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Friday, April 6, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .273.  Cespedes is becoming a staple in the WRAPUP section which is where you want to be if you wish to please the masses.  Even Stephen Strasburg can't keep him in the park.

Michael Conforto:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Nothing like making two outs on six total pitches your first two times up and then smacking a home run off Strasburg to welcome yourself back to the majors. 

Jay Bruce:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  It is April 6th as of this writing and Bruce is hitting .250.  He will be hitting probably that exact number or close to it with 30 home runs by the end of the season.

Stephen Strasburg:  6 IP 5 H 4 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.65.  The wind was blowing out and the Mets have a very powerful lineup so don't knock the guy that much.

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.54.  I absolutely love this guy and how he competes.  DeGrom was on the ropes early before settling and keeping things under control.  He is every hit a fantasy baseball ace as there is. 

Alex Colome:  blown save with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 9.00.  Colome was one "name" closer I told you all to stay far away from since his K/9 rate is middling for a stopper and he also could be dealt at a moment's notice.  Hope you listened. 

David Price:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Been praising Price perhaps a bit too much (I do own him and told you to draft him) to where I am getting blowback on Twitter about how his big start was due to facing the Rays and their impotent lineup.  Well I say if Price got shelled by the Rays he would get destroyed by his detractors and so he should absolutely get praised for dominating a MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM twice.  Plus, pitching against a division rival and dominating is always more difficult to do. 

Maikel Franco:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .267.  Perhaps there is some post-hype sleeper potential here but Franco has to do a lot more of this for anyone to want to dive back in considering how ugly 2017 was. 

Nick Pivetta:  5.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.79.  Eye-catching game no doubt but doubt and Pivetta has had some very good K/9 rates in the minors which add to the intrigue.  I am paying attention. 

Shin-Soo Choo:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting. 296.  It is boring veteran such as this that help you win fantasy baseball championships.  Just saying. 

Manuel Margot:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .125.  Man did Margot need that.  Now let's get a few more hits and steals and now we are talking. 

Brad Hand:  3 walks and1 hit in taking loss while giving up 3 unearned runs with ERA of 4.50.  Figures the one closers I admittedly reached for is off to a crappy start.  Serves me right. 

Joakim Soria:  first blown save with 3 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 9.00  Soria is and will always be on borrowed time here as the White Sox closer and so Nate Jones should have been owned back in March.  Which of course I dedicated a whole separate piece and continually mentioned on Twitter and on the site. 

Miguel Sano:  1/3 with his fourth HR while hitting .280.  The average we all know will sink but Sano's home run per game rate is still as good as it gets. 

James Paxton:  5 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 7.45.  Better but Paxton was on fumes by the sixth which speaks to how he can't seem to pitch deep into games or go more than 140 innings a season.  Very disappointed so far. 

Jon Lester:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.89.  Good signs here that perhaps Lester has a good first half in him.  Don't think the arm can make it through a whole season though. 

Adam Jones:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .286.  Vintage Adam Jones!

Aaron Judge:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .280.  Judge looks primed for a 8 home runs in 10 game stretch. 

Robbie Ray:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 5 BB 9 K with an ERA of 5.73.  Man Ray is all screwed up mechanically but the movement is also piling up K's that would make Randy Johnson proud. 


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