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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: MONDAY

Jonathan Schoop:   2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .235. Schoop is in his best stretch of the season with the bat and so if anyone cut him loose in your league, pounce quickly since he can really go crazy with the homers in a short span of games. 

Rick Porcello:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.93.  Add in the 1.24 WHIP and this is about as good as I personally anticipated Porcello to be when BABIP is neutral. 

Joc Pederson:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .256.  Still rocking a 15.4 K/9 and if the season ended today, that would mark the fourth straight season of improvement there.  Continue to use liberally. 

Yasmani Grandal:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .255.  Decent season from Grandal but April made the outlook appear so much more promising. 

Max Muncy:  2/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .279.  Will be very interesting to see where the fantasy baseball community ranks Muncy and Jesus Aguilar next spring. 

Chris Taylor:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .258.  The Dodgers keep bouncing Taylor up and down the lineup in seemingly not knowing where to slot him.  Told you he would regress this season as 2017 was a gross outlier to previous numbers but at least the power has been solid enough.

Maikel Franco:  3/4 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .272.  Post-hype sleeper tag certainly applies here.

Rhys Hoskins:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .252.  It would not shock me in the least if Hoskins cracks 15 more homers the rest of the way.  Or even more.

Odubel Herrera:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .280.  Magical things happen when a hitter reaches his prime. 

Ross Stripling:  5 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 2.43.  Certainly no need to panic here off one rough start but we do have to be aware of the innings piling up here since Stripling has been injured and a reliever the last few seasons.  Another fatigue case to watch. 

Josh Harrison:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .254.  Harrison now hitting towards the bottom of the Pirates lineup which is trouble so his dwindling fantasy baseball owners need to root for a trade. 

Eugenio Suarez:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .307.  I almost wish Suarez slumps towards the end of the season so I can steal him at a cheaper clip next spring in drafts. 

Daniel Poncedeleon:  7 IP 0 H 0 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Well then.  Love the name firts of all and the kid will get at least one more start.  This is a situation to be watching closely as Ponceedeloen had a 10.08 K/9 and 2.15 ERA in the minors prior to the promotion. 

Luis Castillo:  5.1 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.30.  The cases of Castillo and Luke Weaver should be a reminder to tread very carefully when it comes to prospect arms who debut in a partial season the year prior.  Hitters always adjust during the winter and often the adjustment back by these pitchers is a process that leads to some trouble.  Always lean on veterans if you can which also lessens the Tommy John risk. 

Joey Luchessi:  5.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.34.  I admit I am a sucker for the kid.  Pick him up. 

Jacob DeGrom:  8 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.71.  He goes eight splendid innings but still takes the loss and is now .500!!!!!! at 5-5.  Take the wins out of fantasy baseball and use quality starts from now on. 

Freddie Freeman:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .316.  Freeman has fully shown he was the correct call over Anthony Rizzo in 2018 fantasy baseball drafts.

Justin Bour:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .234.  Bour is likely to get moved before or on July 31 and a deal to a more favorable hitting park would make him that much more of a smart add. 

Sean Newcomb:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.41.  Lots of walks again which we didn't see in April, May, and a lot of June.  He is tired. 

Gary Sanchez:  1/5 while hitting .188.  This guy has been such a bum both offensively and defensively it is not even funny.

Luis Severino:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 2.63.  Always in the back of my mind as a Severino owner is the concern about the massive leap in innings last season and now his workload in 2018. 

Khris Davis:  3/6 with his 24th HR while hitting .253.  Homers and a lot of them. 

Stephen Piscotty:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .261.  I haven't seen this level of power from Piscotty before so this is a very interesting development. 

Matt Chapman:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .261.  Still worth a look in AL-only formats.

Jonathan Lucroy:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .242.  When the end comes for a catcher offensively, it comes quick. 

Elvis Andrus:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .262.  Listen, we all knew the power uptick a year ago was not sustainable. 

Cole Hamels:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.72.  This guy is finished. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  2/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .276.  Wonder if Goldy can get himself back to being a first-round pick next season.

Patrick Corbin:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.13.  Corbin has gotten a second wind after the dip in May and June which included velocity issues.

Daniel Murphy:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .263.  With no more speed to speak of, Murphy better find his swing or else he is almost useless in terms of fantasy baseball.

Jose Abreu:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .253.  Been getting a lot of messages on Abreu which shows the impatience of the fantasy baseball community when it comes to any player.  The guy is as stable as it gets so stay the course.

Shohei Ohtani:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .281.  Yeah, this has not gone how anyone hoped it would. 



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