Baseball Roundup and Fantasy Implications – Games of 9/2/18


Just a quick recap of yesterday’s highlight performances throughout MLB and to stroke my own fantasy team’s ego for officially making it to the fantasy playoffs even if we don’t have high hopes.

White Sox 8 – Red Sox 0 – not many highlights for my dear Red Sox in this one.  Just about the only positive we can take from it is that J.D. Martinez had two hits to raise his batting average to .337 which puts him at 2nd in the AL to teammate Mookie Betts.  Martinez is one home run out of first in the league and leads the league in RBI.  Could it be a triple crown season?  We’ll see.  Other notable performances in this game include Tim Anderson with three hits including his 18th home run and James Shields pitching 6 innings of shutout baseball picking up his 6th win of the season.  Also somewhat newsworthy is that Daniel Palka joined the 20 home run club.

Tigers 11 – Yankees 8 – Definitely no memorable pitching performances in this one.  Castellanos joins the 20 home run club for the Tigers and Hicks hits his 24th for the Yankees.

Blue Jays 6 – Marlins 1 – Teoscar hit his 19th home run for the Blue Jays with Sean Reid-Foley pitching 7 innings of one run ball while striking out 10 batters.  Not too shabby.  Sorry Marlins, I don’t have much to say about you guys today.

Brewers 9 – Nationals 4 – Most memorable moment of this game was Christian Yelich’s first career grand slam!  Home run number 27 for him on the year.  Oh how I wish I kept him on my fantasy team.  Both starters had piss-poor performances and don’t deserve any shout outs.

Cubs 8 – Phillies 1 – Javier Baez just keeps on trucking smashing his 30th bomb of the season.  Other home runs were hit by Rizzo and newly acquired Murphy, numbers 23 and 9 respectively.  John Lester pitched 6 innings of shutout baseball cruising to his 15th win on the season.

Royals 9 – Orioles 1 – Jonathan Villar hit his 11th overall home run in this contest.  Whit Merrifield (on my fantasy team) racked up his 30th stolen base of the season to tie him for the league lead.  Jorge Lopez pitched a solid 7 innings giving up one run while striking out 8.

Reds 6 – Cardinals 4 – Not a stat burning game here.  Eugenio Suarez hit his 31st home run of the season and Raisel Iglesias notching his 25th save of the season.

Rangers 18 Twins 4 – Nomar Mazara had himself a night.  Not 1, but 2 home runs giving him 20 on the season.  Yohander Mendez pitched 6 innings without allowing a run.

A’s 8 – Mariners 2 – Stephen Piscotty blasted two home runs while driving in 5 runs.  Edwin Jackson, the journeyman, pitched 6 innings while giving up 1 run.  Blake Treinen picked up his 35th save in this contest.

Mets 4 – Giants 1 – The star of the game here was Noah Syndergaard.  Thor pitched a complete game two hitter while striking out 11 to pick up his 10th win of the season and drop his ERA to  3.33.  Michael Conforto knocked his 20th ball out of the yard as well.

Rays 6 – Indians 4 – C.J. Cron hit his 26th bomb of the season.  Where’d this kid come from?  3 straight years of 16 home runs and now he looks like he might double that output?  Damn!

Dodgers 3 – Diamondbacks 2 – Max Muncy keeps his impressive rookie season going, hitting his 31st home run off of Clay Buchholz while fellow rookie Walker Buehler gave up 1 run in 6 and 1/3 innings while striking out 9.

Rockies 7 – Padres 3 – The Padres’ putrid season continues.  David Dahl hit the only home run in this contest.  Charlie Blackmon added 3 hits while Trevor Story’s terrific season continues with 2 hits and his 87th RBI.

Braves 5 – Pirates 1 – I can’t say enough good things about rookie Ronald Acuna (whom I traded for in my fantasy league this year).  Acuna went 3-4, hitting his 23rd home run and raising his average to .296.  Both starters had solid outings.  Kingham pitched 5 innings of one run ball and Teheran held the pirates to 1 run over 7 in the no decision.

Astros 4 – Angels 2 – Gerrit Cole picked up his 13th win going 5 and 2/3 inning yielding 2 runs and striking out 9 lowering his ERA to 2.86 on the season.  Bregman hit his 27th home run and Springer hit his 20th.

Wow, that was a lot more work than anticipated.  We’ll have to figure out a way to condense this somehow.

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