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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Joc Pederson:  1/3 with his 9th HR in Game 1 while hitting .277.  Pederson is really impressing me so far with his 13.8 K/9 which is way down from 27.3 and 21.1 the last two seasons prior.  If that can be maintained, there is no telling where this can go considering the type of power Pederson has.  Should be owned everywhere.

Kenta Maeda:  3.2 IP 5 H 3 ER 5 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.84.  Tough return for Maeda but the strikeouts continue to show up in massive numbers per inning and the advanced metrics still show ace-like skills.

Nelson Cruz:  1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .250.  Cruz has been on a home run per every other game for awhile now as he marched toward another 40 in that category.  Since we already talked about the tough BABIP luck, it is pretty much standard Cruz.

Aaron Hicks:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .256.  Bam!  Third straight game with a homer from Hicks and right before the stretch I said to remain patient with the guy who has the tremendous natural ability.  Throw in the fact Brian Cashman can't stop gushing about him and there was no way Hicks wasn't going to be given every chance to succeed.

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .252.  Nothing really new to add here that hasn't been mentioned here in terms of the insane amount of strikeouts depressing the overall offensive potential impact.

Glyeber Torres:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting. 291.  Torres with 30 homers right out of the gate as a rookie would be something else.

Miguel Andujar:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .290.  I almost feel as though Andujar continues to unfairly get overshadowed by Torres but there is no denying the rookie third baseman has the skills to be a perennial top 12 guy at the position for awhile.

Domingo German:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.77.  The kid went through that rough patch soon after his promotion but has been money his last three times out with strikeouts everywhere.  Always proceed with extra caution with a rookie AL East hurler in terms of evaluating every matchup but pick him up if someone dropped him.

Trea Turner:  4/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .267.  Turner was batting sixth which is not really what his fantasy baseball owners want to see since that spot will cut down on his plate appearances and especially his running chances (big game notwithstanding).

Matt Carpenter:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .239.  The home run binge continues on here for Carpenter who has that and the leadoff spot as two big feathers in his fantasy baseball cap going for him.

Tommy Pham:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .272.  Carpenter looks so much more boring when compared to his teammate who has the same amount of homers but the much better average.

Odubel Herrera:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .292.  Third straight game with a homer as that epic slump Herrera just recently endured is nothing but a memory.

Carlos Santana:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .226.  It just never got better here once Santana started putting up nasty averages during his early Cleveland days when we all thought he was going to be a stud offensive catcher across the board.

Luke Weaver:  4 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.69.  I am surprised the Cardinals have let this go on as long as it has considering Weaver's youth.  Minor league tuneup needed.

Jesus Aguilar:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .298.  Here is what is funny about Aguilar.  If you offered him around your league, no one would bite in thinking he is a fluke and will just cool off.  Well that cool off hasn't happened yet and he is up to 14 home runs with a near-.300 average. 

Starling Marte:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .280.  Marte looks exactly like the same player he was prior to his PED bust so why did he even go there?

Freddy Peralta:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.30.  Another one of those young and wild pitchers who could be taking the Blake Snell path in 2019 to big prominence once the kinks are knocked out. 

Johan Camargo:  4/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .240.  Even in very deep mixers (talking 14 or more), Camargo is still pretty much waiver fodder.

Mike Clevinger:  7.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.00.  All you need to know here is that Clevinger's 2.91 BB/9 is down from 4.44 a year ago.  Everything else falls into place.

Joey Votto:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .302.  The power is down but I refuse to consider any drop-off here just yet considering how Votto can get as hot as any hitter on the planet. 

Sal Romano:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 4 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.18.  Great outing but let's move on to more pertinent stuff.

Kyle Schwarber:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .241.  Yeah it is not .200 but Schwarber once again has not shown the ability to help anywhere but in homers. 

Rich Hill:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.99.  There is not a more volatile pitcher in all of fantasy baseball than the blister-plagued Hill and at his advanced age that makes taking a shot here even more of a fruitless endeavor. 

Mike Montgomery:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.11.  Montgomery was wild but kept the runs to a minimum as he continues to serve as a stable SP 5. 

Rafael Devers:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .243.  Ehhhh things are getting very shaky here.

Chris Sale:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.74.  What is interesting here is that Sale was once a huge Tommy John/injury risk but he has been incredibly durable the last few seasons.  This speaks to the argument that getting past your mid-20's as a young/hard-throwing pitcher greatly reduces the Tommy John chance as the muscles/joints stabilize to the workload.  The evidence is striking.

C.J. Cron:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .237.  Cron keeps sliding further down the Rays lineup as the average takes a similar plunge.

Blake Snell:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 7 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.48.  Wow the walks in this one were like dreaming about a past girlfriend that drove you crazy. 

Justin Verlander:  6.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.60.  Throw Verlander into the Chris Sale point I made above. 

Cole Hamels:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.41.  The strikeout rate coming back was the key for Hamels becoming as decent fantasy baseball pitcher again but he has to try and get out of the AL to extend this run going into next season. 

Nolan Arenado:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .311.  The rare top-notch hitter we don't ever have anything to say about given the ultra-consistent numbers.

Trevor Story:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .271.  Now we are talking in terms of the average!

Ian Desmond:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .214.  Not so much here!

Carlos Gonzalez:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .272.  You almost want CarGo to just go away so the young Colorado outfield prospects can show what they can do on an daily basis. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .266.  Goldy has managed to get back to his first-round standing in literally like the last three weeks. 

Ian Kinsler:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .225. Hanging on.


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