Saturday, April 7, 2018


Danny Duffy:  5.2 IP 3 H 3 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 7.45.  You shouldn't be either using or owning Duffy right now.  It appears years of injuries to his arm/elbow/shoulder have taken a firm bite out of his stuff. 

Carlos Carrasco:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.40.  It was a rough first few innings for Carrasco but he fought through it successfully to post a quality outing.  His 1.11 WHIP is more a testament that he has been a bit unlucky. 

Ozzie Albies:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .206.  Albies has run very hot and cold in any given game to begin the season but that is par for the course for a young player.  Stay the course here as Albies is the real deal.

Trevor Story:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .167.  The same old story here:  brutal average and good power.  You can find that anywhere. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .267.  Decent enough start for CarGo but do you really want to go here again?  This is not 2010. 

Manny Machado:  4/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .313.  This makes it all the more absurd that Machado was had as late as the second round in some fantasy baseball drafts this spring.  All because his average slipped a bit a year ago which I kept telling you was a major fluke.

Chris Davis:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .111.  Man, I really don't even want to talk about him anymore.  So irrelevant. 

Didi Gregorious:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .393.  Early fantasy baseball MVP contender?  Yes!

Luis Castillo:  5 IP 6 H  ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 9.00.  Second rough start in two times out for Castillo which is very concerning since the Reds won't let him get his head beat in for long given concerns about confidence.  It is likely opposing hitters went to the video on Castillo this winter and have a better plan of attack against him this spring.  Castillo better adjust quick or it will be back to the minors it goes. 

Russell Martin:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .263.  While not as extreme as Yadier Molina, Martin continues to produce when we all want to look away forever. 

Shin-Soo Choo:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .313.  Choo could have 20 home runs in April and nobody will still want him.

Marco Estrada:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.77.  Estrada needs to be handled with kid gloves when he is pitching at home.  Otherwise, he looks better this season after his downright hideous 2017. 

Travis Shaw:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting. 294.  Homers were not flowing here just yet but Shaw is still hitting near .300 shows he is not struggling by any means. 

Matt Joyce:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .222.  If you just owned Joyce every April and May, you would have an OF 1.

Marcus Semien:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .256.  Always have a soft spot for this guy as Semien is underrated every spring but can supply 15/15 ratios in the power/speed categories.  2018 will be more of the same.

Matt Olson:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .273.  The A's are going to hit a bunch of home runs with Olson and the next guy.

Matt Chapman:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .412.  Chapman's average will take a plunge soon enough but 30 home runs is in play here. 

Shohei Ohtani:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .389.  Going to take some time for opposing pitchers to adjust here so Ohtani may be a monster for a few weeks before weaknesses are exploited.  He is fun to watch without a doubt though.

Justin Upton:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .281.  Upton is a classic guy you like or hate and I have been more toward the latter given his wild inconsistency.  You can't deny the production by the end of the season however. 

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