Friday, May 19, 2017


Hunter Renfroe:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .214.  Renfroe and Ryan Schimpf are brothers from another mother.

Nolan Arenado:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .299.  In other news, water is wet.  

Ervin Santana:  5 ER in 7 IP with an ERA of 2.07.  Next stop:  a 2.50 ERA.  Upwards we go.  

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .297.  Once of these months Bryant is going to hit 10 home runs.  It is coming.  

Javier Baez:  3/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .248.  Baez has put himself firmly on my "Do Not Own List" for a variety of reasons but the most obvious are the annually shoddy batting averages and inconsistent playing time.  If Baez is not careful, he may be classified fully into the utility role which would put a solid cap on his upside.

Amir Garrett:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 5.18.  So instead of being a one-hit wonder maybe we can classify Garrett as a one-start wonder.  

Maikel Franco:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .216.  Yeah I admit now we have reached the point of dropping Franco as tough as it is for me to say.  I really am a sucker for the talent but it is simply not happening.  

Tommy Joseph:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .263.  So guess who I picked up for the light schedule day?  Sha-Zam!  

Martin Perez:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.71.  Just look at that disgusting 1.57 WHIP for all the info you need on whether to add Perez or not.  

Adam Jones:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .273.  So amazing how Jones is now considered a boring veteran that nobody wants after being a first round stud just a few seasons ago.  They all make this journey.  

Chris Davis:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .267.  The average is as good as it could possibly get for Davis but his BABIP is .377 which is insanely lucky.  Sell high now before .240 is here.  

J.D. Martinez:  1/1 with his 5th HR while hitting .500.  Martinez has been well worth the wait from his DL stint and if he had not gotten hurt, 30-plus home runs was a given.  

Victor Martinez:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .270.  Yeah it is time to pick up Martinez for like the 1,000th time.  

Dylan Bundy:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 2.97.  Jason Vargas, Ervin Santana, and now Bundy.  The day of reckoning from the fantasy baseball regression gods are upon us.  

Daniel Murphy:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .320.  Every time I watch Murphy hit going back to the start of last season I see Edgar Martinez.

Josh Bell:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .248.  We have something serious now brewing here.  Imagine if Bell hadn't missed the first few weeks of the season?  And remember this guy was lauded for his pure hitting (i.e. .300) ability.  So why is nobody talking about him?

Trea Turner:  0/5 while hitting .236.  I mean you didn't listen to me about not drafting Turner in the late first round so I can't accept complaining now.  Like with my Derrick Turnbow one-year wonder closer post each season, I am going to start a new yearly piece titled in the memories of Carlos Correa, Yasiel Puig, and now Turner), "The Second Year Extreme Reach Gone Bad" award.

Tanner Roark:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.73.  It has all gone so wrong lately for Roark but this looks like a mechanical thing that needs some correction.  Stay the course but bench Roark for his next start.

Julio Teheran:  9 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 5.47.  This is Teheran telling you "I am a piece of crap pitcher who should rot on the wire all season."  Can't say I disagree Julio.

Marcus Stroman:  5.2 IP 7 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.00.  I told you all to stick it out with Stroman and now the rewards are coming swiftly.  I still think ace status is possible in the next year or two.

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .257.  By now Moustakas is another guy who has cemented his .260 average and 20-plus home run game as we are past the upside stages of his career.  There is a place for that in most fantasy baseball leagues but you want to aim higher for your starting third baseman.

Danny Duffy:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.97.  The K's have been absent for most of the season but you can't argue with the ERA.  Maybe Duffy heats up with the weather in terms of his velocity but the big key here is that he is not beating himself with walks (2.97 BB/9) and has been money in keeping the ball in the park (0.31 HR/9).  That will ensure useful numbers no matter what the K's say.

Mitch Moreland:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .254.  Sorry but three home runs when you are a first baseman and play half your games at Fenway just doesn't cut it.

Khris Davis:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .217.  Man Davis is really taking this home run or nothing bit to the extreme now.

Sonny Gray:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.97.  Gray seemed like a decent reclamation project coming into the year and the K's are a nice sign that maybe he is finally healthy and has some life on his stuff again.  It is amazing how quickly his stock went into the gutter but for a guy who went undrafted in many leagues, this may just work out.

Christian Yelich:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .273.  Steady.  Yelich is not really building on his numbers but maintaining his very solid ones from 2016.  Good and bad scenario.

Justin Bour:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .265.  How quickly things can change for a player's fantasy baseball stock.  Two weeks ago Bour was the gum on the bottom of your shoe and now he is a UTIL or CI staple.

Yasiel Puig:  1/2 with his 8th HR while hitting .245.  Yasiel Puig gazes at the current struggles of Trea Turner and nods in understanding.


  1. I fully agree on about his partner...Addison Russell, time for a buy low??

  2. I hate Russell too. In fact I hate Russell more. No speed and annually shoddy average.