10 Important Stories From 04/12/17 Box Scores: Judge’s Power, Surprising Pitching Performances & More

by Ray Kuhn

Wednesday was the first “true” day on the baseball schedule, and what a great day it was. While some of the games might not have been the most exciting or valuable from a fantasy perspective, the important thing is that we had a full day of action from all 30 teams.

Let’s take a look at some of the performances of note from yesterday’s action:

1) Aaron Judge’s Power Display Continues…

We should wait about two weeks before truly taking a look at batting averages. Entering the season, there was a lot of scrutiny on Judge and his young teammates, and it wasn’t the smoothest of starts for the outfielder. But after a 2 for 3 performance on Wednesday, Judge’s average is up to .308 on the season. Judge went deep for the third time this season, a two run blast while also driving in another run to bring his RBI total for the year to seven. Currently, Judge is batting seventh, but if he continues on this place, although I don’t expect him to be a .300 hitter (the power is real), he will likely move up in the order.

2) Romine’s Day Was Grand….

The Tigers are top heavy with veterans, but that also means there is plenty of opportunity towards the bottom of their lineup. You just have to be careful not to overreact to success, while also keeping in mind that roles are fluid. However, it’s hard not to notice Andrew Romine’s grand slam on Wednesday. Romine went 2 for 3 with a grand slam while raising his average to .545. Now, it’s just 11 at bats so far this season, and Romine has yet to establish himself as anything more than a utility player, but his success is worth keeping an eye on; especially in deeper leagues and as a minimum value DFS option.

3) Zach Lee, Really…

After we discuss Lee’s day, which certainly came as a shock to all (especially those who stacked Rockies’ hitters), the focus will move back to more fantasy worthy options. However, this is certainly proof that anything can happen on any given day. Making the start in place of an injured Trevor Cahill, Lee was expected serve as a punching bag for Charlie Blackmon and company. Instead we got 5.1 scoreless innings out of Lee as he picked up the victory. The fact that this came after Jered Weaver had success in Coors Field also was just as shocking. Lee had one prior major league start under his belt, seven runs in 4.2 innings in 2015, and put up a 6.14 ERA in 27 Triple-A starts last season. On this day, he allowed just two hits while walking four and striking out three batters. Don’t expect this again, but we should take note of Colorado’s struggles.

4) Piscotty Did the Hitting This Time…

This is a critical season for the young outfielder as he looks to grow into a true middle of the order threat for the Cardinals, and yesterday showed what he is capable of. Piscotty drove in five of St. Louis’ runs with three hits. He was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, and his first home run of the season (a three run shot) provided insurance for the Cardinals. This might be the lowest we see Piscotty’s value all season.

5) A Pitcher’s Duel in Toronto…

From Marcus Stroman, we would expect this, but from Chase Anderson not as much. Although this might be the beginning of something more from Anderson as it was his second straight strong start. And after his first start against the Rockies, this one came against a Toronto team that has been a huge disappointment so far this season. Stroman pitched a complete game, and allowed just two runs on seven hits and a walk, but it just wasn’t good enough as he lowered his ERA to 1.76. After the WBC, we expected this success from the right-hander, but Anderson’s ERA of 0.69 is quite surprising. In seven innings of work, he scattered just three hits and two walks while striking out seven for the victory. At this point, it is only two starts, but Anderson’s success is something that will warrant further investigation if it continues.

6) Suarez Clears the Bases…

Even though he hit 21 home runs and drove in 70 runs last season, fantasy owners weren’t exactly taking Eugenio Suarez seriously. So far this year, he is working towards proving those skeptics wrong. Suarez came through with a bases clearing double against the Pirates, his third of the season, to bring his RBI total up to eight. The third baseman went 3 for 4 on the night, and raised his average to .429 in the process. Perhaps the Reds offense, at least the top of the order (one through five), will be better than initially expected and provide some fantasy value.

7) Did Altuve Find His Groove…

It has been a difficult start to the season for the Astros’ second baseman, but things looked good for him on Wednesday. To be honest, after falling behind 5-0, things looked good for the whole team as they rallied to scored 10 unanswered runs to secure the series victory. Altuve played a large part in that as he reached base in all five of his plate appearances, three singles and two walks, while scoring three runs and raising his batting average to .275. It is still too early to look at batting averages, but another game like last night’s, will bring Altuve’s right up to where it is expected to be.

8) Power Was on Display in Atlanta…

Both home run displays had fantasy value, but one was a lot more surprising than the other. While Ender Inciarte’s two home runs were a nice surprise for his fantasy owners, they should be looked at as the beginning of a trend. On the other hand, Giancarlo Stanton’s fantasy owners are as he went deep for the first time this season. Both were two run shots for Stanton as he also tripled his RBI total to six on the season. Over the course of the season, I wouldn’t be concerned about his power, but it certainly was nice to see Stanton leave the yard. Inciarte though, isn’t drafted, if he is at all, for his power. However, that doesn’t mean fantasy owners aren’t excited about his two home runs. Just don’t expect much more than that this season.

9) Another Unexpected Pitching Performance….

Entering the night one of the games fantasy owners circled to target offensively, was the Diamondbacks against Matt Cain. Instead, the Giants’ right-hander did enough to silence their bats and pick up the victory. Cain pitched five innings for the victory while holding Arizona to one run on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts. The start was far from perfect, and is not nearly enough to send anyone rushing to their waiver wires to claim Cain. We should also not be all that surprised that Shelby Miller picked up the loss. While I’m still going to be extremely cautious about using him in my starting lineup, there is still some hope he can at least be a match-up play this season. On Wednesday, Miller got into a lot of trouble (seven hits and two walks), but was able to limit the damage to just three runs in 5.1 innings.

10) Baltimore Put on a Power Show…

The Orioles’ home run potential was certainly on display on Wednesday against Steven Wright and Boston’s bullpen. Baltimore went deep five times, and was led by prospect Trey Mancini who hit hits first two home runs of the season. Mancini had a solo home run as well as a three run shot as he makes a bid for more playing time. If Mancini hits, the Orioles will find a place for him (he played left field on Wednesday) and he does have a track record of power which makes him a player who should be on your radar. While they scored 12 runs in total, Baltimore was also helped by solo home runs from some of the usual suspects; Jonathan Schoop, Adam Jones, and Chris Davis.



  1. foolintherain says:

    Curious as to your thoughts on Amir Garrett. I read your draft guide take on him. Do you think that this could mean he’s got the walks under control, or like many young pitchers is this likely a situation that could ebb and flow?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      There will likely be some ebb and flow, as with any youngsters, but I’m def. buying. He has a high upside and in deeper formats is worth the gamble

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