Monday, April 2, 2018


Brandon Drury:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .385.  Drury is another one of those launch angle converts from the last season or so and his increased fly ball rates jive well for the AL East and his new home ballpark.  Not much was devoted Drury when it came to 2018 fantasy baseball drafts but there is some sneaky upside here.

Justin Smoak:  3/4 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI while hitting .467.  This is Justin Smoak saying regression my ass.

Jake Faria:  4 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.25.  Very short leash for Faria in his first start of the season but it served as a snapshot of what he could be capable of as long as he keeps the walks in check.  Certainly a monitor guy at the very least early on.

Dillon Peters:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 0.00.  A little bit on Peters:  he was once a top prospect before a rash of injuries sent his name in the netherworld of the fantasy baseball community but he is on the right team to work out any kinks since the Marlins have no reason not to give the kid a long look.  Nothing explosive here in terms of K rate but Peters should be already a play in NL-only formats.

Trevor Williams:  6 IP 0 H 0 ER 5 BB 1 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Kyle Lohse would have been very proud of this smoke-and-mirrors gem.  The one K in 6 IP tell you all you need to know about whether or not to add Williams.  

Michael Fulmer:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.13.  The talent is not in question here as Fulmer was once a top draft pick/prospect but it centers on how many K's can he get and if the health will hold.  We told you to avoid Fulmer given his middling K rate and for the fact he already has had elbow trouble but at least the start to 2018 is going nicely.  If you do own Fulmer, it wouldn't be worst idea in the world to try and sell high.  

Brian Dozier:  2/5 with 2 home runs (2 for the season) while hitting .357.  If Dozier can hit over .280 this season, then everything I ever said that was bad about him I take back.  

Miguel Sano:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .143.  Dozier has improved his average after being in Sano territory his first few years in baseball so there could be hope for the latter.

Jose Berrios:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  So who did I pick as my AL Darkhorse Cy Young pick?  You got it!!!!  This is what I wrote:  "In terms of raw talent, Berrios is right up there with anyone as he possesses some very potent strikeout stuff which is centered on an upper-90's fastball and knee-bending offspeed offerings.  While Berrios did a face plant when he first got a taste of the majors, he got better as the year went on in 2017 and finished with very solid numbers for his first full year in the majors (14 wins, 3.89 ERA, 1.23, 139 K in 145.2 IP).  Still just a baby at 23, Berrios has another level or two of ceiling left to reach and 2018 could be the start of that trend.  I like his chances to become a top 15 starter this season and come close to 200 strikeouts as well."

Yadier Molina:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .333.  How old is this guy?

Paul DeJong:  2/3 with 2 home runs while hitting .364.  Yeah, I was brutal on DeJong this spring but it had nothing to do with the power.  

Luke Weaver:  5 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.80.  A bit light on K's but Weaver has continued what was a dominant spring from the kid.  

Jose Altuve:  3/5 with his first SB while hitting .563.  Altuve may go down as one of the greatest pure hitters of all time.  And chances are you are taller than him.  

Joey Gallo:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Take a picture of Gallo's average as it will be all downhill from here.  

Gerrit Cole:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.29.  Damn was Cole awesome.  Visions of his earlier 200-K days with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Things always seem to go swimmingly in Houston these days and so maybe Cole can be that ace he was alwasy anticipated to be.  

Adam Eaton:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .615.  I really think I am going to be flogging myself all season for not owning Eaton anywhere.  

Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .400.  Contract year push in full force.  

Anthony Rendon:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .231.  With Justin Turner on the shelf with a broken wrist, Rendon is my favorite fantasy baseball third baseman who didn't cost a pick in the first two rounds.  

Sean Doolittle:  2 ER in 1 IP for his second save with an ERA of 9.00.  Man I can't believe none of these closers can seemingly throw a clean inning.  

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .333.  Still no doubt Encarnacion is one of the very best home run hitters in all of baseball and that is saying something in this juiced ball era.  Only issue is where the average will come in at.  

Mitch Haniger:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .625.  Just wrap yourself in bubble plastic please.  

Starling Marte:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Nice development here as Marte's power will ultimately determine where his overall value will go.  No one doubts the speed and ability to hit .280 but any home runs on top would be gravy.

Josh Harrison:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .357.  I picked up Harrison for the doubleheader and just the fact he was available speaks to how nobody ever wants this guy on a yearly basis despite some very effective numbers. 

Miguel Cabrera:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .357.  So far I am really liking what we are seeing out of Miggy who with the homer and the very high average looks like his vintage self.  Cabrera performed well in the spring as well so maybe the back cooperates for one season. 


  1. What did you think of Ohtani's pitching performance? I picked him up off waivers yesterday, so didn't cost much. I figured that was worth seeing what he can do.

  2. amazing you got him off waivers. doing a separate piece on him. liked what I saw. one bad pitch ended up accounting for runs. terrific velocity and movement. bright times ahead.

  3. I was surprised too! He was actually a FA, not off waivers. My mistake. I guess everyone else in my league was skeptical. I had to drop Jordan Montgomery, but figured Ohtani was the better deal. Thanks for the separate piece on him!

  4. yeah he is absolutely the better deal. better park than Montgomery also.