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Sunday, April 15, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Charlie Blackmon:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .279.  Interesting is that Blackmon was batting third in this one and not leadoff in his return from stubborn back soreness.  I like it.

Matt Wieters:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .214.  I am still holding out hope Wieters can be useful again.

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 1 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.33.  You wouldn't believe all the hate tweets I have gotten the last two seasons when I said Max Scherzer was a better fantasy baseball starting pitcher pick than Clayton Kershaw.  Not hearing that as much now anymore.

Jon Gray:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 6.23.  Cut him loose and be done with it already.

Tommy Pham:  3/4 with 2 steals (5 for season) while hitting .327.  If Pham can lock down this leadoff spot the way he is performing, LOOK OUT!  Encore is pretty special so far.

Hanley Ramirez:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .362.  Maybe when HanRam said he wanted to go 30/30, he was not trying to be funny after all.

J.D. Martinez:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .283.  I said the other day Martinez was not finding his groove in Boston and now look.

Alex Cobb:  7 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 17.18.  Keep in mind that Lance Lynn got bombed his first time out as there was clearly rush from the two late signings.  What does separate the two though is that Lynn is not in the AL East and has a better K rate.

Hector Velasquez:  5 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K.  No, no, no, no, NO!  Former Mexican League pitcher has a career K/9 usually in the 6.50 range and in the AL East that is asking for it.

Jose Quintana:  2.1 IP 7 H 7 ER 4 BB 1 K with an ERA of 8.16.  On the short list of being the worst pitcher in fantasy baseball relative to drafts spot.

Sean Newcomb:  5.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.02.  The 1.53 WHIP showsNewcomb's ERA should be even worse.  He is not ready to contribute consistently to fantasy baseball yet.

Ozzie Albies:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .313.  My goodness the power.  That has been a real surprise but the average and speed hasn't been.  I can't say it enough that Albies is going to be a possible first-round pick as soon as next spring.

Charlie Morton:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 1.00.  Look at that ERA!  I guess if you missed out on Max Scherzer but got Charlie Morton, you got the same player.

Joey Gallo:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .212.  And Gallo threw in a bonus hit with the bomb.

Adrian Beltre:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .298.  The Yadier Molina of third baseman.

Yuli Gurriel:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .333.  There won't be an overly high amount of home runs but Gurriel can hit with the best of them.

Mike Trout:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .266.  Only really care about how many bases Trout's steals since that is the only thing up for question with the number one player in the entire game. 

Justin Upton:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .297.  There is some average hope here as Upton's K/9 is just 17.3 which is down from 28.8 a year ago.  The numbers always seem to be moving all over the map here (from average to steals) but Upton always turns a profit since he is not as highly sought after the last few seasons like he was when first coming up. 

Mike Moustaskas:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .327.  Even if Moustakas hits .300 this season, I don't think he suddenly gets paid next winter. 

Garrett Richards:  5 IP 1 H 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.60.  The fastball is still humming here despite the UCL tear in his elbow but Richards now reeks of being just an SP 5 at best. 

Jonathan Villar:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .298. I wrote in the spring how Villar was a good buy low given how far his ADP had fallen off that terrible 2017.  Being taken out of the leadoff spot has helped take the pressure off of Villar and he has responded nicely. 

Orlando Arcia:  1/1 with his first HR while hitting .178.  I like Arcia's tools but hated his batting order spot which is why I own no shares.  Batting order spot is never to be overlooked in the NL where hitting towards the bottom of it is a huge negative. 

Chase Anderson:  6.1 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.82.  Anderson is now into his second straight season of very good pitching adding legitimacy to his stock. 

Josh Hader:  2 perfect IP with 5 K for first save and ERA of 1.86.  Hader is now up to 22 K in 9 IP which is downright insane and you have to think Craig Counsell will fully unleash him as the closer the way he is throwing. 

Jameson Taillon:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 0.89.  Second straight dominant outing from Taillon who only lacks consistent K's to be a fantasy baseball ace.

Jake Arrieta:  6.2 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.38.  The K's are absent so far which you have to wonder if being chalked up to arm fatigue and injuries from such high usage the last few seasons. 

Chris Archer:  7 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 7.84.  A complete disgrace is what Archer has been this sesaon. We all know about the lack of a third pitch and the homer issues but I wonder if he is pitching hurt since there have been a few scares the last season-plus.  We have may reached the benching point here despite the name brand. 

Khris Davis:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .259.  Third game in a row with a homer.  Owning Davis can be annoying with the dry spells but not when you look at 40 homers by the end of the season. 

Jean Segura:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .253.  Not impressed by the early production from Segura so far but as a veteran still in his younger prime years, there is little need to worry. 

Mitch Haniger:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .310.  Wow Haniger has made it halfway through April without getting hurt. 

Dan Voglebach:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .258.  Voglebach can be added in AL-only formats and in deeper leagues since he looks comfortable at the dish and has some power.  Just cut bait when that inevitable cold spell filled with K's arrives. 

Kyle Seager:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .304.  Kyle needs to get a hold of Corey and get him going. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .235.  Back on track. 

A.J. Pollock:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .294.  This guy has so much ridiculous talent but continually gets undermined by the lack of health.  Please stay upright as I am heavily involved here this season. 

Chris Taylor:  0/3 while hitting .214.  Looking more like a pretender by the day. 




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