Updates & News
Carmelo Anthony participated in his first full practice on Tuesday since spraining his left ankle in a game against Orlando on Dec. 23, a positive step for his possible return to the lineup on Thursday at San Antonio. Anthony plans on making the three-game trip to Texas, where he could suit up if he continues to progress in his treatment.
Prince Fielder went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI against Houston on Tuesday.
Good news. Fielder is making contact more regularly than he ever has. Bad news. Fielder is being less patient than he ever has. Good news. Fielder isn’t pounding the ball into the ground as often as he did in a short stint last year. Bad news. Fielder isn’t elevating balls out of the park. The good news is obviously good, but the bad news probably outweighs the good. Fielder needs to hit for power to have lasting value. Analysis: Brett Talley
Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against Texas on Tuesday.
Valbuena hit a bomb of an upper-deck shot off Wandy Rodriguez. It was a bit of a surprise coming off a left-hander as Valbuena struggles against left-handers and often sits against them. But it was a good example of Valbuena’s power as he now has seven home runs. His BABIP is an impossibly low .188, yet he’s still been six percent better than league average according to wRC+. When the BABIP turns around, he should have some average to go along with the power. Analysis: Brett Talley
Scott Feldman allowed six runs and nine hits with one walk and two strikeouts in three innings against Texas on Tuesday.
Woof, Feldman! His ERA now sits at 5.50, but his 3.75 xFIP indicates he hasn’t been that bad. The issue is he’s had trouble keeping the ball in the park. His HR/9 is about average for his career and last year he was better than that average in that regard, so he should have better luck with long balls going forward. Because xFIP normalizes home run rate, that’s a big reason why it’s under 4.00, and xFIP also likes his miniscule walk rate. It would like him more if his strikeout rate was not also abnormally low. The lack of strikeouts limits his fantasy value, but he’s serviceable enough in NL-only leagues. He’ll start again Sunday against the Angels. Analysis: Brett Talley