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Friday, April 5, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Alex Gordon:  2/2 with his second HR while hitting .294.  Yeah he is still in the majors and Gordon is actually hitting a bit as well.  No it is not 2011 again.

Billy Hamilton:  1/4 while hitting .182.  This guy is such a waste now its not even funny. 

Jakob Junis:  6 IP 6H 3 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.63.  Junis flashes a start like this once in a while but unless you are in a very deep league, he will hurt you more than help. 

Spencer Turnbull:  6 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 10 K with an ERA of 4.09. Let's just add every Detroit Tigers starter/reliever and then we will own fantasy baseball this season. 

Victor Robles:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .300.  For all the speed that has been talked about with Robles, we are getting more power so far.  Fine by me. 

Stephen Strasburg:  6.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 2.84.  A few things here:  the first is that Strasburg exclusively pitches out of the stretch now which has sapped some punch from the fastball which sat at mostly in the 92-94 range.  Still, the results were impressive against a hot Mets lineup and the strikeouts continue to flow from a guy who still rocks a 10.0-plus K/9 rate for his career.

Noah Syndergaard:  6 IP 1 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.50.  Winless through two starts but you wouldn't know it with Thor still overpowering hitters.  Them's the breaks when it comes to wins. 

Gary Sanchez:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .217.  Just like last season, Sanchez is hitting for power and nothing else.  And his defense is as big a joke as ever which you have to think is impacting him at the dish as well. 

Gleyber Torres:  4/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .357.  We still have not reached the ceiling yet on Torres despite already seeing very impressive production.  While he doesn't steal bases which is a minor quibble, Torres is shaping up as a perennial All-Star and fantasy baseball stud. 

Jonathan Villar:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .333.  See Robles, Victor. 

James Paxton:  5.1 IP 8 H 4 ER 2 BB 9 K with an ERA of 4.09.  The jury is still out on how good a starter Paxton will be in the AL East but at least the K's have not dropped off one bit.  Still I have had the nagging feeling from the moment he ended up in New York that this may not be a smooth 2019 ride. 

J.D. Martinez:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .364.  Typical. 

Eduardo Rodriguez:  6 ER in 3.2 IP with an ERA of 12.38.  Man Eduardo you are really making me look bad for boosting you all spring training.  The guy has a world of talent but seems to struggle between the ears. 

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .286.  Write in ink 25 homers and a .285 average. 

Javier Baez:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .296.  Baez went quiet after the two homers on Opening Day but the guy is completely the real deal in every phase. 

Nick Markakis:  5/5 while hitting .375.  I remember mocking the Braves when they first signed Markakis five years and two contracts ago.  Joke's on me.  One of the more underrated hitters of his generation. 

Yu Darvish:  4 IP 5 H 3 ER 4 BB 2 K with an ERA of 8.10.  Darvish is completely shot as the pitching version of Joey Votto.  Cut him loose.  Seriously.  He is just a name. 

Max Fried:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 0.00.  Fried has done nothing but pitch well in the majors when given the chance and the Braves may need to figure out a spot for him with Folty and Gausman returning soon. 

Trevor Bauer:  7 IP 0 H 0 ER 6 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.64.  The walks are a reminder of some bad memories from the past but the no hits are a reminder that maybe outside of DeGrom and Scherzer no one is more unhittable than Bauer at the moment. 

Joey Votto:  0/3 while hitting .190.  Sometimes the end comes swiftly. 

Joey Gallo:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .227.  Yup just one hit in the game but at least Gallo is hitting .227 and not .177. 

Mike Trout:  2/3 with his first HR while hitting .350.  You have to think Trout is sitting on a crazy run of numbers after a bit of a slow start. 



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