Fantasy Baseball Final: August 31, 2015
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It was a rather busy Monday night that saw 12 games in action, including the red hot Toronto Blue Jays and the free falling Washington Nationals. The Jays were looking to take game one of their series with the Cleveland Indians, while the Nationals were in St. Louis taking on the Cardinals.
The Yankees were in Boston tonight looking to keep pace with the Blue Jays in the A.L. East. New York is coming off a tremendous weekend that saw them sweep the Atlanta Braves by a combined score of 38-11. Starter Ivan Nova was looking to pick up his sixth win of the season, while Red Sox rookie Eduardo Rodriguez was looking to improve on his 7-5 record.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
The Cleveland Indians did something tonight that not many teams have been able to do lately; beat the blue Jays at home. Toronto was on a four game winning streak heading into tonight before Danny Salazar put an end to that. The 25-year-old was able to limit the Jays to just two runs on the night while striking out ten.
Blue Jays starter David Price had himself a good start, giving up three runs in seven innings while striking out nine, but it just wasn’t enough to get the win. Coming into tonight, Price had never lost a start at Rogers Center, posting a 8-0 record with a 3.54 ERA over 11 starts. With the Yankees also losing their game tonight in Boston, Toronto remains 1.5 games up on their division rivals.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
The hottest daily fantasy pitcher of the night was Dallas Keuchel and he certainly didn’t disappoint. The Astros starter was locked in from the beginning and gave the Mariners very little to work with, pitching seven innings of one run ball while striking out eight. His only mistake would come in the second inning when Mark Trumbo took the lefty deep to right field. Apart from that, it was smooth sailing. Rookie shortstop Carlos Correa returned to the lineup tonight after missing four games with a sore left hamstring. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a homerun and two RBIs.
The Mets were looking to finish the month of August with a win at home against the Phillies. The veteran Bartolo Colon was on the mound tonight and pitched one of his better games of the year, giving up no runs on four hits while striking out nine. The Phillies would add a run in the top of the ninth, but that’s as close as they would get, falling to the Mets 3-1. Colon picked up his 12th win of the year, while Curtis Granderson and rookie Michael Conforto both homered. With the win, the Mets picked up their 20th win of the month, something they hadn’t done in over 15 years.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Pitching at Coors Field is never an easy task, but Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray made it look pretty easy. The 23-year-old southpaw pitched 5.2 innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out eight. Only $5600 on DraftKings, Ray provided more than enough value for daily owners who needed some salary cap relief. Starting pitchers at Coors Field may never be a popular decision, but on occasion, it works out. Assuming the D’backs don’t blow the lead, Ray will move to 4-10 on the year with a 3.72 ERA.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Brad Boxberger (33)
- Cody Allen (28)
- Jean Machi (4)
- Jeurys Familia (36)
- Trevor Rosenthal (42) *MLB leader
- Kansas City Royals acquired OF Johnny Gomes from Atlanta in exchange for Minor League SS Luis Valenzuela.
- Chicago Cubs acquired OF Austin Jackson from Seattle in exchange for international singing bonus slot (no.4) and a player to be named later.
- Andrelton Simmons—day-to-day—(ankle)
- Cameron Maybin—day-to-day—(soreness)
- Mike Foltynewicz—day-to-day—(illness)
- Miguel Gonzalez—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Hanley Ramirez—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Enrique Hernandez—15-day DL—(hamstring)
- Christian Yelich—day-to-day—(knee)
- Mark Teixeira—day-to-day—(leg)
- Chris Bassitt—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Carlos Martinez—day-to-day—(back)
- Kevin Kiermaier—day-to-day—(ankle)