Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Dwight Smith Jr.:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .270.  Not sure how much longer this will last in terms of consistent contributions from Smith Jr. but as always ride out the streak.

Brandon Nimmo:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .241.  Nimmo is starting to come out of the funk that engulfed the first two weeks of his season and so if anyone dropped him, now is the time to make the add. 

Maikel Franco:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .265.  Being dropped in the order likely took the heat off of Franco and allowed his bat to start to come around but truth be told, he has been performing quite well since the midway point of 2018.

Noah Syndergaard:  5 IP 9 H 5 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 5.63.  The ERA is ghastly but Thor's WHIP is 1.13 which is very good and he continues to miss a ton of bats which shows he is also getting a bit unlucky.  Stay the course.

Aaron Nola:  4 IP 7 H 5 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 7.45.  Remember that Nola was pretty bad the first month of last season as well so try not to panic just yet.  The average 92.9 fastball velocity is right on par with his standard norm there as well.

Wilson Contreras:  2/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .341.  With the early career detours out of the way, look out here. 

Yu Darvish:  5.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 6.11.  Pathetic that this is the best the vastly fading Darvish can do versus a listless Miami team.  What garbage he has become. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .226.  Maybe Goldy just doesn't hit for average in April anymore. 

Marcell Ozuna:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .291.  Loving the way Ozuna is hitting the ball right now and this is what all of his 2018 fantasy baseball owners anticipated when they invested here.  Still flat in his prime and now adding some steals, Ozuna could be looking at a career campaign. 

Christian Yelich:  3/4 with 3 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .354.  Just hand him another MVP already.

Mike Moustakas:  2/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .241.  I said this past March that Moustakas is well-worth investing in given his power matchup with Miller Park and this from a guy who always hated on him previously.  In twisting what the Million Dollar Man once said, "every player has a spot on my team for a decent price." 

Freddy Peralta:  3 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 7.13.  This is not working as Peralta can't get out of the fourth inning with his high pitch counts and ugly control. 

Matt Shoemaker:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.75.  Already Shoemaker is starting to come back to earth.  Get out now. 

Kole Calhoun:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .190.  If Calhoun ends up on your team, you should be doing something else.

Joey Gallo:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .217.  Good to see Gallo settling back into his sub-.220 average after flirting with .250 for a bit. 

Shin-Soo Choo:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .333.  The Texas Rangers lead baseball in boring veteran hitters with no speed who can still be a help.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .216.  See above.

Hunter Dozier:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .300.  Maybe Brian should contact him to learn how to hit again. 

Jose Ramirez:  1/3 with his first HR and two steals (5 for season) while hitting .150.  Took long enough.  Man Ramirez has been downright pathetic to begin the season but he also came out of the gates slow last year as well.  Good to see he is still running though.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .298.  Yeah he is not done yet. 

Omar Narvaez:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .281.  Narvaez showed glimpses of this level of performance a year ago and is carrying it over to Seattle. 

Trevor Bauer:  6.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.05.  The best pitcher in Cleveland right now hands down.

Yusei Kikuchi:  3 ER in 6 IP with 5 K and an ERA of 4.23.  You get the sense that Kikuchi is one big yawn. 

Yasiel Puig:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .191.  I don't think the Dodgers are missing Puig too much. 

Joc Pederson:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .255.  Pederson is available in more leagues than you think which goes to show you that minus steals, guys who hit for power like this are being treated as a bore.

Clayton Kershaw:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.57.  Successful return for Kershaw but he has a ton to prove not only with his health but with his stuff. 

Raisel Iglesias:  2 ER in 0 IP with an ERA of 6.75.  Robert Stephenson is becoming more interesting by the day. 

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