Thursday, April 18, 2019


Michael Conforto:  2/4 with his 5th HR and second SB while hitting .324.  Curious to see whether the steals are now becoming a new weapon for Conforto like we have seen of late with Trevor Story or if he simply caught two catchers completely napping.

Scott Kingery:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .480.  Remember it was only a year ago at this time we all were fighting to get our hands on this kid.

Cesar Hernandez:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .237.  Stable and underrated just like always.

Jake Arrieta:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.25.  I have been a huge critic of Arrieta's in the past in rightfully predicting he would go bust when his fastball began to erode but now he has finally adjusted his approach after some initial stubbornness with impressive results.  I can get on board with this version of Arrieta if he sticks with it but the lack of K's drop him to SP 4 territory.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .290.  Six home runs in six games now for Ozuna who is beginning to really cement himself as a supreme slugger.

Matt Carpenter:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .203.  We all know Carpenter began selling out for home runs a few seasons ago but he is taking this approach to the extreme.

Hunter Dozier:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .298.  That's one home run since I told you to pick up Dozier.

Tim Anderson:  1/2 with his 4th HR while hitting .424.  Listen the tools were all there for Anderson to turn into a monster five-tool stud in fantasy baseball if he learned some plate discipline but it seems like having a baby simply did the trick.

Scott Barlow:  scoreless 9th for first save and ERA of 2.25.  Wily Peralta pitched the 8th and 9th in the closer spot while Ian Kennedy is dominating in setup.  Such a mess.

A.J. Pollock:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .243.  Pollock used to be a .300 hitter but perhaps rampant injuries and swinging for the fences conspired to take that away.

Sonny Gray:  6 IP 2 H 3 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.79.  The poster guy for pitching in the NL being easier than operating in the AL.  Or the posted child for someone who can't hack it in a big city.

Walker Buehler:  6.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.40.  It is likely there was almost zero buy low window here given the immense upside and a return to dominance was certainly expected.  Back on track to stardom.

J.D. Martinez:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .352.  About the only Red Sox player who has not absolutely stunk up the joint early on.

Brett Gardner:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .203.  The grand slam was the 100th homer of Gardner's career.  Aaron Judge almost is even with him with about 10 fewer seasons.

J.A. Happ:  6.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 7.23.  Velocity readings don't matter here as Happ throws his fastball so up in the zone it appears faster than it really is.  Instead, the four-seamer is getting crushed right now but perhaps this is an indication things are heading in the right direction.

Jose Ramirez:  0/4 while hitting .145.  I mean this guy has got to be kidding me. 

Carlos Carrasco:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 12 K with an ERA of 7.41.  Much better.  Once Carrasco put up a few quick zeroes with a haul of K's, you knew he would dominate which is his M.O.

Erik Swanson:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.38.  This one needs to be watched closely as Swanson can really miss bats and has decent control as well.  Add to the radar. 

Steven Duggar:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .247.  Duggar is on a hot streak right now.  That's all. 

Juan Soto:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .254.  The power may not be as potent as you think when you digest the advanced metrics which showed Soto was quite into the outlier realm given his previous norms.  Be that as it may, Soto is still a supreme natural hitter who will at the very least earn top OF 2 status. 

Howie Kendrick:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .500.  The guy could always hit. 

Javier Baez:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .324.  Yeah it used to be we worried about Baez' batting average.  Now not so much.

Cole Hamels:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.77.  It pretty much looks like we have the Philadelphia Phillies version of Hamels again. 

Brandon Lowe:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .300.  Truth be told, I thought Lowe could cool off by now.  Not happening. 

Adam Jones:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .319.  Surely someone should have signed Jones well before he inked his deal with Arizona.  Same goes in fantasy baseball drafts.

Kevin Gausman:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.75.  I picked up Gausman prior to this outing as he is a two-start pitcher next week with solid matchups but also because he has thrown pretty damn well since arriving in Atlanta. 

Jose LeClerc:  1 ER in 1 IP for his 5th save and an ERA of 6.14.  Boy has this been ugly so far.  I was a big fan of LeClerc's coming into the season but he is starting to look like yet another one-year closing wonder.  Shawn Kelley is the recommended handcuff. 

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