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Monday, August 6, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Jose Ramirez:  1/2 with his 33rd HR while hitting .300.  More proof that a lagging average on an established .300 hitter means nothing even at the end of April. 

Shane Bieber:  5.2 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.58.  Bieber looks interesting to me next spring. 

Nick Markakis:  4/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .319.  Yeah, I wouldn't have picked Markakis to be a prime batting title guy this season. 

Ender Inciarte:  3/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .253.  Still think Inciarte got a raw deal being removed from the leadoff spot.  Neutered what could have been a tremendous season. 

Devin Mesoraco:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .226.  This is the last season I will ever have a modicum of interest in Mesoraco. 

Avisail Garcia:  2/4 with 2 home runs (13 for season) while hitting .269.  OF 3 status seems cemented for good now. 

Tanner  Roark:  7 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.21.  Roark has been incredibly volatile with his numbers from year-to-year so good luck trying to figure out where your March investment will go. 

Derek Dietrich:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .280.  Surprised no one traded for Dietrich who is having a career-year and can play anywhere.  Nice for him as well that he will no longer be known just for fighting with Tino Martinez. 

Justin Bour:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .225.  Bour can be plugged in again as your CI or UTIL guy in deeper leagues since the home runs are starting to go out consistently again. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .271.  Certainly didn't see 30 home runs coming from this corner. 

Matt Carpenter:  1/5 with his 29th HR while hitting .282.  I know it is working splendidly but maybe the Cards should think about moving Carpenter down a bit in the order to capitalize on the extreme pop. 

Jack Flaherty:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.27.  The WHIP is 1.10 as Flaherty now seems here to stay as a member of the Cards rotation and he hints at heights that could go as high as an SP 2.

Nolan Arenado:  3/5 with his 29th HR while hitting .306.  Nothing has changed here from this first-round monster.  As dependable as you can get in all of fantasy baseball.

Trevor Story:  1/6 with his 24th HR while hitting .288.  I didn't have much interest in Story this season given his contact problems but like power pitchers who just have to reign in walks, the guy is achieving overnight stardom just by cutting down on the K's. 

Travis Shaw:  2/5 with his 22nd HR while hitting .246.  Shaw is in the midst of his own scorching hot streak of the season but the average has simply not come around.  When you have lumbering speed like Shaw, it becomes that much harder to overcome early BABIP problems. 

Jon Gray:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.73.  I mean this is getting crazy now with Gray since coming back from the minors to "clear his head."  You just know that the moment you get the courage to use him again though, he will get bombed.

Whit Merrifield:  4/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .307.  With second base suddenly exploding with top-shelf talent, Merrifield should slip through the draft cracks again next spring as a tremendous value play where you can get a bunch of your team steals.

Lucas Duda:  1/4 with his 10th HR and first SB while hitting .235.  Even the slowest player in the majors can have a HR/SB game at least once in his career.

Jon Lester:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.44.  WHIP is up to 1.29.  You can't even start Lester right now and I couldn't have been more accurate with my assessment that he would fall apart after the break.  His arm only has a three month window at this stage of Lester's career.

Javier Baez:  2/5 with his 24th HR while hitting .300.  Throw Baez right in there with Trevor Story as previously flawed top prospects who have now put it all together in a spectacular 2018. 

Jonathan Villar:  3/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .274.  Villar batted third and is in a great spot now on a rebuilding Orioles team who will look to him for offense the rest of the way.  Pick him up if dropped. 

Mark Trumbo:  3/4 with 2 home runs (15 for season) while hitting .262.  Sluggers like Trumbo on a brutal MLB team will continue to swing for the fences so there will be a lot more home runs where this came from. 

Khris Davis:  1/4 with his 31st HR while hitting .253.  Davis is showing up with a homer every other game now or for the past few days, every game.

Matt Olson:  2/4 with his 22nd HR while hitting .240.  It is amazing how many players like this are around fantasy baseball these days.

Matt Chapman:  1/3 with his 15th HR while hitting .271.  Enjoy the .271 because Chapman is not staying there. 

Trevor Cahill:  6 IP 3 H 0 Er 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.12.  This has been among my best waiver recommendations this season as Cahill has been unhittable at times and really is taking to starting since getting stretched out last season.  Also, the time he has spent on the DL this season means he should be strong the rest of the way.

Nelson Cruz:  2/4 with his 29th HR while hitting .267.  Back to 40 home runs we go. 

Kyle Seager:  2/4 with 2 home runs (18 for season) while hitting .231.  My old friend is not of use to me anymore now that the average went into the gutter this season.



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