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Sunday, July 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Kyle Gibson:  7 IP 4 H 3 ER 4 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.59.  Maybe a light bulb finally went on after years of ghastly pitching from this former top prospect.

Eugenio Suarez:  2/3 with his 18th HR while hitting .312.  Top-tier stardom!

Javier Baez:  4/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .294.  Statement game from Baez as he is really putting forth a major breakout campaign with everything clicking finally.

Starling Marte:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .275.  Got to love the power/speed game here as Marte has been terrific coming off the PED bust a year ago.  Undervalued a bit in drafts this past spring, Marte has paid off handsomely. 

Jake Arrieta:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.47.  The 1.25 WHIP is troubling here but Arrieta continues to hold a decent ERA despite the loss of velocity.  Even more important is that Arrieta has avoided health trouble.

Rougned Odor:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .234.  A 25.3 K/9 is simply not going to cut it but we need to remind ourselves that Odor is just 24 and could be setting himself up as another classic post-hype sleeper made good in a year or two. 

Nick Castellanos:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .301.  Status Report on the way and is is very positive which makes sense since I obsessed over the guy all spring. 

Cole Hamels:  3 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 4.28.  I'm sorry but Hamels is finished. 

Mike Fiers:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.65.  This guy comes back from the dead more than Jason Vorhees. 

Anibal Sanchez:  6.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.72.  Got a lot of flak for saying that Sanchez was worth adding at the beginning of the season as all he needed was some good health given his still young age. 

Jean Segura:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .333.  Another tremendous season unfolding for Segura who is doing a bit of everything as one of the very best but not much talked about five-tool infielders in the game. 

James Paxton:  7 IP 7 H 4 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.49.  Take away the annual health woes and there is no debate Paxton is a slam-dunk fantasy baseball ace. 

Kyle Freeland:  5 IP 5 H 1 ER 4 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.18.  Hey ride it out but just on the road. 

Blake Snell:  7.1 IP 6 H 0 ER 3 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.09.  Shutting down the New York Mets is no big deal as they are the worst offensive team in recent memory but damn Snell has been insane this season and deserves extra credit for having a near-2.00 ERA in the AL East.

Aaron Judge:  1/3 with his 25th HR while hitting .277.  50 home runs may be a stretch again but Judge looks so much better as an overall hitter this season which is not to be overlooked.

Brett Gardner:  2/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .254.  Old reliable.

Kevin Pillar:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .246.  Always admired the tools here but Pillar needs to get himself back towards the top of the Toronto order to be more than AL-only material.

Randall Grichuk:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .207.  Garbage. 

J.A. Happ:  6 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 4.44.  The Yankees are very interested in Happ but sure found a funny method of expressing it. 

Avisail Garcia:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting. 281.  Damn this guy.

Alex Bregman:  3/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .284.  The last two weeks from Bregman have been beyond ridiculous and make completely foolish those who were panicking over his slow start.  Already knocking on top-tier status, Bregman is also pushing up on first-round status for 2019.

Yuli Gurriel:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .303.  Every night it seems like Gurriel has two hits at least. 

Charlie Morton:  5 ER in 5.2 IP with an ERA of 2.83.  Morton still punched out 8 to not make it a complete wash but he clearly had one of his more least-effective games of the season.  Hardly time to worry. 

Yasiel Puig:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .263.  Puig is doing it to us again.

Mike Trout:  3/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .312.  Every MLB fan needs to petition Rob Manfred to try and get Trout of Los Angeles and somewhere along East Coast so half of the game's fans don't keep missing what a true monster this guy is. 

Ross Stripling:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.22.  There may not be a more unexpected pitching development of the season than what this guy is doing. 


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