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Friday, March 29, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Robinson Cano:  2/4 with his first HR and hitting .500.  The swing is still a thing of beauty despite the idiotic PED bust last season.  I still think Cano can be a 20-25 home run guy at least one more season.

Jacob DeGrom:  6 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 0.00.  With a new contract in tow, DeGrom was as dominant as ever and the strikeouts flowed freely yet again.  There should be nothing short of injury stopping DeGrom from being a top five starter this season.

Max Scherzer: 7.2 IP 2 H 2 ER 3 BB 12 K with an ERA of 2.35.  The best starter in baseball by a mile, it was scary to see Scherzer throw 109 pitches his first time out.  Be that as it may, he is about as firm a lock as it gets among the always volatile starter fraternity.

Kolten Wong:  2/3 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .667.  Yeah Wong is likely going to be the overreaction pickup of the initial week of the season.

Harrison Bader:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .667.  Bader is quite intriguing to me given his ability to both hit for power and steals bases but the strikeouts were insane during his 2018 debut.  If he can curb that 30.0 K/9 even a bit however, we could have something significant on our hands here.

Miles Mikolas:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 9.00.  I struck gold recommending Mikolas a year ago but always kept in mind he lacks strikeouts to sustain what his overall numbers were in 2018.  This rough outing qualifies as a bad day at the office as Mikolas is still quite skilled but he will lose a decent amount of value in inning-capped leagues.

Christian Yelich:  1/2 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Nobody was hotter than Yelich the second half of last season and he certainly looks like he is ready to carry that uber performance over.

Mike Moustakas:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  I was not a big fan of Moose in the past but will change my tune given his Milwaukee surroundings.  Moustakas' swing and power are a perfect match for Miller Park like we saw out of Yelich a year ago and so an add should be made here where available.

Luke Voit:  1/1 with his first HR while hitting .1000.  We all had the right to be skeptical of Voit off his out-of-nowhere monster second half of 2018 but he killed it all spring training and now has a bomb in Game 1.  Maybe we need to stop doubting here.

Greg Bird:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250. Speaking of a hot spring, Bird once again got it done throughout the exhibition slate.  If he can just stay on the field, the massive upside he once brought to the table may finally reveal itself.  Watch closely.

Masahiro Tanaka:  5.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.59.  The matchup versus Baltimore was set up perfectly for Tanaka to come away with a dominant outing and the win which he did.  Nothing more to add here.

Rhys Hoskins:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Hitting right behind Bryce Harper, Hoskins will be seeing some tidy fastballs as he did in planting a grand slam.  40 homers here we come.

Andrew McCutchen:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  I have been hard on McCutchen the last few seasons but only in a sense that he was no longer the five-tool player he was being drafted as.  Now that the latter has settled into reality, McCutchen has a lot to offer in four categories (minus steals) leading off the explosive Phils lineup.

Maikel Franco:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Franco batted 8th which is not ideal but he really came on the second half of 2018 to keep himself relevant.

Aaron Nola:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 5 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.50.  Nola's control was brutal but this is just a rare anomaly for the slam-dunk ace who has been a favorite of this space from the beginning.

David Robertson:  pitched a scoreless 8th which could indicate Seranthony Dominguez will get first crack at saves.

Jordan Zimmerman:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.00.  If I have to tell you not to pick up Zimmerman than you should be doing something else.

Marcus Stroman:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 7 K with an ERA of 0.00.  We have seen some glimpses of well above-average stuff from Stroman in the past but this excellent outing doesn't make me want to run out and get him considering he will get zero run support and operates in the AL East with a shaky health history.

George Springer:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Already the homers are flying out everywhere.

Jose Altuve:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  There have been some health issues cropping up since last season which is somewhat concerning given the rough second base position on the body and the smallish frame (Dustin Pedroia anyone?).  Still, there is no time to worry yet and instead I am curious about how much running Altuve will do this season.

Michael Brantley:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Always one of the most underappreciated hitters in the game, Brantley can make another run at the batting title while doing a Nick Markakis with better power and speed impersonation.

Austin Meadows:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Really like Meadows as a sleeper this season and operating out of the leadoff spot should help that along.

Blake Snell:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 7.50.  Listen, as great as Snell was last season, he did get a ton of BABIP help.  That being said, he will still be a terrific starter but maybe slides back more to SP 2 status.

Justin Verlander:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.29.  The freak of all pitching freaks.

Kris Bryant:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  I still have great concern about Bryant's shoulder which was not surgically fixed last season but talent is never in question.  The volatility has certainly been ratcheted up however when it comes to his overall stock. 

Javier Baez:  2/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .400.  We are on the verge of superstar status for Baez who has smoothed out some rough strikeout edges when he first arrived on the scene. 

Elvis Andrus:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .750.  Andrus' fantasy baseball stock price cratered this spring which presented some solid value for a guy I have been very critical of in the past.  As I have always stated, EVERY player will have value depending on where the cost goes and Andrus has fallen into that realm for 2019 as he is still young enough to hit for average, steal bags, and score runs.  Take any homer as a bonus.

Nomar Mazara:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Few do big April's better than Mazara and that elusive 30-homer campaign remains very much in play.

Khris Davis:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .231.  We already know what Davis' average will be this season.  The only question will be whether it is 40 or 50 homers.

Marcus Semien:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .455.  It is always puzzling why nobody ever wants any shares of this guy as Semien offers a solid batch of numbers for almost zero draft cost. 

Jose Berrios:  7.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 0.00.  This is a special arm folks and Berrios is my Darkhorse AL Cy Young candidate.

Corey Kluber:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.57.  This was nice to see as Kluber's worst month is always April but overall I faded the Cleveland ace due to the massive workloads, the sliding K rate, and the fact he is aging a bit. 

Jose Peraza:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Peraza was never just strictly a speed guy as he has a bit of pop and has hit for average in the past as well. 

Luis Castillo:  5.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.59.  Very impressive outing for the still raw Castillo but at least we are getting some reminders of the big 2017 debut.  The control remains a work in progress though so don't go overboard yet. 

Raisel Iglesias:  1 ER in 1.1 IP while pitching in setup.  David Hernandez got the one out save but the bigger story is Iglesias working in front of him which is not what his fantasy baseball owners wanted to see.  We heard rumblings of this all spring but no one believed it until now.  Unreal. 

Wil Myers:  2/2 with his first HR while hitting 1.000.  Just stay healthy bro.

Madison Bumgarner:  7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.57.  Good luck trying to predict what the hell this guy is going to do this season.

Trevor Story:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  The sequel may be just as good as the 2018 original.

Jorge Alfaro:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  The strikeout rate is absurd but Alfaro is capable of 20 homers which is like 40 at this brutal position.

Kyle Freeland:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB  5 K with an ERA of 1.29.  Faded Freeland everywhere too and have no regrets.  Give it time.

Adam Jones:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  Working out of the leadoff spot, Jones began his latest pursuit of the quietest 25 homers in fantasy baseball. 

Joc Pederson:  3/5 with 2 homers (2 for season) while hitting .600.  Pederson finally began to develop some plate discipline last season which could go a long way towards a true breakout in 2019.  Get some shares.

Corey Seager:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Already the return has been a success. 

Max Muncy:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .250.  The average is likely going to hurt but Muncy has more than proven his power is legit.  Think Yonder Alonso here.

Cody Bellinger:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  There was a sophomore slump for Bellinger last season which made him a good buy for 2019.  Back to 40 homers we go. 

Zack Greinke:  7 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 17.18.  I won't go right to the "sliding velocity" thing after one start but eventually operating a fastball under 90 will end up destroying Greinke.  Something to keep an eye on.



2 comments:

  1. Great to see these back, you are one of the best in the business at it.

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