Friday, May 18, 2018


Yasiel Puig:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .214.  Puig seems to have come out of his season-long rut so if you are the beyond patient owner who is still holding him, now is your chance to get him back in there.  As big of an enigma as you will ever see.

Kenta Maeda:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.89.  If ever there was a matchup teed up for domination it was the Marlins for Maeda in this one.  As a Maeda owner, I have been a bit frustrated with the fact he is striking out everyone but also allowing too many runs relative to the overpowering stuff.  I stuck with it though and will for the rest of the season as Maeda's impeccable control and sweet strikeout rate means he should be at worst an SP 2.

Khris Davis:  4/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .233.  The Oakland lineup is one to avoid as they can really pound the baseball led by this guy.  Davis has carved out his place among the best home run hitters in baseball with average limitations preventing OF 1 status but he is particularly smoking right now. 

Matt Olson:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .239.  Olson has gotten his home run swing in fine working order as well so he should be used liberally all over.  Then cut him when the slump arrives and rinse and repeat. 

Matt Chapman:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .244.  All the Matt's were getting in on the fun last night for Oakland but the same blurb for Olson applies to Chapman.

J.D. Martinez:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .344.  Left early due to a stomach bug but at least the home run came before the actual runs. 

Xander Bogaerts:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .313.  Bogaerts has copied J.D. with a homer each of the last two days but he drew the line when it came to planting himself on the throne the rest of the night. As far as his game is concerned, we all know the talent is there for a blockbuster season but the injuries need to be avoided which has always been a struggle.

Mookie Betts:  3/4 with 3 steals (11 for season) while hitting .364. This guy is just insane this season but honestly, no surprises since Betts was the second pick in drafts in 2016 and only slid a bit this year due to the stupidity of overvaluing the average category which is completely full of random things.

David Price:  9 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.38.  Yeah, I cut him last week as the 1.27 WHIP, declining velocity, and other advanced red flags told me to do so.  No regrets because the guy is one of the bigger headaches to own now in fantasy baseball. 

Carlos Santana:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .195.  I get the sense that the readers just look on past any Santana blurb as he is so boring it's not even funny. 

Vince Velasquez:  6.1 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.37.  Even though I am his biggest critic, Velasquez has been better this season but still way too inconsistent in my book to depend on outside of deep leagues.  He struggles to repeat the arm angle/release and walking the ballpark is always in the book as well to add to the extreme risk when you start him any time out. 

Luke Weaver:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.37.  Like with Luis Castillo, the hope was that the weather heating up would get the stuff crackling for Weaver and so far, so good on that front.  He started getting dropped in more than a few leagues after being one of the sought-after sleepers just two months ago so pick him up is possible. 

C.J. Cron:  2/5 with his 11th HR and first SB while hitting .293.  One of the breakouts of the here and now Cron wants to steal bases as well.  I love it. 

Denard Span:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .252.  Given that half the outfielders in fantasy baseball have landed on the DL the last week (Braun, Cespedes, Marte, Pollock, etc.) Span is actually somewhat interesting again which speaks volumes for how dire the situation is. 

Shohei Ohtani:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .321.  This guy is straight out of a video game I swear. 

Chris Archer:  6.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.01.  Progress I guess.  Man this guy.

Brandon Belt:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .305. I said 30 homers with a .300 average is possible for Belt this season but maybe I should amend that to 40 and .300. 


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