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Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Matt Moore:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Never thought I would have to ever talk about Matt Moore again given how putrid he has been the last few seasons but there is this.  You all should know by now the guy can never be trusted and is a disaster waiting to happen.  Enough said.

Trevor Williams:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Pitchers always have the advantage over hitters early in the season as we have already seen a slew of mediocre arms have terrific early outings.  Case in point.  

Jon Gray:  6.2 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.05.  Maybe THIS is the year Jon Gray turns into the stud we always anticipated.  Listen I have been as guilty of anyone in being sucked into the strikeout-heavy ways of Gray and I remain intrigued.  But damn this is seriously his last chance.  

Sandy Alcantara:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.00.  After it was home run derby all over baseball up until Sunday, the pitchers really got it done during the day of rest slate of games.  Alcantara was part of the fun and the hard-throwing youngster does have some deeper league upside. That being said, his team is garbage and the inconsistency will be stark.  

Austin Meadows:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .214.  Meadows batted fifth which is a bit of a bummer after being at leadoff but the 20/20 upside is real.  

Yonny Chirinos:  7 IP 2 H 1 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.29.  Man, if anyone had any of these guys listed above outside of Gray starting for them today, major props.  

Christian Yelich:  2/2 with his 4th HR while hitting .500.  What did Miami get back for Yelich again?  My goodness this guy.

Matt Carpenter:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .250.  Carpenter still is batting leadoff which certainly helps the counting statistics but think of all the RBI he could have slightly lower in the order.

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .375.  I guess escaping the new humidor in Arizona has worked out well here.  

Paul DeJong:  1/4 with his first HR while hitting .235.  DeJong has very good power in a 25-30 sense but the average will be sketchy given all the strikeouts and guys like that are a dime a dozen.  

Corbin Burnes:  5 IP 6 H 4 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 7.20.  Damn those strikeouts were impressive.  As far as Burnes is concerned, he is a 2016 4th round pick who actually has been in the mid-8.00 range in his K/9 in the minors with an ERA over 5.00 at Triple-A a year ago.  

Chris Paddock:  5 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.80.  Paddock caught on as a decent sleeper this past spring given his high K rate and home ballpark and so far he has come through.  

Nelson Cruz:  3/5 with his first HR while hitting .364.  The Twins made a great under-the-radar signing of Cruz this past winter and no one should be shocked if he approaches 40 homers again.  About the only concession to age I am willing to give right now is a sliding average but nothing too hurtful.  

Carlos Carrasco:  6 ER in 4.1 IP with an ERA of 12.46.  It is either complete domination or a complete ass kicking with Carrasco.  While I have been a big fan of Carrasco over the years, I do worry about the increasing age and the fact he was alwasy injury prone even when he was younger.  

Michael Pineda:  4 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Pineda's return from Tommy John already looks promising and remember this is a guy who doesn't walk batters and can collect strikeouts at a very impressive rate.  Add in the nice ballpark and Pineda should be picked up where available.  

Jose Abreu:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .364.  Shame on anyone who doubted Abreu coming into the season.  

Yonder Alonso:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .222.  You wonder if the White Sox wish they hadn't invested in Alonso after Manny Machado wound up spurning them.  I would feel that way.

Khris Davis:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .250.  Yeah so close to .247.  

Kyle Schwarber:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .417.  Enjoy the average while it lasts to go with the power because there is a clear time allotment on that.

Anthony Rizzo:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .273.  It was a strange and very rough first half for Rizzo a year ago but let's hope he goes all Paul Goldschmidt this time around under the same situation.  

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .455.  Cabrera proved during his time with the New York Mets that he can still hit and the added versatility continues to make him a fine fantasy baseball back-end investment as well.  

Cole Hamels:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 9.00.  Hamels was terrific once he was dealt to the Cubs last summer and thus, entered back into the NL but an interleague matchup in Texas like this seems to have brought all the bad memories back.  No longer an automatic start by any means, Hamels needs to be treated with some extra TLC when weighing usage.  

Trea Turner:  2/3 with his second HR and fourth SB while hitting .385.  Turner has every right to be growing into a bit more power and since he is already running like Rickey Henderson so far, the first round price tag that began a year ago may finally completely bear fruit.  

Patrick Corbin:  6 IP 7 H 2 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.00.  Not a visually impressive performance by Corbin and truth be told, I am curious to see if he can go anywhere near his monstrous breakout 2018 numbers.  I have my doubts.  




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