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Fantasy Baseball Final: September 16, 2015

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What’s not mentioned below: Bryce Harper launched his 40th home run of the season in the Washington Nationals’ 12-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Jayson Werth went 3-4 in the win, smacking two home runs and scoring three times. Gio Gonzalez struck out twelve across seven innings for the Nats. David Price struck out nine in his seven innings of work in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 9-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. Edwin Encarnacion collected three hits in his return to the lineup after missing two games with an injured finger. Catcher Russell Martin drove in four runs in the win, while hitting his 20th home run of the season. It took 12 innings to decide a winner, but the Chicago Cubs came out on top against the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight, 3-2. It was a pitcher’s duel for most of the game, as Cubs’ starter Jake Arrieta went eight strong innings, allowing one earned run and striking out five. It took until Anthony Rizzo’s RBI sacrifice fly in the 12th to break the tie.

IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…

Houston Astros’ starter Dallas Keuchel was chased from the game in the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers, dropping what was his most important start of the season and handing the Rangers a 1½ game lead in the AL West. The CY Young favorite was tagged with nine runs on eleven hits in the 14-3 loss, bringing his ERA up to 2.56 on the year. The Rangers hit three home runs off of Keuchel, while benefiting from seven strong innings form starter Martin Perez. Perez scattered nine hits in the start, while walking one batter and striking out three. Prince Fielder led the offense for the Rangers tonight, going 3-5 with two home runs and five runs batted in against the division rival. Mike Napoli hit his 17th home run in the win, a three run shot in the first inning off of Keuchel. Evan Gattis had himself a nice night despite the team’s loss, as the DH collected three hits, one of which being a two run home run.

JUST AS WE EXPECTED…

The Boston Red Sox hit three home runs in their 10-1 rout of the Baltimore Orioles tonight, giving Henry Owens more than enough run support to earn his third win of the season. Owens went 7.2 shutout innings, giving up just six hits total and striking out four batters. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia went off tonight offensively, driving in five runs on his two hits, both of those being home runs, bringing his total up to 12 on the season. David Ortiz had a nice night as well, going 2-4 with a solo home run, his 35th on the season. He doesn’t ever seem to age, does he? Mike Wright was the victim on the mound tonight for the O’s, as he lasted just three innings in the start, giving up six runs on six hits, including two of Boston’s three home runs.

The New York Yankees took the rubber match of their series against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight, beating the team by a score of 3-1. Rookie Luis Severino was on the hill for the Bronx Bombers, and boy he did not disappoint. Severino spun 5.2 innings of one run ball, allowing seven men to reach base (six hits, one walk) to go along with seven strikeouts. The Yankees’ offense provided Severino with enough run support to help him collect his fourth win of the season in the game, as fellow rookie Greg Bird led the offense tonight for the Yanks. Bird went 2-3 with a double and a home run, driving in two runs in the ballgame. The win was much needed for the team, as they continue to try and catch the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East. Sevy’s opposition on the hill tonight was Chris Archer, who has been the Rays’ undisputed ace throughout the season. Archer took the tough loss after giving up two earned runs over six innings of work, striking out seven and walking four. It wasn’t one of Archer’s sharpest starts, as it took him 115 pitches to get through the six innings, though he was able to limit the damage to just two runs on the evening. The Yankees’ bullpen was able to keep the Rays’ offense at bay for the remainder of the game, as they collectively tossed 3.1 shutout innings after Severino’s departure. Closer Andrew Miller struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 34th save of the season.

BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…

For the second night in a row, the first place New York Mets fell to the Miami Marlins, this time by a score of 6-0. Bartolo Colon was on the bump for the Mets, as he was pegged with his 12th loss of the season. Colon tossed 5.2 innings of three run ball, striking out two batters and walking one. Luckily for the Mets, they still hold a strong eight game lead on the Washington Nationals, so there is no need to panic. However, this series seemed like a great chance to really separate themselves from the pack; though they ended up only taking one game in the three game set. The Marlins launched three home runs in the game, two of them coming off Colon. First baseman Justin Bour was among those to go deep in the game, his second night in a row of doing so, as he launched his 17th home run of the season. The Mets were held to just three hits in the game, two of which coming from third baseman David Wright. Adam Conley was the one responsible for shutting down the Mets today, as the southpaw tossed seven shutout innings, giving up the three hits and striking out six. In case you missed it today, the Marlins suggested that they would consider trading outfielder Marcell Ozuna this winter. Ozuna has struggled mightily this season following a year in which he established himself as one of the better young outfielders in the game, and giving the Marlins an outfield tandem of Yelich-Ozuna-Stanton. The Marlins tried to reach a contract extension with Ozuna last year, though Ozuna is represented by agent Scott Boras, who generally persuades his clients into avoiding team-friendly deals and waiting until free agency to cash in. Nothing is set in stone, but it seems possible that the team could ready to move on from the 24-year-old outfielder.

THE REST OF THE DETAILS

SAVE CHANCES

Andrew Miller (34)

Trevor Rosenthal (45)

LINEUP MOVES

Oakland A’s call up pitcher Barry Zito from Triple-A Nashville.

Cameron Maybin (eye) returned to the Braves lineup for the first time since September 5th.

Edwin Encarnacion (finger) was back in the Blue Jays lineup after missing the last two games.

INJURIES

Ryan Braun – Day-to-day – (Lower back tightness)

Carlos Gonzalez – Day-to-day – (Foot)

Josh Johnson will go under the knife and get Tommy John surgery for the third time in his career, John Heyman of CBSSports.com reported. Johnson will reportedly try and make a comeback again rather than retire.

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