Fantasy Baseball Final: June 1, 2015
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Cincinnati Reds’ starter Johnny Cueto helped raise his trade value after dominating the Minnesota Twins over eight innings, giving up one run while striking out eight in the team’s 2-1 victory. Jesse Hahn held the Colorado Rockies to one run over six innings of work, walking two and striking out six in the Oakland A’s 4-1 win. Seattle Mariners’ rookie Taijuan Walker dazzled in his start against the San Diego Padres, allowing just one hit over six innings with seven strikeouts, helping to lead the Mariners to a 7-0 win. James Shields gave up two runs in the loss, walking four and striking out seven. J.J. Hardy broke the tie in the seventh inning with a two-run home run to lead the Baltimore Orioles over the Texas Rangers, 4-2. Aaron Harang allowed eight runs on 14 hits in the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 loss at home against the Milwaukee Brewers. Any trade value Harang had earlier in the season continues to dwindle as the season rolls on. Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker had a huge night, going 4-6 with two home runs in the Pirates 9-3 win against the Detroit Tigers. The Washington Nationals were held to just four hits against the Atlanta Braves, eventually losing the game 4-1 on the road. Jon Lester did not factor into the decision, though he threw seven shutout innings against the New York Mets with seven strikeouts in the Cubs’ 2-0 win. The Miami Marlins walked off against Santiago Castilla and the Giants, winning 6-5. Giants’ star Buster Posey left the game after getting hit in the head with a foul tip; consider him day-to-day until we find out more about the injury. Good news for the Houston Astros: they beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5, thanks to home runs from Chris Carter and Marwin Gonzalez. Bad news: George Springer looks like he’s headed for a DL stint. Jose Quinatana struck out eight across six innings to help lead the White Sox over the Cardinals, 7-1. Brett Anderson’s seven strikeouts across seven innings was enough for the Dodgers to top the Diamondbacks, 4-3.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco flirted with perfection in his start against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight, allowing just one run across 8.2 innings of work with 13 strikeouts. Carrasco hasn’t had the success so far this season that many of us thought he would have, but the stuff is still there, as he showed in this dominating start. Carrasco had 30 swinging strikes in the game, which tied Francisco Liriano (who did it in 2012) with the most by any pitcher since 2008. Like most of the Indians rotation, Carrasco has been dealing with bad luck throughout the year, as he sports a BABIP that is 62 points higher than it was in his breakout 2014 campaign. I expect this Indians team, especially the rotation, to dominate in the second half of the season, so buy low if you can on Carrasco, as big things are coming in the near future. Brandon Moss hit his 13th home run of the season in the win for the Indians, three days after saying that he feels like the Indians look like they are playing with “no heart”. Second baseman Jason Kipnis went 2-5 in the win, as he continues to prove to people that he’s one the best, if not the best, second baseman in the game. Alex Colome took the loss for the Rays, as he was responsible for five runs on eight hits over seven innings, striking out three.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Rick Porcello on the road against the Toronto Blue Jays… this had disaster written all over it. Though the Boston Red Sox have seen recent success from starters Clay Buchholz and Wade Miley, Porcello continues to be awful in his first year with the team, as he lasted just two innings in this afternoon’s start. He gave up seven runs on seven hits, including three home runs (Encarnacion, Smoke, Bautista). The good news is, Joey Bats’ home run only went to the first deck, so maybe Porcello is making some progress after all! Am I crazy to think though that the Red Sox could possibly still be in it? Maybe. But despite all the struggles this team has endured this season, they’re still just seven games back in the division, and there isn’t a clear powerhouse in this division that is going to run away with it. It’s going to be interesting to see what the Sox do at the deadline, but I wouldn’t count them out just yet (though if you wanted to, I wouldn’t completely blame you). By the way, if the Jays make the playoffs, I really don’t see a way in which Josh Donaldson doesn’t win the AL MVP. It still amazes me that Billy Beane just shipped him out of Oakland the way he did, but Donaldson continues to rake at the plate, hitting his 19th home run while going 3-5. Mark Buehrle improved to 9-4 after tossing seven innings of one run ball, striking out seven batters. Mookie Betts hit his ninth home run in the loss.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
The New York Yankees avoided the sweep in Anaheim, taking down the Angeles 3-1. Nathan Eovaldi struck out three across 5.1 innings of work, walking three and not letting up a run. Eovaldi had a rocky start to begin the season, though this was his third start solid outing, and things may be finally starting to turn around for the right-hander. Since being shelled by his former Marlins’ team on June 16th, Eovaldi is 3-0. The problem for Eovaldi is not his velocity, as he’s one of the hardest throwing starters in the game, but his secondary pitches, which have still yet to miss as many bats as he should be. Nonetheless, the Yankees are hoping that the recent success will continue, as they’ve seen a few other starters struggle, including C.C. Sabathia, who has drawn speculation about moving to the bullpen. Chase Headley led the Bronx Bombers’ offense tonight, as he collected three hits in an RBI while batting in the two spot. Mike Trout was responsible for the line Angels’ run, thanks to his 21st home run of the season, a solo shot in the eighth inning.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Dellin Betances (7)
Aroldis Chapman (16)
Tyler Clippard (14)
Zach Britton (23)
Jason Grilli (22)
Justin Grimm (1)
Santiago Casilla (Blown Save)
Kenley Jansen (13)
George Springer – Day-to-day – (wrist)
Buster Posey – Day-to-day – (head)
Colby Rasmus – Day-to-day – (skin infection)
Eric Hosmer – Day-to-day – (finger)
Michael Cuddyer – Day-to-day- (knee)
Carlos Beltran – Day-to-day – (rib cage)
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
The Minnesota Twins are set to promote top prospect Miguel Sano prior to tomorrow’s game, sources told MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger. Sano will seemingly replace first baseman Kennys Vargas on the roster, who was optioned to Double-A earlier in the day. It’s not clear right now exactly what kind of a role Sano will play for the Twins, but the prospect has been on an absolute tear since the beginning of May, slashing .315/.400/.601 with 11 home runs in 210 plate appearances. Sano possess raw power similar to Joey Gallo’s, but he also comes with the risk of striking out a lot, again, just like Gallo. I would consider him a must add in most formats, as I dropped the slumping Mark Trumbo for him in my redraft league.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers will sign Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez to a $16 million dollar deal when the international signing period begins tomorrow. Though he won’t help fantasy teams this year, he’s a guy to stash away in a dynasty league (I drafted him in the fifth round of my league this past offseason). Alvarez, just 19 years old, sports three above average to plus pitches, though some see him ending up in the bullpen in the future. However, many scouts believe that he has No. 2, maybe even ace potential, so it’s a no brainer for the Dodgers to take a shot on the teenager. If things work out well, the Dodgers could have a rotation fronted by Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, and Yadier Alvarez in the next couple of years.