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Thursday, May 4, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP

Chris Owings:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .313.  The Diamondbacks as a team are literally running wild and Owings will always be a part of that show.  The bigger story is that he is hitting above .300 more than a month into the season and the power rate is up.  Good times.

Robbie Ray:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.47.  Ray has been every bit as good as I said he could be as his ERA was a fluke last season due to some horrid BABIP luck.  However Ray had a responsibility to curb the walks and while he has not been 100 percent successful with that yet, this is what he looks like when he has a start with good control.  Yes please.

Gio Gonzalez:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 7 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.64.  The scouting report on Gio has always been that he has tremendous power stuff but also brutal control.  He used this one start to drive that point home.

Aaron Judge:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .330.  Holy hell.  Judge is literally smashing power records to begin his career and right now is the biggest fantasy baseball story in the game by a mile.  Or by the length of a typical Judge home run.

Steve Pearce:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .230.  He is hot so get him in there.

Matt Holliday:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .269.  Holliday is showing up a lot here lately and aging veterans who still have a bit to offer like he does always turn out to be big value plays.  Right Ryan Zimmerman?

Marcus Stroman:  5 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 3.89.  Tightness was how it was described what forced Stroman out of this one.  Maybe it was because he had nothing as well.

Carlos Santana:  0/5 while hitting .216.  Santana was just cut in the Experts League.  I get it.

Edwin Encarnacion:  0/3 while hitting .199.  Man maybe the Blue Jays knew what they were doing.

Carlos Carrasco:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.18.  Already spoke of my frustration of not owing Carrasco since I was his biggest booster the last two years until 2017.  I mean the lack of zip on fastball and brutal spring scared me I admit.   My loss.

Marcell Ozuna:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .300,  I think even if Ozuna cracks 30 home runs this season, no one will want him in 2018,  Just one of those things with certain guys who don't steal bases.

Blake Snell:  5 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.45.  You can really see the potential here which is why I was a big Snell booster before spring training.  It has been tough to watch at times but maybe Snell is rounding into form.

Andrew McCutchen:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .232.  Crucial season for McCutchen to re-establish his good name in fantasy baseball but so far it is not looking good.

Eugenio Suarez:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .322.  Again with these young power hitters who have had contact issues previously, it is all about maintaining the improvements throughout the year.  I like the tools of Suarez with the power/speed game so I am especially interested in this one.

Billy Hamilton:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .213.  Hamilton's owners are admiring the determination of Bryan Price to make it work with the speedster in the leadoff spot.  He shouldn't be there but it sure helps with the stolen base side of things.

Devin Mesoraco:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Hey we have seen big things out of Mesoraco before so when he goes yard the radars should be going off that tell you to pick him up.

Michael Conforto:  3/6 with 2 RBI while hitting .357.  As hot as any hitter in fantasy baseball.  And loving the extra at-bats that come with the leadoff spot.

Jacob DeGrom:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.68.  Man DeGrom walked five as he had has two brutal control starts in his last three.  His stuff is really moving like never before which is why he leads MLB in swinging strike percentage by a mile and that could explain the walks as well.  Overall as a DeGrom owner, I am more than pleased with the investment so far.

Carlos Correa:  4/5 with his third HR while hitting .255.  Told you he would be fine.  Hope you didn't do anything rash.

Brian McCann:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .280.  It is so funny how every season the fantasy baseball community looks past this yes boring but very consistent bat at the most shallow position on the field.  We do some strange things.

Josh Reddick:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .286.  I expected a lot more out of Reddick to this point but the fact he is maintaining his average shows he is seeing the ball well.  The power will show.

Ian Desmond:  3/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .357.  Yeah I think Desmond will fit in just nicely with Colorado.

Mike Trout:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .358.  Trout looks like he wants to win the batting title this season.  He can pretty much do anything he wants if he even just semi-tries.

Kole Calhoun:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .257.  Third home run in a row for Calhoun.  Or three home runs since he was cut by most of his owners.

Jean Segura:  2/5 with his third HR and 5th SB while hitting .314.  Power/Run Special from Segura who is putting forth back-to-back monster season.

Robinson Cano:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting 270.  All Cano owners know he will be just fine so no need to go into details on the guy.


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