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Sunday, June 17, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Matt Duffy:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .311.  Duffy is leading off every game now for the Rays and that alone carries decent value in fantasy baseball given the high amount of plate appearances.  Add in the .300 average and moderate power and Duffy is putting forth a nice value play season so far.

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .242.  A 31.5 K/9 is simply hideous and has really dragged down Stanton tremendously this season.  If he hits under .250 as he seems to want to do this season., it is imperative that Stanton hits at least 40 home runs given the first-round price tag.  The strikeout issue was the red flag that made Stanton a decent risk in the first place and this is the worst case scenario short of an injury for those who paid such a lofty price this spring.

Gary Sanchez:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .190.  There is only so many times I can say that Sanchez' season is being undermined by an insanely unlucky BABIP before his jaded fantasy baseball owners tune me out.  Understood.

Luis Severino:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.09.  The durability and excellence has been beyond anticipated from my vantage point this season as I was worried about the major innings jump he went through last year.  I guess Severino is nothing but an ace freak.

Eugenio Suarez:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .299.  Suarez' learning plate discipline in primarily lowering his K/9 from 23.3 in 2017 to just 17.1 this season has elevated him to very lofty status this season and really that was all he needed to do to reach that level.  Buy in fully.

Josh Harrison:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .297.  Typically underrated Harrison season who has annually is a favorite value play as he is one of those strange cases of a very effective offensive player who happens to always fall through the draft cracks.

Devon Travis:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .229.  The light is almost out here in terms of Travis being an interest in fantasy baseball. 

Max Scherzer:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.06.  I mean the guy never seems to have an off-day.

Marco Estrada:  6.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.66.  Estrada has been nothing but a batting practice pitcher for the last two seasons so don't overanalyze this outing. 

Nick Castellanos:  3/5 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .310.  Been wondering where the power has been all season but Castellanos at least has hit consistently overall throughout.  With the homers tending to come in bunches, Castellanos still can get to 25 but he really needs to continue picking it up on that front like this.

Alex Bregman:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .264.  Bregman batted second between George Springer and Jose Altuve and that is about as plush a spot as you can get.  The hits should really pile up if that setup remains. 

Dallas Keuchel:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.15.  Keuchel has a .297 BABIP so his shaky numbers have been earned and one red flag is the fact his K/9 is down to around 7.00 which is below average and always an issue in the AL. 

J.T. Realmuto:  3/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting. 309.  Realmuto is a stud player on a team full of retreads/bench players but boy is this swing as pure as it gets. 

Jonathan Schoop:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .209.  The encore to the 32 home runs a year ago has been quite ghastly but a drop from a .330 BABIP in 2017 to just .236 this season is a major reason why the average looks the way it does.  While I never saw Schoop as the .293 hitter he was in 2017 due to his allergy to walks, split that with his average now and that is where he SHOULD be. 

Marcus Semien:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .252.  Semien is doing just enough to hang as a starting option in deeper fantasy baseball leagues but some more steals (just 4 so far) would help improve that standing. 

Sean Manaea:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.56.  The strikeout rate continues to lag under 7.00 which speaks to the limitations here and the regression in overall numbers since the no-no.

Eddie Rosario:  4/4 with his 16th HR and 6th SB while hitting .323.  Eddie Rosario has morphed into Mike Trout-lite right before our eyes.  I was already obsessed with guy coming into the season and now that is bordering on disturbing hysteria.  Completely legit talent who began hinting at this in 2017. 

Francisco Lindor:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .292.  Seems like ten years ago when no one could hit on Cleveland in April.

Jose Ramirez:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .292.  Ramirez would and should be taken over Kris Bryant next season.

Rhys Hoskins:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .249,  That rumbling you feel is the nuclear home run explosion kicking off for this guy. 

Zack Eflin:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.43.  Instead of focusing so much on Nick Pivetta, we maybe should have looked more closely here. 

Sean Newcomb:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.70.  Basically as a lineup, your toast if your not getting more than 2 walks from Newcomb. 

Madison Bumgarner:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.67.  The guy looks so unimpressive so far and all those recent injuries and previous massive inning totals are always a red flag combination. 


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