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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Odubel Herrera:  2/3 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .341.  While he has been solid the last few seasons, Herrera always left you with the feeling there was more in the statistical tank.  Now at the age of 26, it seems like this could be the year as Herrera is hitting everything in sight so far.  There are clear signs of progress as Herrera has lowered his K/9 drastically from last year's 22.4 all the way down to just 15.3.  HIs BB/9 is also up to 8.0 so Herrera's average is actually pretty accurate.  The only quibble we have is that Herrera's days of running may already be coming to a close as he had 25 steals in 2016 but dropped to only 8 a year ago and so far has a single bag this season. 

Carlos Santana:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .171.  Nothing seems to be working for Santana despite a move into a much more offensive-friendly ballpark but still keep an eye on him since he can get scorching with the longball for a few stretches each season. 

Cesar Hernandez:  1/3 with his 4th HR and 6th SB while hitting .274.  The Hit and Run Special at work here as Hernandez is having a fine season that no one references for the third year in a row.

Jeff Samardzija:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 6.62.  Yes I know Samardzija's peripherals showed a pitcher who was much better than his actual ERA a year ago but now I can tell you he just plain sucks. 

Michael Conforto:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .198.  Nice of Conforto to cooperate and literally hit a home run leading off the game just as I clicked "Post" on his Crisis Point last night.  The gist of course was to buy low and that window all of a sudden shut a bit.

Adrian Gonzalez:  3/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .256.  AGone is really now just A-RarelyGone as his days of even 25 home runs are finished.  In NL-only for deeper leagues, he may be able to do enough to warrant a bench spot but that's as far as this goes.

Jay Bruce:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .248.  Having been mired in a massive slump since the start of the season, one thing we know about Bruce is that when a homer then goes out, a bunch follow.  Get him back in there. 

Eugenio Suarez:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .290.  The ball was really flying out in Cincy last night (more than usual) and Suarez got in on the fun.  He is becoming one of the best annual values at any position in fantasy baseball and he absolutely is a daily everyday guy despite the lack of numbers at this point due to his injury absence. 

Scooter Gennett:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .289.  Gennett is finding out that when pitchers actually do start being careful when pitching to you, repeating a massive and out-of-the-blue power surge becomes a very tough chore. 

Billy Hamilton:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .206.  I wish this guy would just go away. 

Leonys Martin:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .294.  I picked up Martin for the light schedule day yesterday after recommending him to someone else on Twitter in a "take your own advice" effort.  Yeah worked out nicely and truth be told, we are seeing the Martin the Texas Rangers envisioned years ago.

Nomar Mazara:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .287.  Mazara is making the few fly balls he hits count but I just worry a bit of him falling too in love with the recent home run explosion then adversely impacting his batting average. 

Ian Happ:  2/5 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .238.  Happ seems to have found some comfort batting toward the bottom of the order but he is still striking out all over the place. There are clear warts here but also impressive power/speed ability.  In fact, Happ is where Javier Baez was a few seasons ago so stay positive.

Kris Bryant:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .290.  You get the feeling Bryant is almost becoming "old news"in today's fantasy baseball.  His per game rates of power and down from two years ago which is annoying but his advanced hitting rates continue to get better.  Mixed bag.

Javiez Baez:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .285.  Speaking of Baez, he has been terrific this season and has really helped his advanced numbers cause.  He did exit early with a groin issue but is considered day-to-day which is a good sign. 

Jarlin Garcia:  7 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 2.68.  Garcia has to now make sure this doesn't spiral but a lousy 6.32 K/9 and insanely lucky .163 BABIP almost ensure more trouble is on the way.  Get out now. 

Kyle Hendricks:  8 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.02.  It is never really flashy but Hendricks continues to get the job done in a low-end SP 2 manner. 

Fernando Romero:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Very nice indeed as Romero is still unscored upon through his first two starts.  The walks will remain something to watch but like Walker Buehler in L.A., the kid has overpowering ability. 

George Springer:  6/6 with his 8th HR while hitting .292.  Yeah there is really nothing to say here as the numbers literally speak for themselves. 

Marwin Gonzalez:  3/6 with his 4th HR while hitting .248.  Another 2017 fluke who is back to his standard light-hitting days.  Never pay for a career season. 

Dallas Keuchel:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.53. What is crazy is that this former Cy Young winner/ace has been the worst starter on the Houston Astros by a decent margin.  It is unfair what is going on there.  Good luck to any team with any hint of trying to win the World Series this season. 

Matt Adams:  2/4 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .307.  So yeah I did say about 10 days ago that Adams should be added and started everywhere in my hitting version of recommending Trevor Cahill in that same span.  I can't do it for you but if I could I would. 

Trea Turner:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .283.  Again all home runs from Turner are needed to justify the first-round cost but already he seems like a tad overpriced. 


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