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Saturday, May 12, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Kris Bryant:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .302.  All those Bryant owners who were asking where all the power was early this season, it's right here!

Wilson Contreras:  4/5 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI while hitting .268. Contreras has been extremely disappointing coming into this game but keep in mind he gets rip roaring hot from about late June onward a year ago.  Could be just a bit of a slow starter which some guys (Mark Teixeira) made a career out of. 

Michael Conforto:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .207.  Hopefully you listened to me and either bought low on Conforto and stayed patient.  Many forget that the fantasy baseball season is a marathon and not a sprint and we tend to reflexively get more impatient when it comes to a younger player going through an early drought.  Talent wins out in the end.

Devin Mesoraco:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting.200.  Call me a sucker but I think Mesoraco can help us.

Odubel Herrera:  2/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .360.  Man this guy has been stupid hot all season but like with Aaron Nola on the pitching side, Herrera was another player I had a strong affinity for due to the obvious talent.  I stick with it just like Nola when things weren't going so well and so here we are.  Talent wins out in the end 2.0.

Jake Arrieta:  7.1 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.59.  Arrieta has been tremendous and his pitching to contact more as a concession to losing some steam on the heater has worked out perfectly.  The average fastball is now just 92.1 (down from 95.1 a few years ago) but health is the major concern here and not the stuff.

Jed Lowrie:  3/6 with his 9th HR while hitting.344.  I said Lowrie was a sell two weeks but damn he is still red hot.  I mean we see extreme outlier campaigns like this from aging veterans in a planets align scenario but the fact Lowrie is adding power and average this late in the same campaign is puzzling. Hmmmmm.

.Matt Chapman:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .225.  Whether it is Matt Chapman or Matt Olson, the average still sucks and the power is still very good.

Khris Davis:  1/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .215. Man the Oakland A's have cornered the market on sluggers like the Matt's and Davis.

Aaron Judge:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .309.  No sophomore slump here! 

Gleyber Torres:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .344.  Torres is Ronald Acuna with the bat but without the speed.

Sonny Gray:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 6.39.  Forget the name brand, Gray should not be on any fantasy baseball roster right now.  But you would have known all of this if you read our draft guide where Gray was one of the leads under the BUST section.

Manny Machado:  2/4 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting. 354.  Yeah the contract year motivation is just about the best scenario for any hitter when it comes to their fantasy baseball stock who falls under that heading.

Mark Trumbo:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .325.  You never needed to draft a Khris Davis because you could have gotten the exact same player in Mark Trumbo 11 rounds later.

Josh Bell:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .248.  So not motivated to say anything here.  Boring as hell.

Starling Marte:  3/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .300.  Man, like with Dee Gordon, Marte never really needed the juice.  He is having a fastastic season all the way around with five tool numbers coming out of every corner. 

Xander Bogaerts:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .326.  A decent batting title race could be brewing in the AL East between this guy and Mr. Machado.

Chris Sale:  9 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 15 K with an ERA of 2.17.  I cringe when I see Sale pitch 9 innings with his velocity and wonky delivery.  Asking for trouble no matter how sweet 15 K's can be.

Salvador Perez:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .282.  Those who took Buster Posey over Perez (even with the injury absence) are regretting that pick.

Michael Brantley:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .327.  Nothing has changed here in terms of Brantley being as good as hitter as there is in all of baseball with some light power thrown in for good measure.

Jose Ramirez:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .287.  Ramirez wants in on the early AL MVP chatter.

Yonder Alonso:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .220.  Alonso has the high-power/low-average thing down pat but now want to see if the homers begin to dry up as the season goes on like it did a year ago. 

Ozzie Albies:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .284.  Of course Albies homered. I mean the sun came up today right?

Starlin Castro:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .287.  I feel like I have hardly said anything about Castro but that just speaks to the blah season so far in getting swallowed up in the muck in Miami.

J.T. Realmuto:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .325. The power continues to grow and Realmuto is arguably the best pure hitter among all catchers in fantasy baseball now and that includes Posey. 

Cole Hamels:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.48.  Hamels has been good and honestly this is as effective as he can now be overall in terms of pitching in the AL and with declining stuff.  Take it for what it is. 

Justin Verlander:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.21.  If you are not switching out wins for quality starts in your league next year, you are living in the past. 

Travis Shaw:  3/6 with his 8th HR while hitting .248.  Shaw's average has been an issue all season but again it is a marathon and not a spring and he has more than proven himself as a daily league guy by now. 

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .236.  All David Dahl owners are rolling their eyes. 

Trea Turner:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .273.  Being flip-flopped with Bryce Harper at the top of the lineup was another added bonus.  Now keep him there Mr. Martinez.

Anthony Rendon:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .284.  Plenty of time for Rendon to get all those pretty numbers were originally anticipated before the toe problems began. 

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 1.69.  Simply the best. 

David Peralta:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .302.  The power is up this season on a per game basis and with the leadoff spot still his, Peralta is making a strong move up the outfield rankings. 


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