Thursday, April 11, 2019


Jose Ramirez:  0/4 while hitting .154.  No the Ramirez sky is not falling as he struggled quite a bit early last April as well.  What I will say is that Ramirez misses the Francisco Lindor protection a lot. 

Trevor Bauer:  5.2 IP 10 H 4 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.29.  Bauer did not have his best stuff clearly in this one but if anyone can dethrone Max Scherzer from the strikeout title this season, this guy is it.

Matthew Boyd:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.60.  Could Boyd be the new Charlie Morton in terms of mid-career renaissance?  Starting to look like it.

Shane Greene:  scoreless 9th for 8th save and ERA of 0.00.  Given how insanely volatile the closer fraternity is this season, it would feel tough to sell high here.  That being said, we all know Greene is not this good and he will be traded by the Tigers once they get their first decent offer into likely a setup situation. 

Mitch Garver:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .474.  How about the last two days Garver had?  Two homers off Jacob DeGrom and one against Edwin Diaz.  Pick him up.

Noah Syndergaard:  4 ER in 7 IP with 7 K and an ERA of 4.74.  Frustrating outing for Thor owners as he dominated for seven and then came out for the eighth where he gave up three runs with zero outs.  Should have been so much better. 

Austin Meadows:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .341.  There was always some very intriguing power/speed upside here and Meadows is really starting to show it.  This could be the start of something big.

Tommy Pham:  2/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .286.  Pham is one of those guys who takes a meandering route to his achieving his numbers but in the end they are impressive in an OF 2 sense either way.

Tyler Glasnow:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 0.53.  Did a lengthy sleeper piece on Glasnow this past March in espousing how he was set up in a great situation in Tampa Bay which is a pitching factory.  The arm is a howitzer and since Glasnow continues to make positive gains in his previously nasty walk rates, a monster breakout could be in the offing.

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .244.  Looking right at home out West.

Kevin Pillar:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .185.  There will be a home runs or two fewer in San Fran than in Toronto but Pillar leading off for the Giants should spike the steals to offset things. 

Nick Margevicius:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.69.  Margevicius is making the jump from A-Ball to the Padres this season and he is far from overmatched based on the swell early results.  The fastball velocity barely reaches 90 which means the margin of error is on the smaller side but in deep leagues and especially NL-only, the kid should be on your radar.

Jesse Winker:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .125.  Winker is a bit of an empty .300 average (obviously not right now) but he is young enough that he could very well tap into another level of power.  Another one for the deeper league crowd.

Matt Chapman:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .305.  Boy is the Oakland lineup stacked.

Khris Davis:  3/5 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .254.  I would say this Khris won the battle of the Davis boys.

Chad Pinder:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .318.  Pinder is a bit of a product of the Oakland lineup in terms of getting good pitches to hit so don't overplay this hand. 

Trey Mancini:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .362.  We are in a bit of uncharted territory with Mancini as he never has hit for power at this rate.  Given his .300 hitting chops, the added pop really can send his stock soaring. 

Luke Voit:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting.  Voit always seems to knock a homer just when the chorus begins to get ready to explode and call him a 2018 fluke.

Brett Gardner:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .196.  Given that the aging Gardner is now being forced to play everyday with there being so many injuries decimating the Yankee lineup, count on him now fatiguing out in July instead of August.

Jose Altuve:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .314.  I am fine with Altuve trading away steals for homers if that's how he wants to do this.

Carlos Correa:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .316.  This is the best I have seen Correa perform since he was a rookie. 

Colin McHugh:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.65.  The movement on McHugh's stuff is something to see and that is why he is generating so many strikeouts early on this season.  A true waiver wire gem so far given the way he has dominated. 

James Paxton:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 6.00.  Paxton's main goals this season had to be staying healthy and proving he had the mental strength to handle pitching for the Yankees.  Right now he looks like he is being afflicted by Sonny Gray Disease. 

Joc Pederson:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .243.  Pederson had been in a hell of a slump leading into the game so this was good to see.  All part of the deal in owning this elevator (up and down) player.

Max Muncy:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .256.  Muncy is about right where I thought he would be coming into the season in terms of average and power. 

Marcell Ozuna:  3/4 with his third HR and second SB while hitting .262.  Ozuna seems to be unveiling a new trick with his steals so far. 

Yadier Molina:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .208.  Already there is talk Molina is going over the cliff given the average but instead, he has suffered from some ugly BABIP luck and the exit velocities are still on par.  He will be fine. 

Jack Flaherty:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.93.  I reached a bit for Flaherty in the Experts League given how much I believed in his power stuff and he should get extra credit for completely silencing what had been a murderous Dodgers lineup. 

Starling Marte:  2/5 with his first HR and third SB while hitting .225.  That's more like it.  Maybe Marte gave himself a bit of a "boost" before the game.

Jason Heyward:  3/4 with his fourth HR while hitting .371.  I guess we need to buy in again.

Yu Darvish:  4 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 7.50.  Should be on waivers everywhere.  Really. 

Lance Lynn:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.82.  You got so much more in the way of guts than yours truly if you use Lynn at any point this season. 

Jose LeClerc:  1 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 7.20.  We may have a prime contender for the Derrick Turnbow One-Year Closing Wonder Award. 

Robbie Ray:  5 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.52.  If there are 2 walks or less, you are not getting anything off Robbie Ray.

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