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Sunday, April 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Jose Martinez:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .357.  Yeah both the St. Louis Cardinals and the fantasy baseball owners of Jose Martinez really have something here.

Zack Greinke:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 5.06.  Greinke struck out five so he had some stuff with him but a home run speaks to the major concerns we have here in terms of the drop in velocity.

Bryce Harper:  1/3 with his fifth HR while hitting .292.  First to five for Harper as he is virtually impossible to pitch to at the moment.

Steven Matz:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Slowly Matz is getting back into my good graces as he is showing the stuff that made him once a top power pitching prospect.  You get the feeling however that he will get hurt sometime in the next 1.5 starts.

Sonny Gray:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.60.  Gray has a 1.60 WHIP which shows the tightrope he is walking early this season.  I had Gray down as a fantasy baseball bust for this season given the full year playing in Yankee Stadium and the fact he had BABIP luck a year ago to post a solid ERA.  Ideally, try and sell high if you can.

Lucas Giolito:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 6.17.  I am starting to understand now why the Nationals moved Giolito in the Adam Eaton deal.  All hype and no results.

Michael Fulmer:  5.1 IP 6 H 0 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.68.  Despite yearly advanced stats that are loaded with red flags and despite a middling K/9 rate in the AL, Fulmer continues to pitch well.  Like he is the modern day Matt Cain.

Kyle Seager:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .192.  Given the massive increase in potency at the third base position, the annually slow starts of Kyle Seager get tougher to stomach.

Kris Bryant:  3/3 with his second HR while hitting .364.  Standard excellence. 

Eric Thames:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .240.  Jus three more weeks until Thames turns to crap.

Yu Darvish:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 5.23.  Really needed to see a dominant performance from Darvish to come in off the ledge and I got it.  Still worried about the home runs but this is a nice sign the guy still has the overpowering stuff on any given day.

Ian Kennedy:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Fools gold, fools gold, fools gold.

Trevor Bauer:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.08.  You get this kind of massive dominance from Bauer and you picture what a whole season of this could look like.  Those damn walks though. 

Eugenio Suarez:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .308.  The Reds are getting massive production from the top three in the lineup (including Winker and Votto) and Suarez has been in the middle of all the fun.  He had every right to continue his improvement this season and here we are.  Possible we get .275/25 homers/10 steals and at what cheap cost did he come in your league? 

Carlos Santana:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .192.  Was like the Phils were taking batting practice in this one. 

Maikel Franco:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .316.  Talent was never in question here but desire/effort was.  After Franco was beaten up the last few seasons, maybe now he realizes what needs to be done to succeed.  As a big booster of his in the past, I feel obligated to recommend him as a post-hype sleeper.  It happens a million times and certainly could here. 

Jorge Alfaro:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .286.  Alfaro should be owned everywhere given his prospect pedigree and his easy power jiving with the home park in Philly.  Can't say the average will stay up above .240 since he has some Mike Zunino in him with the K's but for now things are going swell. 

Vince Velasquez:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.19.  Things went so perfectly well in the Phillies' 20-1 win over Miami that even this guy looked like a competent pitcher for once. 

Andrew McCutchen:  5/6 with his first HR while hitting .258.  So yeah I did a Crisis Point the other day about this guy and told all his owners to chillax and that McCutchen will be just fine.  Yup.

Buster Posey:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .280.  Very curious to see if Posey can reverse the stark power drain that has taken place here the last few seasons and avoid becoming Joe Mauer. 

Kenley Jansen:  scoreless non-save IP with ERA of 12.00.  The velocity is still lagging here which is concerning no doubt.  Not sure if pitching deep into the playoffs the last few seasons is the cause but certainly like we saw when Aroldis Chapman struggled the first half of 2017, a deep run can linger into the following campaign. 

Gerrit Cole:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 0.64.  Where the hell was this when I owned him a year ago?  Hate to say it but I am starting to wonder if Cole doesn't give a crap when his team is not in contention (i.e. 2017 Pirates). 

Marcus Stroman:  4.2 IP 6 H 5 ER 5 BB 3 K with an ERA of 8.38.  A complete abomination here and we may have to start wondering if all of Stroman's injuries over the years have robbed his stuff a bit like with Danny Duffy and Matt Harvey. 


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