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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Bryce Harper:  2/5 with his 27th HR in Game 1 while hitting .234.  At least he is not hitting .215 anymore.  Seriously though, it is always something with this guy every year that makes using a first-round pick on him seem foolish in hindsight.

Ryan Zimmerman:  3/5 with his 7th HR in Game 1 while hitting .253.  Even the most inexperienced fantasy baseball player saw 2017 as one big outlier never to be repeated again.

Tyler White:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .267.  White is capable of doing a Chris Shelton (go nuts in one month and then vanish for years) in the middle of the injury-ravaged Houston lineup so I would check him out.

Dallas Keuchel:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.53.  Keuchel has steadily righted the ship since June but it is almost comical how this former Cy Young Award winner is still not anywhere near the statistical ballpark as the three rotation mates surrounding him.

Madison Bumgarner:  7 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.69.  We all seem to want to worry about Bumgarner in thinking he is past his Cy Young/ace era due to all those serious recent injuries but it certainly doesn't look like it.

Juan Soto:  1/4 with his 14th HR in Game 2 while hitting .315.  The fact that there has been virtually no letup with this kid since his promotion leads me to believe Soto is beyond the real deal and already is knocking on OF 1 classification.

Sean Newcomb:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.15.  I said correctly a few weeks ago that Newcomb was going through some sort of dead arm period when he put those string of nasty outings together but he has clearly pulled out of it with excellent work his last few times out.  With that said, now would be a good time to sell given that September is almost always a rough month for young power arms such as this.

Max Scherzer:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.28.  Still want to argue with me that Scherzer is not the better pitcher than Clayton Kershaw?

J.D. Martinez:  3/5 with his 34th HR while hitting .328.  MVP here we come.

Mitch Moreland:  1/4 with his 14th HR while hitting .264.  Amazing how this guy always finds his way to 20 home runs with nobody giving a rat's behind in the fantasy baseball community.

Justin Smoak:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .255.  Same old non-2017 Justin Smoak.

Kevin Pillar:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .248.  Pillar always seems to hint at some tremendous five-category ability but he just never gets there.

Marcus Stroman:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.20.  Taming the Boston lineup in dominant fashion like Stroman did deserves extra praise but a blister knocked him out early.  The word is that Stroman will be good to go his next time out but the bigger story is that he seems to have once again realized he has five pitches to confuse hitters.

Mitch Garver:  1/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .259.  A catcher who can handle the bat even a little?  Yes, please.

Francisco Lindor:  2/5 with his 28th HR while hitting .296.  28 home runs at shortstop.  Allow that to sink in for a moment.

Adalberto Mejia:  5 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.01.  Mejia suffered a wrist strain that will likely send him to the DL but prior to, he was really looking like a nice mid-season add.

Matt Carpenter:  1/4 with his 30th HR while hitting .282.  Carpenter still holding off Lindor for most homers out of the leadoff spot this season.

Paul DeJong:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .244.  Said to avoid this 2017 fluke this past spring and look where we are at all in the way in August.

Miles Mikolas:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 1 K with an ERA of 2.74.  The excellent in 2018 Mikolas proved in this one that you don't even need to strike hardly anyone out to dominate the sad Miami Marlins.

Nelson Cruz:  1/3 with his 30th HR while hitting .270.  Cruz looks to be going the way of David Ortiz in terms of hitting for massive power up until whenever he retires.

Kyle Seager:  1/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .231.  I really want to love Seager again but he fell too in love with swinging for the fences. 

Rougned Odor:  2/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .271.  Listen it was never a question of talent here as Odor has arguably the most potent skills at second base in all of baseball.  What has really turned here is the fact that Odor is now getting some BABIP love at .325 (way up from a very unlucky .224 a year ago) and the walks are up substantially.  That's all it takes sometimes.

Jurickson Profar:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .253.  While the average has been an issue, Profar is showing the power/speed skills that made him the top prospect in the game a few years ago.  At the very least, he is a top backup in fantasy baseball considering that ability and eligibility everywhere.

Felix Hernandez:  7 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.73.  Hate to say it but the end seems near already.  That's what happens when you throw so many innings at such a young age.

Giancarlo Stanton:  2/6 with his 26th HR while hitting .279.  The fact that Stanton is hitting almost .280 after that rough start speaks to how good he has been since June. 

Miguel Andujar:  3/5 with his 15th HR while hitting .292.  Andujar seems like a future DH to me but no matter where he goes, you can't help but love the bat. 

Jose Abreu:  1/5 with his 30th HR while hitting .266.  At the very least you know there are 10 more home runs still to come here. 

C.C. Sabathia:  5.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.49.  Talk about taking a trip down pitching ace memory lane.

Manuel Margot:  3/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .258.  Strike while the iron is hot here. 

Jesus Aguilar:  1/4 with his 27th HR while hitting .273.  Like with Max Muncy, Aguilar has hit a run since the All-Star Break so you wonder if opposing pitching has adjusted.

Mike Montgomery:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.66.  To the guy who asked me who to stream yesterday, your very welcome. 

Starling Marte:  2/5 with his 17th HR while hitting .284.  So jealous of all Marte owners this season.

Jameson Taillon:  9 IP 10 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.63.  We have reached a point with Taillon now where you wonder if this is as good as it gets or if we will see another level of production. 

Nick Pivetta:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.51.  Sorry bro you got passed by Zach Eflin. 



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