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Daily Dose: Few Fireworks

Thursday, July 5, 2018


Hello everyone, and I hope that you had a happy and safe Independence Day. It was a full slate of mid-week baseball from 11:05 a.m. ET until around 2 a.m. ET. There weren’t a ton of outstanding fantasy performances, or fireworks, if you will. However, there were some outstanding pitching efforts, especially at Coors Field in Denver where there was a 1-0 battle between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies. It was just the 10th 1-0 game in the history of Coors Field, and the first in over eight years. Pitchers ruled the day, and it’s evidenced by the fact the under resulted in 11 of the 15 games on July 4, according to the official lines. Let’s get started!

 

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Tyler Anderson was the winning pitcher in that rare 1-0 battle at Coors Field, allowing just two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over eight scoreless frames. He threw 59 of his 93 pitches for strikes, including 17 first-pitch strikes to the 27 batters he faced. He was nearly unhittable, doing a good job having the Giants beat the ball into the ground. In addition to his nine strikeouts, he recorded nine ground ball outs and seven fly outs for a strong game score of 85. He outdueled Andrew Suarez, who was the hard-luck loser despite allowing just one earned run, five hits and no walks with six strikeouts over seven innings. His ERA dipped to 3.92 despite the fact he had the quality start. Back to Anderson, he has won back-to-back starts for the first time since Sept. 11-16, 2017. This time around is far more impressive, though, as he hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings over the two outings while whiffing 17.

 

Shin-Soo Choo was able to keep his on-base streak alive, reaching 44 games. He finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 16th of the season, and his run matched the third-best in franchise history tying Otis Nixon (1995). The fan favorite trails just Julio Franco at 46 games for the longest on-base streak in franchise history. The die-hard South Korea football fan, who has been on social media wearing his soccer jersey, had his on-base streak outlast his nation at the World Cup. The last time Choo failed to reach base was May 12 in Houston.

 

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Matt Carpenter had a solid effort out in the desert against Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks. He set the table nicely, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a walk and a run scored. He has been on a roll since June 5, hitting .340 (36-for-106) with 11 doubles, eight home runs and 16 RBI over the past 27 games to raise his average from .215 to .263. Carpenter was quite awful across the first six weeks, hovering at or just above the Mendoza line for a while. However, he was strong in May, solid in June and he is off to a great start in July, too. All is well again for the corner man.

 

Aaron Nola allowed one earned run, seven hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over seven innings against the lowly Orioles to run his record to 11-2 while lowering his ERA to 2.41. His only mistake was a hit by pitch, but fantasy owners cannot complain too vehemently. Nola has three straight quality starts, and he has won five straight decisions. The Phillies have made a lot of bettors happy when Nola is toeing the slab, too. Philly is 5-0 across his past five outings, and 12-2 over his past 14 overall. In addition, the Phils are 9-0 in his nine starts at home, last losing his final outing of the 2017 in front of the home fans. Impressive.

 

Blake Treinen worked around two singles allowed in a 13-pitch scoreless inning to post his 22nd save of the season against the Padres, striking out two batters. He lowered his ERA to 0.84 while he cruises along with a 0.94 WHIP, 52 strikeouts and a 4-1 record over 42 2/3 innings across 35 appearances. The former Nationals reliever is enjoying his finest season, and he could very well be on the move to a contender before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. He has allowed just four earned runs over 42 2/3 innings with one homer yielded this season, way back in a shaky outing on April 6 in Anaheim. Treinen’s name isn’t on the tip of most casual fans’ tongues, but he is just as big a stud as any other closer.

 

Fantasy Game of the Night

 

There weren’t many offensive outbursts on this day, but the Angels and Mariners combined for 11 total runs and some decent hit totals. Kole Calhoun was setting the table nicely at the top of the order for the Halos, finishing 3-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI. It has been a trying season for Calhoun, who is hitting just .180 overall. However, he has hit safely in all three of his games in July, going 6-for-12 (.500) with two doubles, two homers, four runs scored and four RBI. Luis Valbuena was another of the Anaheim multi-hit performers, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base, just his second of the season. Albert Pujols also had two hits, including a double, with a run scored and an RBI over five at-bats. The biggest news for Andrelton Simmons was not his double, but the fact he struck out. The shortstop has just 15 strikeouts over 282 at-bats across 76 games this season. Garrett Richards (hamstring) was back from the 10-day disabled list, and he picked up a win to cool off the red-hot Mariners. He yielded three runs - two earned – and four hits with a walk and eight strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in an 80-pitch effort, running his record to 5-4. Welcome back, Garrett. Blake Parker secured his 10th save of the season to preserve the win for his starter.

 

The Mariners have been relying upon Mike Leake for good pitching all season. Wednesday was a rare poor outing, as he allowed four runs – three earned – and nine hits with just four strikeouts over four innings to slip to 8-5 while his ERA rose to 4.11. He has struggled over his past two outings at Safeco after a three-game run with a quality start at home. Kyle Seager continues to pile up big numbers, making up for lost time. He went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 16th of the season, and two RBI. He is 12-for-28 (.429) with three doubles, three homers and nine RBI over the past eight outings to raise his average from .221 to .239. He still has work to do in the batting average department, but he is up to 16 homers and 53 RBI. Ryon Healy is doing him one better, as he smoked his 17th bomb of the season. He was 2-for-4 with a solo homer off of Richards, giving him eight home runs with 15 RBI across the past 22 outings. It wasn’t all great, as Seager and Healy each struck out twice, and Seattle collectively had 15 whiffs on the day. Ben Gamel also struck out twice, but unlikely Seager and Healy, he did not leave the yard.

 

American League Quick Hits: J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers were each 2-for-4 in Washington, helping the Red Sox to an interleague road series sweep. Martinez and Devers each registered their 20th doubles of the season. … Eduardo Rodriguez got back on track, allowing just three hits and a walk across six scoreless innings to run his record to 10-3. Craig Kimbrel preserved the win for his 26th save. … Kyle Higashioka is filling in admirably for the injured Andrew Romine, at least in the power department. The backup backstop went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, his third across the past four outings. … Stephen Piscotty had three doubles with three RBI across four at-bats. … Lou Trivino continues to pile up impressive numbers, posting his seventh relief victory while lowering his ERA to a minuscule 1.49. He might be the guy to take over closer duties in the event Treinen is moved. … Jose Berrios had a quality start, allowing three earned runs, five hits and two walks over seven innings, but it wasn’t good enough to avoid slipping to 8-7. … Jorge Polanco went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Milwaukee. It was his first multi-hit game, first RBI and first walk of the season. He also posted his first stolen base in his third outing of the season after serving a PED suspension. … Yoan Moncada cracked his 11th home run of the season, but it wasn’t good enough for the visiting Pale Hose in Cincinnati. … Josh Reddick had three hits, including his eighth home run. He and Yuli Gurriel, who also had a homer, were the only two Astros starters with multi-hit games in the 10-inning win in Texas. … Gerrit Cole racked up seven strikeouts over five innings, giving him 158 on the season. He has the second-most strikeouts by a Houston pitcher before the All-Star break. Mike Scott had 167 strikeouts over 22 starts back in 1986. … Kendrys Morales went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and three runs scored. … Marcus Stroman’s nightmare continues, as he slipped to 1-6 with a loss to the Mets. He was touched up for six earned runs, six hits and four walks with just two strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings as his ERA inched up to 6.50. … Trevor Bauer helped the Indians to a sweep of the Royals, allowing two earned runs, seven hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings in a win. … Avisail Garcia extended the longest active hitting streak in the majors to 14 games, going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

 

National League Quick Hits: Erick Fedde (shoulder) was forced from his start due to a shoulder injury against the Red Sox, but the good news is that an MRI did not show any structural damage. It’s unclear if he’ll need to miss any time. … Ozzie Albies posted three singles with a stolen base across five at-bats. He has been ridiculous lately, going 27-for-65 (.415) with seven doubles, two homers and eight RBI across the past 14 games to raise his average from .248 to .278 just since June 16. … Ender Inciarte had a pair of hits with his 23rd stolen base. … Johan Camargo cracked his ninth homer of the season, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Charlie Culberson had a pair of doubles across four at-bats, but it wasn’t enough for the visitors. … J.T. Riddle ended up 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI to improve his average to .258. … Brad Ziegler nailed down his 10th save, doing a good job for the resting Kyle Barraclough. … Francisco Liriano turned in a quality start, allowing three earned runs over six innings. Despite the quality start, he got into trouble with five walks allowed. … Willson Contreras ended up 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBI. He has three consecutive multi-hit performances, going 7-for-11 with a double, a triple, a home run and four RBI in three July contests. … Nick Williams reached double digits with his 10th homer in an interleague game vs. the O’s. … Christian Villanueva is up to 17 homers, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI in the interleague loss in Oakland. … Chase Anderson was sharp in a no-decision against the Twins, allowing just one earned run, three hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings to lower his ERA to 3.99. … Corey Knebel is into double digits after securing his 10th save of the season. … Miles Mikolas allowed just two earned runs, seven hits and four walks over six innings in Arizona to run his record to 9-3. … Tommy Pham had a three-hit game while driving in three runs, as he turns things around after a disastrous end to June.

 




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