Fantasy Baseball Final: July 18th, 2016
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It was quite a busy Monday night in the world of baseball. A couple of aces took to the mound this evening, including Jose Fernandez, who had himself, a fantastic night. Corey Kluber, Chris Sale and Jon Lester rounded out the list of elite pitchers starting for their respective teams. With so many elite pitchers to choose from, DFS players had their hands full in selecting which pitchers to lead their teams.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
If you decided to fade Jose Fernandez tonight, you probably didn’t win any money. The Marlins ace put on a clinic in Philadelphia, striking out a whopping 14 hitters in 6.1 innings of work. The Phillies managed to score two runs against the hard throwing righty and take the lead into the ninth, but Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna both drove in runs to tie the game before Martin Prado hit a solo homerun in the top of the 13th to give the Marlins the lead. Fernandez also became the third fastest starter to reach 500 strikeouts in the Majors since 1900. Phillies starter Aaron Nola also had a strong performance tonight, allowing no runs, on two hits, while striking out five in six innings of work.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Everyone expected Corey Kluber to have a good start tonight, and he delivered. The Indians ace pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits, while striking out six. The Royals had no answer for Kluber all game, but everything changed in the eighth inning once Bryan Shaw took over. The Royals would go on to score seven runs in the bottom of the eight, thanks to a grand slam off the bat of Jarrod Dyson. Kansas City would take the game 7-3, while closer Wade Davis picked up his 20th save of the season.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Many fans were expecting a slugfest between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers, but instead, fans were treated to a pitchers duel. Tiger’s starter Matt Boyd pitched six scoreless innings, while Justin Upton provided the lone run in the game, a solo homerun in the bottom of the second, to propel the Tigers to a 1-0 victory. It was Boyd’s first win of the season, and it was darn right impressive. Twins pitcher Rickey Nolasco also had a strong performance tonight, allowing one run, on three hits, while striking out none. It was a nightmare scenario for DFS players who stacked either team, but it was definitely fun to watch two below-average pitcher duel it out for six innings.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Aroldis Chapman (19)
- A.J. Ramos (20)
- Francisco Rodriguez (26)
- Wade Davis (20)
- Jeanmar Gomez (BS 3)
- Marlins recall Jose Urena from Triple-A New Orleans
- Angels claim Sean Coyle off waivers from Red Sox, option him to Double-A Arkansas
- Padres reinstate Melvin Upton Jr. from Bereavement List
- Royals claim Nick Tepesch off waivers from Athletics, option him to Triple-A Omaha
- Geovany Soto—15-Day DL—(knee)
- Yan Gomes—15-Day DL—(shoulder)
- Shin-Soo Choo—day-to-day—(back)