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Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Mike Montgomery:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.56.  That's three straight excellent starts or two since I told you to pick Montgomery up.

Kevin Pillar:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .261.  At the end of the season Pillar will be sitting with 15 home runs and 25 steals and we will wonder how that snuck up on us.

Randall Grichuk:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .153.  When you have the kind of natural power that Grichuk has, you are going to show up in the Wrapup from time-to-time.  Those will be his only hits though. 

J.A. Happ:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.71.  Considering how Happ's career has shockingly taken off in Toronto of all places, it makes you wonder what he could have done if he stayed in Pittsburgh. 

Andrew McCutchen:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .257.  When you take into account the fact that McCutchen is still quite young, he almost had to start hitting at some point.  Still, there is offensive leakage everywhere. 

Juan Soto:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .339.  Really ridiculous of Toronto to sit there and watch how this 19-year-old has taken the league by storm and they choose to leave Vlad Jr. on the farm where he now gets hurt. 

Stephen Strasburg:  2 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.46.  You knew as a Strasburg owner that you were on borrowed time with his health and so the inevitable happened in terms of a bum shoulder which is always scary for a pitcher.  To the DL we go. 

Christian Yelich:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .303.  This is why you reached for the moon like I was tempted to do for Yelich this season.

Ryan Braun:  2/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .236.  Braun still has it.  Both the power and the juice in his locker. 

Vince Velasquez:  10 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 4.95.  I am going to save this linescore and have it automatically sent to anyone who asks me again about picking Velasquez up.  I have been saying since 2016 this is a bullpen arm and no more right?

Dylan Covey:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.22.  I smell a TRend Or Mirage on the way. 

Chris Sale:  8 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.83.  Can't do much better without getting a win so once again the wins category sucks. 

Trevor Bauer:  8 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.62.  Bauer is Chris Sale with less control now.  Incredible. 

Jose Martinez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (8 for the season) while hitting. 315.  The power had been very light of late before the recent explosion but overall Martinez is quickly gaining a very underrated label as a rare hitter who can put up a .300 average with decent pop. This is the kind of support player who can win you a title. 

Luke Weaver:  5 IP 7 H 4 ER 5 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.35.  When a young player is struggling previously and now is walking the ballpark mid-season. he is saying he has no clue right now what he is doing.  What a bomb this has been. 

Brett Gardner:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .268.  Always starts with Gardy who quietly has been a decade Yankee and one of those stalwart guys in fantasy baseball for that same time period. 

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .251.  Liking what I am seeing out of Stanton of late who seems to have finally found some comfort in NY.  The home runs would be coming fast and furious now. 

Brandon Nimmo:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .268.  It has been a nice season for Nimmo but he is a complete zero versus lefties so you got to play the annoying matchup game here. 

Jacob DeGrom:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.57.  I mean you got to be kidding me here.  DeGrom has given up virtually NOTHING his last four starts and he has not claimed a victory in one of them. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  5 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.58.  Tanaka was dominating the Mets as every single pitcher does these days before leaving early with a sore hamstring.  Given the short 10-day DL span a trip could happen but this looks like a minor deal. 

C.J. Cron:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .257./  Stay over .250 bro. 

Marco Gonzales:  7.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.28.  I already discussed Gonzales at length this past week so scroll down and take a look.  The gist is that he has been pretty legit to this point and worth using in everything but the most dire matchups. 

Alex Bregman:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .268.  Here we go!

Jose Altuve:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .341.  The home runs are down but at least Altuve picked up his previously dormat running game.  Those averages are also just insane. 

Shin-Soo Choo:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .272.  Choo is beginning to age like a fine wine. 

Justin Verlander:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.45.  Boy Verlander struggled badly by his standards. 

Ian Kinsler:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .218.  Kinsler looks like he has finally reached that stage in his career where he becomes an ugly all-or-nothing hitter.  You can't do that at second base.

Justin Upton:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .260.  Add another 15 home runs and freeze the average and this is a typical Upton season. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  3/5 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting .241.  Those who correctly bought low are dancing in the streets right now.

Jake Lamb:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .239.  Never a fan of his as Lamb is another typical ugly average slugger but he seems to get more of a pass then he should from the fantasy baseball community regarding that issue. 

David Peralta:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .264.  Peralta is hitting for more power than ever before and he seems to enjoy it since his average has taken a hit from past levels. 

Charlie Blackmon:  1/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .288.  The power slowed down from the insane previous levels of April but otherwise this has been par for the first-round cost. 

Trevor Story:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .247.  The Story here has not changedi n terms of the numbers. 




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