Hey everyone! I apologize for the abbreviated version of What You Need To Know today unfortunately I ran out of time because I have to go to Easter brunch. I hope everyone enjoys their holiday to those who celebrate.
Exit Velocity Readings
Your top exit velocity readings from yesterday, in order: Giancarlo Stanton, Sean Murphy (again!), Harold Ramirez, Jorge Soler, and Matt Chapman.
We keep seeing Sean Murphy on this list, maybe this is finally the year he breaks out!
We mentioned Hunter Dozier’s better plate discipline to start the season and he continues to hit really well. Last night we went two for four with one home run and three hard-hit balls.
Jorge Soler hit lead-off for the Marlins yesterday and smashed a home run with two RBI to go along with it. He had three hard-hit balls yesterday all over 97 MPH.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, another lead-off hitter, had four hard-hit balls yesterday against the Nationals. He is currently hitting .400!
Paul Goldschmidt has three hard-hit balls yesterday but he continues to struggle with a .160 average and .500 OPS. He should come around.
C.J. Cron has been on a hot streak hitting .333 on the year with a 1.232 OPS. He had three hard-hit balls yesterday with two home runs and three RBI.
Swing and Misses:
Ian Anderson (17)
Carlos Carrasco (17)
Justin Verlander (17)
Hunter Greene (16)
Cody Poteet (15)
Carlos Carrasco was our streamer of the week and it seemed like such an obvious choice! He faced off against a weak offense and looked like vintage Carlos Carrasco as he struck out eight hitters in five innings. What’s most impressive is his ability to get whiffs with the changeup (10) and called strikes with the four-seam (12). He is a must-add in my book and as long as he stays healthy he could be in for a good season.
After Blackburn’s first start we discussed him in a previous What You Need To Know. his velocity was up and he was using his curveball a ton. Last night, Blackburn decided to mix in the changeup and while the whiffs weren’t high he did sport a solid 34 CSW%. Overall he pitches five innings and allowed just two earned runs. He is a speculative add in all leagues except 10-teamers.
Matt Olson is making Atlanta Braves fans forget about Freddie Freeman. Olson has been on quite the hot streak to start the season hitting .412 with a 1.232 OPS. Last night against the Padres he went three for four with a home run and one RBI. He is on fire and if this continues, Olson could easily finish as the best first baseman in the league.