Thursday, June 1, 2017


Paul Goldschmidt:  1/6 with his 12th HR while hitting .308.  You know you are having a big fantasy baseball season when the 12th home run you cracked matches your stolen base total.  At first base.

Chad Pinder:  3/3 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .286.  Pinder has been a nobody for years so take this with a grain of salt but the Oakland A's often find retread players who have a bit of talent that emerges when given consistent opportunities for the first time in their careers.

Francisco Lindor:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .276.  Now two months into the season, it certainly looks like Lindor has changed his approach slightly given the fact his K/9 has risen a bit.  But Lindor also should be hitting around .300 but is not due to an unlucky .276 BABIP (more stark for a guy with wheels such as he).  Basically I took a lot of unnecessary words to say that Lindor is a stud no matter how you look at him.

Mike Clevinger:  6.5 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.10.  Clevinger continues to pitch very well and his 9.93 K/9 is might fine.  However his control has been a mess (4.34 BB/9) and Clevinger has also benefited from a lucky .231 BABIP when adjusted comes out to a 4.07 FIP.  You can't trade him since nobody trusts him yet but as I always say, be aware of some tough times ahead.

Sean Manaea:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.91.  Manaea has found his groove and I have to admit I was surprised to see the 10.06 K/9 which is outstanding.  The swinging strike percentage is impressive as well which shows the movement of Manaea's stuff.  A .233 BABIP and 3.54 BB/9 are not so hot but it appears as though Manaea has found his footing.  I have been hard on him and Jharel Cotton to this point and for good reason but I do have faith Manea's stuff can be impactful the rest of the way as high as an SP 4.

Adam Jones:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .267.  Jones is back in the saddle after some injury scares the last week.  He is becoming a bit like Ryan Braun non-steroids version when it comes to the constant nagging health woes but also like with his Milwaukee counterpart, the power remains as good as ever.

Chris Davis:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .229.  Would it kill this guy to one time hit like .275?

Masahiro Tanaka:  7 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 6.34.  A DL stint is needed here and the Yankees can make up whatever injury they want to get Tanaka out of town for a bit.  Another home run given up and I truly believe the tear in the UCL is getting worse.  Remember Adam Wainwright pitched two years with a slightly torn UCL before it went completely and the same could be taking place with Tanaka.

Eric Thames:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .286.  Thames looks like he has come out of his recent fog and if so, it would represent the second time this year he has emerged from a slump and responded again with the bat which is a very good sign.

Keon Broxton:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .248.  I really like Broxton and think he can be a 20/20 guy for years but the ultimate determination on where his fantasy baseball career goes lies in the average.  So far not so hot there.

Jacob DeGrom:  4 IP 8 H 7 ER 5 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.97.  This is what it looks like when a pitcher has absolutely NOTHING on a given night.  DeGrom has endured some huge beatings this season on the rare occasions he has been off but his plus-12.00 K/9 shows how good he has been overall.  You always worry about Met pitching and their health but it looks like nothing ill has taken hold here.

Steven Souza Jr.:  1/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .275.  No one is hotter right now than Souza.  He is so hot right now that Steven Souza Sr. would likely come off his couch and swat home run after home run.

Kevin Kiermaier:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .246.  I told you all to draft Kiermaier this season given his emerging power/speed game.  The average is ugly no doubt and that seems to be who he is but Keon Broxton is the same guy and everyone wants him right/

Logan Morrison:  2/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .249.  It is becoming standard operating procedure here for Morrison with his very impressive power and mediocre average.  Value play galore here.

Drew Pomeranz:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.24.  Pomeranz is really upping the K/Rate lately and that likely corresponds with health.  If you own Pomeranz, just be careful of certain home matchups but otherwise use liberally.

Victor Martinez:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .269.  I owned Martinez from the start of the season but cut him at the end of April.  I haven't missed him.

Alex Avila:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .313.  What the hell is going on here?  This snuck up on everyone as Avila barely made the roster out of spring training but now is hitting like Buster Posey.  Status Report on its way.

Carlos Martinez:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.08.  This is how awesome Martinez can be when the shoulder is A-OK!   Still walks too many guys (3.33 BB/9) but Martinez is punching out guys at a career-best 9.86 clip which is ace level.  So far the risk Martinez owners took when pickin him in the draft is paying off nicely.

Jaime Garcia:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.18.  You got to love Garcia who is a "write in ink" mid-3.00 ERA veteran pitcher that nobody ever wants.  There is something to be said about that in a very positive way.

James Paxton: 5.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.26.  Incredibly stuff from Paxton when he is in fact on the mound and not dealing with constant health problems.  Whatever you paid for at the draft table this spring, it was money well-spent.

Ryan Zimmerman:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .368.  If Mike Trout didn't get hurt, he would have had competition for fantasy baseball MVP from this guy.  What a ridiculous and ludicrous statement to say but the numbers don't lie.


  1. What's with Benintendi? Pitchers figure him out?

    1. combination of pitchers adjusting and fatigue. he will be fine.


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