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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Nomar Mazara:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .311.  Mazara has gotten off to good starts three seasons in a row now and we still don't know how high the ceiling goes here just yet.  What is obvious is that the swing is smooth and Mazara hints at being a perennial 25-home run hitter.  Add in the fact he is still not in his prime yet and Mazara is still very interesting on a lot of fronts. 

Joey Gallo:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .216.  Gallo is up to .216.  He is on fire. 

C.J. Cron: 2/5 with his second HR while hitting .232. Tampa Bay is the land of opportunity for previously retread players and Cron still carries some interesting power.  The average still needs a lot of work.

Blake Snell:  6.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.95.  All the hype I had for Snell a year ago is now being realized so far and it all has to do with vastly improved control.  He began showing this during the spring which got the excitement meter going and now this.  If Snell can keep this going and with his potentially big K/9 rate, there is a path for SP 3 numbers.

George Springer:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .223.  Now let's get that average up so we don't have to worry about that becoming a problem again like it was in the past. 

Nelson Cruz:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .222.  Of course Cruz hit a home run in his return.  What else would he do? 

James Paxton:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.57.  Second straight dominant outing by Paxton which perhaps shows the ship has been righted here.  When Paxton is operating like this, he has the goods to be a fantasy baseball ace as we saw in 2017. 

Dallas Keuchel:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.52.  The WHIP is still ugly at 1.48 but I don't worry about Keuchel who seems to have found his stride now. 

Howie Kendrick:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .309.  If your looking for a guy who can keep himself afloat in daily deep league lineups, Kendrick can still swing it. 

Bryce Harper:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .315.  Do yourself a favor and queue up the homer on YouTube as Harper's bat shattered in half but yet the ball still went over the fence.  Never saw that before. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  4/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .356.  My theory of aging veteran players always seemingly getting off to very good starts in bore out here as well since Cabrera is hitting everything in sight.. Ride it out. 

Jacob DeGrom:  7.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.24.  Gave up one run in 7 before he went out for the eighth and was involved in the epic Mets pitching meltdown.  Prior to that, DeGRom was tremendous and he no doubt is a top fantasy baseball ace without debate.  Still, all of DeGrom's owners had to worry when he went out for the eighth and it turned out to somewhat hurt a terrific overall night. 

Charlie Blackmon:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .314.  Some home run battle brewing between this guy and Harper.  Also it looks like Blackmon's days of leading off are through.  Good for RBI and slightly bad for runs scored.

Trevor Story:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .200.  Story is still young enough to address the annually ugly K rates and average but so far he is not being successful there. 

Aaron Judge:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .351.  Hey Giancarlo!  This is how you hit for a scorching average despite striking out a ton.

Didi Gregorious:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .357.  Is it me or does it seem like whenever Didi homers, he then adds a second in the same game?

Luis Severino:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.63.  As a Severino owner, I was giddy when the Detroit series got postponed which then put Severino in line to face the garbage Marlins.  Yeah that was a nice turn of fortune. 

Julio Teheran:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 5.40.  Listen every pitcher has a good day at some point but even after this gem, Teheran still has a 5.40 ERA and1.65 WHIP.  No thank you.

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .250.  Honestly unless he gets hurt, there is nothing to add here like ever.

Matt Olson:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .242.  So far Olson is losing to Chapman to see who is the best hitting Matt on the A's. 

Reynaldo Lopez:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 4 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.42.  So I told you all last week to add Lopez given the fact he GAINED 2 MPH on his fastball and so now we get the uptick in K's here.  This is a top power arm who is poised to open some eyes. 

Christan Villaneuva:  3/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .333.  This has already gone on longer than I thought it would given the minor league numbers so maybe it has some legs to it. 

Matt Kemp:  2/2 with his second HR while hitting .333.  While he may need a cane to get to first base, the guy can still hit with authority. 




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