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Friday, June 29, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Zack Greinke:  7 IP 7 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.41.  The days of an under-3.00 ERA for Greinke seem gone for good but the current/aging version is still pretty damn decent. 

Logan Morrison:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .191.  Put last season's outlier behind you because Morrison is still garbage. 

Jake Odorizzi:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.62.  Like with Morrison, Odorizzi's days of fantasy baseball relevancy died the day he departed Tampa Bay.

Nick Castellanos:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .310.  I'm perfectly fine if Castellanos gets a hold of 9/10th's of what I predicted for him back in March.  Classic case of another player who came up perhaps a tad premature in his development but wound up becoming a top guy as he made incremental improvements each season. 

Sean Manaea:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Manaea has steadied his season when it began to look like it was spiraling out of control almost from the moment he finished his no-no.  Have no issue with him being a solid SP 3 but he is and never was anything more than that.

Michael Fulmer:  8 IP 9 H 4 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.20.  The Tigers said they would not be trading Fulmer but I always found it telling they entertained talks for him as much as they did.  Could be the elbow is a ticking time bomb or it also could be that Fulmer is in no way as good as his initial breakout (that I called a fluke) seemed. 

Nelson Cruz:  3/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .277.  Yeah Cruz is now officially all the way back where he should be....or where I said he would be in telling his owners not to panic in April. 

Manny Machado:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .303.  There is not a player on the block this summer who could tilt the balance of power in baseball almost by himself the way Machado can.

Chris Davis:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .155.  I mean we all knew Davis was a perennial joke in the average department but this is ridiculous. 

Albert Almora Jr.:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .318.  Yes pick him up. 

Justin Turner:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .256.  Shocked at how bad the power has been so far for Turner and you got to at least wonder if all his recent injuries the last few seasons are to blame.  He is no spring chicken after all and the body doesn't bounce back as it does in it's 20's. 

Max Muncy:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .266.  The assault on MLB continues.  Remind you of Khris Davis?

Clayton Kershaw:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.84.  The Dodgers are still babying Kershaw a bit we're fine with that as long as he can answer the bell the rest of the way. 

Walker Buehler:  5 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 3.44.  Talk about one outing blowing up a whole season of previously good work. 

DJ LeMahieu:  3/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .280.  Looks like LeMahieu is headed for a career-best in home runs which is a nice bonus.

Nolan Arenado:  1/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .308.  The single most consistent/dependable PLAYER in all of fantasy baseball. 

Brandon Belt:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .295.  Yet another injury interrupted things but Belt has been a revelation this season in finally realizing all of the potential he once carried around during his early San Francisco days. 

Jon Gray:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 5.77.  It is never going to happen here. 

Rhys Hoskins:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .260.  Signs of the second half of 2017.

Aaron Nola:  7.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.48.  What a gem this guy is.  Would take him over Noah Syndergaard right now if both guys were healthy and a draft was held today. 

Andrelton Simmons:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .313.  Simmons' reputation for sterling defense preceded him with regards to overshadowing what has been a terrific development as a hitter. 

Rafael Devers:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting.242.  2019 will be the crucial season of development in terms of whether or not Devers can become more than the all-or-nothing slugger he is now. 

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .202.  Well for those in AL-only leagues, Bradley Jr. is finally showing a pulse. 

Eric Thames:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .234.  Hey love the leadoff gig but Thames has already been exposed as nothing but a .240-ish hitter with all the power.

Jesus Aguilar:  3/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .313.  Imagine the guy who just played the wire and picked up Max Muncy and Aguilar this season. 

Jose Peraza:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .273.  Took a few seasons of failure by Billy Hamilton to force the Reds to see what they really had in this dynamo leadoff man.




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