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Thursday, April 25, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Jose Ramirez:  3/4 with his second HR and sixth SB while hitting .184.  Hey Jose nice of you to finally join us a full month into the season.  Boy has Ramirez been a giant bust to this point but I still fully believe in the talent and the fact he is still running so much is a big plus. 

Sandy Alcantara:  5 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 2 K with an ERA of 4.50.  The advanced metrics point to Alcantara being something more but on a miserable team like Miami you should take a pass. 

Bryce Harper:  1/4 with 3 more K's while hitting .261.  Harper is striking out in almost half of his at-bats and the honeymoon phase is already over in Philly.  We have said over and over again on here that Harper is overrated since he has had truly two blockbuster seasons in his career to this point. 

Rhys Hoskins:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .273.  I think Hoskins finally just now crossed home plate as he made no secret of showing up Mets pitcher John Rahm who tried to plunk him the night before. 

Vince Velasquez:  5 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.99.  FBI interrogators should force their subjects to watch this guy pitch as it is slower than paint drying.  Beyond that, Velasquez remains incredibly inefficient with his stuff but capable of big K's any time out. 

Whit Merrifield:  2/3 with his 4th HR while hitting .298.  Come on man some more steals please. 

Adalberto Mondesi:  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .283. A Tim Anderson hitting disciple, Mondesi is certainly exciting to own on a daily basis minus all the K's. 

Eric Thames:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .273.  Decent buy low off the waiver opportunity here as Jesus Aguilar is persona non grata right now.  We all know Thames can get really hot with the power swing so now is the time to dive in. 

Yadier Molina:  1/4 with his second HR while hitting .267.  The man still has got hit. 

Marcell Ozuna:  2/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .272.  And if the steals keep up wow this will be fun. 

Adam Wainwright:  1 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.96.  Wainwright has been serviceable but the 1.36 WHIP is a clear indication this is a short-time deal. 

Juan Soto:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .241.  I mean you had to figure there was going to be a sophomore slump. 

Charlie Blackmon:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .279.  Say goodbye to the buy low window. 

German Marquez:  7 IP 8 H 3 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.54.  Marquez has been quite shaky at home this season and that issue is the only proving point the guy has to make to fully graduate into the circle of trust. 

Nomar Mazara:  2/4 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .219.  I really have always liked Mazara but the guy can really test your patience.  The margin for error is lessened here considering Mazara doesn't run and so the early lagging average makes using him daily a bit dicey. 

Marcus Semien:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .311.  Leading off for a truly monster lineup is not the worst fantasy baseball gig in the world. 

Matt Chapman:  1/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .311.  I admit I was a bit slow to this party early on but will undoubtedly endorse Chapman as a top-tier third baseman going forward. 

Chris Paddack:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K with an ERA of 1.67.  Man this kid looks like a young Justin Verlander.  A separate Status Report is on its way/

Felix Hernandez:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.91.  It took the listless Padres lineup and playing in Petco Park to get it but at least for one outing the King was back.

Drew Pomeranz:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.65.  Yeah gazing at that ugly 1.38 WHIP makes this a lot less exciting I would say. 

Ozzie Albies:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .276.  Albies has been solid but he is being unfairly held to the ridiculous and unsustainable standard he set during the first two months of 2018. 

Ketel Marte:  2/5 with 2 home runs (6 for season) while hitting .247.  I think no matter how many home runs Marte hits, no one wants to hear about him anymore. 

Josh Bell:  3/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .299.  Solid but still not enough to make anyone do a cartwheel.

Eduardo Rodriguez:  6 IP 2 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.88.  I feel like Rodriguez is the misunderstood stepchild who causes trouble but who really can excel if patience is given. 

Cody Bellinger:  2/3 with his 12th HR while hitting .424.  You can't get a fastball by Bellinger and he is really as locked in as one can get.  Incredible stuff happening here. 

Javier Baez:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .312.  Yeah I guess there is hope for those who have ill plate discipline after all.

Walker Buehler:  5.2 IP 4 H 3 ER 2 BB 1 K with an ERA of 5.25.  I held off on sharing concern about Buehler but I am beyond that now.  There is nothing going right here for Buehler whose advanced metrics are not glowing to go with the steep drop in K's.  Is he hurt?  Lack of spring?  All scenarios are in play. 

Cole Hamels:  5/1 IP 3 H 3 ER 6 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.16.  Hamels simply did not have it in this one as he walked almost the entire ballpark.  Be that as it may, the NL has been a nice backdrop on this comeback story. 



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