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Friday, July 27, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Anthony Rizzo:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .261.  Unless he absolutely explodes the last two months of the season, Rizzo will fall short of expectations. 

Zack Godley:  5.2 IP 7 H 4 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.73.  I cut Godley weeks ago and don't miss him.  Nothing has gone right him all season and it seems we have more than enough evidence to say that 2017 was a massive fluke.

Jose Abreu:  2/4 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .258.  Can't ever understand why anyone would ever ask me "what is wrong with Abreu?"  Nothing and never was.

Avisail Garcia:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .272.  My benchmark for buying into uptick in production from a younger player is that it has to go into a second year.  Garcia has made such a jump so I am on board now. 

Daniel Palka:  2/4 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .231.  A dime a dozen player. 

Kole Calhoun:  2/5 with his 11th HR and 5th SB while hitting .196.  See Palka, Daniel above. 

Ian Kinsler:  3/4 with 13th HR while hitting .234.  Hanging on by his fantasy baseball fingernails. 

Francisco Arcia:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Not overly excited about a 28-year-old "prospect."

Jonathan Schoop:  2/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .240.  So yeah there likely are a bunch of chapped original Schoop owners who cut him loose in June who are now watching him go all Babe Ruth on the league.  Them's the breaks. 

Salvador Perez:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .227.  16 hits and 16 home runs.  Not really but you get the idea. 

Didi Gregorious:  2/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .263.  Starting to feel that Gregorious is becoming a boring veteran right before our eyes. 

Sonny Gray:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.08.  Gray has been solid in July but that is like putting lipstick on a pig considering his overall season. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  3/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .277.  The trade chatter is really picking up here for Cabrera who could be a Diamondback by the end of the day. 

Nick Kingham:  6 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 4.80.  I am still ticked at those who mocked me for saying Kingham was a waste of time and then he goes out and throws a game in that first start. 

Kyle Gibson:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Shout out to all those who had the ultimate stones to start Gibson IN Boston last night.  I wouldn't ever have those guts. 

Rhys Hoskins:  3/5 with 2 home runs (20 for season) while hitting .260.  Yeah so Hoskins has exploded which we figured he would at some point. 40 is likely still out of range but with Hoskins' type of natural Jim Thome power, anything is possible. 

Carlos Santana:  1/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .215.  100 percent humidity in Cincy and Home Run Derby broke out. 

Eugenio Suarez:  1/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .306.  I am in love. 

Nick Williams:  4/5 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .260.  Williams was pretty useless early on in the season but he has picked up steam as the year has gone along. 

Maikel Franco:  2/5 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .273.  The breakthrough is real. 

Trea Turner:  3/6 with his 13th HR while hitting .264.  Nice to see the 20-home run growth but those who spent a first-round pick on Turner anticipated leadoff duties and 60 steals which has and will not happen respectively. 

Juan Soto:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .308.  Only thing I worry about is that Soto will be the latest explosive rookie who then causes the fantasy baseball community to spend on him like crazy next spring which then sets up a disappointment due to a sophomore slump.

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his first NL home run while hitting .258.  Show him the money. 

Ronald Acuna Jr.:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .270.  I can't wait to see what he has in store for 2019. 

Rich Hill:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.82.  Once again Hill is finding his way to solid numbers despite all the missed starts. 

Christian Yelich:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .314.  Maybe it just took Yelich half a season to get acclimated to his new home park. 


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