Fantasy Baseball Final: August 11, 2015
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What’s not mentioned below:
- Tampa Bay Rays’ starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez tossed seven solid shutout innings with four strikeouts in the teams’ 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier’s two-run homer in the seventh inning was all Tampa would need on their way to victory.
- Mookie Betts was great in his return from the disabled list tonight, going 3-5 with two RBI and his 14th stolen base of the season.
- The surging Chicago Cubs lead the Brewers 6-3 at the time I’m writing this piece. Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler both have 2 RBI in the game.
- Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain all went deep for the Royals tonight, as they’re leading the Detroit Tigers 5-1 in the eighth inning. Yordano Ventura struck out eight over his six shutout innings, though he walked six batters and gave up two hits. Here’s a bright spot for the Tigers, Miguel Cabrera could be returning from the DL this weekend.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks are beating the Philadelphia Phillies right now 11-1… and it’s the third inning! Aaron Hill and David Peralta both have home runs for the D-Backs, with Peralta’s home run coming in grand fashion.
- Trevor Rosenthal is about to close the door for the Cardinals against the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates. Carlos Martinez struck out eight over eight innings for the Red Birds, giving up three runs. Gregory Polanco collected three hits for the Bucs.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
You cannot stop the Toronto Blue Jays; you can only hope to contain them. The hottest team in baseball took home another victory tonight, this time against the Oakland A’s in a 4-2 final. Drew Hutchison let up two runs over his seven innings of work, striking out six and walking two batters. I was sure that my Tulo-Donaldson combination on DraftKings tonight would have been a great thing, but since my luck sucks they both took the collar going 0-4. Chris Colabello, on the other hand, went 3-4 for the Jays with a run scored. Go figure. Jose Bautista launched his 27th home run of the season in the win, though that was the lone hit he collected tonight in his four at-bats. For the A’s, Kendall Graveman took the loss, giving up four runs (two earned) in 4.2 innings of work, striking out four while giving up five hits. Graveman tossed 103 pitches (61 for strikes) before being pulled, and his ERA now sits at 3.89 on the year. Rookie Billy Burns went 2-4 with an RBI for Oakland in the losing effort.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Happy Harvey Day! It took New York Mets’ starter Matt Harvey only 97 pitches to get through his eight stellar innings of work tonight, quieting the Colorado Rockies’ bats en route to a 4-0 victory at home. Harvey scattered just four hits throughout his outing, walking none and striking out four. The ‘Dark Knight’ now has an 11-7 record to go along with a 2.61 ERA, with 131 strikeouts over 140 innings. Expect the Mets to continue to keep a close eye on Harvey’s inning limit, since it’s his first year back from Tommy John surgery, and since they’re also going to want to have him come October if they make it to the postseason. Juan Lagares went 3-5 for the Mets, including a two run double in the eighth inning to double their lead to four to give them enough of a cushion to easily come out on top. The red hot Carlos Gonzalez went 0-4 in the loss for the Rockies.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
At this current moment, the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians are tied at four in the eleventh inning of the ballgame. Carlos Carrasco was on the bump for the Indians, and besides his two hiccups in the sixth and eighth inning, he was rather flawless in his performance tonight. Unfortunately, the one bump in the road was a game-tying solo home run off the bat of Carlos Beltran. Carrasco tossed eight innings, giving up the two runs on four hits, while striking out eight. Yankees rookie starter Luis Severino was solid in his outing, tossing six innings of two run ball with two strikeouts. The Bronx Bombers had a chance to close this one out in the 10th, but Andrew Miller blew the save after giving up two earned runs.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Xavier Cedeno (1)
Roberto Osuna (11)
Andrew Miller (Blown save)
David Robertson (23)
Vance Worley accepted his option to Triple-A Indianapolis
San Diego Padres sign SP Bud Norris to a Major League contract
Mookie Betts was activated from the 7-Day DL
Angel Pagan – 15-Day DL – (Right patella tendinitis)
Koji Uehara – Out for season – (Right wrist fracture)
Jose Fernandez – 15-Day DL – (Right biceps strain)