Fantasy Baseball Final: May 13, 2015
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What’s not mentioned below: Sonny Gray took his first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 after a 2-0 loss at home to the Boston Red Sox. Gray went seven inningds, giving up one run on three hits and striking out nine. Wade Miley got the win for the Sox, lasting 6.2 innings, walking four and striking out one. Koji Uehara picked up his seventh save of the year for Boston. Raisel Iglesias picked up his first career win against the Atlanta Braves, striking out five over eight ininngs, giving up just two hits and one run. The Red hope that Iglesias can stay a starter throughout his career, though many scouts think that he could eventually be the next closer in Cincinnati once the Aroldis Chapman era comes to an end. The win brought the Reds back to .500, as Todd Frazier and Marlon Byrd continued their hot hitting, both going deep in the game. Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons both went hitless in the loss. The Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees again, behind Nathan Karns six strikeouts across five innings. Steven Souza hit his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot off Yankees’ starter Adam Warren, who struck out seven across seven innings of work. Matt Harvey struck out nine across seven innings against the Chicago Cubs, walking two and not letting up a run (he did not factor into the decision. The Cubs won the game in the ninth on a walk off walk by Chris Coghlan. The Miami Marlins took down the Los Angeles Dogers 5-4 tonight, with Dee Gordon leading the offense going 4-5 with two runs scored. I mentioned last night how A.J. Ramos could see the bulk of the save opportunites for the Marlins, and he notched his first save in as many chances tonight, striking out two in the scoreless ninth. Aaron Sanchez continued to show why many scouts think he’s best served for the bullpen, struggling with control and letting up five runs over 5.2 innings agains the Baltimore Orioels. Miguel Gonzalez picked up the win for the O’s, going 7.2 innings and striking out five.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
If you have been complaining about not getting ace-like results from Corey Kluber thus far into the season, well, there you go. Kluber had the best start of any pitcher in the 2015 season to date, tossing eight innings of shutout ball, giving up just one hit and striking out a career high 18 batters. Kluber’s first win of the season was masterful, coming against a very good St. Louis Cardinals team. I wrote here last night about how this Indians’ team is a lot better than their record indicates, and getting Kluber back on track is step one for Cleveland as they try to climb their way back up the AL Central standings. Per ESPN’s Jayson Stark, besides Kluber, the only other game in history with 18+ strikeouts, 0 walks & no more than one hit came from Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout, 0-BB one-hitter in 1998 (Kluber was also just the fifth pitcher to do this in a game since 1900. If you were planning on buying low on Kluber, you’re a little too late now. Brandon Moss had a game high three hits in his four trips to the plate, including an RBI single in the first inning. For the Redbirds, John Lackey got the start but lasted just 5.1 innings, throwing 105 (64 for strikes) and letting up two runs. Unlike his counterpart Kluber, Lackey struggled mightily with his command in the game, walking five batters. Cody Allen closed the door in what was a clean ninth inning, striking out one batter to earn his fifth save of the season.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
After getting embarrassed last night 14-6, the Washington Nationals rallied in the ninth inning to come back and beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-6. The Diamondbacks led the game 7-6 heading into the ninth inning, but that quickly changed courtesy of a Michael Taylor grand slam off D-Backs closer Addison Reed, who was credited with a blown save and a loss. The Nationals were able to pick up the victory despite getting another poor outing from their starting pitching, with Gio Gonzalez lasting five innings and giving up five runs on nine hits. It would be an understatement to say that the Nationals are underperforming so far this season, and they’re going to need to rely on their starting pitching, which was the strength of this team coming into the season, to start performing better, particularly Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg. Along with Michael Taylor, Jayson Werth also went deep for the Nats, clubbing a three run home run, his second of the year, in the third inning off Diamondbacks’ starter Jeremy Helickson. Bryce Harper was 1-3 in the game before being ejected in the seventh inning, along with manager Matt Williams, for arguing balls and strikes. Paul Goldschmidt led the offense for Arizona, collecting three hits across four at bats, driving in one and scoring two runs. Goldy has been as consistent as they come this year, raising his batting average up to .347 to go along with nine home runs, 28 runs batted in and six steals, providing fantasy owners with the rare power/speed combo from a first baseman. Drew Storen notched his tenth save of the season, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth inning.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
The Philadelphia Phillies snapped their four game losing streaking, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Wednesday night. Cole Hamels had one of his best starts of his season, tossing seven innings, striking out nine and letting up two runs to improve to 3-3. The Phillies got to Pirates’ start Francisco Liriano in the fifth inning, scoring all three of their runs of the game in the inning. Besides the blip in the fifth, Liriano was otherless solid, striking out six over seven innings. Andrew McCutchen went 1-3 in the loss, driving in both of the Pirates’ runs while also stealing his second base of the year. The Pirates moved Josh Harrison up to the top of the order after hitting a home run last night, though he was quiet and went 1-3 on the night.
Ricky Nolasco struck out seven across 5.1 innings tonight against the Detroit Tigers; that’s not a typo. I’m stacked my DFS lineup with Tigers players tonight, though it obviously didn’t pay off for me. Nolasco did walk four batters, bringing his pitch count up passed 100 pitches in the sixth inning, forcing the Twins to go to the bullpen. Kinsler, Miggy, and V-Mart all combined to go 2-12 in the loss, marking the second night in a row Twins pitching was able to keep the potent Tigers’ offense quiet.
For the first time in major league history, two pitchers with “Yo” in the beginning of their first names faced off on the mound against each other (that’s an actual fact), as Yovani Gallardo and the Texas Rangers took on Yordano Ventura and the Kansas City Royals. Vetura’s early season struggles continued, giving up five runs on ten hits across seven innings of work. Gallardo went seven innings for the Rangers, letting up two runs and striking out two. Prince Fielder led the Rangers offense, going 3-4 and driving in two runs on his fourth home run of the year. Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for the Rangers, his fifth, and perhaps his starting to put things together and produce the way the team imagined he would when they signed him prior to last season. However, for the 32 year old, his best days are more than likely behind him.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Koji Uehara (7)
Cody Allen (5)
Brad Boxberger (10)
Jonathan Papelbon (7)
Neftali Feliz (6)
Darren O’Day (1)
A.J. Ramos (1)
David Robertson (7)
Luke Gregerson (8)
Matt Holliday – Day-to-day – (left elbow contusion)
Jarred Cosart – Day-to-day – (hamstring)
Jordan Lyles – Day-to-day – (struck by comebacker)
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
It was written here last night that the Marlins were in negotiations with veteran free agent reliever Rafael Soriano. However, those talks have fallen apart, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald tweeted earlier today. The overall interest in Soriano made sense considering the team’s problematic bullpen, though it seems the two parties were unable to agree on any official terms. For now, expect the Marlins to mix and match in the ninth inning, though if you were to expect one guy to get the majority of the saves, my bet would be on A.J Ramos.