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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Yonder Alonso:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .225.  You can dust Alonso off now that he has shown a pulse. 

Carlos Carrasco:  7.1 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.31.  Now 4-0, Carrasco looks like he wants to get in on some Cy Young action. 

Kevin Gausman:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.66.  Man if only Gausman were in the NL, he would be so much more interesting. 

Nick Markakis:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .301.  We all mocked the four-year contract the Atlanta Braves handed Markakis but the guy has actually performed pretty darn well as a good average contact hitter who always seems to post good counting stats in runs and RBI. 

Scott Schebler:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .292.  Interesting that Schebler batted leadoff here and he showed a year ago he can hit 25 home runs and is capable of a better average since he dealt with a lot of poor BABIP luck last season.  Worth an add. 

Mike Foltynewicz:  4.2 IP 3 H 2 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.77.  Folty continues to flash top-end ability but he is not quite there yet. 

Franchy Cordero:  2/6 with his 4th HR while hitting .256.  Cordero will strike out a bunch and not hit for average but this is a quietly potential 20/20 player who is hidden in the screen of San Diego and the bias of Petco Park .

Eric Hosmer:  2/2 with his first SB while hitting .259. The steal is at least something for Hosmer who through one month has not supplied many fantasy baseball-friendly numbers. Remember this guy has always been more name brand than big-time production and the move to San Diego accomplished the rare feat of making it a DOWNGRADE leaving Kansas City's pitching-leaning abode. 

Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .353.  Arenado is trying to make up for those games missed during suspension by homering every day this week.

Trevor Story:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .247.  Listen, I have never quibbled with Story's power through all the endless criticism I have sent his way. Now that his previously overrated ADP has dropped sharply leading into the season, he actually moved slightly into value mode.

Didi Gregorious:  1/5 with his 7th HR and 24th RBI while hitting .324.  I asked the other day if you would still take Corey Seager over Didi Gregorious if you had to do the draft over (you wouldn't). Maybe I should have also asked if you would take Francisco Lindor over a guy who is looking like he wants to challenge for the Triple Crown at SHORTSTOP!

Giancarlo Stanton:  4/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .224.  Clear signs of progress here as Stanton has been swinging a good bat the last 4 games or so.  Still I worry here given the spotlight of NY and the fact Stanton is already well behind expectations pace

Miguel Andujar:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .316. Kudos to those who remained rightfully patient here as Andujar has one of the better swings I have seen from a young hitter.  The Yankees infield may be getting a bit more crowded soon but no way Andujar goes back down if he continues to hit like this. 

Tyler Austin:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .296.  Starting to think maybe the Yankees should be paying more attention to Austin and less to Greg Bird going forward. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  6.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.28. Well, look it here:  no homers and an excellent outing to go with it. 

Delino DeShields:  2/4 with 2 steals (2 for season) while hitting .200.  Said the other day to pick up DeShields if you need a steals boost.  I do prefer him over Mallex Smith. 

Trevor Cahill:  5 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.25. Those in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues should take a look at Cahill.  He gained both velocity and K's beginning in 2016 when he overhauled his delivery and it seems to still be sticking.  At least always use at home. 

Mitch Haniger:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .324.  The real deal. 

Yoan Moncada:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .240.  Maybe, just maybe the light bulb has finally gone off here.  Strikeouts will always be an issue but Moncada is beginning to look comfortable at leadoff and that is where he could end up going 15/15 or better.  The arrow is pointing back upwards. 

Mike Leake:  8 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 6.59.  Leake has always been a slow starter but there is no reason to wait around here given the mediocre profile. 

Tyler Skaggs:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.96.  Skaggs was once a top prospect who has had endless surgeries interrupt his progress but he is throwing very well now. The advanced stats check out too as Skagg's .293 BABIP is average and his 7.90 K/9 rate is decent enough.  Watch tough matchups on the road but keep this going.

Walker Buehler:  5 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Truth be told I expected more with Buehler going against the Miami Marlins but will take it.  The outing was like a microcosm of what toi expect in the immediate future here: lots of K's and too many walks but very bright overall future. 


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