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Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Gregory Polanco:  2/5 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .262.  You can almost call Polanco a post-POST-hype sleeper given the fact he has been a March darling the last few springs.  The talent is really beginning to bloom here as Polanco is just now reaching his power prime.  He just needs to improve against righties to get that average going.

Francisco Cervelli:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .250.  Cervelli has always been able to hit and add 8 or so home runs so in two-catcher formats he is well onto the radar.

Kyle Schwarber:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .270.  This is the best I have seen from Schwarber since his 2016 debut.  I feel a cookbook coming on if this keeps up considering all the weight loss talk this past winter.

Trevor Williams:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.56.  Like Nick Pivetta in Philly, Trevor Williams has burst out of the gates nicely to grab our attention.  Willams is originally a 2013 second-round pick but he has had career trends of walking a lot of batters and not striking out many.  Not the combination you want to pursue despite the nice start to the season.

Sonny Gray:  6 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 6.92.  I stayed far away from Gray and had him down in our annual draft guide as a major bust candidate given the fact he would be playing a full season in the AL East and Yankee Stadium.  I also pointed out that Gray was not as good as his surface numbers indicated last season since he got a bunch of BABIP help along the way and so already the regression/trouble is in full swing.

Rick Porcello:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.83.  Porcello had it all working in this one but I still don't trust the guy one iota.

Francisco Lindor:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .208.  The whole Cleveland lineup had a rare positive day at the dish and so the hope is it is contagious.  Lindor meanwhile has the leadoff spot now and is way too good a hitter to be anywhere near .200.  Major good times are on the way.

Jose Ramirez:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .152.  Still have to wonder how much the finger laceration right at the end of camp impacted Ramirez since he is one of the very best hitters in the game when right.  At least the power is showing that last season's output there was no fluke.

Michael Fulmer:  3 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.86.  Just like with Sonny Gray, Fulmer was on my DO NOT DRAFT list given the mediocre K rate and fluky 2016 output continuing to drive up cost to stupid levels. 

Trevor Bauer:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.25.  Really liking what we are seeing out of Bauer right now as I can live with 2-3 walks since he is so dominant everywhere else. 

Jose Martinez:  4/5 with his third HR while hitting .364.  Damn this guy.  Martinez looks like Joey Votto right now and none of this is a fluke either as the advanced metrics check out.  Keep in mind Martinez was doing this in his half-year stint with the team last season but barely anyone noticed.  Stamp this peanut stand as firm believers in what is taking place.

Paul DeJong:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .286.  DeJong is holding the average as long as he can but the bottom will fall out soon enough.

Yadier Molina:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .271.  Amazing how Molina has 4 home runs and once again nobody wanted him since he is like 56. 

Marcell Ozuna:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .293.  Really watch the power ramp-up now as Ozuna is finding his comfort zone in St. Lou. 

Lucas Giolito:  6.1 IP 5 H 3 ER 5 BB 3 K with an ERA of 5.50.  The more I see of this kid, the more I understand the Adam Eaton trade by the Washington Nationals. 

Jose Berrios:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.18.  Berrios has alternated two games around a beating which is what you see from young pitchers all the time but overall the stuff really explodes out of the kid's hand.  My AL Cy Young darkhorse pick is really on schedule. 

D.J. LeMahieu:  4/5 with 2 home runs (4 for the season) while hitting .351.  LeMahieu used to hit his fourth home run sometime in July.  And there is no juiced ball right?

Chad Bettis:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.04.  Always rooting for guys who successfully beat cancer.  Way to go. 

Mike Trout:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .273.  "Hey Bryce anything you can do, I can do better." 

Ian Kinsler:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .222.  This is another guy you never doubt no matter how old he gets. 

Nick Tropeano:  6.2 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  We have seen glimpses of this from Tropeano in the past but overall his stuff doesn't go much above the SP 5 grade. 


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