Sunday, May 20, 2018


Sean Manaea:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 2.71.  There were 8 baserunners as Manaea was just so-so for the second start in a row.  Right after the no-hitter I said Manaea was a sell as he is still rocking a very lucky BABIP and his last two outings are already moving him back to the mean.

Ian Happ:  3/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .257.  Things are looking up a bit here as Happ really couldn't be any worse but it is only a matter of time until the super talent comes completely to the surface.  Happ has not been helped by Joe Maddon jerking him all over the order and into and out of the lineup but I would still hold if you could as I think Happ will see his best days in the next four months.

Luis Castillo:  5 IP 6 H 1 ER 5 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.61.  One step forward and two steps back for Castillo is has looked nothing like the emerging talent he was a year ago.  He is having trouble repeating his delivery which shows in the walks and the confidence has taken a major hit as well.  Man I want to say to continue to hold since you paid a lot to get Castillo but I can't justify this any longer.

Brandon Crawford:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .302.  Crawford has been a quietly good shortstop for awhile now and he certainly has his place as a slam-dunk backup in terms of fantasy baseball.  Also, Crawford is on the short list of top option if your starter goes down with injury which means looking at you Corey Seager owners.

Jon Gray:  5 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 5.34.  You can't ever trust Gray in any one start so essentially there is no reason to ever own him.

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.39.  Criminally underrated.

Ross Stripling:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.08.  Eye-catching outing no doubt but need to see this again before I dive in.

Odubel Herrera:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .353.  The breakout I always have been waiting for.

Michael Brantley:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .333.  Brantley could be growing into a bit more power as he fully moves into his prime years and that could make the yield even more sweeter when you consider the always tremendous average.

Alex Bregman:  1/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .259. Listen, Bregman's owners really need to take a deep breath and relax as this kid is the real deal and will be a star shortly.  He tends to do his best work when the summer gets here and so anyone who trades him now is completely foolish.

Carlos Correa:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .281.  Just wish the speed was still part of the deal.

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.36.  Still as good as there is without the injury volatility like we see out of Mr. Kershaw.

Cody Bellinger:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .257.  Still well behind his per game home run pace of a year ago but like with Andrew Benintendi (until recently), this is what a sophomore jinx looks like.

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 13 K with an ERA of 1.78.  When Scherzer wins his third Cy Young this season, we can make the debate that he has been just as good or better than Clayton Kershaw.

Travis Jankowski:  3/5 with 2 steals (7 for season) while hitting .390.  That's 3 more hits and 2 more steals since I told you to pick him up.  Jankowski will do anything he can to stick in the lineup which means run every chance he gets.

Mookie Betts:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .368.  Again how could anyone have possibly taken Trea Turner over this guy?  Talk about overthinking things.

Andrew Benintendi:  2/3 with his 4th HR and 8th SB while hitting .275.  This is what I wrote the other day about Benintendi "Having already hit .305 this month (since gone up) compared to .242 in March/April, Benintendi is starting to really heat up.  That means the numbers will continue to flow and likely at a much higher rate moving towards the rest of the season.  Now is about the last chance you will have to buy low on Benintendi but if you are already a lucky owner, take comfort in the fact he will be supplying those numbers you anticipated real soon."  

Rafael Devers:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .243.  Devers is fighting it a bit with a 26.2 K/9 but the power has been just fine.

Rick Porcello:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.39.  Lots of baserunners but the strikeouts bailed Porcello out.  ERA inching up to 4.00 as I anticipated it would.

Jose Abreu:  3/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .306.  Typically awesome/stable Abreu.

Christian Yelich:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .299.  Same Miami Marlins version of Yelich still but I am holding out hope for 25 homers.

Jesus Aguilar:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .327.  Especially those in deep leagues should have been all over this by now.

Freddy Peralta:  4 IP 3 H 4 ER 6 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.72.  The control is simply brutal here as Peralta is just 21 and still not capable of harnessing his explosive fastball.  This is why relying on young power arms is always so risky.

Freddie Freeman:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .317.  Tough to remember that Freeman is still pretty damn good considering he is surrounded by such insane young talent.

Sean Newcomb:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.39.  Newcomb can actually get away with some walks considering his stuff is as tough to hit as anyone in all of baseball already.

Mike Trout:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .296.  The King.

Andrew Heaney:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 5 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.35.  The control was shockingly not there since that is what Heaney was known for coming up the minor league ladder but six scoreless with those K's works nicely.

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .259.  Like the trajectory Stanton is on now as he is following last year's path which meant an ugly April followed by power dominance the rest of the way.

Gleyber Torres:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .325.  Would love to see Torres in the upper part of the lineup but that is nitpicking at its finest.

Gary Sanchez:  4/5 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .225.  The hits are now dropping in as Sanchez' .215 BABIP is ridiculously unlucky. 

James Paxton:  9 IP 3 H 3 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.30.  This is why you swallow hard when you draft Paxton each season with regards to his health.  The payoff is immense in terms of pitching results. 

Ian Happ:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .259 in Game 2.  Yeah he is on fire. 

Jose Quintana:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.47.  Finally.  Geez Quintana makes us want to rip our hair out. 

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