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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: TUESDAY

Lucas Giolito:  7.1 IP 3 H 0 ER 3 BB 8 K with an ERA of 4.06.  Giolito is still far from the stud prospect he was once touted to be but at least we are finally seeing some signs of progress.  Even so, Giolito is barely worth rostering as an SP 5 given how dicey his overall game remains. 

Pete Alonso:  3/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .284.  Just one day after sharing concern about Alonso, he hits a home run that likely is still in orbit.  My goodness the power is insane but a near 30.0 percent K/9 is something to watch. 

Franmil Reyes:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hittting .261.  Comparisons to Khris Davis are right on par. 

Noah Sydergaard:  4 ER in 6 IP with an ERA of 5.14.  Thor was unable to build off his terrific last outing in a plush matchup in San Diego.  The advanced metrics are still glowing outside of the home runs though so try to buy low again.

Edwin Encarnacion:  1/3 with his 11th HR while hitting .246.  Another crazy power packed May is underway for the veteran.

Gio Urshela:  2/4 with his second HR while hitting .360.  Urshela has been so good that the Yanks are now toying with the idea of having him start everyday at third base and using Miguel Andujar at DH.  Bad news for Andujar owners as the starts will get tight once the injured return.

Marco Gonzales:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K with an ERA of 3.08.  Good rebound for Gonzales after he got his head beat in the last time out.  The margin for error here is smaller than those who can collect a decent amount of K's which keeps him in SP 5 territory but he has more than proven his relative stability in that tier. 

J.D. Martinez:  1/2 with his fifth HR while hitting .323.  The power has been a bit slow to collect out of the gate but this should be the launch point now for monster home runs to begin flowing.  Absolutely no concern here. 

Xander Bogaerts:  1/5 with his 7th HR while hitting .254.  For some strange reason Boagerts can't ever seem to be able to combine a .300 average with power. 

Ryan Brasier:  2 in .2 IP with an ERA of 3.68.  Matt Barnes (1.1 scoreless, 1.88 ERA) is making a strong push for the closer role in Boston as Brasier has hit the skids.  Truth be told, Barnes looks more like the classic closer than Brasier ever did. 

Gregory Polanco:  2/4 with his first HR while hitting .273.  Polanco is back to start showing flashes but ultimate disappointment as he has done every single year of his career.

Mitch Garver:  3/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .367.  And to think we all were chasing Willians Astudillo. 

Jose Berrios:  7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K with an ERA of 2.53.  It was obvious from the beginning Berrios had ace-worthy stuff but it is nice to see a graduation into that tier that went as smooth as it did here. 

Griffith Canning:  5.1 IP 4 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.66.  The Angels will likely not extend the leash too far with their top pitching prospect but the signs are there for him to become an asset real soon if not right now. 

Hansel Robles:  scoreless 9th for his third save with an ERA of 4.24.  All fans of the New York Mets can't believe the Angels or any team for that matter would trust Robles to be a closer but he actually has thrown well......for now. 

Brandon Lowe:  2/5 with his 8th HR while hitting .311.  I think next season I am only going to draft Tampa Bay Rays players.

Stephen Strasburg:  6.2 IP 6 H 4 ER 2 BB 11 K with an ERA of 3.71.  Whether you love him or hate him, you can't argue that Strasburg is about as sweet a strikeout artist as there is in the game. 

Rhys Hoskins:  4/5 with his 11th HR while hitting .302.  All Bryce Harper owners feel they got the wrong Philly. 

Bryce Harper:  2/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .236.  Brett Gardner has one less homer. 

Aaron Nola:  6 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K with an ERA of 4.57.  Next season just bench Nola for all of April and proceed from there. 

Kris Bryant:  2/5 with his sixth HR while hitting .250.  It took a full season and this past April but now we may finally be seeing the Kris Bryant of old.  Maybe. 

Jon Lester:  6 IP 8 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K with an ERA of 1.41.  Only two more months or so before you got to deal him. 

Whit Merrifield:  4/5 with his 6th HR and 7th SB while hitting .299.  My goodness Merrifield is literally filling up every category and he is playing like a monster first round pick.  Having added power as he moved towards his 30's while retaining the speed, Merrifield is the true definition of a fantasy baseball powerhouse. 

Alex Bregman:  1/3 with his 10th HR while hitting .283.  Some guys like Bregman can literally emerge out of a slump in like one game and then look out.

Madison Bumgarner:  6 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.99.  Listen the guy is a step below his past ace status but there is still useful material here that could yield low-end SP 2 value if all breaks right. 


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