2015 Fantasy Baseball

Fantast Baseball Final: June 20th

Photo Credit: Tim Brown
Photo Credit: Tim Brown

If You Only Read One Thing…
Max Scherzer is the obvious King of the night on Saturday, one hit batter away from a perfect game. The 27th batter of the night was up to the plate as Scherzer was going for a perfect game but he hit the batter to ruin the party. He would retire the next batter, Josh Harrison, to complete the no hitter as his dominance continues. Scherzer is coming off of a complete game one-hitter where he struck out 16 batters. That’s 18 scoreless one-hit innings, striking out 26 batters in his last two outings. Is Max Scherzer the best pitcher in baseball, dethroning Clayton Kershaw? He has certainly made a strong case for it.

Just As We Expected…
Joc Pederson hit his 18th home run of the year on Saturday, which likely means that another hot streak is coming. He has been one of the streakier players in the league so far in 2015, so don’t be surprised if he rallies off another streak of home runs after his long ball Saturday. Pederson is challenging Cubs rookie Kris Bryant for NL Rookie of the year, if not the leading candidate. Now that Yasiel Puig is back from injury, Pederson isn’t as stapled in to that leadoff spot for the Dodgers, but he is still hitting near the top of the order in one of the better NL lineups.

But We Didn’t See This Coming…
Randal Grichuk has been good for the Cardinals this season, but he has been especially hot the last two days. He went 3/5 with a solo home run and two runs scored on Friday, but then followed it up on Saturday going 3/5 again, with two home runs and four RBI. Half of his season total in home runs has come in the last two days, so this is likely nothing that will continue, but it’s good while it lasts. He is getting extended playing time with Matt Holliday sidelined with his quadriceps injury, so look for him to take advantage of it while Holliday sits.

Save Chances…
Jason Grilli has been a little shaky for the Braves this season, but he has been solid in recent weeks for the Braves. He gives up a good amount of hits, which is troublesome, but he usually is able to get out of it because of his lack of walks. He doesn’t issue many free passes, which is good news for Grilli. He picked up his 20th save of the season for the Braves and has been a nice surprise for fantasy oweners that were able to snag him off of free agency.

Tyler Clippard was able to pick up the save for the A’s on Saturday, as he has filled in for the injured Sean Doolittle for most of the season.

Brad Boxberger appears to be the Rays closer again, as he has now picked up a save in three straight days.

David Robertson, Hector Rondon, Greg Holland, Zach Britton, and Carson Smith also picked up saves on Saturday.

Bryan Mitchell pitched three innings in relief in a blowout win for the Yankees Saturday, as he was rewarded with the save as well.

Injury News…
Freddie Freeman continues to sit for the Braves as he is dealing with wrist issues. Wrist injuries are never something you want to hear about with big time hitters, as they can linger on for a while and impact their production for more than just the small time period that the player sits out.

Adam Jones has yet to return to the outfield for the Orioles since dealing with a shoulder injury, but he was able to be the team DH in the teams last two contests. He might miss some more time in the lineup if he’s not healthy enough to be able to be in the field yet, just to ensure that he really does get back to 100%.

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