Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Raisel Iglesias:  scoreless ninth for his 10th save with an ERA of 0.61.  Much in the way Alex Colome did a year ago, Raisel Iglesias has been a sudden closing star.  I predicted this would come back in March though as Iglesias screamed out "future closer" given his overpowering fastball but lack of secondary stuff that prevented starting success.  Not sure if the Reds will entertain trades here in July but Iglesias has earned the right to be considered the closer if he does get moved.

Bartolo Colon:  8 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 7.78.  It's over.

Odubel Herrera:  3/5 with his fifth HR while hitting .243.  This is the best Herrera has looked all season and so picking him up now would be a great move if his previous owner cut bait.  The talent is way too obvious here for Herrera to had continued struggling the way he was in April and early May and a sneaky good five-tool impact the rest of the way is still entirely possible.

Tommy Joseph:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .249.  Joseph was never a .280 despite what he put forth last season but .260 is not too much to ask to go with the 25 homers.

Aaron Altherr:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .295.  Have been waiting for awhile now for the average drop to happen to Altherr but it hasn't,  And then he homers again.  Life is good as an Altherr owner.  I should know.

Eric Thames:  0/4 while hitting .267.  Downward the average goes.  While I have zero concerns about the power, I am worrying about the average finishing the season under .260 which would be a sizable bummer considering where he started.

Eduardo Nuinez:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .289.  Jonathan Villar now looks at Nunez and says "why can't I do that?"

Jeff Samardzjia:  7.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.29.  So remember when I said to add this guy LAST MONTH due to the horrid BABIP luck that made the ratios look worse then they really were?  Next stop for Samardzjia is an under 4.00 ERA and more pats on my back.

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .267.  Bryant's average is a bit lower than anticipated but nothing in the advanced numbers are concerning.  I'll take him if you don't want him.

Eddie Butler:  5.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.75.  The 6.75 K/9 and nasty 5.25 BB/9 are quite ugly and so major trouble lies ahead once MLB hitters get their timing down on Butler again.

Brian McCann:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .250.  Given how disgraceful the catching fraternity has been this season, I am done chasing guys here and instead will double-down on boring but proven vets like McCann every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Yulieski Gurriel:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .268.  Gurriel is kind of forgotten on the Murders' Row that is the Houston lineup but he remains a quality AL-only third baseman and dependable bench bat in mixers with some more upside remaining.

Jorge Bonifacio:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .286.  In the past it used to be steals you could find all over the wire.  Not it is no speed/home run hitters like this.

Justin Smoak:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .287.  Incredible stuff is happening here and it has little to do with power.  Smoak gained hitting discipline almost overnight as his current 18.2 K/9 rate is almost HALF from the 32.8 of a year ago.  LEGIT!

Ryon Healy:  2/3 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .284.  Guess who I picked up for the light schedule day Monday?  That's right.  At this rate, Healy is going to be pushing up around 30 homers and 100 RBI for the price of late draft pick.

Sean Manaea:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.81.  The swinging strike rate spiked going back to the start of the season and we are seeing that bear out now with the increase in K's.

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