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Fantasy Baseball Final: August 3, 2015

Welcome to the The Fantasy Fix’s nightly fantasy baseball recap, where you’ll find updates on bullpen usage, lineup construction, injuries, and transactions. Whether you play season-long or daily fantasy, expect to see the best coverage from every team, every night, all season long.

It was a busy night in baseball that saw 22 teams in action. Some big name pitcher took to the mound tonight, including Felix Hernandez, Corey Kluber and Francisco Liriano to name a few. The Mets were looking to take sole possession of first place in the N.L East, while the Blue Jays looked to close the gap on the Yankees for first place in the A.L East.

IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…

 The Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers put on a show for the fans in Arlington. Both teams combined to score 21 runs on 28 hits in a 12-9 win for the Rangers. Astros starter Lance McCullers will want to forget this start—lasting just a third of a inning giving up six runs on seven hits. Texas pitcher Colby Lewis wasn’t any better, giving up seven runs on ten hits while striking out three, but it was still good enough for him to pick up the win and move to 12-4 on the season. Jason Castro finished the night 2-for-4 with a homerun and four RBIs. Adrian Beltre led the way for the Rangers, hitting for the cycle and collecting three RBIs.

JUST AS WE EXPECTED…

 Toronto fans got to see David Price pitch for the first time in a Blue Jays uniform as the Jays took on the Twins. Price had himself a day, pitching eight innings of one run ball and striking out 11. The Jays haven’t had a true ace since 2009 (Halladay) and are hoping the lefty will be able to lead the rotation into the playoffs. Third baseman Josh Donaldson once again led the way for Toronto, hitting his 27th homerun of the season. The Jays beat the Twins 5-1 and now sit 5.5 games behind the Yankees in the A.L East and are tied with the Twins for the final wildcard spot.

The New York Mets were looking to take sole possession of first place in the N.L East. Tied with Washington heading into tonight, the Mets were looking to beat the struggling Marlins and for the Nationals to lose against the Diamondbacks. The Mets did their part, crushing the Marline 12-1 at home. Bartolo Colon went eight innings, giving up one run on seven hits while striking out five and newly acquired Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Rookie Michael Conforto collected two hits tonight, including his first career homerun. The Nationals were unable to get past the Diamondbacks, losing 6-4 to fall one game behind the Mets for top spot.

BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…

 Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley is starting to make a name for him self. The 25-year-old held the Nationals in check for most of the night, pitching six innings of scoreless baseball while striking out six. The rookie is now 3-0 this season with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He’s picked up a quality start in all three of his starts and has a respectable 17:5 K:BB ratio. The 10th round pick in 2013 is showing no signs of wanting to return to Triple-A and he’s slowly become a pitcher to add in season-long fantasy leagues. If still available on the waiver wire, now would be a good time to go scoop him up before someone else does.

When two mediocre pitchers take to the mound, there’s a good chance it will finish as a high scoring game. That was the case tonight in Atlanta. The Braves managed to squeak past the Giants 9-8 thanks to a walk off homerun by Adonis Garcia in the bottom of the 12th. Both teams combined to hit eight homeruns in what was an exciting game for both fans and fantasy owners.

THE REST OF THE DETAILS

 SAVE CHANCES

  • Brad Ziegler (19)
  • Shawn Tolleson (19)
  • Brad Boxberger (27)
  • Carson Smith (10)

LINEUP MOVES

  • The Athletics claimed INF/OF Danny Valencia off waiver from the Blue Jays
  • Rays optioned pitcher Matt Moore to Triple-A Durham

INJURIES

  • Freddie Freeman—day-to-day—(oblique)
  • Anderlton Simmons—day-to-day—(thumb)
  • Chris Tillman—day-to-day—(ankle)
  • Pablo Sandoval—day-to-day—(wrist)
  • Jason Kipnis—15-day DL—(shoulder)
  • Josh Reddick—day-to-day—(back)
  • J Burnett—15 day DL—(elbow)
  • Angel Pagan—day-to-day—(knees)
  • Joe Panik—15-day DL—(back)
  • Logan Morrison—day-to-day—(thumb)
  • Steven Souza—expected to be placed on 15-day DL—(hand)

 

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