Fantasy Baseball Final: May 9th, 2016
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Thirteen games were scheduled for tonight, but Mother Nature refused to cooperate with us. The Cubs, Padres, Orioles and Twins were all rained out and will be made up for at a later date.
Some big names were on the rubber tonight, including Marlins ace Jose Fernandez and Indians ace Corey Kluber. Both pitchers were excellent options in DFS, but only one was worth the price. Stephen Strasburg was also on the hill tonight for the Nationals. Fresh off signing a new 7-year/$175M deal, the righty was looking to show his team that they made the right decision to keep him in D.C.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Jose Fernandez is one of baseball’s best young pitchers in the league, and his game was on point tonight. The 23-year-old was dominant from start to finish, racking up 11 strikeouts in in seven innings on his way to a fourth win this season. The Brewers had no answer for Fernandez and are now 13-19 on the season. Derek Dietrich picked up three hits in the game and continues to shine in his role with Dee Gordon out of the lineup.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Chris Young has always had a hard time facing left-handed hitters, but tonight, the veteran pitcher was exceptionally bad. The Yankees tagged Young for five homeruns on their way to a 6-3 victory. Carlos Beltran did the most damage of the night, hitting two solo bombs for his 13th and 14th RBIs of the season. It hasn’t been a great start for the Yankees this season, but this could be the game that helps turn their season around. Back from his suspension, Aroldis Chapman pitched one inning, striking out two and allowing one run.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
For fantasy owners, Corey Kluber is the ultimate love/hate relationship. The 30-year-old has the stuff to strike out hitters every fifth day, but he just can’t find the success that saw him win a Cy Young two seasons ago.
The righty was awful in his start tonight—lasting just 2.2 innings, giving up five runs on five hits while striking out just three. The Astros opened the game up in the third inning and added two more runs in the sixth and eighth. Jose Altuve got the ball rolling in the fifth with a two-run double before Colby Rasmus hit a two-run single three batters later.
Mike Fiers on the other hand was in full control from start to finish, pitching seven innings of one-run ball and striking out four. With the win, Fiers moves to 3-1 on the season, while Kluber falls to 2-4.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Bryan Morris (1)
- Tony Cingrani (2)
- Diamondbacks recalled pitcher Archie Bradley from Triple-A Reno
- Yankees reinstate pitcher Aroldis Chapman from the Restricted List
- Blue Jays placed Brett Cecil on paternity list
- Braves acquired catcher Anthony Recker from the Indians for cash.
- White Sox activated Alex Avila from the 15-Day DL
- Andrelton Simmonds—out indefinitely—(thumb)
- Mark Canha—day-to-day—(back)
- Danny Valencia—day-to-day—(hamstring)
- Niel Walker—day-to-day—(shin)
- Andrew Cashner—day-to-day—(hamstring)
- Starlin Castro—day-to-day—(oblique)
- Jacoby Ellsbury—day-to-day—(hip)