Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Blake Snell:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.84.  After the first start hiccup, Snell has been as untouchable as he was throughout 2018.  While it is a validation year for Snell in terms of last season's numbers, he is well on his way towards doing so.

Carlos Rodon:  4.2 IP 8 H 4 ER 5 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Same old story here for the AL version of Jon Gray.  No semblance of control or consistency.

Starling Marte:  0/3 while hitting .200.  Maybe this is Marte with the juice no longer in his system.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .250.  Nothing new here as Schwarber remains a flawed but potent power hitter like a million other guys out there.

Jameson Taillon:  2 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Wow did Taillon's owners have a bunch of needless heart attacks after seeing all the runs scored by the Chicago Cubs but all 6 were unearned.  Whew!

Jon Lester:  2 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.57.  An almost certain win fell by the wayside due to Lester leaving with a leg injury and he may be headed to the IL.  Age spares no one.

Jonathan Villar:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .341.  There is something to be said for being able to hit with zero pressure as Villar has on the Orioles this season.  The numbers could be silly here.

Trey Mancini:  3/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .385.  Yes Mancini is completely legit.  Go check out his minor league rates.

Kurt Suzuki:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .267.  I said in spring training to draft both Gomes and Suzuki who both are above-average hitters at a putrid position.  In fact Suzuki could be a top ten guy if he played anywhere else where he could start.

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .103.  For a guy who I have always hated on, it is no shock Dozier is struggling.  Vastly overrated for most of his career, this is almost literally Dozier's only hit two weeks into the season.

Rhys Hoskins:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .367.  Cody Bellinger deservedly is getting most of the praise but don't overlook the insane start of this guy.

Odubel Herrera:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .324.  Herrera has been all over the map with his numbers as a pro but this is a chance to get in on the ground floor on someone who has shown four to five category ability.

Pat Neshek:  1 earned run in 1 IP for first save with an ERA of 1.59.  When is J.T. Realmuto going to get a save chance?

Aaron Judge:  2/3 with 2 home runs (three for season) while hitting .289.  Look out because Judge is ready to launch.

Jose Altuve:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .279.  I am very curious to see what happens here with Altuve in terms of whether he starts breaking down a bit and stops running.  Second base has been known to do that for All Star players approaching 30 (Carlos Baerga, Juan Samuel, Dustin Pedroia) so this bears watching.

Masahiro Tanaka:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.47.  I got to hand it to the guy.  We are now years from when the partial tear of the UCL occurred and Tanaka is still going strong as a top SP 2.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .229.  Ozuna has become a bit volatile given the injuries of late but this is still an easy 25 homers with the ability to also bat .280.

Hyun-Jin Ryu:  1.2 IP 2 H 2 ER 1 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.07.  Injured again with a strained groin, Ryu just can't handle prosperity.

Domingo Santana:  3/5 with 4 RBI while hitting .340.  This is really looking like something major happening here.

Jay Bruce:  1/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .186.  Good to see Bruce channeling his inner Joey Gallo.  Or not.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .324.  I admit I wanted no part of Encarnacion this season after owning the aging slugger through a rough 2018 but there seems to be no letdown with the power and in fact he seems a bit rejuvenated in his new digs.

Daniel Voglebach:  1/2 with his 5th HR while hitting .471.  We may need to dive in a bit more here later.

Ronald Acuna Jr.:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .176.  I said in the spring a slow start would not be unexpected here for Acuna Jr. so some patience may be needed.

Trevor Story:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .231.  Watching the average closely as Story has a bad history there and needs to validate his 2018 performance in that category.

Kyle Freeland:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  Yeah so I said in print in the draft guide and on here all spring to avoid Freeland everywhere.  Yup. 

Wil Myers:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .316.  Myers' price came down quite a bit this spring which is why I wanted to invest but I failed in this endeavor.  Damn. 

Fernando Tatis Jr.:  1/2 with his third HR while hitting .237.  Almost everything so far has gone according to statistical predictions as Tatis is hitting for power but also posting a shaky average. 

Kevin Pillar:  1/4 with his first HR and second SB while hitting .150.  The Giants need to generate offense in any way they can and so that means Pillar will be fully unleashed on the bases.  Remember he has been around a 15/15 guy two seasons running (pardon the pun) and there is something to be said for that kind of consistency.

Madison Bumgarner:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.32.  I think Bumgarner is going to be one gigantic roller coaster this season in terms of numbers in any given start. 

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