Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Jose Abreu:  3/6 with his 4th HR while hitting .214.  Classic regression to the statistical mean. 

Rhys Hoskins:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .272.  This is the last season where Hoskins has some upside/unknown in terms of his numbers before he settles into his prime years so it will be interesting to see if he can get past the 40 homer mark as we all have assumed all along. 

Jeff McNeil:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .384. Do yourself a favor and watch this guy hit.  I will say again that McNeil is already one of the very best pure hitters in baseball but his lack of juice (homers, steals) make him strictly a bench option for now. 

Steven Matz:  1 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.03.  Since the last time Matz faced the Phils resulted in 8 runs in zero innings, this was a nice outing to see that he could mentally get over that hurdle and thus, be more trustworthy as a fantasy baseball SP 4. 

Eduardo Escobar:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .247.  A firm member of the All-Boring Team.

Christian Walker:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .347.  That pit in many of our stomaches emanates from the feeling we should have picked this guy up when he was available. 

Joe Musgrove:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.59.  While the ERA will obviously come up, I am not totally surprised with what we are seeing out of Musgrove since he showed flashes of this in between a bunch of injuries.  Also, when you have impeccable control as Musgrove goes, that's winning half the battle right there. 

Hunter Dozier:  2/2 with his 7th HR while hitting .324.  What we have to appreciate with the breakout happening here is that Dozier's power is being accompanied by a .300-plus average which is not what you usually see from emerging young sluggers.  Ride it out and see where it goes. 

Alex Gordon:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .313/  Amazing what some good health can do for a veteran hitter like Gordon.  He even is running a bit too and since the Royals have the financial incentive to play him daily, this could be a fun mini-comeback deal. 

Jorge Soler:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .227.  The average has gone into the gutter which stinks because it looked promising early on for a post-hype sleeper breakout. 

Yandy Diaz:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .289.  Since he is a young player on Tampa Bay, this is guaranteed to work out. 

Brad Keller:  5 ER in 6.1 IP with an ERA of 3.41.  It is easy to see that Keller has the ability to miss some bats and help as a strong SP 5 but good luck figuring out what any one start will look like. 

Yasmani Grandal:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .333.  Yeah there may not be a more cushy lineup spot than right behind Christian Yelich which is where this guy resides.  Also, good to see the .300 minor league averages of Grandal now catching up with his 20-25 home run major league power. 

Travis Shaw:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .182.  Shaw has been swinging for the fences like never before and that has really put a major hurt on his batting average.  Still, the great versatility stands out and the power will continue to flow freely soon enough.  In fact, this could be the start of a nice power surge/ 

Ryan Braun:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .205.  Braun still has power and can run a little but the frequent days off and sliding average make him nothing but a bench bat at this stage of his career.

Paul Goldschmidt:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .270.  Just like a year ago, the early average rut was a temporary annoyance. 

Jack Flaherty:  6 IP 3 H 4 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 5.25.  As a Flaherty owner, it has been a tremendous mixed bag of strikeouts and gopher balls to distort the overall picture.  The K stuff is immense though and if Flaherty can just get the ball down, he can challenge for a Cy Young.  Seriously. 

Jorge Polanco:  4/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .392.  Of course Polanco went off yesterday.  It was a lock since I cut him loose in the morning.  Commence putting my head in the oven. 

Michael Brantley:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .310.  Brantley can go into hibernation for ten years and then wake up to hit .300. 

Carlos Correa:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .257.  Correa is another guy I am watching closely this season to see if all those early injuries are derailing all of the run we initially had here.  So far, so good though.

Brian Dozier:  1/2 with his 4th HR while hitting .188.  It is no coincidence Dozier is starting to hit now that he has been removed from the second spot in the order.  Those in NL-only leagues should rejoice. 

Nolan Arenado:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .281.  If I were a betting man, I think Arenado homers again today and then again Friday. 

Luke Voit:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .222.  You get the strong sense Voit has been bad but he also has been on base for 30-plus games. 

J.A. Happ:  1 ER in 7 IP with an ERA of 5.96.  I picked up Happ for the two start week versus the Angels and Giants and it seems his early stumbles are now a thing of the past. 

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