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Friday, June 1, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Andrew Heaney:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.66.  Rough outing for sure but hold Heaney who overall has been very solid.  Consider he is still carrying around a big 9.41 K/9 in the AL and his FIP ERA is 3.26.  Just a rough day at the office. 

Brandon Nimmo:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .287.  Things are getting quite interesting here now as Nimmo's power is catching up to his super on-base percentage.  Right now Nimmo is a low-end OF 3 and rising. 

Jose Quintana:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.30.  Good luck trying to figure out what Quintana will do in any one start.  I certainly can't but at the very least there seems to be some stability here now which is much appreciated after that gross start to the season.  I still believe in the talent. 

Matt Chapman:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .228.   Unless your in AL-only leagues, you should not own this guy. 

Matt Olson:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .236.  Same as above. 

Ryan Yarbrough:  5.2 5 H 3 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.38.  The strikeout spigot is spewing K's here at a very high rate so far and that alone means Yarbrough should be used liberally.

Francisco Cervelli:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .283.  Cervelli is having a tremendous season but the guy was always a decent .300 stick which of course is very rare at catcher.  As far as the pop, power always comes a bit later for many previously shaky guys in that category and Cervelli certainly is backing up that trend. 

Trevor Williams:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.84.  You can only shake by for so long with a middling K/9 once more and more video of your tendencies get out there for all opposing hitters to see. 

Sean Newcomb:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.73.  Just the two K but Newcomb was in total control once again which is all that matters.  You could have waited on SP in your draft and taken this guy and Blake Snell the last few rounds and ended up with two aces in terms of numbers. 

Aaron Nola:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.18.  This guy is real close to knocking on top-tier SP status. 

Clayton Kershaw:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.76.  Kershaw could be going back to the DL due to a back issue after just returning from a biceps injury.  All those years of VERY heavy usage early in his career really look like they are coming back to bite Kershaw badly.  Not good at all as back trouble shelved Kershaw in the past as well.  Makes you appreciate the durability of Max Scherzer even more.

Francisco Lindor:  4/5 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting. 311.  Is that all?  Lindor is just simply ridiculous and it is laughable any comparison to Carlos Correa or 99.9 percent of the hitters in all of fantasy baseball now. 

Jose Ramirez:  2/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .302.  As a Ramirez owner, this hitting a home run every day thing is quite nice. 

Miguel Sano:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .216.  With the off-the-field stuff, injuries, and a listless bat so far, it already seems like 2018 could be a lost cause for Sano.

Eduardo Escobar:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .267.  Escobar has slumped of late which puts hi mon the border of the cut list.  See if this gets him going again before making that choice as Escobar has a decent bat.  If not, you can then send him to the wire. 

Shane Bieber:  4 ER in 5.2 IP with 6 K and ERA of 6.35.  Just a messy spot start but Bieber is a longer-term name to stash in my dome given the impressive K ability. 

Carlos Correa:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .262.  Sorry bro but you can't hold Lindor's jock right now. 







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