MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

The following is a list of things which are true on the morning of April 1, 2019:

1. Christian Yelich is slugging 1.583.

2. Juan Soto is striking out in 53.8 percent of his plate appearances.

3. Domingo Santana is on pace for 270 RBI.

4. Alex Bregman is hitting .067.

5. Giancarlo Stanton is on pace for 378 walks and zero home runs.

6. Kirby Yates is on pace for 122 saves.

7. Josh Hader has a -1.61 FIP.

8. Chris Sale has a 21.00 ERA.

9. Russell Martin has a 0.00 ERA.

10. The Mariners and Royals lead their divisions, while the Orioles are tied for a wild card spot.

Small-sample fun is a big part of the joy of the return of the baseball season, second only to the whole finally-watching-live-baseball-again thing. From a fantasy perspective, though, the first few weeks are mostly an exercise in patience and in learning not to react to the exciting performance you just watched last night.

Patience, however, is a virtue, and, in the Aristotelian view, like most virtues, it exists as a mean  between two negative extremes. Reacting too quickly is probably the more common and more dangerous vice among fantasy owners, as it leads to quality players ending up on the waiver wire after short slumps while other players get added after performances they'll never replicate.

Reacting too slowly is equally problematic, as being the second one to notice a breakout isn't worth much if the player is already

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Erik Halterman
Erik Halterman is an MLB staff writer at RotoWire and the winner of the staff's 2018 RotoWire & FanDuel Fantasy Baseball Championship.
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