Michael Morse was hitting home runs once every 17 at-bats a year ago, so when he came off the disabled list June 2nd and still did not have a home run 57 at-bats into the season it was easy to write off last year as a career year. Now he has one home run after 61 at-bats. Probably not what Morse or his fantasy owners would want, but it could be a start.
Let's keep in mind that Morse basically did not have a spring training this season. He had 7 at-bats and then got 21 rehab at-bats sprinkled in throughout different locations a the Nats minor league system. The 28 at-bats he had (if it's even fair to group them together) would be about one-third of a typical spring training regiment. In other words, Morse's slow start over the last two-plus weeks can be attributed to rust.
Also, Morse did not come out of the gates guns-blazing last year either. He was homerless through his first 46 at-bats and had just 1 home run after 70 at-bats. His April OPS was under .600 while every month after that was over .800.
In a very short sample size, Morse is striking out more and walking less, and hitting more groundballs in proportion to flyballs, but let's keep everything in perspective. If he had struck out two fewer times and walked one more time his numbers would be where they were last year in those categories. Again, it's a very short sample size. This is still a buy low opportunity with some risk as every buy low opportunity tends to be, but if you were high on Morse before the lat injury there's no reason to fret about the slow start.
- Coco Crisp stole three bases last night. He has multiple hit games in four out of his last five games too. The average is .208, so check to see if he's available if steals is an issue.
- Bartolo Colon will be placed on the disabled list with an oblique injury soon. If it is a roster spot that he holds up then drop him.
- Jake Peavy threw a complete game and lost yesterday, but continues to be a great comeback story. I'm still waiting for something to fall off, but according to Fangraphs nobody has had a more effective fastball this year.
- The Blue Jays hit 6 home runs yesterday, and got two from Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista. With ten days left in June, Rasmus has 6 home runs this month and Joey Bats has 10.
- Andrelton Simmons did not make the Braves team out of spring training because of his bat, but through 55 at-bats he's done just fine. He had a multiple hit game yesterday and is at a .345 average overall.
- Mike Trout had four hits, four runs, and a walk last night. He has 20 multiple hit games this season.
- Justin Upton heard some boos after going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts yesterday. He has just 5 home runs on the season and none since May 23rd.
- With their rotation currently decimated with injuries the Blue Jays are showing interest in Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie is of course no stranger to the AL East.
- Joey Votto hit his league best 30th double yesterday. The next best player in baseball is Michael Cuddyer with just 22. Votto also leads the Majors in extra base hits and intentional walks.