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Sunday, April 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Mike Clevinger:  7.1 IP 9 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.71.  Clevinger is making the most of his opportunity to be in the Indians rotation to begin the season but he actually danced around a bunch of trouble in this one.  Be that as it may, Clevinger is clearly in the SP 4/5 range. 

Gregory Polanco:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .310.  The talent always rises to the top.  Polanco has been a big sleeper candidate the last few seasons but injuries interrupted things.  Hopefully this is the year as it looks to be so far. 

Corey Dickerson:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .303.  Dickerson always does well in the first half and expect some more power as well going forward to go with the decent batting average. 

Jameson Taillon:  9 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.26.  Another big Pirates talent who stalled out a bit given health problems but Taillon has been magnificent so far.  About the only bad pitch he threw was the one that broke the thumb of Eugenio Suarez. 

Jake Arrieta:  4 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with a 4.50 ERA.  Not terrible for his first time out but I still have major reservations here both on the health and stuff front. 

Josh Reddick:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .346.  Reddick is the very rare player who is both overshadowed on his own team and in the world of fantasy baseball. 

Tyson Ross:  6 IP 6 H 4 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.25.  It has been a long road back to the mound for Ross given all of his serious health trouble but this was an encouraging outing for a guy who was once one of the better young pitchers in the game.  Keep monitoring Ross over his next few turns as he could be a streamer for at least his home games. 

Charlie Morton:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Now 2-0, things are getting ridiculous here.  I am a full believer now after being an early skeptic of Morton's increased velocity and own him in both my competitive leagues to put my money where my mouth is. 

A.J. Pollock:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .343.  Man if this guy can just stay healthy, an east 20/20 campaign with tremendous overall five category numbers could be back in play.

David Peralta:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .324.  Peralta has settled into a solid leadoff hitter who can bat .300 and post a 10/10 line at the very least in the power/speed categories.  While he has lost some sleeper appeal since we originally anticipated more, Peralta can still be a big help to you.

Luke Weaver:  6.1 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.59.  So far as advertised which is very rare for over-hyped young pitchers/hitters. 

Ben Zobrist:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .360.  Yes, there is name brand but you really don't need to be going back down to this well again. 

Jose Quintana:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.50. Back on track for a guy I have high hopes for this season.  Criminally underrated in the past, a full season in the NL should really place Quintana in near-SP 2 range. 

Yoan Moncada:  0/4 while hitting .176.  Still not happening here.  I am very concerned. 

Alex Colome:  took the loss in giving up 2 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 15.43.  There has not been a worse closer so far this season and I sounded the alarm here countless times during the winter and into the spring so you should have known.  Jose Alvarado may be worth an add.

Eduardo Rodriguez:  3.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 7.36.  I hate the division but Rodriguez has good K potential and will get better once the rust subsides. 

Ozzie Albies:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .244.  So funny how guys we rely on for speed then start hitting home runs instead. 

Sean Newcomb:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.35.  Now you get a glimpse of how great Newcomb can be when he has control.  If it continues, get ready to strike. 

Dansby Swanson:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .382.  All you post-hype sleeper hounds shoud be watching this closely over the next few days.  Swanson was the top pick in his draft class for a reason. 

Giancarlo Stanton:  0/5 with 5 K for the second time this season and a .167 average.  It looks like the massive strikeouts from earlier in Stanton's career are back. 




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