Fantasy Baseball Final: May 5, 2015
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Before any of tonight’s action got started, we learned that the Rockies-Diamondbacks game was postponed due to rain. If you play DFS, I hope for your sake you learned about this in time to make the proper switches to your team, as I was at the movies seeing the new ‘Avengers’ film and got screwed for tonight. Ah well.
Speaking of getting screwed, Stephen Strasburg left tonight’s game in the third inning with what appeared to be a shoulder injury, which is a huge blow for fantasy owners if he misses an extended period of time. On the topic of injuries, the Tampa Bay Rays announced that starting pitcher Alex Cobb has a partially torn UCL, though he’s going to attempt to pitch through the injury. This is the same route that the Yankees took with their starter Masahiro Tanaka, though it has yet to be seen how that will work out for them as Tanaka is currently sidelined with a wrist/forearm injury.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Eric Hosmer’s two hit, four RBI performance was enough to power the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night. Hosmer hit his fourth home run of the year in the first inning off Danny Salazar, a solo home run that kick started the scoring for the Royals. Alex Gordon had a nice night as well, going 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Jason Vargas picked up his third win of the season, going six strong innings, letting up two runs and striking out five. Danny Salazar took the loss, giving up four runs across seven innings and striking out nine. This was Salazar’s second start in a row in where he gave up four runs, but he was still able to stay in for seven innings and whiff nine batters. Michael Brantley hit his second home run of the season, which is a good sign for owners who have been waiting for him to pick it up in the home run category. Wade Davis was able to pick up his sixth save of the season, though fantasy owners are going to see those saves disappear after tonight, with closer Greg Holland expected to be activated for from the disabled list for Wednesday’s game.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
It might be time that I buy into Todd Frazier’s power now that he leads the NL with nine home runs, not to mention that his last five hits have all been home runs. That being said, his batting average (.227) still hurts to carry around. Regardless, the home run helped lift the Reds to a 7-1 victory on the road in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Michael Lorenzen outdueled Jeff Locke in the game to earn his first win of the season, going six innings, giving up one run and striking out four against three walks. The lone mistake Lorenzen gave up in the start was the solo home run to begin the seventh inning off the bat off Starling Marte, his seventh on the season. Marlon Byrd drove in four runs for the Reds, including a two run home run, though I hope none of you have him rostered in your league.
Mookie Betts stole the show tonight in Boston, which is exactly what we expect Mookie to do. Mookie went deep twice in the game, providing the Red Sox with the only two runs they would score, but giving them enough run support to win the game 2-0 against the Rays. In fact, Betts was the youngest Red Sox player to have a multi-home run game since Jim Rice did it twice in 1975. Drew Smyly took the tough loss in the game despite another strong start, going six innings, giving up one run on two hits and striking out six. Smyly still has yet to pick up his first win of the season despite having a 2.70 ERA over his first three starts since being activated from the disabled list. Hanley Ramirez, who was held out the lineup today after exiting yesterday’s game with a shoulder injury, received good news today after his MRI came back clean and should be back on the field by this weekend, barring any setbacks.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
What’s going on with Shane Greene lately? Through his first three starts of the season, it seemed that Greene was taking a huge step forward and becoming the solid starter the Tigers believe that he is. However, the last three starts have been god awful, with his ERA now sitting at 5.56 for the season. Over his past 11 innings, Greene has given up 20 runs and not been able to pitch past the fifth inning of each game. Those numbers are alarming, especially given the fact that he gave up just one run over his first 23 innings to start the year. I’d be hesitant to give up on Greene so soon given the potential that he showed early on, but I might be more comfortable benching him for a start or two to see if he figures things out.
Shelby Miller has gotten off to a sensational start so far this season with the Atlanta Braves, and he continued his success tonight with a complete game shutout at home against the Phillies. It took Miller just 99 pitches to earn the win in this one, as he gave up just three hits and struck out eight. Miller has yet to give up more than two runs in a single start this season (1.66 ERA), but tonight’s game is by far his best outing of the year. Freddie Freeman went 3-4 in the game, including his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot in the first inning off Chad Billingsley.
Welcome to the 2015 season, Mat Latos. Latos picked up his first win of the year, though he walked five in the win while striking out six. It took Latos 102 pitches to last until there was one out in the seventh, but this should be an encouraging sign for the Marlins and their fans as they saw their big offseason acquisition pick up his first win in a Marlins uniform. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton went 1-4 in the game, snagging his third stolen base of the year.
As I mentioned prior, Stephen Strasburg left the game in the third inning due to discomfort in his right shoulder. Before exiting, Strasburg had given up two runs across the three innings with two strikeouts. Bryce Harper went 0-4 with two strikeouts as the Nats snapped their three game winning streak. Nationals 2B/3B Anthony Rendon suffered a setback in his rehab, straining his oblique and being shut down for the time being. There is no immediate timetable for his return at this time
Bartolo Colon is 5-1, has an ERA under three (2.90), a WHIP under one (.94) and the Mets are sitting comfortably atop the NL East at 17-10, just like we expected. Wait, what? Colon was lights out tonight in the Mets 3-2 victory at home against the Baltimore Orioles, going 7.2 innings, giving up one run and striking out nine. Bud Norris took the loss for the O’s even though he had a solid outing, lasting seven innings, giving up all three of the Mets’ runs and striking out four batters, falling to 1-3 on the year. The Orioles gave the Mets a scare at the end, pulling the game within one run thanks to late inning solo home runs from Manny Machado and Chris Davis (my fantasy team thanks you), but the Mets were able to hang on as Jeurys Familia notched his 11th save of the year.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Koji Uehara (5)
Jeurys Familia (11)
Andrew Miller (11)
Tyler Clippard (3)
Steve Cishek (3)
David Robertson (4)
Wade Davis (6)
Trevor Rosenthal (9)
Hanley Ramirez held out of the lineup.
Alex Cobb – could miss remainder of the season – (elbow)
Stephen Strasburg – Day-to-Day – (shoulder)
Brandon Morrow – 15-Day DL – (shoulder)
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
New York Yankees second base prospect Jose Pirela seems destined to be on his way to the big league club now that he’s recovered from a concussion that he suffered in spring training, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported on twitter today. The combination of Stephen Drew and Gergorio Petit at second has been nothing short of a disaster thus far into the season, and there’s reason to believe that Pirela might prove to be an upgrade over the club’s current selection. In Pirela’s four game rehab stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pirela went 11-19 (.579) with a home run and four RBIs.