Thursday, June 8, 2017


Ryan Zimmerman:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .362.  Not even Clayton Kershaw can deal with Zimmerman this season.

Corey Seager:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .274.  The so far all right numbers from Seager are his version of a sophomore slump.  Remember this is what happened with Carlos Correa a year ago and looks mighty fine now.  Nothing to see here.

Clayton Kershaw:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.20.  About the only noteworthy thing to say about Kershaw this season is that his K/9 is down from 2016's 10.39 to this year's 9.98.  Ho-hum.

Jose Ramirez:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .290.  Ramirez has leveled off since his monster April and that was to be expected as he was not that type of top tier player.  Still Ramirez has more than supplied his draft cost this season and he remains with some more upside going forward since he is still just 24.

Ian Desmond:  3.5 with his third SB while hitting .274.  Desmond is now an everyday outfielder with Gerardo Parra on the DL.  While the versatility is nice, the bigger story is that it looks like Desmond has knocked off the rust from his April DL stint.

Justin Smoak:  3/5 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .291.  Sorry but Smoak has now passed Yonder Alonso and is on the heels of Ryan Zimmerman in terms of the biggest veteran fantasy baseball value play of the season.  I have said numerous times how it is unbelievable how Smoak has cut his K/9 rate virtually in half compared to last season and that makes his average sustainable if he keeps that going.  The power will always be there and it certainly looks like Smoak has learned some new tricks at an age when he was supposed to have figured out things already.

Kevin Pillar:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .269.  I own Pillar but I got him off waivers last week which speaks to how the fantasy baseball community is still ignoring him.

Josh Donaldson:  1/2 with his 7th HR while hitting .300.  Wow has Donaldson been on a tear since coming off the DL.  In fact it seems like Donaldson is hellbent on making up all the missed stats in one game.

C.C. Sabathia:  8 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.66.  Of course Sabathia dominated.  All of Major League Baseball are convinced it is 2012 again.

Rick Porcello:  5 ER in 6.1 IP with an ERA of 4.66.  Good to see Porcello continuing to live up to his billing as a major bust candidate that I bestowed on him this spring.  Right up there at the top in hits given up, Porcello has shown that his 2016 was a HUGE outlier.  You know like with J.A. Happ who I also said to avoid.  Or Aaron Sanchez who I also told you to avoid.

Adam Jones:  1/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .259.  It will be interesting to see if Jones becomes more of a home run specialist as he further goes into his career.  That seems to be the path that he is on but not yet for 2017.

Tony Watson:  fifth blown save with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 4.44.  Pirates gave him one more shot and Watson flushed it right down the toilet in almost a symbolic move to get himself away from the ninth inning.  Felipe Rivero (0.58 ERA) it is your time to shine.

Jacob Faria:  6.1 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.42.  Yeah that deserves another look.  Faria did just fine but his high-K/high-BB approach makes him a start-to-start proposition.

Justin Upton:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .263.  No wild swings in production so far from Upton this season which is a win in and of itself.  Standard numbers elsewhere and the only variable are the steals which are still holding a bit with five.

Buck Farmer:  6.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  I can't argue with a 0.00 ERA but Farmer was not a big prospect and he is no doubt taking advantage of unfamiliarity from opposing hitters.  Be very careful how you handle this because it very well could go all wrong on a dime.

Matt Carpenter:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .210.  Carpenter batted leadoff which the Cards are hoping will get his bat going.  I have said repeatedly to buy low here as Carpenter is still in his prime and has suffered massive BABIP luck.  It always eventually turns.

Scott Schebler:  3/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .253.  Good to see Schebler making good on my plea to all of you to buy low as he too will see his average uptick as the season goes on to go with the breakout 30-plus power.  I am having a good season.

Joey Votto:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .286.  It looks like Votto will have a shot at 30 home runs for just the second time in his excellent career which no one foresaw.  Like an added extra cherry on top of a sundae.

Dansby Swanson:  3/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .210,  The Braves are letting this play out for better or for worse.

Matt Adams:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .278.  Matt Adams is going to threaten 20 home runs.  Would never have imagined that ever happening considering how brutal he had been in a Cardinals uniform.  The joys of the new park in Atlanta.

Ian Happ:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .236.  This leading off thing seems to be working for Happ and the future and maybe the present is very bright.  I would continue to use Happ on a daily basis as he can only go up from here.

Kyle Schwarber:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .175.  Three hits no less too.  It used to take Schwarber two weeks to get three hits.

J.T. Realmuto:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .288.  My old friend J.T. (major call made good on my part last season) has been very steady and solid which at catcher this season, means he has been a top tier guy.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .323.  Throw out 2015 and check out how good Ozuna has been the last four years.  Shocked and surprised right?

John Lackey:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.12.  Sorry but aging arms don't bounce back well from World Series runs.  Toast.

Jay Bruce:  2/4 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .250.  Amazing how this guy always hits 25-30 home runs with a .250 average.

Zack Wheeler:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.45.  This is Wheeler prior to Tommy John which is a pretty good thing.  You might want to see what you can get and capitalize on the ERA as Wheeler should be capped around 130 innings tops.

Domingo Santana:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .279.  Should have paid more attention to Santana this spring.  Dropped the ball here.

Jonathan Villar:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .212.  The home runs are nice but bro start running damnit.

Buster Posey:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .348.  Posey himself must laugh at how bad the catching fraternity has been this season.

Jimmy Nelson:  6 IP 7 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.45.  Fully in the circle of trust.

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