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Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Jeimer Candelario:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .252.  While Candelario has more or less cemented his starting standing in just AL-only leagues, he has had a good breakout campaign to earn plaudits from the fantasy baseball community.

Scooter Gennett:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .336.  What is funny here is that Gennett is putting up the holy grail combination of batting title average and big power but at second base when no one gave him a chance to replicate his power from a year ago. 

Eugenio Suarez:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .295.  Yes, the Cincinnati Reds are in full rebuild but they need to hold onto this third base gem.

Michael Fulmer:  5.2 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.17.  The K's will flow like this once out of every 7 or 8 starts from Fulmer so take what you can get there.

Tyler Mahle:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.89.  It will only be so long for Mahle to hold off his 1.38 WHIP and the expected damage that will come to his ERA. 

Kyle Schwarber:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .243.  Schwarber is that classic kind of all-or-nothing slugger that when you see he homered in a given game, you 9 times out of 10 guess correctly it was his only hit of the game.

Ross Stripling:  6 IP 8 H 3 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.99.  Even without his best stuff in this one, Stripling still struck out more batters than innings pitched.  And that ERA my goodness. 

Jon Lester:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 1 K with an ERA of 2.10.  I admit I have been completely wrong about Lester but I will also say that let's see how things look at the end of the season as the mileage on his arm will not be able to sustain a heavy workload into the fall like he always did previously.  Also, the K's are leaking in another sign of age. 

Kurt Suzuki:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .281.  I have owned Suzuki in one of my two competitive leagues all season and won't stop now. 

Kendrys Morales:  2/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .232. When you can't hit in Toronto, the fantasy baseball curtains are closing. 

J.A. Happ:  8.1 IP 6 H 4 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.56.  Happ hung around a bit too long as the Braves got to him a bit in the ninth which is so annoying if you are his owner but the 1.01 WHIP and tidy ERA are not getting enough credit considering the division. 

Yadier Molina:  2/3 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .273.  Admit it.  Your are a guy who avoids Molina in recent years in thinking each time THIS is the year he falls off the statistical cliff. 

Odubel Herrera:  3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .299.  I guess I should just write a general blub that talks about Herrera homering and just update the tallies each day in the WRAPUP.  Nothing is getting past Herrera at this juncture and a separate piece is on its way. 

Jake Arrieta:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Getting closer to where I said Arrieta would have an ERA over 3.75 by the end of the season. 

Jed Lowrie:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .285.  The average has come down like I said it would in mid-May but Lowrie is holding steady with the power which keeps him a daily league guy for the time being. 

Matt Olson:  2/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .237.  Standard Kyle Schwarber operating procedure. 

Mark Canha:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .250.  Given the good power and ugly average, Canha is made for this Oakland A's team. 

Christian Villanueva:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .228.  Well it took until July 20th but this is the version of Villanueva I said you would see eventually once opposing starters began to figure him out. 

Joey Luchessi:  1.2 IP 3 H 4 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.86.  It is always very tough for a rookie pitcher to jump back into it off the DL and so give Luchessi a mulligan with this. 

Jose Ramirez:  1/2 with his 22nd HR while hitting .291.  I mean this is getting simply ridiculous right now. 

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.10.  This guy is so consistently good it is scary. 

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .255.  K/9 still at 31.6 but power showing much more like the norms Stanton has previously set.

Gary Sanchez:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .197.  Yeah nobody saw this turning into J.P. Arencibia or Mike Zunino.

Mark Trumbo:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .262.  I picked him up two weeks ago.  So should you have.

Jose Altuve:  3/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .347.  So much for the power of 2016-17 not being there. 

George Springer:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .279.  While it is a yearly bummer Springer doesn't run in the majors like he did in the minors, he still reached OF 1 status relatively quick.

Alex Bregman:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .268.  Been expecting the numbers to explode for a while now but here we are.  Bregman does though seem to be the new Mark Teixeira slow starter who requires patience to own early on when we are all 100 percent into our leagues. 

Charlie Morton:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 2.74.  There really has been no letdown here since the insane April which adds to the lore of one of the more improbably post-30 revivals I have ever seen.

Rougned Odor:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .226.  You get the sense the kid's career is at a crossroads already. 

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .263.  Moustakas better be careful not to let the average fall much further or else even the Royals won't want him back next winter. 

Jakob Junis:  3 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 4.43.  Had been saying from the beginning of the season that Junis was playing with BABIP house money and that at some point he wouild regress to his true ability.  Sometimes that regression takes longer than anticipated but we are there. 



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