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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Victor Robles:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .255.  The plate discipline has been atrocious so far for Robles and he is running less than anticipated.  Still, this is a supremely talented player who is similar in style to Tim Anderson who is now in the process of himself putting it all together for Chicago.  Give it time and so will Robles.  Hold tight.

Adam Eaton:  2/5 with his second HR while hitting .296.  Eaton is a very good player who has more value in real life than in fantasy baseball as he only contributes the odd homer or steal every now and again.

Adam Wainwright:  6.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.73.  Wainwright is mixing up his stuff like never before and it clearly is working for him.  While I have been a huge critic of his and rightfully so in the past, I am willing to see if this keeps up since Wainwright is now adjusting to life post-supreme fastball.

Eugenio Suarez:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .230.  A clear veteran just now entering his prime, I would try to buy low here as Suarez is surely headed for better days. 

Luis Castillo:  6.2 IP 5 H 2 ER 3 BB 7 K with an ERA of 1.45.  When this qualifies as your worst start of the season so far, you are pitching pretty well. 

Spencer Turnbull:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.53.  Turnbull has some ability which means he should be able to still be useful in an SP 5 sense when the BABIP gods come calling soon.

Mookie Betts:  2/4 with his 6th HR while hitting .295.  And just like that the first month slump is a distant memory. 

Mitch Moreland:  1/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .213.  If you are relying on Moreland outside of AL-only leagues, you are either his mom or a huge Red Sox homer. 

Rick Porcello:  8 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 5.52.  Doubt anyone benefitted from this as Porcello is likely collecting cobwebs on the waiver wire given that he was arguably the worst pitcher in baseball per salary in April.  I remain leery. 

Carlos Santana;  3/5 with his third HR while hitting .316.  Santana has actually hit quite well this season as he is using the whole field more but it is coming at the expense of power.  You can't have it all.

Trevor Bauer:  7 IP 4 H 4 ER 4 BB 10 K with an ERA of 2.45.  Bauer is walking a bit more batters than last season which is a bit of a downer but the guy is so impossible to get a hit off of it may not really matter much. 

Eric Hosmer:  2/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .252.  This guy really just sucks doesn't he?

Franmil Reyes:  3/4 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .232.  As long as you got batting average covered elsewhere, Reyes can absolutely hit 40 home runs even given the challenges of Petco.  There are some crazy exit velocities here so Reyes is completely legit. 

Chris Paddack:  6 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 5 K with an ERA of 1.91.  See Castillo, Luis. 

George Springer:  2/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .274.  Please get this man out of the leadoff spot.

Alex Bregman:  1/5 with his 5th HR while hitting .271.  Some injury issues held Bregman back initially but I would put money down he finishes in the top five in fantasy baseball points from here on out. 

Gerrit Cole:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 3 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.95.  Cole absolutely overwhelmed a potent Minnesota lineup like only a handful of starters can.  It has been a bit frustrating to watch Cole in April given some rough run support and a high amount of homers given up but the K rate affirms how awesome a starter he is. 

Starling Marte:  1/6 with his third HR while hitting .200.  If you were hoping to buy low on Marte, the homer in his first game back was a bummer. 

Joey Gallo:  1/2 with his 10th HR while hitting .264.  Wow look who is hitting for a decent average? 

Jose LeClerc:  3 ER in 1 IP for second blown save with ERA of 8.44.  There is no way LeClerc gets another save chance and really Shawn Kelley should have already been scooped up.  Derrick Turnbow sees this whole scene looking eerily familiar. 

Ian Desmond:  1/4 with his third HR while hitting .196.  Just to show you how much Desmond stinks, he has proven that not all hitters can excel in Colorado.

Jesus Aguilar:  1/3 with his third HR while hitting .163.  Told you yesterday to pick up Aguilar if anyone dropped him.  Your chance is dwindling. 

Josh Hader:  1 ER in .2 IP with an ERA of 3.68.  He still doesn't look right to me. 




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