Fantasy Baseball Final: July 6, 2015
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Ten teams were in action tonight (Tampa Bay vs. Kansas City was postponed due to rain) with one pitcher looking to add his name to the record books. Chris Sale was looking to become the first pitcher to pitch nine games in a row of ten or more strikeouts. Chris Heston was facing the Mets tonight for the first time since throwing a no-hitter against them back on June 9th, while Hisashi Iwakuma made his first start since coming of the DL.
MLB also finalized the players that will be partaking in this years MLB All-Star game in Cincinnati. Some of the most notable additions to the mid-summer classic included rookies Kris Bryant and Joc Pederson. There were also some big name players that didn’t get selected by their respective leagues—including three-time Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw and Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. A full list of all the players participating in this years All-Star game can be found here.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
The Houston Astros came to play tonight. With Carlos Carrasco taking the hill for the Indians, many daily fantasy players were expecting Carrasco to rack up the strikeouts. Instead, Carrasco got beat up early—allowing four runs in the first inning alone (five overall) and ten hits after four innings of work. The man responsible for most of the damage was Preston Tucker, who finished a triple shy of the cycle. Tucker finished the night 4-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs and a home run. In all, five Astros starters finished the night with two or more hits. Houston will look to do the same thing tomorrow when they face Corey Kluber.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Chris Sale took the mound tonight looking to become the first pitcher in MLB history to strikeout ten-plus batters in nine consecutive games. If he wanted to achieve that goal, he would need to get past the Blue Jays—the best hitting team against left-handed pitchers. Sale was unable to set the record tonight, striking out only six hitters, but he pitched a complete game gem to pick up his seventh win of the season. Not to be outdone was Mark Buehrle, who pitched a complete game as well, but didn’t get much help from his defense. Jose Reyes and Jose Bautisa made costly errors during the game that would lead to four unearned runs against Buehrle. It was a classic pitchers duel in what many believe was Buehrle’s last start at U.S Cellular Field. The 36-year-old spent 12 seasons in Chicago before signing with the Marlins in 2012.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
It hasn’t been the perfect start for Jon Lester in a Cub uniform. The lefty has struggled to find his game at times this season and hasn’t been the ace fans were expecting to see when the team signed him in the off season. Tonight, Lester was that ace we all know and love. The lefty threw seven innings, giving up two runs (unearned) on two hits while striking out eight. Thanks to some poor defense by the Cubs, Lester won’t be picking up his fifth win of the season, but it’s a step in the right directing for a player who’s expected to be the leader of this Cubs rotation. Lester will look to build off his strong start Sunday when the Cubs head to the south side of Chicago to square off with the White Sox.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Mets selected OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.
- Mariners activated Hisashi Iwakuma from the 15-day DL; optioned OF James Jones to Triple-A Tacoma
- Tigers clamied OF/1B Marc Krauss from Tampa Bay
- Lorenzo Cain—day-to-day—(hamstring)
- Matt Garza—15-Da DL—(shoulder)
- Ricky Nolasco—15-Day DL—(ankle)
- Ryan Pressly—15-Day DL—(lat)
- Starling MArte—day-to-day—(side)
- Josh Harrison-15-Day DL—(thumb)
- Nori Aoki—15-Day DL—(leg)
- Steve Souza—day-to-day—(hand)
- Josh Hamilton—day-to-day—(groin)
- Mark Buehrle—day-to-day—(ankle)
- Denard Span—day-to-day—(back)
- Yunel Escobar—day-to-day—(hamstring)