Friday, March 30, 2018


Adam Jones:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .200.  Yeah, no one seems to want him anymore but that will suit Jones fine as he marches toward 25 homers and 80-plus RBI. 

Jake Odorizzi:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Odorizzi has shown flashes of decent SP 3/4 ability in the past and he remains in a decent park in Minnesota.  He was off a bit in 2017 but Odorizzi could pay off nicely and go back to a mid-3.00 ERA.

Fernando Rodney:  1 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 13.50.  Good to see that Rodney is already in midseason form. 

Dylan Bundy:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Sell, sell, sell. 

Brad Brach:  first blown save with 2 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 27.00.  It starts already.  Nothing gets the hair follicles to pass away than closers in fantasy baseball.  Brach was named the fill-in for Zach Britton but his leash won't be very long with a very capable Darren O'Day behind him.  While there is no need to panic just yet, all Brach owners at least should have O'Day rostered. 

Ian Happ:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .200.  A continuation of what was a torrid spring for Happ who has immense potential and is leading off for the Cubs at least versus the righties.  The only negative is strikeouts and there were three in this one.  Otherwise, Happ is on his way to stardom.

Anthony Rizzo:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  While everyone else was out chasing Freddie Freeman, the cheaper Anthony Rizzo will be just as good if not better.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  We heard a lot of chatter about Schwarber losing weight which will help unleash his potential yada, yada, yada.  One game folks. 

Jon Lester:  3.1 IP 7 H 3 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 8.10.  He is toast.  Said it from the beginning and this extends what began unfolding the second half of last season. 

George Springer:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Still leading off which is fantastic. 

Justin Verlander:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  I got scared off from Verlander a few years ago when he had that disturbingly terrible season with the Detroit Tigers but man has he been money since. 

Jose Martinez:  3./4 with his first HR while hitting .750.  We got our first candidate for hot pickup of Week 1.

Yadier Molina:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  I am starting to think Molina will be starter-worthy in fantasy baseball ten years from now.

Noah Syndergaard:  6 IP 6 H 4 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 6.00.  Don't look at the four runs and to think for a second that Thor was anything but filthy in this one.  Syndergaard was a strikeout monster as always and only had a few misplaced fastballs that ended up homers as the wind was really blowing out.  It is all about health here of course but if cooperates, Thor will have no peer other than Chris Sale or Max Scherzer.

Carlos Martinez:  4.1 IP 4 H 4 ER 6 BB 5 K with an ERA of 8.31.  Yovani Gallardo anyone?  Man, I can't stand this guy as Martinez has zero control and is no fantasy baseball ace despite getting drafted as one. 

Eduardo Nunez:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Hey Dustin Pedroia take some extra time to come back.  Please. 

Chris Sale:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 0.00.  This guy is ridiculous.  Sale does have some Dan Haren in him though in that he seems to always tire in late August.  Keep that in mind. 

Giancarlo Stanton:  3/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .600.  Yeah, I would say the trade is working out nicely so farth for the NY Yankees.  70 homers on tap? 

Brett Gardner:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .200.   Often overlooked in yearly fantasy baseball leagues, Gardner could be a quiet 20/20 guy if all breaks right. 

Khris Davis:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .400.  Back-to-back 40 home runs seasons and counting for Davis who thumps with the best of them but doesn't get as much pop due to some shaky averages.  The same story will likely be in play this season and he should have company on his own team with that profile.

Matt Olson:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .200.  Olsen is the teammate we were referring to in the Khris Davis blurb and he struck out three times in this one to go with the homer and thus reinforce his shaky average outlook. 

Jose Abreu:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .400.  There is something to be said for the ultra-consistency you are going to get out of Jose Abreu as he is a "write down in ink" guy when it comes to numbers which is very rare in today's fantasy baseball.  Also, the White Sox are going to be better then people think.

Matt Davidson:  3/4 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI while hitting .750.  No one ever should doubt Davidson's power but like with many sluggers of his ilk, utter lack of plate discipline has held him back from being more than just a home run specialist.  Can that change?  Hope spring's eternal as they say but obviously Davidson should be plugged in already if he is on your bench.

Tim Anderson:  2/4 with 2 home runs while hitting .400.  Known more for speed in the minors than power, Anderson has flipped the script in the majors.  There are quite a bit of tools here in terms of fanatsy baseball viability as Anderson stole a boatload of bases in the minors and the power is beginning to show up.  He should be owned everywhere but like the previous few names on this list (outside of Abreu), Anderson really needs to get to work on his plate approach (draw even a few walks) and if so, the guy can really explode.

Daniel Duffy:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 11.25.  Someone asked me about Duffy on Twitter prior to yesterday's games and I said run for the hills.  The guy has dealt with a ton of injuries the last few seasons and it seems to have sapped the oomph from his stuff.  Home runs are usually an indication of this and Matt Davidson can confirm. 

Clayton Kershaw:  6 IP 8 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.50.  We like to be ahead of the fantasy baseball curve and so we had Max Scherzer ahead of Kershaw this season and you can make the case Chris Sale deserves that nod too.  This has all to do with health and how Kershaw is less dependable than the other two.  He was a bit ragged by his lofty standards in this one but nothing to fret about yet. 

Ty Blach:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 0.00.  It was a nice outing for sure but don't be running out chasing this guy.  Blach doesn't generate many K's and so those days he is off, he will get his head handed to him. 

Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  The sun came up and Nolan Arenado hit a home run.  Both as predictable as it gets. 

DJ LeMahieu:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  All the respect to LeMahieu for hitting .300 consistently and scoring a bunch of runs but he needs to do more of this before we jump out of the chair in excitement. 

Jon Gray:  4 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 6.75.  The guy can't ever seem to get out of his own way.  This is Gray's last chance to show his massive K potential can be fantasy baseball-worthy or else I am moving on for good. 

Ozzie Albies:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .200.  I own Albies in both of my competitive fantasy baseball leagues this season which shows how I get weak in the knees thinking about him.  I can totally envision a .280 average with 15 homers and 30 steals.  In other words, a second round pick in 2019. 

Freddie Freeman:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .500.  MVP 2018 is off and running. 

Aaron Nola:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.69.  We alwasy like to remind you that yours truly pushed you all to draft Nola back in 2016 and stuck with it.  Some rough patches but boy is this a slam dunk ace. 

Hector Neris:  3 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 40.50.  Phillies bullpen started this way last year as well.  Amazing how much crap is already falling from the closer tier.  NEVER DRAFT CLOSERS EARLY.

Corey Kluber:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.25.  Kluber usually struggles in April so this is a nice sign. 

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