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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Yoan Moncada:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .247.  Moncada is still young enough for him to make inroads on his brutal K/9/average but in the meantime, the power/speed/leadoff assignment works just fine.

Eduardo Escobar:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .280.  Between Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar, the Twins have the best pair of Ed's in fantasy baseball.

Reynaldo Lopez:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Well then.  Incredible performance but again Lopez has a freaking .229 BABIP and just a 6.08 K/9.  That is a very deadly combination in the American League for a pitcher.  Unload him.

Alex Cobb:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 6.19. He has a pulse after all.

Matt Adams:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .255.  Adams has become too all-or-nothing of late which sucks but the power has jived nicely with his 2017 breakout there. 

Max Scherzer:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 13 K with an ERA of 1.95.  I will say it again.  Scherzer is having just as good a career as Clayton Kershaw but less hype. 

Joc Pederson:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .261.  Use Pederson until the average dips under .250.  Which could be soon.

Cody Bellinger:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .226.  Hopefully being dropped to seventh in the order was the kick in the pass Bellinger needed as his brutal numbers have been kicking his fantasy baseball's owners asses the last two months.

Yasiel Puig:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .253.  Puig is digging himself out of that disgusting early-season hole he put himself in but I the volatility here is just too much for me to recommend a play for the millionth time. 

Ross Stripling:  5 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.52.  I mean the strikeout numbers have been insane here and Stripling already looks like one of the best starter pickups of the season.  No one saw this coming either. 

Miguel Andujar:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .305.  If he ever begins to take some walks, Andujar could win the batting title. 

Teoscar Hernandez:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .254.  The power has been consistent since his promotion but Hernandez is going to lose his valuable leadoff spot if his average drops any lower. 

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .318.  Martinez is having the season that those who drafted Giancarlo Stanton expected. 

Xander Boagerts:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .282.  Bogaerts is another guy who has fully grown into his power as he reaches his prime years after seeming like he has been around forever due to a promotion at an early age.  I buy into the homers completely and only more injuries can derail what is looking like a career-season with very potent numbers attached to it. 

Steven Wright:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.57.  You know the deal with knuckleball pitchers.  I never recommend them and always put out the "handle with caution" sign if you decide to do so. 

Travis Shaw:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .250.  Shaw continues to get pushed down by a very unlucky BABIP but take that random misfortune out of the equation and he has been the same guy he was a year ago. 

Jose Ramirez:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .298.  MVP!

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.96.  I mean what else is there to add here that already hasn't been glowingly spoken out?  Kluber is the rare pitcher who is so damn good there is never anything new to add. 

Scott Schebler:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .264.  You are never excited to own Schebler but the guy has been hitting for big power for a second season in a row now. 

Andrew Heaney:  9 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.12.  There you go.  Took flak on Twitter when Heaney had a bad day versus the Tigers his last time out but then he came right back with this gem.  I have said from the start Heaney was a big breakout guy and the numbers both surface and advance spell this out clearly. 

Jose Abreu:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .301 in Game 2.  Interesting call for the White Sox about whether or not to trade Abreu.  If you are a fantasy baseball owner, you do no such thing. 

Khris Davis:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .236.  Just put down 40 home runs and get on it with. 

Shin-Soo Choo:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .266.  The are likely no more .300 seasons to be had and the steals could vanish at a moment's notice but Choo still has plenty of power juice left in his bat. 

Adrian Beltre:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .302.  It has been tough watching Beltre deal with so many injuries this season but the guy is still hitting .300 at his age.  Amazing. 

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .206.  This guy is such a carnival gimmick.

Sean Manaea:  5.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 4 BB 2 K with an ERa of 3.59.  Another start filled with baserunners and no length.  Yup.

Freddie Freeman:  4/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .339.  Freddie Freeman Special!

Nick Markakis:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .332.  Honestly you couldn't ask for a better OF 3 in moderate to mixed leagues. 

Framil Reyes:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .237.  Typical one hit and it was a home run for this kind of high-K hitter.

Sean Newcomb:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.49.  The fact Newcomb is still pitching very well on the road tells you he is figuring it all out. 

Kyle Seager:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .224.  I hate to say it since I have been a big fan of his but Seager is becoming useless now. 

Jean Segura:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .333.  Segura has been an average machine with decent but not great power/speed numbers the last two seasons-plus but continues to get overlooked a bit. 

Mike Zunino:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .211.  Zunino and Joey Gallo would make great roomates if they were on the same team. 

James Paxton:  7.2 IP 9 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.95.  The Mariners are asking for trouble letting Paxton pitch into the eighth with his health history.  I don't like it. 

Dallas Keuchel:  7 ER in 6.2 IP with an ERA of 4.13.  Take a buy low stab here as Keuchel tends to get better as the season goes on and the wins will be there given the potency of the Houston Astros this season. 


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