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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Kyle Schwarber:  2/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .247.  Hey at least Schwarber is not hitting like 2017 so it couldn't get any worse than that.

Kyle Hendricks:  5 IP 7 H 3 ER 1 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.27. Hendricks was never as good as his 2016 looked on paper which I said countless times since. With a middling K/9 rate, Hendricks has a small margin for error in his starts and that error has been hit of late.  Sinking to SP 5 status.

Eric Thames:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .248.  Thames is in one of his typical hot stretches right now where he is homering at a very high rate so get him in there.

Junior Guerra:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.87.  Guerra is having one of those seasons where everything has gone completely right but is just as likely to turn back to crap next year given his outlier status so far.

J.D. Martinez:  2/5 with his 26th HR while hitting .325.  Crazy how the Red Sox have not one but TWO fantasy baseball MVP candidates on their team.

Xander Bogaerts:  2/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .276.  Always keep in mind that when hitters come up who are very young (talking between 20-22), impatience can easily set in among the fantasy baseball community in terms of waiting for power that takes awhile to get going.  The prime years arriving almost always chances that as we see here.

Tanner Roark:  9 ER in 7 IP with an ERA of 4.60.  Can't think of a time I ever saw this many earned runs AND innings pitched in the same start.  After a very nice April, Roark is now waiver trash.

Ender Inciarte:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .249.  If you look past the average, Inciarte is having a fantastic season.  Always been a big booster of his and the power/speed game is actually up a notch.

Ozzie Albies:  2/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .273.  Having gotten down to the .250's at one point, Albies has responded nicely to the pitchers having a plan of attack against him.  Major and always crucial development for a young hitter to make.

Nick Markakis:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .326.  It used to be 10 home runs would be a full season for Markakis so whatever he gives you the rest of the way is an added bonus.

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .267.  Almost to the T Stanton is replicating the pace he was on a year ago with the early struggles followed by a big power explosion and average uptick from mid-May through the rest of the season.

Aaron Hicks:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .262.  Already spoke about Hicks at length the other day so nothing new to add here other than this guy is insane right now.

Sean Newcomb:  5 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 3.10.  Hmmm could be a dead arm period for Newcomb who is entering into dog days of the season.  The All-Star Break should reinvigorate Newcomb a bit but 5 walks is a bad sign of the past we don't want to see again.

Mark Trumbo:  2/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .267.  I mean do you want me to add him for you>  That's now 8 home runs since I told you to do so.  Shades of 2016.

Zach Eflin:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.97.  Even a blister was not enough to halt the momentum of this tremendous developing story.

Devin Mesoraco:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .225.  Man this guy just doesn't want to save his career.

Asdrubal Cabrera:  1/2 with his 15th HR while hitting .281.  The Mets should be able to get something decent in return for Cabrera who was a terrific buy for the team when he signed two-plus years ago.

Yangervis Solarte:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .250.  Solarte seems to like swinging for the fences in Toronto as he has traded average from his San Diego days for the uptick in power in 2018.

Avisail Garcia:  3/6 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .288.  Hey the guy was a talked about prospect a few seasons ago so no surprise here.  Also, this is another case like with Xander Boagerts of prime years tapping into additional power.

Daniel Palka:  2/6 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .235.  AL-only property.

Scooter Gennett:  1/6 with his 14th HR while hitting .332.  Whether it is Lindor, Jose Ramirez, or this guy; we have to stop instantly doubting power development that seems to come overnight in today's game.

Eugenio Suarez:  1/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .305.  Suarez turned out to be the better investment by a mile over Anthony Rendon and Justin Turner who I also liked coming into the season.

Wilson Ramos:  2/6 with his 12th HR while hitting .291.  Not a better catching value out there for 2018 than what this guy turned out to be.

Josh Reddick:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .262.  If someone dropped Reddick in your league, pick him up as he has always been a dependable guy in fantasy baseball who can help a bit everywhere.

Dallas Keuchel:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.12.  Much better.

Charlie Blackmon:  3/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .275.  The one thing I said about Blackmon was that the average from a year ago was not likely to be repeated which is kind of an obvious statement.  Be that as it may, Blackmon has still been tremendous even with the .275 mark. 

Nolan Arenado:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .313.  40 home runs here we come again. 

Yan Gomes:  1/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .252.  Gomes has actually had a decent season and made any talk about the Indians promoting a certain catching prospect moot. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .277.  Someday we will all look back and laugh at the hysteria we all contributed to when Goldy was ungodly bad in April and May. 

Zack Greinke:  6.2 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.36.  It speaks to how good a craftsman Greinke is that he can still excel despite the dip in velocity and strikeouts. 


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