The first week of the 2016 MLB season is just about in the books. So, in typical MLB, fashion let’s freak out about every minuscule first week stat!
AL Cy Young: Ubaldo Jimenez, Baltimore Orioles
NL MVP: Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies
2016 World Series: Cincinnati Reds (3-0) vs. Baltimore Orioles (3-0)
This freakout seems to takes the baseball world by storm every year and the same goes for the fantasy baseball world. People drop all-stars for guys who get off to an uber hot start.
I remember in 2012 I dropped Carlos Gomez in a dynasty league within the first few weeks of the season (for who I have no recollection) because he started out slow. Needless to say that was me panicking over first week stats.
What I’m here to tell you is don’t be 2012 me and STOP!
Take a deep breath, sit back in your chair, and remove your cursor from the “drop player” tab on Mike Trout and continue reading about the five player you shouldn’t push the panic button on (it’s on the first week, ya goof).
5 Players You Shouldn’t Push The Panic Button On
J.D. Martinez, OF, Detroit Tigers
Two years ago J.D. Martinez blasted himself onto the MLB scene by becoming a post-post-post-hype player in the Tigers organization and this year he only has two hits.
TWO HITS (commence fantasy freakout)!
Judging by last year stats, Martinez, like many MLB players, tends to heat up as the season goes on. Consistently he’s a .280 hitter with 30+ home run power and these days power comes at a premium, so keep Martinez and enjoy the production from the five-hoole hitter in Detroit’s nasty lineup.
Yoenis Cespedes, OF, New York Mets
Cespedes was traded to the Mets mid-season and became a catalyst for the their historic payoff run and now he has half the hits as Martinez: One.
ONE HIT (envision Pee-wee freaking out over someone saying the secret word of the day)!
Cespedes is a mystical wonder.
The guy can just turn his talent on in the blink of an eye. I feel like he’s toying with us all when people put his play in doubt or criticizes his character. I don’t use this word often but Ces seems to have that swag about him that rubs off onto his teammates that makes his whole team better.
Sure, his outfield mechanics need a little help, but that won’t hurt you. Rest assured Cespedes is a guy worth rostering all season long.
Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies
Blackmon backed up his tremendous 2014 season with an encore performance and more stolen bases, but, this year he has zero SBs.
ZERO! (cue Nicholas Cage “not the bees” scene in The Wicker Man)!
It’ll be OK. Breathe.
Stolen bases are at all all-time low in baseball and Blackmon has a combined 71 in his first two full seasons as a starter and having zero in the first week is no big deal. He bats leadoff in one of baseballs most potent offenses (hence why Story will be NL MVP this year, duh) and he will look to be one of the best bag swipers in the league.
Also, fun fact, he only had two stolen bases in the month of April last season.
Zack Greinke, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Greinke was the ace of aces last season when he posted a ridiculous 1.66 ERA, and as of the first week he has an earned run average that currently sits 15-times higher than the aforementioned ERA.
FIFTEEN (grandma has fallen and she can’t get up with Life Alert button cued)!
When it comes to pitchers they have their ups and downs.
Greinke was pitching for a new team on Opening Day and it’s been reported that he was doing so with the flu, so there’s no reason to think this will become the norm for the stud pitcher. It will be tough for him to replicate his numbers from last season, but look for him to rebound from here on out.
Don’t drop him for Jeremy Hellickson, please.
Tyson Ross, SP, San Diego Padres
Tyson Ross has been getting better and better as each season passes, but on Opening Day Ross was shelled for 7 earned runs in 5.1 innings (11.81 ERA) to start out the 2016 season.
11.81 ERA (Kermit-the-frog-wailing-his-arms-kind of freakout)!
Ross is a good pitcher, not a great one, but this ERA will shrink over the course over the months.
Whether it was nerves about his first ever Opening Day start, or the fact that the Dodgers are THAT good offensively, I would make a conscious decision to keep him on my team. Sure, the Friars have a very weak offense (zero runs in the first three games played), but he’s got a great K rate and pitches in a cavernous park.
Two things to keep in mind with Ross’ start: His ERA last season was the highest in April last year and he only had one walk, which was his biggest problem in 2016.
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