Week 2 of Razzball’s top 100 hitters is here! Now with actual baseball being played! This list is not going to be overly reactionary after nine days of rainy, snowy baseball. Barring injury you won’t see too many shake-ups among the top hitters. Yes, I see Paul Goldschmidt, Joey Votto, and Anthony Rizzo’s batting averages and I’m not going to freak out and you probably aren’t either. Should you try to buy low on them if someone’s entire team is really under-performing: of course you should. In the same vein, if you saw in the comments last week everyone was calling for Jose Martinez to be on the list, but he has just as many multi-hit games as 0-fer games. If he can even that out a little bit he’ll find himself climbing this list faster than the yodeler in a game of Cliffhangers on Price is Right after some fool says that a bag of rice-a-roni costs 10 bucks. Get a grip Suzanne! Shohei Ohtani on the other hand — after the sloppiest of sloppy springs he is now starting to live up to the Japanese Babe Ruth moniker with HRs in three straight games. He’s not in the top 100 proper just yet — but should he keep this up he’ll be rising up.
- Andrew McCutchen, SF (down 15 spots): I wasn’t high on Cutch going into this season after his move to San Fran, but 2 for 24 in his first 6 games? Yikes. He’s a much better hitter than this obviously, but I never thought his declining power was going to play all that well in AT&T Park anyway.
- Mike Moustakas, KC (down 8 spots): No one liked Moustakas returning to KC with no one but weatherman Whit Merrifield in the line-up around him, but Moustakas is 2 for his last 18. Plenty of time to turn it around (duh — it’s not even tax day yet) but it isn’t a good look so far.
- Didi Gregorius, NYY (up 9 spots): Everyone was predicting Greg Bird would be the biggest beneficiary of the Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez trio hitting near in each other in the line-up, but turns out it was The Gregorius One all along. He’s hit clean-up most often for the Yankees so far and is quickly making everyone in New York refer to Derek Jeter as “that guy who runs the Marlins” instead of The Captain. He’s tied for second in all of baseball with 10 RBI so far.
- Justin Smoak, TOR (up 5 spots): Only 2 HRs so far, but he’s hit safely in 6 of the Jays’ 8 games–3 of those being multi-hit games. Many of us were non-believers of Smoak going into 2018 (myself included) but he’s really shutting us all up so far. If he can change, you can change, everybody can change!
Alright, enough banter, making this list is never easy, but let’s get into it:
On the radar:
Off the radar:
Your rankings are probably completely different than mine — that’s the best thing about fantasy baseball: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Leave a comment below if you think my list is beautiful or hideous.