Thursday, May 3, 2018


Mookie Betts:  4/4 with 3 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .365.  Shame on any league where Betts was not the second pick where he should have gone just like in 2016.  The guy certainly knows how to have multi-homer games as this three in one game bit is becoming Betts' specialty.  Betts is already beginning to put forth an MVP season both in real and in fantasy baseball.

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .343.  This lineup is the hitting version of what the pitching side of things are for the Houston Astros.

Danny Duffy: 5 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 5.63.  Yeah still garbage.

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/5 with 3 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .191.  Well it is May after all.  It is unbelievable how Encarnacion gets completely locked in for the month no matter how bad he was hitting previously and boy was April ugly.  Dust him off and get him back in there.

Jason Kipnis:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .198.  Another example of how spring training statistics are meaningless whether they are good or horrid. Kipnis is now just another guy.

Francisco Lindor:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .264.  Lindor is one guy you were never going to be able to buy low on but moving him out of leadoff likely took some pressure off and now the hits are falling in everywhere.

Nomar Mazara:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .280.  Second game in a row with a home run for Mazara who remains a long-term play but who needs to have 2018 become a year he steps up the offensive numbers.

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .225.  All those home runs are negated some but the average.  That is why you really should try to avoid guys such as this.

Matt Moore:  10 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 7.67.  You really have to be a special kind of pitching bum to give up 10 runs in an outing.  Never think of this guy again.

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.41.  What is crazy is that for as great as Kluber is pitching, he is likely behind the Houston trio for the AL Cy Young if the season ended today.

Carlos Martinez:  7.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.40.  I have been a big critic of Martinez in the past but boy is he pitching as well as he ever has.  What is interesting is that Martinez' control has been WORSE this year than his 3.64 ERA campaign a year ago so expect the ERA to rise by more than a little.

Eddie Rosario:  2/4 with his 5th HR and third SB while hitting .253.  I expected a bit more out of Rosario to this point but he also was dealing with some injuries early on so stay patient.

Fernando Romero:  5.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Decent first start for Romero who does have control issues to be aware of but he at least is on the streaming radar going forward if he stays up with the big club.

Nolan Arenado:  3/6 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .320.  Almost like Arenado is trying to hit a bunch of home runs to make up for the pace lost when he was suspended.

Trevor Story:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .235.  This is typical story with the power and ugly average and he is not running much either to make him even more mediocre.

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .287.  I am a bit worried about the concussion Bryant suffered impacted him for a bit at the dish and overall his bat has been very quiet so far this season.

Anthony Rizzo:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .171.  Second game in a row with a home run and the second day in a row Rizzo's buy low window closed by a sizable bit.

Tyler Anderson:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.78.  Feel free to try Anderson out in depeer league but only stream on the road.

Yu Darvish:  4.1 IP 7 H 5 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 6.00.  Three home runs given up but the 8 K's make this one maddening outing which has been a continual theme this season.  It is like Darvish is the NL version of Masahiro Tanaka.

Blake Snell:  6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.55.  Snell is so hard to get a hit off of that when he finally curbed the walks as he has done so far this season, you get an overnight ace.

Nick Hundley:  4/5 with his third HR while hitting .326.  Hundley just kind of snucked up on us huh?  Yes pick him up.

Bryce Harper:  3/5 with his 10th HR and 4th SB while hitting .268. Second home run in as many games since moving into leadoff.  Other than it pissing off the Trea Turner owners of the world, why not keep it going?

Matt Adams:  2/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .316.  Remember Adam LaRoche?  Matt Adams is the new LaRoche as an annually dependable slugging first baseman who will never get drafted high even if he smacks 30. 

Francisco Cervelli:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .310.  Another late-blooming catcher who is now a sure top ten guy given the rare power/average combination.  While it seems weird to ever be depending on Cervelli for anything in fantasy baseball, the guy has hit for average for a few years now between all those injuries and now the power is trending up in 2018.

Stephen Strasburg:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.47.  The ERA is too high given the quality of stuff here but excellent outing in this one for Strasburg and the bigger point is that he is healthy at the moment.

Ender Inciarte:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .282.  I think Inciarte is getting royally hosed being put down at the bottom of the Braves order but the guy is still producing.  As much as I love the guy, I would try and talk up the high steal total to get our from under this if in fact he will be permanently out of the leadoff spot.

Sean Newcomb:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Meet the NL version of Blake Snell as a former control-averse power pitcher who is blossoming into an SP 2 right before our eyes.  Man the Braves are stacked for 2019. 

Jacob DeGrom:  4 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.87. DeGrom was up to 18.1 scoreless in a row until disaster struck when he hyperextended his elbow swinging the bat in the third.  There is a very wide range of outcomes here but at the very least, DeGrom is going on the DL today.  Only question is how long and how much will his fantasy baseball owners have to drink to get over it? 

Christian Yelich:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .282.  There better be more in this well because so far Yelich has been boring as heck. If the numbers don't jump at least a bit in moving from Miami to Milwaukee, then the guy will be planted in OF 2 territory forever when it seemed like he was destined to reach 1 status.

Luis Castillo:  6 IP 9 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 7.01.  Still a ton of baserunners but Castillo's stuff popped for the first time this season which is at least a positive.  I already cut him loose in Experts which might seem rash but I was not waiting this out and clogging up a spot. 

Cesar Hernandez:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .284.  Hernandez who???? many in the fantasy baseball community ask.  Not really but you get my drift on how underappreciated he is.

Aaron Nola:  7.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.17.  Three of the four hits allowed came in the first innings and then pure domination.  I wrote a piece the other day about how Nola is HOLD and that his so far below-average K/9 would move upwards as the weather got warmer.  There you go. 

Giancarlo Stanton:  3/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .240.  Of course the homers came on the road since Stanton turns to sludge at home as the pressures of NY have been doing a number on him. So far Stanton is well under first round production and by a large margin I might add.

Luis Severino:  9 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.11.  Lost in the monstrosity of the pitching firm of Verlander, Cole, and Morton is the excellence of this kid who is now onto his second straight season of insane power dominance.  And bonus points for it being in the AL East.  Scary to think what Severino could do in let's say San Diego. 

Mike Trout:  1/2 with his 11th HR while hitting .292.  The home run is still traveling.  Seriously, do yourself a favor and queue up the insanity that was Trot's bomb from last night.

Justin Upton:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .229.  Another recent extended ice cold slump sent Upton's average into the toilet and so there is the rub about owning this guy.  Never a smooth ride. 

Dylan Bundy:  5 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 3.76.  So yeah do you remember when I said I was avoiding Bundy in all leagues this year and that I was not buying the early 2018 production?  BAM!  Also, with a WHIP of 1.38, Bundy's ERA should be worse.

Andrew Heaney:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 5.31.  It is tough to remember through all of the injuries that Heaney was once a top prospect but those in AL-only or deeper leageus could spot start him on occasion if the matchup is right. 

James Paxton:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 16 K with an ERA of 4.19.  One of the most dominant starts you will ever see and Paxton didn't win.  Anyways, Paxton once again reinforces the fact he is as good as it gets in all of baseball when the health is there. 

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