Sunday, June 4, 2017


Brett Gardner:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .270.  Special props belong to a player who does a total and complete game reversal from one phase of their career to the next as Gardner has done going from speed-to-power oriented.

Didi Gregorious:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .307.  Second straight season Gregorious is hitting for average and by the end of the season, you might be surprised to see 10-12 home runs which is a nice bonus.

Matt Holliday:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .272.  Gardner and Holliday seem to have made a pact to homer in the same games all season.

Starlin Castro:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .321.  Geez has Castro been awesome. To think they Yanks dealt Adam Warren straight up for him and then got Warren back in the Aroldis Chapman trade.  Castro always has hinted at star hitting ability going back to his debut as a 19-year-old with the Cubs but immaturity set him back a bit.  Remember too that there were more than a few out there who said he could win a batting title someday and unlike with Howie Kendrick, this seems like a realistic possibility.

Jordan Montgomery:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.67.  You really had to have stones to start Montgomery in this one but he was excellent.  Alas Montgomery has been much better than anticipated but be careful when you use him.

Yadier Molina:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .250.  Molina no longer seems capable of hitting for average but then he goes out and upticks the power.  We'll take it.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .166.  Schwarber has 30 hits and 9 home runs,  Ridiculous.

Javier Baez:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .270.  Baez remains as undisciplined as ever with a 24.2 K/.9 rate and a pathetic 3.8 BB/9.

Mike Leake:  5 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 2.64.  We all knew Mike Leake was not a 2.00 ERA pitcher so this was just a matter of time.  Count on a mid-3.00 ERA as always.

Lorenzo Cain:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .272.  Cain has not shown much power at all but is running at will prior to today's game.  He has never matched the big 2015 performance but Cain is still quite valuable as an OF 3.

Carlos Santana:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .230.  We have reached the "a tiger can't change his stripes" mode with the veteran Santana who now will always be a poor average power hitter.  Considering how many of these players permeate benches and waiver wires, Santana's value can't be any lower.

Bradley Zimmer:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .295.  First Cody Bellinger and now Zimmer as prime outfield hitting prospects who are literally hitting the baseball ground running.  Bright times are ahead.

Carlos Carrasco:  5 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 3.36.  Carrasco's ERA has gone up almost a full run since coming back from his injury scare.  They are related.
Tommy Joseph:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .242.  Joseph is letting the average drop to hurtful territory again which takes a sledgehammer to his overall value.

Ben Lively:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 0 K with an ERA of 1.29.  Yes no K's in his 7 innings which tells you all you need to know about the pitch-to-contact tendencies.  Lively has had a big minor league performance this season leading to his promotion but he should be used in just inning-capped leagues.

Edinson Volquez:  no-hitter in lowering his ERA to 3.79.  Volquez has the type of stuff that can bring forth a no-hitter and he struck out 10 to flash back to his old high-K ways.  Be that as it may, starts after a no-hitter are almost always bad and his SP 5 status holds no matter what he did in this one.

Nick Castellanos:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .214.  This was a very crucial season for Castellanos who had to validate what was a decent uptick in production in 2016.  It has not happened to say the least and Castellanos in fatc has taken a huge step back to irrelevancy.

Alex Avila:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .317.  Holy hell.  Avila needs to play every day now as he has killed it and this is truly one of the more remarkable stories of the 2017 fantasy baseball season since he was nearly out of baseball.  Reason number 26794290 you never have to pay the freight for catching.

Justin Upton:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .253.  I bet you even money Upton finishes within .10 of his .253 average.

Austin Hedges:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .218.  Again a bit too much J.P. Arencibia but Hedges has remaining upside that could result in him being the next Wellington Castillo with more pop.

Ian Desmond:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .272.  Desmond has been a complete bust so far, both with getting injured and with his mediocre hitting so far.  While Desmond has made a career of testing your patience, he is a good guy low based on the ballpark alone.

Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .288.  Standard excellence.

Tyler Chatwood:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.60.  Yeah drafting only Colorado Rockies pitchers would have been the best strategy this season.  The apocalypse is upon us.

Jed Lowrie:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .295.  Again ride it out if you need the infield help.

Yonder Alonso:  2/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .299.  So I guess this is why the Cincinnati Reds made Alonso the seventh pick overall in his 2008 draft class.  Wow.

Ryon Healy:  4/4 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .279.  The A's are loaded with boring veteran players but all of a sudden they are all very productive.  In the case of Healy, again 25 home runs by the end of the season would not be a surprise and it looks like he wants to add some average help as a bonus.

Hernan Perez:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .267.  I said a few days ago that Perez was hot again and that you should get him in the lineup.  Your welcome.

Travis Shaw:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .296.  At this rate Shaw is going to finish as a top 7 fantasy baseball third baseman.  Getting out of Boston and the pressure cooker environment was just what he needed.

Jose Peraza:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .257.  With Billy Hamilton suffering a shoulder injury, the already surging Peraza could now be batting leadoff.  Yes sir.

Matt Adams:  3/6 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .273.  Finally Adams is living up to his size.  With a big assist from the launching pad that is his home park.

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .212.  Man that average.  No sense rehashing how often I have said Machado has been great other then the BABIP-fueld average.  Move on.

Hanley Ramirez:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .259.  My sense is we have reached the point where Ramirez is now nothing more than a bench bat in the majority of fantasy baseball leagues given his age and failing body.

David Price:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Very encouraging start for Price whose fastball looked good and he was in total control.  It is a dicey situation with the elbow but all Price owners really will just take what they can get at this point.

Jose Altuve:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .329.  Like I said with Mookie Betts, Altuve has the clear path to fantasy baseball MVP with Mike Trout injured.

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