Saturday, March 31, 2018


Felipe Rivero:  4 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 54.00.  Unreal.  Is this the same guy who absolutely was lights out last season?  Rivero has only had one season of closing at a high level and so he does have to prove that wasn't a fluke.  He couldn't be off to a worse start.

Shane Greene:  3 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 40.50.  This is one guy I told you to avoid at all costs among the 2018 closers to begin the season and had it down in writing both here and in our draft guide.  I don't trust Greene to even make it out of April with the gig but what's funny is that he actually performed the best out of the two closers in this game.

Jordan Zimmerman:  4 ER in 6 IP with 8 K with an ERA of 6.00.  The strikeouts were encouraging as Zim had a bit more jump on his fastball but this is just an AL-only play for now to see if it is sustainable.

Homer Bailey:  1 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 1.50.  Not bad but just 3 K's speak to how the power is gone here.  Bailey can be a possible streamer but aren't you just sick of this guy by now?

Max Scherzer:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.50.  If you not admitting you would take Scherzer over Clayton Kershaw for 2018 fantasy baseball, then you are not being honest.

Gregory Polanco:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .600.  I am still a sucker for the talent here and those who had a clue when it came to 2018 fantasy baseball took advantage of the discounted rate this spring.

David Price:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Well look what we have here.  A presumably healthy David Price who looked a lot like his old ace self.  I wrote a post a few weeks ago saying to buy low on him coming off such a rough narrative in 2017 and that strategy is paying off already.  I absolutely think as long as the elbow is sound, Price can pitch like the ace he always has been.

Randal Grichuk:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .143.  Rogers Center paired with Grichuk's power all season will be a positive development but guys like this are a dime a dozen now in terms of good power and ugly average. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.50.  The only run of course was a homer and so Tanaka continues to straddle the line dangerously with his gopher ball issues.  However few can generate such drastic movement on their stuff and so Tanaka can very well be one of the best SP 2's going.

Charlie Blackmon:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .143.  Still leading off and still cracking home runs.  There is nothing really new to add here from a year ago as Blackmon has solidified his 25-homer power and the steals continue slide. 

Ian Desmond:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .375.  Good sign that Desmond gets on the board already as he was brutal in spring training and needs suntan lotion from all the heat Ryan McMahon is putting on him.

Gerardo Parra:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Parra remains one of the better deep league bargains as he always hits for average and can pop a few homers.  He als deserves props for holding off David Dahl who was everyone's darling a year ago. 

Robbie Ray:  5 IP 7 H 6 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 10.80.  I think there will surely be an ERA adjustment this season as I mentioned in piece on Ray back in March.  He got a bunch of BABIP love a year ago and so Ray was never to be confused with a 2.50 ERA guy.  There will be a boatload of K's for sure but Ray is more Chris Archer with the frustrating ebbs and flows of his ratios when luck is taken out of the equation. 

Brad Boxberger: scoreless ninth for his first save with an ERA of 0.00.  Boxberger succeding closing games a few years ago for the Tampa Bay Rays and so he could very well run through 2018 with the gig and a boatload of K's along the way.  This is why you never need to pay for saves.

Brandon Morrow:  0 IP 1 H.  Why would Morrow be able to get one out?  I mean he is a 2018 closer after all.

Rhys Hoskins:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .500.  This is one much-hyped prospect who I was fully in on in terms of reaching for.  Easy power like this and to make matters more exciting, Hoskins draws a bunch of walks which means the average won't kill you.

Carlos Santana:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .125.  I think Santana is another one of those boring veterans like Adam Jones who can still be very helpful.  Santana moved into a better offensive park in Philly coming from Cleveland and that alone should add 2-5 more home runs and 10 or so RBI. 

Nomar Mazara:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .167.  No one has been talking about Mazara for 2018 fantasy baseball which I find puzzling since he is still a top-shelf prospect who can be the 2018 version of Michael Conforto a year ago. Remember prior to last year the fantasy baseball community was already bored of Conforto as well? 

Joe Panik:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .429.  No Joe Panik all of a sudden hasn't become a power hitter.  Then again I might have said the same thing about Scooter Gennett at this time a year ago.

Johnny Cueto:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Well, I would say that is a nice way to get back into the good graces of the fantasy baseball community. 

Alex Wood:  8 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  I see you 7 one-hit innings Mr. Cueto and I raise you an extra frame.  Man Wood is so damn good and yet you get the sense the fantasy baseball community has never fully embraced him. 

Kenley Jansen:  took the loss with 1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 9.00.  Even Jansen is not immune to how every single closer sucks it this season. 

Ryan Braun:  1/4 with his first HR and 5 RBI while hitting .125.  Like with Johnny Cueto, I think Braun is a veteran guy slightly on the back nine of their careers who can still be very useful. 

Austin Hedges:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .125.  With Mike Zunino on the DL, feel free to pick up his statistical twin. 

Brad Hand:  first blown save with 2 ER in 1 IP.  Unreal.  I mean you can;t make this stuff up with he closers this season.  I think Hand will be tremendous and am willing to look past this slop but outings like this early in the year are incredibly deflating. 

Mike Trout:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .100.  That 0-for-6 on Opening Day is forgiven. 

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