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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Lorenzo Cain:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  My love for this guy has no end.  I own Cain in both my competitive fantasy baseball leagues and my goodness has he been killing it.  Can's ADP has been a major market inequality for years and this year is was never more pronounced.  A glowing Status Report on the way. 

Manny Pina:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .231.  Pina did a fine job for a waiver wire price last season and he should get another long run with injuries knocking out those around him on the depth chart.  

Eric Thames:  2/4 with his a first HR while hitting .250.  What a difference a year makes when Thames was the darling of April in fantasy baseball but you know I said to all of you who owned him to sell high a some of the offers were ridiculous for him off one month.  Thames can't hit overall and is a mistake-pitch slugger as we saw from May onward.  

Nick Castellanos:  2/4 with 1 RBI while hitting .412.  So other than Lorenzo Cain, my biggest recommendation to all of you was Nick Castellanos.  Why do you ever even read another site?  

Bran Dozier:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .316.  Man Dozier is something else with the power at 2B.  

Lance Lynn:  5 ER in 4 IP with 6 BB with an ERA of 11.25.  I said after he signed that the AL is not going to be kind to Lynn.  Wanted no part of this and coming from a guy who was all over him as a big value a year ago.  

Tyler Chatwood:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 6 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Tightrope walking at its finest.  Was intrigued by Chatwood this season in exiting Colorado and showing nice K stuff in spring training.  Without control though, the K potential goes out the window.  

Tyler Mahle:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Yeah any outing like this will grab attention in fantasy baseball and especially this early in the season.  He was just a seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft but had a 1.59 ER in 85 Double-A innings a year ago.  Don't look for consistent K's here as that is not Mahle's thing but SP 5 due to National League surroundings attainable.  

Paul DeJong:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .467.  Kudos to DeJong whose power has been immense since coming to the majors but forget the average.  He already has struck out six times and eventually, the average will be plummeting and sharply as well.  Not the worst idea to do a sell high while the iron is hot.  

Jose Ramirez:  0/3 while hitting .000.  When one of the best pure hitters is still toting around three bagels in the average department, you have to think maybe the cut finger he suffered right at the end of camp is inhibiting the swing. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .308.  An inside-the-park job is not how we draw it up with Encarnacion but we'll take it. 

Yonder Alonso:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .286.  We may all look foolish by the end of the season for doubting the power uptick of Alonso last season. 

Mike Clevinger:  5.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  As long as the walks stay reasonable here, Clevinger can absolutely be a decent help to his fantasy baseball owners just like he was a year ago. 

Welington Castillo:  2/4 with 2 home runs (2 for the season) while hitting .231.  When is this guy ever going to get his due? 

Josh Donaldson:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .176.  Man, it is painful to watch Donaldson even walk as he seems taped up like a mummy.  Starting to think he is going to sell out for homers given the problems with his shoulder/arm and thus see his already sliding average dip, even more, this season. 

Aledmys Diaz:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .154.  Memories of 2016 have completely faded away here but given the Rogers Center locale, Diaz is worth monitoring the next few weeks. 

Reynaldo Lopez:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  While the overrated Lucas Giolito got all the hype coming up the Washington Nationals system, it should be noted that this guy was not that far behind in terms of pedigree.  And Lopez has better strikeout ability. 

Charlie Morton:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  I posted on Twitter last night how impressed I am with Morton and his transformation into a strikeout pitcher the last few seasons.  We are well past the validation time now with Morton on that front and so his affordable 2018 draft price looks that much better.  

Mookie Betts:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .316.  Ridiculous that Betts made it past the fifth pick in a MAJORITY of drafts this spring.

Hanley Ramirez:  2/5 with his first HR and first SB while hitting .294.  And for one night at least, Hanley thought he was wearing a Florida Marlins uniform again. 

Bryce Harper:  1/2 with his third HR while hitting .417.  You get the sense we are going to get Video Game Harper this season. 

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.29.  This guy either sucks or gets destroyed with no in-between. 

Yasmany Grandal:  3/6 with his first HR while hitting .438.  A start like this will certainly keep the Austin Barnes talk to a minimum. 

Chris Owings:  1/6 with his first HR while hitting .364.  Let's hope Owings stays in the lineup now. 

Kenley Jansen:  blown save with 3 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 18.00.  Wow even Jansen is not immune to the closer chaos of this season.  As much as I would like to go on my stop drafting closers early tangent, I can't do that here as I simply think it is just a very rare slump for Jansen.  He will be fine so breath.

Charlie Blackmon:  3/5 with his fourth HR while hitting .375.  Holy hell!

Ian Desmond:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .400.  Desmond looks very comfortable so far but he is actually still available in more leagues than I thought.  He plays in Colorado people. 

DJ LeMahieu:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .286.  Any moment we will hear LeMahieu changed his launch angle. 

Wil Myers:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Lots of homers, some steals, and around that .250 average is where this is going to go. 


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