Fantasy Baseball Final: June 1, 2015
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11 games were on tap tonight, but two were postponed due to weather (TOR @ WSH and MIN @ BOS). Some of the games best pitchers took to the hill tonight– including a duel between Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda. Hernandez is looking to pick up his eighth win of the season, while Pineda looks to pick up his seventh win of the year. Clayton Kershaw will be looking to pick up his fourth win of the season tonight as the Dodgers have a date with the Rockies at Coors Field. Kershaw hasn’t been great to his standards to start the season, but he remains an excellent fantasy option every time he takes the hill. Jacob deGrom, Garrett Richards and Gerrit Cole round out the rest of the elite pitchers that will all be looking to pick up a win for their respective teams.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
There are three things that are guaranteed in life: death, taxes and Coors Field giving up a ton of runs. The last one may not always be true, but the Dodgers are current up 8-2 (bottom six) and look poised to add more. Joc Pederson, Andre Ethier and Jimmy Rollins have all gone yard in this game and Adrian Gonzalez is currently 3-3 with a double. Kershaw has been solid to this point in the game, limiting the Rockies to two runs on five hits while striking out six. The same can’t be said for Kyle Kendrick—lasting 5.1 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on ten hits while striking out one. Outside of a two-run bomb by Nolan Arenado, the Colorado bats have been relatively quiet. It’s been a difficult season for the Rockies so far, and they’re looking more and more like a team that will be sellers come trade deadline come July.
- Dodgers beat the Rockies 11-4
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
The Atlanta Braves are in Arizona tonight to take on the Diamondback and so far it’s been all Braves. Archie Bradley, the 22-year-old, isn’t having one of his better games tonight—giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out one. One of those hits came in the form on a two-run homerun by first baseman Freddie Freeman—his eight of the season. It’s still early, but the Braves have been the better team up till now, and fantasy owners who went with a Braves stack are hoping for some more hits from the middle of the order.
The Angels may be a terrible hitting team, but Mike Trout isn’t one of those players. The New Jersey native hit his 13th homerun of the season—a three-run bomb to left flied giving the Angels the lead. Trout now moves into fourth place in the American League in home runs, and is having himself another great season up till now. The Angels currently lead the Rays 5-3 (bottom six) and will look to try and keep pace with the Houston Astros, who beat the Orioels 5-2 earlier tonight.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
The Milwaukee Brewes walked into St. Louis and completely shut down the Cardinals in a 1-0 win over their division rivals. The only run came in the top of the first, thanks to a Carlos Gomez single to left field that scored Jean Segura. That’s all Mike Fiers and the bullpen would need—as Fiers went six innings, giving up no runs on four hits while striking out six. Jamie Garcia was excellent despite picking up the loss, tossing seven innings of one run ball, giving up three hits and striking out two. The Cardinals will look to rebound tomorrow when Lance Lynn takes the hill to face Tyler Cravy.
Felix Hernandez came into tonight as one of the top fantasy options, but so far, “the king” has been nowhere near elite. Currently down 7-0 to the Yankees, Hernandez has given up a season-high five walks and seven runs while striking out just three, and is having one of those games to forget. Fantasy owners who paid up to use Felix are probably going to want to forget this start and look forward to tomorrow’s action.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Ruben Tejada was moved up to the two-hole in the lineup tonight and has provided fantasy owners with some great value. He’s 3-for-3 so far tonight with two runs scored.
- Jake Lamb—15-Day DL—(foot)
- Kelly Johnson—15-Day DL—(oblique)
- Cameron Maybin—day-to-day—(groin)
- J Hardy—day-to-day—(oblique)
- Jason Garcia—15-Day DL—(shoulder)
- Brad Workman—15-Day DL—(elbow)
- Chris Denorfia—15-Day DL—(hamstring)
- Neil Ramirez—15-Day DL—(shoulder)
- Jordan Lyles—15-Day DL—(toe)
- LaTroy Hawkins—15-Day DL—(biceps)
- Alex Avila—15-Day DL—(knee)
- Jason Castro—day-to-day—(knee)
- Brad Peacock—15-Day DL—(intercostal)
- Joel Peralta—15-Day DL—(neck)
- Carl Crawford—60-Day DL—(oblique)
- Pedro Baez—15-Day DL—(pectoral)
- Adeiny Henchavarria—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Adam Lind—day-to-day—(back)
- Jordan Schafer—15-Day DL—(knee)
- Buddy Carlyle—15-Day DL—(back)
- Gregorio Petit—15-Day DL—(hand)
- Ike Davis—15-Day DL—(quad)
- Andrew Lambo—15-Day DL—(foot)
- Denard Span—day-to-day—(knee)