Fantasy Baseball Final: April 16, 2015
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We have a light schedule for baseball on this beautiful Thursday in April. With two inter-divisional day games, MLB has only 6 total games to be played today. After jumping out to a historic 7-0 start, and sending a message to all of Major League Baseball, the defending American League Champion Royals lost their second straight game to fellow Central Division rivals, the Minnesota Twins. The win is number three on the young season for Minnesota, who find themselves at the bottom of the AL Standings along with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
The New York Mets came back from an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 on Thursday night. The Mets lost captain David Wright to the 15-DL with a hamstring strain the other night, but have continued on their hot start without him. The win tonight is the 4th in a row for New York, highlighted by Wilmer Florers’ 5th inning 3-run home run to tie the game. Lucas Duda also built on his phenomenal start by going 3-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. The Mets’ win streak has them on top of the National League East through the first 10 games of the 2015 season.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Giancarlo Stanton broke out of his slump tonight by launching his first home run of the year to the opposite field against the New York Mets. Miami lost the game despite early lead; however, the first inning home run marked the 155th long ball of Stanton’s career, giving him the most in Marlins history. He’s gotten off to a bit of a slow start, scattering only 6 hits in his team’s first 9 games prior to today. It was only a matter of time before Stanton found his groove. Giancarlo is a notoriously slow starter, failing to homer for the entire month of April last season en route to an NL leading 37 home runs. Stanton was slashing just .200/.368/.267 on the year, but both the Marlins and fantasy owners should expect him to finish closer to his career numbers of .270/.364/.536.
WHAT WE DIDN’T EXPECT…
The Tampa Bay Rays picked up their 6th win of the season tonight behind a dominant pitching performance behind circumstantial ace, Chris Archer. With both Matt Moore and Alex Cobb out, Archer find himself on top of a rotation for an ball club that relies heavily on it’s pitching staff. The stuff has always been there for Archer, and it seems like he is poised to have a breakout year, going 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA in his first three starts this season. Archer was dealing tonight, only giving up 2 hit over the course of 7 strong innings, while striking out 11 Toronto Blue Jays in the process.
-Glen Perkins (2)
-Drew Storen (3)
-Brad Boxberger (4)
-Jeurys Familia (4)
Milwaukee Brewers’ centerfielder Carlos Gomez left Wednesday night’s game against St. Louis in the top of the 9th when he heard a pop in his right hamstring while legging out a fielders’ choice. Gomez limped off the field in obvious pain, but he remained hopeful that the injury was not as serious as it feels. The hamstring pull will land Gomez on the 15-Day Disabled List just like it did David Wright only 2 short days ago. Carlos Gomez is arguably the best hitter in the Brewers lineup, averaging a slash line of .277/.336/.483 the last 3 seasons; and considering the Brewers are off to a 3-9 start and have failed to score over 2 runs in 6 of those games, they desperately need Gomez’s bat in the lineup.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
Since opening day, all of Major League Baseball fans have been asking the question, “When are we going to see Kris Bryant in Chicago with the big league club?” Well, the time has passed, and Bryant’s Triple A version of purgatory is finally coming to an end as he is expected to be called up to the majors as early as Friday. It seemed like an injustice to send the young slugger who smashed 9 home runs and had a jarring OPS of 1.652 this Spring to the minors, but for an extra year of control over the soon-to-be superstar, it was an obvious decision for the Cubs. With injuries to infielders Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella, Bryant can find himself in the starting lineup upon his arrival; however, in the MRI on reliever Neil Ramirez’s shoulder causes right hander to miss some time, that could delay Bryant’s promotion as the Cubs would need to considering adding another arm instead.