Luis Severino (SP - NYY) Severino's 2018 success continued to roll as he defeated the Rays 4-1 Saturday. The Yankees ace went eight innings, allowing zero earned runs on three hits, striking out nine and walking two. Saturday's outing lowered his already solid ERA to 2.09 Looking across his stat line, there is virtually nothing going wrong for Severino. SIERA and xFIP sit at 2.94 and 2.82 respectively, and both show that he is legit, and figures to be legit going forward in 2018. He has become an ace and is in lineups no matter who he is facing.
Gary Sanchez (C - NYY) Sanchez chipped in with a home run in the Yankees' 4-1 victory over the Rays on Saturday. Following the game, the Yanks' backstop is slashing just .190/.293/.438 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI. While the counting stats are nice, his low average and OBP have been a huge disappointment. The main culprit for his low production is a microscopic .197 average, as his K% of 24.4% is nearly what it was in his successful 2017 campaign. Pair that with some nagging injuries, and hit has been a rough start to the season for Sanchez. He could be a nice buy low target before he figures it out for 2018.
Nick Castellanos (OF - DET) The Tigers' outfielder was the driving force behind the teams' 7-5 win over the White Sox on Saturday. Castellanos was 3 for 5 at the dish, including two home runs and five RBI. He is now sporting a .310/.351/.493 slash with eight home runs, 39 RBI and 35 runs scored on the season. The 26-year-old has been the most consistent player for the Tigers in a season that is headed nowhere fast. There appears to be no plans to trade Castellanos, and for as good as he has been at the plate, he has been abysmal defensively. This is fantasy, who cares about defense? Am I right?
Jose Ramirez (3B - CLE) Ramirez clubbed his 21st home run Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Indians fell to the Twins 9-3. On the season, the Indians' superstar owns a slash of .292/.384/.614 with the 21 bombs, 47 RBI, 47 runs and eight steals. When looking across the 25-year old's stat line, there are no holes in his game. He strikes out at 11.5% but walks at 12.8%. What is equally as impressive, is that he has done this with just a .268 BABIP on the season, which means his numbers could stand to get even better. He is a sure fire first round fantasy stud heading into 2019.
Eddie Rosario (OF - MIN) Rosario was perfect at the dish Saturday in the Twins' 9-3 win over the Indians. The outfielder was 4 for 4 with a homer, two RBI and four runs scored. It continues to be a breakout season for Rosario as he has 16 home runs, 46 RBI, 50 runs and six stolen bases. His .362 OBP is a result of him striking out just 16.3% of the time, but also carrying a .343 BABIP. His 155 wRC+ illustrates just what he has meant to the Twins' offense in 2018.
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