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Saturday, March 30, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Matt Boyd:  5 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 5.40.  Don't bank on the strikeouts going forward and honestly I still don't trust Boyd as far as I can throw him. Think SP 5 all the way.

Matt Shoemaker:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  We get a start like this from Shoemaker once every 1.5 months or so between all the injuries but don't let this say you in making the typical Week 1 rash decision.  You really don't want anything to do with Toronto starters. 

German Marquez:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Marquez is one of the players I am most interested to see how he does this season in terms of building on his 2018 breakout.  The advanced rates say Marquez was mostly legit but we need to give it time and have him face non-Miami teams to get a better read.

Gerrit Cole:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Poor defense cost Cole the win but good to see the K's continue to flow unabated. 

Charlie Morton:  5 IP 3 H 2 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.60.  Few starters do April and May better than Morton and his ballyhooed spin rate so enjoy until the wheels begin to fall off under homers and injuries during the summer. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  4/5 with 3 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .500.  Remember when we all panicked about how bad Goldy was the first two months of last season?  Yeah, I don't remember either. 

Ryan Braun:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .375.  Braun is still capable of driving the baseball despite being taped up like a mummy but boy the never-ending ailments make owning him such a headache. 

Christian Yelich:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .600.  Mike Trout-Mookie Betts-Christian Yelich....head and shoulders above everyone else. 

Jack Flaherty:  4.1 IP 7 H 4 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 8.31.  I really expect a lot out of Flaherty this season so this was an early letdown.  You never know with young starters no matter the expectations though so keep close tabs.

Khris Davis:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .294.  The home runs have been ridiculous so far and that means pure thumpers like Davis could go for 50 given what we have seen.

Matt Harvey:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 3 BB 1 K with an ERA of 3.00. It is amazing how far Harvey has fallen in terms of stuff and his margins are so razor-thin given his almost complete loss of K's.  Avoid totally. 

J.D. Martinez:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Standard operating procedure. 

Xander Bogaerts:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .286.  The numbers have been a bit wild from year-to-year with Boagerts but the overall product remains quite good. 

Mallex Smith:  1/3 with his first HR and first SB while hitting .250.  We got one of my first power/speed specials of the season!  Smith is a guy I really like a lot as a Billy Hamilton-type player who is actually quite better than Billy Hamilton. 

Domingo Santana:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .389.  This is getting insane now.  Santana was a prime sleeper of mine who I own in the Experts League and right now there has not been a better value play.  The talent was never in question as he showed in 2017 but instead the crowded Milwaukee outfield unfairly did him in. 

Nathan Eovaldi:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 10.80.  I don't trust him.  Never did and won't start now. 

A.J. Pollock:  4/6 with his first HR while hitting .444.  T-minus 5 games until the first injury.  Listen no one has been a bigger fan of Pollock over the years than this guy but man he is as infuriating as it gets. 

Robbie Ray:  5 IP 3 H 3 ER 5 BB 9 K with an ERA of 5.40.  Typical start for Ray who has some of the best strikeout stuff in the game but also some of the worst control.  Strap in for this roller coaster ride. 

Ross Stripling:  5.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00. Reminders of how good Stripling was the first half of 2018.  Buy into the talent. 


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