Fantasy Baseball Final: May 31, 2015
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With the month of May coming to a close and two months of the baseball season in the books, a lot of teams will now begin to gauge where their team stands as sellers or buyers at the trade deadline. The New York Mets will most likely be buyers at the deadline as well they should be. After sweeping the Phillies in the middle of last week, the Mets bounced back on Sunday with a key victory on Sunday after dropping the first two games of the weekend against the Marlins. The Mets were backed by a key home run from shortstop Wilmer Flores and another quality start by Bartolo Colon leading to a 4-3 victory. The Mets are now a half game behind the Nationals in the National League East. With the caliber of their starting pitching, including the likes of Harvey, Syndergaard and deGrom, the Mets will most likely be looking to add an impact bat at the deadline. After Wilmer Flores’ solid month and the speculation of the Rockies trading Troy Tulowitzki, an interesting scenario may be emerging for the Mets to make a decision on whether to go all in for Tulowitzki or continue their season with Flores.
Just as we expected…
Paul Goldschmidt capped off his tremendous weekend with another home run on Sunday afternoon. A day after hitting two home runs, Goldschmidt reached base a ridiculous seven times in the Diamondbacks 17 inning 7-6 loss to the Brewers. Over the weekend, Goldschmidt went 9-14 leading the Diamondbacks to wins on Friday and Saturday. For the month of May, Goldschmidt slugged at a .720 clip. Mark Trumbo also appears to be heating up after hitting a dong for the D-backs on Sunday. Goldschmidt and Trumbo combined for 47 Draftkings points on Sunday and depending on the match-up, should be a reliable go to mini stack going forward.
Josh Donaldson continued his ridiculous home run tear lately with another homer for the Blue Jays on Sunday. Donaldson now has six home runs in as many games. Donaldson’s HR/FB% currently sits at 21.2% which is by far the highest of his career. Donaldson has an OPS+ of 167 which is also the highest of his career by 22 points. With Donaldson now playing for the Blue Jays, it is unclear whether his recent tear is a product of his lineup protection with Bautista and Encarnacion hitting behind him or whether his production will return to his form of last year. At this point, Donaldson may be a potential sell high candidate but owners better make sure that they bring in a haul in return. As for DFS potential, given Donaldson’s rising price point, it will be interesting to see if his ownership value continues to maintain its ridiculously high rates.
Carlos Martinez had a phenomenal outing on Sunday giving up only one hit over seven strong innings against the Dodgers. This is Martinez’s third straight quality start. Martinez had eight strikeouts on the day and totaled 33.35 Draftkings points. Today’s salary on Draftkings reflected his recent back to back solid outings but was still a pretty good value at $8500.
Stephen Vogt had another dong for the Athletics today in a 3-0 win over the Yankees. Vogt is finding his way into almost all of my daily lineups lately as his price has been reasonably low despite his hot streak.
But we didn’t see this coming…
John Danks had a very interesting outing on Sunday pitching a complete game shutout despite surrendering 10 hits to the Astros. The Astros offense had men on base all day but could not crack through against Danks. Danks helped himself by only walking one. Danks lowered his ERA from 5.69 to 4.81 on Sunday moving his record to 3-4. This start for Danks comes after giving up 11 earned runs in his previous two starts.
Last weekend we had the slumping Yankees sweeping the Royals. Similarly, this weekend we saw the Reds sweep the National League East leading Nationals. The Reds, on the heels of losing nine of their last ten games, beat the Reds 8-2 Sunday behind a Todd Frazier home run and a quality start from Michael Lorenzen. Frazier now has four home runs in his last six games and finished the month of May with a 1.024 OPS.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
–Koji Uehara, BOS (blown save)
–Santiago Casilla, SF (blown save)
–Jeurys Familia, NYM (15)
–Brad Boxberger, TB (15)
–Scott Oberg, COL (1)
–Glen Perkins, MIN (19)
–Trevor Rosenthal, STL (15)
–Jason Grilli, ATL (15)
–Tyler Clippard, OAK (7)
–Austin Adams, SEA (1)
-A lot of injury news to get to tonight highlighted by Justin Verlander failing to make it out of the third inning of his rehab start today. There were rumors that Verlander may return to the Tigers’ rotation after this start but that may be put on hold after Verlander gave up three earned run over just 2.2 innings.
–Adrian Beltre left the game on Sunday against the Red Sox with a sprained left thumb. The thumb injury is expected to keep Beltre sidelined for the next two weeks.
–David Peralta also left Sunday’s game with a hand injury. It is still yet to be determined how serious the hand injury is.
-Twins starter Ricky Nolasco left in the second inning of Sunday’s start with an ankle injury.
–Denard Span exited the game early on Sunday and is now considered day-to-day with a sore right knee.
–Adam Jones was once again scratched from the starting lineup with a left ankle sprain and is now considered day-to-day.
–Jose Abreu was once again out of the lineup because a right index finger but is expected to be back within the next day.
–Jordan Lyles exited the game early on Sunday with a left big toe injury.
Additional injury news and notes:
–Steven Tolleson – groin strain – placed on 15-day DL
–Khris Davis – left meniscus tear – placed on 15-day DL
–Adam Lind – back discomfort – day-to-day; out of lineup Sunday
–Matt Holliday – flu-like symptoms – day-to-day; out of lineup Sunday
–Paco Rodriguez – left elbow strain – placed on 15-day-DL
–Tim Beckham – right hamstring strain – placed on 15-day DL
–Bryce Harper returned to the lineup on Sunday after sitting out Saturday with a back injury following a hit by pitch.
–Jose Bautista will be returning to right field on Monday after being the Blue Jays designated hitter for most of the first two months of the season.
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
–Masahiro Tanaka is expected to be activated this Wednesday to be entered into the Yankees starting lineup.
–Kevin Correia declared for free agency and is expected to draw interest from a number of teams who need pitching depth.