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Saturday, April 28, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Yu Darvish:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.26.  We still don't have definitive word if Darvish is tipping his pitches or if he has simply not a bit of his stuff after Tommy John surgery but what I will say that is that he is fine velocity was at 94.9 which is where he has been each of the last three seasons and higher than in 2014 before the procedure. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .333.  What is interesting here is that Cabrera has always been under-priced due to my belief he was always held up to his one superstar outlier campaign years ago.  The guy has been a terrific buy for the New York Mets the last three seasons and he is still showcasing a very solid offensive game to help as a daily guy in deeper setups. 

Franchy Cordero: 2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .241.  Just to show you how much the fantasy baseball overvalues average, Cordero is likely going to go 15/15 or 20/20 but yet he won't get the credit that deserves due to him likely hitting around .250 due to all those K's.

Jacob DeGrom:  7.1 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.06.  The WHIP is 1.04 and DeGrom is now 3-0 when he should be 5-0 due to some bullpen meltdowns.  Whatever you paid for him at the draft, you got a bargain. 

Manny Machado:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .356.  Combine an already top player with impending free agency and you get the early fantasy baseball MVP.

Pedro Alvarez:  2/3 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .218.  I am obligated to talk about any two home run game so here it is.  Moving on.

Chris Tillman:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 7.03. Great start but if you pick up Tillman you need another hobby other than this. 

A.J. Pollock:  3/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .286.  Pollock is on pace for a career-best in home runs and batting behind Paul Goldschmidt likely has something to do with that.  Where are the steals though?

Zack Godley:  5 IP 10 H 4 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.81.  Starting to worry here as Godley's WHIP is 1.41 and so his ERA should be even worse.  One-year wonder is possible. 

Stephen Strasburg:  5 ER in 6.1 IP with an ERA of 3.63.  Once again, Strasburg always seems to pitch to a higher ERA than his hype and stuff would suggest. 

Odubel Herrera:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .348.  I have always been a big booster of Herrera's but he has yet to put a full season together.  Maybe it happens now with the hype having died down quite a bit.

Aaron Nola:  7 IP 7 H 3 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.58.  The K's are WAY down (6.57compared to 9.86 last season) but the velocity is fine.  You can get away with a dip in K's in the NL but the sticker price on Nola this season had 180-plus whiffs in the forecast. 

Gregory Polanco:  2/6 with his 6th HR while hitting .213.  Polanco has been in a gigantic slump but at least he is still hitting for power on the rare occasions he is connecting.  Either way, it always seems to be something that is held back numbers-wise. 

Miles Mikolas:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.27.  So far the reclamation project that has been Miles Mikolas for the St. Louis Cardinals has been nothing but a smashing success and his advanced metrics all point to this being legitimate.  A 0.55 BB/9 is insane control and Mikolas' strikeouts have been trending upwards.  This is a legit guy. 

Joey Gallo:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .240.  Wow Gallo hitting .240 is like .340 for anyone else. 

Marcus Stroman:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 8.88.  There may not be a worse pitcher in all of fantasy baseball season.  What happened to this guy? 

Wilson Ramos:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .261.  Ramos may be the most disrespected catcher in all of fantasy baseball. 

Blake Snell:  7.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.52.  We are officially watching the berth of the next big strikeout pitcher who could reach ace status by the end of the season. 

Mitch Haniger:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .307.  Incredible stuff happening here.  This is a hold all the way as Haniger is really this good. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .180.  Encarnacion is showing signs of snapping out of his pathetic funk the first month of the season and this makes sense as his playing body clock is likely already in May which is his best month by a mile historically given that the season began the last week of March. 

Mike Zunino:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .214.  Zunino has hit typical one hit that went for a home run and nothing else.  Sorry can't stomach that average even at catcher. 

Francisco Lindor:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .235.  I did a piece a week ago saying Lindor would be just fine as the season goes on and that already looks to be the case.  The guy is still a top 15 player in all of baseball and the numbers will reflect that by the end of the season.  There was never any buy low window here either. 

Michael Brantley:  3/3 with his second HR while hitting .344.  Brantley is a line drive machine and he can hit .315 in his sleep so he retains very good OF 3 value no matter how many games he misses with injury. 

Yonder Alonso:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .221.  Alonso is having a big first-half power binge like he did a year ago and so he is validating that performance but this time it is coming with an abysmal average.  This is proof positive Alonso is swinging for the fences as he came up as a .300-hitting first baseman with no power and now the opposite has taken place.

Corey Kluber:  8.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.18.  I know he is a monster and all but I always get nervous when any of my pitchers go more than 7 innings given the injury factor. 

Jose Peraza:  4/6 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .286. A post-hype sleeper made good?  I think so.  Peraza has always run like the wind but his solid minor league averages failed to make the jump to the majors until this season.  Entrenched in the second spot in the order, Peraza will score a ton of runs in front of Joey Votto at the very least. 

Joey Votto:  3/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .280.  If anyone ever sends me a message asking me what is wrong with Joey Votto, I will never correspond with you again.  The guy is one of the best hitters I have ever seen.

Luis Castillo:  5 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 7.85.  Enjoy the bus ride back to the minors bro.  See you maybe during the summer.  A complete abomination. 

Sean Manaea:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.03.  No-hits Boston and then bucks the trend of pitching poorly after such an outing by completely shutting down Houston.  Have not seen back-to-back outings like this in a long while. 

Matt Davidson:  2/5 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .237.  Another double dose of bombs from Davidson who is doing his typical thing with big power and ugly averages.  What is that worth to you? 

Mike Moustakas:  2/6 with his 8th HR while hitting .311.  If this doesn't get Moustakas paid, nothing will.


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