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30 Fantasy baseball thoughts from Week 2 of MLB action

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A week of ups and downs!

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AL East

Baltimore Orioles: Trey Mancini is averaging a run and an RBI per game through the first five games of the season...
Boston Red Sox: Sam Travis does not wear batting gloves in what is becoming a growing trend.
New York Yankees: Greg Bird is batting .182. He batted .333 in Spring Training.
Tampa Bay Rays: Jalen Beeks has five relief innings pitched with no runs allowed, two saves/holds and a 6:1 K/BB through 4/3. He is 1% owned.
Toronto Blue Jays: Alen Hanson joined the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Kevin Pillar and I’m still a believer that he can put it all together.

AL Central

Chicago White Sox: Leury Garcia had his first career four-hit game on Wednesday.
Cleveland Indians: About one week into the season the Indians are one of five teams who have one home run (DET, MIN, COL and LAA are the others)
Detroit Tigers: Good for them.

Kansas City Royals: The Royals lead the league in triples...what I mean is Adalberto Mondesi is carrying the Royals to lead the league in triples.
Minnesota Twins: They have already started three different Catchers: Mitch Garver, Jason Castro and Willians Astudillo.

AL West

Houston Astros: Jake Marisnick and Josh Reddick are making an early impression.

Los Angeles Angels: Jonathan Lucroy is the last Angels regular to not strikeout. He is also among the top catchers in terms of hits.
Oakland Athletics: Through eight games played, the Athletics have three shutouts.
Seattle Mariners: Are among the league leaders in strikeouts and stolen bases.
Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo is batting above .200.

NL East

Atlanta Braves: The Braves have four batters above a .300 average and four batters below a .201 average.
Miami Marlins: Look, I get it...

New York Mets: Jacob DeGrom struck out 14 batters the other day. 14 batters.
Philadelphia Phillies: Bryce Harper has a .500 batting average.
Washington Nationals: Trea Turner - four runs, four RBIs, four stolen bases, and a .400 OBP. And one injury. UGH.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: Something is different about Schwarber this year

Cincinnati Reds: Among the league’s basement in fewest runs scored.
Milwaukee Brewers: Yasmani Grandal with a stolen base in the first week making me think my bold prediction will come true (five more steals to go!)
Pittsburgh Pirates: Pirates are among the league leaders in fewest runs allowed.
St. Louis Cardinals: Kolten Wong is about to regress heavily.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks: Pitching staff is currently averaging over a 7.00 ERA. Seven pitchers have above a 7.00 ERA.
Colorado Rockies: Please. Please remember that one week into the season all of these players were outside the top-300: Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, Daniel Murphy, Ian Desmond and Garrett Thompson. Four of these six will be top-200 players at the end of the season.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Cody Bellinger is the No. 1 player in Yahoo leagues. He’s also very streaky, just a precaution.
San Diego Padres: Selfishly I'll reiterate my point last week—Ian Kinsler just had a homer. I know he’s under a .200 average but he’s 8% owned and I think he’s in for a respectable year.
San Francisco Giants: Brandon Belt has just as many strikeouts as RBIs. He will always be this streaky.