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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Nathan Eovaldi:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.08.  We have seen so much disgrace from Eovaldi in his career but he always has had the big fastball.  Whether he finally has some movement on the heater is up for debate but his early results coming back from Tommy John look promising. 

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.04.  It is ridiculous that Scherzer has four losses. 

Kyle Seager:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .225.  Again no qualms with the usually very good power coming from Seager but it used to come with AT LEAST a .260 average., 

James Paxton:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.65.  As a Paxton owner, I sweat every start in hopes he makes it out in one piece but so far am ecstatic we are almost at the end of June here and he is still functional. 

Aaron Hicks:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .248.  Hicks would look real good as the every day leadoff man if Brett Gardner departs for 2019.

Didi Gregorious:  1/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .259.  April was out of this world but still Gregorious has rebounded since the simply brutal May to pretty much put himself back where he was a year ago which is just fine.

Luis Severino:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.10.  It is crazy the ERA's and strikeout numbers from some of the big-time fantasy baseball aces around the game this season.  Wasn't this supposed to be the tougher league to pitch against?

Jake Arrieta:  5 IP 9 H 3 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.54.  Closer and closer to over 3.75 ERA like I said.  Get out NOW!

Mookie Betts:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .338.  20 home runs before the All-Star Break is ridiculous as it is but when paired with the .338 average we are talking fantasy baseball MVP.

J.D. Martinez:  2/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .326.  If you have a Boston Red Sox fan in your fantasy baseball league, chances are he is running away with the hitting categories.

Jackie Bradley Jr.:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .199.  Bradley Jr. is the forgotten man in this whole Boston outfield arrangement given his lack of hitting but I spoke in 2016 how I didn't think the ceiling would go very high given some contact problems. 

David Price:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.66.  It goes to show you that when Price just shuts his mouth and pitches, he can still do it very well.

Jed Lowrie:  4/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .288.  Aging gracefully here.

Gregory Polanco:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .220.  I like seeing extra hits besides the home run from Polanco as he really needs to hike his average/consistency or else vanish into the nether regions of the fantasy baseball universe given all the disappointing letdowns previously.

Michael Conforto:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .232.  I still believe. 

Steven Matz:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.69.  Lost in what has been a comically inept season by the New York Mets is the solid effort being put forth by Steven Matz. 

Zack Godley:  5 IP 6 H 2 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.58.  He got the win but Godley can't do any better than 5 innings versus the Marlins?  I understand if anyone has run out of patience here. 

Rougned Odor:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .227.  If this kid doesn't learn any semblance of plate discipline, he will be doomed to backup status no matter how many home runs he hits. 

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .221.  Terrible season so far for Dozier as he is now down in the Twins lineup given his hitting struggles and it brings to mind his pre-2016 performances which I was never impressed with. 

Adalberto Mondesi:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .208.  The home run is nice but I still don't think Mondesi can't hit enough to stick and also unleash his speed. 

Ryan Braun:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .245.  Braun is now firmly settling into the all-or-nothing power hitting phase of his aging career. 

Jesus Aguilar:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .302.  The insane breakout continues.

Christian Yelich:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .291.  Still seems like Yelich will be at his standard numbers this season like always despite the move to Milwaukee.  That qualifies as a bit disappointing. 

Jakob Junis:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.67.  So yeah in April I spoke of the very lucky BABIP and strand rate and that things would go the other direction before too long.  It almost always does and sometimes in nasty fashion like this. 

Freddy Peralta:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.59.  Holy cow.  It is very simple with Peralta in that like most young power arms, when the control is good then domination ensues.  Anyone start could be a blowup given the extreme youth here but Peralta is the real deal on the K front. 

Ian Desmond:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .217.  It is a real shame that Desmond's insane strikeout ways have prevented him from hitting for even a decent average as the power has been very good.  Always something with this guy. 

Alex Bregman:  4/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .272.  We could be seeing the beginning stages of what may be an INSANE offensive performance the rest of the way. 

Charlie Morton:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 13 K with an ERA of 2.54.  I can't think of many other pitchers who have had such pretty strikeout game logs than this guy this season. 



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