Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Jakob Junis:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Junis was a guy I told you to pick up in late March as a prospective SP 5 with upside as he pitched very well and showed interesting K potential.  That has now carried over into the regular season so if you get a second chance to do so, make the add.

Matt Boyd:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 1 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Nice start but this is the same punching bag Matt Boyd who can't whiff anyone.

Didi Gregorious:  4/4 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI while hitting .444.  Derek Jeter who?  Seriously, folks, it is amazing how Gregorious has performed so well that Yankees fans haven't missed their Captain as much as they thought they would.  Don't doubt for a second that Gregorious is not a top-tier fantasy baseball shortstop despite the fact he doesn't steal bases.  Honestly compare Greorious to Carlos Correa or Corey Seager and the differences are not stark. 

Chris Archer:  5 IP 6 H 4 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 6.55.  Yuck.  Archer still lacks a third pitch which continues to hold him back from the ace that his massive strikeout totals would seem to indicate.  One of those classic guys you always have high expectations for but who at the same time seems to always disappoint. 

Joe Panik:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .421.  I swear this is Scooter Gennett all over again. 

Evan Longoria:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .053.  Jose Ramirez would kill for Longoria's production right about now. 

Ty Blach:  6 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 5.79.  I told you not to be fooled by Blach's good first outing.  Soft-tosser all the way who will only help you if you are trying to lose your league. 

Brian Anderson:  1/4 while hitting .320.  Anderson has done nothing but hit since the season began so he absolutely is worth adding as someone who could be a sneaky source of 20 homers and a .270 or so average.

Chris Sale:  5 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.82.  Yeah, it is pretty sick when you ERA matches you WHIP. 

Avisail Garcia:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .368.  This is the "prove it" seasons for Garcia who had a nice breakout last season but somewhat helped by a lucky BABIP.  I don't think the power goes much past 20 homers if even that number but his stick seems to be cementing itself as a .300 weapon. 

Tim Anderson:  3/4 with his third HR and 2 SB (3 for the season) while hitting .375.  Despite some truly horrific plate discipline, Anderson has made it work by not posting horrible averages in his short stay in the majors and now churning out power/speed games like this.  We told you to take a long look here this spring given the athletic pedigree of Anderson and it sure looks like he is ready to post a big breakout.

Josh Donaldson:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .238.  Nothing I have seen from Donaldson so far has changed my mind that he may be more all-or-nothing than ever before.

Matt Harvey:  5 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Very nice.  A few things here:  Harvey sat mostly in the low-90's which is a bit concerning as he still looks for his old pre-TOS velocity.  However, there was movement on Harvey's stuff I haven't seen since 2016 and so things are looking up for when I said in March he looks like a good buy low. 

Bryce Harper:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .400.  Harper is hitting like he wants to get paid $100 million per season.

Ryan Zimmerman:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .175.  Sort of a different April this time around huh?

Freddie Freeman:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .400.  Now maybe we can finally see the full-season MVP version of Freeman after his injury-interrupted 2017.

Preston Tucker:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .421.  All Ronald Acuna owners commence banging your heads against the wall at once. 

A.J. Cole:  10 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 24.55.  Yeah this is not going to work. 

Tommy Pham:  3/5 with his first HR 2nd SB and while hitting .368.  Another prove it guy like Avisail Garcia, Pham looks really good right now.  I was a bit nervous on his ADP this spring but fully embrace the tools since I did own him last year in the Experts League.  Not sure ultimately where the average will come in but everything else looks fully repeatable. 

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .227.  Ozuna is a bit slow out of the gates but nothing seems concerning here. 

Ryan Braun:  2/5 with his 2nd HR while hitting .176.  The trot around the bases after the home run will likely now have Braun day-to-day for a week with sore ankles. 

Christian Yelich:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .435.  Yelich is a guy I have always liked more than you but one simply and promising move to Milwaukee sent his ADP skyrocketing to where I own him nowhere for the first time in forever.   Sad times indeed. 

Christian Villaneuva:  3/3 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI while hitting .429.  Yeah ok.  Villanueva does have some pop but the Padres are his third MLB organization and he is already 26.  He could be another 20-homer guy who hits .240 which has some backup appeal but don't get carried away by one (albeit very impressive) game.

Adam Jones:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .286.  Give me Adam Jones any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Jonathan Schoop:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .227.  I think Schoop is more likely to hit .275 than .300 but the power is real.

Carlos Correa:  2/2 with inside-the-park-HR (second of season) while hitting .474.  I guess the toe is all right.  Yet he is taking the day of Wed. 

Josh Reddick:  2/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) and 6 RBI while hitting .231.  With all the hoopla surrounding the awesome collection of bats on the Houston Astros this season, this is Reddick saying "don't forget about me." 

Zack Godley:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.29.  My darkhorse NL Cy Young pick is off to a fine start. 

Jose Ramirez:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .056.  So Ramirez is still in the majors.  Haven't heard much from him this season. 

Mike Trout:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .259.  Yeah he is still good. 

Shohei Ohtani:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .444.  So telling all Ohtani owners to relax and come in off the ledge is working out nicely. 


  1. Junis have better potential than Giolito?

    1. about the same. Giolito more pedigree but Junis better K rate.


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