Remember that Corey Kluber's two brilliant starts recently, when he combined for one ER and 24 strikeouts over 16 IP, came against the Kansas City Royals, a putrid O altogether, and the Chicago White Sox, who despite their strength are prone to K's. That being said, Kluber's command along with his improving use and control of his sinker demand that you add him.
Marcus Stroman is one of those "talent before established role" additions you should get on in mixed leagues. Skills like his find a way. Despite Dustin McGowan's recent rebound, he's still clinging to a rotation spot. J.A. Happ is hardly secure. Heck, if Casey Janssen (back) takes longer to rehab, Stroman could prove to be the best option for SVOs.
- Wilson Ramos, one of our big preseason sleepers, is on pace to return Saturday. If he can stay healthy, he's going to hit the ball far.
- Note that Dillon Gee's .218 BAABIP is somewhat backed up by the fact he's allowed his lowest liner rate and highest infield fly pace (excluding his five-start 2010). But he's not going to strand 85.4 percent of runners all year. His reliance on good in-play fortune so far has produced too much good luck. Whenever he settles down, he'll remain a sound play at Citi Field.
- There's floating speculation that the Atlanta Braves could replace Dan Uggla in the lineup with Tommy La Stella, who's simply raking at Class AAA Gwinnett. The 25-year-old could offer Scooter Gennett-like production for deep-leaguers: Any homers would be accidental, but the contact potential could be a perfect low-risk, moderate-reward BA buoy.
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