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Sunday, June 3, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Justin Smoak:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .258.  Things are looking up here as Smoak's swing seems in sync for the first extended time this season.  He will still fall way short of his outlier 2017 but we all kind of expected that anyways.  

Leonys Martin:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .257.  So funny how we always anticipated so many steals that failed to come through here but instead now it is power.  That's how it goes sometimes.  

Aaron Sanchez:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.48.  You all know my disdain for Sanchez as I correctly tore apart HIS outlier 2016.  Won't be changing that opinion now that he is pitching like crap the way his advanced ratios said he should have during that season.  

Trea Turner:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .260.  Definite power uptick happening with Turner and the steals have been very good (alas not GREAT like his owners anticipated).  Kind of a mixed bag overall given the ugly average.  

Dansby Swanson:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .263.  Hey at least it is not 2017 Dansby Swanson.  

Matt Olson:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .248.  Olson is locked and loaded with the power swing right now so ride this for as long as it goes as we do with all sluggers of this makeup.  

Michael Wacha:  8 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.41.  I am shocked at what Wacha is doing as he is the rare starter to come back and post good numbers after a few bouts of shoulder trouble flared as it did here a few seasons ago.  Credit goes to Wacha to sticking it out and refining his repertoire to overcome that big potential problem.  He does tend to drop-off sharply though as the season goes on so now would be the best time to sell high.  

Marcell Ozuna:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .272.  The worst seems to be behind us now and so Ozuna should be dusted off and put back forth as a daily league staple.  

Jon Lester:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.44.  While taking nothing away from Lester, anyone can throw a shutout versus the New York Mets these days.  Arguably the number 1 team to stream against.  

Steven Matz:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Matz is putting himself back into the good graces of the fantasy baseball community this season by generally avoiding getting hurt and pitching well.  The talent is still there.  

Yasmany Grandal:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .251.  Ugh the average has sunk back to garbage levels which is what I feared here.  Really was hoping Grandal was tapping into his minor league days when he hit for average and combining that with the added power.  

Max Muncy:  2/5 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting. 243.  Muncy is limited as an overall hitter as we can see with the average and the 25.6 K/9 but there is enough power to work well in NL-only formats.  

Ian Desmond:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .192.  You really have to be a pathetic hitter to be carrying an average under .200 into June despite playing half your games in Coors Field.  

Alex Wood:  6 ER in 2 IP with an ERA of 4.48.  It has all gone to hell here Wood who could be pitching hurt given his history of dealing with ailments.  What has me worried is that Wood's K/9 has now dropped for the third straight season but he is also dealing with an unlucky BABIP with FIP and XFIP ERA's around 3.30.  So there is hope for a turnaround when the luck changes but Wood's leaking K's are an issue for his overall value.  

David Peralta:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .267.  Second game with a knock for Peralta who has made an art of being a solid but underrated OF 3.  

Matt Koch:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.76.  There won't be a lot of K's to be had here given the minor league track record of Koch and so this could all blow up at a moment's notice.  Be very afraid.  

Buster Posey:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .303.  Still feeling good about spending a fourth or fifth round pick on this guy?

Andrew McCutchen:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .248.  Man McCutchen looks completely shot.  

Jake Arrieta:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 2.66.  I still will go on record saying Arrieta will finish with an ERA north of 3.75.  

Nomar Mazara:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .274.  Upwards and onward we go.  

Justin Upton:  1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .235.  I have gotten a lot of hate tweets about Upton and his performance this season but honestly, this is pretty much par for the course.  The power has been good and the average goes up and down more than an elevator.  Why the surprise?

Michael Brantley:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .323.  Damn, I totally missed the boat on this guy this season.  Was just so leery of the health that I took my eye off the fact Brantley was just entering into his power prime and can hit .315 in his sleep.  

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .246.  If Encarnacion is hitting .265 by the end of June, all is forgiven for April.  

Brian Dozier:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .246.  Tough go of it for Dozier this season as his 2016 blockbuster is becoming nothing but a distant memory.  

Eddie Rosario:  3/5 with 3 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .317.  Guess those who own Rosario in a head-to-head weekly matchup are off to a good start.  Love this guy.  With my old obsession Torii Hunter now into retirement, I got a new Twin to embrace. 
 
Blake Snell:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.36.  This may be blasphemy to say but the insane breakout that is Blake Snell in 2018 due almost soley on curbing some brutal control reminds me of Clayton Kershaw when he made the jump from being a shaky pitcher to a star.  


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