Saturday, May 5, 2018


Jose Ramirez:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .293.  And just like that Ramirez is nearly at .300 again.  There was never any need to worry and the added bonus is that the power from last year carried over.

Bradley Zimmer:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .234.  Even hitting at the bottom of an AL lineup is very tough for a hitter and in Zimmer's case, removes his best asset of stealing bases. 

Aaron Judge:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .305.  The average is slipping ever so slightly since the raging start but you knew that would happen. 

Gleyber Torres:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Yeah he is never going back.  First of many homers and overall studly numbers from this future star.

Gary Sanchez:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .205.  No problems with anything here but the average which has been a killer.  A .194 BABIP is the prime reason for this, though Sanchez is striking out a bit more too.  Better times are ahead. 

C.C. Sabathia:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.39.  I thought Sabathia would have been well into retirement by now considering how ugly things were just a few seasons ago but the cutter has been a career-saver for the guy and yeah he should be started liberally again. 

Charlie Blackmon:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .292.  Stealing a lot of Nolan Arenado's literal thunder this season.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .330.  This is another aging veteran who has really delivered when no one expected him to as Cabrera was undrafted in many leagues.  Also, the Mets got what they needed and then some since bringing the guy aboard in free agency a few seasons ago.

Todd Frazier:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .262.  The homers usually clump together for Frazier so throw him in there for Saturday. 

Zack Wheeler:  8 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.79.  So much for the Mets much-ballyhooed stable of young arms.  One is gone and two others downright suck. 

Maikel Franco:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .272.  After all the early hype, Franco is becoming a complete boor. 

Bryce Harper:  2/5 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .284.  Yeah this whole leading off thing has worked out nicely. 

Matt Adams:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .297.  By now you should be playing Adams daily like I am in Experts. 

Nick Pivetta:  6 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 4.76.  I told anyone who would listen to bench Pivetta last night and truth be told, it may be time to cut him loose as opposing hitters have clearly adjusted to him. 

Lewis Brinson:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .175.  If it were any other team, Brinson would be back in the minors for much-needed additional seasosning. 

Eugenio Suarez:  1/2 with his 4th HR while hitting .321.  Nice fully breakout happening here. 

Aledmys Diaz:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .196.  No!

Evan Lonoria:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .250.  I stopped being interested here like three years ago.  Really just for the NL-only crowd. 

Freddie Freeman:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .319.  Freeman has been completely overshadowed by the kids but that MVP-type season we all anticipated is still a possibility.

Nick Markakis:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .333.  All we need now is for Markakis to start stealing some bases and it is like a time warp back to his early Baltimore Orioles days. 

Mike Foltynewicz:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.65.  Folty is not completely there yet as a stable fantasy baseball pitching commodity as the consistency is just not there but keep him around as the improvements are there.

Rafael Devers:  3/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .276.  Up to this point, Devers has kind of just BEEN THERE as a mediocre hitter who has not exactly lived up to the hype but there is plenty of time for that narrative to change and this helps. 

Mookie Betts:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .365.  Yeah I bet there is a lot of regret in the fantasy baseball community when it came to those of you who picked Trea Turner over this guy.  Dumb. 

J.D. Martinez:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .342.  If you can quietly hit 7 homers and bat .342, Martinez has been that guy.

Nomar Mazara:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .291.  Fourth straight game with a home run from Mazara who is actually hitting the ball on the ground more than ever despite the binge.  Still, this kid has been talked about righfully for years as a prime power//300-hitting prospect and so nothing would surprise me here in numbers of prospective numbers. 

Rick Porcello:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.14.  Maybe I should just stop panning Porcello because I am beginning to look like an idiot. 

Eduardo Escobar:  3/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .316.  Escobar wants to put himself at the table of daily usage fantasy baseball third baseman.

Brian Dozier:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .242.  Dozier was moved out of leadoff given his extended slump and so far he has looked more like 2015 Dozier than the start of the last two seasons. 

Logan Morrison:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .187.  I wish this guy would just go away so I wouldn't have to talk about him anymore. 

Jose Abreu:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .272.  Even if Abreu had 1 home run at the All-Star Break, he would hit 24 the second half.  That's how extremely dependable the guys is. 

Starling Marte:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .281.  Have no qualms with anything from Marte this season coming off the PED suspension a year ago.  Doing everything I expected and in a good way.

Corey Dickerson:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .313.  This guy can be your locked-in OF 3 every season almost no draft cost. 

Domingo Santana:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .257.  Wow that took awhile for Santana to get on the home run board but now that the pressure there is off, a bunch more could be in the offing which makes him a very good buy-low candidate. 

Nick Kingham:  5.1 IP 6 H 4 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.92.  The encore was never going to live up to the original but there were a bunch of K's again.  Still, Kingham could be on his way back to the minors as the Pirates rotation is getting tight. 

Junior Guerra:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 2.33.  The full regression is underway. 

Ian Kennedy:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.92.  The WHIP is 1.38 and when that number doesn't jive with the ERA, trouble is brewing. 

Tommy Pham:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .327.  I was leery of investing in Pham this season coming off his 2017 breakout but now I wish I did. 

Miles Mikolas:  7 IP 7 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.70.  I said a few weeks ago how much I love Mikolas and he has been a complete stud so far.  In fact, there are more strikeouts to be had here as well so this is a major hold. 

Walker Buehler:  8 IP 0 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.13.  Throw Buehler in with Sean Newcomb and Blake Snell and you got a good chunk of the next generation of major power pitchers who could soon reach ace status. 

Gerrit Cole:  9 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 16 K with an ERA of 1.42.  Forget making a run at 200 K's.  Cole might get to 300.  Insanity. 

Garret Richards:  6.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.93. The WHIP is scary at 1.37 but Richards still holds decent SP 4/5 value. 

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