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Friday, May 4, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Ozzie Albies:  2/6 with his 10th HR while hitting .280.  I am beyond delirious as an Albies owner in both of my competitive fantasy baseball leagues and he only just recently moved to leadoff in place of Ender Inciarte which is another bonus. It is staggering the level of production here and I am getting that jealous notion from the rest of my league like those who own Mike Trout always feel.

Ronald Acuna:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .382.  Yeah, I would say Acuna has adjusted just fine to major league pitching.  The question is who among Acuna and Albies gets picked ahead of the other in 2019 drafts.

Nick Markakis:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .336.  Basically, if you are a member of the Atlanta Braves no matter how young or old this season, you are freakin' killing it.

Kurt Suzuki:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .304.  See Markakis, Nick above.

Julio Teheran:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.65.  There may not be a team that a given pitcher destroys more consistently than what Teheran does to the Mets.  And even beyond that, Teheran has been really good since his abysmal first week of the season and is looking more like the top SP 3 he was a few seasons ago.

Trea Turner:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .281.  Those who used a first round pick on Turner were hoping for a run at 20 home runs this season to justify the cost but that is going to be a tough chore at this rate.  And now Bryce Harper is leading off  (sigh).  tin

Ryan Zimmerman:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .190.  As I always say, never pay for a career-year and that especially goes for such a gross outlier one like Zimmerman had in 2017.

Jeremy Hellickson:  5.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.00.  We have seen this story in multiple leagues and locales and it never ends well.

Carlos Correa:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .307.  The days of even moderate speed seem gone for good already but that's all right as long as Correa continues to destroy the baseball like he has done since the beginning of 2017.

Masahiro Tanaka:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.39.  Three good starts in a row now for Tanaka and he has given up just one home run combined in those outings.  While you could try a buy low, Tanaka will still remain very volatile due to the homer threat.

Nick Castellanos:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .309.  Thought there would be more homers by this point in the season but very happy with the overall hitting.  He has work to do though to get to the 30 home runs I forecasted.

Jorge Soler:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .312.  Hmmmm this might actually be happening.

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .304. One of the only true dependable catchers in all of fantasy baseball which made his previous absence such a big knock to his owners.

Alex Gordon:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .303.  No I don't think so.

Alex Wood:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.83.  The WHIP is stellar at 0.93 and Wood has more than cemented his top SP 2 status.  He doesn't get the credit he deserves perhaps due to the wobble with the Atlanta Braves when he was being moved back-and-forth from the rotation to the bullpen but this guy is completely legit.

Patrick Corbin:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.15.  Damn this guy doesn't stop.  Anyone who drafted Corbin, you have my utmost respect.

Josh Donaldson:  4/11 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .263.  Literally a smashing return for Donaldson who can still crack the baseball as well as anyone.  The problem here though centers on when the next injury hits and if Donaldson can approach .300 again.  I think the latter is possible but the former is a big problem that gets worse every year.  A sell high today for a more dependable option at the hot corner a good move.

Yangervis Solarte:  8/10 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .287.  Solarte packed a week's worth of hits into one day.  After finally getting out of the dungeon that is Petco Park, Solarte is really showing his wares with the Blue Jays and earning the appreciation he always deserved.

Jose Ramirez:  3/5 with his 8th HR in Game 2 while hitting .277.  Seems like just yesterday we were pulling our hair out as Ramirez was trudging along with a .177 average.  Just like with Joey Votto though, Ramirez is as average proof.

Russell Martin:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .153.  If you are going to sign or own Martin, you should just grab Jorge Alfaro who also can pop homers with a hideous average but at least represents some upside.

Francisco Lindor:  5/11 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .278.  To think we used to debate Lindor and Corey Seager.

Carlos Carrasco:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 3.95.  You always have to be careful starting your pitchers against the stacked Toronto lineup and Carrasco got bombed as a result.  Carrasco has gotten hit hard his last two outings and his K/9 has dropped sharply (10.17 to 8.10) compared to last season which is alarming.  However the velocity is right where it should be and the 1.11 WHIP shows things are not really as bad as the ERA may indicate.  Don't panic.

Mookie Betts:  4/6 with his 12th HR while hitting .370.  Think Betts' owners are having a good week?  Holy crap my condolences to those who faced him in head-to-head.

Nomar Mazara:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .285.  Third home run this week for Mazara as he shows the Red Sox there are some other terrific hitting Nomar's in baseball.

David Price:  7 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 5.11.  Got a bunch of questions asking if it is time to drop Price and we are getting there.  The numbers are quite ugly as Price's 7.78 K/9 is currently at career-low levels and his average fastball is under 94.  Add in brutal control (3.89 BB/9) and at the very least for those in depeer leagues, bench him for now.  I thought Price was looking like a decent value play this season but it has not materialized.

Chris Tillman:  7 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 9.24.  Yeah that is not going to cut it. 

Nelson Cruz:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .262.  Plug him in and forget it. 

Sean Manaea:  4 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 1.63.  When this qualifies as a bad start, your having a terrific season. 




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