How early-season performance affects rankings

“You ranked him where?”

If there’s one universal truth about rankings lists, it’s that nobody is going to agree with them. This is especially magnified in the world of fantasy sports, I’ve found, where the level of outrage seems well out of whack with the fact we’re talking about a subjective opinion of people playing a game.

The truth is, if we believed in the accuracy of the preseason projections, then the stats of these two Cubs for the rest of the season should be as follows:

Of course, that’s not realistic either as few players end up matching their projections so perfectly. They’re supposed to be an expression of the most-likely outcomes and after 20 or so games, I’m not keen to stray too far from them, even as I recognize that Baez has performed better thus far in 2018 and that Happ’s slow start and subsequent “demotion” from leadoff duties has to count against him a bit.

Gonzales and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, Mitch Haniger singled home the only run and the Mariners pulled out a 1-0 victory.

“Winning a 1-0 game is a special win,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “The conditions to hit with the sun and the shadows probably played into that a little bit, but you’ve got to find a way to win it.”

At 5-15, the rebuilding White Sox are off to their worst start since the 1950 season. That year they opened 5-20 on the way to a 60-94 finish.

“We didn’t have very many opportunities for me to say I’m disappointed,” said manager Rick Renteria, ejected by plate umpire Mike Estabrook after he protested a called third strike to Matt Davidson that ended the sixth.

Gonzales (2-2) was in control almost from the start, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out eight in six-plus innings.

Gonzales allowed singles to Tim Anderson and Yolmer Sanchez, the first two batters. He picked Anderson off second base, induced Jose Abreu to bounce into a double play and didn’t allow another hit until the sixth.jets_039

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