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Thursday, May 31, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Jose Ramirez:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .300.  Next stop:  the same power with a .315 average.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .235.  "Damn tomorrow is the last day of May" says all Encarnacion owners.

Reynaldo Lopez:  7 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 3.80.  I said to be very careful with Lopez given the lucky BABIP he toted around and also due to his mediocre K/9 while operating in the AL.  Those are always two recipes for fantasy baseball disasters.

Corey Kluber:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.02.  I think I saw Kluber yawn throughout this start as he toyed with the brutal White Sox lineup.

Teoscar Hernandez:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .247.  From the very beginning I talked about the impressive power but also noted that Hernandez propensity to be an average killer.  It took a bit longer than I thought but we are there now which puts Hernandez now more into backup territory.

J.D. Martinez:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .322.  13 home runs now in the month for Martinez as previous May maven Edwin Encarnacion nods in approval.

Eduardo Nunez:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .249.  Nunez is pretty useless with Dustin Pedroia returning and even if he were to be considered owner-worthy, the average hit for someone who was a yearly help in that category makes him tough to keep around.

Christian Yelich:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .307.  Still plenty of time for Yelich to have that superstar OF 1 season we all paid for.

Alex Reyes:  4 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Strange outing as Reyes saw his velocity dip from the first inning onward which led to an early removal.  Apparently there were no injuries round and so we will get an encore.  The strikeout upside is immense and I would throw Reyes right back out there.

Junior Guerra:  6 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.65.  None of this makes sense, I have no answers, and I still wouldn't own Guerra despite how good the numbers look.

Patrick Corbin:  6 ER in 6 IP with 10 K and ERA of 2.99. One of those mixed bag games with lots of runs and K. Has not been smooth of late for Corbin who continues to leak velocity and now is giving up home runs which is always related.

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting. 209. Now two full months into a garbage season so far, Goldy's struggles become more believable by the day.

Max Stassi:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .303.  On a team with three catcher-eligible players, this guy has been the best of the lot. 

Luis Severino:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.31.  Still not sure what the hell 2016 was all about but Severino is locked in now as a top-five starter in all of fantasy baseball. 

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .238.  While the contract push has not been as potent as what we have seen out of Manny Machado, Harper's power has been insane just the same. 

Max Scherzer:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 1.92.  This guy has more consistently awesome outings like this more than anyone else in all of fantasy baseball.  Just incredible stuff from the top pitcher in the game. 

Josh Harrison:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .286.  Somehow Harrison become boring as heck to own but the numbers are still quite good in a sort of low-end starter kind of way. 

Joe Musgrove:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.64.  Yeah that ERA will work just fine on your team. 

Shohei Ohtani:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.18.  One of the real treats in baseball this season is watching how the movement on Ohtani's pitches defy conventional science.  If you are an Ohtani pitcher owner, you almost wish he would drop the hitting aspect of things so he can instead pitch every five days and get more aggregate statistics.

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .237.  Like I said when it happened, Dozier's massive power outburst a few seasons ago belongs in the outlier bin and he should be graded as more of a 25-30 home run guy instead.  At this rate though in what has been a tough season so far, Dozier may not even get there.  Add in the average dropping back to his ugly early days and Dozier is creating a lot of angst for his fantasy baseball owners.

Jorge Soler:  4/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .278.  Interesting how Soler's 8 home runs are much more impressive than Dozier's considering the history of both. 

Mike Moustakas:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .280.  This the guy the New York Mets should have signed last winter and not Todd Frazier. 

Fernando Romero:  8 ER in 1.2 IP with an ERA of 4.15. Mama always said there would be days like this when owning a rookie hurler. 

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .319.  You get the feeling Arenado's owners will be let down if he doesn't reach 40 home runs, so high are the annual expectations here. 

Jon Gray:  4 ER in 3.1 IP with a 5.68 ERA.  Just pretend the guy is not even in major league baseball anymore. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  6 IP 0 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Please don't even ask me.  The answer is still a resounding "No"! 

Sean Manaea:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.60. Getting closer to the 4.00 ERA I said Manaea should be at once luck evened out and this was right before the no-hitter.  Always have faith in the forecasts coming from here. 

Matt Kemp:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .345.  The power is down a bit bit now Kemp is challenging for the batting title.  Some guys just defy all sense of explanation. 

Ross Stripling:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.68.  Damn this guy has been really good and should be added everywhere despite my earlier reluctance.  I still think there is some unfamiliarity from opposing hitters with Stripling's stuff but there is no denying the K potential.  Let's see where it takes us. 

Clayton Richard:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.74.  Continue to just stream while he is operating at home. 


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