Friday, May 5, 2017


Maikel Franco:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .231.  We have thought Franco was on the verge of busting out fully the last few times he has been on a mini-streak but it didn't happen.  Maybe this is it?  Or maybe not.  Either way Franco is starting to show up on waivers wires as guys with youth who have been around for a few years get less of a benefit of the doubt.

Jose Abreu:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .270.  The average is inching up, Abreu has 4 home runs the last 10 days, and I look prophetic for saying to buy low.

Matt Davidson:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .276.  It is tough to break though the suddenly very potent and deep third base position but Davidson is trying.  

Rougned Odor:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .196.  Man Odor is testing patience but this is what a full sophomore slump looks like.  Trust the ability though and I stand by trying to fully buy low.

Elvis Andrus:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .284,  I am not totally shocked about Andrus' power as some are as players tend to add homers as they age given all the working out they have done since a young age.  As long as Andrus keeps stealing bases, he could post a career-best year when nobody wanted him a month ago.  

Joey Gallo:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .211.  Nobody is more impressed by Gallo's natural power then I am but geez that average is such a non-starter for me.

Marwin Gonzalez:  2/3 with his 9th HR and 2nd SB while hitting .266.  Wow this is getting crazy.  Add Marwin to the growing list of out-of-the-blue fantasy baseball studs in this early part of the season.  Gonzalez has shown some power/speed ability in the past struggles in the average department is looking up given the fact his K rate is down and walk rate is up.  Why the hell not?

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .311.  Remember when Goldy was an average concern when he first arrived in the majors?  Yeah I don't remember either.  

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.66.  The biggest non-story so far has been the fractured knuckle on the pitching hand of Max Scherzer.  I think he is doing just fine.  

Ryon Healy:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .236.  Healy's has had every bit the average struggles that I noted in spring training.  He can't make the grade as a daily fantasy baseball starter given the depth at the position but a backup to fill in during the bye weeks works nicely.  

Jharel Cotton:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.64.  Nice outing but the ratios are horrific here.  I have never been a fan of Cotton and won't start now.  

Manny Machado:  2/5 with his 7th HR and second SB while hitting .223.  Third homer in four games for Machado who looks like his vintage self.  He was so rough in April though that there is a bit of a climb needed to get that average out of the gutter.

Dustin Pedroia:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .281.  Pedroia is becoming quite the empty average now but most saw this coming as he has been trending there the last few years.

Jonathan Villar:  0/5 while hitting .201.  I will say it again for emphasis "NEVER PAY FOR A CAREER YEAR."  Add Villar's 2017 to that reference point.

Keon Broxton:  4/5 with his second HR while hitting .234.  This is a situation where you go to the wire to check and see if someone in your league dropped Broxton.  Any game like this for a previously struggling hitter may suggest a breakthrough was found.

Tim Beckham:  2/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .278.  It can be tough to remember but Beckham was a former number 1 overall pick so the talent pedigree is there.  Sometimes it does take this long for in particularly hitters to make the MLB adjustment and Beckham so far seems like he has made that leap.

Matt Andriese:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.09.  Andriese has flashed ability before but he is more or less an SP 5 or a bit more in AL-only formats.

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