Curtis Granderson
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Curtis Granderson is in a funk. As a .259 career hitter struggles at the plate aren’t uncommon, but this is ridiculous.
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Granderson is hitting .125 with five runs, one home run, five RBI and a pair of stolen bases. He has just four extra-base hits on the season for a .460 OPS. To put things into perspective, Charlie Blackmon is batting .410.
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Granderson has struck out 25 times already. That’s not his main problem. Sure, his 29.8% strikeout ratio is high, but he’s a player with a career mark of 23.2%. Striking out frequently is part of the equation for Granderson.
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One of his issues is bad luck. Obviously when you’re hitting .125 you’re playing bad, but his BABIP is at .170. For a player with Granderson’s speed  that is well below the norm. In fact, his career mark is .303. That’s not just a few balls hit right at someone. That’s a 133-point dip.
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Throughout his career April hasn’t been a good month. Granderson has hit .246. He also tails off at the end of seasons hitting a combined .241 from August through October, but he has got it going from May through July. During that three-month stretch Granderson has hit a combined .278. Between that and an improved BABIP, things should start turning around  a big for Granderson. After all, it can’t get much worse.
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Granderson just got out of a 0-22 slump. Getting into a slump this early in the season wreaks havoc on your  numbers.
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If you can afford to stash Granderson on your bench to give him time to come around, I urge you to do so. If you’re getting trade offers for him, be sure to get a decent return. On the flip side, if you can snag him for next to nothing, go for it.
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Josh Beckett Dodgers
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Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies
Becket is winless, but he has a 2.57 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He has thrown five scoreless innings in each of his past two starts.
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Season Totals:  6-6, 125 IP, 99 Ks, 4.03 ERA (56 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (124 hits, 48 walks)
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Chris Colabello
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Chris Colabello enters the day hitting a robust .347 and an American League leading 22 RBI. His value may never be higher so be sure to entertain all offers that come your way. Don’t just give Colabello away, but if the right offer comes along, take it.
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Every year there seems to be a player or two that comes from nowhere to shine. I just don’t know that Colabello is the guy.
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In 55 games last year for the Minnesota Twins Colabello hit .194 with a .631 OPS. His 22 RBIs through 19 games are already more than the 17 he had in 55 games last year. With a six, a four and a pair of three RBI games, a little bit of luck is playing a role in Colabello’s early success. Take away those four games and he has six RBI in his other 15 games.
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Speaking of luck, Colabello is enjoying a .460 BABIP. That is not a sustainable number, particularly for a guy that has yet to steal a base in 74 big league games.
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Colabello is 30. It wasn’t until 2012 that he migrated to the minor leagues after spending seven seasons in the Independent Can-Am League. Colabello hit .284 for Double-A New Britain in 2012 and .352 for Triple-A Rochester last year.
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Will the other shoe eventually drop? There is a good chance that once his luck dries up and that BABIP goes south that Colabello will be in for a regression. If you can move him while he’s at maximum value, I say go for it.
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MLB: Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
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Ricky Nolasco, Minnesota Twins @ Tampa Bay Rays
Nolasco is off to a rough start at 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA. He’s been particularly brutal on the road at 0-2 with a 8.62 ERA. I’m banking on the law of averages here. Nolasco is better than he’s been. If you’re in a close ERA battle, don’t take the leap with me.
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Season Totals:  6-6, 120 IP, 92 Ks, 3.98ERA (53 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (120 hits, 45 walks)
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Here’s another look at some players that are off to fast starts that could be worth a look on your fantasy baseball team.
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Rajai Davis, OF, Detroit Tigers
Davis is hitting .288 with 10 runs. His real value comes from his seven stolen bases.
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Conor Gillaspie, 3B, Chicago White Sox
Gillaspie is hitting .302 with eight runs and 12 RBI. He’s a decent fill-in for your corner infield slot.
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Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals
Escobar is hitting .305 with eight runs, eight RBI and two stolen bases. He has SB potential for your middle infield slot.
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Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, Texas Rangers
Kouzmanoff is filling in admirably for Adrian Beltre. He’s hitting .370 with a pair of home runs and 10 RBI.
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Russell Martin, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
Martin is hitting .269 with nine runs, two HRs and 11 RBI. He can be a decent backup catcher for fantasy owners.
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David Murphy, OF, Cleveland Indians
Murphy has slowed a little, but he’s hitting .291 with 15 RBI.
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Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers
You’ll have to live with Reynolds’ .214 batting average, but with five HRs he can add some pop to your lineup.
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Wade Miley
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Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks @ Chicago Cubs
Miley is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA. He’s pitching on the road where 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA vs. 1-2 at home with a 6.35 ERA. Last year he had a 3.09 road ERA against a 4.15 home mark.
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Season Totals:  5-6, 113 IP, 88 Ks, 4.14 ERA (52 earned runs), 1.42 WHIP (116 hits, 45 walks)
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Jason Hammel
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Jason Hammel, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Hammel is 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. He has 16 Ks in 20.2 innings. He has two of the Cubs five wins. The D’back also have just five wins.
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Season Totals:  4-6, 107 IP, 86 Ks, 4.21 ERA (50 earned runs), 1.44 WHIP (110 hits, 44 walks)
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