Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Xander Bogaerts:  2/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) in Game 1 while hitting .286.  Boagerts is about the only Boston Red Sox hitter to carry his weight and that is saying something. 

Matthew Boyd:  7 IP 3 H 3 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.16.  Again. I am fully on board the reinvention here as Boyd is really spinning his offspeed stuff to great effect. 

Chris Sale:  5 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 7.43.  The 10's made it looks like a vintage Sale outing but Detroit hitters were still squaring up on him.  Still far from out of the woods. 

Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Frazier already has a steal and a homer since coming back from his oblique injury.  His Mets tenure has been beyond ugly and at this stage asking for more than a .230 average is begging. 

Zack Wheeler:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.85.  Take out the one rough outing versus Washington and Wheeler has been every bit the monster he was the second half of 2018.  At one point Wheeler punched out seven in a row and he is spotting his fastball nicely. 

Jorge Alfaro:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .281. Alfaro is striking out at truly horrendous levels and so the average is built on stilts. 

Carlos Carrasco:  4 scoreless with 4 strikeouts before leaving with knee injury.  Carrasco is headed for an MRI which is not what you want to see and so he seems determined to get his yearly IL stint out of the way early this season. 

Yasiel Puig:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .183.  I admit I fell into the Puig trap this season but boy this homer was epic.  Maybe this gets him going?  Who the hell knows anymore with this guy. 

Sonny Gray:  5.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.28.  In typical Gray fashion, he strikes everyone out early and then at the first sign of trouble in the sixth he is out.  At the very least, the move to the NL has really jumped up the K rate as anticipated. 

Renato Nunez:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .292.  Nunez could be this year's version of Jesus Aguilar but we all have seen with the latter that there is a shelf like to the power breakout for Quad-A guys. 

Dwight Smith Jr.:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .287.  Maybe I should have looked past Puig in drafts and just picked this guy up. 

Luke Weaver:  6/1 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.33.  Anyone who saw Weaver pitch in 2017 knew he was nowhere near as bad as 2018 showed and the results now are bearing this out.  We always need to prevent ourselves from falling into the trap of writing a young player off for a rough early year.   Development is not linear and stumbles are common.  Eventually though the talents wins out. 

Emilio Pagan:  scoreless 9th for second save in two days with an ERA of 1.50.  Yeah the Rays have literally three closers and all are tremendous.  The organization doesn't care about fantasy baseball. 

Michael Chavis:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .231.  Yeah so Rafael Devers better hit a home run any day now. 

Spencer Turnbull:  5 scoreless IP with 4 K and an ERA of 2.77.  Smoke and mirrors special. 

Travis Shaw:  2/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .198.  I bet you many Shaw owners didn't benefit from this since they either benched him or cut him loose.  Man Shaw is making things so difficult for himself with almost zero discipline at the dish. 

Jose Quintana:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.21.  Memories of Chicago White Sox days are beginning to come back into our consciousness. 

Eddie Rosario:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .274.  Hope you all followed my lead in climbing over everyone else in your league to reach for Rosario this past March.  How is it working out?

Jose Altuve:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .289.  Maybe Altuve has decided to take away his steal numbers and add them onto the long balls.  Even Altuve's mom didn't foresee this type of power. 

Luke Voit:  2/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .235.  Once again Voit remains an on-base machine and the power is not too shabby either.  Maybe he is competely legit outside of being a .300 2018 hitter. 

Domingo German:  6/2 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.75.  Yeah the Yankees didn't need Gio Gonzalez at all. 

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