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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Drop List: Not Sonny in New York


Hello Fantasy friends and foes. Welcome back to the Fantasy Six Pack’s Weekly Drop List.

Well, if you are reading this, you still must be in the hunt for the fantasy baseball playoffs. Great Job! Keep up the good work and hope this helps you!

While others have given up and are now reading about fantasy football, here you are looking for any piece of advantage. Any piece of news that might help you give you a shot to get that championship.

While it might be Not Sonny in New York anymore, please let me try to shed some light on which player to let go in the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Drop List.

Looking for some advice on who to pick up after dropping one of the following players? We got you covered in Tyler Gettmann’s 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Waiver Wire: Trade Deadline Edition.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Drop List

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Enrique Hernandez, UT, Los Angeles Dodgers

The super-utility Hernandez has played at every spot on the diamond this season except for catcher.  He has clubbed 17 homers this season which is tied for the second most on the team behind Max Muncy. He also carries the sixth highest WAR on the team among position players with a 1.4 rating.

Now the bad news. Hernandez is slashing just .214/.293/.435 over the season. He strikes out 19.5% of the time at the plate and owns a .213 BABIP.

Hernandez is now bound for a regular bench gig after the trade-deadline additions of Manny Machado and Brian Dozier and the recent returns of Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig from the disabled list.

His versatility makes Hernandez one of the Dodgers’ most valuable players. However, his playing time will be too erratic to trust on even the deepest of fantasy rosters.

Sonny Gray, P, New York Yankees

Before the Trade Deadline, the Yankees made two considerable additions to their rotation by adding J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn. These moves sealed the fate of Sonny Gray as a member of the Yankees starting rotation. Yankees Manager Aaron Boone promptly announced that Lance Lynn will start instead of Sonny Gray and Gray will move to the bullpen in a diminishing role.

After a fairly successful 2017 season, Gray is sporting a disappointing 5.56 ERA with a career-high WHIP of 1.52, which ranks seventh-worst in the MLB this season. His walk rate jumped significantly from 3.1 BB/9 in 2017 to 4.0 in 2018. Last year’s 28 percent hard-contact rate for Gray has now increased to 36.2 percent in 2018.

His home/road splits are also quite staggering. He posts a 3.62 ERA on the road, while at Yankee stadium his ERA surges to 7.71. Gray has had six home starts where he’s allowed five or more runs in four or fewer innings.

Interestingly enough, a move to the bullpen may benefit Gray and the Yankees. Opponents have batted .250/.319/.424 when facing him for the first time in a game; those numbers rise to .319/.393/.478 the second time through the order. Unfortunately, it will be hard to believe the Yankees will trust Gray coming out of the bullpen as they continue to chase the Red Sox for the AL East division crown. There is no reason for fantasy owners to hold on to Sonny Gray.

Keone Kela, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Keone Kela has successfully converted 24 of his 25 save opportunities in his first season as the Rangers closer. Kela is getting 29 percent of batters to strikeout. Opposing batters are hitting just .203 against Kela this season. Sounds great, right?

Well, Kela was traded to the Pirates to bolster the back end of their bullpen. He will not be the closer but will have a valuable role in front of current Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez. Kela will get occasional save opportunity and have the opportunity to collect holds. In addition, Kela will improve a Pirates bullpen that is 10th in MLB with a 4.23 ERA.

Kela was the closer for a team that was out of the running and now he will be the setup man as a Pirate. He will help the Pirates in their playoff race now but Kela will no longer help fantasy owners get to theirs. The Rangers will now turn to the dreaded closer-by-committee with a group of relief pitchers that don’t seem up to the task.

Tyler Mahle, SP, Cincinnati Reds

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Tyler Mahle was just optioned to Triple-A Louisville. In his last three starts coming out of the All-Star Break, Mahle went 0-2 with an awful 16.20 ERA while batters were having batting practice against him, hitting .439!

The Reds rookie pitcher hasn’t won a game since July 6th. He hasn’t got past the third inning in three of his last four starts.

This icy cold July was preceded by a hot June. During his six starts in June, Mahle was 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA. He went at least five innings deep in all six of those games.

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His recent stretch of horrible starts has to make you wonder if he’s hitting the rookie wall. The Reds will now employ a five-man rotation which they will ride out for the rest of the season, leaving Mahle working to regain his stuff in the minors and out of fantasy relevance.

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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) and college football (GO BUCKEYES!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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