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Thursday, June 28, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Jose Peraza:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .270.  Peraza has a bit of pop in his bat to go with all the speed but what you really like here is that he is not like his teammate Billy Hamilton in that he can consistently hit his way on base to run like wild.

Sean Newcomb:  6 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.71.  It probably is nothing to worry about but Newcomb has had two straight outings with more baserunners than innings pitched.  Could be a mid-season bout of fatigue but maybe not.

Mike Moustakas:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .255.  There should no longer be any doubt how good the power is here but Moustakas is more the struggling average hitter he was for most of his previous career than what we saw in 2017.

Jesus Aguilar:  1/2 with his 18th HR while hitting .304.  We are getting to the point now where Aguilar is in the conversation as the best waiver wire add among hitters for 2018 fantasy baseball.

Alex Bregman:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .277.  There is not a hotter hitter in all of fantasy baseball right now.

Dallas Keuchel:  6 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.22.  Seems to be great one year, crap the next kind of deal with this guy.

Kyle Seager:  3/6 with his 15th HR while hitting .230.  Seager is hot as hell as the hits and homers pile up over the last week which means he is moving from being just starter-worthy in AL-only leagues to also mixers.  Also keep in mind this is par for the course for Seager who always does his best work from June onward.

Ryon Healy:  1/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .248.  At just 26, the Mariners got Ryon Healy just as he was reaching his prime years as we are seeing some good offensive spikes here.  While he is allergic to walks (4.3 BB/9), Healy's .260 BABIP is also quite unlucky which means an average uptick is also on the way to go with the extremely good power. 

Rhys Hoskins:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .252.  Still, plenty of time for Hoskins to earn back 80 percent of what his fantasy baseball owners spent on his insanely elevated 2018 fantasy baseball price. 

Zach Eflin:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.02.  If you just picked up young Phillies pitchers off waivers this season (Eflin, Pivetta), you did really well. 

Ian Kinsler:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .216.  At the very least you can't say Kinsler is still not capable of hitting for very impressive power.  Again, this is usually the last stat to go from an aging veteran on the cliff. 

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .329.  It is like the Red Sox fans are watching a clean version of Manny Ramirez. 

Eduardo Nunez:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .254.  Not having everyday action has put a major hurt on Nunez' fantasy baseball potential in Boston this season. 

Andrew Heaney:  6 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 3.95.  Despite being a big fan of his, I posted on Twitter last night to bench Heaney in Boston as I would with 90 percent of all pitchers.  The Boston lineup is so insanely great that these outings can be thrown out to a degree. 

Wilmer Flores:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .258.  The only Mets hitter not named Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera with a pulse. 

Zack Wheeler:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.47.  The stuff remains good but there is zero consistency when it comes to Wheeler.  That makes him impossible to depend on even in a streamer scenario. 

Robbie Ray:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.01.  A successful return for Ray who has some work to do to pacify his fantasy baseball owners who watched him pitch terribly before getting injured.  No question about the massive strikeout potential which always puts a pitcher a step ahead. 

Mike Minor:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.64.  Minor has talent as we have seen in the past but hate the fact he operates in Texas. 

Jose Abreu:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .272.  He will be hitting .300 before you know it don't worry. 

Avisail Garcia:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .232.  This is a crucial season for Garcia in order to show where his true numbers ability lies. 

Kyle Gibson:  5 ER in 7 IP with an ERA of 3.48.  Surprised Gibson has managed to go this far into the season with such a tidy ERA.  It won't last. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .235.  Can Encarnacion hit .250 again?  Debatable. 

Shane Bieber:  6 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.22.  On paper this seemed like a tough assignment on the road for Bieber but he was in total control which is a reminder of how great a season he is having no matter the level.  Use liberally. 

Wilson Contreras:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .272.  I said to stay patient here and the numbers are beginning to flow as anticipated.  By the end of the season Contreras will have yielded what his owners paid to get him onto their rosters. 

Joc Pederson:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .265.  This performance has legs to it.  Keep riding it out. 

Max Muncy:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .259.  Seems like Muncy just showed up yesterday but now he has 16 bombs.  He draws walks like they are going out of style so the average should stay above liability range. 

Cody Bellinger:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .246.  The holes in Bellinger's swing made me avoid him this season in predicting sophomore trouble and this is what has taken place. 


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