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Monday, April 8, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Gary Sanchez:  3/6 with 3 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .250.  There may not be a more polarizing player in real life baseball than Gary Sanchez but in fantasy baseball, the man can hit with authority.  Given how pathetic catcher is, Sanchez' 25-30 home run ability can be well worth the early round cost.  Alas, Sanchez' defense is so bad that a move out from behind the plate could be coming in the next few seasons.  So once the catcher tag is removed from his ledger, Sanchez would then overnight become just a UTIL guy whose low average/high power game is littering waiver wires.

Gleyber Torres:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .371.  While you wish Torres could steal some bases, this folks is one of the very best young sluggers in all of baseball. 

Clint Frazier:  4/5 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .412.  I told you to pick up Frazier Saturday night after he hit his first homer and so that's two you missed out on for not listening.  Remember that Frazier was once the fifth overall pick in his draft class and for now has extended run in the injury-marred Yankee lineup. 

Domingo German:  6 IP 2 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.64.  The runs scored when German was already out of the game as he has now put forth excellent back-to-back starts.  Hey for your SP 5 you pick up and ask questions later.

Anthony Rendon:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .433.  That's three home runs since I said Rendon can win the NL MVP this season.  Pay the man.

Pete Alonso:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .382.  Alonso actually missed the pitch and had half a swing but still swatted the ball out to the deepest part of the park.  Insane. 

Michael Conforto:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .351.  With Alonso getting the lion's share of young slugging attention, Conforto can now sit back in the shadows and crack 30 home runs with much less pressure.

Zack Wheeler:  4.2 IP 4 H 7 ER 7 BB 2 K with an ERA of 10.24.  Even during his monster second half run a year ago,  I remained a Wheeler critic as I have seen his act one too many times in terms of not repeating his delivery and the fastball coming in too straight.  I own zero shares of him anywhere and I am fine with it. 

Max Kepler:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .265.  Call Kepler George Springer lite as a slugger operating in the leadoff spot.

Rhys Hoskins:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .346.  Life is good hitting behind Bryce Harper. 

Jose Berrios:  6 IP 2 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.18.  Love Berrios and the kid really only has to work on his stamina to ward off a second half collapse like he had a year ago to reach ace status. 

Zach Eflin:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.75.  Eflin was an asset the second half of last season and given the very impressive beginning to 2018, this breakout gaining some serious traction. 

Hector Neris:  scoreless 9th for first save and an ERA of 3.86.  Given the pathetic states of David Robertson and Seranthony Dominguez, why not try Neris again?

Mike Clevinger:  5 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Right now would you take Clevinger over Corey Kluber for the remainder of 2019? 

Dansby Swanson:  2/4 with his third HR while hitting .346.  I mean the kid was the number one overall pick right?  Post-hype sleeper alarm is blaring. 

Freddie Freeman:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .419.  Even though it took awhile for the first homer to go out, Freeman is that guy you just know will have all his prospective numbers by the end of the season. 

Sean Newcomb:  7 IP 4 H 2 ER 2 BB 2 K with an ERA of 1.64.  I still think Newcomb is on the cusp of upper-tier status if he can just smooth out the control.  One man's opinion.. 

Derek Dietrich:  2/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .278.  Dietrich is kind of just "there" in terms of putting up decent enough numbers to hang on the fringes of fantasy relevancy. 

Josh Bell:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .310.  We could finally have something interesting here if Bell would just pair his minor league averages with the uptick in power he showed in the majors.

Adam Frazier:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .333.  Every night it seems Frazier has two hits so if you accidentally pick him up when you tried to add Clint, you are still in good shape. 

Chris Archer:  6 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.45  Not only does Archer piss off his fantasy baseball owners on a yearly basis but he does a good job getting the other team unhinged as well.

Edwin Encarnacion:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .300.  Anything Encarnacion does in April is always considered to be a bonus before his annual May assault begins. 

Daniel Vogelbach:  3/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .467.  I get the strong feeling this is just an early season hot streak that gets inordinate amount of attention given how everyone is full in on fantasy baseball out of the gate but we shall see.  In the meantime make the add in deeper formats. 

Wilson Contreras:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .364.  You almost had to keep the faith here after the rough 2018 since there are like literally no other catchers worth you time but it appears Contreras is back on track with his progress. 

Christian Yelich:  2/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .361.  Yeah I am jealous as hell of anyone who owns Yelich.

Josh Hader:  2.2 scoreless for 5th save and ERA of 0.00.  The Brewers may as well schedule the Tommy John surgery now because this is where Hader is headed if he keeps being used like this. 

Adam Wainwright:  6 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.50.  Yeah the San Diego Padres still bring out the best in a pitcher.  Even the washed up ones. 

Yandy Diaz:  1/4 with his third HR and first SB while hitting .303.  Let's see Diaz is hitting leadoff, qualifies everywhere, and is now hitting for power. I'm in. 

Mike Trout:  1/2 with his 5th HR while hitting .393.  There are literally no adjectives left to further espouse on how great this guy is.

Joey Gallo:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .250.  Hey Gallo hitting .250 is far more impressive than any homer he swats. 

Mitch Moreland:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .258.  You really can't knock how clutch Moreland has been this season. 


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