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Sunday, May 27, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Dansby Swanson:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .279.  The early DL stint interrupted what was shaping up to be a big start to the season for Swanson who flopped badly as a big fantasy baseball sleeper a year ago.  It already feels like Swanson is old news given the arrival of Ozzie Albies and the next guy on this list.

Ronald Acuna:  3/5 with his fifth HR while hitting .263.  A very high 29.2 K/9 is the only sigh of Acuna's youth but otherwise, the kid has been the monster all anticipated he would be. 

Andrew Benintendi:  3/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .283.  Benintendi could only be held for so long before exploding like he has since the start of May.  What can be said is that the similarly priced Benintendi and Christian Yelich have favored the former in terms of production. 

Sean Newcomb:  3 IP 6 H 3 ER 4 BB 4 K with a 2.75 ERA.  Tough chore for Newcomb in Boston and so the result should not shake your confidence in the big breakout he is having. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  0/4 with 3 K while hitting .201.  Just when we thought Goldy was starting to come around, it is back in the dumps here under a hail of strikeouts.  Nothing seems to be snapping Goldy out of his insane slump and this is looking like an epic bust campaign. 

Matt Olson:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .245.  Not for one second did I ever have any regrets of not owning Olson and that goes back to the day after the draft as well. 

Clay Buchholz:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.64.  Buchholz is getting a last chance to stick in the majors with the D-Backs and so far, so good.  Moving to the easier NL is always a plus but my bias against the guy is not going to change now.

Daniel Mengden:  9 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.85.  Mengden still doesn't miss a lot of bats which makes long-term success here dicey but operating in a major pitcher's park in Oakland and being in the weak AL West is a help. 

Matt Carpenter:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .206.  Amazing the Cards are still going with Carpenter at leadoff but he has been hot the last week or so.  The health has completely failed Carpenter the last couple of seasons which has a lot to do with the premature decline but he is selling out for the long ball more than ever. 

Starling Marte:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .313.  Just an overall fabulous season for Marte who never needed the juice in the first place.

Jack Flaherty:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.15.  Another fantastic start for Flaherty who doesn't look like he is ever going back to the minor leagues.  The K's are a little volatile from start-to-start but the upside remains significant. 

Trevor Williams:  4 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 3.43.  The ratios continue to inch up as they should since Williams has gotten a ton of BABIP love and that is why I was not impressed by what I had seen previously. 

Michael Conforto:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .231.  In terms of the Mets' batting order, the theme to the Jeffersons keeps popping into my head "movin' on up!!!"

Brandon Nimmo:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .277.  Nimmo is an absolute on-base machine who is now showing a bit of pop too.  I say a bit as Nimmo is really just a 15 home run guy at best but in deeper leagues or those that use five outfielders, Nimmo has earned a long look as a daily asset.

Jesus Aguilar:  3/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .317.  I swear I feel like I am watching Jose Abreu here.  I am very interested to see how far this run goes because Aguilar surely can hit.

Tim Anderson:  2/4 with 2 home runs (10 for season) and third in two games with an average of .246.  Who does he think he is Gleyber Torres?

Jose Abreu:  4/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .319.  There may not be a more stark "write his yearly numbers down in ink" guy in all of fantasy baseball than Mr. Abreu. 

Jeimer Candelario:  2/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .277.  Candelario returns in style with two bombs as he picks up where he left off prior to getting injured.  Get him back in there. 

Mark Reynolds:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .444. This guy needs a lifetime contact from MLB since he never gets old and seemingly can hit for monster power until he is 90. 

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.17.  It is very easy to get overlooked in the stacked Washington lineup but you better believe that Tanner Roark is having a big season. 

Tony Kemp:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .375.  Since everything in Houston comes up smelling like roses, pick him up.

Jose Altuve:  4/4 with his third HR while hitting .321.  Altuve really going to have to get on his 5-7 horse to reach 20 home runs again but another batting title is within reach.  Still, if the steals don't come back then we have a letdown investment. 

Michael Brantley:  1/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .333.  Brantley is on pace for a career-best in home runs to go with the always stellar average so that dirt cheap 2018 price tag is working out as well as could be.

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .224.  There are still a few days left in May for Encarnacion to tear things up as he always does.  But not sure we saw enough evidence to not think he has dropped another level or even two this season in terms of production.

Yonder Alonso:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .230.  Encarnacion may not even be the best 1B/DH slugger in terms of the Cleveland Indians roster.  This guy may be it.

Lance McCullers:  7 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 3.98.  McCullers can't ever seem to avoid these brutal beatings that come about once every three weeks and that bloat his ratios.  It does seem for as overpowering a pitcher as McCullers is, he can't ever fight through things when he doesn't have his best stuff. 

Carlos Carrasco:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 3.98.  Carrasco is like an older McCullers clone for all the reasons just spoke of. 

Kyle Schwarber:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .257.  Back to the ugly average for Schwarber as he is the latest "a tiger can't change his stripes" player.

Javier Baez:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .262.  The above mantra may apply here as well.

Jose Quintana:  4 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 4.78.  Man, Quintana just can't get out of his own way in not being able to put good back-to-back starts together. 

Nelson Cruz:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .225.  I don't know but this is surely looking like a "cliff season" from Cruz who can't stay healthy and whose per game numbers are way down. 

Jean Segura:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .324.  Once again, Segura is having a magnificent season that no one is referencing.  To think that Corey Seager was the preferred choice of many this past March. 

Mike Zunino:  1/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .195.  Same old story. 

Mike Trout:  5/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .313.  Trout dropped the mic after the fifth hit.  This was also Trout saying to Mookie Betts, "not so fast.!" 

Brett Gardner:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .234.  I like Gardner as a player but he has to get the hell out of the way for Mr. Torres.

Aaron Judge:  2/2 with his 14th HR while hitting .287.  Judge's owners should rejoice he is not going to be in the Home Run Derby this season considering how much it ruined his swing a year ago.

Sonny Gray:  5 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 5.98.  Just a ridiculous disgrace this guy is. 




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