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Monday, May 28, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Mike Foltynewicz:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.55.  Really like the season Folty is having as the K rate has jumped up and he remains very tough to get a hit off of.  Like what we said with Blake Snell, if Folty could consistently reign in the K's he could graduate right into an ace.

Chris Sale:  6 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 2.76.  8 K's shows Sale was still his overpowering self but he also elevated the ball a bit too much which accounted for the runs.  No one is even remotely worried thought right?

Blaine Hardy:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.70.  The 31-year-old has been almost a career minor leaguer which speaks for itself but Hardy has the experience to maybe help a bit in AL-only formats before opposing hitters get a book on him.

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .232.  Whether it is a sliding average or a vanishing of steals, every season there seems to be one aspect of Harper that really annoys his fantasy baseball owners.

Anthony Rendon:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .267.  I fully anticipate Rendon hitting .300 before the end of June.  Never have wavered on anything about the guy this season from an offensive standpoint.

Justin Bour:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .236.  Bour is much more capable than what he has put forth so far but the fantasy baseball community never wants to wait around for him to work through any slump.  Certain guys just fall into this tier every season and Bour is a firm resident.

Stephen Strasburg:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.13.  With his stuff, Strasburg should never have an ERA over 3.00 but he does almost every season.

Kevin Gausman:  7 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 4.31.  It always amazes me how many fantasy baseball "pundits" write every spring how Kevin Gausman could be on the verge of a breakout.  What are they watching?

Andrelton Simmons:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .332.  Not enough credit has been given to Simmons' amazing development with the bat to go along with his all-time glove.  While he will struggle to hit more than 10 homers, Simmons' bat can now hit for average and a bunch of runs will go along with it as well.  He is now a graduate into full-time daily fantasy baseball duty in leagues of 12 teams or deeper.

Masahiro Tanaka:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.62.  Just one solo home run given up which is always the main storyline for any Tanaka start.  The weather was cool and damp which helped keep the ball in the park unlike the day before when it was 90 with high humidity which turned Yankee Stadium into Home Run Derby.

Mike Mikolas:  6 IP 5 H 4 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.58.  When this qualifies as a shelling, you know you are having a big season.  Also for the second start in a row, the high K rate repeated.

Nick Pivetta:  5 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.26.  even in a so-so outing those K's continue to show up.

J.A. Happ:  6.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.84.  What is funny with Happ is that as great as he has pitched in his Toronto tenure, I bet a large segment of his fantasy baseball owners never felt comfortable going into any of them.

Jonathan Lucroy:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .261.  Wait you mean Jonathan Lucroy can actually do something positive?

Frankie Montas:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Last season in Triple-A Montas pitched to a 5.22 ERA.  This season?  Try 4.39 before his promotion.  So Montas all of a sudden hasn't figured out how to pitch.

Salvador Perez: 2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .244.  The average is ugly no doubt but again as often happens there, that number is a fluke.  For one thing, Perez' 17.7 K/9 is very good and his .232 BABIP is insanely unlucky.  Don't sweat it if you are one of his owner.

Joey Gallo:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .198.  You know youw average sucks when the only thing up for debate with Gallo is whether he will bat .200.

Jason Hammel:  5.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 5.23.  This qualifies as a "broken clock is right twice a day."

Evan Gattis:  2/6 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .230.  I expected more out of Gattis but he likely aging quicker than most hitters his age given his past troubles.

Jose Ramirez:  2/6 with his 15th HR while hitting .292.  Ramirez is having a fantasy baseball MVP season folks.

Yonder Alonso:  2/6 with his 11th HR while hitting .234.  The only I wonder now with Alonso is if the power will dry up after the All-Star break like it did a year ago.

Trevor Bauer:  7.1 IP 5 H 4 ER 2 BB 13 K with an ERA of 2.61.  So this is why we all hyped Bauer for 271 years.


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