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Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Starling Marte:  3/8 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .286.  I don't have enough positives in my vocabulary to praise Marte in terms of how awesome a five-tool player he has been.  Not to be overlooked is that he remains one of the only 40-steal threats now in today's fantasy baseball which is a major bonus.

Gregory Polanco:  2/7 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .235.  Polanco has emerged from the horrid funk he was in earlier in the season but if he doesn't post a decent average by the end of the year, he relegates his status to that of a flawed OF 3 instead of the OF 1 we thought he could be.

Ketel Marte:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .240. Another one of those strange cases where Marte was supposed to be all about big speed with little power but instead the opposite happens. 

Zack Greinke:  7.2 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.18.  The WHIP is also down to 1.11 so in other words, Greinke is being ace Greinke. 

Sean Newcomb:  5.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.51.  The 2 K's show that Newcomb has lost life in his arm in his first full MLB season. 

J.D. Martinez:  1/4 with his 29th HR while hitting .330.  Martinez' biggest threat for 2018 Fantasy Baseball MVP could be his outfield mate Mookie Betts.

Xander Boagerts:  2/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .284.  Just stay healthy dude so we can see how this turns out. 

Eduardo Rodriguez:  5.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.44.  Either a shellacking or a shutout almost every time out. 

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .224.  Tough to remember that this guy was once an average asset. 

Danny Duffy:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.59.  Even his mom doesn't care anymore about Duffy's numbers. 

C.J. Cron:  1/2 with his 19th HR while hitting .254. Well if your forgot to edit your lineup you still got something out of Cron who came off the bench to smack the bomb. 

Carlos Gomez:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .216.  Only with the Rays can someone like Gomez hold on for this long of a time period. 

Jose Berrios:  6 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.68.  You have to watch someone like Berrios and the midseason dead arm like we are seeing out of Sean Newcomb as well.

Evan Gattis:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .242.  This qualifies Gattis as arguably the most productive catcher in 2018 fantasy baseball.

Josh Reddick:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .261.  Steady as they get. 

Michael Fulmer:  7 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 4.50.  Just pretend like 2016 never happened because Fulmer is simply not that good. 

Matt Adams:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .283.  Pick up Adams if anyone dropped him in your league. 

Michael Conforto:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .218.  Man you really start to wonder here how much that serious shoulder separation Conforto suffered a year ago is hampering him now. 

Matt Carpenter:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .263.  At this rate Carpenter will be hitting. 280 with all of that power and it will be like April and May never happened.  Call it the Paul Goldschmidt Effect. 

Jack Flaherty:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.24.  Would like to see Flaherty pitch deeper into games but as far as his rookie season is going so far, there certainly are firm indications he can be a front-of-the-rotation guy.

Didi Gregorious:  2/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .263.  The Matt Carpenter of shortstops.  Almost to the number.

Greg Bird:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .221.  Bird should be planted firmly in your UTIL or CI spot as of now as he tends to get really hot with the long ball which we are currently seeing. 

Jose Ramirez:  1/3 with his 29th HR while hitting .299.  I mean you got to be kidding me with this guy.

Justin Upton:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .250.  Typical Upton season across the board.

Chris Taylor:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .253.  2017 looks more like an outlier as we go onward. 

Javier Baez:  2/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .293.  Another classic example of why you gave to stay patient with prospects who get promoted at a very young age. 

Ian Happ:  2/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .256.  Case in point this guy who could explode in 2019 or the second half this season.

Kyle Schwarber:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .250.  Unless Schwarber gets catcher eligiblity back, I don't think I will ever be seeking him out as anything but a bacnkup. 

Eric Hosmer:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .247.  This guy just makes you want to rip all your hair out. 


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