Fantasy Baseball Final: June 8, 2015
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What’s not mentioned below: Tonight’s matchup between the Cincinatti Reds and Washington Nationals was postponed due to rain, no makeup date has been announced. Brian Dozier homered and stole two bases in the Minnesota Twins 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon. Chris Davis and Manny Machado both went deep for the O’s in the loss. Carlos Gomez went 2-3 with two home runs and four RBI in the Milwaukee Brewers win this afternoon over the Atlanta Braves. Julio Teheran struck out eight over seven innings of three run ball, but did not factor into the decision. Anibal Sanchez struck out six and walked five over 6.1 innings of work, giving up four runs (three earned) and picking up his eighth win of the season against the Seattle Mariners. Get this; since the Mariners traded for Mark Trumbo, he’s been worth 1.6 fewer wins than Welington Castillo (via Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs.com). Rick Porcello gave up two runs across six innings to earn his fifth win of the season in the Boston Red Sox 6-3 win over the Miami Marlins. David Ortiz went 2-4 with a home run in the win. Trevor Bauer struck out nine over eight innings to help lead the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros, 4-2. Evan Gattis provided the Astros with their lone two runs via his 15th home run of the season.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Joel Sherman, who covers both the New York Yankees and New York Mets for the New York Post, put out a fantastic column a couple of weeks ago asking a question that should get more attention: Why isn’t Jacob deGrom being treated like Matt Harvey? deGrom is clearly the #2 man in the rotation for the Mets, but his numbers from throughout his first 36 career starts are oddly similar to those of Harvey (before he needed to undergo Tommy John surgery 2013). Before the surgery, Harvey tossed 237 2/3 innings, pitching to a 2.39 ERA and striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings. For deGrom (at the time the article was written), he logged 232 2/3 innings with a 2.55 ERA, while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. Though you may have already known this information, or you may not have, I find it intriguing that deGrom is not being treated like the ace that he is, especially given the fact that he is having a far better season than Harvey in 2015. OK, mini rant over. Today, deGrom dominated once again, limiting the San Francisco Giants to just two hits across eight innings to pick up his ninth win of the season. deGrom struck out 10 batters in the game, bringing his total on the season to 112 strikeouts in 113.2 innings, while lowering his ERA to 2.14. The right-hander is making a strong case to win his first career Cy Young award this season, though he’s going to need to duplicate his first half numbers if he is going to do so, as the competition right now is heavy. Buster Posey was held out of the lineup for the second day in a row with a tight hamstring, and the plan is to give him three days to let it heal (with the off day tomorrow), so he should be back in the lineup come Friday. Hunter Pence was one of just two Giants’ players today to record more than one hit, going 2-4 in his second game back since being activated from the DL, while driving in the lone Giants’ run in the ninth inning off Bobby Parnell. Jake Peavy was solid in his start for the Giants, allowing two runs (one earned), on six hits across seven innings, striking out five.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
The San Diego Padres were unable to provide starter Andrew Cashner with run support in the team’s 5-2 loss, and series sweep, at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cashner gave up four runs across 7.2 innings of work, though the numbers don’t indicate how well he pitched for the majority of the game. Cashner was pitching with a one run lead until the Pirates tied it up at two in the seventh, and then things unfolded quickly in the eighth inning, starting with a Gregory Polanco RBI single to give the Bucs a one run lead. The Padres now sit nine games below .500, and with the trade deadline approaching, you have to wonder if the front office is going to decide to sell of some pieces (Upton, Kimbrel, etc). Barring a second half surge, the season looks like a lost one for the Padres, so trading Upton and company doesn’t seem too farfetched, especially considering he’s a free agent at the end of the season. Matt Kemp, another offseason aquisiton by the Padres, hit his 7th home run of the season in the first inning, though he failed to collect a hit after that, going 1-4 and now hitting .242 on the year. The Pirates seem like a real force to make a deep playoff run, with a lot of their players clicking at the right time. Jung Ho Kang is now getting regular at-bats with Josh Harrison sidelined (long overdue for this, IMO) and he took advantage tonight, going 2-4 with a triple and a run batted in.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
New York Yankees’ starter C.C. Sabathia turned in a solid outing at home against the Oakland A’s, allowing two runs across 5.1 innings with one strikeout. The former Cy Young winner’s start was not overwhelming, obviously, but this is a good sign for the Yankees and fantasy owners (if there are still any out there) as they’ve seen Sabathia struggle mightily throughout the season. Sabathia was pulled shortly after giving one a one out single, which was a smart move by skipper Joe Girardi, as Sabathia’s ERA after the sixth inning this season sits at an even 7.00. C.C.’s counterpart, Scott Kazmir, was rolling through three innings of work before being pulled from the game with what the team is calling ‘triceps tightness’. The severity of the injury is unknown at the time I write this, though Kazmir was favoring his arm a lot when walking off the mound following the third inning. Kazmir struck out four and gave up one run (unearned) being exiting the game. Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira was fine with the pitching change, as he homered twice off of Kazmir’s replacement, right-hander Evan Scribner. Teixeira, known for getting off to slow starts nearly every season, has been great for the Yanks thus far, as he leads the team in both home runs (22) and runs batted in (61).
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Glen Perkins (28)
Jeurys Familia (24)
Francisco Rodriguez (19)
Joakim Soria (19)
Antonio Bastardo (1)
Koji Uehara (21)
Cody Allen (17)
Andrew Miller (18)
Kolten Wong (head) was held out of the lineup tonight.
Buster Posey (hamstring) was out of the lineup for the second straight game.
Austin Jackson – Day-to-day – (Back)
Justin Upton – Day-to-day – (Oblique)
Buster Posey – Day-to-day – (Hamstring)
Scott Kazmir – Day-to-day – (Triceps)
Jason Hamel – Day-to-day – (Hamstring)
Alex Gordon – Day-to-day – (Groin) the injury didn’t look good.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
In a television appearance on Sportsnet’s ‘Tim & Sid’ show, Toronto Blue Jays’ general manager Alex Anthopoulos noted that he would be willing to deal players from his big league roster in order to improve the club. He did express that while he is reluctant to do that, he’s already had discussions with other clubs regarding players on the 25-man roster. Its unknown which players came up in a trade, though it would be easy to speculate that Dioner Navarro’s name came up, who expressed interest before the season started about being traded following the signing of fellow backstop Russell Martin. Anthopoulos noted that he is not currently close on any trades, but he is starting to talk a little more with other teams. As many know, the Blue Jays are in desperate need for pitching, both in the rotation and in the bullpen. If the Jays’ are serious about making the playoffs this year, they’re going to need to make some moves so that their high-powered offense doesn’t go to waste.