Thursday, April 4, 2019


Freddy Peralta:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.27.  And there it is.  When Peralta is not walking the ballpark, he can completely shut down any lineup with spectacular results.  Given how raw and a work-in-progress he remains, good luck trying to predict what the results will look like in any given outing.  At the very least Peralta should be added everywhere and comparisons to a wild Blake Snell in 2017 seem on par.

Luis Castillo:  7 IP 1 H 1 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.42.  Considering how brutal Castillo was during the first half of 2018, this is obviously a big positive step in the right direction.  The talent was always bubbling under the surface for Castillo but early rough sledding last season dulled his 2019 optimism,  That being said, Castillo was quietly very good during the second half of last season which perhaps indicated when the proverbial light bulb went on.

German Marquez:  7 IP 3 H 9 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of A new contract will do wonders for any young pitcher and so far Marquez is really showing his dominant ace-like performance during the second half of 2018 was no fluke.

Charlie Morton:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.64.  Few pitchers do April better than Morton enjoy the fun.

Yoan Moncada:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .450.  It is early but Moncada's K's are way down and that really is all that stands in the way of true superstar status.

Carlos Rodon:  6.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.59.  I really don't want to go down this road with Rodon for the like 1689528 time.

Corey Kluber:  4 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 5.23.  Kluber was another guy I told you all to fade this season given his declining fastball velocity, insane workloads the last few seasons, and that he is now 32.  Yes, April is his worst month but I don't think May or June will be ace-level Kluber either.

Anthony Rendon:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting. 474.  If you are looking for a darkhorse NL MVP candidate, this guy could be it.

Juan Soto:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .300.  It is tough to recall a young hitter as advanced as this one and before he even turned 21 for that matter.

Aaron Nola:  6 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 7.00.  Nola tends to struggle a bit in April like a Corey Kluber and since he is just now entering his prime, there is no reason to chalk this up as anything but a bad day at the office.

Robbie Ray:  5.1 IP 2 H 2 ER 5 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.35.  Ray's control is so bad right now that you almost can't use him.  Memories of 2017 are becoming almost a complete memory now.

Joey Lucchesi:  5 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  I'm personally a big fan of Lucchesi whose wonky delivery generates a ton of swings and misses despite not possessing overpowering heat.  Add in Petco Park and this is one of the better young pitching arms in the game.

Manny Machado:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .240.  You wonder if Machado watches Bryce Harper killing it in Philly and thinks to himself that it should be him donning their uniform.

Matt Boyd:  6.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 13 K with an ERA of 3.18.  I guess all of a sudden Boyd has become a strikeout pitcher overnight.  I need some more data on this in terms of a new pitch, increased velocity, etc. before coming to conclusions but Boyd is certainly paying major dividends after not even getting drafted in a bunch of leagues.

Trey Mancini:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .417.  Give me your password so I can go in and pick up Manicni for you.

Randal Grichuk:  3/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .238.  Grichuk is your classic slugger who can hit 7 home runs in 5 games and then follow that by going hitless the next 7 games.

Matt Shoemaker:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Starting to wonder if Shoemaker is the new J.A. Happ who sucked everywhere he until he figured it out in Toronto of all places.

Wilson Contreras:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .429.  I am totally willing to forget 2018 bro if you keep this up.

Ozzie Albies:  3/4 with his first HR and second SB while hitting .500.  Albies hit in the leadoff spot with Ender Inciarte getting the day off and it certainly was a nice glimpse about what he can do with such an assignment.  I think there was a ton of overreaction to Albies' second-half slump a year ago as pitchers began to get a book on him which is typical of any young hitter but instead focus should have squarely been on the power/speed/average game that few can match.

Jon Lester:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.00.  I expect Lester to pitch well until late July and then age-fueled fatigue will do him.

Jacob DeGrom:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 14 K with an ERA of 0.00.  DeGrom has still not given up a run through two starts and he predictably went nuts against the listless Miami lineup with insane strikeouts.  We are miles past the point now with DeGrom not being considered anything but the number 2 starter in fantasy baseball behind Max Scherzer but even this debate has some legs to it. 

Harrison Bader:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .263.  Not saying Bader is the same type of prospect as Fernando Tatis Jr. but the shaky average to go with a very enticing power/speed game exists for both. 

Paul DeJong:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .222.  DeJong is kind of just there doing his power hitting with an ugly average thing.  I was never totally impressed with this profile from anyone unless steals were involved and that statistics is not in play here. 

Jameson Taillon:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.46.  We get big strikeout games from Taillon about once every three starts but the rest of the time he remains very solid but not spectacular.  That works fine for me as a top SP 3. 

Gerrit Cole:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Cole is now 0-2 on the season.  That is why I hate the wins category. 

Mike Minor:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.63.  It is no small task shutting down the Houston Astros and doing it in Texas as well.  Truth be told, Minor was pretty darn good at times last season but unfortunately his home base keeps him on the top SP 5 tier. 

Ryan Brasier:  scoreless 9th for his first save with an ERA of 0.00.  Matt Barnes mowed the A's down for 1.1 scoreless but this looks like yet ANOTHER annoying committee which is now pretty much taking up half of baseball. 

Kike Hernandez:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .435.  The average will come down by a lot but Hernandez is leading off for arguably the most powerful lineup in baseball and contributing his own home runs swings as well.  Add in very good versatility and Hernandez should be added where available. 

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