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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Chris Archer:  5.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.94.  I ran out of patience with Archer heading into the season after being a big previous fan.  The lack of a third pitch is glaring here and it will overshadow all of the 200-plus K's. 

Alex Colome:  earned second save in pitching scoreless 9th with 10.80 ERA. Colome gave up a hit and a walk in barely escaping here.  I had zero confidence coming into the season about Colome and his rough start was a validation of my concerns. 

Bradley Zimmer:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .179.  The Indians are hitting so terribly as a team that you almost get the feeling they are now being told to close their eyes, swing, and hope for the best. 

Corey Kluber:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 13 K with an ERA of 1.57.  If this is how Kluber is going to pitch in April which is his worst statistical month, this could get scary good.

Noah Syndergaard:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.94.  Yes, it came against Miami but Thor bounced back fine from his shaky last outing.  The only thing we ever care about here is that he doesn't leave any one outing holding his arm/shoulder/ANYTHING! 

Josh Donaldson:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .238.  I think Donaldson is going to be the next free agent that gets frozen out in the process next winter since MLB execs will have the same fears about his physical state that we all do in fantasy baseball.

Steve Pearce:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .286.  The guy just finds a way to hang on, doesn't he?  I guess pick him up in deeper formats.

Manny Machado:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .326.  Amazing how all these pending free agents are going nuclear right now. 

J.A. Happ:  6 IP 5 H 21 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.94.  Happ pitching like this has gone WAY beyond the expiration date I had on it back in 2016 so I have nothing concrete to offer here without sounding like a phony. 

Dylan Bundy:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.35.  Bundy's stuff is finally popping again like it did pre-Tommy John surgery and maybe being someone of smallish size like he is, it took a couple of seasons to get there.  The fastball velocity has not changed but Bundy is dominating for the second April in a row.  The HR/9 rate has sank way down which is the primary reason in addition to the awesome K rate but let's give it more time before we ignore the advanced statistical assistance he got a season ago. 

Max Scherzer:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 0.90.  Yeah Mr. Kluber has some competition to the most awesome start of the early 2018 season.

Rhys Hoskins:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .429.  The OBP is insane as Hoskins continues to draw walks and also show aptitude as an overall hitter.  This was never a classic high home run/low batting average slugger given the plate discipline and so Hoskins was the one extremely hyped sleeper I said you could enter the bidding war on.

Scott Kingery:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .259.  Already playing all over the field, Kingery is getting the hitting aspect of things down nicely as well.  What an overall surprise this whole thing has been.

Matt Albers:  gets the win with 1 ER in 2 IP with 1.29 ERA.  The Brewers used Jacob Barnes and Josh Hader in setup and so it looks like Albers will be the guy for now even though he blew it in the ninth and won it in the tenth.  Strap in because this could be a bumpy ride. 

Greg Holland:  1 ER in .1 IP with 4 BB and 27.00 ERA.  The Cards threw Holland right in there in a tie game in the 10th and saw him implode in showing major rust.  I think long-term Holland will be fine but for now hold Bud Norris. 

Elvis Andrus:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .362.  Andrus is doing a nice job showing the power uptick a year ago was no fluke but he needs to keep running also. 

Cam Bedrosian/Blake Parker:  Both pitched in setup in an 8-3 loss which likely means Middleton is the guy which no one could have predicted.  Again, never pay for saves or any closing performance from the year before that was surprising. 

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.45.  Verlander, Cole, Morton....basically if you throw a baseball as a starter and have an Astros uniform, you are freaking awesome. 

Mike Moustakas:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .281.  Already hitting well overall, I feel a major power burst on the immediate horizon.

Jacob Junis:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 0.00.  I feel a Status Report coming on.

Jon Gray:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 5.63.  One step forward and TWO giant steps back.  I don't blame you if you just throw up your hands and cut him loose. 

Zack Godley:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 0.64.  Yeah I would say my darkhorse NL Cy Young pick is doing splendidly.  Also, you have to love a guy who matches his 0.64 WHIP with the same ERA. 

Archie Bradley:  scoreless 9th with 2 K for first save and ERA of 1.17.  Still in a setup since Brad Boxberger got the day off but Bradley still has long-term potential in this spot. 

Derek Holland:  6 IP 2 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.09.  Ignore this fluke, please. 





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