Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Jarlin Garcia:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.08. The WHIP is 0.89 here as Garcia is really putting himself on the fantasy baseball map.  The lefty has obviously pitched very well but his 6.27 K/9 and high 3.55 WHIP are big trouble waiting to happen.  Then there is the .151 BABIP which is downright comical as well.  In other words, this is all going to blow up soon.

Yoenis Cespedes:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .252.  I said yesterday that Cespedes had been swinging the bat much better of late prior to getting hurt but luckily no missed games were required.  Keep in mind that Cespedes can get crazy hot at times and he could be on the verge of one of those runs. 

Mike Soroka:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Very nice indeed and it reinforces how the Braves have the most potent batch of young players in all of baseball.  There really is no need for the Braves not to ride it out with Soroka and he should be added everywhere since he pitched to a 1.99 ERA and 9.53 K/9 at Triple-A prior to his promotion.

Delino DeShields:  2/6 with his first HR and 4th SB while hitting .267.  DeShields should be owned everywhere given the leadoff assignment and super speed.  And he also serves as a reminder of how foolish it was for those of you who chased Billy Hamilton in drafts this past spring. 

Nomar Mazara:  1/6 with his 4th HR while hitting .278.  There still has not been much growth here as Mazara's per game home run rates remain just average and in turn, disappointing given the ballpark. 

Joey Gallo:  2/6 with his 9th HR while hitting .222.  Let's just put Gallo down for 40 home runs, a .225 average, and be done with it.

Michael Brantley:  1/6 with his third HR while hitting .329.  Very rare where a guy is a batting average contender every season but Brantley is it.

Corey Dickerson:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .311.  So much for the notion Dickerson was never going to hit after leaving Coors Field.  Guy has been a rock solid OF 3 that no one ever seems to want to own the last two seasons. 

Bryce Harper:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .250.  After seeing struggling Harper and Anthony Rizzo both homer on the day they were moved to leadoff, maybe Terry Francona should consider making the same move with Edwin. 

Matt Adams:  3/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .296.  Adams has been a good acquisition for the Nats and is so far reprising his good but not great power/average output from a season ago that squarely belongs in the UTIL/CI category.

Max Scherzer:  6.1 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.79.  With our Experts League keeper cycle ending at the end of last season, my four-year ownership of Scherzer came to an end.  I have been depressed ever since. 

Jorge Soler:  2/6 with his third HR while hitting .306.  Soler was hitting like this all spring and many forget he was once considered a monster prospect with the Chicago Cubs before struggling to hit the offspeed pitch.  Since we are more than a month into the season, numbers are more believable by the day which means Soler should be owned everywhere as a borderline OF 3.

Eduardo Nunez:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .240.  Nunez has not hit enough to stay in the Red Sox everyday lineup somehow when Dustin Pedroia comes back but he should still be kept as a terrific and versatile bench bat to plug in when needed.

Mitch Moreland:  3/6 with his 4th HR while hitting .323.  It is a good time to be a Red Sox hitter right about now.  Moreland is the same player as Matt Adams so plug either into your UTIL or CI.

Chris Sale:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.14.  Another example of the fallacy of the wins category in fantasy baseball.

Matt Boyd:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.48.  This Matt Boyd story is getting ridiculous.  What is crazy here is that Boyd's average fastball velocity is down 1.5 mph and his overall 6.52 K/9 is a blaring siren in the American League.  Throw in the very lucky .238 BABIP and Boyd is another bomb getting ready to go off in very ugly fashion. 

Chris Archer:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 6.05.  Things are starting to get a bit better here but then again they couldn't have been any worse.  Since there is now zero market for Archer if you own him in fantasy baseball, you just got to pick his starts for now to see if he does get fully back on track. 

Travis Shaw:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .243.  Man Shaw has been horrendous of late with the stick but in no way should anyone panic thinking he is going back to his brutal Red Sox days.  Not yet anyways.

Jose Peraza:  2/4 with 2 steals (5 for season) while hitting .296.  That's how you do it out of the leadoff spot Billy.  The Reds should just leave the emerging Peraza alone and let him go. 

Eugenio Suarez:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .327.  Thought it was ridiculous how many people cut Suarez loose after he hit the DL earlier in the year and despite how good he was at the dish prior.  The fantasy baseball community seems to not have much patience for this guy and I don't get it.

Charlie Blackmon:  1/2 with his 10th HR while hitting .286.  Seems to be firmly back in the leadoff spot which I am not sure if that is good or bad.

David Dahl:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .259.  Dahl needs to keep hitting to hold off Ian Desmond and his contract but so far he is getting the job done while the latter continues to stink up the joint.  No firm security yet though.

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .308.  Truth be told, Arenado's fantasy baseball owners thought he would have double the amount of home runs he has right about now. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .154.  There is a pulse!

Jon Gray:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.99.  Another good outing from Gray but that just means he is suckering you in again before the next string of bombs arrive.

Gary Sanchez:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .214.  Just insane power for a catcher and Sanchez has been locked in for the last ten days or so.  Just need that average to keep climbing. 

Justin Verlander:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 14 K with an ERA of 1.13.  I swear Verlander, Cole, and Morton are all playing a game of "anything you can do, I can do better." 

Eric Hosmer:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .298.  Typical Hosmer season but the home run rate is down slightly thanks to Petco.  Yeah he was overrated at the draft again.

Christian Villanueva:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .317.  One of those true diamond in the rough finds that can tilt the playing field in your fantasy baseball league.

Tyson Ross:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.28. I said earlier in the season to pick up Ross and start him only at home.  Now you can also start him on the road. 

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