Fantasy Baseball Final: Friday April 22, 2016
Every night there is something else to grab your attention. With the advent of the internet, Youtube, and the MLB At Bat app, there are always opportunities to catch the big plays. On Friday night, it was Yasiel Puig and Yoenes Cespedes making great plays to kill baserunners. Just imagine If Cuba ever fully opens up. Those two could be playing in the same outfield in World Baseball Classic competitions. Scary indeed.
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The Chicago White Sox could have the best rotation in baseball since Mat Latos returned to prominence. The unsung hero has to be Jose Quintana. He pitched seven scoreless innings on Friday night to move to 2-1 on the season. He lowered his ERA to 1.81 to give the Sox three pitchers with sub 2.00 ERAs. It may be early, but the three pitchers (Chris Sale, Quintana, and Latos) have combined to go 9-1 on the season. If Carlos Rodon could get going it would a devastating combination.
We kind of expected….
The Washington Nationals continued their dominance in the early going with a resounding victory over the Minnesota Twins. Beyond Bryce Harper, the story in the early going has been the play of Daniel Murphy. He had two more hits on Friday night to lift his average to .411. He hit his fifth double on the season and already has nine RBI. Most of the other players have struggling numbers, but their pitching staff has pitched brilliantly in the early going. Gio Gonzalez won his first game on the season and has a 1.42 ERA in the early going.
But We Didn’t Expect
The Phillies have gotten off to a respectable start. Couple their start with the start of the Cincinnati Reds and we see two teams that haven’t grasped the whole tanking concept. The two teams are both 8-9 on the season and “lead” the Milwaukee Brewers by one game in the race for the bottom sweepstakes. It looks like the Atlanta Braves have the early advantage for the first pick in the 2017 draft. Maikel Franco was the hero for the Phillies as he went three for four with two home runs and three RBI.
- Wade Davis (converted #7)
- Chad Allen (converted #5)
- Ryan Madson (converted #7)
- Andrew Miller (converted #4)
Injury News/Roster Moves
- Rumor has it that Aaron Blair will make his debut with the Braves on Sunday. He was part of the huge haul the Braves got for Shelby Miller. His numbers in the minor league have been sparkling, but fantasy owners should be careful not to read too much into those numbers early on. They may contain some fortunate batted ball luck
- Blake Snell will make his big league debut tomorrow with the Rays. He is by far the Rays number one pitching prospect and that is saying something for a team that have developed a number of good young arms. He needs to work on his command, but he could be worth an add for teams struggling with their pitching.
- First baseman/designated hitter Chris Colabello will be suspended for 80 games because of a positive PED test. Looking back, that might explain his meteoric rise last season. As was expected, Colabello denied any wrongdoing, but lost his appeal and will begin his suspension immediately.