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Sunday, May 6, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Ian Desmond:  2/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .188.  Desmond has been the rare Colorado Rockies arrival who hit WORSE then before.  David Dahl is not going away so Desmond needs to keep doing this to hold even some value in NL-only. 

Kyle Freeland:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.95.  Freeland posted a decent 4.10 ERA last season but his K/9 was brutal at 6.17.  In other words, forget today's K's. 

Noah Syndergaard:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.09.  If you gave Syndergaard's owners truth serum, they would say Noah has been a bit of a letdown.  His pitch efficiency has not been as good this season compared to last but as long as he is healthy, everything should work out. 

Gleyber Torres:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .327.  As advertised. 

Domingo German:  6 IP 0 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.66.  Well that was a nice start to German's rotation tenure in place of Jordan Montgomery.  Yes the strikeouts are legit and repeatable and German has had a string of very good ERA's throughout his minor league career as well.  With 6-8 weeks to impress while Montgomery is out, German is a must add. 

Mike Clevinger:  7.1 IP 1 H 2 ER 4 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.76.  Clevinger himself is having a big year and is posting even better numbers than his 2017 breakout.  Control will come and go but Clevinger is now onto a second straight season with some of the toughest stuff to get a hit off of. 

Mike Soroka:  4 IP 7 H 4 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.50.  Ehhh....one good and one bad start for Soroka but his job in this one was to make it a tough call for the Atlanta Braves to send him back to the minor leagues.  He failed on that front but Soroka should be held until he is demoted.

Josh Bell:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .238.  I liked Josh Bell coming into the year in the hopes he would blend the power uptick from last year to his splendid minor league averages.  It has not happened and so to the wire he stays. 

Chad Kuhl:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.12.  Kuhl has had some decent outings this season but he is more for the NL-only crowd.

Chase Anderson:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 3.97.  No one was completely buying the ERA from a year ago and right at this moment Anderson is probably where he should be in terms of that area.  An SP 4/5 yes but nothing more. 

Eddie Rosario:  2/4 with his 7th HR and 4th SB while hitting .282.  Rosario has been as valuable as any outfielder in fantasy baseball over the last two weeks and this is all very believable since he was showing this a year ago as well.  There is a solid chance for OF 2 production at this rate. 

Matt Adams:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .296.  All those years in St. Louis where we frustratingly wondered how Adams was not hitting for big power despite his big size can now be put to rest.  Ryan Zimmerman thinks this looks familiar. 

Jake Arrieta:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.15.  Clearly, Arrieta can still be a high-end pitcher but he is pitching to contact more than ever as the slow erosion to his fastball that began in 2016 has continued.  Just don't let the name brand distract you from current realistic projections. 

Max Scherzer:  6.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 15 K with an ERA of 1.74.  On the day Clayton Kershaw went on the DL again, Scherzer reaffirmed that the line starts with his name among all starting pitchers in today's game. 

Whit Merrifield:  2/4 with 3 steals (7 for season) while hitting .252 .  Since you bought Merrifield mostly for his steals, this was a nice development after his non-impact here previously this season. I think the best stretch of the season for Merrifield is ahead of him so hold tight. 

Jakob Junis:  7 IP 8 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.18.  The WHIP is 0.99 as Junis is now into his second month of excellent pitching and even a third if you count preseason.  The K/9 is still slightly below average though and a below-.200 BABIP is screaming out SELL!  In fact, Junis' FIP (5.51) and XFIP (4.51) are nasty.

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .349.  Martinez is looking quite comfortable now in Boston and he should be taking aim at Mookie Betts' homer total before you know it. 

Chris Sale:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.02.  Sale fell a bit short on his strikeout duel with Max Scherzer. 

Christian Villanueva:  0/4 while hitting .265.  Villanueva is turning into a pumpkin right before our eyes.  It was fun while it lasted but this is probably why he took so long to make it into the majors. 

Eric Hosmer:  1/2 with his 5th HR while hitting .297.  Hosmer is in his best run of the season right now but his ground balls are still very heavy. 


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