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Friday, May 10, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: THURSDAY

Tim Anderson:  0/2 while hitting .323.  Regression has been the theme here for the last two weeks after the insane April.  Be that as it may, I still am a big booster of Anderson who has lowered his strikeout rate by a very impressive margin which has helped with the average uptick. Unfortunately, Anderson's 3.7 BB/9 shows he remains allergic to walks.

Jose Ramirez:  1/4 while hitting .206.  I guess the return of Francisco Lindor was not the cure all here.

Carlos Carrasco:  5 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.91.  Its always a hairy ride but Carrasco remains capable of completely shutting anyone down in any given outing.

Kris Bryant:  1/2 with his 7th HR while hitting .252.  I won't say he is back to 2016 Bryant by any means but the ball is exploding off his bat again at a level not seen since maybe then.

Anthony Rizzo:  2/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .260.  The new Mark Teixeira in terms of slow starts, Rizzo is already almost back where he should be in May statistically.

Yu Darvish:  4 IP 1 H 1 ER 6 BB 7 K with an ERA of 5.40.  This is everything you love (strikeouts, lack of hits against) and hate (walks, early exits) about Darvish.

Albert Pujols:  1/4 with his sixth HR while hitting .208.  Pujols still has a ton of money coming to him but he really needs to think about hanging it up after this season.

Tommy LaStella:  2/4 with 2 home runs (9 for season) while hitting .256.  LaStella is that random mediocre veteran who maybe tinkered with his launch angle to add more power out of the blue.  Nice story but I have better things to do than try him on for size.

Kole Calhoun:  2/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .223.  Amazing how many boring/flawed veterans the Angels have outside of Mike Trout.

Nolan Arenado:  3/4 with his 10th HR while hitting .322.  Arenado is red hot and that is saying something given his previous standards.

Ian Desmond:  1/2 with his 4th HR while hitting .204.  This guy is such trash that there are not enough adjectives to adequately describe the level of futility being shown by him this season.

Kyle Freeland:  5 IP 4 H 3 ER 4 BB 3 K with an ERA of 5.84.  If you listened to be one bit, you would have had no shares of Freeland this season and been enjoying fantasy baseball more.

Eugenio Suarez:  3/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .242. Suarez has entered into the boring veteran portion of his career which is reserved for very good hitters who don't steal bases.  This means you can usually get a good price on such a potential trade acquisition.  Try it.

Derek Dietrich:  1/2 with his 10th HR while hitting. 247.  See LaStella, Tommy above.

Tanner Roark:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.27.  The 1.43 WHIP shows trouble is on the way so proceed carefully even in an SP 5 sense.

Domingo Santana:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .276.  I would lock in .276 for the average to go with the 20/15 pace.

J.A. Happ:  5 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.36.  Happ has completely turned his season around but tread carefully when he is throwing at home as he is giving up a bunch of homers to the short porch in right. 

Gregory Polanco:  3/4 with his second HR while hitting .308.  Polanco is quickly making up for lost time.  The talent is so obvious here which keeps the "maybe THIS is the year" narrative going.

Joe Musgrove:  8 ER in 3 IP with an ERA of 4.20.  This is the danger you run when liberally using soft-tossing control artists like Musgrove in that when they are off, they get absolutely destroyed. 

Hunter Pence:  1/3 with his sixth HR while hitting .343.  One of my all-time favorites, Pence has found some new hitting life in Texas.  Why not?

George Springer:  3/5 with his 13th HR while hitting .301.  Good stuff happening here as Springer is hitting .300 and not .260 along with all the power.  The lack of stolen bases keeps him in the low-end OF 1 tier but still Springer is tremendous.

Josh Donaldson:  1/3 with his 6th HR while hitting .258.  Donaldson at the very least has proven this season he is not completely shot just yet but he still is a clear notch or two below his Oakland days due to aging.

Mike Soroka:  6 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 4 K with an ERA of 1.21.  Wow.  Soroka is absolutely dealing right now and should be started in any locale every time out.  Remember he was good last season as well before getting injured so don't doubt what your eyes are showing you.

Luke Weaver:  7 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 2.98.  Not sure how it went all wrong in St. Louis of all places last season but Weaver is fully back on track towards SP 2 status.  Talent won out. 

Patrick Corbin:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 4 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.20.  It is very rare to say in today's game but Corbin has been worth every dollar the Nats gave him as a free agent. 






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