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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Gleyber Torres:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .290.  In what was one of the all-time heists, the Yanks got the Cubs to give them Torres for Aroldis Chapman.....and then re-signed Chapman that winter. 

Clint Frazier:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .293.  We have quickly learned that Frazier can be incredibly streaky so get him back in there now that he went yard for the first time in over a week.

Chris Sale:  5 IP 7 H 4 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 8.50.  The velocity was actually better as Sale hit 98 once and sat in the 94 range.  Still he tore himself a new one after the game which shows he has zero confidence and again no surprise here as his slight frame was never going to hold up against the insane workloads of the last few seasons. 

James Paxton:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 12 K with an ERA of 3.91.  It was confirmed that Paxton was tipping his pitches prior to this and so he obviously adjusted in a major way.  Paxton was still hitting 98 in the 8th inning and the movement was wicked.  Additionally, the outing at least quiets questions for now that he can't handle the NY spotlight. 

Michael Conforto:  1/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .313.  When you talk about easy power, this is it. 

Wilson Ramos:  1/3 with his first HR while hitting .321.  Owning Ramos is incredibly stressful as any one move could meant a trip to the DL.  While on the field on a per game basis however, Ramos is as good as it gets. 

J.T. Relamuto:  3/5 with his second HR while hitting .263.  Realmuto's power is still at Miami Marlins rates but I think that changes as the weather heats up. 

Scott Kingery:  3/4 with his first HR while hitting .524.  Pick this man up as it looks like Jean Segura is headed to the IL with a hamstring strain. 

Maikel Franco:  1/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .259.  You can't say Franco has not been consistent with his power for the better part of a season now. 

Steven Matz:  6 ER in 0 IP with an ERA of 4.96.  Matz' owners who played him yesterday likely need therapy this morning. 

Starling Marte:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .213.  Not a lot of hitting going on right now for Marte but this represents a nice buy low opportunity. 

Matthew Boyd:  7 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.96.  Yeah I am getting on board now with this as Boyd's offspeed usage and increases spin rate has sent his decent stuff to another level.

Joe Musgrove:  7 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 0.81.  Musgrove is a control artist with K's that go up and down like an elevator but he certainly has a place as a strong SP 4 on any roster. 

Shane Greene:  2 ER in 1 IP with an ERA of 2.00.  Hope you sold high. 

Brandon Belt:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .237.  Once a lauded hitting prospect all the way around, it seems like Belt is now selling out for homers and nothing else. 

Evan Longoria:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .200.  There is no reason to ever own Longoria again. 

Stephen Strasburg:  6 IP 6 H 4 ER 0 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.56.  Strasburg's velocity remains in the 93 range and opposing hitters are not having any trouble driving the ball.  The home runs are going out at such a scary rate that Strasburg is now reminding me of Scott Baker. 

Javier Baez:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .314.  Baez has now fully graduated into a star player no questions asked. 

Jose Quintana:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.43.  That's two completely dominant starts in a row now for Quintana who we all know has some big talent but inconsistency has plagued him badly since leaving the White Sox. 

Tyler Glasnow:  7 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 1.13.  Zero walks!  I mean we all knew going to Tampa Bay would go swimmingly for Glasnow as they are now the premier pitching factory in baseball in nudging ahead of longtime great St. Louis. 

Diego Castillo:  scoreless 9th for second save and ERA of 0.00 while Jose Alvarado worked the eighth.  We now have another full blown committee as Tampa Bay joins Baltimore, K.C., Philadelphia, and Minnesota. 

Ozzie Albies:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .333.  Those who panicked when Albies slumped the second half of last season and avoided him this spring have learned a harsh lesson not to doubt obvious young talent. 

Ronald Acuna Jr.:  2/2 with his sixth HR while hitting .337.  Likely will be a top three pick for the next 5 years at least. 

A.J. Minter:  3 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 9.94.  Minter doesn't look right to me and so Jesse Biddle should be on your watch lists.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .293.  Ozuna is completely locked in now on his way to 30 homers.

Lorenzo Cain:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .306.  A little bit of everything here. 

Christian Yelich:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .357.  You got to be F-ing kidding me. 

Yasmani Grandal:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .404.  I don't ever chase catchers in drafts but if I need, Grandal was going to be the guy. 

Jack Flaherty:  2.2 IP 9 H 5 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 5.00.  Like everything else in terms of those who throw a baseball for a living, this is not working out. 

Jorge Polanco:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .415.  The PED bust really dulled the hype surrounding Polanco but that just means you can grab him off waivers like I did in the Experts League. 

Eddie Rosario:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .264.  The buy low window is closing fast. 

Joey Gallo:  2/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .245.  Gallo was even nice enough to add a second hit to the homer which you don't see often. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .222.  This fantasy baseball existence has gone on about two years beyond what we all anticipated. 

Mike Minor:  9 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.60.  Many have forgotten that Minor was once a top pitching prospect in the Atlanta Braves's system due to fantastic control and deceptively good strikeout stuff.  You know like he showed here. 

Yoan Moncada:  2/4 with 2 home runs (5 for season) while hitting .333.  This full breakout is going to be a beautiful thing to see. 

Garrett Hampson:  2/4 with his first HR and first SB while hitting .200.  Hampson literally did nothing coming into this game so he likely was dropped in many leagues.  Still worth a look. 

Nolan Arenado:  2/5 with his third HR while hitting .264.  After Arenado hit his first home run a few days ago,  I said he would now go yard every day for a week.  That's three down and 4 to go. 

Wil Myers:  2/2 with his 5th HR while hitting .317.   Tried to get Myers on as many teams as I could this spring given the fact the price fell way down past where it should have gone.  Still a top power/speed guy. 

Jon Gray:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Queue up the shelling for his next time out. 

George Springer:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .265.  Still no sign of Springer ever moving out of leadoff.  Bummer. 

Alex Bregman:  1/5 with his second HR while hitting .302.  There are few guys I would pay through the nose to get a hold of but this is one of them. 

Colin McHugh:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.96.  McHugh making it look easy and yeah so wishing I picked him up when I had the chance. 


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