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Sunday, July 22, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Michael Conforto: 1/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .221.  Conforto has zero confidence right now and is almost swinging with his eyes closed in the hopes of making contact.  Maybe some of it is mental coming off the very serious shoulder injury last summer but clearly he has taken a step back in development.

Aaron Judge:  3/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .286.  Judge did not become the average killer many feared this season as his insane amount of walks helps offset the damage his high-K tendencies bring to the table.  In between, the power is immense as ever.

Steven Matz:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.65.  Not the best way to build trade value and it is a reminder that Matz is nothing but an SP 5 which is a disappointment considering how nicely things started out a few years ago.

Marcus Stroman:  7 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.42. This is the best Stroman has looked all season and maybe there is a strong second half push.  With that said, I still want to see more before I even think of trying him out again.

Matt Carpenter:  1/3 with his 24th HR while hitting .275.  I admit I blew it on Carpenter more than any other player this season.  I figured with all the injuries and the brutal start to 2018, he was shot.  Boy was that misread.

Luke Weaver:  4 IP 7 H 3 ER 5 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.79.  Check back in 2019.

Mike Fiers:  6.1 IP 7 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.49.  Few SP 5's know how to dominate in the second halves of a season more than this guy.

Christian Yelich:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .300.  Yelich is stealing some bases, hitting .300, and will crack about 20 homers which is a typical year for him.  Which then goes down as a bit disappointing after moving to Milwaukee and given the resulting spring hype.

Clayton Kershaw:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.64.  If you look closely, you will see a lesser version of Kershaw than from pre-2016.

Corey Dickerson:  2/5 with 2 home runs (10 for season) while hitting. 307.  It took Dickerson a bit to get going with the power this season but at least he was hitting .300 prior to the recent surge.

George Springer:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .249.  The BABIP is just .275 which is unlucky and especially for Springer so no need to worry about a permanent trip back down to where he was average-wise earlier in his career.  The 18.4 K/9 and 10.4 BB/9 both check out.

Josh Reddick:  1/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .261.  He gets hurt with more frequency the last two seasons but Reddick remains a grossly underrated outfielder in fantasy baseball.

Justin Verlander:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.19.  The audacity of anyone suggesting Verlander was in a slump recently.

Salvador Perez:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .223.  Always worried about the insane workloads the last five seasons and the toll it would take on his body.  The answer is "very bad" on both fronts.

Matt Carpenter:  1/1 with his 25th HR while hitting .277.  Carpenter didn't even start but extended his home run streak to six games.  You have got to be kidding me with this.

Adrian Beltre:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .288.  Here is hoping we get another monster second half from Beltre, even if he is not really capable of such a stretch anymore with the power really fading.

Carlos Carrasco:  6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.03.  The WHIP of 1.15 is fine and so are the K's (9.88 K/9).  With both FIP and XFIP ERA's under 3.50, try to steal him away from his jaded owner.

Brandon Belt:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .287.  You always have to deal with injuries but Belt seems here to stay now as the accomplished hitter he was touted to become when first arriving on the scene with the Giants. 

Madison Bumgarner:  4 IP 2 H 3 ER 6 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.19.  The WHIP is 1.25 and Bumgarner's owners need to read the Clayton Kershaw blurb above. 

Trevor Cahill:  5.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.95.  I told you to pick Cahill up about 57 times this season and he still sits with an ERA under 3.00. 


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