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Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Andrew Benintendi:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .285.  Another lesson for the impatient that eventually the talent always wins out. 

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .343.  Martinez' last ten days have been insane and 40 home runs seems like the floor right now the way he is going.

Eduardo Rodriguez:  5.2 IP 9 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.13.  Told peeps on Twitter to go with Eduardo today as the matchup was good against a struggling Baltimore lineup.  Overall though, Rodriguez is still a bit tough to pin down in terms of what he will do in any given start. 

Marcus Semien:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .276.  I can't pick him up for you but I would if you would let me. 

Yangervis Solarte:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .260.  There is the strong chance Solarte will be moved at some point by the Jays which would be a bummer for his power impact in fantasy baseball so try and include him in a deal with someone else before that happens. 

Daniel Megnden:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.30.  The strikeout rate is abysmal which is always a major red flag in the AL and so that alone makes Megnden a streamer only in the right matchups. 

Kyle Schwarber:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .248.  If you give it enough time, Schwarber's average was destined to fall. 

Javier Baez:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .268.  It is tough to remember that despite it feeling like he has been around forever, Javier Baez is just 25 and still a year or two from his prime.  While he is still allergic to walks (pathetic 3.5 BB/9 rate), he has successfully lowered his previous sky-high K/9 of 28.3 in 2017 to 23.1 this season. 

Yu Darvish:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.95.  As a Darvish owner, I was gun shy and didn't start him considering how bad he has performed this season.  Maybe the proverbial light bulb went on but still very leery here despite planning on using him the next time out.

Miguel Rojas:  3/3 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .264.  Solid option on NL-only no doubt but I won't go any further. 

Julio Teheran:  6 ER in 5 IP with a 4.17 ERA,  Just when you begin to trust Teheran for the first time since 2016, he craps all over us again.

Yasmany Grandal:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .270.  Yeah you totally wasted that draft pick on Buster Posey.

Yasiel Puig:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .215.  Sorry I am not falling for this again.

Trea Turner:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .267.  Still getting the feeling Turner is not cutting it as a first-round pick?  Your not alone.

Alex Wood:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.32.  Wood left early with what looks to be a cramping issue.  The K's are down a bit but Wood has also improved both his home run and walk rates which is nice to see.  The flash has not been there compared to last season but Wood has been well worth his investment cost. 

Christian Villanueva:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .250.  Props to Villanueva for coming out of a massive slump with a big power surge.  Be that as it may, Villanueva has settled into a .250 hitter with the good power which doesn't stand out. 

Austin Meadows:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .455.  Meadows already looks like he belongs so Gregory Polanco (.224) better get his head out of his rear end. 

Mike Minor:  5 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 5.59.  The K's were nice no doubt but consider it came against the Chicago White Sox and any minimal attraction goes out the window. 

Reynaldo Lopez:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.98.  Pure dominance from Lopez who is off to a tremendous start to the season but his advanced metrics are much less bullish given the lucky BABIP and just all right K rate beyond this one start.  Also consider the fatigue factor which turns all young pitchers to mush in August.  Enjoy the ride while it lasts. 

Jesus Aguilar:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .333.  Fourth home run in three games for Aguilar who seems right at home at first base.  Honestly this team doesn't need Ryan Braun to play another game. 

Jake Odorizzi:  5.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.17.  There were strikeouts all over the game Sunday and Odorizzi got in on the fun. He remains locked in as a strong SP 4 and has been for a number of seasons. 

Tyler Austin:  2/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .261.  Good timing for Austin with Greg Bird coming back but he is likely minor league bound when that happens.

Miguel Andujar:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .286. Aguilar is never going back to the minors. 

Sonny Gray:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.48.  Didn't think Gray had it in him.  Still would avoid him like the plague. 

Rhys Hoskins:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .250.  Would be willing to deal with the average hit with Hoskins if the home runs were flying out at a high rate but that has not happened.  Disappointing so far. 

Jack Flaherty:  7.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 13 K with an ERA of 2.31.  Holy smokes.  Flaherty literally blew the Philadelphia Phillie hitters away and obviously he should be owned everywhere.  I can't wait to see what the next outing brings. 

Shohei Ohtani:  7.2 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.35.  I was not even sure it was humanly possible that Ohtani would be able to exceed expectations on BOTH sides of the game but he has done it.  Amazing. 

Lance McCullers:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.20.  Best I have ever seen of McCullers over an extended time period and health has a lot to do with it.  Almost unfair what the Houston Astros have going for them with regards to pitching. 




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