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Eric Thames was a tough projection for many people. He put up sick numbers in the Korean Baseball Organization, but already struggled in his brief time in the majors before going to Korea. The Brewers elected to let Chris Carter go coming off a 41-homer season and sign Thames to a four-year, $22.5 million deal.
The KBO is favorable for hitters and it was difficult to know how those numbers would translate to the majors. Thames went .349/.451/.721 with 126 home runs, 387 RBIs and 64 stolen bases. Thames spent 95 games in the majors in 2011 and 86 in 2012. He was with the Orioles and Mariners in the minor leagues in 2013 before leaving for Korea. Thames flashed power, but struck out a lot.
Thames couldn't have asked for a better start with the Brewers. He homered twice on Saturday and once on Sunday. He has five home runs over his last four games. He is batting .368 with a .455 on-base percentage and a .921 slugging percentage with six home runs and 11 RBIs. He has sat against some left-handers, but that might change with this start.
Neftali Feliz has looked dominant and picked up his fourth save. He has reached triple-digits with his fastball. He has a 1.93 ERA and 0.43 WHIP.
Zach Britton was placed on the 10-day DL with a left forearm strain. Brad Brach will likely be the closer with Britton out.
Justin Verlander allowed a career-high nine earned runs, including three home runs in four innings. Manager Brad Ausmus indicated Verlander may have been tipping his pitches.
Sit back for this one: Rich Hill has a blister problem...again! Hill was removed from the game before the fourth inning on Sunday. Hill is likely to hit the DL and Alex Wood is expected to take the spot in the starting rotation.
Jeurys Familia can return from his 15-game suspension on April 20. The Mets say they might ease him back into the closer role.
Miguel Cabrera left Sunday's game with back tightness. He is listed as day-to-day. The back has been bothering him since the spring.
Sam Dyson had another rough outing on Sunday, blowing another save. He has an ERA of 27 and chances are he won't get the next save opportunity. Jeremy Jeffress and Matt Bush appear to be next in line.
After an awful outing to open the season, Michael Pineda has two straight good starts. He pitched seven innings against the Cardinals and allowed six, hits, two earned runs, one walk and struck out six. In 18.1 innings, he has a 3.44 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and a 23:1 K:BB ratio. I am not convinced he will be consistent just yet.
Adam Wainwright's struggles continue. He allowed four runs and 10 hits in 4.2 innings against the Yankees. He is 0-3 with a 7.24 ERA and 2.20 WHIP.
Nomar Mazara's hot start continued with a home run on Sunday. Mazara is batting .340 with a .620 slugging percentage, four home runs and 13 RBIs.
Avisail Garcia went 4-for-5 with a home run on Sunday. He is 20-for-43 (.465) with seven runs, two home runs and 10 RBIs.
Joaquin Benoit converted his first save chance after being named closer, but blew a save on Sunday when he allowed a walk-off home run to Bryce Harper. Benoit isn't in danger of losing his job yet, but Hector Neris is still someone to stash. He's the best arm in the Phillies bullpen.
James Paxton's great start continued. He threw eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits, one walk and struck out nine in a win over the Rangers. Paxton has opened the season with 21 scoreless innings, 0.57 WHIP and a 22:4 K:BB ratio.
Ervin Santana has been almost as good as Paxton. He threw a one-hit shutout in a win over the White Sox Saturday. He allowed one walk and struck out eight. He is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA, 0.45 WHIP and a 15:5 K:BB ratio in 22 innings.
Dylan Bundy had another good start with six scoreless innings in a win over the Blue Jays. He allowed five hits, one walk and struck out six. He has a 1.86 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and a 17:3 K:BB ratio in 19.1 innings. He's for real.
Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini homered twice on Sunday and has seven home runs in his first 12 games of his career. He is batting .364 with five runs, four home runs and nine RBIs. He's been mostly playing against left-handers, but could see more at-bats if he continues to hit. He's worth an add in deeper formats.
Marcus Semien was placed on the DL with a wrist injury. He will undergo a CT scan. Chad Pinder was recalled to take the roster spot.
Jake Odorizzi was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Chris Sale's transition to Boston has been extremely smooth. He dominated again against the Rays on Saturday, going seven innings, allowing three hits, one run, three walks and struck out 12. He is 1-1 with a 1.25 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and a 29:5 K:BB ratio in 21.2 innings.
Craig Kimbrel picked up two saves over the weekend and has five for the season.
Raul Mondesi has yet to show he can hit, but he stole his fifth base of the season.
There was major concern in the spring with Carlos Carrasco after he experienced elbow soreness and was hammered in one of his spring starts. So far, so good. Carrasco has a 2.33 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and a 19:6 K:BB ratio in 19.1 innings.
Jameson Taillon was impressive against the Cubs in Wrigley Field. He threw seven innings, allowing no earned runs, three walks and struck out six in a win. He has a 0.90 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
Ian Kennedy threw eight shutout innings, allowing two hits and 10 strikeouts in a no-decision.
Tyler Skaggs threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits, two walks and struck out seven. He has a 5.19 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.
Marcell Ozuna stayed hot. He is batting .404 with five home runs and 18 RBIs.
Francisco Rodriguez hasn't been dominant, but he picked up his fifth save.
Jacob deGrom was dominant on Saturday against the Marlins. He pitched seven innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out 13, but the bullpen blew the win.
Ender Inciarte hit his fourth homer of the season Sunday.
Eugenio Suarez flew under the radar in drafts. He homered Sunday and is batting .364 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. Suarez had 21 home runs and 11 stolen bases last season.
Gregory Polanco sat out Saturday and Sunday with a groin injury.
Cesar Hernandez was drafted for stolen bases. He hit his third home run of the season Sunday and stole his first base of the season. The steals will come.
Blake Treinen allowed a run in a tie game in the ninth inning against the Phillies Sunday. He has not pitched well and has a 6.00 ERA. Hold on to Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.
Bryce Harper hit two home runs Sunday, including a walk-off. He is batting .333 with four home runs and 13 RBIs.
Carlos Martinez had one of the weirdest lines you will ever see on Saturday against the Yankees. Martinez struck out 11 and issued eight walks over 5.1 innings. He allowed four hits and two earned runs. He threw 118 pitches; 71 for strikes. He took the loss and is 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA.
Greg Bird finally delivered a home run. He hit his first on Sunday and went 3-for-3 and is batting .138.
Aaron Hicks hit his third homer of the season and is batting .318 in a part-time role.
Jarrett Parker broke his clavicle running into the outfield wall. Chris Marrero, Gorkys Hernandez and Melvin Upton are candidates to fill in.
Kenta Maeda had another bad start allowing four earned runs in four innings against the Diamondbacks. He has a 7.07 ERA and pitches at Arizona this week. I am benching him in one of my weekly leagues.