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

This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.

The baseball season will be two months old Tuesday. With that nice round number in mind, I thought it would be a useful exercise to look back on the first Barometer of the season, both for some accountability and to check in on how those players have been doing. Here are the players I wrote up that week, along with a quick blurb about whether their rise or fall has continued.

WEEK 1 RISERS

Josh Hader, RP, Brewers: No longer striking out 77.8 percent of opposing batters, but fantasy owners will be quite happy with his 54.4 percent mark, as well as his 12 saves (already tied for a career high).

Greg Holland, RP, Diamondbacks: Still in the closer role and owns an excellent 1.53 ERA and a 2.82 FIP.

Chris Paddack, SP, Padres: Possibly even better than advertised, posting a 1.93 ERA, a 2.76 FIP and a 28.7 percent strikeout rate through nine starts.

Pete Alonso, 1B, Mets: Remains the unquestioned starter at first base, hitting 17 homers (tied for third in the league).

Pablo Lopez, SP, Marlins: A 5.40 ERA isn't good, but his 4.04 FIP hints at better (if not particularly great) things to come.

WEEK 1 Fallers

Chris Sale, SP, Red Sox: Took his time getting out of an early-season tailspin, doing damage to many fantasy teams in the process, but is back to looking like Chris Sale again.

Zack Greinke, SP, Diamondbacks: Has looked as good as

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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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