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Sunday, July 1, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Nick Castellanos:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .309.  While Eugenio Suarez deserves a bit more pop, both guys are now fully graduated into top ten fantasy baseball third baseman.

Randal Grichuk:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .212.  Batting leadoff?  That's why Toronto is where they are in the standings. 

Justin Smoak:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting. 235.  We are now moving into the second half of the season which means Smoak's 2017 becomes more of an outlier by the day.

Eddie Rosario:  2/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .315.  The star of a beautiful fantasy baseball marriage between us two for the next five seasons at least. 

Tyler Skaggs:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.64.  I know I promised a stand-alone Skaggs piece and it will come later on today.

Francisco Lindor:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .290.  20 home runs while Carlos Correa battles injuries.

Jose Ramirez:  1/3 with his 24th HR while hitting .291.  Doubting Ramirez' ability to hit for 2017 power again was the ultimate form of fantasy baseball Fake News. 

Matt Olson:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .239.  Power has been as advertised as Olson works nicely as a good UTIL or CI. 

Dustin Fowler:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .252.  Fowler was a decent but not over-the-top prospect but he should be added everywhere given the fact he is leading off and has 15/15 ability.  Add in the screen of the West Coast and playing for the Oakland A's and Fowler could be a very smart add. 

Eric Thames:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .235.  Nothing changes from the limited haul of numbers here. 

Tyler Mahle:  5.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.83.  Well those K's were certainly a nice surprise.  Mahle has been decent but his 1.42 WHIP shows he is pitching a bit over his head. 

Jose Bautista:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .228.  For what its worth, those in DEEP leagues could check out the fact that Bautista at least is playing every day and will fall into power. 

Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .220.  Man this guy has turned into such crap the last few seasons. 

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.84.  DeGrom is 5-4!!!!!  Get him the hell out of there. 

Pablo Lopez:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Lopez has pitched well going back to 2017 in the minors with just an average K/9 rate so he could be worth a speculative look in NL-only formats. 

Alex Bregman:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .277.  There is going nuclear and then there is what Alex Bregman is doing.  Never doubt the kid again.

Justin Verlander:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 2.12.  Even Justin Verlander is entitled to an off day. 

Anthony Rendon:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .292.  Throw Rendon in with Bregman in terms of young hitters who may slump for a bit but who are way too talented to stay down for long. 

Odubel Herrera:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .286.  Maybe this is the start of another 5 home runs in 5 games stretch. 

Rafael Devers:  5/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .251.  We mentioned all season that Devers was an average concern to go with swell power and it looks like he tried to remedy the former in one game. 

Chris Sale:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.41.  Domination in Yankee Stadium deserves extra credit for Sale.

Sonny Gray:  6 ER in 2.1 IP with an ERA of 5.44.  Gray is complete garbage and was never a good fit in Yankee Stadium which I talked about in my draft guide this past spring. 

Ian Desmond:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .216.  I am not sure what you want to me say here. 

Kike Hernandez:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .238.  A separate piece on the way about this guy also. 

German Marquez:  8 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 5.14.  Jon Gray was demoted to the minors and his clone is still in Colorado.

Kenta Maeda:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.36.  Terrific season being put forth by Maeda with little fanfare which is interesting since he was so touted a few seasons ago.  Check out the K/9 rate. 

Andrew McCutchen:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .266.  McCutchen once again rallied his season but this time it came a bit later.  Could be coming later and later each subsequent season given the age.

Brandon Crawford:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .313.  When hitting .300 and with power, play throughout and ask questions later.

Wil Myers:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .278.  Tough go for Myers this season as he has been a colossal bust on the health front alone. 

Joey Luchessi:  5 IP 1 H 0 ER 4 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.26.  With one of the more quirky deliveries in baseball, Luchessi is an every start guy. 

Mike Moustakas:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .261.  Solid but unspectacular. 

Ryon Healy:  4/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .251.  I said Healy was capable of an average jump and so this could be it. 


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