Fantasy Baseball Final: June 29, 2015
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With 18 teams in action, including some terrible pitchers taking the hill, building a solid daily fantasy team was a challenge for many of us. Some of those terrible pitchers had decent outings—one being Cody Anderson—who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, while others like Jimmy Nelson were a huge disappointment. Both pitchers picked up a win, but only one was worth the price of admission.
For hitters, it was a completely different story. With so many options to choose from, picking just one team to stack was almost impossible. For many fantasy owners, tonight was a night to pay up for big hitters, but some off the board names also provided some great value. One thing is certain: if you stacked the Reds tonight, you probably made some money.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Mike Pelfrey took the mound for the Minnesota Twins, but his night didn’t last very long. The Cincinnati Reds got to the righty early and often, scoring eight runs on nine hits while Pelfrey struck out just one. One man who helped with scoring runs was speedster Billy Hamilton. The lightning-fast center fielder didn’t record an RBI, but instead did all his damage with his legs, stealing four bases and scoring three runs. Hamilton became the first player this season to steal 40 bases and is currently on pace to top his career high of 56 from last season. The 25-year-old has had his struggles this season, including injuries and being demoted to the bottom of the order, but when healthy, no player is more dangerous on the base pads than him (sorry, Dee Gordon).
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
If you were a firm believer that stacking the Reds was a good idea, you were right. The entire lineup had a great night, scoring 11 runs on 17 hits. The combo of Joey Votto, Todd Frazier, and Jay Bruce helped provide most of the damage — finishing a combined 4-for-12 with two walks and five RBI. Paying up for the big three was an easy decision, but the real value was found further down in the order. Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suarez combined to finish 7-for-10 with two runs and five RBIs. For the combined price of $5900, the duo racked up 29 and 20 points respectively.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Cody Anderson did his best Max Scherzer impersonation (minus the one billion strikeouts) pitching a no-hitter into the seventh, but it all came to an end thanks to a Grady Sizemore home run in the top of the seventh. The rookie retired 19 straight batters to start the game before giving up the solo blast. He finished the night allowing only the one run on two hits while striking out just two. The righty has been exceptional since being called up from Double-A Akron, and if he continues to pitch the well in the majors, he may never go back to Akron. It’s only two starts, but he’s definitely a player to monitor over the next few weeks to see if he’s fantasy baseball relevant from now till October.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Angels recalled 1B C.J. Cron from Triple-A Salt Lake.
- Eury Perez—day-to-day—(torso)
- Hanley Ramirez—day-to-day—(wrist)
- Colby Rasmus—day-to-day—(skin infection)
- Eric Hosmer—day-to-day—(finger)
- Alcides Escobar—day-to-day—(finger)
- Mike Morin—15-Day DL—(oblique)
- Mike Bolsinger—day-to-day—(illness)
- Cory Spangenberg—day-to-day—(knee)
- Will Middlebrooks—day-to-day—(ankle)
- Logan Morrison—day-to-day—(back)
- Aaron Sanchez—15-Day DL—(lat)