Putting early hot and cold streaks into proper fantasy perspective

A lot can Travis Swanson Youth jersey happen in a week. It always does. However, when it comes to the first week of the baseball season, fantasy managers who have spent a long winter anxiously awaiting stats that count are very prone to getting hoodwinked by extreme starts to the campaign that typically won’t be indicative of future results.
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This is particularly true when it comes to extremely high batting averages out of the gate or extended oh-fers to start the season. When a .250 hitter has a sudden run of multihit games in the summer, he’s considered to be hot — but the expectation is that at some point, his bat will once again return to normal. When a .320 hitter is mired in a 1-for-20 slide just after the All-Star break, it’s all but laughed off, and both forgotten and forgiven once he gets back on track.

Having six (or more) hitless games in the first week of the season will be a double-digit point albatross on your batting average for the rest of the season. So even if Jose Ramirez (2-for-33) or Gary Sanchez (2-for-32) were to end up batting .300 over their next 500 at-bats, that still would only get them up to .280 on their baseball card. It’s that big of an impact.

On the flip side, a super-hot streak is not likely to have as much of an impact going forward. A quick look at the top-10 list in terms of 2018 batting average yields us such names as Rhys Hoskins, Chris Owings, Ryan Flaherty, Dansby Swanson, Didi Gregorius and Matt Chapman, all of whom are batting at least .370.

Dixon Machado had two hits and chased Lucas Giolito (0-1) with a two-run double in the sixth that made it 5-0, sending the Tigers to their second straight win after a 1-4 start.

Britton Colquitt Jersey Both starters struggled with their control on a day when the gametime temperature was 32 degrees. But Fulmer (1-1) pitched well enough, scattering six hits and walking three in 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

Nelson Agholor Mens Jersey Giolito struggled through 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs and four hits. He walked three and hit three batters as the White Sox lost for the fourth time in five games.

Giolito insisted the weather really didn’t affect his performance.

I was battling myself the whole time, he said. Too many pitches getting away from me. Three walks, three hit batters, unacceptable. It just didn’t work out.

After Fulmer escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second, Giolito wasn’t as fortunate in the third.

He hit Jose Iglesias after retiring the first seven batters and walked Leonys Martin and Jeimer Candelario with two out before Cabrera drove a two-run single to right-center.

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