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Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Cesar Hernandez:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .267.  I love this guy because he is like the fantasy baseball secret that you know but no one else does.

Adam Jones:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .259.  The average slips just a bit each season now but the power is not ebbing.  Soon though Jones will reach the .250 mark for a full season and that is when it will be time to cut bait since there are a million guys with that profile out there.  We are not there yet with him however.

Nick Pivetta:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.72.  Damn this guy.  I smell a Trend Or Mirage on the way.  Will save my thoughts for them outside of me reminding you I said to pick him up in early April.

Tommy Pham:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .312.  Yeah I was leery in paying for Pham off such a big breakout in 2017 and with some advanced metrics that were saying his production, there was a bit of a fluke.  Was totally wrong to be leery and in actuality, Pham is having an even better season this time around on a per game basis which is saying a ton.

Logan Morrison:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .206.  Morrison smashed home runs all over the place in spacious Tampa Bay so Target Field should not be a big deal.  The swing is completely out of whack though and so Morrison should not be used even in deeper formats.  That average is simply nauseating.

Michael Brantley:  3/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .338.  A batting title and 20 home runs with 10 steals seem very attainable.

Trevor Bauer:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.59.  This is the best I have ever seen Bauer consistently pitch and by a mile I might add. I mean no walks in 8 innings is phenomenal given his career-long struggles there and ace status was always in play if he conquered that.

Justin Smoak:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .255.  Still holding out some hope here and it is encouraging Smoak has raised his average the last 10 days or so.

Teoscar Hernandez:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .272.  Consistent but not out-of-this-world production from Hernandez so far.  OF 3 status in deeper formats.

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.15.  Yeah I gave up a long time ago panning this guy.

C.J. Cron:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .289.  Mike Scoscia your an idiot.  Had a true hitting gem under his nose and all he did was try to bury the guy.  Cron has gone way past earning daily status and he could very well be over 30 homers by the end of the season.

Bartolo Colon:  7.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.82.  I mean you got to be kidding me with this.  In Texas of all places too and at his advanced age.  Colon keep defying any reasonable expectation and I swear if not for that stupid PED bust, would have warranted Hall of Fame consideration. 

Christian Yelich:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .294.  Someone made a good point to me on Twitter when they said Yelich has been solid which means he has been disappointing which jives with the big expectations here that have failed to be met so far. 

Domingo Santana:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .258.  Santana has gotten a raw deal from the Brewers this season but hopefully this will give Craig Counsell the impetus to keep him in the lineup as he should.  Worth looking to see if someone in fact dropped him.

Travis Shaw:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .248.  Everything is fine here as Shaw has BETTERED both his K/9 rate and BB/9 and so his very unlucky .248 BABIP is the main cause for the average drop. 

Matt Harvey:  4 IP 7 H 3 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 6.17.  Saw a bit of a spike in Harvey ownership when he got dealt to the Reds which made zero sense.  I mean he was abominable with the Mets and their spacious ballpark and now he goes to one of the bigger launching pads in the game in Cincy?  He is still pure garbage all the way. 

Scooter Gennett:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .324.  Gennett has seemingly made it his mission to torture me to no end.

Brandon Belt:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting. 301.  Right now Belt is on pace to post 30 homers and a .300 average.  No one saw this coming since 2012.

Yasmani Grandal:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .278.  Steady as they come which is usually not something you can say about the previously batting average sinkhole that was Yasmany Grandal. 

Justin Bour:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .246.  You know things are going good for you when you pick up Bour as the last second and stick him in your lineup when you saw Edwin Encarnacion was, in fact, going to sit out. 

J.T. Realmuto:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting. 316.  You should have been chasing this guy and not Buster Posey at the top of the catcher heap this past spring. 

Walker Buehler:  5 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.67.  "Baby Thor" is going to be given 5 innings and then out almost every time out which really hurts the upside for 2018.  This is why I tweeted the other day to offer Buehler around your league as his prospect name is immense and a decent haul could be had for a guy who is not likely going to be a help in late summer/September due to fatigue. 

Matt Olson:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .238.  Unless you are in an AL-only league, look on past this blurb.  Olson's calling card was power coming into the season and he actually hasn't been that great there to this point which is a problem since almost all his value is tied up in there. 

Marcus Semien:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .276.  I always liked Semien and his power/speed game despite the ugly averages but he has made solid inroads with the latter this season.  Add in the leadoff assignment for a powerful lineup and this is a steadily improving fantasy baseball stock. 

J.D. Martinez:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .344.  The numbers are going to be ludicrous by the end of the season. 

Xander Boagerts:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .306.  I feel like we have been waiting for Bogaerts to turn into a monster in fantasy baseball forever now and that has clouded us from not seeing the still very good player he currently is. 

Chris Sale:  5 IP 2 H 2 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.29.  The walks were a bit high but I mentioned it here because there is never anything to ever say here about the guy outside of the pure dominance. 

Brandon McCarthy:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.05.  McCarthy is still capable of outings like this but he is also always hurt and operates in one of the most pronounced offensive parks in the majors.  No thank you. 

Justin Verlander:  9 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.05.  Just hand him the Cy Young Award and be done with it.  Although I hope he loses it so Kate Upton loses her sh!t. 




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