Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Trea Turner:  3/4 while hitting .284.  Adam better not show his face at the leadoff spot again this season.

Jameson Taillon:  6 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.83.  I still suggest trying to hold Taillon a bit longer (but don't start him) as he is much too talented to keep on going through this slump.  My patience is starting to wear thin though as well.

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.55.  Roark has quietly been a very solid pitcher the last three seasons for the Nats and this year in particular he is throwing really well.  We have seen this before so no reason to ask if this is legit.

Robinson Chirinos:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .187.  You don't ever need to draft Mike Zunino because you can just pick this guy off the wire.  Same player.

Trevor Bauer:  6.2 IP 4 ER 2 BB 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.45.  Bauer stayed .2 IP too long or else this would have looked like an even better gem but all the planets seem to be aligning here for an elevation to at least SP 2 status. Took only 225490347 years.

Anthony Rizzo:  0-for-4 while hitting .149.  Seriously though!!

Jon Lester:  5.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.73.  Lester danced around trouble all night and his 1.24 WHIP is not jiving with the ERA which is always a bad sign.  You have about 1.5 months left to sell before things go off the rails in my opinion.

Xander Bogaerts:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .412.  I wish we could just see a prime years Boagerts season that is uninterrupted so that we can watch where the offensive numbers go.  Because look what he is doing now.

Mitch Moreland:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .305.  Moreland gets a bit lost in the fog that is the insane offensive bats of the Boston Red Sox but he has always been a quality UTIL or CI bat in moderate to deep mixers.

Eduardo Rodriguez:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.78.  Rodriguez has some young Trevor Bauer in him so any one start could go in a million directions.  This makes it tough to depend on him in terms of fantasy baseball but the strikeout potential at least warrants a streaming spot on your bench with the upside for more later on.

C.J. Cron:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .269.  So picking up Cron for the light Monday day worked out nicely for me.  I think I may just keep him around as well since he has done nothing but rake the last two weeks or so.

Jordan Zimmerman:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.81.  Like Zimmerman went into a time machine back to his early Washington days.  He can't stay there though and you can't even entertain this for a second.

Jake Faria:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.60.  If there is one team you automatically pick up their starters when they arrive in the majors, it is the Rays who have kept the conveyer belt of big power arms going this season with Blake Snell and the developing but still raw Faria.

Lorenzo Cain:  1/4 with his 4th HR and 8th SB while hitting .290.  Cain has been as good as advertised which is why he was at the top of my outfield draft lists this past spring (I got him too).  In fact even though Christian Yelich got more of the hype, Cain has been better.

Manny Pina:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .196. Pina had a decent year with the bat in 2017 so those in two catcher formats might want to try him out for size.

Maikel Franco:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .266.  Franco has cooled from his red-hot start to 2018 but at least the average is somewhat afloat by his previously ugly standards.  Yeah not such a glowing report.

Jorge Alfaro:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .213.  Yet another catcher who can pop a homer but not be able to hit .230.  All over the place

Jake Arrieta:  6 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 3.49.  I took a beating when Arrieta frist came back and pitched well since I crapped all over him all winter and spring but let it play out.  Injuries, sliding K/9......all of it won't allow Arrieta to help you over the long run.

Justin Smoak:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .255.  The average is slowly creeping up but again, Smoak this season has looked eerily similar to the .220/22-HR guy from every year of his ugly career outside of 2017.

Russell Martin:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .156.  Good night hitting-wise for some very ugly fantasy baseball catchers.

Eduardo Escobar:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .301.  If you look just at the game and his numbers, Escobar has a bit of Justin Turner in him.  Yes he can help then.

Aaron Sanchez:  6 IP 6 H 4 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.06.  I always tell you to avoid this bum because the strikeouts never match the velocity, the division stinks. and the ratios always come under what was anticipated.  Other than that he is awesome.

Lance Lynn:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 8.37.  Like watching a car accident.  You simply just can't look away.

A.J. Pollock:  3/5 with 3 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .291.  This is why we look past the extreme injury risk and chase Pollock every season.  Already with a first-round production season under his belt, Pollock looks like the new Charlie Blackmon as a previously speed-oriented guy whose power is now taking off while reaching his prime years.

Zack Greinke:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.50.  This guy is such an artist on the mound.  Greinke is still racking up the K's with his 88-mph fastball and his 1.08 WHIP show the ERA should be lower.

Charlie Morton:  7.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.72.  Outside of Ozzie Albies, this was my best pick in the Experts League.  Yeah I had a nice draft.  Anyways when you can steal thunder from Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole this season with your numbers, you are having some crazy good year I would have to say.


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