Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Greg Bird:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .207.  Can't think of a more volatile player over the last three seasons in terms of seeing big-time potential but also maddening slumps and injuries.  This story is still not completely told yet however.

Manny Machado:  3/4 with 2 home runs (23 for season) while hitting .314.  Hey Bryce this is how you perform during a walk year.

Anthony Rendon:  2/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .278.  It never seems to completely be a smooth ride but Rendon is another one of those guys who will get his numbers by the end of the season. 

Rougned Odor:  2/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .242. In three years I think this kid will still be a monster stud and we will look back at all these K's and chuckle how we all collectively almost gave up on him.

Francisco Lindor:  1/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .296.  If Lindor goes for 40 home runs with a .300 average as a SHORTSTOP this season, I almost reflexively want to give him 2018 Fantasy Baseball MVP.

Jose Ramirez:  2/4 with his 25th HR while hitting .290.  How many times have Ramirez and Lindor homered in the same game this season?  Has to be double digits. 

Trevor Bauer:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 4 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.30.  Other than maybe Chris Sale, Bauer has the most wicked stuff in all of baseball. 

Odubel Herrera:  2/5 with his 16th HR while hitting .278.  Herrera seems to be falling in love with the home run ball as his average is dipping. 

Maikel Franco:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .274.  I said the other day this is the best I have seen Franco in years and the recent power surge makes him someone now to add once again.

Travis Shaw:  1/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .242.  Like Bryce Harper, Shaw has had AWFUL BABIP luck helped along by the shift.  Something we have to add as a factor to future spring projections.

Wilson Ramos:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .291.  See what happens when you draft the catcher I told you to pick back in March?

Justin Smoak:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .241.  Yeah 2017 was a fluke. 

Marcus Stroman:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 5.90.  Stroman has been so utterly terrible that this outing may qualify for the "even a broken clock is right twice a day" saying. 

Miles Mikolas:  6 IP 3 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.65.  What a smashing success this guy has been but just keep in mind the grind of a long MLB season will rear its ugly head during the late summer.  Selling high not a bad idea. 

Adalberto Mondesi:  2/4 with his second HR and 5th SB while hitting .230.  The tools are all there but Mondesi's biggest challenge that could make them all moot as we all know is simply getting on first base. 

Brian Dozier:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .223.  The guy does have a tendency to go nuts from July onward.

Stephen Piscotty:  1/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .257.  This is Mark Trumbo three weeks ago al over again.  PICK HIM UP!

Alex Bregman:  2/5 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting .282.  The Mark Teixeira of shortstops or third baseman (you pick) right on down to the ugly Aprils and insane production the rest of the way. 

Justin Verlander:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.05.  Just hand him the Cy Young already.  Kate Upton will have nothing to complain on social media about the award this season.

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