Fantasy Baseball Final: April 27, 2015
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It was a busy night in baseball that saw 28 teams in action. One game was postponed due to riots (BALvsCWS), but apart from that, there were no real weather issue. There were no early games today (Booooooo!!!) so it was pretty easy for fantasy players to set their lineups. Some early winners include the Red Sox, the Yankees, the Braves, the Royals, the Reds, the Mets (again), the Cubs and the Phillies. Some late games still going on include the Mariners leading the Rangers (3-1 Top 9), the Tigers up on Minnesota (5-4 Bottom 9), Colorado leading Arizona (5-2 Top 6), Houston up on San Diego (2-0 Top 5), and the Dodgers leading the Giants (4-0 Top 5).
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Everyone expected the Tigers to beat the Twins today, but I don’t think anyone expected Jose Iglesias to lead the way. The 25-year-old shortstop finished the night 3-5, including a homerun in the top of the first. He was by far their best player tonight, and if you went with him in MLB DFS, you were rewarded. The Cuban import was hitting in the two-hole and was really a cheap option if you needed to save some money to pay up for some of the big hitters today. David Price was as advertised—pitching 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven. It was good to see Price get back on track, and he will continue to be one of the elite pitchers moving forward.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
The Mets continue to be the hottest team in baseball this season. They found some magic in the top of the ninth when Daniel Murphy blasted a three run shot to give the Mets the lead. Murphy has struggled a bit the season with the bat—hitting only .169 in 19 games before tonight. Dillon Gee pitched a solid game, going 7 2/3 innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out three. All in all, the Mets found a way to win, and right now they look like they may never lose a game again. They currently lead the N.L East by 4.5 games over the Braves
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Raise your hand if you started Jason Marquis tonight *crickets*. If you did, well you got your moneys worth. The veteran pitched eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out three. Milwaukee has been a disappointment so far this season to say the least so far this season, and they only managed to make the game close in the top of the ninth once Marquis was out of the game. all in all it was a nice outing by the 36-year-old, and he will look to build on this outing Saturday when he takes on the Braves and Eric Stults.
Cole Hamels was on point tonight for the Phillies—allowing one run on four hits and striking out nine. The Cardinals couldn’t find a way to muster anything against the Phillies ace, and John Lackey just couldn’t find a way to get the batters he faced to chase pitches and strikeout. Carlos Ruiz lead the way for the road team tonight—going 4-4 with two runs scored. It’s going to be a season long struggle for the Phillies to score runs, but when Hamels is on the mound, he doesn’t need much, and tonight he got more than enough to secure his first win of the season.
I was big on Corey Kluber coming into this week, and so far it’s not looking good. The righty was awful tonight, pitching 6 1/3 innings, giving up six runs (four earned) on ten hits while striking out five. The Alabama native now falls to 0-3 on the season, and it may be time for fantasy owners to leave Kluber on the bench till he figures his stuff out. Jason Vargas on the other hand got the job done—going five innings, allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out one. He did give up five walks in the game, but the Indians weren’t able to make him pay for it. Kluber gets a chance to redeem himself Saturday when he takes on Aaron Sanchez and the Blue Jays at home.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Andrew Miller (8)
- Jeurys Familia (9)
- Steve Cishek (BS)
- Fernando Rodney (5)
- Joakim Soria (8)
- Jonathan Papelbon (5)
- Jose Iglesias batted in the 2nd spot today, while Anthony Gose was moved down to the 9th
- Jose Bautista retuned to the lineup today after missing five games with a sore shoulder. He went 0-3 with a walk.
- Edwin Escobar—15-Day DL—(shoulder)
- Mike Naopli—Day-To-Day—(illness)
- Pablo Sandoval—Day-To-Day—(neck)
- Homer Bailey—15-Day DL—(elbow)
- Devin Mesoraco—Day-To-Day—(hip)
- Adam Ottavino—15-Day DL—(triceps)
- Al Alburquerque—Day-To-Day—(illness)
- Rajai Davis—Day-To-Day—(groin)
- Brandon McCarthy—Out For Season—(elbow)
- Jonathan Pettibone—60-Day DL—(shoulder)
- Gregory Polance- Day-To-Day—(groin)
- Jason Heyward—Day-To-Day—(hamstring)
- John Jaso—60-Day DL—(wrist)
- Desmond Jennings—Day-To-Day—(knee)
- Nick Tepesch—60-Day DL—(elbow)
- Max Scherzer—Day-To-Day—(thumb)
- Yunel Escobar—Day-To-Day—(hand)