Sunday, April 22, 2018


Aaron Judge:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .338.  Judge is insane right now and I already mentioned how he has knocked down his K/9 a bit compared to last season which is helping the batting average.  Obviously, Judge is not going to continue hitting .338 but if he can carve out .280 with all those homers, then it was an even bigger year than 2017.

Marcus Stroman:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 8.55.  Stroman has made it a habit of getting his head beaten in this season and he is drop material in all fantasy baseball leagues considering the league and division he is in. Potential can only get you so far.

Jordan Montgomery:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.80.  A poor man's Andy Pettitte.

Nick Castellanos:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .286.  Finally.  Castellanos was a big sleeper favorite of mine and I admit I was getting impatient waiting for the first homer.  I still think he can be a 25 home run guy but the slow start has eliminated the 30-homer chance.

Danny Duffy:  6 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 5.26.  Throw Duffy in with Marcus Stroman but give him more demerits since he is pitching like garbage but in a weaker division.

Jose Ramirez:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .221.  Ramirez' power uptick from a year ago looks completely legit and everything else is beginning to fall into place for he and the entire previously slumping Indians lineup. 

Yonder Alonso:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .206.  Alonso seems to be holding the power increase from a year ago himself as well but the average is in the toilet which makes him barely worth using even in those who are involved with AL-only formats. 

Mike Clevinger:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.75.  Man Clevinger has been fantastic and it seems like he is taking a bit off the fastball in order to put forth better control.  Hey it is working. 

Yadier Molina:  2/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .292.  Still don't think this guy is not a first ballot Hall of Famer?  Also a fantasy baseball Hall of Famer too I might add. 

Paul DeJong:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .250.  DeJong is kind of "just there" for me since I don't own him anywhere and don't feel bad about it.  Major holes in the overall swing but he still looks like a good bet for around 25 bombs this season. 

Carlos Martinez:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.42.  Martinez is as locked in as you can get right now but keep in mind he is getting a lot of BABIP love and the control is still shoddy.  A sell high is probably a good idea. 

Rhys Hoskins:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .328.  Even better than advertised. 

Aaron Nola:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.30.  Nola is a fantasy baseball ace in every sense of the word.

C.J. Cron:  2/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .264.  Sometimes getting away from Mike Scoscia as a young player is the key to an eventual breakout.  I have written a lot over the years regarding Cron being a power sleeper and going to the reclamation specialists in Tampa Bay certainly seemed to be the impetus for what we are seeing this season. 

Blake Snell:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.54.  Unbelievable.  Snell always carried immense power pitching potential but with the caveat he had to curb the walks.  He has curbed the walks and the results are staggering.  We could be seeing the start of a monster breakout. 

Cody Bellinger:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .289.  Like with Aaron Judge, Bellinger is beginning his sophomore campaign showing better strikeout zone judgment which is curbing the K/9 rate and thus boosting the average.  Now Bellinger needs to match this approach with last year's power (which is down per game this season) and we have a superstar. 

Joc Pederson:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .211.  Man what might have been here.  Pederson just simply never figured things out and this is the cautionary tale for Byron Buxton and Yoan Moncada.

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.97.  Really tough luck here as Strasburg gets a no-decision but he is fully in his dominance mode after a stumble the first week. 

Hyun-Jin Ryu:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.99.  The Korean has always had talent and reminded us what he is capable of on the VERY rare instances he is healthy.  Obviously Ryu is worth an add given his decent on-the-mound track record so see whete it goes. 

Brandon Belt:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .259.  While it may seem he is older than dirt, Belt is still in his prime years and he showed increased pop per game in 2017 which has carried over thus  far.  Said a few days ago he should be added and even more so now. 

Mike Trout:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .309.  For all the praise Bryce Harper has received this season in his nuclear start, Trout has been better but yet not as much chatter since it is expected here and the latter has been so much more consistently great than his counterpart. 

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .267.  At this late stage of the game for Pujols, you take whatever numbers you can get. 

Garrett Richards:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.46.  I was a very big fan of his before all the UCL trouble but willing to look here again given the pop in his stuff last night.  Your on borrowed time with Richards but the K's in this one at least show the tear in his UCL is not completely eroding the heater. 

Josh Reddick: 2/3 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .267.  Just draft Josh Reddick in the 17th round every spring please. 

Dallas Keuchel:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.10.  While I was not worried about Keuchel's ragged start to the season, it is nice to see two strong outings in a row which signals to me it was all mechanical previously. 

Lucas Giolito:  9 ER in 2 IP with an ERA of 9.00.  This guy is a complete joke.  Also, the White Sox are realizing right now that the Washington Nationals knew what they were doing dumping him onto their squad. 

A.J. Pollock:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .268.  Love the home runs but as a Pollock owner, I miss the leadoff spot and mucho steals.  Yeah I am being picky but I think I am not alone there. 

Zack Godley:  5.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.09.  Godley's strikeouts have been all over the map from start-to-start to begin the season but he is pitching well overall.  A little more consistency would be nice but otherwise I am happy with my purchase. 

Jacob DeGrom:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.53.  Back-to-back games of double-digit strikeouts from DeGrom who is looking even more impressive than his monster 2017 campaign.  We need to seriously be placing DeGrom right behind the Corey Klubers, Clayton Kershaws, Max Scherzers, and Chris Sales of the world. 

Julio Teheran:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.00.  Teheran held his own in the duel against DeGrom and he has thrown very well in his last two starts.  Always scary trusting Teheran but his recent performance means you can try him out again.

Lewis Brinson:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .157.  The fact the three homers have come when moved further down the order may be an indication Brinson was pressing way too much batting leadoff.  Hey, whatever that can be done to salvage this. 

Travis Shaw:  1/2 with his 5th HR while hitting .296.  The man has found a home in Milwaukee. 

Yu Darvish:  5 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 6.86.  Yes it was Coors Field but Yu Darvish looks like total crap and has since last summer.  Very concerned here considering the still-high cost at the draft and not sure if we will ever see the ace version of Darvish again. 

Robinson Cano:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .333.  So I took a lot of flak for ranking Cano as high as I did among the second baseman in the annual draft guide but not hearing such talk now. 

Mitch Haniger:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .292.  Clearly the kid is validating all the optimism from a year ago.

Nelson Cruz:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .263.  Really the only thing worth looking into here where the average will come in at given Cruz's age. 

James Paxton:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 5.61.  Man my pitching sucks this season.  So does he. 

Sean Manaea:  9 IP 0 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.23.  Wow kudos to those who had the stones to start Manaea against the surging Red Sox and his start to the season has been insane.  What is funny is that Manaea was not striking guys out before this which was concerning but that was remedied for at least one outing. 

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