Fantasy Baseball Final: September 8, 2015
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September is the best time to be a baseball fan. The hunt for October brings out the best, or worst, in so many teams. Some of the game’s best pitchers were in action tonight, but were they be able to deliver for their respective teams? Fantasy owners have been burned by some big names getting rocked in recent days, but the tide seemed to be turn for at least one stud tonight.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
If you were too busy to watch the Mets take on the Nationals, you missed a heck of a game. After taking game one of the series Monday, the Mets were looking to make it two in a row, while the Nationals looked to continue to close the gap on their division rivals.
The Nats would get out to a quick start, scoring two runs in the first inning and one in the second inning against starter Matt Harvey. Things would get worse for New York, as Washington would add four in the sixth inning and take a 7-1 lead. Harvey would be charged with all seven runs and would be done after 5.1 innings.
If you changed the channel thinking it was over, you were wrong.
The Mets would take over from there, scoring six runs on only three hits in the top of the seventh and adding another in the eighth to take an 8-7 lead after eight. The go ahead run would come off the bat of pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis, his fourth homerun of the season. Jeurys Familia would close the game out, helping the Mets take a six game lead on the Nationals in the N.L East.
The Nationals will try and avoid the sweep tomorrow when Stephem Straburg takes the mound against Jacob deGrom.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Pitching hasn’t been great over the last few days, but thankfully that wasn’t the case this tonight.
Francisco Liriano was lights out for the Pirates, winning his 10th game of the season. The lefty pitched seven innings of scoreless baseball, giving up three hits and striking out ten. The Pirates picked up their 82nd win of the season and now sit four games behind the Cardinals for the N.L Central lead.
Every time Clayton Kershaw takes the mound, you know exactly what you’re going to get. The Dodgers currently lead the Angels 2-1, with Kershaw racking up five strikeouts in five innings of work so far. The lefty is having another solid season and will challenge fellow teammate Zack Greinke for the NL Cy Young Award.
The Rangers currently sit two games behind the Astros for the A.L West lead and are taking on the Seattle Mariners. Cole Hamels has had his struggles since coming over from Philadelphia at the trade deadline, but the 31-year-old has been pretty solid in his start so far, giving up one run on three hits in five innings of work. Texas currently leads the Mariners 6-1 heading into the top of the sixth.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Sadly, not all high priced pitchers were worth their salary tonight. The Cubs picked up right where they left off yesterday, hammering Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. Wacha gave up six runs in the first two innings; a two run shot to Anthony Rizzo in the first, followed by a three-run shot to Starlin Castro. Wacha’s night would be over after just four innings, finishing with a line of six earned runs, six hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Chicago would add two more in the top of the sixth before the Cardinals answered back with five in the bottom of the fifth. In the end, the deficit would be too much for the Cards to overcome, losing the second game of the series 8-5.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Ken Giles (12)
- Zach Britton (31)
- Jeurys Familia (38)
- J. Ramos (24)
- Greg Holland (30)
- Hector Rondon (27)
- Rockies reinstate OF Corey Dickerson from the 15-day DL
- Mariners call up 1B/DH Jesus Montero
- Indians activate Carlos Carrasco from 15-day DL
- Red Sox activate 2B Dustin Pedroia from 15-day DL
- Reds activate CF Billy Hamilton from 15-day DL
- Aaron Hill—day-to-day—(hamstring)
- Adam Jones—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Kyle Schwarber—day-to-day—(ribs)
- Adam Duvall—day-to-day—(knee)
- Kris Negron—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Francisco Lindor—day-to-day—(illness)
- Abraham Almonte—day-to-day—(arm)
- Nick Hundley—day-to-day—(neck)
- Jose Iglesias—day-to-day—(finger)
- Victor Martinez—day-to-day—(illness)
- Tyler Skaggs—60-day DL/Out for season—(elbow)
- Yasmani Grandal—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Jose Peraza—day-to-day—(hamstring)
- Jimmy Rollins—day-to-day—(finger)
- Brett Anderson—Probable for Sept. 12 start—(calf)
- Adeiny Hechavarria—day-to-day—(hamstring)
- Michael Cuddyer—day-to-day—(wrist)
- Brett Gardner—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Stephen Vogt—day-to-day—(groin)
- Sam Fuld—day-to-day—(back)
- Domonic Brown—day-to-day—(concussion)
- Yonder Alonso—day-to-day—(back)
- Joaquin Benoit—day-to-day—(back)
- Hector Sanchez—60-day DL—(ankle)
- Nelson Cruz—day-to-day—(quad)
- Charlie Furbush—60-day DL—(rotator cuff)
- Franklin Gutierrez—day-to-day—(groin)
- Delino DeShields—day-to-day—(knee)
- Mark Buehrle—out till mid-September—(shoulder)
- Ryan Zimmerman—day-to-day—(oblique)