Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .231.  The average has really become an issue on paper but a .196 BABIP is all you need to see to understand why.  Everything else checks out such as Harper's personal best 16.7 K/9 and of course he is drawing a ton of walks.  The luck will even out so don't even bother worrying about the overrated average category.

Juan Soto:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .400.  Well I would say Soto is off to a nice start as a 19-year-old big leaguer.  Kid has a golden opportunity with Adam Eaton down forever to make his name a fixture in the lineup and boy that awesome power should give him a great chance to get there. 

Mark Reynolds:  3/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .444.  Different uniform but same impact from Reynolds who is becoming a timeless piece in the fantasy baseball world.

Jason Vargas:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 9.87.  Vargas was stealing money prior to this outing so he finally did something good of note here.  Be that as it may, you never want to even look at this guy for a second in the deepest league there is.

Nick Pivetta:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.23.  Said the other day in his Trend or Mirage piece that Pivetta is completely "Legit" and my goodness he has been as dominant as can be his last three outings as well.  While there was reason to be cautious early on, take the training wheels off completely here and use Pivetta liberally. 

Jake Lamb:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .250.  I have never been one to chase (or even own for that matter) Jake Lamb but the guy has a power swing that does damage.  Still, he was the one who was supposed to be impacted more by the humidor then Paul Goldschmidt so there is that to worry about considering how bad his teammate has been.

Travis Shaw:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .246.  I still say if you can talk up the low batting average, try and steal Shaw from his clueless owner. 

Lorenzo Cain:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .276.  When you talk up a guy so much like I did with Lorenzo Cain this season, you take extra pride in any homers he hits. 

Domingo Santana:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .255.  It has been criminal the way Craig Counsell has handled the playing time of Santana this season as the guy was terrific a year ago and has 30/15 ability on a yearly basis.  That said, injuries have opened up a clear path to daily action so check the wire to see if Santana is out there. 

Chase Anderson:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.86.  Boring but effective.

Zack Greinke:  6 IP 5 H 4 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.71.  While Greinke has overall pitched surprisingly very well despite the scary dip in velocity, the latter problem does reveal itself through the long ball of which he gave up three in this one.  The damage could have been worse but it is a reminder of the perilous tightrope Greinke walks in any one outing. 

Aaron Judge:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .286.  The Yankee lineup is the "unfair" comparison to the Houston starting pitching.

Aaron Hicks:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .250.  If Brett Gardner continues to slump the way he has all season, Hicks could move up to leadoff which would make things even sweeter. 

Gleyber Torres:  2/3 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .321.  As if the Yankees didn't have enough star hitting, they get what looks to be an immediate top-tier infielder added to the mix in-season. 

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .201.  Standard operating procedure for Gallo which is not good considering that all his great power is neutralized by that disgusting average. 

Rougned Odor:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .173.  The Joey Gallo of second base is back to torture his owners and those who forecast players for a living. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  5 IP 3 H 4 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.95.  The guy is one big pitching roller coaster. 

Bartolo Colon:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 3.51.  This had disaster written all over it from the start and the law of averages are also catching up here as well. 

Adam Jones:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .268.  The numbers always speak for themselves here.

Mark Trumbo:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .273.  With the average not being a killer as of yet, I would jump on board here to see if Trumbo can go on one of those home binges he is known for.

Manny Machado:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .343.  Could be the one player who puts all of his fantasy baseball owner straight through to their league titles and at the same time the real-life team that acquires him in July. 

Nick Castellanos:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .316. Castellanos is really ramping things up with the power now after a slow start in that category and since he was always hitting over .300, good times are fully here. 

Jose Berrios:  8 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.82.  My Darkhorse AL Cy Young Pick should have an ERA a bit lower based on the advanced metrics but dominance to this level is starting to happen more frequently on a per start basis. 

Matt Carpenter:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .210.  I guess this qualifies as "heating up" when it comes to Carpenter. 

Tyler O'Neill:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .368.  Hey the rule has always been that if a young Cardinals prospect comes up from the minors, you pick him up whether it is a pitcher or hitter. O'Neill is no different. 

Miles Mikolas:  9 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.24.  So remember when I said two weeks ago that the strikeouts would start coming around to go with the rest of the excellent package?  Here we go.  Right now Mikolas might be my top value pick recommendation of the season. 

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