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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Mike Fiers:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.79.  Fiers once again has come out of nowhere and from the dead in fantasy baseball for around the third time in his career to start pitching very well again.  Take it for what it is worth.

Ryan Boruki:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.77.  Just a 15th round pick in 2012, Boruki has put up a string of solid ERA's in the minors but had kist a 6.78 K/9 at Triple-A prior to his promotion.  Don't overemphasize this start.

Ronald Acuna Jr.:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .274.  Acuna Jr. is back in the saddle and once again wastes no time in showing the insane hype that followed him around this past spring was no joke. 

Johan Camargo:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .258.  The average is up to usable territory.

Aaron Judge:  1/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .279.   What is interesting about Judge this season so far is that he has a tremendous 23 home runs but it doesn't seem like he has had one of those nuclear weeks he did multiple times a year ago. 

Jonathan Loasiga:  4 IP 5 H 3 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Loasiga was sent down after the game which seems unfair but the Yanks have Masahiro Tanaka coming back and there is no room for a kid who could use a bit more seasoning to iron out the delivery.  What an electric arm though. 

Mookie Betts:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .337.  There are just no words here. 

Anthony Rendon:  1/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .291.  I think Rendon should offer up some tips to Bryce Harper on how to hit for power AND average this season.

Daniel Murphy:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting.203.  I said all winter to not even look in this guy's direction in the draft as microfracture surgery is a major deal and Murphy's increased rate of injury the last few seasons could derail his bat severely.  While I still think Murphy can be useful, I am not optimistic the numbers will be impressive by the end of the season and he could in fact run into more health woes.

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .217.  Anyone who doubts the negative effects of an unlucky BABIP in fantasy baseball need look no further then this guy. 

Max Scherzer:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.16. This qualifies as Scherzer getting his rear handed to him. 

Avisail Garcia:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .277.  While I was not buying Garcia's average a year ago when he was hitting .315 midway through the season, I do buy the power uptick as he reaches his prime seasons.  Should be off the wire in most fantasy baseball leagues. 

Scott Schebler:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .283.  The new Mike Morse as a guy who is very boring on the surface but who can pair useful power with a decent average. 

James Shields:  6.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.12.  This old yearly favorite of mine has actually pitched pretty well after recent years of true abomination.  Still wouldn't touch him. 

Luis Castillo:  6.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.53.  I am well past the point of playing the game of "maybe THIS is the moment Castillo takes off" in this truly ugly season of his. 

J.T. Realmuto:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .311.  A diamond in a sea of crap in Miami. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  6 IP 8 IP 2 H 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.92.  I just can't do it.  I mean this is still Nathan Eovaldi right?  Same disgrace we have seen in Miami, the Dodgers, the Yankees, etc.? 

Francisco Lindor:  2/4 with 2 home runs (23 for season) while hitting .298.  When I said I didn't doubt Lindor's ability to hit home runs at a high rate, I meant around 30 and not 45. 

Whit Merrifield:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .288.  All has turned out well here after the ugly April.  Very rare when surprising out-of-the-blue terrific performances like we saw out of Merrifield a year ago are followed up without much o a statistical adjustment. 

Jakob Junis:  8 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 5.13.  Wow Junis has outdid himself in proving my point he was a major sell in April.  We don't have to talk about him anymore. 

Yadier Molina:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .272.  Watch no one will want Molina next spring too. 

Robbie Ray:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.89.  Whether it is Zack Godley or Robbie Ray, the Arizona Diamondbacks are curbing the market on utterly pathetic pitchers for 2018 who carried great spring promise. 

Carlos Martinez:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.20.  A moment of tranquility from a guy who is the statistical equivalent of a sailboat bobbing UP and DOWN. 

Joc Pederson:  1/6 with his 12th HR while hitting .265.  Keep it up bud. 

Cody Bellinger:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting.241.  Still not loving his season.

Max Muncy:  1/5 with his 18th HR while hitting. 271.  Even Jesus Aguilar is impressed with this breakout. 

Matt Kemp:  5/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .323.  So once the guy started losing his stolen base ability, Matt Kemp then pivoted to becoming a yearly batting title threat. 

Nick Kingham:  5 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 4.70.  A lot of people had fun at my expense when I said not to bother with Kingham prior to his first start this season when he dominated but I haven't heard from those same people after this. 


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