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Fantasy Update Week 15

BassBall Fever

Baseball Fever won 10-0! Mike Moustakas had 3 home runs, 8 RBIs, and 5 runs scored. Four different players had 2 stolen bases each and 6 players had 5 or more runs scored. Five pitchers had double digit strikeouts, Jimmy Nelson had 2 wins, and Craig Kimbrel had 6 saves.

Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson tied the first place team, 4-4. That was good enough to move into 5th place. Joey Votto hit .528 with 3 home runs, 6 RBIs and 11 runs scored. Mike Moustakas and Josh Donaldson each had 3 home runs, 8 RBIs, and 5 runs scored. Jimmy Nelson led the way with 2 wins and 13 strikeouts.

Transactions

Bassball Fever’s transactions: Added Hector Santiago. Dropped Martin Prado and Clay Buchholz.

Brooks Robinson’s transactions: Added Scott Kazmir. Dropped Fernando Rodney and Freddie Freeman.

Bassball Fever Stat Opponent
44 Runs 31
9 Home Runs 7
32 RBI 30
8 Stolen Bases 7
.295 Average .291
7 Wins 4
11 Saves 1
110 Strikeouts 52
2.57 ERA 3.00
1.16 WHIP 1.33
10 Points 0

 

Brooks Robinson Stat Opponent
54 Runs 54
13 Home Runs 20
57 RBI 49
5 Stolen Bases 5
.302 Average .266
10 Wins 9
9 Saves 11
71 Strikeouts 126
2.84 ERA 3.87
1.21 WHIP 1.19
4 Points 4

Bassball Fever’s record: 87—56-7, 1st place, 4 games ahead
Brooks Robinson’s record: 71-74-5, 5th place, 16.5 games out of first

7/20 – 7/26 Brewers Week In Review

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Indians at Brewers

Jean Segura led the way with a 3 for 4 night with a 2-run home run, 2 runs scored and a stolen base, and Gerardo Parra added 2 triples, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Matt Garza came off the DL and took advantage of 3 double plays to pitch 6 scoreless innings. The final score of the game was 8-1 as the Brewers won their 4th in a row after the All Star break. They have now won 17 of their last 23.

The Brewers’ winning streak was halted at 4 games as Kyle Lohse gave up 2 more home runs, including a 3-run home run that erased a 4-1 lead in the 3rd inning. Lohse gave up 5 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings and he suffered his 11th loss of the season. Adam Lind hit a 3-run home run in the 1st inning and went 4 for 5 with 4 RBIs. Gerardo Parra, Jonathan Lucroy, and Scooter Gennett each had multi-hit games in a losing effort. The Brewers lost by a final of 7-5.

Brewers at Diamondbacks

The Brewers were shut down by the Diamondbacks’ Zack Godley, who struck out 7 in 6 shutout innings in his Major League debut. Mike Fiers struck out 10, but he gave up 5 runs in 5 innings to take his first loss since June 17. Ryan Braun hit a 3-run home run in the 9th, but it was too little too late as the D-Backs won 8-3.

Braun hit a home run for the second consecutive game and Jimmy Nelson earned his team-leading 8th win with 7 shutout innings. Francisco Rodriguez allowed his first run in a save situation, but still managed to remain a perfect 22 for 22 for the season in the Brewers’ 2-1 victory.

Taylor Jungmann had a rough first inning in which he gave up 2 runs. Those 2 runs proved to be the only ones that were scored in the game, giving Milwaukee its third loss in 5 games this week. The Brewers loaded the bases in the 9th inning with 2 outs, but Parra was caught looking to end the game.

Garza flirted with trouble in his 5.2 innings, but he limited the damage to 3 runs. Unfortunately for the Brewers, the offense could not capitalize and they were held scoreless again. They went 0-9 with runners in scoring position. Khris Davis had an especially bad day, striking out 4 times and dropping a ball for an error in the 3rd. The 3-0 loss gave them a 1-3 series loss and a 2-4 record for the week.

Roster/Injury News

Wily Peralta started another rehab assignment on Tuesday. He pitched threw 74 pitches in 5 innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 5. Peralta will start on Tuesday in San Francisco against the Giants

Lind came out of the game on Saturday with tightness in his back. He missed Sunday’s game and it is not clear when he will return. Lucroy took his place at first base.

Aramis Ramirez was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ramirez has been the Brewers’ third baseman since signing with the club in 2012. He signed with the Brewers as a free agent after the 2011 season.

“It didn’t surprise me,” Ramirez said of this latest swap. “I talked to a few people, including my agent, and they told me it was a possibility that [the Pirates] were looking to upgrade the left side of the infield. I’m in the pennant race, and that’s what counts.”

Games Series
Record for the week 2-4 0-1-1
Record under Roenicke 7-18 1-7
Record under Counsell 36-38 9-12-3
Record for July 12-8 3-3-1
Record for the year 43-56 10-19-3

7/13 – 7/19 Brewers Week In Review

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

All Star Game

Francisco Rodriguez and Ryan Braun both enjoyed their sixth trip to the All Star Game held at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. K-Rod was the first to get into the game, relieving Jacob deGrom in the seventh inning. It was a rocky inning for K-Rod as he gave up 2 runs on a walk, hit, and sacrifice fly. Braun had better luck pinch hitting in the bottom of the ninth with the National League down by a score of 6-2. He led off the inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly. The NL squad was unable to score after that and the American League won by a score of 6-3.

Pirates at Brewers

The Brewers came out of the All Star break with a victory over the Pirates behind a solid pitching performance from Mike Fiers at Miller Park on Friday. Fiers went 7 innings, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 7. Gerardo Parra went 2 for 5 with an RBI and run scored. K-Rod brushed off his All Star woes as he pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 20th save this season in the Brewers’ 4-1 victory.

The Brewers used key hits and home runs to back Jimmy Nelson in game 2 of the series. Nelson helped his own cause after a rough first inning with a 2 out, 2 run single in the bottom of the second to bring the score to 3-2. Jonathan Lucroy broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth inning with a 2-run home run. Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis added solo home runs and K-Rod converted his 21st save as the Brewers held on to win, 8-5.

The final game of the series was a pitcher’s duel for 7 innings. Jeff Locke held the Brewers scoreless through 6 innings and the Pirates led 1-0 going in to the 7th when Davis hit a 2 run double to give the Brewers the lead. Adam Lind and Ramirez each drove in a run in the 8th before Shane Peterson put the game out of reach with a 2-run pinch hit double. Taylor Jungmann continued to impress with a 7 inning outing in which he only gave up 1 run. The final score was 6-1.

Roster/Injury News

Wily Peralta started another rehab assignment on Thursday, this time for the Biloxi Shuckers. He pitched 3.2 shutout innings, giving up 2 hits and a walk, while striking out 3. He threw 58 pitches.

Games Series
Record for the week 3-0 1-0
Record under Roenicke 7-18 1-7
Record under Counsell 34-34 9-11-2
Record for July 10-4 3-2-0
Record for the year 41-52 10-18-2

American League Predictions – All Star Update

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AL East

Baltimore – The Orioles find themselves at .500 at the break. They slumped badly at the end of the first have, winning just 2 of their last 10 games. I think that they will use the break to refresh themselves and come out strong in the second half. Preseason Prediction: 1st place Current Prediction: 1st place

New York – The Yankees had a good first half and find themselves leading the AL East. Their team has come together and have played well, but I do not think that they will be able to hold off the Orioles. Preseason Prediction: 4th place Current Prediction: 2nd place

Toronto – The Blue Jays also limped into the All Star break, losing 7 of their last 10 games. They too will bounce back, but I don’t think that they will finish as well as I originally predicted. Preseason Prediction: 2nd place Current Prediction: 3rd place

Tampa Bay – The Rays have played very well this season, finishing the first half in 2nd place. This is a tight division, though, and I think they will be overtaken by both the Orioles and the Blue Jays. Preseason Prediction: 5th place Current Prediction: 4th place

Boston – The Red Sox have been a disappointment this season, ending the first half in last place. They are only 6.5 games out of first, but it is hard to see them climbing back into the race. The young players have been producing, but as a team they have not played as well as I thought they would. Preseason Prediction: 3rd place Current Prediction: 5th place

AL Central

Kansas City – The Royals are proving that their World Series run was not a fluke. They currently hold the best record in the American League and they do not look to be slowing down. They won 8 of their last 10 games before the break. Preseason Prediction: 3rd place Current Prediction: 1st place

Minnesota – The Twins have flourished under rookie manager Paul Molitor. They have the 2nd best record in the American League, behind only the Royals. They are a strong contender for a Wild Card spot this season. Preseason Prediction: 5th place Current Prediction: 2nd place

Detroit – The Tigers have been floundering this year. They haven’t been great, but they haven’t been bad. They have been right around .500 most of the season and it doesn’t look like they will be much better in the second half. Preseason Prediction: 1st place Current Prediction: 3rd place

Chicago – The White Sox have not improved as much as they had hoped. They are currently in last place and they will probably be sellers at the trade deadline. Preseason Prediction: 2nd place Current Prediction: 4th place

Cleveland – The Indians have taken a step backwards this season. They are 11.5 games out of first and they don’t look like they will make a run in the second half. Preseason Prediction: 4th place Current Prediction: 5th place

AL West

Los Angeles – The Angels are playing well and are getting contributions from their stars. They went in to the All Star break in first place and will be a tough team to beat in the second half. Preseason Prediction: 1st place Current Prediction: 1st place

Houston – The Astros have shocked the world. They are only a half game out of first and they are strong contenders for both the AL West and the Wild Card spot if they do not win the division. They will have a hard time passing the Angels, but at this point anything is possible. Preseason Prediction: 4th place Current Prediction: 2nd place

Texas – The Rangers have made great strides this season. They have a shot at reaching .500, but they will probably not be a factor in the playoff race. They should stay out of the cellar this season, though. Preseason Prediction: 5th place Current Prediction: 3rd place

Oakland – The A’s had a terrible first half. There has been some improvement over the last month, but it does not look like they will be in the playoff picture this season. Preseason Prediction: 3rd place Current Prediction: 4th place

Seattle – The Mariners have scuffled this season. If they do not pick it up to start the second half, they may be sellers at the trade deadline. It is now or never for the M’s. Preseason Prediction: 2nd place Current Prediction: 5th place

2015 National League Predictions – All Star Update

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NL East

Washington – The Nationals have been living up to their potential this season. They hit the break in fist place with a solid first half. Preseason Prediction: 1st place Current Prediction: 1st place

New York – The Mets had a good first half and went into the break with a 4 game winning streak. They are still chasing the Nationals and they have a shot at overtaking them. Preseason Prediction: 3rd place Current Prediction: 2nd place

Atlanta – The Braves are one of the surprises in baseball this season. They are in full rebuild mode and they still managed to finish the first half in 3rd place. Preseason Prediction: 4th place Current Prediction: 3rd place

Miami – The Marlins have had a bad first half. They have dug themselves a hole that will be hard to dig themselves out of. Preseason Prediction: 2nd place Current Prediction: 4th place

Philadelphia – The Phillies have the worst record in baseball. They lost 5 straight to end the first half. There is no reason to think that they will improve this season. Preseason Prediction: 5th place Current Prediction: 5th place

NL Central

Pittsburgh – The Pirates are playing very well this season. They beat the Cardinals 3 straight times to end the first half on a high note. They are hoping to take that momentum and finish the season strong. Preseason Prediction: tied for 3rd place Current Prediction: 1st place

St. Louis – The Cardinals are flying high with the best record in baseball at the All Star break. They lost their last 3 games against the second place Pirates, which could carry over to the second half. Preseason Prediction: 2nd place Current Prediction: 2nd place

Milwaukee – The Brewers started the season with a nightmare April, only winning 5 games in the month. They have shown signs of life, and if they continue to improve, it is possible for them to reach the playoffs. Prediction: 1st place Current Prediction: 3rd place

Chicago – The Cubs had a great first half. They have been getting great production form their young players. The biggest concern is that they will fade as the season goes on. Preseason Prediction: 5th place Current Prediction: 4th place

Cincinnatti – The Reds have not played well this season. They are hoping to have a better second half and possibly be a threat to get a Wild Card spot. Preseason Prediction: Tied for 3rd place Current Prediction: 5th place

NL West

Los Angeles – The Dodgers are playing as advertised. They have the third best record in the National League and have a 4.5 game lead over the Giants. They are looking to finish strong behind their great pitching and timely hitting. Preseason Prediction: 1st place Current Prediction: 1st Place

San Francisco – The Giants are following up the World Series Championship season with a solid season. They are currently in second place, but they need to improve quite a bit to get into the playoffs. Preseason Prediction: 3rd place Current Prediction: 2nd place

San Diego – The Padres have been a disappointment this season after the big splashes they made in the off season. They need to need to pick it up soon if they want to have a shot at the playoffs. Preseason Prediction: 2nd place Current Prediction: 3rd place

Arizona – The Diamondbacks have had a decent first half. They went into the break with a 3 game losing streak, though. It will be hard for them to claw their way into the playoff picture. Preseason Prediction: 5th place Current Prediction: 4th place

Colorado – The Rockies have not been playing well at all. Unfortunately, it does not look like they will get any better in the second half. Preseason Prediction: 4th place Current Prediction: 5th place

Fantasy Update Week 14

BassBall Fever

Baseball Fever took over 1st place with an 8-1 win! Alcides Escobar hit .419 with 5 RBIs and 9 runs scored. Delino DeShields was the only player on either team to steal a base. Max Scherzer and Johnny Cueto each earend a win and had double digit strikeouts, while Jeurys Familia racked up 5 saves.

Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson got a 6-3 win. Carlos Gomez led the power surge with 2 home runs, 10 RBIs, and 2 runs scored, and Andrew McCutchen added another 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, and 5 runs scored. Francisco Liriano tallied 12 strikeouts, but could not pick up a victory.

Transactions

Bassball Fever’s transactions: Took Delino DeShields off the DL. Placed Nori Aoki on the DL.

Brooks Robinson’s transactions: Added Mitch Moreland. Dropped Chad Qualls.

Bassball Fever Stat Opponent
34 Runs 22
5 Home Runs 5
16 RBI 29
1 Stolen Bases 0
.290 Average .270
5 Wins 2
12 Saves 3
70 Strikeouts 17
2.48 ERA 3.76
0.98 WHIP 1.18
8 Points 1

 

Brooks Robinson Stat Opponent
29 Runs 38
12 Home Runs 11
33 RBI 31
5 Stolen Bases 4
.271 Average .282
1 Wins 2
5 Saves 5
49 Strikeouts 35
3.51 ERA 4.73
1.07 WHIP 1.10
6 Points 3

Bassball Fever’s record: 77—56-7, 1st place, 0 games out of first
Brooks Robinson’s record: 59-74-7, 6th place, 16.5 games out of first

7/6 – 7/12 Brewers Week In Review

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Braves at Brewers

The Brewers came home with an 8 game winning streak after a perfect 7-0 road trip. The Braves came into Miller Park prepared to play the spoiler. They scored 2 runs in each of the first 2 innings for an early 4-1 lead. Matt Wisler held the Brewers to just 3 runs in 5.2 innings. The Braves ended the Brewer winning streak with a score of 5-3.

Tyler Cravy made his second MLB start against the Braves. He retired 9 of the first 10 batters he face, giving up only a solo home run to A.J. Pierzynski. That erased the lead that Jonathan Lucroy gave them with a solo shot in the 1st. Cravy gave up a run in the 4th and another in the 5th, finishing his day with 6 innings pitched, 3 runs, and 3 strikeouts. The Braves tacked on one more run in the 7th before the Brewers scored a run each in the 7th and 8th innings, including Adam Lind’s 15th home run of the season. The final score was 4-3 Braves.

Mike Fiers put the Brewers in a hole early by giving up a 3-run home run and a solo home run in 3rd inning, giving the Braves a 4-0 lead. Khris Davis Khrushed a 2-run home run off the Miller Lite sign under the scoreboard in the 4th and Carlos Gomez hit a solo shot in the 6th. After tacking on another run in the 7th, the Braves had a 5-3 lead heading into the 8th and threatened to sweep the Brew Crew. Gomez came up with 2 on and 1 out and launched one into the Brewer bullpen for his second home run of the game to give the Brewers a 6-5 lead. Francisco Rodriguez came in and earned his 19th save of the season, and the 367th of his career to tie Jeff Reardon for 8th all-time.

Brewers at Dodgers

Jimmy Nelson pitched a gem in Friday’s opener in Los Angeles. Nelson took a no-hitter into the 6th, when Joc Pederson singled in front of Ryan Braun. The Brewers took advantage of some wild pitching in the 5th by Mike Bolsinger, scoring 2 runs. Unfortunately, a 2-out error by Hernan Perez opened the door for a 3 run rally in the 7th inning that led to a a 3-2 victory for the Dodgers.

Taylor Jungmann topped Nelson’s gem with a complete game, 3 hit, 1 run performance. He gave up a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning, with the Brewers already up 7-0. Gomez had 5 RBIs on 2 doubles and Gerardo Parra added a solo home run and an RBI double. Gomez also starred with his arm. Yasiel Puig hit a line drive to center that Gomez caught and fired a strike to Lind to double off Yasmani Grandal at 1st. The Brewers evened up the series with a 7-1 win.

Ryan Braun and Hernan Perez each hit solo home runs as the Brewers built a 3-2 lead going into the eighth inning. Howie Kendrick led off the Dodger 8th with a single and advanced on an error by Gomez. Will Smith came in to face Adrian Gonzalez and gave up a 2-run home run on an 0-2 slider to give the Dodgers the lead. That was all they needed to give the Brewers 2 heartbreaking losses in the series.

Roster/Injury News

Wily Peralta started a rehab assignment on Saturday for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He threw 34 pitches in 2.2 innings, giving up a run on 2 hits and 4 strikeouts. His next start will be for the Biloxi Shuckers, and he will have at least 2 more starts after that before joining the big league squad.

All-Star Game

Francisco Rodriguez was named to the National League All Star team on Monday. K-Rod was selected by Giants Manager Bruce Bochy as Milwaukee’s only representative. This will be Rodriguez’s 6th appearance, including his second straight as a Brewer. Ryan Braun was added to the NL squad on Sunday to replace Matt Holliday of the Cardinals. This will be Braun’s 6th All Star Game appearance and his 1st since he was suspended for PED use in 2013. The Brewers have multiple All Stars for the 9th time in the last 10 years.

Games Series
Record for the week 2-4 0-2
Record under Roenicke 7-18 1-7
Record under Counsell 31-34 8-11-2
Record for July 7-4 2-2-0
Record for the year 38-52 9-18-2