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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Michael Brantley:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .343.  Yeah there are a whole bunch of us in the fantasy baseball community who are thinking they should have looked more into this situation back in March.

Jose Ramirez:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .296.  All right Jose you made your point about how you power last season was legit. 

Jason Kipnis:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .197.  Amazing how this guy has become utter trash in the span of like two seasons. 

Mike Clevinger:  6.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.14  Talk about wanting to show 2017 was legit, Clevinger has blown well past that notion with his superb pitching. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/5 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .315.  Cabrera is almost literally the only nice thing you can say about the New York Mets from a hitting perspective. 

Bryce Harper:  3/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .238.  The BABIP is somehow still at just .213 so again throw the average out and that is especially true when a guy has speed like Harper,  It will turn.

Mark Reynolds:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .417.  Ridiculous.

Manny Machado:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .326.  It is really something else when a player can hit over .315 with massive power which is what Machado has been this season. 

Evan Gattis:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .236.  Gattis should be universally owned again now that he is hitting home runs which is really all he has to offer the fantasy baseball community.  April and early May were a tough go but at least we are getting some signs of life.

Brett Gardner:  4/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .256.  This is Brett Gardner telling Gleyber Torres to stay the heck away from the top of the lineup. 

Aaron Judge:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .288.  Not even Charlie Morton can contain him.

Charlie Morton:  6 IP 8 H 3 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.26.  I will sound a bit of an alarm here in terms of Morton being prone to home runs and now the weather is really heating up in the south and across the country which will exacerbate the problem. 

Justin Smoak:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .249.  I won't write off Smoak's 2018 as a complete fantasy baseball bust if he gets to 25 home runs but he still will at least be a sizable letdown if the average continues to stay in pre-2017 levels.

Xander Bogaerts:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .283.  Boagerts is really reaching his power growth years and so I am on board believing the uptick this season is legit and no random fluke. 

Luis Valbuena:  3/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .234.  He will be on waivers where he belongs if you need him in a very deep league.

Ian Kinsler:  3/3 with his third HR while hitting .195.  While we have incorrectly written Kinsler off before, the cliff season seems to be here.

Jeimer Candelario:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .274.  Already said a bunch on this guy last week in a separate piece but if you don't want to scan down, the gist was to ride it out and enjoy the breakout which seems legit.

Michael Fulmer:  5 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 4.60. I wish you would all just trust me on this guy in putting 2016 completely out of your head and accepting he really is not that good. 

Matt Carpenter:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .223.  Carpenter is hot as a pistol in terms of power but he is selling out like never before to get those bombs as shown by the gross average.  Guys like this are a dime a dozen so ignore the name brand. 

Kyle Gibson:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.57.  Great start no doubt but law of averages will kick in here soon enough.  Just wait for it. 

Eugenio Suarez:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .294.  I think we can safely say Suarez is now a top 8-10 fantasy baseball third baseman despite the lack of name pop.

Zack Godley:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.38.  Still too many baserunners for Godley but the uptick in K's is possibly an indicator things are going to change for the better.

C.J. Cron:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .268.  Cron was in a bit of a slump leading into this one but the power has held steady throughout.  We just got to make sure he doesn't slide to Matt Carpenter territory with the average.

Wilson Ramos:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .308.  My favorite catcher has been one of the best fantasy baseball catchers for some time now whether thre majority in the community want to admit this or not.  Sorry but pairing a .300 average with power at the position is unheard of. 

Blake Snell:  5.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.56.  The massive breakout continues but that ticking you hear is the August fatigue clock counting down.  Selling high at any moment the way to go. 

Nelson Cruz:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .227.  Cruz has the rest of the season to show he has not reached his all-or-nothing phase of his career as we have now seen this season from Carpenter and Edwin Encarnacion. 


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