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Sunday, June 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

J.T. Realmuto:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .308.  It really shows how what a great player Realmuto is both in real and in fantasy baseball that he can continue to put up excellent and very rare offensive numbers are catcher despite all the slop surrounding him.

Hunter Renfroe:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .237.  You could see the all-or-nothing profile from a mile away.  Strictly for the NL-only crowd. 

Wilson Contreras:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .262.  While Contreras has not exactly lit the world on fire, he has not been terrible either.  The best part is that Contreras is another guy whose does his best work as the season goes on.  Try to buy low.

Joey Votto:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .299.  Given his advancing age, I will be paying attention closely here to see if Votto's power starts to fade like with Miguel Cabrera.  Also like Cabrera though, Votto is still very capable of maintaining the swell average.

Willy Adames:  2/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .231.  I'm not jumping out of my chair to add Adames as he seems like a guy who is decent in all the categories but far from being an impact guy in any of them. 

Carlos Santana:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .229.  Second game in a row with a home run.  That's where the good commentary ends. 

Anthony Rendon:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .286.  It took awhile for things to get on track here but Rendon can easily be the top 30 guy overall we all anticipated him to be. 

Mark Trumbo:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .263.  Shades of 2016 all over again. 

Dylan Bundy:  6.1 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.75.  Bundy's season almost went completely off the rails a few weeks ago before more than salvaging things. 

Julie Teheran:  7 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 4.52.  Boy did this season turn badly on a dime. 

Francisco Lindor:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .291.  I mean is this guy really going to make a run at 40 home runs? 

Trevor Bauer:  6.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 11 K with a 2.44 ERA.  Bauer looks like Chris Sale now. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .264.  Throw out the beyond brutal start to the season holding the average down and Goldy is pretty much where he should be in terms of power numbers.  Talk about a rapid turnaround from one extreme to the other. 

Zack Greinke:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.66.  The WHIP is only 1.11 as Greinke has managed to overcome his home run and declining velocity negatives to hold decent SP 2 ability yet again.  Any one season things could go completely off the rails though as Greinke doesn't have any margin for error left with the velocity. 

Yadier Molina:  2/4 with 2 home runs (11 for season) while hitting .276.  Molina has 6 more home runs than Buster Posey and he came about 7 rounds cheaper.

Adrian Beltre:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .314.  It would not shock me in the least if Beltre had one last gasp high-end performance to offer the fantasy baseball world. Or two.

Eddie Rosario:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .317.  Only Torii Hunter knows how much it is to be loved by yours truly while wearing a Minnesota Twins uniform like Rosario does. 

Matt Olson:  1/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .241.  Olson was a semi-sleeper coming into the season given his power potential but that is about the only thing that has worked well here in this limited repertoire.

Stephen Piscotty:  2/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .249.  Always was a previous fan of Piscotty early in his St. Louis Cardinals days but he has not looked like the hitter he showed right out of the gate for the last few seasons now. 

Tim Anderson:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .249.  Anderson's lack of plate discipline talk has always overshadowed what has turned out to be a really nice power/speed player at the shortstop position which should never be overlooked. 

Mike Leake:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.11.  Leake always seems to serve like a human magnet to the 4.00 ERA mark no matter how bad things get at any point in the season. 

Yuli Gurriel:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .300.  Mostly an empty average here but this still works as a decent UTIL or CI bat in leagues that go 14 teams or deeper.

Lance McCullers:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.82.  The 1.19 WHIP is a vast improvement from previous norms and best of all, McCullers is staying healthy. 

Max Muncy:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .257.  Nice breakout happening here but Muncy is falling to Matt Olson territory with the overall profile.

Matt Kemp:  1/1 with his 13th HR while hitting .323.  Never thought Kemp would be anywhere near this still tremendous level once his legs started betraying him. 

Clayton Kershaw:  3 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.94.  Lots of baserunners again as a 1.17 WHIP for Kershaw is like 1.35 for anyone else. 


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