My family never thought I’d amount to anything, yet, here I am laying on my couch, saving the world. You’re welcome, world! Which is also what I scream every time I wash my hands. Today in quarantine news, I watched Curb Your Enthusiasm and mentioned to myself, “It’s weird to think of Larry David as touchy-feely, but he is just so casually shaking other people’s hands.” Then I laughed to myself and thought, this must be what it was like to be Howard Hughes, as I peed into a milk bottle. The top 40 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball were updated with new projections for a 100-game season. With this series, I will take a look around the 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to see if there’s any differences now that we might only play a 100-game season. Projections have been updated on all my positional rankings. Anyway, here’s thoughts on the top 40 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball with the new Corona timeline:
22. Joey Gallo – I’m still not in on Gallo, even with the corona timeline. I expect some push back on this, because Gallo is the type who could hit 30 homers in 100 games. I’ve attempted to distance myself from my early March thoughts on Gallo, and not just socially. “Did you just sneeze into your elbow? You sicko!” That’s me to my reflection. I tried to distance myself from myself because I didn’t love Gallo in The First Preseason, what I’m now calling it. I wrote a Joey Gallo overrated post in the TFP, and some of it was contingent on his wrist, and how healed he would be. It was not 100% contingent on that, though. His new park is going to be better for pitchers, and worst for his strikeouts. Now, with so much time off from seeing MLB pitching, it’s not going to help his strikeouts. Gallo could very well hit .190 in a 100-game season. Right now, Steamer hitter projections have Gallo hitting .223 with 71 hits in 317 ABs. Just a mere ten less hits, or one less hit every ten games, and his average is .192. Everything about average is going to be exaggerated in a short season, and Gallo could surprise with a high BABIP and hit for a good average in a short season, but, if we’re to assume everything will be magnified to who players are vs. who they are not, it doesn’t bode well for Gallo surprising with an Ichiro-type year. But, yes, one more caveat, if the Rangers play all their games in Arizona, that could change my thoughts a bit on him, too.
23. Tommy Pham – Exactly the type that I would avoid in a Corona timeline. He’s not good–okay, some think he is good–but he’s even worse when you think about how he’s merely good when over a 130-ish game seasons. It’s too bad we don’t have an example of what Pham could do over a 100-game season. All we have is his stats from 2018 that are over a 98-game season when he went 67/14/41/.248/10 in 351 ABs, and that was when his legs were two years fresher-slash-younger. Go back and look again at his stats over 351 ABs. Please. I implore you, and I barely even know what implore means.
28. Michael Conforto – I moved him back up to where he was before his Spring Training injury. Now that I think about it, Coronavirus is like the entire nation has an oblique injury. Will we be back in three weeks? Two months? Will it linger until October? Shrugs! Maybe the nation needs to see Dr. James Andrews. “Hello, this is Dr. James Andrews’s office, and we’re not in right now because the doctor has a hundred million dollars from elbow surgeries and is in Barbados. If this is urgent, go see a Mets doctor. Haha, kidding.”
35. Franmil Reyes – I’m sorry I never wrote the Franmil Reyes sleeper post. Well, I did write it, I just never published it. I wrote it back in November. You remember November, right? It was sixteen years ago, but somehow right before the month of March. (However, Coolwhip did give you his Franmil Reyes fantasy.) Franmil looks even better in a short season, though I have big rose-colored glasses energy for Franmil. I love everything about him. How did he get so far into my special heart zone? I think I might just crush hard on giant men. Not Giants, heaven forbid. For outfielders, Franmil ranks as the tenth highest for homers in Steamer’s hitter projections with a .259 average. As I keep saying, averages are going to be even more mercurial than usual in a short season, but, even though Franmil hit .249 last year, he is actually a big slugger who could surprise with a halfway decent average. Last year’s .279 BABIP was low for him, and he had next-to-no issue with Ks in the minors. Franmil is on the verge of becoming a superstar and is so close to getting his name scrawled all over my Trapper Keeper.