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Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Preston Tucker:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .429.  Tucker has a long history of ugly averages but he has power and obviously is off to a big start.  In fact, all those holding stock in Ronald Acuna should pick him up.

Mike Foltynewicz:  5.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.61.  Folty is really collecting the strikeouts his first two times out and he had every right to improve as he is still relatively young and has good hard stuff.  The walks and home runs have been what has held Folty back though so we are not totally on board here just yet.  Be that as it may, Folty should be added where available.

Dylan Bundy:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.69.  Bundy has this all pitching well in April thing down pat.  I look bad now because I said to avoid Bundy like the plague but he has some extra pop on the fastball that he didn't have a year ago which is going to help ward off some regression.

Dallas Keuchel:  5 IP 5 H 1 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.27.  Keuchel is a bit wild right now but he will work through it.  Nothing looks too concerning here and the health is checking out.

Luis Severino:  7.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.38.  Not thrilled seeing any pitcher throw in the eighth this early in the season but Severino was dealing again.  As long as a "bounce" off the massive increase in innings doesn't lead to trouble, Severino can be a slam-dunk fantasy baseball ace yet again.

Blake Snell:  3.1 IP  H 5 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.00.  Snell continues to undermine himself with brutal control and poor pitch efficiency and so he remains a flawed guy you really have to have guts starting.  Potential is one thing but Snell is now beginning a second season in disappointing fashion.

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .217.  Stanton has been a strikeout machine so far (perhaps pressing a bit) but boy the homers are going to come fast and furious.

Aaron Judge:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .286.  Took him long enough.

Gary Sanchez:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .087.  It has been a major struggle for Sanchez so far this season but hopefully, the knock will get him on track.

Noah Syndergaard:  4 IP  H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.40.  Thir cruised through first two frames before bad Mets defense let him down in the third and let to the pitch count exploding.  The weather was rough too so Syndergaard was not completelyat fault.  He should only get better from here on out.

Patrick Corbin:  7.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 1.38.  My goodness Corbin is a man possessed to begin the season as he has now punched out an insane 21 batters in just 13 IP.  Corbin has had two straight years of an ERA over 4.00 which caused his stock to fall sharply in the fantasy baseball world but the swing-and-miss stuff has always been part of the equation.  I feel I should have been more in tune to the potential here but I missed on this for sure.

Yoenis Cespedes:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .278.  Cespedes has hit for insane power since the start of spring and I bought low on him in both my competitive leagues given the sliding ADP off the injuries from 2017.  When Cespedes is right physically, he is an MVP candidate.  On that front though, he is about as big a red flag guy as you can get.

Paul Goldschmidt:  0/3 while hitting .059.  Maybe the humidor is in his head.

Alex Wood:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.93.  It was a rough start for Wood but he successfully fought his way through it.

Jose Ramirez:  0/5 while hitting .043.  Maybe this is really Jose Ramirez the pitcher and not the hitter.  Boy has this been ugly. 

Shohei Ohtani:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .429.  Repeat after me:  ignore spring training statistics for the remainder of time. 

Zack Cozart:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .273.  Always a useful veteran, Cozart leading off for the Angels is a nice surprise this season. 

Brian Dozier:  1/3 with his fourth HR while hitting .318.  I can't even imagine how spoiled Dozier's fantasy baseball owners will feel if he can somehow bat .280 or higher.

Ivan Nova:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 6.10.  When you are a soft-tosser like Nova who starts the season getting your head beat in, you need to set up permanent residence on the waiver wire. 

Felix Hernandez:  8 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 7.71.  Done ! 

Johnny Cueto:  6 IP 8 H 1 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 0.69.  Very nice comeback season already underway for Cueto but the strikeouts are nowhere to be found which makes sustaining this almost impossible. 

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .400.  Why doesn't this guy get mentioned with Freddie Freeman and Anthony Rizzo?  Help me out. 

Jon Gray:  7 IP  H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.45.  There we go!  Gray has always had some of the best pure power stuff in the game but always had trouble with consistency.  We have said it for a few years now but maybe THIS is the year it all comes together.  The talent has never been in doubt. 

Brandon Belt:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .353.  I liked Belt coming into the season only for the fact no one else wanted him and he is capable of 20 homers and a .280 average.  In deeper formats, you should have been all over this. 

Brandon Crawford:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  No thank you. 

Sean Manaea:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB  K with an ERA of 1.15.  Nice work here and Manaea has always carried some intriguing SP 4/5 upside for a few seasons now.  I am kind of over him and not blown away by anything here but in deeper formats take a shot to see if he breaks through. 

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