Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Jose Ramirez:  1/2 with his 14th HR while hitting .297.  Just like with Joey Votto, Ramirez could be hitting .200 on May 15 but will be at .300 by June 30.

Trevor Bauer:  6 IP 7 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.35.  Again, this is the best I have ever seen Bauer throw and even on a day with a lot of baserunners, he bore down and didn't let any score which speaks to the mental development as well. 

Caleb Smith:  6.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.83.  Don't pick him up outside of NL-only as Smith did this against a New York Mets lineup that is so limp right now that signing Atlanta Braves trash (Jose Bautista) was considered a good idea.

Franchy Cordero:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .254.  Honestly, this is the same type of production we would see from the contact-challenged Cordero five years from now.

Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .238.  I said the other day Harper's average will push up dramatically given his insanely unlucky BABIP and so we are on our way. 

Ozzie Albies:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .286.  When you also consider all the doubles Albies has, there is actually room for some more power growth which is unfathomable. 

Vince Velasquez:  4.1 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.18.  Make him a closer, make him a closer, make him a closer. 

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.97.  The Blue Jays should highlight Happ to potential pitching free agents that you can, in fact, succeed in Toronto. 

Austin Meadows:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .400.  I told weekly lineup people on Twitter to use Meadows liberally given how hot he is out of the gate and the onslaught continues.  Gregory Polanco is on watch.

Scooter Gennett:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .324.  This guy has truly become a hitting monster right out of the blue with no one believing it legit going back to last season. 

Jameson Taillon:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.56.  I had preached being patient here given the pedigree and good raw stuff but that has run its course. 

Matt Harvey:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.49.  As an admitted Mets fan, I fully believe Harvey will rally to win the NL Cy Young Award this season. 

Mookie Betts:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .368.  If Betts keeps this up, there will be a realistic and legit debate about him going over Mike Trout at the top of 2019 drafts. 

Rafael Devers:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .239.  Like how Devers is still hitting for power despite the ugly average as pitchers adjust to his rookie tendencies.  Still, overall he has been a slight letdown given the all-or-nothing results. 

Willy Adames:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  The trend of rookies coming up and clubbing home runs in their first start continues which is uncanny.  Also, this is Adames telling Kevin Cash, "To hell with me staying on 2-3 days" as per reports. 

Chris Sale:  7.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.17.  The Boston Red Sox really need to stop Sale pitching past the eighth as he was brutal last September no doubt due to fatigue. 

Miguel Andujar:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .285. Boy does this kid have a beautiful swing. 

Gleyber Torres:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .330.  Ridiculous.  Simply ridiculous. 

Cole Hamels:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Only about two more months until Hamels is in a Yankee uniform. 

Gerrit Cole:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.86.  Cole is steaming toward 300 K but in the back of my mind I wonder if he won't get there due to health.  He is throwing real hard and with full intensity which often leads to trouble with the guy. 

Luke Weaver:  7 IP 7 H 3 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.31.  Weaver seems to have found his comfort zone so I expect a big June and July before he levels off some in August due to rookie fatigue. 

Mike Zunino:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .214.  One hit of course for the bomb. 

Trevor Cahill:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.75.  Yeah I have him to you as an under-the-radar pickup as well last month.  Working out nicely. 

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