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Saturday, April 13, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: FRIDAY

Albert Pujols:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .239.  It is staggering the amount of money Pujols is still owned.  This is why teams don't want to give out long term deals and has nothing to do with collusion.

Wilson Contreras:  3/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .333.  I tried my hardest to get shares of Contreras this spring but the fantasy baseball community as a whole seemed to accept 2018 was just an off year and nothing more.  Obviously this is looking to be the case.

Anthony Rizzo:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .204.  Starting to think Rizzo has some Mark Teixeira in him in terms of an April phobia. 

Tyler Skaggs:  4 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.20.  The ball was flying out of Wrigley which resulted in three homers given up by Skaggs but he also struck out 7 which shows the quality of stuff was intact.  I would hold. 

Cole Hamels:  8 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.79.  Hamels still has some prime fantasy baseball life left now that he has left Texas and if this doesn't show the difference between the two leagues, I don't know what will.

Brandon Nimmo:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .205.  If someone dropped Nimmo, I would give him a shot in deeper leagues as he does a little of everything, strikeouts be damned. 

Zack Wheeler:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 7.47.  The walks have been unacceptable but this is what you sign up for when also trying to get a hold of this breakout power arm. 

Eloy Jimenez:  3/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .319.  Right on schedule. 

Brett Gardner:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .200.  Gardner will struggle to hit .250 but an easy 15 homers and 15 steals is still in the picture. 

Yonder Alonso:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .162.  I bet you the White Sox don't even want Alonso around now that they failed to get Manny Machado but luckily you don't have such a commitment. 

J.A. Happ:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 8.76.  I mean it is not like Happ has not succeeding in the AL East and in a brutal park as well like he did in Toronto.  Man it is tough to hold here given the lack of run support now in the listless Yankee lineup but maybe bench Happ for one more start to see if he can pull out it it. 

Josh Bell:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting. 295.  Liking what I am seeing out of Bell so far and he should be picked up everywhere to fill in UTIL or CI.  Like with Wilson Contreras a year ago, I think Bell is shaking off some 2018 struggles.

Anthony Rendon:  2/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .426.  That is now 5 homers since I said Rendon is a darkhorse NL MVP.  Maybe not so darkhorse anymore. 

Patrick Corbin:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 2.84.  As a Corbin owner, I have to nitpick the home runs given up but the bigger issue if the disgusting Nats bullpen throwing all his wins away. 

Austin Meadows:  3/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .367.  I nailed the sleeper post on this guy so far.  I will say the talent was obvious enough though if you looked past some missteps in the minors. 

Brandon Lowe:  2/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .289.  20 home runs with a .280 average and a few steals sound about right.  What is that worth to you?

Dwight Smith Jr.:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .278.  On miserable teams like the Orioles, you can find some useful young pieces and Smith Jr. qualifies for those in deeper formats. 

Andrew Benintendi:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .278.  It is early but still have not seen power growth yet from Benintendi which is mildly disappointing. 

Eduardo Rodriguez:  6.2 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 7.98.  Yes it was the Orioles but this is why I said to hold E-Rod.  The guy can really crank it in terms of strikeouts and the Red Sox will provide plenty of win chances once they get their heads out of their assesses. 

Ryan Brasier:  scoreless .2 IP for his third save and ERA of 1.35.  Yeah Brasier is the guy so I picked wrong drafting Matt Barnes.  I never want to play in a league with closers again. 

Andrew McCutchen:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .262.  McCutchen has become such a blah name in the fantasy baseball community that you may be able to steal him for a bag of balls in your league.  Try it. 

Jake Arrieta:  7 IP 5 H1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.25.  Impressive but of course it has to be qualified that it is the Miami Marlins. 

Khris Davis:  1/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .265.  I mean pitchers need to stop throwing him anything to hit. 

Ramon Laureano:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .258.  We have seen more than enough so far for Laureano to be owned almost everywhere.

Carlos Carrasco:  6 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 12.60.  Wow.  Carrasco is down in velocity so far and since he has always been home run prone, this is a problem.  Again, the guy never seems to be able to fight through adversity but obviously for now you have to hold since you can't sell low. 

Brad Keller:  6.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 5 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.45.  I guess you could say Keller was effectively wild. 

Jose Altuve:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .321.  It is like Altuve is transforming himself as a hitter right before our eyes.  It used to take him three months for six homers but how we get this.  Altuve certainly is adding power as he ages which is often what you see (Charlie Blackmon for example) and so I won't say this is a fluke.

George Springer:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .281. Springer is kind of just "there" for me. 

Cody Bellinger:  2/4 with his 8th HR and second SB while hitting .417.  Wow if Bellinger can keep up the running with his insane power, the numbers overall could be insane. 



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