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Sunday, July 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Ryan Borucki:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.25.  A minor leaguer since 2012, Borucki is taking advantage of hitters who are not familiar with his stuff/arsenal.  Be very careful here.  

Jurickson Profar:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .247.  At least Profar is sticking in the majors and staying healthy.  

Austin Bibens-Dirkx:  5.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.71.  Stop.  He is 33 and a career minor league journeyman.

Michael Fulmer:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.11 The Tigers insist they are holding onto Fulmer but his fantasy baseball owners are likely hoping he can get moved into a decent NL park.

Jed Lowrie:  1/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .290.  Sometimes those career years come on the back nine. 

Stephen Piscotty:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .251.  Piscotty is definitely a hot pickup this week as he always has had a smooth bat and is reaching the age where the power can grow.  

Shane Bieber:  6 IP 8 H 4 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.47.  Bieber is still developing at the major league level which shows in the 1.40 WHIP and the inconsistency from outing to outing.  Stream carefully.  

C.J. Cron:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .244.  After that very promising start, Cron looks like 20 other guys on the waiver wire in your league.  

Jake Bauers:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .240.  Things look quite bright for the future as Bauers is just 22 and already is posting a BB/9 clip over 15.0 which is tremendous for someone so young.  Be patient.  

Nathan Eovaldi:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.35.  Again it came against the New York Mets but this is the best I have ever seen Eovaldi.  Dare to say I am being swayed to make an add.  

Jose Altuve:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .338.  Was concerned about the power dip earlier in the season but no such concerns now.  On his way to another 20 bombs which will go with all of the other spectacular numbers the guy continually puts up.  

J.T. Realmuto:  5/6 with 3 RBI while hitting .317.  Good luck trying to come up with four better pure hitters than this guy.  

Whit Merrifield:  5/5 while hitting .303.  No one still talks about Merrifield but the guy has been terrific for the second year in a row.  Buy in completely to whatever he puts forth.  

Brian Dozier:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .222.  You can't buy any lower than where the guy is right now.  

Eduardo Escobar:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .270.  With Eddie Rosario tearing it up as a prime OF 1 this season, be sure not to overlook the breakthrough happening here as well.  

Jesus Aguilar:  2/4 with 2 home runs (22 for season) while hitting .306.  This may sound like blasphemy but what we are seeing from Aguilar this season has brought back memories of Albert Pujols overnight ascension to stardom as a rookie.  

Sean Newcomb:  5 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 3.44.  Newcomb is in a full-blown slump right now and 4 walks continue a recent step back in that crucial area.  I said previously that Newcomb was going through a dead arm or tired arm phase and dragging his arm through the zone could be resulting in the walks. I would bench Newcomb the next time out but don't throw in the towel.  

Eugenio Suarez:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .315.  If this keeps up Suarez will make it a good debate between he and Kris Bryant a year from now.  




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