Fantasy Baseball Final: May 11, 2015
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It was a busy night in baseball that saw 20 teams in action. Some big names were on the hill tonight—including a duel between Jacob DeGrom and Jon Lester. Early winners from today include Baltimore over Toronto (5-2), Pittsburgh over Philadelphia (4-3), the Yankees over Tampa Bay (11-5), Milwaukee over the White Sox (10-7), Texas over Kanas City (8-2) and the Cubs over the Mets (4-3). Some of the late games going on as of this writing include Washington destroying Arizona (11-0, top), the Dodgers leading Miami 1-0 (top 5), Boston and Oakland tied at one and Cincinnati and Atlanta tied at one heading into the bottom of the ninth.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
If you read my article from yesterday (if you didn’t you can find it here) then you knew I was all-in on Max Scherzer this week. The hard throwing righty tossed seven innings of one run baseball, giving up five hits while striking out six. The Nationals for their part gave their pitcher a ton of run support—scoring ten runs in the first two innings and chasing Josh Collmenter after 1.1 innings. Washington has been a completely different team since the beginning of May—winning seven of their first nine games—a big improvement from their record in April that saw them go 11-15. Fantasy owners who went with Yunel Escobar tonight are getting their money’s worth. The third baseman is currently 5/5 with two runs and one RBI. Other multi-hit batters include Denard Span, Danny Espinosa and Max Scherzer.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
There are three tings you are guaranteed in life: death, taxes and Marco Estrada giving up home runs. That trend continued tonight. The Blue Jays starter gave up a leadoff home run to the first batter he saw, and another one four batters later to Chris “Crush” Davis. Baltimore never looked back after that, as Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs on six hits while striking out nine. For the Jays, most of the damage came from the bottom of the order. Ezequiel Carrera drove in both runs for Toronto, and Kevin Pillar finished the night 2-for-4 with runs scored.
The Pirates managed to survive a late Phillies rally to help Gerrit Cole move to 5-1 on the season with a 4-3 win. The Phillies got on the board first thanks to a Grady Sizemore single that scored Ryan Howard, but Pittsburgh answered back in the top of the third when Starling Marte hit a three-run home to give his team the lead. With that loss, Philadelphia now has the worst record in the National League at 11-22, and changes are bound to happen if they don’t start winning games soon. Veteran second baseman Chase Utley finished the night one-for-three with a run scored—bringing his average up to .122 on the season. At 36-years-old, the California native’s best days are probably behind him, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t finish the season with the Phillies.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Colby Lewis continues to be the biggest fantasy baseball cock-block ever. The veteran righty was almost unhittable tonight—pitching seven innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out five. Kanas City has been one of the best hitting teams in the league this season (first in team batting average before tonight), but the middle of their order combined for only two hits and one RBI and couldn’t get anything going all night.
On offense, Texas had a rare night where they were able to provide their pitcher with some run support. Their one-two punch of Price Fielder and Adrain Beltre finished the night four-for-nine with a home run each and two runs scored. For Beltre, it was second home run in as many nights—giving him 15 hits in the month of May and raising his batting average to .244 this season. The Rangers will continue to struggle scoring runs, but if you went against the grain and used some Texas bats in DFS, it worked out well.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Rookie Noah Syndergaard will make his first career start tomorrow for the Mets against the Cubs
- Carlos Beltran hit second tonight for the Yankees with Jacoby Ellsbury out of the lineup and finished two-for-five with a home run
- Jason Grilli—Day-to-day—(back)
- Ryan Flaherty—Day-to-day—(groin)
- Clay Buchholz—Day-to-day—(ankle)
- Jose Iglesias—Day-to-day—(groin)
- Aramis Ramirez—Day-to-day—(back)
- Matt Carpenter—Day-to-day—(fatigue)