Welcome to the The Fantasy Fix’s nightly fantasy baseball recap, where you’ll find updates on bullpen usage, lineup construction, injuries, and transactions. Whether you play season-long or daily fantasy, expect to see the best coverage from every team, every night, all season long.
All 30 teams were in action tonight, including the hottest pitcher in baseball right now. Chris Sale has been lights out over his last five starts, tying a modern era record with 12 strikeouts or more in five consecutive starts. The lefty was the most expensive option for fantasy owners to roster, but he was worth every penny.
Some of the early winners include: The Yankees over Detroit (7-2), Washington over Pittsburgh (4-1), Toronto over Baltimore (5-4), Tampa Bay over Cleveland (4-1), Cincinnati over Miami (5-0) and Atlanta over the Mets (2-1).
IF YOU ONLY READ TWO THINGS…
Usually this section is dedicated to the most important story of the night, but I couldn’t pick just one.
Let’s start with the most hated man in baseball, Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees slugger became the 29th player in baseball to join the 3,000-hit club. The third baseman did it in style, hitting a first inning bomb to right center off Justin Verlander. For many, the accomplishment is tainted because of his use of steroids over the course of his illustrious MLB career, but whether you love him or hate him, he will forever be part of baseball history.
Raise your hand if you started Joe Ross tonight (I did!). On a night where pitchers like Sale, Jacob DeGrom and Sonny Gray were everyone’s first choice, Ross quietly dominated the Pirates—pitching 7.1 innings of one run ball, giving up six hits while striking out a career high 11 batters. For the low price of $5,000 on DraftKings, Ross finished the night with 36.29 DK points. The Pirates came into tonight with a 13-3 record in the month of June, but for fantasy players that took the risk on Ross, it paid off very nicely.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
The St. Louis Cardinals had a field day with Quebecois starter Phillippe Aumont. Aumont was making his first start of the season, and it didn’t go well. The righty went four innings, giving up six runs on five hits while walking seven batters. If you stacked the Cards in any way, it worked out. Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk all hit home runs tonight in a 12-4 beating. As the losses pile up, it’s becoming more and more evident that the Phillies will look to trade as many veterans as possible at the trade deadline and start rebuilding for the future.
For those of you who hate the Batter-vs-Pitcher subject, you’ll probably want to skip this section. Ryan Braun has had no problem hitting Jorge De La Rosa in his career and it didn’t take long for Braun to add to those totals, as he took the Rockies pitcher deep in his first at bat. The Milwaukee slugger came into tonight hitting .714 against JDLR, including three home runs and ten RBIs. The right fielder finished the night 1-for-4 with two RBIs, a walk, and a stolen base.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
Remember when Marco Estrada use to give up home runs in almost every start? Well he’s not doing that anymore. The Jays starter was phenomenal tonight, pitching a no-hitter into the seventh inning before pinch-hiiter Jimmy Paredes ended it with a single. Estrada picked up his fifth win of the season going seven innings, giving up one run on one hit while striking out six. The Jays bullpen almost squandered a five run lead, but Brett Cecil was able to work himself out of a bases loaded jam to pick up his fifth save of the season.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Freddie Freeman—day-to-day—(wrist)
- Jonny Gomes—day-to-day—(quad)
- Dustin Pedroia—day-to-day—(knee)
- Jon Moscot—15-Day DL—(shoulder)
- Raisel Iglesias—15-Day DL—(Oblique)
- Yan Gomes—day-to-day—(neck)
- Jose Altuve—day-to-day—(hamstring)
- Jake Marisnick—15-Day DL—(hamstring)
- Carlos Gomez—day-to-day—(Hip, Groin)
- Jeurys Familia—day-to-day—(groin)
- Sergio Santos—15-Day DL—(elbow)
- Mason Williams—day-to-day—(shoulder)
- Cole Hamels—day-to-day—(hamstring)
- Gregory Polanco—day-to-day—(undisclosed)
- Trevor Rosenthal—day-to-day—(biceps)
- Enny Romero—day-to-day—(back)
- Kyle Blanks—15-Day DL—(Achilles)
- Bryce Harper—day-to-day—(hamstring)