Thursday, April 19, 2018


Chris Iannetta:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .264.  Iannetta has become quite underrated and engineered a very good second portion of his career.

Miguel Cabrera:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .255.  Cabrera has been pretty good but still well below his previous monster levels which he was last at in 2016.  Maybe this is the new norm in terms of moderate power and a slipping average but not ready to go there just yet.

Jeimer Candelario:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .238.  Candelario will get a long look this season given the rebuilding going on in Detroit and so he should be on your WATCH lists at the very least.

Kevin Gausman:  6 IP 9 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.57.  Never been a fan of his and won't start now.  Being in the AL East kills almost of the appeal and honestly, Gausman is just not that good.

Matt Boyd:  6.1 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.40. Damn this guy.  Right now Boyd's XIP is a 5.67 ERA and his BABIP is .154.  Your going to get burned badly if you keep using him liberally.

Eric Thames:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .231.  Remind me to draft Thames next spring, start him every day in April, and then deal him May 1.

Zach Davies:  6.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.84.  He looks like he is 12 but Davies could hold down SP 5 value in deeper leagues.

Jacob Barnes:  scoreless 2 IP with 3 K for second save and ERA of 1.50.  It looks like Craig Counsell is done with Matt Albers already and is rotating between Josh Hader and Barnes for two innings saves. Very unconventional and quite stupid.

Shin-Soo Choo:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .224.  Choo is at the age we have to worry about him becoming an all-or-nothing slugger and the early signs are not promising.

Mallex Smith:  1/4 with his third SB while hitting .373.  It is a high crime and misdemeanor that Smith is not leading off for the Rays.

Whit Merrifield:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Merrifield is yet another example of a spring training hero turned regular season zero.  I think he will pull out of this rut and be a very solid 10/20 guy but was never buying last season's average.

Jorge Soler:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .267.  Another guy whose big spring has not carried over.  Then again, Soler has not carried over anything from Cuba.

Curtis Granderson:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .318.  Hey it would not shock me in the least if Grandy hit 25 homers in his MLB swan song before he goes into politics or takes over the MLB Player's Union.

Yangervis Solarte:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .296.  Always one of the better hitters in the game during his San Diego Padres days, we are now getting to see Solarte's power in a launching pad of a ballpark.  Could be a career season on tap.

Teoscar Hernandez:  4/6 with his first HR while hitting .421.  Hernandez has been a decent power prospect for awhile and he has a good park matchup in Rogers Center.  Worth an add to see where it goes.

Ryan Zimmerman:  3/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .161.  Few everyday hitters have been worse to this point but Zim seems to be coming out of it.  Either way, there was no chance he was replicating both the major uptick in numbers last season that literally came out of nowhere, nor the good health that NEVER is part of the equation.  Anyone who sought out Zimmerman this spring bought really high.

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .217.  The strikeouts have really spiked this season which is concerning and something to watch.  No issue with the power by any means but Cespedes can't go back to being a .260 hitter over the .280 one he has been with the Mets if he wants to realize his old OF 1/2 value again.

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 2 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.24.  Roark continues to produce on an almost yearly basis with no one giving a crap. It is these kinds of undervalued players that put fantasy baseball rosters over the top though and Roark at the very least will lend plentiful chances to win.

Yoan Moncada:  2/7 with his third HR and third SB while hitting .222.  Its something at least.  The White Sox seem determined to see this all the way through with Moncada as they should but the K's are just hideous.  On the positive side, the power/speed game is obvious and remains the strong allure.  Still hold him.

Jed Lowrie:  2/7 with his 6th HR while hitting .346.  Good health and being an aging veteran is what is at work here.  We all know Lowrie won't keep this up so a sell high is absolutely the call here.

Andrew Triggs:  6 ER in 1.1 IP with an ERA of 5.82.  I feel like a parent now where I say I told you not to bother here and you learned a harsh lesson for not listening.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/7 with his 4th HR while hitting .153.  Maybe Edwin realizes May is just around the corner. Still struck out twice though and that has been the major problem.

Miguel Sano:  1/7 with his 4th HR while hitting .235.  Standard operating procedure here.

Carlos Carrasco:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.60.  The movement on this guy's stuff is insane and Carrasco is doing everything expected so far for his fantasy baseball owners except get injured.

Jose Berrios:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.63.  Wow what a talent.  My AL darkhorse Cy Young pick looks pretty damn good right now.

Dansby Swanson:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .358.  We could be looking at a serious and classic post-hype sleeper campaign underway.

Evan Longoria:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .241.  Nobody cares anympore.

Brandon Belt:  1/4 with his 2nd HR while hitting .255.  I swear no team has more borings in all of fantasy baseball than San Francisco.

Rafael Devers:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .273.  I feel like I haven't mentioned Devers much but he is holding his own which is all you can ask for a young kid being thrown right in it.

J.D. Martinez:  4/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .313.  With all the things the Houston Astros have done right over the years, I still can't figure out what they missed on this guy.

Rick Porcello:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.40.  Ride it out but I have seen way too much slop here over the years to trust Porcello.

Kenta Maeda:  5.2 IP 8 H 4 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.77.  Maeda was pretty electric in this one but he also is now carrying around a red flag 1.74 WHIP.  Be careful here in the next few outings.

Gerrit Cole:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.96.  I would have to say the move to Houston has gone about as well as it could have based on the early returns.


  1. Chris Stratton....Trend or Mirage?

    Rank em for rest of the season: Chris Stratton, Trevor Williams and Tyler Chatwood.

  2. Stratton, Chatwood, Williams


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