Fantasy Baseball Final: May 3, 2015
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On Sunday afternoon, the Houston Astros continued their hot streak and completed their weekend sweep of the Seattle Mariners. Fantasy owners who were patient with streaky Evan Gattis have certainly had their patience pay off this weekend after Gattis bashed his fourth home run of the weekend to lead the Astros to a 7-6 victory. As a team, the Astros bashed 11 home runs on the weekend and kept DFS players’ wallets fat if they rode the teams offensive surge. Houston now has the best record in the entire American League and has already built a 7 game lead over the rest of the AL West.
Just as we expected…
The Tigers’ offense took Royals’ starter Jeremy Guthrie to task in the rubber match of their three game series. Backed by a home run and two RBIs from Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers downed the Royals 6-4. The two AL Central Leaders battled in close games all weekend in what should be a fun race to keep an eye on throughout the season.
Stephen Vogt continued his solid start to the season from the catchers’ spot hitting 2 HRs and knocking in 4 RBIs. Vogt now has 6 home runs on the year with an OPS+ of 184. He continues to be a great value play on most daily sites.
But we didn’t see this coming…
Power and PETCO Park are not two things that often go together. However, on Sunday afternoon behind two home runs each from Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, the Rockies and Padres turned PETCO into Coors Field. James Shields, a high percentage starter in DFS, disappointed in his home park allowing 5ER over 5 and 1/3 but did come away with the win after the Padres were able to hang 8 runs on the Rockies.
Another oddity on Sunday took place in Texas. Sonny Gray surrendered 7 walks but somehow still came away with 6 and 2/3 scoreless innings and a victory for Athletics over the Rangers on Sunday. Gray constantly battled out of trouble and only gave up 2 hits. Gray lowered his ERA to 1.98 on the season. On the season, Gray has looked more like the pitcher fantasy owners thought they were getting going into last season. While obviously his high walk rate is cause for concern, Gray’s strikeout potential more than make up for that and will be an elite daily option anytime he takes the hill.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
-Zach Britton, BAL (converted 5 of 6)
-Joakim Soria, DET (converted 10 of 10)
-Drew Storen, WAS (converted 7 of 8)
-Luke Gregerson, HOU (converted 6 of 7)
-Craig Kimbrel, SD (converted 8 of 8)
-Francisco Rodriguez, MIL (converted 4 of 4)
After a scorching beginning to the weekend, Dee Gordon was oddly benched on Sunday. While no injury has been reported, it is definitely to keep an eye as it seems like a strange time for the Marlins to give Gordon a rest.
-Brewers SS Jean Segura left the game in the 8th inning after being hit in the helmet. It appears, however, that the injury will be serious and should be considered day-to-day.
-Austin Jackson left today’s game early for the Mariners with a right ankle sprain. The team is considering him day-to-day and will be reevaluated tomorrow.
-Desmond Jennings was designated to the 15 day DL with knee soreness.
-Matt Carpenter exited the game early for the Cardinals due to light-heatedness.
-Cardinal reliever Jordan Walden is on his way to the disabled list with right forearm soreness.
-Hunter Pence could begin a rehab assignment this week as he continues to recover from a right forearm fracture.
-Mat Latos was cleared to return to the rotation and should have his first start back scheduled some time later this week.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
-Athletics released OF Cody Ross and claimed Alex Hassan from the Rangers.
-Red Sox claimed INF Luis Jimenez off waivers and designated Ryan Hannigan to the 60-day disabled list.