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Sunday, June 3, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Lorenzo Cain:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .277.  The power rate is up slightly which is what we expected coming from K.C. to Milwaukee but otherwise, it is another very good/underrated season for the guy.

Jesus Aguilar:  3/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .310.  This is Aguilar telling everyone he is legit and not going to fall off the fantasy baseball map as a flash in the pan.

Jonathan Villar:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .285.  Villar has found a comfort zone toward the bottom of the Milwaukee lineup after he royally bombed out due to the pressure of being at the top a year ago.  Working out nicely.

Jorge Soler:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .273.  Even though the average continues to take on water slowly, the power has not let up for Soler in this his post-hype sleeper made good breakout.

Austin Meadows:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .404.  Yeah, we are entering into the silly phase now with Meadows and what he has accomplished so far.

Marcell Ozuna:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .271.  The average is creeping up as Ozuna is starting to hit but injuries have been the latest challenge.  It has not been easy.
  
Luke Weaver:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.41.  Baby steps for Weaver to try and come back from what has been a brutal first two months.

Yangervis Solarte:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .256.  25 home runs from Yangervis Solarte may be one of the bigger surprises of the 2018 fantasy baseball season.

Jeimer Candelario:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting.274.  Big things happening here in one of the more impressive 2018 breakouts.

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .248.  Stanton's 30.7 K/9 and BB/9 of 8.8 are the worst numbers in those categories respectively for him since 2010 which shows you how much of a hacker the guy has been in 2018.  Then you have the reduced home run rate that at this pace would net Stanton not even 40 homers (when 60 seemed possible going to NY) and the season as a whole has been terrible. 

Miguel Andujar:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .294.  Gleyber Torres is overshadowing what a terrific rookie campaign has unfolded here and I will do a separate piece on Andujar to be posted later today.

Adam Jones:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .284.  Typically solid Jones as he ages gracefully. 

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .327.  Hopefully Peter Angeles doesn't get in the way of the Baltimore Orioles being the center of all action this trading season. 

Masahiro Tanaka:  4 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.79.  Three more home runs given up.  A tiger can't change its stripes and Tanaka can't ever be trusted in any one start given the home runs. 

Javier Baez:  1/1 with his 14th HR while hitting .271.  So those Baez owners who forgot to edit their lineups Saturday still made out. 

Michael Conforto:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .236.  I have said from the beginning to buy low on Conforto and stand by that premise.  A 26.4 K/9 has to be fixed but Conforto is also walking a ton (15.5 BB/9) which is what you want to see from a young hitter. 

Mike Montgomery:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.89.  I said after his last start that Montgomery was always intriguing to me as a starter and now he has put excellent back-to-back outings together.  Give him a look.

Jacob DeGrom:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 2 BB 13 K with an ERA of 1.49.  The numbers are just stupid here as DeGrom looks like Max Scherzer this season.  What is also stupid is that DeGrom has that ERA and an insane 12.19 K/9 but can't win a game due to his pathetic team. 

Eddie Rosario:  1/2 with his 10th HR while hitting .310.  I liked Rosario more than most this spring and he has rewarded my faith with another very good season on the heels of his 2017 breakout.  The swing is incredibly smooth here as Rosario should be a .300 stick for years and the power and slight speed make him one of the more quieter five-tool guys in all of fantasy baseball. 

Trevor Bauer:  5.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.77.  The strikeout have been DeGrom-esque this season and even though his last two outings results in more runs than his owners anticipated, he has put forth 24 total K's in that span. 

Juan Soto:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .349.  I know the guy has a son just like him but who else sees Vladimir Guerrero in this kid? 

Gio Gonzalez:  7 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.27.  Gonzalez is the new Matt Cain in terms of being a pitcher who always seems to beat back the BABIP curve.  In his defense though, Gio has gained in the K/9 department this season (9.08 to 8.42) and cut his homers so he is doing some very good things on his own as well.

Andrew Benintendi:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .294.  Now that Benintendi has pushed through the early adjustment period/sophomore slump, there should be no non-injury barries left for him to not be a tier 1 fantasy baseball outfielder for the next ten years. 

Alex Bregman:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .260.  I know it sounds like I am constantly making excuses for Bregman but I also was told that about the guy right above this back at the end of April.  Talent always wins out and I expect a huge second half from Bregman.  You know just like a year ago. 

David Price:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.08.  Didn't think Price was going to rally like he has but I still was not willing to deal with the volatility which is why I cut him loose at the beginning of May.  I have no regrets. 

Justin Verlander:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.24.  I mean it is scary to think what the numbers would be if this guy were pitching in the NL.

Matt Kemp:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .347.  New members of the fantasy baseball community probably don't realize how insane this guy was as a five-tool monster ten years ago.  He is still pretty damn good now however.

Joc Pederson:  4/5 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .265.  Pederson still has time to fix his strikeout-heavy approach and realize the vast potential he carried to the majors.  I am skeptical but I am also watching closely. 

Mike Trout:  3/5 with his 19th HR and 13th SB while hitting .313.  I gather probably 30 percent of fantasy baseball teams out there with Trout on them wind up winning their leagues. 

Ian Kinsler:  2/5 with his fifth HR while hitting .222.  Kinsler was back in the leadoff spot which is always interesting but need to see more of this before suggesting buying back in on the aging veteran. 

Cole Hamels:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.63.  Hamels has been actually very good this season and has found the lost K's from the past (9.25 K/9).  Maybe we can chalk up the 6.39 K/9 a year ago to injuries.

Ryon Healy:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .247.  The average has room for improvement as Healy is more a .265 guy so stay with it. 

Marco Gonzales:  6.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.38.  All the guy does is win games and has reeled off a string of terrific outings.  No one thinks it is sustainable but there is no reason to play it out. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .212.  I mean he can't be morphing into a home-run-or-nothing guy at the age of 31 right? 

David Peralta:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .263.  Always one of my underrated favorites. 



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