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Thursday, May 2, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WRAPUP: WEDNESDAY

Christian Vasquez:  1/3 with his 5th HR while hitting .227.  It is amazing how any catcher showing any semblance of a hitting pulse gets us all to pay attention. 

Anthony DeScalfani:  5.2 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 3.48.  The WHIP is 1.16 so DeScalfani is pitching pretty well in a valid sort of way.  We have seen a few useful seasons from DeScalfani in the past so no reason he can't continue on a strong SP 5 path.

Jacob DeGrom:  7 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 6 K with an ERA of 3.82.  DeGrom looked like his old ace self here with the fastball having bite and no homers allowed which should allow his owners to breath a giant sigh of relief.

Adalberto Mondesi:  1/4 with his 4th HR and 2 steals (10 for season) while hitting .295 in Game 1 and 2.  There may not be a more exciting player to own for all of 2019 fantasy baseball and this is how it should be as I deserve to be tortured watching this on a daily basis after I pumped the breaks on Mondesi this past spring. 

Joey Gallo:  1/4 with his 11th HR while hitting .264.  Gallo is in one of those awe-inspiring power runs where any swing where he makes contact is liable to result in a ball going out. 

Danny Santana:  2/3 with his third HR while hitting .355.  I picked up Santana this morning and it was telling he was still available considering how much juice (homers/steals) he has thus far supplied.  That likely has to do with the fact Santana has been pretty brutal with the bat the last few years when he got a chance in the majors but the past is the past as they say and riding out a hot player like this in Texas is always a swell idea.

Luke Voit:  1/3 with his 9th HR while hitting .277.  I think we can retire the whole "is Luke Voit legit?" queries. 

Ketel Marte:  2/2 with his 7th HR while hitting .263.  Where are all those minor league steals?

Anthony Rizzo:  1/3 with his 7th HR while hitting .231.  Already Rizzo's average is coming back up at a steady rate after his brutal April in that category.  You know, just like a year ago. 

Javier Baez:  3/5 with his 10th HR while hitting .314.  Baez is the latest example of a player whose incremental gains in plate discipline suddenly launched him into first two round territory in fantasy baseball. 

Wilson Contreras:  2/3 with his 8th HR while hitting .301.  The best catcher in fantasy baseball by not only a mile but TWO miles. 

Jon Lester:  7 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K with an ERA of 1.73.  Lester is showing a bit of renewed life on his fastball and his advanced metrics look pretty solid which means we should buy the early results.  Just be careful when the summer comes around as the fatigue sets in. 

Miles Mikolas:  6 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K with an ERA of 4.73.  This more looks like a typical Mikolas start going forward with the decent hit rate and lack of K's.

Rhys Hoskins:  1/4 with his 9th HR while hitting .278.  Pretty much everything we anticipated so far with Hoskins so no reason to quibble. 

Aaron Nola:  5.2 IP 7 H 1 ER 3 BB 6 K with an ERA of 5.06.  Talk up the ERA and listless outing versus the woeful Tigers in one last ditch effort to buy low.  Trust me Nola will be fine. 

Hector Neris:  .1 scoreless inning in the SIXTH!  Just when you thought Neris was the closer for the Phillies, Gabe Kapler does his maddening thing again with the bullpen.  I really think the control freak Kapler plays fantasy baseball and is trying to tell the community "see I can do what I want and don't care what your teams think."

Corey Kluber:  4.2 IP 8 H 3 ER 0 BB 3 K with an ERA of 5.80.  Not only was Kluber going bust like  I said he would be all spring training when on the mound but he threw in a broken forearm that will likely keep him out two months for good measure.  I mean I warned you all to steer clear. 

Caleb Smith:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K with an ERA of 2.00.  Very few pitchers will I bestow such a label but Caleb Smith's stuff deserves to be called "electric." 

Manny Machado:  1/4 with his 5th HR while hitting .236.  I really wanted to believe the money wouldn't cause Machado to relax and lose an edge when hitting but the evidence so far is not promising. 

Max Fried:  7 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 7 K with an ERA of 2.11.  This is getting a but insane now as Fried was nobody's definition of a big prospect while coming up the minor leagues but the numbers are crazy.  Clearly, some regression is on its way as Fried is taking advantage of hitters who don't have much of a book on him but there could be some SP 4 staying power.  \

Nolan Arenado:  3/5 with 2 home runs (8 for season) while hitting .285.  Standard operating procedure. 

Trevor Story:  1/4 with his 8th HR while hitting .279.  The Rockies version of Adalberto Mondesi.  Or vice versa. 

Martin Perez:  8 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K with an ERA of 3.41.  Perez is another spin rate pitcher who looks to be the latest mid-career renaissance guy so pay close attention. 





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