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Friday, June 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: OZZIE ALBIES 2B ATLANTA BRAVES

All good things must come to an end.  Or at least a temporary end when it comes to the insane production put forth by Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies in April and early May when he was the absolute number 1 hitter in all of 2018 fantasy baseball.  While the scouting report on Albies entering into the season was that the 21-year-old would score a bunch of runs, bat .300, and swipe a high amount of bases, even his mom had to be shocked when he came out and smacked 8 home runs in April and then another 5 in May to go with boatloads of runs and RBI as well.  Just like that Albies graduated into a top-tier overall fantasy baseball monster when he was barely of legal drinking age and his owners were delirious with joy considering his modest draft cost.  Well like we said earlier, the fun stops eventually and for Albies that has meant the month of June where he went into Thursday's action with 3 hits in 27 at-bats for a .111 average and a bagel in the home run column.  Clearly, opposing pitchers have figured out a chink in the armor of Albies and they are now exploiting a weakness in his swing that is not giving him anything to drive in terms of power.  This was a completely expected development as Albies was never going to continue on his April/May pace and now the onus is on him to respond in kind by altering his approach some.  For one thing, Albies needs to do a whole lot better than a 5.5 BB/9 rate.  With pitchers knowing he will hack away, they are making him chase outside the zone more than ever which has led to the hits drying up.  On the positive side, Albies' 17.2 K/9 rate is phenomenal for someone so young and so he should be back on the .280-plus average bandwagon before too long if he shows some more patience.  Ultimately, this is just the ebb and flow of the season for Albies and there is no reason to do anything drastic here outside of just staying the course.  The kid will be all right.


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