Fantasy Baseball Final: April 14, 2015
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We have 13 games on schedule for Tuesday, and luckily the rain on the east coast did not cost us any live action. We start with what was a scary moment in Cleveland tonight, when Indians’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Chicago White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera in the top of the first inning. Carrasco was down for a little over a minute, but he was fortunately able to walk off under his own power. Prior to leaving the game, Carrasco had yet to record an out after giving up two runs. At this time, the Indians’ are calling the injury a “jaw contusion”, noting that Carrasco hasn’t shown any signs of a concussion.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
The Miami Marlins’ offense finally woke up Tuesday, combining for 11 hits in the 8-2 victory on the road against the Atlanta Braves. The Marlins came into the game with something to prove, especially after losing their sixth game of the early season in walk-off fashion Monday night in Atlanta. The Marlins were able to chase the recently acquired Trevor Cahill out of the game early in the third inning following a bases loaded walk. Perhaps the most important storyline from the game was Giancarlo Stanton’s three hit performance. Coming into tonight, Stanton was just 3 for 23 (.130) with three RBI on the season, but he managed to collect four RBI in the win. Tom Koehler picked up his first win of the year for the Marlins, giving up two runs over 5.1 innings with two strikeouts. The two teams finish up their series in a day game on Wednesday with Eric Stults and Dan Haren slated to start for their respective clubs.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Matt Harvey was solid in his 2015 home debut against the Philadelphia Phillies, striking out eight over six innings while letting up three runs. Harvey has been great in his first two starts of the season since returning to the mound following his Tommy John surgery in 2013, striking out 17 with a 2.25 ERA over his first 12 innings of the campaign. Overall, it was an interesting game in New York on Tuesday, including a pair of questionable umpire calls and batters being purposely thrown at. Though it’s still April, the division rivalry between the two clubs was in full form during the eventual Mets’ victory. Harvey’s next start seems to be slated for Sunday at home against the Miami Marlins.
The Detroit Tigers kept on rolling in their 2-0 victory on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates, improving to 7-1 on the season. Shane Greene was the main story for the Tigers in the victory, limiting the Pirates to just three eights over eight scoreless innings, while striking out three to earn his second win of the season. Greene came over from the New York Yankees in the three-team trade that sent pitcher Robbie Ray to the Arizona Diamondbacks and shortstop Didi Gregorious to the Yankees. Ian Kinsler picked up his eighth RBI on the year for the Tigers, going 1 for 5 on the day. For the Pirates, veteran starter A.J. Burnett was great in his 6.2 innings, giving up just one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts, though the lack of offense caused him to pick up his first loss of the year.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Stephen Strasburg remains winless on the young season after taking the no decision Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox. Strasburg lasted 5.1 innings, giving up five runs on ten hits with five strikeouts. Strasburg was actually in line to get the win after the Nationals chased starter Justin Masterson out of the game in the fifth inning, but a sloppy seventh inning by the Nats’ defense gave the Sox a 8-7 lead, and that’s all Boston would need on their way to their sixth win of the season. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia provided the power for Boston in this one, hitting his third home run of the year. Outfielder Mookie Betts provided some offense as well, picking up his eighth RBI and swiping his third stolen base of the early campaign. Over his first two starts, Strasburg is 0-1 in 10.2 innings, striking out ten and giving up eight runs.
The injury riddled Texas Rangers put up eight runs at home against the Los Angeles Angels to help them win their fourth game of the year. Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus and catcher Robinson Chirinos both hit their first home runs of the year in the sixth inning of the game, helping them extend their lead in the 8-2 victory. Andrus, along with Rougned Odor and Leonys Martin, all picked up their first stolen bases of the season as well. Nick Martinez picked up the win for the Rangers, tossing seven innings of one run ball with one strikeout. Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout was limited to just one hit on the day in his four at-bats.
Cincinnati Reds’ starter Anthony Desclafani outduled Chicago Cubs’ starter Jake Arietta in the Reds’ 3-2 road victory. Desclafani was the main piece that the Reds got back in the trade that sent Mat Latos to Miami, and so far the Reds have to be happy with the production from their young starter. Desclafani went seven innings, giving up just two hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Reds’ reliever Kevin Gregg almost blew the lead in the eighth inning after giving up a two run homer to Cubs’ pinch hitter Wellington Castillo, though the Reds were able to hold on to the one run lead. On the other side of things, Arrieta was strong in his second start this season, giving up three runs in 6.2 innings with 5 strikeouts, though it wasn’t enough to earn the victory.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Koji Uehara, BOS (converted save 1-1)
Zach Britton, BAL (converted save 2-2)
Joakim Soria (converted save 3-3)
Kevin Jepsen, TB (converted save 1-1)
Jeurys Familia, NYM (converted save 3-3)
David Robertson, CHW (converted save 2-2)
Aroldis Chapman, CIN (converted save 3-3)
Carlos Carrasco (jaw contusion) can be considered day-to-day for now until we find out more on the injury.
Pablo Sandoval left Tuesday’s game a few innings after being struck in the foot by a pitch from Stephen Strasburg. Consider Sandoval day-to-day for now.
Michael Cuddyer left the game early with a hand injury, though the initial x-rays have come back negative. Cuddyer is day-to-day.
David Wright (hamstring) is likely headed to the 15-day DL after sliding awkwardly into second base, Adam Rubin of ESPN reported. Eric Campbell is getting called up from Triple-A in reaction to the injury. The injury is a tough blow for the Mets and fantasy owners everywhere.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
Earlier in the day, the Indians announced that they signed former Colorado Rockies’ pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league contract. Chacin has dealt with injuries throughout his career, including a shoulder injury last season, but he and the Indians hope that a change of scenery can help his fortune. Now with the injury to pitcher Carlos Carrasco, Chacin has a chance to get his shot with the Indians, though that is just speculation at this point. Chacin was a 14 game winner in 2013, pitching 197.1 frames with a 3.47 ERA and 126 strikeouts.