Monday, March 5, 2018


-Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray was just so-so again Sunday as he gave up two runs in 3 IP and two K's.  Gray has a world of talent but he is held back by his ballpark obviously and always seems to have one bad inning to ruin things.  I am not chasing him like I did a year ago but there is still good potential here. 

-The future is bright in Boston as both Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers homered on Sunday.  Benintendi cracked his second of the spring and seems set to better his 20/20 campaign of a year ago.  Meanwhile, Devers is up to .353 for the spring and has done nothing but hit since turning pro.  

-It was a decent enough outing for Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester Sunday as he gave up one run in 2.2 IP but walks remain a problem.  I am convinced Lester's arm is far from where it was even in 2016 given his always high workloads and this overall is a declining and aging stock best left to someone else.  

-Taijuan Walker is starting to pick up steam this spring for the Arizona Diamondbacks as he tossed 3 scoreless frames Sunday.  There is post-hype sleeper written all over Walker who retains a good heater and K stuff and the humidor will only help at Chase Field.  

-Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber always seems to struggle in April but in March not so much as he fired three innings of one-run ball where he punched out five.  A top five ace in all fantasy baseball leagues for 2018, Kluber will be pricy.  

-I remain a fan of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda who gave up one run in 2.1 IP with 3 K's.  Maeda should be able to claim a rotation spot for the Dodgers this spring and he remains in his prime at 30.  No one is paying attention to Maeda and so there is good potential value here.  

-Jose Altuve hit his first spring home run for the Houston Astros and we have nothing to add here you don't already know in terms of him being the consensus number two player in all of fantasy baseball for 2018.  

-It was another shaky day for Jeff Samardizjia who walked 2 and gave up one run in 2 IP Sunday.  The San Francisco Giants veteran has had a tough spring so far but his advanced metrics still point out a good and low-cost arm for fantasy baseball purposes this season.  

-Wow was James Paxton lit up on Sunday as the Seattle Mariners pitcher surrendered 7 runs in just 1.2 IP.  Throw this one in the toilet and instead monitor the health here as always.  The talent is immense but Paxton is a tough annual investment since you really can't ever depend on stay on the field.  


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