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Fantasy Baseball Final: August 28, 2015

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On a night where saw all 30 teams in action, runs were at somewhat of a premium with so many top-notch pitchers taking the mound. Anytime both Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer take the hill, daily fantasy players have a tough choice to make. Some other elite pitchers in action tonight include Sonny Gray, Michael Wacha, Cole Hamels and Masahiro Tanaka.

IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…

The Yankees came into tonight 1.5 games behind the Blue Jays for the top spot in the American League East and were taking on the Atlanta Braves on the road. It didn’t take long for New York to impose their will on starter Williams Perez, who gave up a season high eight run on five hits in just 1.2 innings of work. The Yankees scored five runs in the first inning—with the big blow coming from shortstop Didi Gregorius—who blasted a three-run shot. The Braves would get two in the bottom of the first thanks to Freddie Freeman and Nick Swisher, but the beating would continue in the second inning, as Ross Detwiler would walk both Greg Bird and Chase Headley with the bases loaded to make it 7-2. Gregorius would smack a two-run single after that to make it 9-2. All in all, the Yankees would prevail 15-4 and move a half game closer to the Jays.

JUST AS WE EXPECTED…

The Blue Jays were at home taking on the Detroit Tigers and looking to keep their 1.5 game lead on the Yankees. For many daily fantasy players, stacking the Blue Jays was the easy way to go, but fitting all those high prices batters in one lineup would be a challenge. If you were able to find a way to do so, you were rewarded. Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista all went yard against Tigers starter and former Blue Jay Matt Boyd. Boyd came into tonight with a 7.04 ERA in 30.2 innings and the top of the order showed their power against the lefty. Donaldson’s homerun was his 35th of the season and his RBI was his league leading 102nd. R.A Dickey was solid for Toronto, pitching 6.2 innings of three run ball while striking out six. The knuckleballer improves to 9-10 on the season with a 4.25 ERA.

BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…

It’s no secret that the Washington Nationals have been pretty terrible since the beginning of August, but they could always count on ace Max Scherzer giving them a chance to win every fifth game. Tonight though, that wasn’t the case, as Scherzer and the Nats fell to the Miami Marlins 4-3. The 31-year-old pitched seven innings striking out eight, but gave up four runs—including homeruns to Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna. The Nationals would score runs in the fifth and sixth to cut the lead to one, but that’s as close as they would get. Scherzer record now sits at 11-11 for the season with a 2.88 ERA and 209 strikeouts. Washington now sits seven games outside of a playoff spot behind the division leading New York Mets.

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