no shock here.

Anthony Rendon:  3/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .278.  Almost all of Rendon's homers have come in like 3 games.

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .346.  A .371 BABIP has to be answered for and zero steals is a bummer but overall Harper has been the monster stud we all expected despite the so-so 2016.

Jayson Werth:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .286.  I personally always root for Werth because he got unfairly beat on due to the contract the Nats gave him almost 7 years ago.  He has produced throughout and is going out strong there.

Joe Ross:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.32.  Injuries have really derailed the progress of Ross the last two years but the talent is obvious.  The wins will be there at the very least so Ross should be added.

Christian Bergman:  10 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 6.30.  Shame on your trying Bergman out against the Nats.  Unless you have an ace, avoid the Nats lineup at all costs.

Francisco Lindor:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .274.  The K/9 rate is up here which is why the average has slipped a bit and that could be Lindor falling a bit in love with the long ball.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .215.  Yes it is still May and so Encarnacion has another week to fully get his season on track like he always does this month.  Re-evaluate him in mid-June.

Yan Gomes:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .255.  Gomes has been hitting well of late and this is all it takes for a catcher to gain immediate value.  Sad.

Eugenio Suarez:  1/1 with his 10th HR while hitting .302.  Pinch-hit HR.  So for those who forgot to edit their lineup, all's well that ends well.

Carlos Carrasco:  6.1 IP 5 H 4 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.93.  I watched this game and Carrasco didn't look healthy.  His stuff lacked bite and so the hits/walks piled up.  I am not liking the immediate outlook.

Cameron Maybin:  1/5 with his 3rd HR while hitting .243.  Maybin has been red hot of late and he is leading off for the Angels which carries value in and of itself.  He has never reached his ceiling as a former top prospect but Maybin can swat 10 home runs or so, steal 20 bags, and bat .270.  That works as your OF 3.

Mike Trout:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .342.  The numbers speak for themselves.

Matt Shoemaker:  6.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.97.  For like the 100th time, Shoemaker is making himself interesting again.  This always plays out badly though so be careful.

Michael Conforto:  3/4 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .333.  If this keeps up, Conforto will be challenging Yoenis for the nod as the top non-steals outfielder in fantasy baseball for 2018.

Ryan Schimpf:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .169.  Adam Dunn is a fan.

Matt Harvey:  5 IP 3 H 2 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.36.  Over 100 pitches to get through 5 and Harvey walked Craig Stammen to lead off the third with a 7-2 lead.  Not happening.

Yasmani Grandal:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .298.  K/9 rate is down to 20.4 after being 25.4 last season.  Maybe Grandal is tapping into the average skills from his minor league days.  Combine that with the huge power and Grandal could be set to challenge for the number 3 spot among all catchers behind Posey and Perez.

Clayton Kershaw:  9 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.10.  Insane.

Joey Gallo:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .193.  If not for the initial prospect hype, Gallo would be almost completely ignored outside of AL-only formats.  Funny how this works.

Ender Inciarte:  3/4 while hitting .289.  Go ahead and pick up Inciarte for the third time this season.  8-for-his-last-9.

Matt Adams:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .311.  Opportunity is everything.  Especially moving into suddenly one of the best home run parks in the majors.

Tony Watson:  second blown save with 2 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 3.54.  Things are coming a bit unglued here as Watson now enters into the circle of closing concern.  Was not enamored of him from the jump but a terrific April quieted doubts.  No longer.

Kendrys Morales:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .244.  I dropped Morales weeks ago and he is still sitting on the wire in the Experts League.

Jonathan Villar:  1/4 with 3 steals (12 for season) while hitting .220.  Maybe Villar is starting to realize he has to run like mad to even come into the same hemisphere in terms of what his foolish owners paid for him this past March.

Lance McCullers:  5 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.43.  I like how the Astros are managing McCullers' innings so he can not be on fumes in September.  When on the mound though, few have been better.


  1. No love for Justin Bour last night?

  2. getting kind of redundant. can only say the same thing so many times.