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Daily Dose: Tribe Time

Thursday, May 10, 2018


It was another exciting day on the Major League Baseball diamond with plenty of outstanding fantasy performances. Sure, there weren't any no-hitters or three-homer games, but we did have a complete-game victory, a two-homer outing, some big performances from All-Star bats and a few outstanding stat lines from others that weren't expected. There are also a few others who are receiving second chances and making the most of their situation. We'll take a spin around and look at them all after a busy day. Let's get started!

 

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Wednesday's Fantasy Five

 

Another Wednesday, another huge performance from a Cleveland Indians player. It seems like the Tribe save their best for Hump Day lately. The Indians are just 18-18 overall on the season, but they're 3-0 over their past three Wednesday games, while going 4-2 overall with both losses coming in extra innings. Carlos Carrasco was dealing in Milwaukee during his interleague afternoon start, allowing just two earned runs, five hits and a walk with 14 strikeouts in his complete-game victory. It was the second complete game of the season for Carrasco, and the 10th time he has gone the distance in 149 career starts in the majors. The 14 punchouts was just one strikeout short of a career best, too.

 

Justin Upton is paying huge dividends for the road warrior Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Halos won 8-0 on the road against the Rockies to improve their major league best away record to 14-4. Upton was a huge part, going 3-for-5 with a double, two-run homer, two runs scored and two RBI in the victory. His performance just overshadowed Zack Cozart, who ended up 2-for-4 with a double, a solo homer, a walk and two runs scored. That was plenty of support for Jaime Barria, who surprised at Coors Field with 5 1/3 scoreless innings with five hits, a walk and seven strikeouts. He is on fire in the month of May, going 12-for-35 (.343) with two doubles, four homers and 12 RBI in eight games. The bad news is that he has at least one strikeout in each of his outings in the month, striking out 12 times. Fantasy owners can overlook the whiffs with these kinds of big numbers.

 

The Boston Red Sox were winning 6-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning against their archrivals, the New York Yankees. In the bottom of the frame the Bronx Bombers pulled off a little bit of Yankee Stadium magic, driving the home crowd into a frenzy. New York plated four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, including a two-run bomb by Aaron Judge against Craig Kimbrel. It was the Boston closer's second blown save of the season, as New York pulled into the sole possession of the lead in the American League East. Aroldis Chapman didn't falter in his opportunity, slamming the door by striking out the side for his ninth save of the season.

 

It has been a trying season so far for the Texas Rangers, as even after a victory on Wednesday they're just 15-24 overall with a 7-16 mark in 23 games at home. Nomar Mazara has been a bright spot, as he belted a pair of solo homers. He is now up to 10 homers, including a solo homer walk-off winner in the bottom of the 10th inning off of Warwick Saupold. The late heroics made a winner out of Keone Kela, who turned in two scoreless innings with three strikeouts in a 23-pitch appearance. It's been quite the May for Mazara, as he has belted seven bombs with 12 RBI in nine games since flipping the calendar from April to May.

 

Julio Teheran allowed just four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over six scoreless frames in Tampa Bay, improving to 3-1 while lowering his ERA to 3.14. He also has an impressive 1.16 WHIP with 42 strikeouts over 43 innings across his eight starts this season. It was par for the course for Teheran on the road, as he moved to 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA with 22 strikeouts over 22 innings in four road outings. The opposition is also hitting just .167 against him away from home, while he has a 4.29 ERA in 21 innings over four home outings. He has also served up just one homer on the road as opposed to five at SunTrust Park. The good news is that his next scheduled start will be next Monday at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

 

Fantasy Game of the Night

 

Speaking of the Cubs, they were rolling up huge offensive totals at the Friendly Confines. Anthony Rizzo was leading the hit parade against his hometown team, going 3-for-5 with his first two doubles of the season, a three-run homer and a season-high five RBI. Willson Contreras also brought his hitting shoes to the park, or maybe they were track shoes. He collected three hits across five at-bats, including a career-high two triples, while scoring twice and driving in one. Kris Bryant did what he does best, connecting for his sixth homer of the season while finishing 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Albert Almora Jr. also put a smile on the faces of his fantasy owners with a 3-for-4 night, tapping the plate three times. Addison Russell also got into the act with a 3-for-3 night at the plate, picking up a double, his first homer, two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. That was more than enough support for Jose Quintana, who yielded just one run, five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings to run his record to 4-2. It was just the second quality start in the past five outings for the Colombia southpaw.

 

On the Miami side of things, it was an ugly fantasy stat line for Wei-Yin Chen. He was tattooed for nine earned runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out just one batter over three innings. He slipped to 1-2 while his ERA bumped up to 10.22, throwing just 39 of his 68 pitches for strikes. Chen served up three homers in his short outing, and he turned in an awful game score of just 8. Miguel Rojas did a good job setting the table for the visitors, ending up 3-for-5 with a two-run home run. It was his fifth homer of the season, as he is now slashing .248/.296/.391. Despite the big game he remains useful only in deeper NL play. Bryan Holaday was in the lineup, but lately there has been no reason to look his way. However, he was 1-for-4 with a solo homer, his first of the season, to inch his average up to .175. Still, he doesn't play frequently enough and his average is a killer, so avoid him in all but the very deepest of NL-only formats.

 

American League Quick Hits: Tyler Naquin finished 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, accounting for half of Cleveland's offensive production in the win. … Francisco Lindor reached double digits in homers, finishing 2-for-5 with a solo bomb. … Pete Kozma ended up 2-for-3 with a solo homer, his first of the season, while accounting for two runs. He still has a ways to go before he is worth relying upon outside of the deepest of AL play. … Delino DeShields was hitless in his only official at-bat, but he drew four walks while posting his seventh theft of the season. … The ageless Bartolo Colon allowed three runs - two earned - over five innings with a no-decision. He continues to be at least serviceable for fantasy owners in AL leagues. … Reynaldo Lopez had the bullpen take a victory out of his pocket after he allowed just two earned runs, three hits and two walks over 7 1/3 innings in a no-decision. … Gerrit Cole allowed just one earned run, four hits and three walks with nine strikeouts over six innings in a victory in Oakland, the third in three days for the Astros against the A's. … Daniel Mengden gave his team a chance to win, allowing just two earned runs, six hits and no walks with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, but he slipped to 2-4. … Xander Bogaerts racked up three hits in the Red Sox-Yankees game, as did his rival Brett Gardner. … Lucas Duda belted his fourth homer of the season and he added three RBI, as he continues to be a decent AL-only fantasy play. … Erik Skoglund was surprisingly sharp, yielding just three runs, five hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision.

 

National League Quick Hits: Zack Wheeler had his arsenal of pitches working, allowing just one earned run, four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision at Cincinnati. … Brandon Nimmo reached base three times, posting his third triple of the season with two walks. He continues to set the table nicely for the Mets. … Sal Romano was fairly effective, allowing just one earned run, four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts across six innings in a no-decision and quality start. He has three quality starts in eight outings this season while posting a respectable 3.83 ERA overall. … Adam Duvall came on late and he impressed in the 10th inning with a solo homer, his sixth of the season. He is still hitting a disappointing .176, so get too excited. … Junior Guerra struck out nine batters over just five innings, but he was overshadowed by Carrasco in the loss to Cleveland. … Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with his seventh homer, a solo blast. He tied a season best with an RBI in his third consecutive game. … Nick Pivetta was dealing, squaring his record at 2-2 with five innings of scoreless ball, including seven strikeouts. Philly will go for a four-game sweep on Thursday. The Phillies have outscored the Giants 26-5 through the first three outings. … Maikel Franco banged out his seventh homer while finishing with three hits and two RBI. … Gio Gonzalez continues to pitch well, allowing just one earned run, five hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in a no-decision. Brad Hand picked up his 10th save, joining Colorado's Wade Davis (14), Arizona's Brad Boxberger (11) and New York's Jeurys Familia (10) with double-digit save totals so far. … Nick Ahmed smacked his sixth homer, equaling his total from a season ago.

 




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