Fantasy Baseball Final: May 4, 2015
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It was a busy night in baseball that saw 22 teams in action. One game was postponed due to rain (ARIvsCOL), but apart from that, there were no real weather issue. Some of the early games saw the Nationals beat the Marlins, the Blue Jays over the Yankees, the Rays over the Red Sox, the Phillies over the Braves, and the Brewes over the Dodgers. The later games will see two aces take the mount in Felix Hernandez and Madison Bumgarner. Some other teams in action include the Rangers and Astros—who are looking to win their 11th game in a row (lost to TEX 2-1), the Twins leading the A’s (MIN def OAK 8-7), and the Cubs leading the Cardinals 8-6 (bottom 6th).
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
The Milwaukee Brewers found a way to defeat the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw at home tonight (let that sink in for a moment). New manager Craig Counsell picked up his first win as the Brewers skip when his team managed to get to Kershaw in the bottom of the eighth. The 8-18 Brewers have been terrible to start the year, and the hope is that Counsell will be able to help turn this season around and make the playoffs. It’s only one win, but for it to come against Kershaw is definitely an accomplishment in itself. Rookie sensation Joc Pederson hit his 6th homerun of the season, and continues to be an early candidate for Rookie of the Year.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Dallas Keuchel was lights out again tonight. The 27-year-old pitched eight innings of one run ball, allowing five hits and striking out eight. It wasn’t enough to help the Astros get past the Rangers, but he still managed to score 27.8 points on DK, and was an excellent option for DFS players who couldn’t afford some of the big names.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
It was a night to forget for Carlos Martinez. The rookie lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up a season high seven runs on nine hits while striking out four. The talented righty was sensational to start the season, and had a juicy matchup against a Cubs team that has struck out 24.7% of the time vs right-handed pitchers, per RotoGrinders. He’s still a great option every time he takes the mound, and he will look to rebound Saturday in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.
It was a good night for terrible teams. The Rangers scored runs in the eighth and ninth to beat the Astors—ending their ten game winning streak. Ross Detwiler came into tonight’s game with a 0-3 record and an 8.66 ERA. The St. Louis native was absolutely amazing tonight—limiting Houston to just one run on four hits while striking out a season high seven batters. The Rangers will continue to be a below-average team this season, but it was a great night for Rangers’ fans to see their team pick up a win.
The Phillies picked up their tenth win of the season with a 5-2 win over the Braves. Aaron Harang had another solid outing tonight—pitching six innings on one run baseball, allowing six hits and striking out two. The Philadelphia bats came alive right from the stat—with Jeff Francoeur hitting a double to left that scored Darin Ruf and Ben Revere. Carlos Ruiz later hit a single to score Francoeur and give the Phillies a 3-0 lead after one. The Phillies finished the night with a season high 14 hits, and now have a record of 10-17. They currently sit last in the N.L East, and will continue to struggle to hit the ball all season, so don’t expect to see many nights like this.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Tanner Roark (1)
- Brett Cecil (2)
- Francisco Rodriguez (5)
- Neftalia Feliz(3)
- Chad Qualls (BS)
- Glen Perkins (9)
- With the demotion of Miguel Castro, Brett Cecil returns to his role of closer for the Blue Jays
- Hanley Ramirez—Day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Chris Denorfia—Day-to-Day—(hamstring)
- Oswaldo Arcia—15-Day DL—(hip)
- Austin Jackson—15-Day-DL—(ankle)
- Leonys Martin—Day-to-day—(wrist)