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Monday, July 23, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Wil Myers:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .284.  Myers has battled injuries the last two seasons but in between nothing has changed here in terms of his level of production. 

Rhys Hoskins:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .252.  There was hope Hoskins would hit 40 home runs this season but he may not get to 30.  Typical case of an overhyped prospect who his fantasy baseball owners paid too much for. 

Jonathan Schoop:  2/5 with his 12th HR while hitting .231.  Yeah we are kind of back to the drawing board here with Schoop as 2017 won't come close to being repeated. 

Randal Grichuk:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .213.  I never liked Grichuk as a prospect in St. Louis and that has not changed in Toronto despite the ballpark boost.  Way too limited. 

Yangervis Solarte:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .239.  Typical power boost from Solarte going from San Diego to Toronto but didn't expect the average dip as he was generally a previous .280 guy. 

J.A. Happ:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.18.  Could be Happ's last start in Toronto but at least it helps assuage some worries over his previous slump.  Again, Happ has succeeded beyond anyone's wildest expectations the last few seasons and that shouldn't change no matter the potential new location. 

Jeimer Candelario:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .230.  Amazing how there are so many limited hitters like this in today's game.  AL and NL-only rosters have never been so stocked with options. 

Chris Sale:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.13.  I mean Clayton Kershaw has all the hardware but this guy is having a stretch the last few seasons that rival that production. 

Corey Dickerson:  4/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .315.  You can't get any hotter than this guy right now.  Leaving Colorado didn't sink this career.

Starling Marte:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .287.  This is one player I have MAJOR regrets about now owning and also MAJOR jealousy who had more foresight. 

Gregory Polanco:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .237.  Polanco is not running much and his average still stinks which means his once five-tool outlooks is looking more like 2.5. 

Matt Harvey:  8 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 5.21.  The Mets don't miss him.  Neither does his former fantasy baseball owners. 

Chris Archer:  6 IP 8 H 3 ER 0 BB 13 K with an ERA of 4.30.  My goodness Archer is still as good a K artist as there is in all of fantasy baseball but still 8 hits allowed in 6 which is not a great ratio.  Still not smooth. 

Matt Kemp:  3/5 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .316. Good for Kemp that he remains a feared and very productive hitter this late in his career while Ryan Braun (who stole an MVP from him) can't stay on the field. 

Alex Wood:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.87.  While Wood has been pretty good, his fantasy baseball owners have an annoying feeling he has not pitched well. 

Tim Anderson:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .244.  Look past the average and Anderson is having a fantastic season and his power/speed game rivals anyone's.

Ryon Healy:  3/4 with 2 home runs (20 for season) while hitting .244.  Travis Shaw clone in 2018. 

Ian Desmond:  1/3 with his 19th HR while hitting .238.  Desmond is the Tim Anderson of first basemen but gets a whole lot more criticism.

Zack Greinke:  8 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 13 K with an ERA of 3.05.  You see Mr. Archer this is how you dominate when you strike out 13 batters in a game. 

Mike Trout:  2/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .307.  It is almost laughable now that we ever had a Bryce Harper-Mike Trout debate. 

Ian Kinsler:  3/4 with his 12th HR while hitting. 227.  Now hitting towards the bottom of the lineup, Kinsler only has some moderate power and literally nothing else to offer. 

Justin Upton:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting .253.  Standard operating procedure here. 

Lance McCullers:  5 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 4.01.  I said before the All-Star Game to be concerned here as McCullers has not pitched this many innings in the majors previous to 2018 and so fatigue would likely start to become a factor.  The ERA is now over 4.00.

Andrew Heaney:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.66.  Taming a vert tough Houston lineup is another notch in the cap of Heaney in his decent breakout campaign. 




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