May 26, 2014 posted by Chuck Anderson

2014 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Wrap: Panda Power

2014 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Wrap:  Panda Power
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Pablo Sandoval had an anemic 60 wRC+ in April, it is 122 in May.  He is not walking at all but the power is showing up again with four home runs and a .213 ISO for the month.


Mike Minor has five starts under his belt.  His strikeout and walk rates and in line with previous seasons.  Batted ball data indicates harder contact, particularly the 18.2% HR/FB ratio.  There is no significant velocity change, so the expectation is things will normalize.  He is a strong part of any fantasy rotation.


David Wright’s numbers display a contradiction.  He is whiffing more than ever, but also has a career high 27.6% line drive rate.  For fantasy purposes he is not walking or hitting for power.  Owners should be concerned at this point.


Aside from allowing two home runs in 12.2 IP Jaime Garcia has looked strong.  He even has a little more zip on his fastball.  He is a good rotation pitcher for those in twelve team mixers, or even ten team, although he is not the most durable arm.


Jesse Chavez had a 2.55 FIP in April.  After Saturday’s loss in Toronto it is 5.22 in May.  Do not pin any hopes on him.


Most thought Baltimore was a good fit for Nelson Cruz but surprisingly his numbers are universally better away from Camden Yards, even after his league leading sixteenth home run Sunday.  Owners should laugh all the way to the bank.


Should I mention something about Josh Beckett?  Probably.  Do not overreact to a no hitter, but his 3.66 xFIP and 8.5-9.0 K/9 will play in any fantasy rotation.


Casey Janssen was activated on May 12 and has seven saves.  It can happen when the team goes 9-1.  Koji Uehara’s team is not as good.  He has nine all year.


Entering Sunday Francisco Liriano was one of three starting pitchers with a swinging strike rate over 14.0%.  The difference between him and the other leaders is his zone% is the league’s second worst at 38.2%.  He continues to frustrate and confound fantasy players.


Michael Morse’s underlying numbers are very close to those he posted in 2011 (31 HR, 95 RBI).  Steamer’s updated projections have him at 27/86, so he could be on the way to repeating.


While typing this Chris Iannetta swatted his fifth home run, all coming against left-handed pitching.




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