Fantasy Baseball Final: June 17, 2015
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What’s not mentioned below: Todd Frazier’s walk off grand slam in the 13th inning lifted the Cincinnati Reds over the Detroit Tigers, 8-4. Miguel Cabrera went 1-5 with a home run in the loss. Steven Souza Jr homered against the Washington Nationals, his former team, in the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 victory. The Nats’ were held to just two hits in the loss, while starter Jordan Zimmermann fell to 5-5 after letting up three runs across seven innings with eight strikeouts. Chris Parmelee continued to rake tonight, clubbing his third home run of the year as the Orioles beat the Phillies, 6-4. Yankees’ starter Michael Pineda allowed just one hit in his 6.2 shutout innings, striking out nine as the Yanks topped the Marlins, 2-1. The Toronto Blue Jays found themselves back in the win column after taking down the New York Mets, 8-0. Kevin Pillar went 3-4 with a home run for the Jays. Travis Wood struck out seven across six innings of work, though he did not factor into the decision in the Braves 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. Jeff Locke struck out eight over six innings, as the Pirates took down the White sox, 3-2. Mike Fiers was it up for six runs as the Royals topped the Brewers, 10-2. Lorenzo Cain went 2-3 with an RBI for the Royals in the win. Tommy Milone tossed seven innings of one run ball with five strikeouts as the Twins topped the Cardinals, 3-2. Glen Perkins notched his 23rd save in the win. Joey Gallo homered off Clayton Kershaw in the Rangers 5-3 win over the Dodgers. Kershaw struck out ten across his six innings of work. Carlos Correa led the Astros over the Rockies, 8-5, with his 3-5 day including his third home run of the year. Rockies’ outfielder Corey Dickerson found himself on the DL again with his nagging foot injury, about a week after being activated from DL with the same injury. Paul Goldschmidt hit his 19th home run to help lift the Diamondbacks over the Angels, 3-2.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Last night, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer tossed seven scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs en route to the team’s 6-0 shutout victory. Tonight, however, the Cubs made sure they woke up their bats in time for the game. The Cubbies’ offense exploded for 17 runs, fueled by 18 hits, including four home runs. Among those who went deep was Anthony Rizzo, who drove in two runs while going 2-4 on the night. Rizzo has been outstanding so far this year, providing fantasy owners with both power (12 home runs) and speed (10 stolen bases) from the first base position to go along with his .306 average. Rizzo is still just 25 years old, though it’s easy to think that he’s much older than that given the young talent surrounding him on the team. Rizzo seems primed to be on his way to his second consecutive all-star game this summer. Teammate Kris Bryant added insult to injury in the ninth inning of the game when he blasted his first career grand slam off David Murphy (!!!). The home run was Bryant’s eighth of his rookie campaign, to go along with 39 RBI and a .295 average. Fellow rookie sensation Addison Russell went deep in the win, his fifth of the season. Recently called up prospect Kyle Schwarber had a big day at the plate, going 4-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. The current plan that the Cubs’ have mapped out calls for Schwarber to get sent back to the minors sooner than later, but games like this could make the decision difficult for the Cubs to make. Shawn Marcum was responsible for six of the Chicago’s runs in his two innings on the mound, surrendering six hits while walking one and failing to record a strikeout.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
We expected big things with aces Madison Bumgarner and Felix Hernandez squaring off tonight-in Seattle, and they both delivered. King Felix and the Seattle Mariners came out on top in the end, shutting out the San Francisco Giants, 2-0. Felix tossed eight shutout innings, walking two and striking out five. This was a nice rebound for the Mariners’ ace, who was shelled in his last outing to the tune of eight runs while recording just one out against the Houston Astros. He improved to 10-3 on the season with the win, and his ERA now sits at a comfortable 3.08 on the year, with 87 strikeouts in 90.2 innings pitched. The loss was Bumgarner’s fourth of the season, as he fell to 7-4 after giving up two runs across eight innings. Bumgarner struck out nine batters in the game, though a two run sixth inning eventually ended up costing him the win. Mariners’ second baseman Robinson Cano drove in one the Mariners’ runs on his RBI double, though that was the only hit he was able to record on the day as he went 1-3. The 2015 is one that Cano will soon hope to put behind him, as he continues to struggle at the plate in his second year of the ten year contract he signed with Seattle prior to the 2014 season. Cano has two home runs and 20 runs batted in, to go along with his .237/.277/.327 slash line.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Who had the Oakland A’s busting out tonight and dropping 16 runs on the San Diego Padres? Yeah, I figured nobody did. A’s starter Jesse Chavez shined in his seven innings of work, allowing one run on three hits with eleven strikeouts. DH Billy Butler led the offense tonight, collecting four hits in five at-bats with three runs batted in, including his fifth home run of the season. Outfielder Bully Burns went 3-5 with three runs scored for Oakland, though he was caught stealing for the third time this season in the win. Ben Zobrist (3-4, 3 RBI) and Brett Lawrie (2-4, 2 RBI) each collected multiple hits as well, which is a good sign for the A’s as we get closer to the trade deadline as they may consider selling Zobrist to a contender in his contract year. Odrisamer Despaigne let up six runs on eight hits in his six innings of work for the Padres, walking one while striking out a pair. Despite the bad start, Despaigne was still able to give the Padres six innings of work, so they didn’t have to dip into the bullpen early in the game; the bullpen was responsible for ten of the A’s runs scored. As if things weren’t bad enough, the Padres announced today that Wil Myers will be on the shelf for at least an additional eight weeks following wrist surgery.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Dellin Betances (4)
Zach Britton (18)
Jason Grilli (18)
Mark Melancon (22)
Glen Perkins (23)
Carson Smith (3)
Adam Jones, Denard Span, Joey Votto, Wilson Ramos, and Aldrelton Simmons were all held out of the lineup Wednesday.
Corey Dickerson – 15 Day DL – (foot)
Freddie Freeman – Day-to-day – (wrist)
Starling Marte – Day-to-day – (ankle)
Mark Teixeira – Day-to-day – (neck)
Jose Altuve – Day-to-day – (hamstring)
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
There haven’t been any rumors today about potential trades, though Fangraph.com’s Dave Cameron opined that the Boston Red Sox might have to move forward with only one of Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz as they look forward to next year’s roster. While the Sox had one of the most active winters, they haven’t seen the results they expected and they currently sit in last place in the AL East at 28-39, nine games out of first place. While you could make the case that the East is still up for grabs, it doesn’t seem likely that Boston will be in the race by the end of the season. Boston has seen minimal production from both Ortiz and Ramirez, though the task of moving either of them could seem next to impossible. Ortiz has been apart of the organization for three championships, so moving an iconic figure like him could seem to upset the fan base. On the other hand, Hanley’s inflated contract and lack of defensive production could make him tough to move, unless Boston ate a large chunk of the remaining contract. At that point, the Sox may opt to hang onto Hanley and hope that they can get some production out of their investment. This is a situation that we will continue to monitor, however it’s likely that nothing would take place until the offseason, if Boston decided to make these moves.