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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Marcos Gonzalez:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.37.  Nice outing for sure but let's move onto something more important.

Wilson Contreras:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .274.  Man, it took more than a month for Contreras to hit the home run column and let's just hope he is simply a slow starter.  I think Conteras' big second half last season overpriced his value going into 2018 but catcher is so laughably bad that it won't take much for him to be a top 3 guy here.

Kyle Schwarber:  2/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .302.  K/9 down 5.0 this season which has helped and the walks are up by the same margin.  I am pleased so far.

Ian Happ:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .259.  Listen, Happ is way too talented to keep struggling the way he has so stay the course in deeper leagues.  Hopefully, the move down the Cubs order will take pressure off so that Happ can show that talent.

Joey Votto:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .247.  Wow, I can't believe it took this long for Votto to go yard.  While it has been a tough slog to this point, it would not shock me in the least if he literally hit .350 the rest of the way.  With that said, Votto is now into his mid-30's which is not something to ignore.

Scooter Gennett:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .283.  Gennett had like 10 home runs by this time last year in what I feel in my gut was one of the all-time outlier campaigns.

Tyler Mahle:  6 IP 3 H 3 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 5.00.  Well, that was pretty impressive.  Alas, Mahle still has a 5.00 ERA after this gem so no reason to run to the wire just yet.

Freddie Freeman:  2/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .304.  Wish I owned shares here but I don't.  Freeman was the object of everyone's eye and for good reason this spring and as long as he avoids HBP's to his hand, an MVP campaign could be in the cards.

Kurt Suzuki:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .315.  The guy is acting like Yadier Molina in his 30's.

Aaron Judge:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .341.  I mean look at that batting average!  That is really all that matters here since Judge can hit 45 homers in his sleep.

Didi Gregorious:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .347.  While we all worried about how anyone could possibly replace Derek Jeter at shortstop for the New York Yankees, maybe we need to now worry about who will one day replace Didi.

Gary Sanchez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .208. Sanchez has been lockstep with Giancarlo Stanton in terms of being an early letdown for his fantasy baseball owners but other than a tiny 3.1 BB/9, Sanchez' rates seem fine which means the numbers spigot will begin to open and stay that way.

Jose Berrios:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 2.84.  It was going to be toigh to do considering the way he was throwing but I would have given strong consideration to sitting a young pitcher like Berrios in the cauldron that is Yankee Stadium.  He got through it without getting completely destroyed (7 K's) so back to stardom we go.

Jay Bruce:  3/5 with his 2nd HR while hitting .222.  Bruce has been dogged with a foot issue the first month of the season which is why the numbers just haven't been there but with guys like this, all it takes is one game such as last night to get things going again.  Dust him off.

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .195.  Still struggling as the homer was his only hit and the strikeouts are completely out of whack.  Cespedes says he is going to start playing golf again since that helped his daily swing in the past but that also could lead to leg injuries.

Tommy Pham:  3/3 with his third HR while hitting .348.  Pham is not fooling around with regards to his stated desire to show last year was no fluke.  Thank you for your efforts sir.

Luke Weaver:  4.2 IP 2 H 4 ER 6 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.85.  Wow it has all gone to sh!t for Weaver in like the span of two weeks.  His mechanics seem all out of whack now and he is certainly benching material his next time out.

Robbie Ray:  4.2 IP 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 5.13.  Speaking of mechanics out of whack, I give up this guy.  While we appreciate the massive K's, I as a Ray owner would trade a few each start to get some damn consistency.

Rick Porcello:  7 IP 3 H 3 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.93.  Porcello is dealing right now I have to admit.  The K/9 has jumped to 8.82 despite a dip in velocity but Porcello once again is as clean with walks (1.10 BB/9) as it gets.

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.72.  Happ has really had an impressive second act to his previously journeyman career and the fact he is doing this in the AL East is double impressive.  The problem is if you are a Happ owner, don't you never feel comfortable in any start you go with him in?

Andrew Triggs:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.70.  You may think it is safe to go back to the Triggs well but you would be thinking wrong. 

Michael Taylor:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .220.  Same story as always here in terms of Taylor not being able to hit but showing tremendous power/speed ability.  May be an annual tease but Taylor at the very least is running at a very high clip so he should be owned everywhere. 

Brandon Belt:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting.292.  I said in March Belt looked like a very under-the-radar pick at the end of your draft and here we are.  The guy could always hit but just couldn't stay upright. 

Mac Williamson:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .316.  This guy could always hit for massive power but no average (disregard the fluke mark he has now).  Ride this out until the 40.0 K/9 gets going in full force. 

Trevor Story:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .250.  The man is hot!

Eric Lauer:  6 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 18.00.  Brutal that the Padres gave Lauer's first start to him in Colorado.  You can't judge ANYTHING on this given the nerves and Coors combination.  The has good strikeout ability but he is strictly a monitor guy if he gets another shot. 

Lorenzo Cain:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .316.  Torii Hunter you mantle of being my annually favorite outfielder is being worn well by this guy now. 

Travis Shaw:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .291.  Shaw is fully in the "standard operating procedure" mode of his fantasy baseball classification which is where you want to be. 



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