Colorado Rockies at New York Mets: You know how you can tell the Rockies have no punch? Dexter Fowler batted third. Chris Young took full advantage, throwing a no-no until the fifth. He then was hurt by a few jabs, as a botched rundown, couple of sacrifices and infield hit helped lead to some runs.
On the other side of the rubber, Tyler Colvin got the start and stole two bases. He should see playing time down the stretch and could be a solid HR source. Fowler wasn’t successful as he was caught for the fourth time this year. He is 12/16, a marked improvement on his 12/21 mark last year. However, he is still just 64/96 on his career. You might wait his entire career for a 25 SB campaign.
Kansas City Royals at Tampa Bay Rays: And Brett Lawrie experienced a setback and won’t be back as quick as initially thought. In the top of the sixth, Edwin Encarnacion strode to the plate, hit a ball really far, and circled the bases.
LA Angels at Boston Red Sox: Not the greatest pitching match-up in the world in this one. Jacoby Ellsburybatted third…and got a hit, and he’s batting .250 – awesome! Something tells me he’ll be a huge value next year. This year it looks like his timing is just not close. Just FYI, apparently Jerry Remy is against people dancing with their hands in the air. Aaron Cook: sometimes it’s better to walk someone, like when it’s Albert Pujols, there are two outs and Mike Trout is on second. Pujols was all over Aaron Cook in this one. In the fifth, Mark Trumbowas all also over Cook, destroying a pitch for a two-run shot. Cook is not good at pitching. An Ervin Santana start wouldn’t be official without a HR, as Salty took him deep. Great power there, but the average is disappointing.
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Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies: Poor Cliff Lee (and his owners). Dude was awesome through six, and then the seventh came around. Lee gave up three runs on a smattering of hits and was pulled after getting just two outs. Lee did record nine K’s, so it wasn’t a useless outing. The Phils fought back in the bottom half getting a two RBI double by Jimmy Rollins. Of Course, Todd Frazier was due up in the next inning, which means: HR time. Fellow rookie Zack Cozart homered off Jonathan Papelbon in the top of the ninth to give the Reds a one-run lead after Jonathan Broxton coughed up the lead in the bottom of the 8th. Because he’s nasty, Aroldis Chapman wasn’t worried after Rollins stole second and third, striking out chase Utley to end the game.
Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals: Apparently Paul Maholm’s deal with the devil was not as good as Ian Desmond’s. Desmond, after two straight sub 7.8% HR/FB rates, is posting an 18% rate. Desmond is a month shy from his 27th birthday, so perhaps he is hitting his power peak a bit early? It’s hard to imagine he’s all of a sudden a 25+ HR guy, though. It seems like he’ll be an overdraft next year. Then there were rain delays and it looked like the Maholm-tripper. I’m not even mad that I benched Tillman in all my leagues. He started the seventh off well, but gave up a bloop to David Murphy and Geo Soto followed with a laser two-run shot. I like Soto ROTW, especially in OBP leagues. Final line on Tillman: 6.2 innings, seven K’s, three runs, not bad. While he isn’t Fernando Rodney, Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth for his 187th save of the year.
Miami Marlins at Arizona Diamondbacks: Ricky Nolasco pitched worse, albeit slightly, than Trevor Cahill. Then the much maligned Marlins bullpen was perfect. The Diamondbacks weren’t so efficient, losing this one in the tenth. Emilio Bonifacio and Justin Upton both left the second inning with unrelated injuries. That would just be the cap to two disappointing years. The only thing the Upton injury might do is open playing time for Chris Young. He batted lead-off in this one, walked and scored a run; although the injury doesn’t look to be overly serious. Because he’s awesome, Giancarlo Stanton went 3/6 with a run, double, RBI and three K’s.
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers: Joe Blanton is kind of a jerk face. He walked just two batters against six K’s, but gave up 10 hits and four runs in 5.2 IPs. He didn’t help himself with an error and there was some other less than stellar defense, but still! Buster Posey drove in two batters and is sitting at .327/.403/.538. My lord. Tim Lincecum was decent and got the win. Javier Lopez was called on in the ninth for the save after Travis Snider was in the line-up and went 2/4. If he can stay healthy, he might be a nice value. Will Venable had four hits and an SB – he could be a solid power/speed guy down the stretch. Chase Headley continued his awesome year, winning the game in the bottom of the ninth with a 430-foot two-run shot.
Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez didn’t allow a run until the 8th inning, ultimately leaving the game after 7.2 IPs with five K’s and just seven hits. Underrated and under-owned John Jaso had a good night: 1/2 with a run, double, and RBI. Jesus Montero launched a HR that went 437 feet and scored Kyle Seager and Jaso.
Minnesota Twins at Oakland Athletics: New A, Stephen Drew, batted second and went hitless. Never fear asBrett Anderson was fantastic. He threw just 86 pitches over seven innings, recording 6 K’s and walking none. If he hasn’t been snagged in your league, go get him. Grant Balfour pitched a clean ninth for his 12th save. Ryan Cook was nowhere to be seen. Ben Revere did steal a base for the Twins, so they have that going for them. With Denard Span out, Darren Mastroianni got another start and could actually help you close the SB gap in your league.
In case you missed it, Billy Hamilton stole his 146th base in the minors last year:http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/48746024/. That, my friends, breaks Vince Coleman’s record. No word on how Willie McGee is taking it.
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