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Friday, April 12, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Khris Davis:  2/5 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .266.  You can't get anything past Davis right now and while the average always leaves a lot to be desired, there is not a better power hitter in the entire game.

Josh Phegley:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .313.  With Yadier Molina facing a day off for rest and no game Friday, I picked up Phegley to fill-in which worked out nicely.  As far as Phegley is concerned, he has been surprisingly good for a guy who was a borderline major leaguer.  As always with catcher being the way it is, you ride out any hot player here. 

Marcus Semien:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .323.  Been saying for years Semien was criminally underrated and he is showing that more than ever.  Now with an 11.8 K/9 and 10.3 BB/9, all signs point to Semien being a very stable breakout candidate.

Dylan Bundy:  6 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 8.76.  Bundy has an appointment with a chiropractor after seeing so many home runs (4) sail out behind him. 

Amed Rosario:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .283.  I still think Rosario should be hitting near the top of the order where his burgeoning power/speed game can really dazzle but for now expect another season of incremental gains across the board.

Pete Alonso:  2/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .378.  There will be a Pete Alonso Status Report later today since you can never have too much Pete Alonso.

Ronald Acuna Jr.:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .262.  If you were to draw up a baseball player who physically checks all the boxes, this guy would be it. 

Steven Matz:  6 IP 4  H 2 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.65.  This is the best I have ever seen Matz pitch as his fastball and offspeed stuff are generating a ton of swings and misses.  Health has been a long-term struggle for Matz over the years but that has stabilized going back to 2018 which is likely allowing the stuff to flourish.  See where it goes. 

Eugenio Suarez:  3/4 with his third HR while hitting .297.  Stability all the way.

Sonny Gray:  4 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.03.  Gray is loving life in the NL now as he is really racking up the Ks but of course still infuriates by leaving one inning shy of getting a win. 

Leonys Martin:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .237.  Said the other day Martin should be owned everywhere given his leadoff chops and 15/10 ability.

Shane Bieber:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.80.  No one will be shocked at how well Bieber is pitching given that he dominated all spring and literally walks no one.  There will be regrets felt all around for those who didn't get shares.

Daniel Vogelbach:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .400.  Meet the 2019 version of Jesus Aguilar. 

Dee Gordon:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .365.  The Mariners are setting all sorts of home runs records that even Dee Gordon is getting in on the fun. 

Adalberto Mondesi:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .306.  I admit I was leery of the exploding price on Mondesi this spring given his shaky track record as a hitter but I also will admit few players are as fun to own right now in terms of the litany of numbers across the board he can supply. 

Kike Hernandez:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .349.  Why is this guy not leading off?

Walker Buehler:  5 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 8.25.  Honestly the talent is so obvious here that I would do what I could to buy low from Bueheler's jittery owner.  Yes the sophomore jinx is real but I think by the end of May this will all be forgotten.

Justin Smoak:  1/3 with his 2nd HR while hitting .212.  It is not even exciting the fact Smoak will be traded at some point considering he has stunk while calling the launch pad that is Rogers Center home.

Freddy Galvis:  4/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .395.  Good to see Galvis adapting well to his new surroundings not only in Toronto but the bandboxes in the AL East.

Mitch Moreland:  2/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .275.  I mean Moreland is so boring that I would rather go to the dentist than pick him up but he clearly is in a major streak of productivity right now.

Nathan Eovaldi:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 8.40.  Parts of last season (and obviously the postseason) taken out of the equation, Eovaldi has been a punching bag almost every year he has been in the majors.  This should not be a surprise the fact he is struggling. 

Jose Quintana:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K with an ERA of 5.14.  Quintana still has this type of performance in him about once a month but it is the rest of the time that makes him impossible to depend on. 

Austin Hedges:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .214.  I mean Francisco Mejia really has to beat this guy out. 

Kevin Pillar:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .200.  You wanted too pick up Pillar the other day but didn't and now he has hit homers in two straight.  This is how it works. 


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