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Sunday, April 7, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SATURDAY

Whit Merrifield:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .267.  Now up to a 27-game hitting streak, Merrifield is the fantasy baseball gift that keeps on giving in terms of hits, steals, runs, and homers.

Jorge Soler:  1.4 with his first HR while hitting .296.  Soler is a classic post-hype sleeper who did some nice things in 2018 before injuries interrupted the fun.  While there is no guarantee the proverbial lightbulb will flash at its brightest, Soler should be owned everywhere. 

Shane Greene:  scoreless 9th for his sixth save with an ERA of 0.00.  The Tigers wish it was July so they could trade Greene at his highest value and before the inevitable struggles arrive.  Give it time. 

Anthony Rendon:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .444.  Yeah Rendon is timing what is looking already like it will be a career performance just perfectly with free agency looming.

Michael Conforto:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Conforto can carry your home runs categories for weeks at a time when he gets hot so expect another long ball on Sunday. 

Robinson Cano:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .222.  The average is a bit low out of the gate but Cano's bat speed is as quick as ever which lessens any age-related concerns.

J.D. Davis:  3/3 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .261.  There is a Quad-A feel to Davis but power is without question here.

Pete Alonso:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .367.  Some strikeouts are starting to show up which was the worry about Alonso in terms of batting average but overall the Mets first baseman has been fully up to the major league pitching challenge. 

Patrick Corbin:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 3.75.  Tough no-decision for Corbin who gave up three solo homers and pretty much nothing else.

Steven Matz:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.87.  Matz' pitch efficiency remains brutal but he has the look of a Yovani Gallard Milwaukee Brewers version when healthy. 

Joey Votto:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .233.  All Votto owners can come in off the ledge...for a few days at least.

Raisel Iglesias:  1 ER in 2.1 IP for the loss and an ERA of 5.79.  Way to go Reds screwing this guy up with all the chatter in the spring about changing his role and now having him pitching TWO-plus innings for someone used to going only once 99 percent of the time.  Unreal. 

Williams Astudillo:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .500.  The Twins are looking for ways to get Astudillo's terrific bat in the lineup and since he literally never strikes out, he needs to be owned everywhere given the insanely putrid state of catching. 

Max Kepler:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .233.  Wrote in spring training how Kepler looked like a decent sleeper no one was talking about. 

Eddie Rosario:  1/1 with his first HR while hitting .192.  It has been a rough start to the season for Rosario but I will take him of your hands. 

Seranthony Dominguez:  3 ER in .1 IP with an ERA of 15.43.  I mean are we back to Hector Neris now? 

Rhys Hoskins:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .381.  Get set for the easiest 40 homers you will ever see. 

Jay Bruce:  2/5 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .184.  Almost iterally every Bruce hit this season has been a home run.

Jose Abreu:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .276.  Was so ridiculous how Abreu came so cheap in drafts this past spring. 

Tim Anderson:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .500.  Fatherhood has been good for Mr. Anderson. 

Manny Machado:  2/4 with his second HR and first SB while hitting .290.  Machado seems to be adapting to his new locale just fine.

Eric Hosmer:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .265.  Staggering how overpaid this guy is. 

Austin Hedges:  1/5 with his first HR while hitting .278.  With Francisco Mejia struggling badly, the leash on Hedges grows. 

Marcell Ozuna:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Ozuna just narrowley avoided a possible DL stint so this home run feels like a bonus. 

Michael Wacha:  5.2 IP 3 H 1 ER 8 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.54.  When you strike out 7 guys but still have that number come in lower than your walks, you had a rough day at the control office.

Brandon Belt:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .250.  Remember that Belt was having a career season a year ago before yet more injury trouble.  You can do worse for you backup first baseman or CI. 

Mike Trout:  1/2 with his 4th HR and 3rd in 2 games while hitting .385.  There are few things in life more awe-inspiring than watching how easy Mike Trout makes playing baseball look.

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .241.  While he is vastly overpaid now relative to production, Pujols has earned every penny of his contract based on his truly unbelievable numbers during his St. Louis Cardinals days.

Tyler Skaggs:  6.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.45.  Some guys' vast injury histories overshadow what can be very useful production and one such case is this guy.

Carlos Carrasco:  5 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 7.71.  Again it is all or nothing with this guy. 

Aaron Judge:  2/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hiting .290.  Didn't think it would take a week and a half for Judge's first homer but he added a second one to make up for it.

Trey Mancini:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .364.  We could be looking at some power growth out of Manicni which is double intriguing since he was always a decent average hitter going back to his minor league days. 

Jason Heyward:  3/3 with 2 home runs (3 for season) and 2 steals (2 for season) while hitting .370.  Heyward produced more in this one game than he has the last two seasons combined.  Seriously though, the guy still has some juice and it is smart to remember that he is A.: Still just 29 and B.: A former top prospect who was deemed a can't miss power/speed guy during his Atlanta Braves infancy.  Why not?

Javier Baez:  1/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .250.  Baez is striking out a TON (34.2 K/9) which is a reminder of some ugly infancy days. 

Lorenzo Cain:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .364.  For the time in forever, I don't own any shares of Lorenzo Cain.  And it is painful.

Ryan Braun:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .281.  The man can still hit. 

George Springer:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .324.  Springer is one of the more boring players to write about.  He is pretty darn good no doubt but nothing is overly exciting about him either.

Michael Brantley:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .219.  We all know Brantley will be back to hitting .300 before too long so any homers he hits prior to that are a nice bonus. 

Jorge Alfaro:  3/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .280.  It doesn't take much for a catcher to all of a sudden be a top guy overnight if they hit even just a little given the state of the position and this is where we find ourselves with Jorge Alfaro right now.  And why we are all chasing Williams Astudillo. 

Sandy Alcantara:  4 IP 4 H 2 ER 5 BB 0 K with an ERA of 1.50.  And this why you don't overreact to a tremendous first start.  And from a guy who can't control the strike zone.

Alex Verdugo:  1/2 with his second HR while hitting .438.  Keep an eye on this one as Verdugo has tremendous power and a vast upside as a top Dodgers hitting prospect. 

David Dahl:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting 353.  So far so good both on the hitting and health front. 

Walker Buehler:  5 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 6.75.  The lack of spring training work is showing up in a slow start for Buehler.  I wouldn't worry too much. 

Jon Gray:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.68. You just knew this was coming after Gray had such a nice opener.  He doesn;t do prosperity or consistency well. 


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