Fantasy Baseball Final: September 29, 2015
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What’s not mentioned below: Rain, rain, go away. Inclement weather cost us three games this evening, including Blue Jays-Orioles, Pirates-Cardinals, and Twins-Indians. The Chicago cubs currently lead the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in the third inning of their game as I type this; Miguel Montero has driven in two runs so far for the Cubs’ offense. Daniel Norris was chased after just 1.2 innings for the Detroit Tigers, allowing six runs (two earned) on five hits against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are currently leading 7-6 in the seventh inning; Cole Hamels has eight strikeouts for the Rangers, though he has allowed six runs (all earned) to cross the plate. Adrian Beltre is 3-4 so far, with a run scored and an RBI.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Blake Swihart homered twice as the Boston Red Sox pounded the division rival New York Yankees tonight, 10-4. Swihart drove in five runs in the game for the Sox, three of the runs coming in the first inning off of Yankees’ starter Michael Pineda. Pineda allowed six runs in the first inning, though he settled down thereafter and eventually lasted six innings. Pineda gave up just one run after the first inning, though the Yankees were unable to come back from the early deficit. Pineda slipped to 12-9 on the season, while he watched his ERA rise from 3.99 to 4.24. Rick Porcello earned the win for the Red Sox, as he tossed eight innings of two run ball, allowing four runs and striking out eight batters, improving to 9-14 thanks to the offensive outbreak tonight. Mookie Betts went 2-4 for the Sox in the win, while launching his 16th home run of the year. The Yankees did threaten to comeback in the first inning, as they played four early runs, though that was it for the offense on the evening. The team currently sits three games ahead of the Houston Astros for the first AL Wild Card spot (though the Astros are playing right now as I type this, currently down 2-1 in the first inning).
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Asdrubal Cabrera clubbed an eighth inning home run to break the tie in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 4-2 win over the Maimi Marlins this evening. Matt Moore was on the bump for the Rays, though he was pegged with the no-decision after exiting after the seventh inning with the game tied at two a piece. Moore gave up just one run over the seven innings, walking one batter and striking out three. The start was encouraging for the Rays, as the former top prospect continues to try to regain his form following his return from Tommy John surgery. The key thing to look at here are the walks that he issues, as he owns a career 4.1 BB/9. The upside with Moore is undeniable, as he also owns a career 8.6 K/9, including a 14.5 K/9 in his small sample in 2011. If Moore can better locate his pitches and gain control, he has the upside to slot right next to Chris Archer at the top of the Rays’ rotation, which would give the team one of the best pitching rotations in all of baseball. For the Marlins tonight, Christian Yelich drove in a run on his two hits, which brought his average on the season up to .293. After an abysmal start to the season, and injuries that soon followed, Yelich has bounced back nicely and should be a solid outfielder to target next year for fantasy. Brad Boxberger slammed the door in the ninth for the Rays, notching his 39th save of the season.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
A.J. Pierzynski blasted two solo home runs for the Atlanta Braves to help lead the team over the Washington Nationals tonight, 2-1. Nationals’ second baseman Trea Turner, who is naturally a shortstop, launched his first career home run in the loss, a solo shot in the sixth inning off Braves’ starter Matt Wisler. The home run was the only run that Wisler let up in the game, however, as he tossed seven innings of solid ball, allowing five hits and striking out four batters to earn his seventh win of the season. Tanner Roark was pegged with the loss for the Nats, tossing 6.2 innings of two run ball, striking out four and walking one. It’s a shame that this game meant nothing for either team when it comes to playoff implications.
Lucas Duda smacked two home runs in the New York Mets’ 4-3 loss against the Philadelphia Phillies tonight. The game meant little to the Mets as they already have clinched the NL East, though they ran out their regular lineup tonight. Duda drove in three runs on the night for the Mets, while bringing his home run total up to 27 on the year. If Duda can bring his power into the playoffs for the Mets, they will surely be a difficult team to take care of, especially in a five game series with the pitching that they have. It was revealed that they will run out Jacob deGrom in game one of the NLDS, followed by Noah Syndergaard in game two, and Matt Harvey in game three. The ageless Bartolo Colon was on the hill for the Mets tonight, as he tossed five solid innings, allowing three runs while scattering eight hits, and striking out three batters. Darin Ruf opened up the scoring in the first inning for the Phillies, launching a three run home run off of Colon, though that was his only hit on the day. Ken Giles notched his 14th save of the season, though that was after Lucas Duda brought the Mets within one run after launching a solo home run off a Giles’ 99 MPH fastball,
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
Brad Boxberger (39)
Arodys Vizcaino (8)
Ken Giles (14)
Orioles reinstate Miguel Gonzalez from the 15-Day DL.
Troy Tulowitzki (Shoulder) could return this weekend
Michael Taylor – Day-to-day – (Knee)
Yunel Escobar – Day-to-day – (Back)
Ryan Zimmerman – Done for the season – (Oblique)
Stephen Piscotty – Day-to-day – (Slight concussion)
Greg Holland will undergo Tommy John Surgery on Friday
Steven Matz – (Side) – will make his start Thursday