Wednesday, April 3, 2019


Jordan Zimmerman:  6.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.66.  This is not Jordan Zimmerman 2012 with the Washington Nationals so even though he is off to a nice start, you know the bottom will fall out eventually.  I for one don't want to get caught on the "ride" when it gets stuck upside down.

Aroldis Chapman:  took the loss with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 6.00.  The fastball has still not reached 100 but Chapman and manager Aaron Boone say he is healthy.  Always take the health pronouncements on a struggling player with a grain of salt and in the meantime, pick up Zack Britton.

Starlin Castro:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .333.  Still very productive and younger than you think, Castro can hold a MI spot for you with no issues.

Eugenio Suarez:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .231.  Suarez has fully graduated into a "put him in the lineup and forget it" mode.

Anthony DeScalfani:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.80.  We have seen glimpses of useful ratios from DeScalfani in the past and so those in NL-only and deeper leagues can take a shot.

Bryce Harper:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .429.  We all know from the moment Harper signed with the Phillies that the numbers were going to be of the video game variety and so right on schedule there.  Another MVP campaign could be just getting going.

Maikel Franco:  2/2 with his third HR while hitting .545.  Yeah batting eighth in the NL sucks but Franco is begging to be added everywhere as he is shaping up as a nice post-hype sleeper made good.  As always, make the add on a hot player and ask questions later.

Anthony Rendon:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .400,  Rendon looks like a younger (and cleaner) version of Robinson Cano with his very smooth swing and 25-homer power.

Zach Eflin:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Increased slider usage has taken Eflin to another level as a pitcher and we saw him do a nice job for spurts of 2018 to add legitimacy to his big opening outing.  I personally invested in Eflin a year ago and suggest doing so again.

Max Scherzer:  5 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.13.  The wicked movement of Scherzer's ball is something that defies science.

Andrew Cashner:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 5.40.  Sure pick up Zimmerman and Andrew Cashner and see where that takes you.

Miguel Castro:  scoreless 9th for first save with an ERA of 3.00.  The strikeout rate is embarassing so you really need to be desperate for saves for this potential pitching version of an implosion to be of help to you.

Kyle Freeland:  4.2 IP 3 H 2 ER 4 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.31.  You don't get strikeouts like this often from Freeland but again he was a major AVOID guy in my opinion this spring given how much BABIP help he received a year ago.

Blake Snell:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 13 K with an ERA of 3.46.  Geez Snell overpowers a lineup unlike anyone not named Max Scherzer.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .333.  We all have thought Cabrera was shot going back to 2014 but yet the guy keeps raking.

Matt Chapman:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .345.  Severely underrated in drafts this past spring, Chapman is another dark horse MVP candidate.

Chris Sale:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 8.00  The velocity remains just in the high 80's and only one strikeout is quite disturbing.  However Sale made it work and the talking points from Boston is that he will ramp up as the weather improves.  Sorry not buying it.  Sale lost velocity the second half of last season, has a long history of injuries, and struggles to pitch effectively from August onward of late.

Mike Fiers:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.00.   Fiers is a perfect Oakland pitcher as he came cheap and is underrated.  He has often worked very well as a top SP 5 and that remains in place on a team that will help supply wins.

Marco Gonzales:  8.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.20.  Gonzales is a control artist all the way but a good one at that.  Those in inning-capped leagues can take a pass but Gonzales is now on his second straight season of pitching well.

Cody Bellinger:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .429.  Even Khris Davis is impressed.

Madison Bumgarner:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.38.  The home run he hit doesn't count and the strikeouts are not as consistent now from start-to-start but Bumgarner clearly still knows how to pitch.

Hyun-Jin Ryu:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.08.  I'm surprised Ryu has been healthy enough to pitch in two starts already.

Zack Greinke:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 9.31.  Greinke still misses bats despite the sagging velocity but the volatility is at an all-time high.

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