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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Dylan Bundy:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.66.  I admit Bundy is making me eat massive amounts of crow by the start of late.  The 10.22 K/9 brings back memories of how potent a power arm he was prior to Tommy John but he seems to have that ability again so many years away from the procedure.  That also has helped fight off the pull from a lucky .282 BABIP.

Steven Wright:  6.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.21.  We saw this out of Wright a few seasons ago but the disgrace that he was last year (both on and off the field) is a reminder of how the volatility goes no higher than when you are dealing with a knuckleball pitcher. 

J.T. Realmuto:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .301.  It is so refreshing to see a catcher who can hit .300 consistently like Realmuto can but boy his runs and RBI are being neutered in Miami.

Brian Anderson:  3/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .310.  Anderson has hit well pretty much all season in putting his name into the fantasy baseball lexicon for the first time but he remains mostly an empty batting average reserved for NL-only formats.

Madison Bumgarner:  5.1 IP 6 H 4 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.76.  You have to start to wonder when all these serious injuries Bumgarner has suffered the last season-plus will start ripping away his stuff.  It is early but just now his average fastball velocity is jus 91.2 which continues a trend of dropping from 93 in 2015. 

Teoscar Hernandez:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .265.  Those who picked up Hernandez when he first got promoted this season have pretty much gotten Michael Conforto 2017. 

Michael Brantley:  1/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .317.  Man has Brantley been awesome in every sense of the five-category word. 

Carlos Carrasco:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.90.  When Carrasco is on like this in any given outing, he looks like Chris Sale. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .246.  The average still needs work but Rizzo's fantasy baseball owners came in off the ledge about a month ago now. 

Jonathan Villar:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .276.  Things worked out nicely here in terms of Villar being a post-hype 2017 pick gone back to good. 

Jose Quintana:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.09./ Still so maddening how Quintana pitched better in the AL then he has in the NL so far. 

Junior Guerra:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.71.  I threw up my hands here awhile ago.  I mean the BABIP is still a very lucky .264 and Guerra's 3.12 BB/9 is gross.  Still, you can't get anything for him since there is no track record so just keep going on with this. 

Jose Martinez:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .327.  Martinez is right there as one of my best picks in the Experts League draft.  The guy has an incredibly smooth swing like Joey Votto and the power is exploding of late as well.  Big things happening here. 

Marcell Ozuna:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .282.  I keep saying to stay patient here but put 2017 out of your mind as it looks like a gross outlier more and more.

Jack Flaherty:  6.1 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.96.  This one was teed up for Flaherty at home versus San Diego and he delivered. 

Jake Lamb:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .235. I still don't get why people elevate Lamb above where he should go given how flawed he is overall as a hitter. 

Joe Musgrove:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.16.  Musgrove is really throwing well and the strikeouts have been decent to boost him to SP 4 status if he can maintain what he is achieving so far this season. 

Patrick Corbin:  5.1 IP 6 H 4 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.10.  Took a TON of flak (and still am) for going to town on Corbin a month ago when all of a sudden the velocity began to crater.  ERA up two full runs since and climbing. 

Mike Trout:  2/3 with 2 home runs (21 for season) while hitting .304.  There was a late injurt scare to his leg that turned out to be nothing and so Trout continues to make us all shake our head in wonderment. 

Nelson Cruz:  2/3 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .260.  This is what I wrote two weeks ago about Cruz:  " So bad luck is really playing a key role in depressing Cruz' average and so his fantasy baseball owners should not really be buying into the "getting old" narrative.  Yes Cruz' 5.6 BB/9 rate is a sharp fall from previous norms but other then that and some ill earlier health, things are looking pretty much on par from a statistical standpoint.  So all Cruz owners should stay calm here as things should turn around overall from here on out as the average should rise and the power is likely going to remain at or just slightly below previous levels"  Enough said. 

Ryon Healy:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .239.  This is the only player who is third base eligible on Seattle I would own right now.  Sorry my old friend Mr. Seager. 

Andrew Heaney:  5 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 3.68. Heaney hasn't found consistency yet which is the last battle before stardom for a pitcher.  I still believe. 


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