Wednesday, June 13, 2018


There was some news that was easy to overlook on Tuesday when it was learned that New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez would not be in the team's lineup for that night's game versus the Washington Nationals.  On the surface alone, Sanchez missing one game was no big deal but later it was learned from manager Aaron Boone that he would also sit for Wednesday's game as well.  While Boone would not say whether the rides on the pine had to do with Sanchez' previous calf injury or whether it was due to his season-long slump at the dish, the fact of the matter is that the Yankees backstop has been one of the bigger disappointments when it comes to 2018 fantasy baseball.  Having gone as high as a late first-round pick and mostly in the second round in the majority of 12-team mixed fantasy baseball drafts this past March, Sanchez goes into Tuesday's action with the following numbers:

12 HR
35 RBI
33 R
0 SB
24.8 K/9
12.2 BB/9

Wow there is a lot to digest here but as far as the surface numbers are concerned, Sanchez looks like a typical catcher who struggles to hit better than .200 as he is actually under that number as of this writing.  That alone is a shockingly bad number but Sanchez has been plagued by some of the worst BABIP luck I have seen in all of fantasy baseball as his .197 number there is beyond ridiculous and in no way sustainable.  The hits are bound to start falling in soon and the average almost has to rise and by more than a little.  Adding to the optimism is the fact Sanchez is drawing a bunch of walks with a 12.2 BB.9 and that also will help improve the average soon enough.

Now on the flip side, Sanchez has seen his K/9 spike a bit from his 22.9 mark a year ago and that no doubt has something to do with him pressing.  Beyond that though, Sanchez has been fine in home runs, runs, and RBI and the average as we said has been knocked down tremendously by the unlucky BABIP.  That said, I would still suggest buying low on Sanchez as his price will never be cheaper and you would be getting arguably the best offensive catcher in fantasy baseball as we all thought he was back in March with little debate.  Throw out the average and Sanchez has been just fine.  Stay the course.

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