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Monday, July 30, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

C.J. Cron:  2/4 with 2 home runs (22 for season) while hitting .254.  Could be the cheapest 35 home runs in fantasy baseball this season. 

Chris Davis:  2/3 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .159.  When you look at Davis' numbers, you can't help but laugh. 

Jonathan Schoop:  1/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .244.  Already went in depth on Schoop this morning so more of the same. 

Teoscar Hernandez:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .254.  Hernandez is nothing special as he grades mostly as a backup in mixers but still a solid full-season debut nonetheless. 

Ryan Boruki:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.83.  The 1.43 WHIP and the shaky minor league numbers say it all. 

Carlos Rodon:  7.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.24.  Ridiculous that the White Sox are letting the just returned from the DL Rodon to pitch in the eighth inning but one walk shows some very key development could be in play. 

Zach Wheeler:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.11.  Heck of a possible swan song for Wheeler but I have to say it doesn't make sense to me the Mets possibly trading the guy now that he is finally paying dividends after years of disappointment/injuries. 

Rosell Herrera:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .289.  Herrera was nothing special in the minors as a .278 hitter before being promoted. Even in AL-only leagues he is a stretch. 

Salvador Perez:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .237.  Perez is red-hot and aiming for 30 home runs despite the toilet average.  At catcher you can clearly overlook batting average given the lack offensive options here but you wanted at least .250 here considering the cost. 

Aaron Hicks:  3/3 with his 17th HR while hitting .256.  The power growth is undeniable here and Hicks has made it a habit since joining the Yankees to up his offensive rates each season. 

J.A. Happ:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.05.  Doubt the guy at your own risk.  I have learned my lesson.

Tyler White:  3/3 with his third HR while hitting .286. White has been on a never-ending shuttle between the majors and minors the last few seasons but he can be useful in short bursts like he is going right now. 

Mike Minor:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.73. There is a quality arm hidden under the extreme difficulties of not only pitching in the AL but also in Texas as shown by the 1.20 WHIP and decent K rate.  Alas, Minor has to figure out a way to get back into NL before he is worth even a cursory look.

Lance McCullers:  5.1 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 11 K with an ERA of 4.06.  McCullers has not gone all Luis Severino yet in terms of fatigue but the hits rates are up from the beginning of the season.  I have sounded the alarm here for a few weeks now so capitalize on the K's and sell high. 

Nick Markakis:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .320.  I remember laughing about the four-year deal the Atlanta front office gave Markakis three-plus seasons ago but they and he got the last laugh.

Sean Newcomb:  8.2 IP 1 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.23.  Terrific sign here that Newcomb has pulled out of his mid-season swoon and wouldn't you know only one walk. 

Scooter Gennett:  2/4 with his 17th HR and third SB while hitting .319. Remind me never to say a bad word about Gennett ever again. 

Luis Castillo:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.98.  Maybe Castillo does his best work after June as this is bringing back memories of the second half of 2017 when the hype got prematurely out of hand. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.80.  Well that was a nice surprise.  I have zero faith long-term in Eovaldi as a member of the Red Sox so I won't go overboard here but no doubt an excellent outing. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .235.  I am wed to Edwin through the end of the season in the Experts League so here is hoping for one last big burst out of the aging veteran. 

Yonder Alonso:  3/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .265.  Alonso is just a more pricy C.J. Cron. 

Corey Kluber:  7.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.79.  Nothing stops this veteran ace. 

Khris Davis:  1/4 with his 28th HR while hitting. 249.  Always will have a soft spot for Davis since he helped carry my team to an Experts League championship during an insane second-half run back in his Milwaukee Brewers days.  Good to see he still has a knack for such a run.

Tom Murphy:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .282.  Just because of the locale and catching eligibility, Murphy became an overnight overrated sensation.  Now let's see if he can actually produce for more than a week. 

Travis Shaw:  1/1 with his 20th HR while hitting .245.  At the least the added second base eligiblity will help offset the somewhat negative tone his season has taken on.

Ryan Braun:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting.234.  Braun is so done. 

Junior Guerra:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 3.43.  Never too late for the regression to kick in.
 
Marco Gonzales:  6 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.37.  Unexpected terrific 12 wins here and I am riding Gonzales as far as this goes. 


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