Fantasy Baseball Final: May 6, 2015
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Bad news for the Dodgers and fantasy owners as starting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu has struggled in his recovery from a shoulder injury. Last season, Ryu’s fastball sat in the low 90s, and at this current moment that same fastball is sitting in the low 80s (82-83mph range to be exact). For now, the plan is to give Ryu some more rest, though that may not be the answer considering he’s spent the better part of the past six weeks resting to try and get his shoulder back to 100%. In other news, George Springer’s incredible play last night resulted in him getting a concussion, and thus being place on the 7 day disabled list. To replace Springer, the Astros promoted outfielder Preston Tucker who got off to a great start at Triple-A, slashing .320/.378/.650 prior to being called up.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Bryce Harper took the time today to remind us that he’s still 22 years old and one of the most exciting players to watch in the game, hitting three home runs and driving in five runs in the Nationals 7-5 victory against the Miami Marlins. Harper had been struggling of late, going just 4 for his late 21 and bringing his average down to .245. After the offensive explosion, however, his average jumped 20 points to .265, and fantasy owners have to be hoping that this is a sign for good things to come. Max Scherzer picked up his second win of the season, lasting seven innings, giving up five runs and striking out ten. The five earned runs that Scherzer let up is something fantasy owners don’t like to see, but we’ll take the double digit strikeouts every day and twice on Sunday. Before today’s start, the most runs Scherzer had given up in a single start came at home against the Cardinals when he gave up two runs in seven innings. Giancarlo Stanton clubbed his seventh home run of the season in the eighth inning off Scherzer, a three run shot to left field. Dee Gordon continued to hit, going 3-5 with a run scored and bringing his league leading average up to .430. Drew Storen shut down the Marlins in the ninth to help notch his eighth save of the season, striking out two in the inning. This Nationals team has yet to take off the way we all thought they would, which brings me to this interesting fact. The Nats’ last 6 wins: 2-1, 2-1, 2-1, 2-1, 1-0, 2-1.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Jacob deGrom: good at baseball. The New York Mets won again, taking home a 5-1 victory in Baltimore against the Orioles. For the second night in the row, the Mets’ starting pitching was the story of the ballgame. deGrom went seven innings of one run ball, giving up six hits and striking out nine. The start was a nice bounce back for deGrom, who hadn’t earned a win since April 18th against the Marlins. Curtis Granderson drove in two of the Mets five runs, including his second home run of the season in the second inning, a solo home run. Though the O’s didn’t win the game, third baseman Manny Machado stole two bases, bringing his season total to five. This is an encouraging signs for the Orioles, as the stolen bases may indicate that both of Machado’s surgery repaired knees are healed.
The San Diego Padres were all of Chris Heston and the Giants today, crushing them 9-1 at home and avoiding being swept in the series. Ian Kennedy held the Giants to just one run over seven solid innings while striking out six en route to his second win of the season. Everyone seemed to do their part offensively for the Padres; with Wil Myers leading the way with his 3 hit performance. Justin Upton was held without a hit (0-2), though he did walk four times, so that’s great news if you have him in an OBP league. Matt Kemp went just 1-6 in the win, with a run scored and a run batted in.
Youth movement! Dodgers’ rookie Joc Pederson, who is older than Bryce Harper by the way, hit two home runs in the teams’ 6-3 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight. Pederson now shares the NL lead for home runs with nine as he continues his sensational rookie season and his bid for NL Rookie of the Year. Fun fact, Pederson’s last seven hits have all been home runs, and if that’s not awesome, well I’m not exactly sure what is. Despite the big night from Pederson, the Dodgers (besides Pederson) were unable to figure out Wily Peralta, as he went eight strong innings giving up three runs (two earned), while striking out six. Scooter Gennett hit his first home run of the season, and Jean Segura stole his sixth base of the season for the Brew Crew. With the win, the Brewers still hold the worst record in baseball at 9-19, as they’re 11.5 games out of first place in the NL Central. K-Rod earned his sixth save of the season for the Brewers, tossing a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
The Arizona Diamondbacks swept the doubleheader today in Colorado against the Rockies, outscoring their opponent 18-8 in the two games. It’s not uncommon to see offensive explosions at Coors Field, but its shocking to see the Rockies drop both home games, especially against the Diamondbacks. Game one provided the brunt of the scoring, with the D-Backs pulling away 13-7. Personally, I saw that Josh Collmenter was on the hill for the Diamondbacks and got excited since I own shares of both Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson. Unfortunately, the two combined for 2-9 in the first game, and Dickerson was held out of the lineup for the second game of the doubleheader because his plantar fasciitis in his foot started to flare up. For now, it’s unknown whether or not Dickerson will miss any significant time from the injury, so consider him day-to-day for now. Despite what I thought would happen, Collmenter went seven innings and gave up five runs, striking out five to help earn his third win of the season. Mark Trumbo had a great first game, going 2-4 and hitting his third home run of the season. Paul Goldschmidt had a miserable first game, going 0-5 and striking out four times. As for game two, Robbie Ray was solid, going six innings, striking out five and giving up one run to earn himself his first win of the 2015 season. Paul Goldschmidt had better luck in game two than he did the first, collecting two hits, one of which was his seventh home run of the season. Nolan Arenado went hitless in the second game, bringing his average below .300 (.295).
How about the Twinkies! The Minnesota Twins shelled A’s starting pitcher Scott Kazmir tonight, tagging him for six runs in six innings of work. Unfortunately for the A’s, the beat down didn’t stop once Kazmir was lifted from the game. The Twins would go on to score seven more runs and win the game easily, 13-0. The big headline from the game was Eddie Rosario’s first career home run, on the first major league pitch he saw in the third inning of the game. The home run helped kick start the Twins offense, as they would continue the run production throughout the rest of the game. For fantasy owners, notable players like Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer were quiet despite the high scoring. The Twins are surprising people around baseball recently, as they are 7-3 over their last ten games, moving into third place in the AL Central.
The Rangers took care of the division rival Houston Astros tonight, defeating the AL West leaders 11-3 on the road. Colby Lewis was stellar for the Rangers, as they needed him to be, lasting eight innings of one run baseball, and striking out six batters. Shin-Soo Choo hit his third home run of the season in the win (this is the first time I’ve mentioned Choo in a positive light this season… just saying). Struggling slugger Adrian Beltre had a nice night, going 3-5 and scoring two runs. As I mentioned prior, Astros’ young star George Springer was held out of action and is going to miss at least the next week after being placed on the 7 day disabled list with a concussion. Evan Gattis went 2-4 in the loss for the Astros, though he’s still hitting just .206 on the year. Samuel Deduno took the loss for the Astros, giving up ten runs in 4.2 innings of work.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Drew Storen (8)
Aroldis Chapman (6)
Jason Grilli (9)
Brad Boxberger (7)
Hector Rondon (6)
David Robertson (5)
Corey Dickerson held out of game two of doubleheader
Jordan Walden – six to eight weeks – (shoulder)
Corey Dickerson – Day-to-Day – (foot)
George Springer – 7-Day-DL – (concussion)
RUMORS & TRANSACTIONS
A deal for recently released catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia should be reached soon, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports. Among the teams interested in Salty are the Diamondbacks, Mariners, and Royals, with the Orioles reportedly out of the sweepstakes. Salty has struggled mightily since leaving Boston following the 2013 season, as he batted just .220 last season, and got off to an awful start this season, hitting just .069 (2 for 29). Whichever team signs him will have to only pay the pro rated portion of his salary, so he comes with zero risk to the team that inks a deal with the backstop.