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Monday, June 11, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAUP: SUNDAY

Eric Hosmer:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .292.  Typical season for Hosmer which I guess is all that you could have expected or anticipated when you invested in a guy going from a pitching-leaning park in K.C. to an even more stark one in San Diego.

Clayton Richard:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 4.40.  While Richard is strictly just a play at home, making an exception versus the Miami Marlins or New York Mets would be the right call.

Reynaldo Lopez:  6.1 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.26.  Beating the Red Sox at home is another feather in Lopez' cap in terms of fantasy baseball.  Amazing how he is beating the BABIP/K/9 curve so much but his owners are not likely going to get enough back in a trade to make moving him worth it.

Leonys Martin:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .262.  More and more power from Martin who I didn't think ever had it in him.

Corey Kluber:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.99.  10 wins already for Kluber who is the AL version of Max Scherzer as an ultra-durable ace whose ratios and massive K numbers are right there as the best in all of baseball.

Carlos Martinez:  3.2 IP 4 H 5 ER 7 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.50.  The walks were just hideous here and Martinez has been brutal since coming back from injury.  He may still not be 100 percent which bears watching but there is always some volatility with Martinez each and every season.

Nelson Cruz:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .254.  Typical Cruz season unfolding again as usual.  Which I said would happen after that slow and injury-filled start.

Kyle Seager:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .225.  Seager used to be an annual favorite in this space every season but even I have no use for this nasty average.

C.J. Cron:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .258.  The breakout continues.

James Paxton:  7 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.02.  Paxton is one of the top ten pitchers in all of baseball on talent alone and we are now into a third month where we could be on our way to seeing what a full year of production looks like.

Zach Eflin:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.63.  While Nick Pivetta is deservedly getting most of the credit, don't overlook the mini-breakout happening here as well.

Fernando Romero:  5 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.92.  There have been a few nasty hiccups like with any rookie hurler but Romero looks like a guy who can be a firm SP 3 someday.

Josh Harrison:  2/5 with his third HR and second SB while hitting .295.  Good, old reliable Harrison at your service again in one of the more underrated power/speed games in all of fantasy baseball.  I bet if you owned Harrison and tried to trade him nobody would bite.

George Springer:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .295.  Anyone who is a Springer owner should hope one day the team will move him down the order.  Since Springer doesn't steal bases, he wouldn't lose much of anything exiting leadoff.

Yuli Gurriel:  4/5 with his second HR while hitting .295.  Gurriel reminds me of Sean Casey as a tremendous average/contact hitter but one who lacks power. 

Dallas Keuchel:  5 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 4.45.  Keuchel seems to have nailed down the alternating between good and bad seasons bit. 

Zack Godley:  5.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.97.  Figures that Godley would pitch well since most of his owners dropped him after his last putrid outing.  That's how fantasy baseball goes.  As far as this outing is concerned, Godley has more than this to do and then some to get back into good graces of his original or maybe now second owners. 

Brandon Crawford:  4/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .338.  Crawford is your classic example of a middle infielder who is disrespected greatly in fantasy baseball given the utter lack of steals since most like to get a boost in that category from their middle infielders. 

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.00.  It seriously is news when Scherzer doesn't strike out at least 9 in any of his starts. 

Freddie Freeman:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .340.  Just stay healthy bro so you can put forth that insane season we all forecasted for you.

Ozzie Albies:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .256.  Hopefully this is a sign of Albies getting out of the rut that has dragged him down the last two weeks. 

Max Muncy:  1/2 with his 12th HR while hitting .272.  I admit I threw cold water on this early on but willing to take a firm second look here given the power. 

Sean Newcomb:  5 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 2.92.  Just a bad day at the office.  No need to panic. 

Ross Stripling:  6.2 IP 4 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.65.  Lots of Ross Stripling regrets for those of us who once saw him just sitting there on the wire. 


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