When Expectations Meet Reality
You read that title and you say to yourself, that's it, Ray's finally snapped. His blood pressure must have gone through the roof, he started drinking, and he lost his mind. That's what you're thinking right? Hear me out. Let's compare the duo of arms I listed.
M.Moore: 1.35 WHIP, 8.35 K/9, 4.57 BB/9, .227 BAA Jimenez: 1.36 WHIP, 9.05 K/9, 4.31 BB/9, .239 BAA
There's the facts folks. Ask yourself. If I listed those numbers, without the names, could you have told me which line belonged to which pitcher? Of course you couldn't have. Moore has been so bad of late – 14 earned runs over his last seven innings – that his numbers actually line up right next to Mr. Inconsistency. Moore has an 8-2 record and 3.78 ERA, vastly superior numbers to the 2-4 record and 5.03 ERA of Ubaldo, but doesn't this comparison make you very, very nervous? It should. Since 2000 by the way, there have only been 10 seasons in which a pitcher walked 4.50 batters per nine innings with an ERA of 3.75 or lower. Check out some of the names on the list: Robert Person, Rick Ankiel, Carlos Zambrano, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Chan Ho Park. Good luck with that Mr. Moore.
Some other quick hitting notes...
Jeff Baker is hitting .333 with nine homers in just 78 at-bats for the Rangers. He hit four homers in 169 at-bats last season, three in 201 at-bats in 2011, four in 206 at-bats in 2010 and four in 203 at-bats in 2009. He's also a career .269 hitter. Right now he's got a 1.140 OPS which is the best in baseball for any batter with 75 plate appearances. An amazing AL-only find who is out of his mind right now.
I jokingly wrote a few days back that Chris Davis would have to go 0-for-68 to drop his batting average down to .270 which would match his career average. Well, seems like he's trying to get there. Davis has gone 16 at-bats without a hit to drop his average down to a still insane .333. Over his last 10 games he has one homer and two RBIs, hasn't walked a single time, and has struck out 17 times. That's scary bad folks. Seems like the regression monsters is in a hurry to get things back to normal.
Logan Forsythe will take over the majority of time at second base now that Jedd Gyorko has been placed on the DL. Don't go overboard with Forsythe though. He'll likely have to share some time with Alexi Amarista, and once Gyorko is healthy he's back in there on a daily basis. Forsythe is a nice little ballplayer though who hit .280 with 22 runs scored over his final 25 games last season for the Padres.
Yovani Gallardo didn't give up a single run in eight innings Monday night to pick up his second win in three starts. He's by no means out of the woods yet, but it was a nice outing for the righty who has 42 Ks over his last 45.2 innings.
Jonathan Lucroy was hitting .208 at the start of action on May 21st. Over the last 16 games he's been sharp as the proverbial tack hitting .385 with three homers and 15 RBIs (that 1.036 OPS is nice too). As a result of that nice run he's back to being a solid option behind the dish, and his current slash line (.268/.319/.426) just about matches his career line exactly (.277/.325/.414).
Tyler Skaggs made two starts, then was demoted. Tis the life of a young pitcher, and why I continually warn folks not to rely too heavily on any young arm. If Trevor Cahill allows 10 runs in two starts, as Skaggs did in his last two outings, he works on his mechanics and keeps making starts. Skaggs does it and he gets a ticket to the minors. For those of you in NL-only leagues it looks like Josh Collmenter will take the next turn in the rotation for the D'backs on June 18th.
FOR MORE ON GERRIT COLE, TONY CINGRANI & WIL MYERS SEE- Rounding the Bases: Cole, Cingrani & Myers.
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 7-10 PM EDT), Ray also hosts his own show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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