Fantasy Baseball Final: August 18, 2015
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All 30 teams were in action tonight with one of the league’s best pitchers taking to the mound. Every time Clayton Kershaw takes to the hill, fantasy owners get excited to see what the lefty will do to his opponents. As the most expensive pitcher of the night, Kershaw was looking to pick up his 11th win of the season against the A’s.
Both the Yankees and Blue Jays were looking to pick up wins and keep pace with each other in the A.L East. The Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 behind a solid performance from starter C.C Sabathia, while the Blue Jays rallied to score five in the sixth to beat the Phillies 8-5. Toronto still sits one game behind the Yankees for top stop in the division.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
The Washington Nationals came into tonight on a six games losing streak and were hoping to get back into the win column as they took on the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. As expected with any game at Coors, there were a ton of runs to go around. The Nationals defeated the Rockies 11-6 behind a strong performance from Yunel Escobar, who went 3-for-4 with a homerun and four RBIs. The most expensive hitter of the day Bryce Harper failed to record a hit, but scored four runs on four base on balls. The Rockies put up a decent fight, hitting three homeruns against starter Jordan Zimmermann. Carlos Gonzalez continues to crush the baseball, hitting his 28th homerun in the first inning.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
The Blue Jays came into Tuesday one game behind the New York Yankees and were looking to win their second game in a row against the Phillies. Starter R.A Dickey wasn’t at his best tonight, giving up five runs, on nine hits in four innings of work. The Jays would break the game wide open in the sixth, thanks to homeruns from Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion. Toronto’s bullpen would take over from there, allowing just two hits to the Phillies, while closer Roberto Osuna picked up his 14th save of the season.
Jacob DeGrom continues to have a fantastic season, picking up his 12th win of the season against the Baltimore Orioles. DeGrom pitched 7.2 innings, giving up one run, on five hits while striking out six. Veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson lead the way for the Mets, hitting his 21st and 22nd homeruns of the season, both solo shots. The Mets have been a different team since the trade deadline and now have a five game lead on the Washington Nationals for top spot in the N.L. East.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
The San Francisco Giants continue to be one of the best teams in baseball this season. The Giants defeated the Cardinals 2-0 thanks to a strong performance from veteran pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. The 38-year-old pitched six innings of scoreless baseball, allowing two hits while striking out five. San Francisco finished 0-10 with runners in scoring position, but that was enough for them to pick up their fifth win in six games. The rubber match of this series goes tomorrow with Matt Cain squaring off against Jamie Garcia
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Santiago Casilla (29)
- Andrew Miller (27)
- Jeurys Familia(33)
- Roberto Osuna (14)
- Greg Holland (27)
- Carson Smith (13)
- A,J Ramos (20)
- Aroldis Chapman (BS 2)
- Rangers acquired OF Will Venable from the San Diego Padres in exchange for C/OF Marcus Greene and a player to be named later.
- Indians activated 2B Jason Kipnis from the 15-day DL.
- Chris Johnson—15-day DL—(finger)
- Giovanny Urshela—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Carlos Gonzalez—day-to-dayy—(knee)
- Omar Infante—day-to-day—(back)
- David Phelps—out for season—(forearm)
- Glen Perkins—day-to-day—(neck)
- Bobby Parnell—15-day DL—(arm)
- Mark Teixeira—day-to-day—(leg)
- Bryan Mitchell—7-day DL—(concussion)
- Coco Crisp—day-to-day—(hip, ankle)
- Maikel Franco—15-day DL—(wrist)
- Jason Heyward—day-to-day—(hamstring)
- Josh Hamilton—day-to-day—(knee)
- Michael Saunders—out for season—(knee)