Fantasy Baseball Final: July 29, 2015
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Amongst all the madness that ensued tonight, there was actual baseball!
What’s not mentioned below: The Texas Rangers tagged Masahiro Tanaka for four runs in the team’s 5-2 win over the New York Yankees. Josh Hamilton went 2-4 with two RBI in the win. The Pittsburgh Pirates put a 10 spot on the Minnesota Twins, which was more than enough for Francisco Liriano to earn his seventh win of the season. Andrew McCutchen drove in three for the Pirates, two of which came from his 14th home run of the season. Jon Lester struck out a season high 14 batters in the Cubs’ 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler both went deep for Chicago. Patrick Corbin looked good in his six-inning effort tonight for the Diamondbacks, letting up just one run and striking out six as they went on to beat the Seattle Mariners, 8-2. Felix Hernandez was tagged for seven runs across 12 hits in the loss. Jake Peavy struck out three across six scoreless frames in the San Francisco Giants’ 5-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Hunter Pence went 2-4 with an RBI for the Giants, though he did get caught stealing base. Justin Upton homered in the San Diego Padres 7-3 win over the New York Mets. Lucas Duda hit three home runs, all solo shots, in the loss. Chris Tillan gave up just four hits across 8.2 shutout innings; with Zach Britton recording the final out in the Orioles 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop both went deep for the O’s. Lance McCullers outdueled Garrett Richard in the Astros’ 6-3 win over the Angels. McCullers gave up just one run over seven innings of work with five strikeouts. Albert Pujols hit his 30th home run of the season in the ninth inning off of Luke Gregerson. Anthony DeSclafani (I know him!) tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the St. Louis Cardinals with three strikeouts to help lead the team to a 1-0 win. The lone run in the game came via a Jay Bruce home run off of John Lackey, who struck out eight batters over eight innings.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…Newly acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki did not disappoint in his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 8-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Tulo went 3-5 with two doubles, and a mammoth 460-foot home run. Tulo batted first for the Blue Jays, and it starts to make you realize how stupid that lineup is. Tulo, Donaldson, Joey Bats, E5 (all when healthy) is the best we have seen in a long time. Oh, lets not forget about his defense either, which he showed off tonight for the fans in Toronto. R.A. Dickey picked up the win for the Jays, striking out four over eight innings with two runs (0 earned). The bigger news for the Phillies following this game was the trade of ace Cole Hamels to the Texas Rangers for package of six players, headlined by catching prospect Jorge Alfaro.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Bryce Harper went deep twice in the Nationals’ 7-2 win over the Miamim Marlins. The home runs brought Harper’s total up to 29, with his RBI total now sitting at 68. The NL MVP candidate went 3-4 in the win with 4 runs batted in. Doug Fister got the win for the Nationals, hurling six innings of two run ball with four strikeouts. The Marlins were held to just five hits in the game, and now sit 17 games below .500.
The Chicago White Sox keep on winning! The team now sits just one game below .500 after their 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox tonight. It’s starting to become clearer that they’re not going to sell at this year’s deadline, or at least it seems this way. Outfielders Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera both went 3-6 in the win, with Eaton cranking his ninth home run of the season, three more than he had in his previous three years cominbed! Jose Quintana let up two runs over 6.1 innings of work with three strikeouts to pick up his sixth win of the season. Rick Porcello lasted just two innings for the Sox, allowing six runs (five earned) on ten hits, while striking out two. His ERA now sits at 5.81 on the year, and with each start, the contract extension the team gave him coming into the season looks like more and more of a mistake.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Corey Kluber got run support! Corey Kluber got run support! The Cleveland Indians exploded for 12 runs in beat down of the Kansas City Royals, holding them to just one run on five hits. Kluber went, giving up just one run and striking out six in his sixth victory of the season. The 2014 AL CY Young winner is 6-11 on the season with a 3.44 ERA, though advanced metrics suggest that his ERA should be about a full run lower than where it is. Outfielder Michael Brantley went 2-4 with a home run and two runs scored in the win. Jason Kipnis collected three hits across five at-bats, scoring two runs and driving in a run. Jeremy Guthrie was responsible for seven earned runs in his outing, which lasted just 5.1 innings.
Well, the Tampa Bay Rays beat up on David Price last night, so it’s suiting that Justin Verlander would have his best start of the season tonight. Verlander struck out ten batters over eight innings of work, throwing 107 pitches. This is the second game in a row that Verlander went eight innings, and his ERA now sits 4.86 on the season. That’s still an ugly number, but much better than the 5.57 ERA he had coming into the start. The Tigers didn’t provide Verlander with much offense, but he didn’t need it. The Tigers were held to just four hits on the day, though they took advantage by scoring two runs in the seventh to give them their first lead of the day, and eventually, lead them to victory. Chris Archer took the hard-luck loss for the Rays, striking out eleven over seven innings of two run ball.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Scott Tolleson (18)
Joakim Soria (23)
Hector Rondon (13)
Zach Britton (26)
Aroldis Chapman (21)
Texas Rangers designate SP Wandy Rodriguez for assignment
Arizona Diamondbacks recall reliever Addison Reed from Triple-A Reno
Matt Holliday – Day-to-day – (Quad)
Mookie Betts – 7-day DL – (Concussion)
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
Tonight got really weird, really fast. I originally had written a piece when Carlos Gomez was reportedly headed to the New York Mets, with Zach Wheeler and Filmer Flores headed to the Milwaukee Brewers, but Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson told multiple reporters that “there is no trade for Gomez” and that a deal would not happen in the future. Twitter exploded when those reports came out, and this was all in the middle of Cole Hamels getting traded to the Texas Rangers. Ken Rosenthal reported that the Mets backed out of the trade due to concern over Gomez’s hip, which he injured in June.
As I mentioned above, Philadelphia Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels is reportedly going to the Texas Rangers, in a deal that seemed destined to happen. The Rangers have been all over Hamels the past few weeks, seeing him as a pitcher that can help them this year, but more importantly, next year when Yu Darvish and Derek Holland are hopefully healthy. The Phillies got a package in return centered around catching prospect Jorge Alfaro, who recently ranked 49th on Keith Law’s updated top 50 prospects. The package the Phillies received is far from what their original asking price was for Hamels, as they were asking for team’s top two or three prospects and for the team to take on Hamels’ entire salary.
With Johnny Cueto and Cole Hamels off the market, teams are now turning their interest towards the Detroit Tigers to see if they decide to trade southpaw David Price. The team continues to fall back in the standings, and with the Royals only getting better the past few days, it may be smart to get a return for Price now instead of just retaining a draft pick if he decides to sign elsewhere. You never know what the Tigers may do next, as they could shock everybody and go out and start buying pieces instead of selling. However, I think it’s more likely they sell off Price and possibly even Yoenis Cespedes. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweeted that there are “four main teams” with interest in Price, and those teams include the Dodgers, Astros, Blue Jays, and Yankees. It took until the final minutes for Price to get traded at last year’s deadline, and the very same thing might happen this year.