Fantasy Baseball Final April 22, 2015
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We had one early game today between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox, with the White Sox shutting out the Indians at home 6-0. Jose Abreu hit his fifth home run of the season in the first inning for the White Sox, thus giving Jeff Samardzija enough run support to take home his first win in a White Sox uniform. Reigning AL CY Young award winner Corey Kluber was on the hill for the Indians, though he was shelled for 13 hits over six innings, giving up six earned runs and striking out six. Kluber has yet to pick up his first win of the season despite being solid in his previous outings; his next start comes against Kansas City on Tuesday at home.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
David Price went into tonight’s game with a 4.06 lifetime ERA against the New York Yankees and well; it got a little worse after tonight in the 13-4 loss at home. Price gave up eight runs in just two and third innings of work, walking three and striking out two. Before tonight’s start, Price had given up just one run in 22 1/3 innings of work, with 20 strikeouts against five walks. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-4 for the Yankees, with an RBI and a run scored. Catcher Brian McCann also collected two hits in five at bats, with an RBI and two runs scored. As for the Tiger’s offense, Miguel Cabrera went 1-3 with a walk, and Yoenis Cespedes went 2-3 with an RBI. The two teams will finish off their four game set tomorrow, with Masahiro Tanaka looking to complete the sweep against Anibal Sanchez at 1pm EST.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Colorado Rockies’ Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado returned to the lineup tonight, and they both helped propel the Rockies’ to their 5-4 home win against the San Diego Padres. Dickerson went deep in the first and eighth inning in his return to the lineup, driving in two runs and also crossing the plate twice. For Arenado, he went 2-4 in his return to action, driving in a run while also scoring once. For the Padres, Matt Kemp and Justin Upton both went 0-4 in the loss, offering no fantasy value in the game, though outfielder Wil Myers hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning. James Shields got the start for the Padres, going six innings, letting up three runs and striking out five in the no decision.
We expected a good game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals, though I didn’t expect a 7-5 finish in favor of the Cardinals in this game. When you have both Doug Fister and John Lackey on the mound, you’re not exactly expecting a 13 run rout, though the Cardinals were able to capture this one to tie the series a 1-1. Jason Heyward continued to struggle despite the win, going 1-5 with two strikeouts to bring his season average down to .193. The game was tied going into the eighth inning, though second baseman Kolten Wong was able to break that up with his RBI double. Matt Carpenter hit his third home run of the season in the win (1-3), driving in his 11th run of the season.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Well, I didn’t see the Kansas City Royals shut out at home by the Minnesota Twins, especially when Mike Pelfrey was one of the starting pitchers. Pelfrey went seven shutout innings for the Twins, striking out four while giving up just five hits. The Royals just took their fourth loss of the season, with their main offensive contributor being Alcides Escobar going 2-4. For the Twins, first baseman Joe Mauer brought his season average up to .291 with a solid 2-3 performance. One of my fantasy picks this season, outfielder Aswaldo Arcia, brought his average down to .184 and is more than likely worth the drop by now in your yearly league.
Let me start off by saying this isn’t fantasy relevant, but Kris Bryant wasn’t inserted into center field during Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This isn’t exactly something that we could have predicated, though Bryant did collect one hit along with two runs in four at bats in the Cubs’ 4-3 loss Wednesday. Gregory Polanco hit his first home run of the season Wednesday, driving in his fourth run of the season.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Miguel Castro (3)
Trevor Rosenthal (5)
Tony Watson (1)
Jeurys Familia (7)
Steven Geltz (1)
Glen Perkins (3)
Aroldis Chapman (4)
Ben Zobrist (knee) was held out of the lineup. Possibly of arthroscopic surgery if the knee does not respond well to physical activity.
Jose Bautista (shoulder) held out of the lineup, could end up the DL.
Jose Bautista (shoulder) day-to-day
Ben Zobrist (knee) day-to-day
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
The Seattle Mariners and Carlos Quentin agreed to terms on a minor league contract, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. Quentin will be sent to Triple-A initially, and could possibly serve as a platoon option with fellow first baseman Logan Morrison. Quentin was acquired by the Braves in the trade that sent Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres, but was designated for assignment less than a week later thanks to his large salary. Last season, Quentin batted a measly .177 in 155 plate appearances with San Diego.