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Friday, May 11, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Alen Hansen:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .268. Hansen couldn't even hit for a decent average while in the minor leagues so he is certainly going to be a liability there with the San Francisco Giants and his few fantasy baseball owners.

Carlos Santana: 1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .191.  Santana has the home run swing down pat so not we just got to start adding some additional base hits for him to be of use in more shallow leagues.

Vince Velasquez:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 5.05.  There will be many in the fantasy baseball community who get seduced by the 12 K's and decide to go back down this road again but Velasquez is still just a very shaky two-pitch starter who will hurt you so much more than help.

Salvador Perez:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .288. Perez is your very rarest of commodities in fantasy baseball in terms of being a plug him in and forget it player at catcher of all places.

Adam Jones:  3/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .258.  Yeah things are still sliding offensively just a bit each season but Jones is still very effective in the middle of the stacked O's lineup to warrant low-end OF 3 consideration.

Trey Mancini:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .268.  I own Mancini in one of my two competitive leagues and I have to say that he is kind of "just there" for me in terms of being in the lineup but not exactly lighting things on fire.  He is a capable average guy but we still don't know where the power ceiling goes. 

Manny Machado:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .350.  Machado is doing a better impersonation of Miguel Cabrera than Miguel Cabrera right now.

Ian Kennedy:  9 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.61.  And this is why you never trust Ian Kennedy.  Never, ever.

J.D. Martinez:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .348.  I still don't know how on earth the Houston Astros of all teams missed as badly as they did on Martinez.

Hanley Ramirez:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .298.  No one is going to trade you for HanRam if you are an owner given his age and brutal recent play leading into 2018 so your best course of action is to play him while he is currently on the tracks.  Since you probably paid nothing for him anyways, whatever Ramirez supplies is a bonus. 

Eduardo Rodriguez:  5 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.58.  Good luck ever figuring out what this guy will do in any one start both in terms of ERA and K's. 

Ryon Healy:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .260.  Listen it frustrates me to no end to see guys like Healy still available in a bunch of leagues/.  Yes he is the clear opposite of flashy but Healy is a clear 25 home run guy who is in the middle of a stacked Seattle lineup so runs and RBI will be plenty.  Also, unlike the sluggers who permeate the wire, Healy can hit for a decent average.

Kyle Seager:  2/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .241.  Everyone knows I am a long time fan of this guy given the annually cheap draft rates and very good numbers.  The average is clearly an issue but keep in mind Seager always gets going the further the season goes on. 

J.A. Happ:  7 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 4.80.  Maybe this is the time Happ finally realizes he is still J.A. Happ previous MLB journeyman of the average 4.50 ERA instead of the guy who has puzzled me the last few seasons. 

Ozzie Albies:  2/6 with his 11th HR while hitting .285.  A Grand Slam no less.  I mean why not?  He is Ozzie Freakin' Albies.

Freddie Freeman:  5/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .326.  That batting title we always talked about being possible here is possible in 2018. 

Lewis Brinson:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .172.  I am over this. 

Mike Foltynewicz:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.21. I saw Folty get dropped in a bunch of leagues the last week or so which is foolish.  The guy is not a finished product for sure but he has shown more than enough to have a longer leash than that. 

Lorenzo Cain:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .283.  Another guy who will yield the requisite value no matter what you paid for him this spring. 

Trevor Story:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .222.  It has never been about the power here but just about everything else.

Paul Goldschmidt:  0/5 while hitting .218  I mean seriously? 

Tanner Roark:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.70.  For the third time in four seasons, Roark has been a completely dependable and sometimes excellent SP 4. 

Zack Greinke:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.70.  The WHIP is just 1.03 and so remind me never to worry about velocity with this guy ever again. 

Cody Bellinger:  0/4 while hitting .271.  Where are the home runs?  I think Bellinger heard all the criticism of his K's last season that he has overcompensated trying to make more contact this year to the detriment of his power game. 

Walker Buehler:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.64.  Took the loss but nothing to be ashamed about here as Buehler has now been good to very good in all of his starts this season.  This is the start of something big. 

Brian Dozier:  4/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .246.  Dozier fell one hit shy of matching Freddie Freeman for the night.

Shohei Ohtani:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .354.  Ohtani could one day win a batting title and the Cy Young. 

Ian Kinsler:  3/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .214.  This is Kinsler saying "don't forget about me." 

Justin Upton:  This is what I wrote about Upton 24 hours ago:  "Yeah, Upton is on one of those major explosions of power which means he will likely homer tomorrow and again on Saturday." If that is not great projecting, I don't know what is.  

Jose Berrios:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.50.  Things are going all wrong here in a Luke Weaver way after the big start.  I will cling to the 1.04 WHIP though and say to stay the course. 

Miles Mikolas:  6.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.51.  I did say Mikolas was a major HOLD and the gems just continue. 




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