Monday, May 14, 2018


Ender Inciarte:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .272.  Inciarte has been disrespected on his own him in terms of being kicked out of the Atlanta Braves' leadoff spot but his 17 steals and otherwise very good numbers show a top OF 3 no matter where he bats.

Sean Newcomb:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.51.  Newcomb is already one of the toughest pitchers in all of baseball to get a hit off of so no surprise by what he is doing.  The future is extremely bright here as Newcomb has nuclear strikeout stuff but as long as the walks stay in check.

Michael Brantley:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .336.  Yeah batting between Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez is about as good as it gets right now.

Jose Ramirez:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .287.  Even if you got Ramirez in Round 2 in drafts this past spring, you spent your money as best as you could.  What a year already.

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 8 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.34.  You wonder where the numbers would be if Kluber were pitching in the NL.

Danny Duffy:  9 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 6.51.  This is the last time I think I need to say anything about this slop for the 2018 remainder of the 2018 season.

Kyle Seager:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .248.  I hate to say this but Seager is now just becoming "another guy" in yearly fantasy baseball given the ugly average.

Trey Mancini:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .275.  Mancini is picking it up with the power of late and the fact he has always been a .300 guy makes the statistical package then all the more appealing.

Dylan Bundy:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.53.  Nice comeback for Bundy off the 7-earned runs/0 IP horror show the last time he pitched but let's not get too crazy since it was against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Blake Snell:  5 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 3.12.  If anyone deserves a mulligan on a bad outing it is this kid and the fact Snell walked only two means he still has the control working which is all that we care about.

J.D. Martinez:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .342.  Martinez is now so consistently excellent that there is not much new to add here other than he is about as clear-cut an OF 1 as you can possibly get today.

Carlos Correa:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .292.  Second game in a row with a home run for Correa who in my book has in fact fallen quite a bit behind Francisco Lindor to pace the shortstops.

Evan Gattis:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .214.  We are seeing a power burst from Gattis so those in two catcher formats can make the add.

Dallas Keuchel:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.10.  Amazing that Keuchel's dominant numbers are only FOURTH best on his own team.

Yoenis Cespedes:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .255.  Cespedes' average is as high as it has been for weeks and so the fog has lifted.

Shohei Ohtani:  6.1 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.58.  Do yourself a favor and watch the insane movement of Ohtani's pitches. Truly a nightmare for opposing hitters as the strikeouts are flowing like Niagra Falls. 

Fernando Romero:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.54. Romero has gotten by with a lucky strand rate so far and is still in the "catching hitters off guard due to his unfamiliar" stuff mode.  Ride it out but be careful as Romero is still learning while working in the rougher AL.

Travis Shaw:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .246.  Shaw is homering every other day now so yeah good times.

David Dahl:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .321.  Yes the advanced metrics are not supporting the average on paper but in Colorado those trends are severely impacted in a negative way.  Don't overthink this here as Dahl should be owned everywhere as he makes a strong case to be an everyday starter for the club. 

Freddy Peralta:  5.2 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 13 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Well all righty then.  Peralta becomes the latest hard-throwing pitching prospect to come up and find instant dominant results given the fact opposing hitters have literally no book on the guy.  There is a shelf life to this trend but Peralta has such overpowering stuff that he should be picked up immediately.  Just remember that his control is a joke as shown by a BB/9 over 4.00 each of the last two-plus seasons in the minors.  It won't always be this tremendous. 

Carlos Santana:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .196.  The homers are flowing liberally now and so the endless pick up, cut him loose, pick Santana up again continues onward.  

Aaron Nola:  6 IP 9 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.99.  Nola was not particularly sharp as he dealt with a bunch of baserunners but still gave up just one run.  To think I was endlessly ridiculed by the trolls on Twitter after recommending Nola so strongly both prior to 2016 and prior to 2017.  

Luis Severino:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.14.  The only worry I had with Severino was his ability to not bounce off of last year's innings jump and obviously, that has not been an issue.  

Giancarlo Stanton:  4/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .252.  Stanton's April numbers the last two seasons were quite similar before he went nuts last year from May onward.  Finding comfort as a Yankee should be realized soon and so Stanton has more than enough time to make his owners their money back.  

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