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Friday, August 10, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Nick Markakis:  2/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .323.  I really can't think of many players of recent memory whose two best seasons came more than 10 years apart like this guy.

Ronald Acuna Jr.:  1/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .264.  Acuna is hitting everything with authority right now and the leadoff spot is just more icing on the fantasy baseball cake.

Gio Gonzalez:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.89.  I mean the WHIP is 1.48 here but yet Gio keeps dodging the BABIP curve.

Yonder Alonso:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .247.  Alonso can serve as a decent UTIL or CI bat going into next season given that he has proven the power uptick of a year ago but honestly few players are less exciting.

Jose Berrios:  4 IP 4 H 4 ER 6 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.66.  The fatigue alarms always go off around now when you see a young pitcher start walking everyone in August.  This is why you always got to think about selling high on young power arms in their first full MLB campaigns during that month.  It usually ends in ugly fashion.

Eric Hosmer:  0/5 while hitting .250.  All that money for this.

Hunter Renfroe:  2/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .250.  Hunter Renfroe woke up in the morning so that meant he was going to hit a home run.

Franmil Reyes:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .269.  Lots of tools here and the average is not in the gutter right now either.

Jurickson Profar:  2/4 with his 13th HR while hitting .255.  Well this is certainly becoming a nice little story.

Giancarlo Stanton:  1/4 with his 28th HR while hitting .279.  Stanton is going all Hunter Renfroe right now.  Or it is the other way around?

Miguel Andujar:  2/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .292.  If I don't have Eugenio Suarez at third base for me next season, then I want this guy.

Neil Walker:  2/4 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .226.  Walker has swung it quite well over the last three weeks for those in very deep leagues.

J.A. Happ:  6 IP 4 H 3 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.07.  Amazing how this guy thrives in the AL East like no one I have seen before in terms of not possessing upper-level stuff.

Mookie Betts:  4/4 with his 27th HR while hitting .347.  The numbers speak for themselves.

J.D. Martinez:  1/4 with his 35th HR while hitting .331.  I mean for real though.  The Boston lineup is just unfair.

Teoscar Hernandez:  1/4 with his 18th HR while hitting .246.  Maybe there is another level to reach here when 2019 arrives but for now Hernandez is on that OF 3/bench bat margin.

Rick Porcello:  7 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.17.  I have said that Porcello is a 4.15 ERA pitcher and nothing more.  After dominating the Yankees last time out, this is the mean at work.

Jean Segura:  3/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .308.  Probably the most unheralded member of the this emerging Seattle Mariners team this season.

Mitch Haniger:  4/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .271.  Moving Haniger to leadoff seems to have gotten the bat out of the deep freeze.  The guy always starts out on fire but seems to not like the summer.

Tyler White:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .281.  I already told you to add White.  I can't do it for you.

Justin Verlander:  6 ER in 2 IP with an ERA of 2.50.  Verlander acted like a baby in this one.  Got shelled and then got tossed when he couldn't control his frustration.

Cody Bellinger:  2/5 with his 19th HR and 8th SB while hitting .246.  Bellinger has the rest of the season to mute a bit the consensus narrative that he was a sizable fantasy baseball bust this season considering the spring cost.

Max Muncy:  1/1 with his 25th HR while hitting .255.  Seeing Muncy dropped in a lot of leagues of late as the glass slipper seems to be wearing off.

Brian Dozier:  1/5 with his 19th HR while hitting .229.  Same old ugly 2015 Dozier.

Joc Pederson:  1/2 with his 18th HR while hitting .258.  The Dodgers need to stick with Pederson on a daily basis so that we can confirm for sure his uptick in overall hitting this season is legit.

Chris Taylor:  1/3 with his 13th HR while hitting .254.  Taylor continues to bounce all over the lineup as his shaky season has left the Dodgers impatient on what to do with him.

Andrew Suarez:  3 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 4.64.  Said from the beginning this guy was simply not worth any time or effort.


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