Thursday, August 2, 2018


Jose Reyes:  2/3 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .191.  The fact that Reyes is still with the New York Mets at this stage of the season tells you all you need to know about how pathetic the organization is.

Anthony Rendon:  1/4 with his 16th HR while hitting .288.  This younger version of Justin Turner is playing so much better than the actual Justin Turner.

Tommy Milone:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Milone outdueled Noah Syndergaard.  Every Mets fan and Syndergaard fantasy baseball owner saw that coming a mile away.

Trey Mancini:  3/5 with his 14th HR while hitting .231.  For a guy who hit .300 at every level and was very good as a rookie in 2017, Mancini has been a bit of a letdown outside of the decent pop.

Gleyber Torres:  2/4 with 2 home runs (17 for season) while hitting .289.  I am as excited about Torres as I was about Corey Seager when he got started.  Let's hope Torres can stay healthy unlike his counterpart.

Sonny Gray:  7 ER in 2.2 IP with an ERA of 5.56.  I thought it couldn't get any worse than the way Gray pitched in 2016 but he is surely trying to refute that statement with this garbage in 2018.

Carlos Carrasco:  7.1 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 3.66.  Typical Carrasco dominant start in that when he is on, you almost get nothing.  We all would love a bit more consistency from the guy start-to-start but he is another one where the numbers are always there by the end of the season with a DL stint thrown in as an unwanted bonus.

Russell Martin:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .190.  Yeah its over.

Marcus Stroman:  7 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 5.63.  Stroman needs a complete re-set for 2019 but even then, I would avoid him like the plague.

Sean Manaea:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.38.  Once he got past the outlier April, Manaea has had a fine and dependable numbers season.  Nothing ace-worthy of course but strong SP 3 or low-end 2 given the lack of K's.

Max Stassi:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .250.  The Houston Astros have like 22 catchers on their roster but I want to see some more of this guy.

Marwin Gonzalez:  2/5 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .231.  If you thought Gonzalez' 2017 was NOT an outlier, you need another hobby.

Nelson Cruz:  1/4 with his 26th HR while hitting .264.  I think Cruz will go the way of Edwin Encarnacion in that he will still hit for power every season but the average will leak additionally each year.

Wade LeBlanc:  7 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 3.95.  You can't ever fully buy into reclamation stories with soft-tossers like LeBlanc as you can see with this.

Wilson Contreras:  3/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .283.  Contreras reminds me of Javy Lopez for some of our older readers as a guy who put up solid power and decent averages as well.  While Contreras' fantasy baseball owners likely expected more out of him, there is no reason to regret the 2017 cost overall.

Cole Hamels:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 0.00 in the NL.  Welcome back to the NL!  Hamels still has home run issues that are pretty stark and which are not the best fit for Wrigley Field but already we are seeing how good a move it is going from the AL to the NL for a starter.

Kole Calhoun:  1/2 with his 14th HR while hitting .211.  Calhoun remains hot as a pistol so play him until the well dries up. 

Jake Bauers:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .244.  Bauers is another one who has caught fire with the home run swing of late and he was a decent prospect with the Rays coming up so there is some legs to this. 

Yoan Moncada:  2/3 with his 14th HR while hitting .229.  Give it through 2019 before making any firm pronouncements on Moncada's stock but boy does he have to get  those K's under control.

Yasmani Grandal:  3/5 with 2 home runs (19 for season) while hitting .263.  Grandal is pushing his average back up of late to go with the always potent power.  Value play all the way with Evan Gattis this season and of course Wilson Ramos. 

Brian Dozier:  3/4 with his 17th HR while hitting .229.  Dozier still remains in a pitcher's park in being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers and he has been rough on the eyes for large stretches of the season in going back to his 2015 average days which is never a good thing for his profile. 

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