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Friday, May 12, 2017: Corey Knebel is a spell-checkers' nightmare. My feeling has always been, and it's something that should be written on my tombstone, is that Knebel is better suited to the 8th inning. If he didn't walk the world I would like former Orioles' RP Oliver Drake. It's just something to think about.  He's a little bit of a wild card (literally) and is already 30 yrs old, but the Brewers seem to trust him in high leverage situations. Another RP that I always liked (and he's also 30) is James Hoyt of the Astros. In 5 2/3 IP with the Astros this season Hoyt has a 13/1 K/BB. Other interesting guys include the White Sox Tommy Kahnle and the combo of Josh Ravin and Adam Liberatore (both Dodgers AAA). Chris Devenski was one of the few things that I did right in my 5 fantasy drafts this March. Devenski has a very stout 38/3 K/BB in 21 IP, with 10 HA, and a 2.14/0.62 ERA/WHIP. He's also tossed in 2 SV for good measure.

The Phillies' Aaron Altherr has now hit a HR in 3 consecutive games. He's gone 5 for 10 with 3 HR and 10 RBI during this 3 game stretch. He's presently 26 for 74 (.351) with a 1.179 OPS, 19 runs, 7 HR, 21 RBI, 3 SB, and a 21/10 K/BB. Maybe it's time that we take Altherr seriously as the Phillies have done. Because they certainly found sunshine on a cloudy day! My opinion of Altherr coming into this season wasn't one of confidence. I believe it was the wrist injury he suffered in ST 2016. Altherr missed half the season and when he came back to the Phillies he only hit .197 (with a .587 OPS) in 198 AB. Those kinds of injuries (wrist or hand) do have a way of sapping a player's strength. I doubt he can keep up this hectic pace but anyone that's rostered Altherr so far has to be happy. He may be a sell high candidate as he could come crashing back to earth soon!

So Madison Bumgarner goes and turns his dirt bike into an Indy car. I read he could miss up to 3 months with bruised ribs and a grade one or two left shoulder AC sprain. Arguably the MVP for the Giants and I think he's been in the top 10 for NL Cy Young the past 4 seasons. Surprisingly, Bumgarner is off to an 0-3 start even with great peripherals: a 3.00/1.07 ERA/WHIP, 25 HA, and a 28/4 K/BB in 27 IP. And who can forget his 2 HR game on Opening Day? Big loss for the team but I don't agree with what I read that some fans are saying the team is throwing in the proverbial towel. What did Mark Twain say? The coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.

The Mariners had given Dan Vogelbach a team high 57 AB this spring. Maybe they expected more than the 1 HR, 5 RBI, and 19 K's (he did walk 7 times). In my AL-only the other night Vogelbach went for $3 and I remember telling the owner that he made a great buy. Does that mean that Danny Valencia is the 1B? I had to run that draft for a while as the auctioneer while trying to draft my own team at the same time. I remember when Valencia's name came up I mentioned that there was a great song by the band The Decemberists called "O Valencia." By the by, Valencia went for $10 in that draft. At that point I didn't have enough money to hang in on him. I could have kept him for $5 but what do I know.

I remember the spring (maybe 2010 or 2011) that Jake Fox hit something like 11 HR in the spring for the O's. Everyone was excited, from manager Buck Showalter on down, including me, and I made him a part of my AL-only that season. And the rest was history. In looking at Greg Bird's stats so far this spring (5 for 12 with 2 doubles, 3 HR and 5 RBI). Bird, lest we forget, missed the whole of the major league season in '16 with a balky shoulder. I always remember what one of the elite fantasy players told me early on in my sojourn into this game 30 some years ago, never look at a players' stats in ST, Apr, and Sept. By the by, Jake Fox was out of the majors at the age of 28 with 20 career HR and 73 RBI.


 

 
 
                                                                                                                                

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