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Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Dee Gordon:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .277.  No the home run is not a misprint. 

Brett Anderson:  7.2 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K with an ERA of 3.90.  Got to hand it to the guy for lasting as long as he has and still putting up decent ratios through all those serious injuries. 

Mike Leake:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.90.  It wouldn't be a fantasy baseball season unless Mike Leake somehow against all odds finds his way to an ERA under 4.00.

Jose Abreu:  3/5 with his 21st HR while hitting .268.  Really the only suspense is whether Abreu can hit .290 or higher again. 

Carlos Rodon:  8 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.69.  Rodon is another example of how you should never totally give up on power arms who struggle with control.  If the breakthrough does happen, they become upper-level guys overnight. 

Elias Diaz:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .299.  Memories of Ryan Doumit carrying around catcher eligibility while hitting at a nice clip playing mostly elsewhere are popping into my mind. 

Jose Berrios:  3.2 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.75.  Berrios is getting gassed as well. 

Anthony Rizzo:  2/4 with his 18th HR and 2 steals (6 for season) while hitting .265.  Unless he goes absolutely nuts the rest of the way, Rizzo's 2018 campaign will go down as slightly disappointing. 

Junior Guerra:  6 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 3.73.  Finally the regression is doing its thing. 

Dansby Swanson:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .238.  We are reaching that point now where Swanson may never get much better than he already is which of course is a very bad thing considering where he is at right now with the numbers. 

Starlin Castro:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting. 281.  Another nice season from Castro but he can't gain much fantasy baseball value unless he is in a packed lineup to help boost runs and RBI since he doesn't steal many bases or swat many homers.

Kevin Gausman:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 2.84 since going to Atlanta.  Cole Hamels understands the benefits of going to the NL and what it can do to your numbers almost overnight. 

Hyun-Jin Ryu:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.77.  Never an issue of stuff here. 

Zack Wheeler:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.75.  The Mets got Wheeler out early given the 10-1 score at the time with the goal to preserve innings.  Wheeler himself is in fatigue zone given how he has never thrown this many innings before but at the same time fewer pitchers are hotter right now.

Todd Frazier:  3/6 with his 12th HR and 7th SB while hitting .231.  For a minute you thought it was 2014 with Frazier all over again.

Wilmer Flores:  2/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .272.  Ride this out until Jay Bruce comes back. 

Dylan Bundy:  7 ER in 5.1 IP with an ERA of 4.99.  Been saying since the start of 2017 that Bundy was garbage.  Glad he made my point emphatically. 

Miguel Andujar:  2/4 with his 19th HR while hitting .296.  Remember when we kept talking about Gleyber Torres being the prime Rookie of the Year candidate for the Yanks?  Yeah, I don't remember either. 

Yuli Gurriel:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .284.  Certainly a professional high-contact hitter with a bit of pop that slides perfectly into your UTIL or CI slot. 

Tyler White:  2/4 with 2 home runs (7 for season) while hitting .286.  Well past time you padded this guy.

Evan Gattis:  3/4 with 2 home runs (23 for season) while hitting .240. The joys of being a DH and catcher-eligible. 

Gerrit Cole:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.71.  "Take that Justin.  The trophy is mine."




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