Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Mitch Moreland:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .265.  Not even half a season into his Red Sox tenure, the team was trying to platoon him which tells you all you need to know about whether or not to rely on Mitch Moreland in fantasy baseball.

Hanley Ramirez:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .253.  There is a complete lack of flash now in HanRam's game (no speed and average issues) as he continues to head into the twilight of his career. Playing shortstop all those years did not do Ramirez' body any favors and he is paying for it now.  He can still drive the baseball though so a UTIL or CI spot when he is hot is still warranted.

Andrew Benintendi:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .273.  Yet another great sign here as Beninendi has gotten very hot again after a sharp dip in production. This shows that he can adjust when opposing pitches start to exploit a weakness and that is no shock given how great an approach Benintendi already has.

Masahiro Tanaka:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 6.55.  Three more home runs given up in this one and honestly Tanaka is now nothing but a name brand as the numbers are disgusting.  The only one using Tanaka in fantasy baseball right now should be his mom.

Chris Davis:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .237.  Ho-hum.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/4 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .288.  So funny how Schoop puts together very good year after year but no one cares.  Guys with good power in the middle infield but zero speed tend to fall into this grouping.

Tony Watson:  fourth blown save with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 3.91.  Man Watson is torching the ninth inning over the last month and he better secure the save the next time out or Felipe Rivero will move up.  Rivero should be owned in all leagues pronto.

Avisal Garcia:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .333.  The power has cooled lately but not the average as Garcia remains locked in on the baseball in this his very impressive breakout season.

Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .196,  I said weeks ago to make a play for Frazier who is really starting to crush the baseball like he has done throughout his career and his BABIP remain criminally unlucky .202.

Jose Quintana:  5.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.30.  At least Quintana is not Tanaka.  That's about the only good thing I can say here.

Chris Archer:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.65.  What have I always said negatively about Archer who I overall love?  The damn home runs.  He gave up just two runs but both on homers,  If he had even a mediocre HR/9 rate, Archer would win the Cy Young.

Alex Avila:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .324.  I can't stand it anymore.  Remind me next season to draft just washed up veterans (like going into this season: Avila, Ryan Zimmerman, Justin Smoak, Yonder Alonso,..........................).  Want to hear something ridiculous?  Avila is the most productive catcher in fantasy baseball this season on a per game basis.

C.J. Cron:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .233.  It is now or never for this guy.

Scooter Gennett:  5/5 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI while hitting .302.  Mark Whitten is still standing and applauding.  You want a symbol for how wacky this fantasy baseball season has been?  Watch video of Gennett in this one.  Of all the hitters to crack four homers in one game, it is Gennett?  The same Gennett who has not homered since mid-April?  The same Gennett who only ONCE reached double-figures in home runs?  I am starting to realize I know nothing anymore.

Adam Wainwright:  9 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 4.82.  That's the Wainwright I know.  I reflect back on my "Wainwright is done" posts going back to 2014 and sit here with a smile.

Aaron Nola:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4,28.  We have hardly seen a healthy Nola over the last two seasons so my overall evaluation of him remains incomplete.  This could be seen as me making another excuse for him which may be true but Nola's stuff still intrigues me.

Chase Anderson:  7.2 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.94.  Three straight scoreless outings for Anderson now are in the bank.  His 8.06 K/9 us his highest rate there since 2014 and the .292 BABIP is right along the neutral line which means this is a completely legitimate breakout.

Anthony Rizzo:  2/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .236.  A .216 BABIP continues to do big damage to Rizzo's average.  Consider how good he actually has been which makes Rizzo one of the biggest flukes in terms of that average in all of baseball.  For one thing, Rizzo's K/9 is just 10.9 which is WAY down from the 16.0 of 2016.  He also is drawing a ton of walks as well.  Hence Rizzo is really a .290 hitter masquerading as a .240 one.  That's how the ball bounces sometimes but don't for a second think he is having a bad season.

Joey Gallo:  1/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .204.  All-or-nothing Joey at it again.

Nomar Mazara:  4/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .289.  Still questions remain about how much power Mazara will ever hit for but after a prolonged slump, he is creeping back toward .300.  I remain a big fan.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .255.  Amed Rosario continues to rake and if promoted, Cabrera is on the bench or at third base.  Also if the Mets keep skidding, the free agent to be could likely be moved.

Neil Walker:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .263.  Pretty standard season for Walker who is boring once again with no speed and a shaky average but he still can drive the baseball.

Travis D'Arnaud:  1/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .231.  As much of a news story as it is when D'Arnaud homers, it is just as big a story when he goes through one game without getting injured.

Jacob DeGrom:  8 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.75.  My goodness.  It has all gone to shizz for DeGrom and his owners as he has gotten his head beaten in the last three weeks.  Had some back-and-forth on Twitter (@RotoBoss) about what the cause is here but since this is the Mets, think the worst.  Control has been wonky all season and maybe the elbow surgery he had last offseason is the cause.  Of course poor control often is a precursor to Tommy John and other elbow issues so perhaps an MRI could be needed.  Either way DeGrom needs to take a seat.

Mike Moustakas:  4/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .275.  There is almost no chance Moustakas finishes the year with the Royals as a free agent pending on this bad team.  He has always had power to offer and a more volatile average.

Ken Giles:  second blown save with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 4.24.  Man Giles just doesn't like having an ERA under 4.00.

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/2 with his 5th HR while hitting .241.  CarGo usually does his best work in the second half and so if you stuck with him to this point, you are obligated to see it through.

Mark Reynolds:  2/4 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .299.  Yet another seemingly washed up veteran who has been a stud value play.  And each homer from Reynolds is a stab in the chest for all Ian Desmond owners.

Bradley Zimmer:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .275.  Following the Cody Bellinger path, Zimmeriis hitting for very good power but is seeing the average slip by the day due to a horrific 31.6 K/9.

Hunter Renfroe:  2/4 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .232.  Renfroe has been on a power tear of late and especially in deeper formats, he carries ascending OF 3 status.

Robbie Ray:  6.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.85.  Now up to an 11.30 K/9 rate which is Chris Sale territory.  The .251 BABIP is lucky no doubt but Ray has cut his HR/9 from 2016's 1.24 to this season's 0.95 which is crucial when you call Chase Field home.  His rise to fantasy baseball ace status is nearly upon us.

Dinelson Lamet:  3 IP 5 H 7 ER 5 BB 3 K with an ERA of 6.92.  And this is the bad Lamet.  I said to only use him at home where the K stuff is extra valuable but Lamet's brutal control is also a big threat to any one outing.  Tread carefully.

Kodi Glover:  scoreless ninth for his 8th save with an ERA of 4.34.  Good bounceback from Glover after his 5-earned disaster.  No matter what happens from here on out, it will be Kelvin Herrera, David Roberston, or someone like A.J. Ramos finishing games for the Nats after August.

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 14 K with an ERA of 2.35.  Man Scherzer puts forth some beautiful box scores.  The durability is also as good as it gets which should count for more than a little when evaluating him for next season.

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