Fantasy Baseball Final: August 5, 2015
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It was a busy Tuesday in baseball that saw all 30 teams take to the field. A handful of stud pitchers took to the mound tonight, including Johnny Cueto making his second start since being traded from Cincinnati. The Blue Jays had a date with the Twins at home, while the Yankees took on the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. The Jays came into night 5.5 games back of New York in the A.L East. The Mets were looking to win their 6th game in Miami against the Marlins, while the Nationals took on the D’backs at home looking to keep pace with the Mets for top spot in the N.L East.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
The Blue Jays continue to roll since the trade deadline, winning their fourth game in a row and seven of their last eight. After the Twins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, Toronto stormed back to score nine unanswered runs and take a 9-3 lead after four innings. Josh Donaldson hit his 29th homerun in the bottom of the first to cut the lead to one, followed by a Jose Bautista grand slam in the bottom of the second. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion would also join in on the homerun parade, hitting a three-run bomb in the bottom of the fourth. Toronto would win this game 9-7 and close the gap to 4.5 games behind the Yankees for top spot in the A.L East.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
The New York Mets have been a different team since the trade deadline. New York picked up their sixth win in a row, beating the Marlins 8-6 in Miami. Pitcher Matt Harvey picked up his 10th win of the season, going seven innings and allowing just one run. The Mets were cruising 8-0 for most of the night before the Marlins made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth. The fish would go on to score six in the frame, but closer Jeurys Familia would come in to stop the bleeding. With the win, the Mets now have a 1.5 game lead on the Nationals for top spot in the N.L East.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Unlike the Mets, the Washington Nationals are starting to fall apart. Coming into tonight, Washington had lost four of five since the beginning of August and were in desperate need of some wins. Things didn’t get any better tonight, as the Nationals fell to the Diamondbacks 11-4 at home. Starter Gio Gonzalez did his part to keep his team in the game, pitching five innings of two run ball while striking out seven. The bullpen however would couch up the lead in the sixth, thanks to RBI singles from Nick Ahmed and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and a bases loaded walk by Tanner Roark. Welington Castillo would put the game away in the eighth inning with a three-run shot to center field. Bryce Harper was quoted earlier this week saying he didn’t care what the Mets were doing, but if the Nationals are to make it to the post season, they might have to start caring a lot more about their play on the field.
The Yankees were looking to win their third game in a row tonight as they took on the Boston Bruins at Yankee Stadium. Rookie Luis Severino was getting his first MLB start and faired very well, pitching five innings and giving up two runs. Severino would also go on to record seven strikeouts. The 21-year-old gave up an RBI double to Alejandro De Aza in the second inning, followed by a solo homerun to slugger David Ortiz in the fourth. That’s all the Red Sox would need, as start Steven Wright pitched eight innings, giving up one run, on four hits while striking out a season high nine batters. Wright’s only error would come in the bottom of the seventh, a solo homerun to veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran. The Yankees will look to get back on track tomorrow when C.C Sabathia takes to the mound looking for his fifth win of the season.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Fernando Rodney (BS 6)
- Cody Allen (BS 3)
- Koji Uehara (24)
- Mark Melancon (34)
- Kenley Jansen (20)
- LaTroy Hawkins (3)
- Alex Wilson (2)
- Jeurys Familia (29)
- Francisco Rodriguez (25)
- Rays claimed OF Daniel Nava off waivers from Red Sox
- Diamondbacks optioned SP Zack Godley to Double-A Mobile
- Andrelton Simmons—day-to-day—(thumb)
- Chris Tillman—day-to-day—(ankle)
- Rafael Soriano—15-day DL—(shoulder)
- Daniel Webb—15-day DL—(back)
- Preston Tucker—day-to-day—(arm)
- Brian McCann—day-to-day—(knee)
- Coco Crisp—day-to-day—(neck)
- Josh Reddick—day-to-day—(back)
- Brandon Morrow—out for season—(shoulder)
- Angel Pagan—day-to-day—(knees)
- Logan Morrison—day-to-day—(thumb)
- Asdurbal Cabrera—day-to-day—(head)