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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Jed Lowrie:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting. 279.  Never said Lowrie wasn't capable of his current pace of numbers.  Only said he was not a .300-plus hitter and that he couldn't stay in one piece.

Stephen Piscotty:  3/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .256.  The ropes are piling up of late for Piscotty who went through a very tough time the last few years dealing with an ill mother.  Now seems the time to try him out again. 

Nick Castellanos:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .304.  My preseason prediction of 30 home runs seems out of reach but don't think for a second Castellanos is not having a terrific season. 

Edwin Jackson:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.50.  I mean does this guy ever go away?  If you need me to tell you not to bother here, then try fantasy Nascar. 

Tyler Skaggs:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.69.  Moving that extra year away from a Tommy John procedure has done wonders for Skaggs and the talent he always possessed.  Separate post upcoming.

Brad Keller:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.25.  Keller was an 8th round draft pick in 2013 and is just 22 but a 5.63 K/9 in the AL means he is radioactive. 

Jonathan Schoop:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .205.  The Orioles are so disgusted with Schoop's season that they have now buried him toward the bottom of the order.  What a bust so far. 

Aaron Judge:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .277.  Just stay out of that damn Home Run Derby bro.

Maikel Franco:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .256.  Considering how bad the last few seasons Franco has been, this year has been actual progress.

Jonathan Loasiga:  5.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.93.  Well what do we have here?  Big power arm in the making and Losaiga had K/9 rates over 11.00 both in A-ball and Double-A THIS season.  Talk about a rapid rise.  Add everywhere.

Gregory Polanco:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .216.  You get the feeling that if Polanco doesn't turn it around this season, the fantasy baseball community will swear off him for good.

Josh Bell:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .248.  Last season Bell hit home runs with no average.  This season he is doing neither. 

Seth Lugo:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.76.  Lugo still has to get stretched out some more but we have seen enough good things out of him when in the rotation when given the chance to be worth a speculative look in NL-only leagues.

Jake Lamb:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .229.  Never liked the guy and that won't change now. 

Justin Bour:  1/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .243.  The power has been very good as anticipated but was also hoping for .265. 

Shelby Miller:  5 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 12.27.  I am convinced Miller will continue to pitch like garbage until his last Arizona day in order to keep reminding the team how simply brutal their trade for him was.

Dan Straily:  6.1 IP 4 H 3 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.82.  Straily has not been good in his usual SP 5 way so no need to bother.

Kevin Kiermaier:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .147.  Ignore the average as Kiermaier just came off the DL recently and instead embrace trhe leadoff position and always quiet power/speed game here. 

Wilson Ramos:  2/4 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .293.  The only thing I am upset about with Ramos (who I told you all to target in drafts) is that he is playing so well that I may not be able to sneak him onto my roster a season from now. 

Gio Gonzalez:  6 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 3.68.  We all knew Gio was headed for a BABIP regression but even this is a bit extreme.

Blake Snell:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 4 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.31.  What James Shields was during his early ace-like Rays days is what Blake Snell is now. 

Scott Schebler:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .284.  The .284 is what Schebler should have hit last season when he burst onto the scene with terrific power and rotten BABIP luck. 

Ozzie Albies:  3/6 with his 17th HR while hitting .269.  Albies is responding back to pitchers dominating him of late which is always a nice sign for a young hitter.

Mike Foltynewicz:  5 IP 1 H 1 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.14.  While Blake Snell gets most of the attention, this guy has had just as terrific a full breakout in 2018. 

Manuel Margot:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .249.  Margot is leading off again and is showings signs of the talent that had us all intrigued this past spring.  Try him again. 

Joey Luchessi:  4 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.57. Told you to stick with Luchessi off his rough first start off the DL as I said it is always tough for young pitchers to adjust off a long absence.  Luchessi just too talented to stay down for long. 

Curtis Granderson:  2/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .258.  Will always root for this good guy.

Randal Grichuk:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .194.  Forget this. 

Alex Bregman:  2/4 with his 12th HR and 7th SB while hitting .263.  While the narrative is that Bregman has struggled to this point, a 12/7 split in homers and steals is nothing to scoff at. 

John Gant:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 5 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.48.  It wasn't pretty with the walks but Gant was pretty much unhittable in this one.  Now in his third MLB organization, Gant has flashed some useful ability in the past but he seems like just an SP 5 stopgap on a good team. 

Kiki Hernandez:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .234.  Hernandez has three home runs in the last two games.  The power is certainly eye-opening but there are limitations in the average department that make him work best as a backup.

Chris Taylor:  1/1 with his 9th HR while hitting .254.  Taylor continues to battle a bum hamstring and overall has been far from the breakout guy he looked to be on the surface last season.  I warned you not to overanalyze that performance and we are seeing why. 


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