2018 Fantasy Baseball Podcast: April 16
Nate Miller is joined by Colby Conway every Monday and Thursday throughout the 2018 MLB season to talk all things Fantasy Baseball.
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Pedro Severino went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the Orioles' 11-4 drubbing of the Phillies on Thursday.
The Orioles are getting a surprising amount of offense from their catchers this year, with Severino and Sisco combining to hit .348 with six homers and 17 RBI in 69 at-bats. The team might consider using both together more frequently, with Sisco DHing or playing first base. Severino is the superior defender, so he'll keep catching most of the time.
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T. Eshelman - RP
Thomas Eshelman pitched five innings of two-run ball to pick up a win over the Phillies on Thursday.
Eshelman had to be especially happy to defeat the Phillies; he spent 3 1/2 years in the team's farm system, but because of his lack of velocity, he was never called up to the majors prior to being picked up by the Orioles last June. Eshelman had a 3.65 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance this season.
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R. Ruiz - 3B
Rio Ruiz went 2-for-5 and hit a two-run homer Thursday against the Phillies.
Ruiz was a poor hitter in his first full season in the majors last year, finishing at .232/.306/.376 with 12 homers in 413 plate appearances. He already has five homers in 12 games this season, but while his Statcast numbers have definitely taken a clear step forward in the early going, they do suggest he's been a bit lucky to be where he is right now. He's probably not going to remain a mixed-league asset.
Added 9:27 pm (EST)
V. Velasquez - SP
Vince Velasquez pitched in relief Thursday, giving up two runs in an inning against the Orioles.
The Phillies hadn't confirmed anything before the game, but that Velasquez was used in the pen was a clear signal that Spencer Howard has replaced him in the rotation. It's possible Velasquez will reclaim a spot in short order, but the Phillies might as well try him out as a late-game option in their beleaguered pen.
Added 9:23 pm (EST)
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed that Dylan Carlson will be called up when they're cleared to resume.
This was reported on Wednesday night by multiple outlets, but Mozeliak confirms the report. The switch-hitting outfielder is the top prospect in the system, and he's a player who can hit for both average and power while also providing some steals. The Cardinals aren't likely going to call up Carlson without having him be a regular, so he's absolutely worth an add on fantasy roster in leagues he's available.
Added 9:18 pm (EST)
Added 9:18 pm (EST)
A. Gomber - SP
The Cardinals will place Austin Gomber on the COVID-19 injured list.
Gomber hasn't tested positive for the virus, but it's due to contact tracing and his contact with someone who did test positive for COVID-19. Expect to see a plethora of similar roster moves for the Cardinals if/when they are able to play on Saturday against the White Sox in a doubleheader.
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A. Bohm - 3B
Alec Bohm had a double in four at-bats Thursday against the Orioles in his major league debut.
Bohm played third base tonight, with Jean Segura sliding over to second. It sounds like that'll be the arrangement most of the time. Bohm isn't an asset at the hot corner, but it should be worth having his bat in the lineup.
Added 9:07 pm (EST)
Colin Moran went 2-for-5 and hit his sixth homer Thursday in the Pirates' 9-6 victory over the Reds.
Moran hit five homers in the Pirates' first eight games, but this was his first in his last nine games; he entered the day in a 3-for-25 slump that had sent his average spiraling down to .226. Moran would be a better roll of the dice in mixed leagues if he wasn't hitting in such a poor lineup. Even if he is greatly improved, his run and RBI numbers will probably be less than stellar.
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