Fantasy Baseball Final: May 18, 2015
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Only seven games were scheduled for today, but there was no lack of action. The Blue Jays started off the afternoon action by beat the Angels 10-6 thanks to a big day from Jose Bautista. The slugger finished the day 3-5, 3R, 3RBI and a homerun, while Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson both picked up three hits.
The late games had very little scoring, but saw some amazing pitching performances. The Brewers beat Detroit 3-2 thanks to a Carlos Gomez single in the top of the seventh. The centerfielder lead off the game with a solo bomb to right field and finished the game 2-5 with two RBI. Gomez showed no ill effects today after taking a fastball to the head yesterday from Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard. The Diamondbacks spoiled Marlins new manager Dan Jennings debut by winning 3-2 (13 innings), and the White Sox defeated the Indians 2-1 (10 innings) behind a strong start from Chris Sale. Other games still in action include the Mets and Cardinals (2-1 Mets win), Oakland leading Houston (2-1 Final) and the Phillies leading the Rockies 4-1 in the top of the 8th.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Corey Kluber has gone from terrible to unhittable in two games. The 29-year old pitched another gem of a game—pitching nine innings of one run ball, giving up five hits while striking out 12. The righty now has 30 strikeouts in two games and is looking more like the Cy Young winner we saw last season. He didn’t pick up a win, but his ERA has gone from 5.04 to 3.79 after his last two outings. Fantasy owners who were patient with Kluber are now getting rewarded, and we should see more starts like this from him as the season moves forward.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Matt Harvey is really good at throwing baseballs. Harvey, also known as “The Dark Knight”, pitched eight innings of scoreless baseball, giving up six hits while striking out nine. The 26-year-old has now pitched 16 innings of scoreless baseball, but has failed to pick up a win in either start thanks to a lack of run support.
For the Cardinals, John Lackey was almost as good as Harvey—pitching seven innings of one run baseball, giving up three hits while striking out six. St. Louis had come into tonight as one of the better hitting teams in baseball, but couldn’t find a way to generate any kind of offence against Harvey. Lackey now sports a cool 2.96 ERA and will look to continue his strong start to the season Saturday against Danny Duffy and the Kanas City Royals.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Rubby De La Rosa was outstanding tonight in his start for the Diamondbacks. The righty pitched nine innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out five. The Diamondbacks starter was coming off a decent outing against the Nationals, and continues to improve as the season goes on. His only mistake came in the bottom of the seventh when he gave up a two-run bomb to catcher J.T Realmuto. Arizona still managed to win the game in the top of the thirteen thanks to a double by David Peralta. The 26-year-old is now 4-2 on the season with a 4.08 ERA and will face Jake Arrieta and the Cubs at home on Saturday.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Troy Tulowitzki returned to the lineup after missing the last few games with a tight left quad.
- Caros Gomez was drilled in the head yesterday afternoon by Noah Syndergaard, but was in the lineup tonight for the Brewers.
- Phil Gosselin—15-Day DL—(thumb)
- Hunter Harvey—Out till late June—(shoulder)
- Bud Norris—15-Day DL—(illness)
- Avisail Garcia—Day-to-day—(knee)
- Yan Gomes—15-Day DL—(knee)
- Carlos Santana—Day-to-day—(back)
- Samuel Deduno—15-Day DL—(back)
- Jarred Cosart—15-Day DL—(head)
- Chase Whitley—Out for season—(elbow)
- Mark Teixeira—Day-to-day—(toe)
- Drew Pomeranz—Day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Chad Billingsley—15-Day DL—(lat)
- Devon Travis—Day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Jayson Werth—Day-to-day—(wrist)