Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Juan Soto:  1/2 with his 5th HR in Game 1 while hitting .312.  While he can't legally pound the brews, Soto can surely pound the baseball with the best of them already at 19.  Can't think of a better keeper right now outside of maybe Ronald Acuna.

Anthony Rendon:  1/2 with his 4th HR in Game 1 while hitting .276.  Rendon seems to be one of those players who always does the opposite of expectations in any given season.

Aaron Hicks:  2/5 with his 9th HR in Game 2 while hitting .246.  I kept saying to stay patient with Hicks and now the results are showing up nicely.  Could go 20/20 if all breaks right and he continues on this pace. 

Sonny Gray:  5 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.89.  If you stupidly are holding onto Gray due to just the name brand, you can only start him just on the road.  Overall he is a complete abomination like I said he would be as a charter member of my "Busts" section in my 2018 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide.

Matt Carpenter:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .235.  The .300 averages are a forever thing of the past since Carpenter began swinging for the fences a few seasons ago and so the current product is a bit all-or-nothing if that floats your boat. 

Yadier Molina:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .273.  By now you know Molina will continue to produce no matter how old he is and how many injuries he comes back from.  A true freak of a catcher in every way.

Tommy Pham:  1/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .269.  Still bad at myself for not being more bullish on this toolsy dynamo.

Odubel Herrera:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .293.  We are in uncharted territory with Herrera and his power this season and his big breakthrough this season is the hitting version of Aaron Nola as both guys were annual favorites of mine who took an extra year to realize their potential (and caused me lost of blowback).

Nick Pivetta:  7.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 13 K with an ERA of 4.08.  You are looking at one of the biggest strikeout reveals this season as Pivetta has been a K machine from the jump.  While he is still a bit inconsistent as most young hurlers are, I was in on this back in mid-April so I am wedded.  Damn I like a lot of Phillies and this from a New York guy.  Looking at you too Eflin.

Trevor Williams:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.00.  If Williams can successfully push back the erosion we have seen from him the last few weeks, I will pay attention but I won't bet on it.

Matt Davidson:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .241.  Whether it is Matt Davidson or Matt Chapman or Matt Carpenter, they are all the limited/mediocre same. 

Trevor Bauer:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.50.  Despite the added challenges of facing the DH, Bauer, Severino, Cole, Kluber, Sale, and Verlander have been downright unfair.  It used to be you avoided AL pitchers if you could but now all the top ones reside there. 

Wilson Ramos:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .286.  What is funny about Ramos is that he can continue to have a fine season like he is having but then still be a forgotten man in 2019 fantasy baseball drafts.  Happens all the time to certain players and Ramos is in that class. 

Gerrit Cole:  7 IP 3 H 4 ER 5 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.59.  While he was a bit wild, the march to 300 K's continues onward. 

Shin-Soo Choo:  2/2 with his 13th HR while hitting .279.  Holy crap Choo may hit 25 home runs or more.

Adrian Beltre:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .322.  The power is certianly drying up andhis body is betraying him constantly but Beltre can still put forth line drives like the best of them.

Brandon Nimmo:  4/6 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .287.  Third home run in two games for Nimmo and a Status Report on the way for later. 

Devin Mesoraco:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .221.  I suspect Mesoraco's ownership is way down again after he flashed upon arriving with the New York Mets but in two catcher formats I would give it a bit more time to see if he can be a help.

Jacob DeGrom:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.51.  Even Coors Field can't stop DeGrom whose only resistance has been found through the limp Mets bats costing him wins. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .265.  All is well that ends well. 

Nick Ahmed:  2/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .227.  Those 10 home runs kind of snuck up on the fantasy baseball community but that is really the only thing worth talking about here which is not saying much.

Albert Pujols:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .249.  With the average not yet competely in the gutter this season, Pujols can still hang as a decent backup in most leagues.

Justin Upton:  1/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .255.  Another fine season developing with this guy as his owners continue to seemingly curse at everything Upton does. 

Jaime Barria:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 3.57.  While he was pitching well leading into this, I was not a fan of Barria given the lack of K's and operating in the AL.  This is never a combination you want to have on your roster. 

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