Fantasy Baseball Final: May 16th, 2016
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Nine games were scheduled for this Monday night, but rain postponed the Red Sox and Royals till tomorrow night. Despite the smaller schedule, there was no shortage of runs or excitement. No big name pitchers were scheduled to start this evening, but some big power bats were ready to take to the field. One thing is for sure; if a pitchers duel is what you were looking for on this slate, you didn’t find it.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Jose Berrios hasn’t been in the Majors very long, but he’ll certainly want to forget this game as soon as possible. The rookie pitcher failed to get out of the first inning for the first time in his short career, allowing seven runs, on three hits, walking four and striking out just one batter. The big blow came at the bottom of the order, a three-run double off the bat of Jose Iglesias that would put an end to Berrios’ night.
The Twins would fight all the way back and tie the game up in the top of the seventh, thanks to a costly error by J.D. Martinez. Nick Castellanos would put the Tigers ahead for good and Martinez would add an insurance run in the bottom of the eight with his seventh homerun of the season. Jordan Zimmermann picked up the win in this game despite allowing seven runs on 11 hits. He now has a record of 6-2 and an ERA of 2.45.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
The Pittsburgh Pirates came into tonight looking to hand the Atlanta Braves another loss. It didn’t take the Pirates long to get on the board. John Jaso would score on a wild pitch to give the Pirates an early 1-0, before Francisco Cervelli drove in the second run of the game. Pittsburgh would score three in the first and add two more in the bottom of the third. In all, Braves starter Williams Perez would last six innings, allowing six runs, on nine hits and striking out two.
With the loss, the Braves move to 9-28 on the season. Some people may think it’s too early to say the season is a complete loss, but it doesn’t look like things will get better in the coming weeks.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
J.A. Happ has been a pleasant surprise for the Blue Jays this season, but his early success up till now came to a crashing halt tonight. The Tampa Bay Rays demolished the 33-year-old early and often, scoring two runs in the first, three in the second, and four in the third. Happ would last just two-plus innings, surrendering eight runs, on seven hits, while striking out just two. It was a game to forget for the entire team, losing 13-2 by the end of the night.
Steven Souza Jr. and Desmond Jennings both finished 3-for-5 on the night, while Steve Pearce finished 2-for-4 with a homerun and three RBIs.
After the beating the Jays took on the field yesterday (literally), this was not the response John Gibbons was looking for from his team. Game two of this series goes tomorrow night when Marcus Stroman takes on Chris Archer.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Francisco Rodriguez (10)
- J. Ramos (12)
- Mark Melancon (12)
- White Sox acquired OF Jason Bourgeois from the Arizona D’backs for cash. Bourgeois will report to Triple-A Charlotte.
- Blue Jays claimed INF Jimmy Pareds off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.
- Pirates placed OF Starling Marte on Paternity List.
- Phillies released catcher J.P. Arencibia
- Josh Collmenter—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Steven Matz—TBD—(elbow)
- Cameron Rupp—day-to-day—(ankle)