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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Leonys Martin:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .167.  It is good to see Martin even playing after last year's health scare.  In terms of his game, Martin did some very impressive things when given the chance to play consistently the from 2017-18 and his underrated power/speed game works nicely in five outfielder formats.

Corey Kluber:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.86.  The 1.47 WHIP is quite ugly and again Kluber is more risky than ever before given his advancing age, workload concerns, and declining velocity but ultimately he should be able to squeeze at least one more SP 1/2 year out of his arm.

Mookie Betts:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .255.  Like the rest of the Red Sox, Betts has been a bit slow out of the gates but no one else in all of baseball could have been picked ahead of Mike Trout this spring in drafts without argument.

Mitch Moreland:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .257.  What's crazy about Boston is that about the only thing going right is Moreland swinging the bat.

Chris Sale:  4 IP 7 H 5 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 9.00.  Again I told you so.  Don't give me the baloney that Sale will find velocity as the season goes on.  Been saying for years Sale is a ticking time bomb given his brutal delivery and massive inning totals the last five seasons and now we are getting the fallout.  Sale was never physically constructed to last under all those innings given his slight frame and he is shaping up to be the gigantic bust I said he could be this past March.

Matt Shoemaker:  5.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 0.92.  We are going to start seeing more regression back to the mean from Shoemaker so be careful how liberally you use him going forward.

Austin Meadows:  4/5 with his third HR while hitting .308.  Meadows actually started getting cut loose after his mini-slump the last week which is ridiculous. That just means you have another precious chance to bring him aboard if you missed out on him the first time around.

Brandon Lowe:  2/3 with his second HR while hitting .278.  Lowe hit a combined 22 homers at Double-A and Triple-A last season and he can also swipe the odd base as well.  Since everything also always comes up smelling like roses in Tampa Bay, this is guaranteed to succeed.

Yoan Moncada:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .326.  Well look who is now playing like a superstar.

Charlie Morton:  5 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.25.  An April stud to the highest level.

Jesse Winker:  2.5 with his first HR while hitting .103.  Even Joey Votto is disgusted with Winker's slow start but this is a quality .300 hitter based on past metrics who can pop the occasional homer and steal a few bags while batting leadoff.  Don't sleep on this.

Eugenio Suarez:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .258.  Like the whole Reds lineup, it has taken a while for everyone to get on track, Suarez included.

Matt Kemp:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .148.  Still obviously very early in the season but a cliff campaign for Kemp who is taped up like a mummy and has been traded a zillion times over the last few years is very possible.

Luis Castillo:  7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 0.92.  There seems to be no stopping Castillo right now and hoestly the seeds began being planted for what is going on now during the second half of 2018. Yes the first half was incredibly ugly but Castillo's arm was never in question but just his ability to harness the stuff.  I am a full believer.

Jonathan Schoop:  2/5 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .250.  All of a sudden Citi Field is playing like Coors.

Eddie Rosario:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .235.  It was ridiculous how many tweets I got about "what is wrong with Rosario" leading up to the last few days.  Nothing is wrong.   The guy is stud and was off to a slow start like half of the hitters around baseball.  Geez.

Jorge Polanco:  4/5 with his second HR while hitting .405.  The PED stain is a Scarlett Letter he can't escape but Polanco sure seems to be able to hit no matter what is in his system.

Pete Alonso:  2/5 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .385.  There may not be a stronger slugger in all of baseball and that includes you too Mr. Judge.  In fact the Mets have their own Judge now in Alonso. Believe it.

Michael Conforto:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .375.  My love for Conforto is right up there with Lorenzo Cain and Eddie Rosario.  Yes that kind of hallowed terrain.

Brandon Nimmo:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .152.  Nimmo is in Chris Davis strikeout territory this season which is where you never want to be but the Mets continue to throw him out there at leadoff which keeps him interesting.

Jacob DeGrom:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 3.18.  Wow DeGrom is human after all.  All of the streaks (scoreless IP, quality starts) went out the window in this one and obviously we can forgive the brutal outing since you know DeGrom has literally been unhittable for more than one season now.  Take a deep breath.

Jurickson Profar:  4/5 with his first HR while hitting .182.  By now we all know the narrative of Profar coming back from years of injuries after being the consensus top prospect in all of baseball.  Truth be told, this is still a very talented player who can fill up the categories across the board when his body cooperates.

Marcus Semien:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .309.  Semien still doesn't get the credit he deserves as a very useful and underrated shortstop who is leading off for a power-packed lineup. 

Victor Robles:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .324.  I mean how much longer do we have to see Brian Dozier hitting second and not this burgeoning star?  What is really standing out here is the power which seems to have reached another level to go with the super speed.

Juan Soto:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .270.  Noticed a bunch of posts leading into the season that Soto was going to give back some numbers from his beyond impressive 2018 debut but I think that's hogwash and a "look at me writing this" deal.

Yan Gomes:  2/5 with his first HR while hitting .292.  Just a day after Kurt Suzuki went yard, Gomes does the same.  How is that double-dip Washington catching arrangement I told you to invest in going?

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .333.  It looks like we are getting the average and power aligning together for Harper this season and under such a setup, he will be in line for the top overall numbers in the game this season.

Maikel Franco:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .294.  The 8th spot sucks in an NL lineup but Franco making the most of it.  Many forget this was once one of the top hitting prospects in the game and the post-hype sleeper tag is blaring now.

Aaron Nola:  4 ER in 6.1 IP with an ERA of 6.46.  Nola is all sorts of messed up as his walks have spiked, the K's cratered, and the velocity is down slightly.  Alas, Nola does tend to get going as the season progresses so no worries just yet.

Stephen Strasburg:  6 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 5.40.  Man this guy is just trash.  Strasburg's velocity is down in the 92-93 range and as a result, the homers are flying out.  This is big trouble for a guy who already had a well-earned reputation for always being hurt.  This is why I never invest here and never will. 

Hector Neris:  scoreless eighth follow by Edubray Ramos blowing it in the ninth.  I mean Gabe Kapler is working overtime to literally piss everyone off. 

Paul Goldschmidt:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .195.  That scorching start has devolved into reminders of last April's struggles for Goldy but since he turned it around spectacularly last season, there is no need to rehash the "sky is falling" themes. 

Luke Voit:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .195.  Luckily for Voit, Greg Bird has been his usual garbage self to lessen the heat on him.  Remember we were completely in outlier territory for Voit the second half of last season and so this is totally a "prove it" campaign.  So far the results are not overly promising. 

Jose Altuve:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .298.  The homers are nice but Altuve's value will take a huge hit if he continues to avoid running. 

Gerrit Cole:  7 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.32.  Cole is still without a win through three starts.  Wins category is a complete waste. 

Jay Bruce:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .188.  Bruce has 9 hits and 7 homers.  Joey Gallo is jealous. 

Dansby Swanson:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .324.  Yeah listen we all probably jumped the gun proclaiming Swanson to be a bust after some ugly initial seasons but talent always eventually wins out in most cases. 

Ronald Acuna Jr.:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .211.  Acuna Jr. may not hit .280 this season but 30 homers and 20 steals possibly. 

German Marquez:  5 ER in 5 IP with an ERA of 3.00.  It was obviously not good to see Marquez struggle like this at home since his fantasy baseball owners don't want to have to weigh home starts from here on out.  Something to keep in mind going forward. 

Joey Lucchesi:  7 ER in 4 IP with an ERA of 4.40.  The sophomore slump theme is in play here for Lucchesi who had a lot of optimism about this season.  Usually I wait until the middle of May to make any sort of definitive proclamation on a player in fantasy baseball but the early results are not looking good. 

Yasmani Grandal:  3/4 with 2 home runs (3 for season) while hitting .364.  A career-year is on tap here for Grandal in Milwaukee and their launching pad ballpark and in fact, I would not be shocked if he challenged for the top spot among backstops. 

Mike Moustakas:  1/2 with his 4th HR while hitting .211.  Man Moustakas' average is a real pain almost every season but 30 home runs is very much in play this season given his new home locale. 

Freddy Peralta:  7 ER in 3.1 IP with an ERA of 6.91.  You just knew this was coming after the dominant initial outing of the season and the youth and massive inconsistency of Peralta.  The positives here is that Peralta walked just one and punched out 5 but he figure to be as big of an all-or-nothing pitcher as you can possibly have this season. 


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