Friday, June 9, 2017


Joey Votto:  4/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .300.  Yeah I think Votto can hit a bit.

Matt Carpenter:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .216.  Look who has finally woken up?  Told you to stay patient or buy low here and now the rewards have arrived.

Scott Feldman:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.09.  Along with Jaime Garcia, you will have a tough time finding a more under-the-radar fantasy baseball hurler who has been very helpful over the last five years as this guy in an SP 5 sense.

Michael Fulmer:  5 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 3.40.  So yeah remember when I said in the spring to avoid Justin Verlander, Aaron Sanchez, Kyle Hendricks, Rick Porcello, AND Michael Fulmer?  Fulmer was the last domino to fall in that disappointing group that I said would be a major negative this season.

Eric Thames:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .268.  You love the home run but you don't to start seeing his long balls being the only hits of the game for Thames as his average continues to drop.

Joe Panik:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .255.  Panik has not done much since an intriguing 2015 and with no speed, there is no reason to bother here until he gets the average up above .280 with some more power.

Chris Iannetta:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .239.  Throw in 7 RBI as Iannetta has his one moment in the 2017 fantasy baseball sun.

Gary Sanchez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .256.  Like with the suddenly resurgent Matt Carpenter, a move down the order for Gary Sanchez (to sixth) seems to have done the trick to perk up his dormant bat.

Brett Gardner:  2/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .266.  Gardner has a personal home run battle going on with Matt Holliday this season and jumped in a slight lead with this bomb.  The fact the former slap-hitting Gardner is even competing with Holliday on that front shows you what kind of shockingly good uptick he has put forth there.

Michael Pineda:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.39.  Show Michael the money.

David Price:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 5.29.  Tough to make any conclusions here as Price ALWAYS gets destroyed by the Yankees whether he is pitching for Detroit, Tampa Bay, Toronto, or the Red Sox.  Still Price gives off the aura that one pitch could knock him out until mid-2018.

Edinson Volquez:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.41.  Was expecting Volquez to get bombed as most pitchers coming off no-hitters almost always do but the didn't go along with the script.  While Volquez has been a pile of crap the last few years in fantasy baseball terms, the going is obviously very good right now.  Ride it out.

Gerrit Cole:  7 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 4.83.  After a good three week stretch in May, the wheels have come completely off now for Cole who is now right there with Michael Wacha as still young pitchers who were once top power prospects who are barely hanging onto SP 5 value due to injuries robbing their stuff.  Boy that was some run-on sentence.

Trea Turner:  3/4 with 3 steals (21 for season) while hitting .270.  While his overall season so far has not gone according to plan, Turner has been consistently running throughout at least.  He had his own personal Belmont Stakes last night and the average is coming up as well.  Good times lie ahead.

Joe Ross:  7.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 12 K with an ERA of 6.16.  Wow and it came against Baltimore no less.  This is why I have been saying to be patient with Ross as difficult as that may be.  Clearly the guy has impressive talent but is still lacking behind the ears a bit in terms of consistency.

Derek Norris:  2/3 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .200.  Norris needs to stick to hitting baseballs and not his wife.  If true, he needs to go away forever.

Avisail Garcia:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .330.  Paging the Fantasy Baseball Community:  Avisail Garcia Looks Like He Has Arrived!

Todd Frazier:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .206.  Umm so yeah hope you listened to the 165296 times I told you to buy low on Frazier the last three weeks.  He is just beginning what should be an extended run of major power production with an average that will be going up sharply.

Derek Holland:  6 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 3.99.  The regression is almost complete here as Holland was once again the pretender I said he was back in April.

Ben Lively:  7 IP 9 H 3 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.57.  Still showing the lack of K's and that will get Lively into trouble against the more potent offenses in the game.  He remains just a streamable arm.

D.J. LeMahieu:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .277.  A little bit of a bore has LeMahieu been but any guy who is batting leadoff is an automatic play given the plate appearances alone.

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .268.  This K. Bryant is much nicer then the NBA version of K. Bryant.

Jon Lester:  5 IP 6 H 4 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.13.  Again let this be a reminder not to draft pitchers who went to the World Series last season as the arm simply doesn't bounce back.

Jose Altuve:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .325.  Challenging for another batting title, Altuve has been money well spent no matter what you paid at the draft table.

Lance McCullers:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.58.  McCullers had no-hit stuff and is as locked in as any arm in fantasy baseball right now.  Selling high though remains the goal for all the various reasons I have spoken about.  Do a scan downward.

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