This week’s fantasy baseball thoughts are a little middle infielder and pitcher heavy. Hidden within the review are some buy low and sell high tips as well as a code that leads to proof that Troy Tulowitzki is related to Mary Magdalene, but only when healthy. This reading is best paired with a fine soup or snow peas. It will leave you talking or not talking and makes for a great belated Mother’s Day gift, enjoy.
- Dee Gordon is on pace to steal over 100 SBs. It will not happen. His BABIP is currently at .388, so he is due for some correction there. Also, when he does start slumping at the plate, Alex Guerrero has been proving he is major league ready at AAA. I just do not see Gordon lasting in his role as a starter past the break. I would sell.
- Speaking of SBs, Alcides Escobar had six this week raising his season total to 11. Give him a look if you need SBs or if you are not getting production out of your SS.
- Edwin Encarnacion is alive and well.
- I’m not selling high on Michael Brantley. I’m calling the 27 years old break out season.
- Jose Reyes is a great player when he is healthy, but he cannot stay healthy. Use his solid production this past week and put him on the trade block, if you get something you like, take it.
- Speaking of a great player when healthy, Troy Tulowitzki will win NL MVP at current pace, but like Reyes, will likely get hurt eventually this year. He could bring a solid offer at current time.
- Jedd Gyorko is starting to come around. He hit three home runs this week taking his season total to five. His BABIP is at .185 so that and his other numbers will be on the rise moving forward.
- Victor Martinez can still hit, I just wish he still had catcher eligibility. Double check to make sure he is owned in your league, if not, he should be.
- Chris Davis is back from the DL, and Matt Wieters took his place. Wieters owners be without him for the rest of the year as surgery on him bum wing is still a possibility.
- A couple of young arms made their debuts this week in Robbie Ray and Chase Anderson. Chase made the leap from an impressive stint at AA. He is worth a flier as the Arizona Diamondbacks are desperate for quality starts right now. He has injury concerns and is light on innings so don’t be afraid to shop him if he has another solid start next week. Robbie Ray will head back to AAA when Anibal Sanchez returns, but he has displayed enough skill to continue to scout and add if the Detroit Tigers move a guy like Rick Porcello.
- John Axford is the latest closer to lose his title. The ever popular closer by committee now takes over in Cleveland. The top two choices in my eyes for save opportunities are Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw.
- Yu Darvish came one out away from a no-hitter, and now will have his next start pushed back a couple of days because of discomfort in Martin Perez’ elbow. It might be too late to sell high on Perez.
- Clayton Kershaw is back and apparently is still a stud.
- Aroldis Chapman is back and showed zero psychological effects from getting hit in the head worth a comebacker. Is 102 MPH good? He is a top 3 Closer from here on out.
- Hisashi Iwakuma is back as well and calmed the nerves of his owners that were elevated after his first start.
- The Braves broke the hearts of Alex Wood owners this week moving him back to the bullpen, he may get a start here and there, but his fantasy value does take a hit.
- CC Sabathia was placed on the DL. Ironically it was after a start in Milwaukee, where the Brewers practically ran him in to the ground during their playoff chase back in 2008. I can’t believe I am about to say this because his ERA is at 5.28 and his velocity on his fastball is almost down about 2 MPH, but with a xFIP of 3.11 and a K/9 of 9.39, it may be a good time to buy low on CC. I just puked in my mouth writing that.
- Jeff Samardzija…you poor bastard. I actually enjoy it immensely when the Cubs lose, but for some reason, I feel sorry for your lack of support. I just puked in my mouth again.
- Julio Teheran is not getting enough love.
- Jordan Lyles? His home ERA is at 1.25?! I don’t trust it, ignore him, or sell him.
- I am starting to trust Dallas Keuchel. An xFIP of 2.84, a K/9 of 8.18. I know he plays on the Astros, but those numbers are valuable in a lot of leagues. That and you can name your team Keuchel the Elf.