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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Jose Ramirez:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .199.  What happened to the stud overall hitter from 2016-18?  Ramirez is possibly swinging for the fences as the gross average since the start of the season would attest.  Even though he is stealing bases at a high rate, there is a sizable bust element here as the power per game average is down sharply as well.

Jordan Luplow:  2/5 with 2 home runs (4 for season) while hitting .280.  Luplow is perfecting the two homer games that's for sure.

Carlos Carrasco:  7 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.18.  I mean Carrasco just doesn't do 2 or 3 earned run outings.

Wilson Ramos:  1/3 with his second HR while hitting .237.  For the second time in a week, a Mets Crisis Point feature ran hours before a home run from the same player.  Hey any way I can help.

Victor Robles:  1/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .250.  The plate discipline is non-existent here but the overall talent is silly good.  When Robles begins to figure out how to take a walk, the power/speed game will explode and turn him into a first-round monster overnight.

Noah Syndergaard:  8 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.74.  Another home run given up which has been the big problem for Thor this season but two dominant outings in his last three validate the buy low theme I typed all over here back then.

Jason Heyward:  0/4 while hitting .250.  Yeah he still sucks after all.

Joey Votto:  1/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .207.  Votto looks older than dirt but the occasional big game will emanate based on law of averages.  That doesn't mean you need to bother here anymore.

Kyle Hendricks:  8 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.86.  Hendricks is having a dominant start to the season and looks like he did a few years ago when he was right there as the best pitcher in baseball.  The strikeouts will never be stable as Hendricks is not a big whiff guy overall but no more arguing over the quality of his stuff.

Ryan Braun:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .256.  I think Braun is now going to be that guy that gets added and dropped a million times in your league.

Yasmani Grandal:  2/4 with his 7th HR while hitting .265.  Grandal's average has sunk back to his previous norms which is not a total surprise.

Keston Hiura:  2/3 while hitting .667.  Here we go!

Bryce Harper:  0/2 while hitting .219.  Now will you all finally admit that Harper is overrated?

Brandon Woodruff:  6 IP 1 H 0 ER 5 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.72.  Woodruff is an advanced statistics darling as he is striking out a very high amount of batters and his swinging strike numbers look like that of an ace.  Still a work in progress in terms of control, Woodruff is putting forth a nice breakout campaign.

Charlie Blackmon:  1/5 with his 9th HR while hitting .302.  Amazing how Blackmon was hitting around .250 a few weeks ago and now it is like it never happened.

Nolan Arenado:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .317.  Nothing new to talk about here as Arenado is as excellent as ever.

Rafael Devers:  1/5 with his third HR while hitting .331.  The lack of home run may be obscuring the fact that Devers is having a spectacular season so far.  With Devers running at a higher rate this season and now the average challenging for the batting title, the expectant power is really turning this into some story.

Michael Chavis:  2/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .289.  Yeah it doesn't look like Chavis is headed back to the minors anytime soon.  Or ever again.  Keep him firmly planted in your lineups.

J.D. Martinez:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .316.  Not only is Martinez arguably the best power hitter in the majors but also maybe the best pure hitter.

Chris Sale:  7 IP 3 H 2 ER 0 BB 17 K with an ERA of 4.24.  I am opening my mouth wide so you can shove the crow deep into there.  The absolutely wicked stuff is back and as potent as ever.  However I will quality that Sale now has to prove he can hold up in August and September.

Carlos Correa:  2/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .298.  It certainly looks like good health has restored Correa's past top-tier status.

George Springer:  2/3 with his 16th HR while hitting .329.  This is your front runner for AL MVP.  Holy cow.

Charlie Morton:  6 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.32.  That ticking you hear is Morton's remaining time on top of his game before age-fueled fatigue begins to take its toll in late summer.  I would even entertain some offers now.

Marcell Ozuna:  1/4 with his 12th HR while hitting .237.  A lot of the pop has dulled here as Ozuna has been in a massive slump leading into this one.  At the very least, he is firmly proving his stark hot and cold spells.

Yadier Molina:  2/4 with his 4th HR while hitting .283.  Marvel Agents of Shields need to study Molina to see how he is laughing in the face of age.

Jack Flaherty:  6 IP 3 H 3 ER 5 BB 6 K with an ERA of 4.34.  We continue to see glimpses of ace-level ability but Flaherty can't get out of his own way with the walks and big innings.  Still not there yet.

Mike Foltynewicz:  8 ER in 4.2 IP with an ERA of 8.02.  I think another stint on the IL is coming.

Mitch Garver:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .329.  I mean this is some pretty incredible stuff coming from Garver this season and especially so at catcher which is as bad as ever.  Not sure the long term viability here but it is certainly time for a separate report.

Josh Bell:  2/4 with 2 home runs (14 for season) while hitting .329.  Been saying for awhile now that if Bell could combine his minor league .300 averages and major league power uptick, he would be something to behold.  Well here we are.

Joe Musgrove:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K with an ERA of 3.59.  Kudos to those who got right back on the horse here after the beating Musgrove took his last time out but remember another blowup could occur at a moment's notice given the lack of strikeouts.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.:  3/4 with 2 home runs (2 for season) while hitting .235.  The epitome of fantasy baseball impatience was anyone fretting over the first 10 quiet days of this kid's career.  It is all upwards from here and it promises to be a swell ride. 



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