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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: MANNY MACHADO SS

Manny Machado anyone?  While Major League Baseball tried a business as usual approach to their All-Star Game festivities, it was impossible to get away from the never-ending news/rumors centering on where the Baltimore Orioles would trade superstar shortstop Manny Machado.  While at one time it seemed Machado was heading to the New York Yankees and then the Philadelphia Phillies, it now looks like the Los Angeles Dodgers have won the derby as almost all of the top insiders such as Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman are saying as much.  This would make sense when you consider that the Dodgers are willing to move 21-year-old top slugging prospect Yusniel Diaz who just got done smacking two homers in the Futures Game.  Now in terms of fantasy baseball, Machado going to the Dodgers does downgrade him in terms of ballpark which may steal a home run or two from his ledger but he will head West with these insane numbers regardless:

.315
24 HR
65 RBI
48 R
7 SB
12.3 K/9
10.9 BB/9
.311

Now that is how you do a contract year performance.  No matter where you look, Machado has been a monster and honestly there is literally nothing to quibble about here.  With Machado running at a bit more frequency this season with the 7 steals, he is a true superstar five-tool and his power numbers have never been better.  Not to be overlooked is the fact Machado's 12.3 K/9 is simply ridiculous and serves as a career-best.  Add in another career-best in BB/9 at 10.9 and a near-neutral .311 BABIP and Machado has been phenomenal.  So while he may lose a home run or two with the Dodgers pitching-centric park as his new home base, Machado has been on an MVP run this season both in real and in fantasy baseball.  Maybe Bryce Harper should take notes on how to perform with a new deal on the line. 


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