Friday, June 8, 2018


Tyler Anderson:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.81.  The answer is still a firm no on adding this guy.

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .253.  Rizzo is now fully out of the fog with homers back-to-back games and like I said yesterday, he is not far from a respectable average as well.  If Rizzo can get to .280 with the power at usual standards, them all if forgiven.

Nick Pivetta:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.76.  Pivetta struck out six so the K's are there even when he is a bit off which is crucial for the guy to maintain decent fantasy baseball value.

Tyler Chatwood:  4.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 7 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.86.  I haven't seen control this bad since Kaz Ishi.

Joc Pederson:  3/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .272.  Second two-homer game this week for Pederson and despite me being very hard on the guy in the past, I am a bit intrigued again as Pederson's K/9 is incredible by his past ugly standards at just 14.2.  If Pederson has in fact made firm gains there, the power could really be something.  Pick him up where available.

Cody Bellinger:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .237.  Maybe the trick to get all major league hitters out of a season-long malaise is to simply put him in the seventh spot for just one day.

Francisco Cervelli:  1/1 with his 9th HR while hitting .275.  Hopefully you didn't edit your lineup if you are a Cervelli owner since he didn't get the start.

Jose Martinez:  2/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .311.  Martinez has hit all season and really looks like a firm .300 bat you depend to get a boost in that category for the next few years at least.

Miles Mikolas:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.27.  It may be a good battle this season between Mikolas and Andrew Heaney in terms of who deserves the nod of my top under-the-radar pitching recommendation this season.

Eddie Rosario:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting. 312.  From Torii Hunter to Eddie Rosario, I have an unhealthy obsession with Minnesota Twins outfielders.

Eduardo Escobar:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .286.  I think Escobar is terrific and that he should absolutely be considered a top 12 fantasy baseball third baseman.

Jose Berrios:  9 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.66.  While there have been some blowups, the low WHIP Berrios has carried on all season shows he is sitting on ace ability.

Mark Trumbo:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .292.  Been a few seasons now since Trumbo had fantasy baseball value but he is always worth using when A:) the homers are going out and B:) the average is useful.

Leonys Martin:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .259.  You can do a whole lot worse than Martin as your OF 3 in deeper formats.  The power has been consistent now for a second season in a row. 

Andrew Benintendi:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .299.  Note to self:  do whatever you got to do to get Benintendi on my 2019 fantasy baseball teams. 

Jalen Beeks:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 13.50.  The fact Beeks got beat up in his first outing at home against a brutal Detroit lineup means nerves were a problem.  Hold Beeks though as he has big strikeout upside but this could be a one spot start deal. 

Mitch Haniger:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .274.  The average has been in a sharp downward turn for Haniger but a slump was inevitable considering how hot he started the season.  Don't overthink this as Haniger should remain a staple in your lineup.

Daniel Robertson:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .263.  Solid season for Robertson but he works best as your jack-of-all-trades bench guy for plugging in when needed. 

Mike Leake:  8 IP 8 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.46.  Leake is rallying his ratios like he seems to do every season with the requisite low strikeout rate.  You still want to take a pass though. 

Alex Bregman:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .268.  Yeah so this is about the time where Bregman will explode like I said he would going back to when I began getting sell questions in late April.  Like with Andrew Benintendi the same month, the talent is just too natural and potent not to shine through. 

Evan Gattis:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .234.  This is why you drafted Gattis in March and why you hopefully stuck with the guy, 

Gerrit Cole:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.16.  Again you have to wonder where the hell this was in Pittsburgh in the easier NL the last two seasons. 

Matt Olson:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .257.  Olson is leaving Chapman in the dust. 

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