Fantasy Baseball recap: Elvis Andrus leading off in Texas

Elvis Andrus

The first Sunday baseball of the 2018 season was interesting for a few reasons. To begin with I feel like most Sundays all 30 teams play but this Sunday was different with some teams having played Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We saw a complete game shutout from  Jose Berrios. You cannot read too much into this right now as he is a streaky pitcher and he could flip at any time. We also saw our first double header of 2018 between the Pirates and Tigers. Again I tried not to read to much into those games because double headers can cause weird outcomes. Trevor Williams no hitting the Tigers through six innings was impressive and it was weird he was pulled at that point. The Tigers offense is so bad right now that I cannot even recommend him as a speculative add based on that.

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1. Lineup notes

With Delino DeShields on the DL Elvis Andrus appears to be leading off in Texas. Should be good for his runs and possibly his steals totals. My only concern about steals for Andrus is that he hits in front of Joey Gallo. Gallo is a hitter who seems to either homer, strikeout or walk and two of those outcomes kind of negate steals. That might make Texas hesitate to send Andrus on the base paths at times.

Chris Davis led off again Sunday but has yet to register a hit this season. This experiment might soon be over if he doesn’t adjust quickly

With Ian Kinsler on the DL Zack Cozart is leading off for the Angels. If he’s available he becomes a must add at this point.

Trea Turner hit 5th yesterday with Wilmer Difo playing second base. He might shift back to 6th next game and for short term he is a serious concern for fantasy owners. Long term I think he is a buy low.

2. Bad Gausman

Kevin Gausman got destroyed by the Minnesota Twins giving up 6 earned runs in 4 innings. His outing included three home runs which could just be a factor of his home park. All the talk this spring was that he was mixing in all his pitches from the start of the year and we would see an improvement. As an owner it’s definitely worth checking the pitch mix from last night to see if he was throwing all his stuff. If he was this is a concern immediately but if not then we need to see how things develop over the next few starts because maybe it just didn’t feel right last night.

3. Miguel Andujar called up

The Yankees had struggled with injuries already this season and that means Andujar is in the majors far earlier than they would have liked. We are probably only one more injury from seeing Gleybar Torres so grab him right now.

4. Another bad outing for the Cubs pitchers

Jon Lester, Yu Darvish and now Jose Quintana have all struggled in a pitchers park. The worst part is it has been a bad team knocking them around. They haven’t been giving up the long ball much but have been hit to death which is interesting. This might say more about the Miami offense but worth monitoring if you own them.

5. Saves saves saves

Felipe Rivero closed out both games of the double header with five strikeouts. Relieves some initial concerns but still something to watch over the next few outings.

Sean Doolittle gave up two runs in getting a save. Nothing to react to right now but definitely something to watch for owners.

Blake Parker struggled in a non-save situation giving up one run. He was bailed out and Angels still won but his grip on this role is fading fast. Who is next up is a big debate with Cam Bedrosian also struggling.

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