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Monday, June 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Justin Bour:  2/5 with 2 home runs (12 for season) while hitting .240.  The season has been a step back from 2017 for Bour overall but the power is still there for those in NL-only formats.

Mark Trumbo:  3/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .261.  Trumbo has become a forgotten man in fantasy baseball for the second time in three seasons which means he should be added where available as we saw in 2016 where his tremendous natural power can take you under such a setup.

Shane Bieber:  5.2 IP 10 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.97.  The live arm is apparent here given all the K's Bieber put forth in the minors but he has had a ton of baserunners in his two MLB starts in 2018 as well to suggest he may be more of a story for 2019.

Teoscar Hernandez:  3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .268.  Hernandez has managed to hang onto his position among the first two spots in the Toronto batting order almost since being called up which speaks to how consistent he has been with the power.  The average is teetering a bit into ugly territory but Hernandez is still a daily league guy for now.

Yangervis Solarte:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .258.  Anyone who has owned Solarte in the past can't help but ask where all this power was before as you can't put all the blame on Petco Park.

Randal Grichuk:  3/3 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .196. Joey Gallo is proud.

Scott Schebler:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .281.  I did say a year ago and throughout the winter that Schebler was sitting on a much better average this season to go with the solid power given how much poor BABIP luck he had a year ago.  Right on schedule.

Eugenio Suarez:  1/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .297.  I can't stop gushing about this guy as he steps forward to become a top fantasy baseball third baseman which some of the older guard fade away (looking at your Mr. Longoria).

Gregory Polanco:  3/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .211.  Austin Meadows is not impressed.

Colin Moran:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting. 273.  Moran is doing a decent David Freese impersonation which counts for something as a backup or a starter in leagues that go very deep in starters.

Aaron Hicks:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .243.  I still preach sticking with Hicks whenever he is playing given the power/speed game but that average has to get better in a hurry.

C.C. Sabathia:  7.2 IP 10 H 3 H 3 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.30.  To think we all collectively wrote this guy off four seasons ago when he was one of the worst pitchers in baseball.

Julio Teheran:  6 IP 0 H 0 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.97.  Teheran was filthy in this one with no hits given up and all those K's in his first start off the DL.  The continuation of what has been a very intriguing comeback campaign.

Carlos Correa:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .273.  Correa still has a ton of work to do to even get back into the same statistical hemisphere as Francisco Lindor.

Nick Castellanos:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .310.  All of us who were wondering where Castellanos' home runs were all season realize the answer is right here in front of us the last two days.

Odubel Herrera:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .291.  Herrera had really hit the skids of late but that honestly was just hi average correcting itself to proper norms. 

Rhys Hoskins:  1/5 with his 10th HR while hitting. 248.  There are going to be a ton of home runs from thie guy from here on out. 

Maikel Franco:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .247.  We have seen too much of Franco hitting for an ugly average the last few seasons to think this is not who he is now.  Very disappointing because I expected better.

Eric Thames:  2/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) and his third SB while hitting .244.  The humidity in half the country made it a home run bonanza across fantasy baseball and that should continue for the majority of the week.

Jesus Aguilar:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .293.  I am not even sure Milwaukee knew what it had here.  What a nice surprise. 

Aaron Nola:  4 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 2.55.  Nola survived the home run derby as best he could in this game with the temps/humidity making almost every solid contact sail out.  No worries.

Chase Anderson:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.54.  Anderson wasn't so lucky. 

Marcus Semien:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .255.  Still curious to see what a full season of Semien out of the leadoff spot looks like.

Andrew Heaney:  8 IP 3 H 3 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.64.  Some may accuse me of being a Heaney apologist but I stand by him continually given the massive potential and for the fact his advanced metrics still scream out high-end guy.  Getting there.

Xander Boagerts:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .279.  Looks like Bogaerts is all right with trading a bit of average for more power this season which I am fine on as lng as the former doesn't go much lower.

Rafael Devers:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .239.  All in all for Devers in his first full MLB season, he has done well enough to this point but he is still a work in progress as a hitter overall.

Eduardo Rodriguez:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.59.  While I like Heaney better, you can throw this guy in there as someone on the brink of upper-level status if he works on the consistency issue.

Brandon Belt:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .302.  It is a shame Belt got hurt yet again this season as he was in the midst of a major power run but he seems primed to reprise it. 

Nick Hundley:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .257.  Good OLD Nick Hundley always there when you need him.

DJ LeMahieu:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .281.  While he hit a bunch of homers in April, I still think any one you get the rest of the way should be considered a nice bonus. 

Jurickson Profar:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .243.  I am rooting for the kid since he endured so much physical trouble to get himself into the position where he is now as a daily guy for the Texas Rangers.  While he is not there yet in terms of fantasy baseball usage, the tools are evident in terms of why he was such a highly sought-after commodity for so all those seasons. 



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