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Saturday, May 26, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Kyle Hendricks:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.16.  Once you threw out Hendricks' outlier 2016 campaign, you then come to appreciate the low-to-mid-3.00 ERA pitcher he generally is.

Gleyber Torres:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .333.  Just stupid production from Torres who has homered in four straight games with 5 overall in that span.  Despite not starting the season with the Yanks, Torres already is putting up first-round fantasy baseball numbers which is insane.

Mike Trout:  1/2 with his 16th HR while hitting .293.  An absolute moonshot from Trout who is still without peer outside of just Mookie Betts.

Andrew Heaney:  6.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.09.  I remain extremely bullish on Heaney and he fought well in this one against a very potent Yankee lineup.  Use liberally from here on out.

Luis Severino:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.28.  Severino gave all of his fantasy baseball owners a mild heart attack when the Yankee trainer went out to the mound for a visit but nothing came about it.

Michael Conforto:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .225.  Thought it was ridiculous the amount of "do I drop Conforto" tweets I received.  The guy barely played in the spring and is a young player so he really is just now working off the spring training mode rust.

Amed Rosario:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .253.  I have not been impressed with Rosario given the hype as he has done almost no running and the plate discipline is horrific.  However like with Orlando Arcia in Milwaukee, the lineup spot with Rosario hitting 9th in the NL is a HUGE problem for any hitter and is retarding his growth.

Travis Shaw:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .254.  Hope you bought low when I said to since the average is now shooting up as expected.

Noah Syndergaard:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.06.  Solid and steady has been the name of the game for Thor so far but his owners anticipated spectacular.

Justin Smoak:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .255.  Ultimately, I think we are going to get a split in the middle between the awesome Smoak of 2017 and the brutal Smoak of 2016.

Tommy Pham:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .292.  I admit I have Tommy Pham Envy.

Joe Musgrove:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Musgrove is interesting in that he had some pop as a prospect in Houston and then moved to the easier NL via trade which led to the additional appeal.  I would take a stab here given the outing and NL upside.

Mookie Betts:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .316.  Or one more home run and a much higher average than Mike Trout. 

J.D. Martinez:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .326.  It is almost like every other day now where Martinez homers. 

Mitch Moreland:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .318. While I have always been lukewarm about Moreland in the past, he should be added everywhere now that Hanley Ramirez is no longer in town.

Xander Bogaerts:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .285.  Good luck ever trying to figure out where the yearly numbers will end up here. 

George Springer:  3/6 with his 11th HR while hitting .305.  We have reached the point now where talk should begin about moving Springer and his awesome power bat down in the order some. 

Corey Kluber:  6.1 IP 7 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.17.  Kluber is the AL's version of Max Scherzer in terms of overpowering ace ability and durability. 

Tim Anderson:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .240.  Yeah the average is garbage now after early optimism early on that his speed could help overcome it a bit. 

Reynaldo Lopez:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.93.  Lopez is dialing back the fastball a bit to maintain better control and it is working clearly.  Like with all young hurlers though, selling high is always the way to go during the summer before the fatigue sets in.

Matt Adams:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .270.  One of the better in-season pickups so far given the consistent power Adams has shown for the second season in a row.

Michael Taylor:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .193.  I have to say that Taylor has crammed in as many home runs and steals as he could with an average under .200.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .242.  Crucial season for School to prove that the average gains he made a year ago can stick.  If not, he is moved way down to bottom of the everyday second baseman rankings. 

Ryan Yarbrough:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.21.  I wouldn't say the kid is a "must add" in fantasy baseball mixed leagues due to the lack of support and operating in the AL East but he is certainly worth a look. 

Jorge Soler:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .285.  Soler has to maintain an average north of .270 given the moderate power so far to continue to be worth daily status.

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .281.  Maybe Moustakas should try to net some steals in order to get the market going for him better this time around.  His fantasy baseball owners would appreciate it. 

Nomar Mazara:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .268,  There is hope for Eric Hosmer as Mazara is hitting for big power despite having a similar groundball-heavy approach.

Ronald Guzman:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .226.  Guzman has put himself on the fantasy baseball map with some good pop of late but that average needs to be a whole lot better for him to get out of AL-only range.

Nolan Arenado:  1/2 with his 9th HR while hitting .320.  The power is down some on a per game basis but the average is way up.  Happy with it no as an Arenado owner?

Eugenio Suarez:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .289.  Love the guy. 

Sean Manaea:  6 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 3.34.  So all of those who mocked me when I said to sell high on Manaea right before his no-hitter?  He has been brutal since as he was pitching way over his head like I said he was. 



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