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Friday, August 24, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

David Price:  8 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.50.  I did say at the beginning of the season Price was a very good buy low and while the first half was extremely volatile, he has been money since the break. 

Odubel Herrera:  1/3 with his 20th HR while hitting. 266.  Herrera's power uptick went right along with arriving with his prime years so no surprise there for a guy who was always very talented.  The downside should not be overlooked though as Herrera is not running and the average has slipped.  Fallen too much in love with swinging for the fences? 

Aaron Nola:  8 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.13.  This is Nola saying to Max Scherzer, "hey it's my turn to win the award."

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 2 H 2 ER 4 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.13.  While he did lose to Nola technically, Scherzer still has one more win, the slightly lower WHIP, and a ton more K's. 

Nick Castellanos:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .293.  Yeah I was looking for 30 home runs but 25 will do just fine with the swell average.

Matt Boyd:  6 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.09.  Got to hand it to Boyd on his career season since he was nothing but a punching bad previously.  The thing is I personally was never going to trust him in any one start throughout this season and that will likely go into 2019 when he has to try and show 2018 was no fluke. 

Evan Longoria:  1/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .249.  Longoria has now reached the point where he is not even worth having as a backup bat. 

Todd Frazier:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .233.  Frazier has done his best work over the last two weeks and I myself have used him in the Experts League to give me a push in the power department.  Do the same. 

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.71.  DeGrom was effectively wild with the 4 walks and 10 K's but again got no support.  Hopefully he will get more deserved support when it comes to the Cy Young Award. 

Madison Bumgarner:  8 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.88.  Through all of the injuries and some scary bad outings the last season-plus, Mad Bum has a 2.88 ERA.  In other words he is right where he should be historically in that category. 

Hunter Renfroe:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .244.  Again if you need a power boost this late in the season, you can more liberally ignore ugly batting averages like Renfroe's given the short span of games left. 

Ian Desmond:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .234.  Decent overall power/speed season from Desmond but like it always seems to happen, a large segment of the fantasy baseball community focuses so much on the average that it overshadows everything else.

David Dahl:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .277.  Next season the Colorado Rockies really need to give this kid a long run to see what they got here. 

Kyle Freeland:  6.1 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.96.  Maybe instead of drafting idiots like Stephen Strasburg I should have just plucked this guy off waivers.  Pitching has been nothing but one big stress ball this season. 

Ender Inciarte:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .252.  Sorry but I am still going to be all over this guy next season.  It has been another very good performance despite the Atlanta Braves moving him all over the lineup.

Ronald Acuna Jr.:  1/4 with his 20th HR while hitting .286.  It seems certain that Acuna Jr. will the latest mid-season debut player who will shoot right up to first or second round territory next spring.  While I usually am very leery of such a thing, not in this case. 

Sean Newcomb:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.57.  The mid-season dip was annoying but Newcomb has fought back nicely to engineer a nice August.  Still a bit unpolished overall but Newcomb will surely be even better in 2019. 

Javier Baez:  3/5 with his 27th HR while hitting .285.  Check out how far Baez' blast went.  Topper on what has been a spectacular overall campaign.

Anthony Rizzo:  2/2 with his 21st HR while hitting .271.  Rizzo will likely see his ADP slip next spring but that will just make him that much more of a good 1B buy since he is still flat in his prime and has been his usual self since the middle of May. 

Cole Hamels:  9 IP 8 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.79 in the NL.  Hamels has been a fantasy baseball ace once again after going back to the NL and it just goes to show you how stark the difference is for a hurler going from one league to the other. 

Khris Davis:  1/5 with his 39th HR while hitting .261.  You can make the case that Davis is the best pure home run hitter in all of fantasy baseball the last three seasons. 

Jed Lowrie:  1/5 with his 20th HR while hitting .273.  The average has slid of late into more general Lowrie territory but the cooperating health has helped pile up the counting numbers nicely. 


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