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Touching Base: Sir Didi & Zim


Wondering what is going well for one guy and why that is? What about why a veteran star that has been struggling? Every week, I will be ‘touching base’ with two players cut from rather different cloths.

With all the buzz surrounding the off-season acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, the New York Yankees seemed primed for their biggest stars to shine under the bright lights in NYC. One of the most forgotten players on the Bronx Bombers is Sir Didi Gregorius, who is currently playing better than most of his prime-time partners on the diamond.

I will get into what has led to his success in New York later on and on the opposite spectrum, I will examine what has gone wrong for another big city star, Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman.

Touching Base – Week 3

Didi Gregorius, SS, New York Yankees

For now, I will start with the good before getting into the ugly. I want to highlight the success that Didi Gregorius is having and how he has turned himself into a vital part of a championship contender.

The 28-year-old is still not a household name in many circles around the fantasy world because of his lack of exposure during his big league career. Gregorious sported a healthy 3.64 WAR in 2017, placing him in the mix with superstars like Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa.

The Netherlands native came up originally with the Reds in 2012 but got his first real shot in 2013 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After being sent to New York in 2015, Sir Didi experienced a true break out the following year. He has blasted twenty-plus home runs in his last two years with his current squad.

Knight in Shining Armour

While all the hype in New York surrounds Stanton, Judge, and Sanchez, Gregorius is one of the most important parts of their operation. He has gotten off to a hot start this season also, further indicating that he is coming into his own.

At the ripe age of 28, Didi is entering his prime years and should remain a fixture in the Evil Empire infield for the foreseeable future if the Yankees choose to lock him up long-term. He is almost completely owned in all formats but, if you have the chance to package a deal together to grab him for your squad, I strongly advise you do so. The best is yet to come for the middle infielder.

Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals

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Let’s move towards a guy who is a household name: Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. The 33-year-old slugger is off to a slow start this season, hitting a measly .114 through eleven contests thus far.

Remember way back in 2005 when the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals? Yeah, that was thirteen years ago! D.C. had a new hope of a successful franchise after many years of disappointment from the Redskins, Capitals, and Wizards. Leading the charge for the Nats in that inaugural season was Ryan Zimmerman.

Oh, how the times have changed! The former king of D.C. baseball is now all but a pawn on a team littered with superstars. From his walk-off home run in the first home game ever played by the Nationals to his player of the month honors earned in last season’s first month, Zim has done it all with the only franchise he has ever known.

What has gone so horribly wrong to start this season for the veteran slugger? Can he make a quick turnaround?

The Zimmerman Note

First thing’s first – let’s all relax. It has been just over ten games and that sample size is not enough to make any dramatic decisions. Zim should still be owned in all formats for the time being. Currently, he has a .130 BABIP, which is exactly two hundred points lower than his career average. Luck has not been on his side.

Last night, Zim roped a two-run triple into center field past a diving Ender Inciarte. When he reached third base, he put his hands up in the air as if to say “Finally!” The veteran is bound to get it going sooner rather than later and has a huge advantage from a stacked lineup. With Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon hitting in front of him, Zim will get his chances with runners on quite often.

Many fantasy owners are writing off the first baseman because they think he does not have it anymore. Let’s remember though – he is still just 33, not 53. If Zim can get it going here shortly, he still has the chance to reach the 100 RBI mark with the immense amount of talent surrounding him in the Nats order. Don’t give up on the veteran quite yet! If you can buy low on him, now might be a perfect time.

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