Fantasy Baseball The Week That Was: Week 4
Glenn Colton
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Craig Kimbrel earned his eighth save of the year pitching a perfect ninth inning sealing an 8-7 win over New York with two strikeouts Sunday.

Kimbrel got a chance to earn his eighth save in nine opportunities Sunday night and came through flawlessly. Aside from a couple of rough outings, he has been spot on in his first season in Boston. The 3.75 ERA will drop in due time but his 0.83 WHIP shouldn’t really go anywhere. He is still the best closer in the game by some estimations and as long as Red Sox pitchers get the game to the bullpen with a lead, he should be in line for a lot of saves in 2016.
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David Price pitched seven innings giving up six runs (six earned) on eight hits and a walk with three strikeouts earning his fourth win of the year on Sunday against the Yankees.

The home confines of Fenway Park have not been so kind to him of late with two back-to-back bad outings in front of the home fans. He was able to fight through and stay in through the seventh inning, which earned him the win as Vazquez hit a bomb to put the Red Sox ahead for good at that point. Price has not exactly been crisp so far in the early going posting a 6.41 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in the first six starts but does have a very good 49:9 K:BB ratio. He has only pitched twice on the road so far this year but he will do it for a third time on Saturday as he faces Nathan Eovaldi and the Yankees in a rematch at Yankee Stadium. If his stuff isn’t crisp once again it could be a repeat of Sunday’s performance.
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Christian Vazquez went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored in the Red Sox 8-7 win on Sunday versus the Yankees.

Vazquez hit a monster shot, in that it went over the Green Monster and out of the stadium, to give the Red Sox the lead for good in Sunday’s divisional showdown. He is known as one of the Red Sox top overall prospects but isn’t necessarily known for his bat but rather his defensive prowess and game calling skills. He has nonetheless gotten a hit in each of the last six games he’s played with his first long ball and RBI coming in Sunday’s game. Vazquez may struggle a bit come Tuesday against a pitcher he’s never seen that throws from a side of the plate he has yet to get a hit off of in LHP Jose Quintana for Chicago.
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Xander Bogaerts went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a run scored in Boston’s 8-7 win over New York Sunday.

Bogaerts continued to stroke the ball well on Sunday notching his fourth straight game with a hit and fifth multi-hit game in the last 10. He really figured things out last season when he finished the year with a .320 mark in batting average and that has carried over to start 2016. He is hitting .393/.485/.500 with seven runs scored, two RBI, and three steals in the last seven games which is nice but the lack of RBI is a little surprising. Jose Quintana is the opponent for Tuesday’s game which means he will likely take a seat given he only has seven at bats against LHPs this season.
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Travis Shaw went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored in Boston’s 8-7 win over the Yankees Sunday.

Shaw went for a second straight two-hit night against the Yankees on Sunday and launched his third long ball of the season in the process. So far he has proven the Red Sox correct in their decision to start him over Pablo Sandoval, obviously without the injury taken into account, as he is hitting at a very solid .322/.390/.533 clip to this point. Next he will face off against Jose Quintana on Tuesday who he is 0-for-3 against but has an RBI, in general he is hitting just .118 off LHP this season.
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Nathan Eovaldi pitched five innings allowing six runs (six earned) on 10 hits and three walks with three strikeouts in a no decision Sunday in an 8-7 loss versus Boston.

It has been a mostly disappointing season for the young fireballer as it was another rough start for him on Sunday. Luckily the Yankees offense scored some runs for the first time all weekend so he was able to get the no decision despite giving up the most runs he has all year. In five starts this season he carries a 5.46 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, a .280 BAA, and a healthy 31:8 K:BB ratio yet he has only pitched seven innings once and hasn’t made it out of the sixth twice. His next start will be Saturday at home against Boston and David Price, a rematch of Sunday’s game, but until he proves he can do better, he should be played at your own risk in all formats.
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Alex Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, four RBI, and two runs scored in New York’s 8-7 loss to Boston Sunday.

Sunday was the second time in four games that A-Rod had a multi-hit game and it’s also the third time he’s launched one over the fence in that span. He basically carried the Yankees offense on Sunday as they tried to end their losing streak but it was to no avail. Rodriguez is hitting .292/.320/.792 in the last seven games with three home runs, seven RBI, and four runs scored. The Yankees next travel to Baltimore to face Chris Tillman and the O’s, A-Rod is .429 (4-for-7) with three homers and six RBI off of him.
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DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points (10-32 FGA, 9-9 FTA) including 1-5 3PA with five rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks in 40 minutes in Game 7’s win over the Pacers.

It was another up game for DeRozan following a down game on Friday. The last four games of the opening round series have been a real roller coaster for him. He also managed to fill up the stat sheet pretty impressively with better than a couple in most categories. He has been a monster all season against Miami, who they face next, averaging 29.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.5 APG, and 1.3 SPG in four games.
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Kyle Lowry scored 11 points (5-14 FGA, 1-2 FTA) with nine assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes in Sunday’s Game 7 win over the Pacers.

Indiana’s defense kept Lowry in check for much of the series and Sunday was no different with just the 11 points scored. His assist totals have been good throughout however and he has also registered a steal in every game of the series. Toronto now faces the Heat in the next round and against them in the regular season he averaged 16.8 PPG, 5.0 APG, 5.0 RPG, and 2.3 SPG making him a good play DFS formats.
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