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Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Trevor Cahill:  3.2 IP 3 H 3 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.10. Cahill was a bit rusty coming off the DL which is understandable but he is well worth adding again if someone dropped him given the uptick in K's the last two seasons and generally good ratio results as well.

Trevor Story:  1/3 with his 18th HR while hitting. 289.  The batting average is no mirage and Story is certainly young enough to make inroads on his previously nasty strikeout problem that destroyed his average a year ago.  That has been remediated a bit as Story's 25.5 K/9 is way down from the insane 34.4 in 2017.  Add in 12 steals with the power and average uptick and just like that Story is a fantasy baseball monster.  Sometimes it just happens that way.

Robbie Ray:  5.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.03.  I said at the beginning of the season Ray was in no way as good a pitcher as his ratios showed a year ago but I also didn't think he would be this bad.  Damn what a bust on every front as Ray got injured and his ERA/WHIP are hideous. 

Kyle Freeland:  5.1 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.11. This guy just continues to go out there and pitch well despite carrying the Scarlet Letter of being a Colorado pitcher.  We are in mid-July now so the fluke meter lessens by the day.

Jorge Alfaro:  3/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .253.  Alfaro carried some sleeper appeal coming into the season and he has been decent to the point of daily ownership in two-catcher leagues.  The best we can say too is that he didn't turn out to be Mike Zunino with the average. 

Trey Mancini:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .221.  Boy it all went wrong here which is a disappointment since Mancini was so solid a year ago.  Pretty much nothing went right in Baltimore this season anyways so it makes sense.

Nick Pivetta:  6.2 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.58.  Pivetta really needed a solid outing like this one as his recent results have been horrendous after the big first two months.  A young hurler like this going through his first full MLB campaign always goes through peaks and valleys and Pivetta is no different.  Maybe a bit too volatile to depend on the rest of the way however. 

Jesus Aguilar:  1/4 with his 24th HR while hitting .307.  I mean come on already.  As an Aguilar owner who got in on the ground floor, even I think this is beyond ridiculous now. 

Jameson Taillon:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.91.  I said earlier in the season to the nervous Taillon fantasy baseball owners to stick it out with the talented kid and I hope you listened.  Taillon has been through a lot the last season-plus but he is starting to figure out how to best use his stuff to gain results and things are looking pretty now. 

Teoscar Hernandez:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .259.  Another one of your classic OF 3's you plug in and never look back on. 

Mookie Betts:  2/4 with his 23rd HR while hitting .352.  On the same day Jose Ramirez homers again, we got a great race for 2018 Fantasy Baseball MVP.

Brett Gardner:  2/5 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .257.  Gardner now has 9 homers and 9 steals at the midway point of the season and is scoring a boatload of runs as usual.  Aging gracefully. 

Didi Gregorious:  1/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .260.  Still a bit of an overall letdown here considering how insane April was. 

Jose Ramirez:  2/3 with his 28th HR while hitting .296.  As a Ramirez fantasy baseball owner, it is telling how much the Home Run Derby is struggling in that I was hoping against hope he would NOT participate. 

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/3 with his 21st HR while hitting .228.  The average has cratered again for Edwin who is really just an all-or-nothing guy we thought he turned into given his age back in that hideous April.

Anthony Rendon:  3/5 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .285.  We can do without the injuries but Rendon is squarely into the phase of his career where he is an ultra-dependable fantasy baseball third baseman. 

Bryce Harper:  1/5 with his 23rd HR while hitting .213.  I mean .213????  Damn Bruce that is pathetic.  If you took out Harper's name and put Joey Gallo next to these numbers, you wouldn't know the difference. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .282.  Someone will come calling for this still effective veteran.

Jose Bautista:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .219.  Bryce is no better than this guy also when you break it all down.  Tongue in cheek of course but just goes to show how Harper is really testing his fantasy baseball owners. 

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.41.  Now up to 12 wins, Scherzer well-deserving of another Cy Young Award at this pace. 

Eddie Rosario:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .302.  Rosario looks like the outfield version of Trevor Story but with fewer strikeouts. 

Kyle Gibson:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.42.  I will never trust him.  Sorry. 

Justin Upton:  2/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .249.  Nothing unusual here.

Albert Pujols:  3/4 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .251.  Wonder if he sees himself in Jesus Aguilar now. 

James Paxton:  .2 IP 3 H 3 ER 0 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.70.  And now Paxton is hurt with some sort of back issue.  There it goes. 

Tyler Skaggs:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.57.  Successful return for Skaggs who picked up right where he left off with big pitching prior to getting injured.  Already spoke at length about Skaggs before he got hurt and the same outlook applies.

Ross Stripling:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.08.  Stripling got a well-deserved selection to the All-Star Game and this insane pitching story continues with monstrous results. 





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