Fantasy Baseball Final: July 27, 2015
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Only nine games were scheduled for Monday night, but there was no shortage of action for baseball fans to enjoy. Pitchers were at a premium tonight, so daily fantasy players had to dig deep and take some risks. When below-average pitchers take the mound, you can always smell the runs coming from a mile away, and that was the case for many games tonight.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Happy birthday Alex Rodriguez! The Yankees’ designated hitter turned 40 today and celebrated in style, crushing his team leading 24th homerun of the year. The future hall of famer (that’s right, I said it) has been on an absolute tear in the month of July, hitting .262 with eight homeruns and 13 RBIs. With his homerun tonight, A-Rod becomes the fourth player in Major League Baseball to hit a homerun in their teens and in there 40’s (Gary Sheffield, Ty Cobb and Rusty Staubs were the others). He’s done a lot of wrong in his career, but Rodriguez is showing the doubters he can still play baseball and contribute at the big league level.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez refuses to slow down. After sharing player of the week honors with Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, CarGo is doing everything possible to take home the honors again this week. The right fielder hit a two-run bomb off starter Kyle Hendricks in the third and another one off closer Rafael Sorino in the ninth. His ninth inning blast would prove to not be enough, as Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant would seal the game with a walk off two-run homerun to win the game 9-8. Gonzalez finished the night 4-for-5 with two runs and four RBIs. He’s now hit six homeruns in the last four games and a total of ten in the month of July.
When Joe Kelly takes the mound, you can expect the opposing team to score quite a few runs. The White Sox had the pleasure of facing Kelly tonight and got to him right from the beginning. Chicago jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, before the Red Sox answered back with a two-run bomb from David Ortiz. The White Sox would go on to win the game 10-8 and pick up there 15 win of the month. Kelly would last just 3.1 innings, giving up rive runs (four earned), on seven hits while striking out none. The righty is 2-6 with a 5.94 ERA in 16 starts this season.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
The Braves and Orioles engaged in a pitchers duel for eight innings before anyone got to see some runs. Both Alex Wood and Kevin Gausman went 7-plus innings without giving up a run. The Braves would get on the board first, thanks to a solo bomb from third baseman Adonis Garcia. The lead wouldn’t last very long. The O’s would score in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game up thanks to a sac fly from J.J Hardy. Catcher Matt Wieters would end the game in the bottom of the 11th with a walk off homerun to center field. With the win, the Orioles are now 49-49 this season and sit three games being Houston for the final A.L Wildcard spot.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- David Robertson (22)
- Brad Boxberger (25)
- Trevor Rosenthal (31)
- Jim Johnson (BS 4)
- Rafael Soriano (BS 1)
- John Axford (BS 4)
- (BREAKING NEWS!!) Blue Jays acquire SS Troy Tulowitzki and P LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies in exchange for SS Jose Reyes and prospects
- Giants activated OF Nori Aoki from the 15-day DL.
- The New York Mets acquired Tyler Clippard and cash from the Oakland A’s in exchange for pitcher Casey Meisner
- Angels acquired OF Shane Victorino and cash from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Josh Rutledge
- Red Sox recalled OF Rusney Castillo from Triple-A Pawtucket.
- Brock Holt—day-to-day—(knee)
- Adam Lind—day-to-day—(back)
- Ryan Braun—day-to-day—(back)
- Jacoby Ellsbury—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Mark Reynolds—day-to-day—(hand)
- Yadier Molina—day-to-day—(illness)
- Randal Grichuk—day-to-day—(groin)