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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

J.T. Realmuto:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .304.  Since he is really just getting into his prime years, it is not out of the question we see another slight jump in power in 2019 as well.  The best of the best now at catcher.

Starlin Castro:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .287.  Another quality season being put forth by Castro who still has the average thing down despite the lack of support in Miami.

Julio Teheran:  7 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 4.42.  The start to the season was nice but Teheran once again is showing zero dependability that keeps him only as a risky SP 5.

J.D. Martinez:  2/4 with 2 home runs (31 for season) while hitting .323.  It has been another week of near-maximum humidity along the East Coast and that means boatloads of home runs for those in the locales.

Mookie Betts:  2/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .351.  That average is not a misprint.  I said all spring it was ludicrous that Betts saw his ADP slip to the middle or even late portion of Round 1 this past spring (when he should have gone number 2 overall) which was based almost entirely on a poor BABIP dragging down his average.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .238.  Just scroll down and see what I wrote about Schoop yesterday when he also homered.  The man is red hot.

Yefry Ramirez:  5 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.49. Ramirez is now in his third MLB organization but he had a decent 3.88 ERA and 9.00 K/9 in the minors prior to this look.  Monitor in just AL-only however.

Yasmani Grandal:  3/7 with 2 home runs (16 for season) while hitting .259.  Third home run in two games now for Grandal who has been the cheaper version of Salvador Perez but with a better batting average.

Jorge Alfaro:  1/6 with his 7th HR while hitting .250.  Alfaro looks like a future Yasmani Grandal.

Kenta Maeda:  7 IP 6 H 4 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.27.  Maeda actually pitched a terrific game but it goes to show you how the home run ball can skew everything.

Eduardo Escobar:  2/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .278.  While not as impressive as Eugenio Suarez, this breakout in 2018 has been eye-opening in its own right.

Jose Berrios:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.48.  No signs of fatigue yet from this gem of a kid who I want on all my teams going forward.

Starling Marte:  2/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .292.  30/30 on the table for Marte which is an even more exceptionally valuable level to reach in these days of non-running.

Gregory Polanco:  1/5 with his 18th HR while hitting .237.  Looks like Polanco is finally getting his act together as the power has been at a personal-best level.  It also seems as though that the average may be a lost cause.

Josh Bell:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .272.  Bell's power has regressed back to his pre-2017 norms and the average is just all right.  So, in essence, he is barely just a backup bat and honestly more suited for the NL-only crowd.

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/3 with his 23rd HR while hitting .237.  Nothing has changed here in terms of the makeup since the start of the season as Encarnacion continues to leak average but holds steady with the power.

Shane Bieber:  7 ER in 1.2 IP with an ERA of 4.80.  With the season moving closer to fantasy baseball crunch time, you can't be toying around with kids like this if if it not working.

Dexter Fowler:  1/3 with his 8th HR and 4th SB while hitting .179.  I mean Fowler has been downright hideous but always have to report on a HR/SB game.  There I did it. 

Eugenio Suarez:  1/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .306.  30 homers and a .300 average would look mighty nice to take into 2019. 

Austin Gomber:  6.1 IP 2 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.48.  The WHIP of 1.11 looks nice as well as the team's fourth round pick and the kid did have a 10.01 K/9 prior to the promotion.  In deeper leagues you can take a stab but monitor one more outing to b e sure what we are seeing is legit.

Michael Conforto:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .229.  A complete reset is needed here for 2019.  I still believe in the talent but sometimes with a young hitter, early season  trouble (especially coming off a serious injury) doesn't allow a season to ever get on track.

Zack Wheeler:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 4.33.  The most likely Met pitcher to get dealt, Wheeler is beginning to make that crucial transition from trying to strike everyone out to taking a bit of steam off the heater into order to generate weak contact.

Masahiro Tanaka:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.09.  The WHIP is down to 1.06 which is phenomenal for a starter in the AL East and the Yanks won't need to trade to boost the rotation if Tanaka can keep this up. 

Jed Lowrie:  3/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .280.  I admit I was overly skeptical here when Lowrie began the season on fire but I guess this is what health will bring.

Khris Davis:  1/6 with his 25th HR while hitting .251.  Davis has gone absolutely nuclear since the All-Star Break but honestly, 40 home runs was a lock here anyways so no shock.

Stephen Piscotty:  2/6 with his 14th HR while hitting .263.  That's around 10 home runs since I told you to add Piscotty.  This is what happens when a talented pure hitter reaches his power prime. 

Elvis Andrus:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .268.  Andrus is still younger than you think but he has fully entered into the boring veteran portion of his career. 

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 25th HR while hitting .188.  This guy is Dave Kingman personified. 

Willie Calhoun:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .167.  The first of many bombs from this super-talented kid. 

Adam Eaton:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .324.  If only he could stay healthy.

Christian Yelich:  3/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .308.  No complaints here.

Mike Moustakas:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .247.  You can do so much better.

Salvador Perez:  3/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .227.  Don't spend high draft picks on catchers.  Right Buster Posey and Gary Sanchez owners? 

George Springer:  1/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .252.  Ignore the average as we talked about the depressed BABIP Springer has carried around compared to his previous norms.  He is playing fine. 

Alex Bregman:  2/4 with his 21st HR while hitting .284.  A classic case of a kid so talented that it was almost impossible for him not to achieve stardom. 

Carlos Rodon:  7.2 IP 2 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.38.  The WHIP is just 1.11 here as Rodon seems to be reigning in his explosive stuff to a point where he can take off in a hurry. 




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