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Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Jose Ramirez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .236.  Ramirez has his own personal Home Run Derby with Manny Machado and held his own.  There is no longer any need to question the power uptick a year ago and now instead let's see how many steals Ramirez takes.

Manny Machado:  3/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .356.  Glad I got Machado and not Nolan Arenado or Kris Bryant in the draft. 

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.96.  This qualifies as a shelling for Kluber. 

Teoscar Hernandez:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .343.  Or the third home run since I told you to pick him up.

Didi Gregorious:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .333.  Anyone still willing to take Corey Seager over him like you all did in March?

Luis Severino:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.32.  So far Severino is showing no ill effects from the huge inning jump last season. 

Whit Merrifield:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .266.  Like Ozzie Albies, you primarily bought Whit Meffifield for steals but instead he is giving you power.  (Commence banging head on laptop). 

Mike Moustakas:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .318.  Nothing like a pissed off slugger who didn't get the payday he wanted last winter taking it all out on MLB.

C.J. Cron:  2/5 with his 5th HR and an average .273.  Third home run in two days for Cron who should be owned and started daily in all fantasy baseball leagues.  Been a few years since Cron was mentioned prominently on here but I always liked the initial potential.

Carlos Gomez:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .160.  Only the Rays would put up with Gomez for this long. 

Christian Yelich:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .333.  I am really hoping we no longer have to see the 2-3 home run Yelich now that he is in Milwaukee. 

Junior Guerra:  5 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.56.  Another one of those veteran arms who comes out of the gates on fire and everyone then begins to contemplate an add.  Bad idea.  He is what he is and that says Guerra is nothing but waiver fodder.  Trust me. 

Luis Castillo:  5 IP 7 H 3 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 6.51.  Castillo needs a refreshment in the minors.  Like right now.  What a bust this has turned out to be. 

Miles Mikolas:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.46.  The Cardinals has historically uncovered pitching sleepers such as this and Mikolas has more strikeout potential longer-term given his impressive power stuff.  With a dirt cheap price tag at the draft (or off waivers), Mikolas has been one of the terrific surprises of the season. 

Nick Pivetta:  6.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.57.  From the beginning, I said Pivetta was well worth a pickup when the season began and he looks very comfortable right now.  While I don't see Pivetta graduating to SP 3 territory, a strong SP 4 would still make him a tremendous waiver add. 

Evan Gattis:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .217.  I don't if all those years of hard living has stolen Gattis' power but this is the second season in a row he is down in that area.  If Gattis is not hitting home runs, he is virtually useless. 

Lance McCullers:  6 IP 8 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.67.  Starting to see a lot of Jon Gray here and that is not a good thing. 

Mitch Haniger:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .314.  Haniger has now homered in three straight games to further elevate what has been an eye-opening breakout.  We likely would have seen this last year as well but Haniger's health never cooperated.  This is a HOLD all the way.

Nomar Mazara:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .309.  I have always kept the faith here given the fact Mazara came up at such a young age and he could have a Michael Conforto 2017 breakout this season if all goes according to plan.

Joey Gallo:  1/2 with his 7th HR while hitting .209.  The suspense will be to see if Gallo can hit .230. 

Javier Baez:  2/6 with his 7th HR while hitting .292.  Many forget that Baez was once considered as big an infield prospect as Gleyber Torres and the plate discipline is finally showing up. 

Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .344.  Outside of injury, there was no chance of not turning a profit here.

Charlie Blackmon:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .304.  Looks like Blackmon wants to challenge Arenado for the team lead in home runs. 

Patrick Corbin:  6 IP 2 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.89.  I swear I think I am watching a young Max Scherzer here. 

Brandon Belt:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .288.  I mean the guy was a top prospect back in the day. 

Mike Trout:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .306.  Still without peer. 

Johnny Cueto:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.35.  Just like old times with this guy. 

Justin Upton:  0/3 while hitting .235.  As hot as Upton can get, he also can get ice cold like he is now at a moment's notice. 


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