Welcome to the April 11th edition of Let Me Read That For You!
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I feel like every year I say “It feels like there are more injuries this year”. I’m not sure if it’s true but there are certainly more DL trips so far. The change to 10 day DL has managers trigger happy. In most cases I’m all for it instead of the dreaded cycle of miss a couple games, play and re-injure and finally hit the 15 day.
News and Notes
Bob Melvin says the A’s closer will be Sean Doolittle or Santiago Casilla depending on match-ups. At least we have it narrowed down to two.
Kyle Amore from Major League Fantasy Sports wants us to know that Salvador Perez is Better Than We Think At The Dish
My Take: Pump the brakes. Perez is solid for a catcher but 4 HR’s in his first week doesn’t erase the last 5 years. Looking at his numbers it’s easy to see a guy who has slowly been selling out for power as his K% has increased every year and so has his ISO. Don’t go crazy and trade for the guy, he’s still pretty much the guy he was on draft day, he just has 4 HR’s already.
Jean Segura has a mild hamstring sprain. I’d prefer they 10 day DL him just to be safe but I get the feeling they plan to sit him for a couple days and then we risk re-injuring and making it worse.
Jackie Bradley Jr is going to the DL with his sprained knee. All signs point to him being fine next week when the 10 days are up.
Joaquin Benoit got the closer job over Neris and Gomez. I was a little disappointed because Neris much better at this point in their careers and could run away with the job. However, since the Phillies shouldn’t compete this year this gives them a two-fold benefit. Neris will have a lower arbitration number with less saves, and Benoit could become a trade chip at the deadline if he performs well. I don’t really see a situation where Neris doesn’t have the job after the all-star break. Whether due to Benoit losing it or being good enough to be traded.
Gary Sanchez out 4 weeks with bicep strain. For those concerned about zapped power a little google shows that with a grade 1 strain there is no loss of strength. This was best case scenario for Sanchez, besides the getting hurt initially part.
Trea Turner to the DL with a hamstring strain. Originally said only a couple days but I’m glad they DL’d him. Sounds like he should be fine when he comes back. For those worried about his speed after the injury, do you really think a manager will let him haul ass to first base but say “Don’t steal second”? I’m not sure that actually happens but people keep bringing it up.
Don’t give up on Sean Manaea yet
My Take: Very encouraging signs after two bad outcome starts. Getting more whiffs and ground balls will eventually pay off. I’m sold on a nice buy low candidate.
Miguel Sano’s adjustment points to possible sustained improvement.
My Take: Sano looks to be a draft day steal at this point. I wasn’t sold before the season but his ability to apply adjustments could mean big things this year and in the future. Probably too late to buy in but I would definitely be holding if I had him.
Gio Gonzalez: 65% owned. Pitching at home vs a STL team that is starting off the season ice cold behind the dish. 28th out of 30 teams in wRC+(Weighted Runs Created Plus).
Joe Musgove: 34% owned. Seattle has also started out cold at the plate (27th) and is matched up with Ariel Miranda, whom you’ve likely never heard of because he’s 28 and not very good.
Tyler Skaggs: 11% owned. He’s a favorite vs Hamels today and Angels are mashing the ball. Good shot for a W and QS with a decent amount of K’s.
SD/COL over 12 -110
Tools For Success – Tomorrow
Positional Rankings – Thursday/Friday
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