Fantasy Baseball Final: May 12, 2015
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What’s not mentioned below: The Tampa Bay Rays rallied late to come back and beat the New York Yankees 4-2. Chris Archer struck out eight across seven innings, giving up two runs though not factoring into the decision. Brad Boxberger notched his ninth save of the year. The Arizona Diamondbacks are currently hammering the Washington Nationals 14-4, thanks largely to a big night from Mark Trumbo (2-4), who hit his sixth home run of the year and driving in four runs. Strasburg got ran out of the game in the fourth inning, letting up eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits, striking out three. Bryce Harper hit his twelfth home run of the year as he continues to tear opposing pitching apart. The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins kept the scoring low, with the Tigers winning 2-1. J.D Martinez seventh home run of the year, and Ian Kinsler sent everyone home with his walk off RBI single in the tenth. Jason Grilli blew his second save of the season for the Atlanta Braves, giving up a walk off RBI double to Devin Mesoraco. Aroldis Chapman earned the win for the Reds. Alex Gordon delivered a walk off home run for the Royals in the tenth inning, lifting the Royals over the Rangers 7-6. Lastly, George Springer is expected to be activated from the 7 day DL Wednesday.
One of the biggest headlines heading into tonight was the major league debut of the New York Mets pitching prospect Noah Sydnergaard. Thor posted great numbers in Triple-A prior to his call up, going 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in 29.2 innings with 34 strikeouts. Unfortunately, Jake Arrieta had other plans for Syndergaard’s debut, spinning a gem across eight innings, striking out ten. Kris Bryant continued to his strong rookie campaign, tallying three hits with an RBI and a run scored. Syndergaard got chased in the sixth inning after recording just one out, and he finished the day with six strikeouts and four walks while giving up three runs. He picked up a loss in his debut, but it’s certainly not time to panic about the uber prospect.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
It is May 12th and the Cleveland Indians are currently sitting at the bottom of the AL Central, if you can even believe that. I picked them to win the division prior to the year starting, and I’m sticking with by my pick; this team is a lot better than they’ve been to date. Though things didn’t change much tonight, losing at home to the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-3. Matt Holliday led the way for the Cardinals offensively, going 2-5 with four runs batted in, including his three run shot in in the eighth inning to seal the victory for the Redbirds. Lance Lynn picked up his second win of the season, tossing six scoreless innings, walking four and striking out nine. Carlos Carrasco got the nod for the Indians, and he lasted 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and striking out seven. As a fantasy owner, I’m happy Carrasco was able to limit the damage done against him to just four runs, as he gave up ten hits in the start. On the bright side, fantasy owners got solid nights from the top of the Indians order, with Jason Kipnis (3-4), Carlos Santana (2-5), and Michael Brantley (2-4) all collecting multiple hits. The two teams continue their series tomorrow night, as Corey Kluber and John Lackey take the hill for their respective clubs.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
The Toronto Blue Jays love to score runs, and they continued to do just that tonight, easily defeating the Baltimore Orioles 10-2. Edwin Encarnacion (2-4) and Josh Donaldson (2-5) led the scoring for the Jays, as they both drove in three runs, including home runs by each of them. Jose Bautista went 1-4 in the game and drove in a run, but fantasy owners are getting impatient with his slow start, as he’s hitting just .219 on the year. Mark Buehrle earned his fifth win of the season, striking out four over six innings of work, letting up two runs. Manny Machado thrived in the leadoff position tonight, going 3-4 and scoring a run. The heart of the Orioles lineup, Jones-Young-Davis, all were unable to collect a hit in the loss. Chris Tillman fell to 2-5 on the year, letting up five runs in six innings of work.
The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 behind A.J Burnett’s seven solid innings of work. Burnett picked up his second win of the year against his former team, giving up just one run and striking out five. Burnett continues to be a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners this season, as he’s posting similar numbers to his previous years with the Pirates in 2012 and 2013. Josh Harrison hit his third home run of the year, a three run shot, and swiped his first base of the season; hopefully this is a sign of good things to come as he’s hitting just .177 on the season. Andrew McCutchen also hit his third home run of the season, which is good to see considering he’s been quiet in that department thus far this season, though it could be blamed on the fact that he’s been dealing with a knee issue all year. Chase Utley went just 1-4 in the game, continuing to struggle in his brutal 2015 campaign. It’s hard to imagine that he finishes the season in Philadelphia, though it’s even harder to imagine a team taking his contract on, so Philly might have to the majority of the salary.
Chris Sale returned to ace form against the Milwaukee Brewers, going eight innings and striking out 11, while giving up just one run. This is the kind of bounce back fantasy owners were hoping to see from Sale, especially against a weak team like the Brewers. Perhaps the slow start was due to the fact that Sale missed spring training with an injury, so maybe he’s finally worked the rust off. Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez both collected an RBI in the win, giving Sale and the White Sox enough to take home their 13th win. Mike Fiers took the loss despite his solid outing, striking out seven across 6.1 innings and giving up two runs. Carlos Gomez went 1-4 in the game, stealing his third base of the season, but getting caught in his other attempt. David Robertson closed the door in ninth; tossing a clean inning and striking out two for his sixth save of the year.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Chris Heston spun a gem tonight against the Houston Astros, going the distance and striking out ten. The lone mistake Heston made in the game was giving up the second inning solo home run to Jason Castro, but he was unhittable after that. Heston improved to 3-3 with the win, lowering his ERA to 2.91. Angel Pagan went 3-5 in the game with a run scored, bringing his average up to .333 on the season. Buster Poey took the collar tonight, going 0-4 with a run scored. Collin McHugh took his first loss of the year, lasting just 4.2 innings, giving up seven runs and striking out three. His ERA jumped up to 4.33 after the rough start, and he will look to rebound Sunday at home against the offensive juggernaut Blue Jays.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Brad Boxberger (9)
David Robertson (6)
Jason Grilli (BS)
Wil Myers – Day-to-day – (wrist)
Mike Minor – out for the season – (shoulder)
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
The Miami Marlins and free agent reliever Rafael Soriano are “very much engaged” in contract negations, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com tweeted. The back end of the Miami bullpen has been a mess this season, particularly closer Steve Cishek, so it’s not surprising to see the Marlins perusing the veteran reliever. It’s not yet known how Soriano will be used if the two parties agree to a contract, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get the ninth inning nod. For now, it seems that the Marlins are going to use a committee to record the final three outs in the ninth, but expect A.J Ramos to see the majority of save opportunities. Continue to monitor the situation until a deal becomes official.