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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Mike Moustakas:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .339.  Moustakas has been killing it and clearly has the motivation angle working.  That's almost always a recipe for fantasy baseball success so go with it.

Lucas Duda:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .302.  Listen we all know the average is coming down sharply but Duda is a quality 25-home run first baseman who plays especially well as a UTIL or CI guy in deep leagues.

Yangervis Solarte:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .311.  Another quality veteran but as opposed to Duda, Solarte can hit .300 and qualifies all over the diamond.

J.T. Realmuto:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Welcome back.  Realmuto is the Robinson Cano of catchers but the ultimate hope is that he gets moved ANYWHERE else to help the counting numbers.

Giancarlo Stanton:  0/4 while hitting .197.  Stanton is getting snippy with the NY media already which is a bad sign and he is not hitting a lick at home which is another major red flag.  It is not going well. 

Jarlin Garcia:  5 IP 1 H 0 ER 5 BB 2 K with an ERA of 0.86.  The A.J. Burnett special.

Brad Ziegler:  1 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 8.22.  Please just go away. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 6.45  It is almost like Tanaka is trying to top his hideous first half of 2017.  He is succeeding.  A clear case of a guy with really good stuff whose crazy penchant for home runs overshadows everything. 

Gio Gonzalez:  5.1 IP 8 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.49.  Be careful of the bottom falling out here as Gio's WHIP is nasty at 1.52.  Getting way too lucky to sustain things the way they are. 

Danny Duffy:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.86.  The velocity has steadily gotten better here since the beginning of spring training which explains the jump in K's and overall effectiveness.  It may be time to see if Duffy is available.

Trey Mancini:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .299.  Mancini has quickly established himself as one of the better pure hitters in all of baseball and hitting leadoff seems to be sticking which is nothing but a positive. 

Victor Martinez:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .313.  Not sure how much power is left in the tank but V-Mart is showing he will hit at a high rate right into retirement.  One of the more underrated careers we have seen of late.

Chad Bettis:  7.1 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.44.  There is little margin for error here given the lack of strikeouts but I and everyone else should be rooting for the cancer survivor. 

Francisco Lindor:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .238.  The fly ball rate has gone up the last season-plus which explains the average dip compared to 2016 but Lindor should be right in line with customary 5-category production.

Jose Ramirez:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .200.  I guess there was no reason to worry about this guy's power uptick being sustainable from 2017.

Yonder Alonso:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .196.  While he had a big spring, Alonso needs to get the average going or else he falls into backup first base territory given how much power is out there. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  0/4 while hitting .135.  Geez its getting worse.  Others have correctly pointed out to me on Twitter that April is always rough on Edwin but the major spike in K rate is more an indicator of age eroding the skills.  It is beyond time to be worried.

Michael Brantley:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .346.  Now that Brantley's ADP has sank into the gutter, I have use for him as a plug-in and never look back OF 3 who will boost your team average and supply decent enough numbers across the board on the rare occasions he is healthy.

Corey Kluber:  6.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.52.  Scary to think where this is headed since Kluber is now dominating in April which is always his worst month.

Shin-Soo Choo:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .219.  Choo has really hit the skids of late so the hope is the homer will get things back on track.

Wilson Ramos:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .220.  If someone dropped Ramos in your league, he is well worth picking up as he tends to get hotter the longer the season goes on.

Matt Moore:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.59.  Still no!

Eric Thames:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .224.  It will all go downhill once May arrives.  In all seriousness, we have seen more than enough here to concretely conclude Thames is just another in an endless line of average-averse sluggers. 

Josh Hader:  2 scoreless IP with 3 K for second save and ERA of 1.54.  Not sure about these consecutive two inning saves but will take it as a Hader owner who will jump for joy if this arrangement becomes permanent. 

Paul DeJong:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .242.  Yeah so I did say after DeJong's first couple of big games that the average would dip severely real soon.  Yuppers.

Javier Baez:  3/4 with his fifth HR while hitting .235.  This is Paul DeJong with some speed.

Greg Holland:  2 ER in 0 IP with an ERA of 11.57.  All Bud Norris owners are smiling today.

Tyler Chatwood:  4.2 IP 1 H 2 ER 7 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.60.  I said after his last start to cut Chatwood loose.  Hope the 7 walks convinced you to finally do it.

Eric Hosmer:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .265.  Welcome to Petco Park dude.  3 home runs a month is what you signed up for.

Kenley Jansen:  second blown save with 2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 810.  The velocity REMAINS down almost two full mph and now I am very concerned here.  There has been high usage the last few seasons as the Los Angeles Dodgers were advancing deep into the playoffs and we could be seeing the effect of that by the looks of things.  Jansen is now more susceptible to the home run than ever before and Pedro Baez should be added at the very least.  Yet again you should never pay for closers no matter how good the guy is. 

Matt Kemp:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .333.  Stable and dependable as Kemp continued on toward his mid-30's.  I have to admit I was ready to write him off a few seasons ago but the back-nine of his career has been very solid. 


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