Fantasy Baseball Final: September 12th
It’s tough to figure out where to start on a day that has so much to talk about. Although it was over a span of two games in a doubleheader, Bret Gardner finished the day with three home runs while driving in seven for the Yankees. Gardner had just two hits in his previous 13 at bats but exploded on Saturday against the Blue Jays.
David Ortiz drove in four runs today by hitting home run number 499 and 500 of his career. Ortiz joins the 500 home run club but is just the fourth player in MLB history to have 500 career home runs and three world series championships (via ESPN Stats & Info).
Mike Moustakas hit two home runs at Baltimore and joined Edwin Encarnacion as the only player in the MLB this season to drive in nine runs in one game. Moustakas fueled the Royals to a 14-6 win over the Orioles as he finished the game with three hits.
Ben Revere had a big doubleheader for the Blue Jays on Saturday, finishing 6/12 with a home run, four RBI and a stolen base. The home run is just his second of the season, so do not expect to get anything else from him in the power department for the rest of the season. If you do, consider yourself lucky.
If You Only Read One Thing…
Since being called up from AAA Oklahoma City on September 3rd, Corey Seager is 13-29 with six walks, two doubles, two stolen bases, and now has hit hit first home run of his career in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Corey Seager has given the Dodgers a huge boost offensively and has helped them grow their division lead over the Giants. If Seasger is available in your league, regardless of the format, he is worth owning.
Just As We Expected…
Yoenis Cespedes homered for the Mets in Atlanta on Saturday. Again. He now has 34 home runs on the season and 102 RBI and has made the Mets an offensive powerhouse since he was acquired at the deadline. For being the Mets fourth option to boost their lineup, it turns out that it is just what the Mets needed to propel their way to the playoffs.
But We Didn’t See This Coming…
We all know the story behind Noah Syndergaard’s season and his home/road splits, which is why i’m suggesting that this performance was a surprise, despite the fact that it was against the Atlanta Braves. Syndergaard did not pick up the win, but he did pick up his first quality start on the road since July 17th while going seven strong innings for the Mets and striking out eight and giving up just one run. Syndergaard is scheduled to return to the mound for the Mets a week from today back at home, where he seems to be most comfortable, against the Yankees.
Jeurys Familia picked up his 40th save of the season with a 6-4 win over the Braves.
Ryan Tepera picked up the save in game one, and Mark Lowe picked up the save for the Blue Jays in game two of the doubleheader against the Yankees on Saturday.
AJ Ramos struck out the side for the Marlins as they shut out the Nationals 2-0 as Ramos picked up his 27th save of the season.