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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: ZACK GREINKE POSTS FANTASTIC SPRING DESPITE DIMINISHED HEATER

                                                      

There has been a lot of talk this spring regarding the disturbing drop in fastball velocity from Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke and rightfully so given the fact he was being drafted as a fantasy baseball ace when leagues began forming back in late February.  Greinke's ADP has slid since we first gained word that his average fastball velocity was coming in just at the mid-80's and so visions of home runs sailing over outfield fences at a high clip during his outing began to percolate and disturb the overall picture here.  As worth of concern as the whole issue has been, Greinke still managed to have an excellent spring training, which he finished in grand style by tossing a six-inning gem with one hit given up to finish with just a tiny 1.04 ERA and 6 K's in 8.1 IP.  Greinke still has more than a clue about how to set up hitters even without his old fastball and so maybe we all worried about this a bit too much.  However we are only a few years removed from a very ugly 2016 campaign from Greinke that saw a slew of homers go out in his starts and question whether he was even an SP 3 anymore.  This one could easily go in either direction however and it is one of the main topics worth monitoring early on during the season.


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