Fantasy Baseball Final: May 27, 2015
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What’s not mentioned below:
- Joe Panik went 2-4, including his two-run home run to help lift the San Francisco Giants over the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Nolan Arenado continued to rip the cover of the ball, hitting his third home run in the last four games, while driving in three runs as the Rockies took down the Reds’ 6-4.
- Josh Donaldson’s game-tying ninth inning home run ended up going to waste, as the Blue Jays fell to the White Sox 5-3 in extra innings. Donaldson destroyed Chicago’s pitching in the series, going 7-11 with four home runs and seven RBI.
- The Minnesota Twins completed their sweep of the Boston Red Sox, as they tagged starter Rick Porcello for six runs across his seven innings of work.
- The Detroit Tigers were able to outlast the Oakland A’s, with all of their offense coming from Yoenis Cespedes’ three-run homer in the fifth inning.
- Chris Davis homered twice for the O’s, including his game winning homer in the eighth to lift the Orioles over the Houston Astros.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Felix Hernandez wanted to make sure Fernando Rodney wouldn’t implode again today if he were given the save opportunity, so King Felix went the distance, throwing a complete game, four-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one. Today’s outing was vintage Felix, as it took him just 101 pitches (71 for strikes) to take home the win. With the victory, King Felix picks up his league leading eighth win, while lowering his ERA to 1.91. The game was scoreless going into the top of the ninth, but that all changed when Nelson Cruz blasted his 18th home run of the year, a three run shot off of Rays’ closer Brad Boxberger, who was handed his third loss. I’m sure Rays’ manager Kevin Cash regrets the decision to bring Boxberger in for the scoreless ninth rather than staying with starter Chris Archer who was dealing all afternoon. Archer tossed eight scoreless innings, letting up just two hits and striking out 12 batters, lowering his ERA to 2.12.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Gerrit Cole was stellar once again for the Pittsburgh Pirates today, shutting down the Miami Marlins to pick up his seventh win of the year. Cole lasted seven innings, giving up two runs and striking out seven. Cole gave up just two mistakes in the game, both solo home runs to Justin Bour and Christian Yelich. It seemed as if the Marlins were going to win this one, as they led the game all the way up until the seventh inning, but the bullpen would fall apart there. Andrew McCutchen went 2-3 for the Bucs, scoring a run and swiping his third base of the season. Stolen bases have been few and far between for Cutch, as he’s been troubled with a bum knee this year, though hopefully this could be a sign of good things to come on the base paths for the superstar outfielder.
New York Mets’ starter Noah Syndergaard was lights out today at home against the Philadelphia Phillies, throwing 7.1 scoreless frames to lead the Mets to a 7-0 victory. Thor let up six hits while striking out six and not allowing a walk en route to his second career victory. Aside from spinning a gem on the mound, Sydnergaard helped himself out by launching his first career home run, a solo shot that came in the fourth inning off Phillies starter Sean O’Sullivan. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Syndergaard is the fourth pitcher in the last 50 years to throw 7 scoreless innings in a game, while collecting three hits, including a home run; quite the feat for the 22 year old rookie. First baseman Lucas Duda provided some additional insurance for the Mets, going 3-4 with two home runs and three runs scored. Chase Utley continued to struggle, going 0-3 to bring his average down to .188. Utley will have to start picking things up if the Phillies expect to get anything of value back in a trade for him, though it has yet to be seen if they’ve received any calls on the veteran second baseman.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
The Kansas City Royals, sporting the best record in baseball, marched into New York this week looking to take advantage of a Yankees’ team that had lost 10 of their last 11 games, and were struggling to get anything going. However, as we all know, baseball is a funny sport and it’s incredibly difficult to predict it, though we try our best to do just that. The Bronx Bombers completed their three game sweep of the Royals this afternoon, a series in which the Royals were outscored 23-4. The Yankees’ offense was powered today by Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann, who both took Royals’ starter Chris Young deep early in the game. Michael Pineda got back on the track in today’s start, picking up his sixth win after going 6.2 innings, striking out eight while letting up one run, a first inning solo home run to Mike Moustakas.
The Cleveland Indians manhandled the Texas Rangers this afternoon, chasing starter Colby Lewis in just the third inning and cruising to a 12-3 victory. The Indians pounded Lewis, as he gave up 10 runs (nine earned) on eleven hits to go along with two walks and two strikeouts. The brunt of the damage came in the third inning, where Cleveland tallied eight runs, including a three run home run from Carlos Santana. Starter Carlos Carrasco was the exact opposite of Lewis, easily earning his sixth win of the year. Carrasco went eight innings, giving up one run across five hits while striking out eight. Prince Fielder was kept quiet today, going 1-4 with a strikeout, though he’s still hitting an absurd .368 on the year as we close in on the end of May. Jason Kipnis (3-5) and Michael Brantley (2-2) both collected multiple hits for the Tribe, continuing their hot hitting.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
David Robertson (blown save)
Santiago Casilla (14)
John Axford (8)
Mark Melancon (12)
Glen Perkins (18)
Joakim Soria (15)
Gregory Polanco was held out of the lineup today.
Matt Adams – 15 Day-DL – (quad strain)
Scott Kazmir – Day-to-day – (shoulder)
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported earlier today the Los Angeles Angels acquired outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the New York Mets, a deal that sends the recently designated outfielder to the Halos for cash considerations. The Angels have received the league’s worst production out of left field thus far into the season, so Nieuwenhuis represents a low risk opportunity for the club. Before being designated for assignment last week, Nieuwenhuis was off to an awful start, slashing .079/.125/.132 across 40 plate appearances while striking out 17 times.