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Monday, May 6, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: SUNDAY

Edwin Encarnacion:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .241.  It is May so Encarnacion will now hit a home run every other day.

Mitch Haniger:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .246.  The scorching start has descended into some stark inconsistency but a buy low here would be smart as Haniger overall has top OF 2 written all over him.

Jay Bruce:  1/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .183.  We all know there is immense power here but Bruce is barely worth rostering in today's power-centric fantasy baseball.

Christian Yelich:  1/4 with his 15th HR while hitting .346.  It must be sweet to be a Yelich owner.  Even Mookie Betts owners are jealous. 

Travis Shaw:  0/3 while hitting .172.  I said to stay patient with Shaw as he is a proven 25-home run guy with very useful versatility but geez we are at the point now where patience is in short supply here. 

Zach Davies:  7.2 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.56.  Smoke and mirrors at its finest but it is clearly working for Davies right now.  Movement is what is getting Davies success right now since his fastball velocity would not impress those in a beer league and a .275 BABIP comes out to a rough 4.86 XFIP which means this is all going to turn for the worse before you know it.  Look out. 

Hunter Dozier:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .343.  While we get power hitting bats coming out of nowhere each and every season, the difference that makes Dozier so much more valuable is that he is helping in the average department as well.  Ride it out as always. 

Spencer Turnbull:  7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.31.  Another shockingly good start comes from Turnbull who unlike Zach Davies, is missing some bats as well as putting up the swell ratios.  There is a lucky .283 BABIP here as well but that number is not otherwordly and Turnbull was once a 2014 second-round pick which makes him a bit more intriguing. 

Nick Markakis:  2/2 with his third HR while hitting .333.  The man can hit.  One of the more underrated careers we have seen in quite some time. 

Julio Teheran:  6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.63.  Up and down like the stock market.  Avoid.

Pablo Lopez:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.03.  Now with a 1.08 WHIP, Lopez' peripherals are glowing and so a kid who is really a fantasy baseball asset waiting to happen.

Starling Marte:  2/5 with his 4th HR while hitting .211.  I tried so hard to buy low on Marte but couldn't get it done.  A failure I will regret. 

Jordan Lyles:  6.2 IP 5 H 1 ER 3 BB 3 K with an ERA of 2.20.  What is interesting is that so many top power arms are struggling this season but soft-tossing control artists like Lyles is excelling.  Something to be said for not beating yourself with walks. 

Kurt Suzuki:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .298.  We need to see more of Kurt Suzuki and less of Yan Gomes. 

Zach Eflin:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.00.  It is all coming up smelling like roses for Eflin who showed signs a year ago of being capable of this.  SP 3 status is very attainable if he keeps this going. 

Jose Abreu:  2/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .291.  Hope you all listened to me not only in April when I told you to buy low on Abreu but also in March. 

Xander Bogaerts:  1/5 with his 6th HR while hitting .264.  It seems like Bogaerts is a bit wild in his numbers across the board but they all settle where they should by the end of the season.

Rick Porcello:  6 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.11.  If you want to start trusting Porcello again after a few good recent starts feel free but I won't even go near the guy. 

Asdrubal Cabrera:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .232.  The skills are eroding in terms of the batting average which is no surprise given Cabrera's age but the guy still has the pop to help in a backup capacity. 

Rougned Odor:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .141.  I really need to stop making excuses for the guy or I will surely lose my audience. 

German Marquez:  5 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 3.46.  Once again Marquez struggled at home which has been a stark trend all season. 

Zack Greinke:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 0 BB 4 K with an ERA of 3.42.  Now with a 0.96 WHIP, Greinke is dealing once again when we all wanted to run away from him in the spring.  Starting to think that even if he throws 80, Greinke has such a potent arsenal of pitches that he will remain a top guy. 

Domingo German:  6.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.35.  What a find this kid has been.  If you can generate any sort of market for German I would see what I could get for him as hitters will adjust back to him before too long but the fact he was nothing but a waiver wire add has made German one of the best pickups so far this season.


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