Originally posted on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 8/7/13
Locker Room Fantasy Sports takes a look at last night’s fantasy baseball news and notes from around Major League Baseball – twitter style. The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals contest was filled with drama and it all started in the third inning when Nats All-Star Bryce Harper took Braves pitcher Julio Teheran deep to straight away center field. Harper (being the kind of player that he is) admired the bomb for a few seconds and then rounded the bases in 23.66 seconds. By the way, that is the slowest trot of Harper’s career by more than 1.5 secs. his two slowest trots are his two most recent. — Tater Trot Tracker (@TaterTrotTrkr) August 7, 2013 Take what you want from that, but according to TaterTrotTracker.com Harper’s average trot time in is 18.73 seconds. So, the next time Harper came to the plate, Teheran plunked him in the leg.   Bryce Harper wasn’t happy after getting hit in the leg by Julio Teheran. Harper took Teheran deep to center (427 feet) in his previous at bat. (Photo by: Alex Brandon) Bryce Harper points out at Teheran and barks at him after he was hit by pitch and now both benches and bullpens have come onto the field — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) August 7, 2013 This made the Braves take to twitter… Clown move bro — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 7, 2013 The Nationals responded with a chirp of their own… @Braves Which part, giving up the home run, or drilling the 20-year-old on the first pitch his next time up? — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 7, 2013 Even a former Braves legend chimed in. Don’t walk off homers and u won’t get hit! — Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) August 7, 2013 And it was Atlanta…yet again, who would have the last laugh. Kimbrel strikes out none other than Harper to end the game 2-1. #Braves have won 12 in a row. Three shy of Atlanta record 15 in 2000 — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) August 7, 2013 Atlanta now has a 14.5 game lead on Washington in the NL East. Don’t look now but B.J. Upton has a four game hitting streak finishing 2 for 4 last night, with two stolen bases. His .188 average is disappointing, but he hasn’t touched .300 since 2007, so it’s been on the decline for a few years now; one thing is for sure though – he’ll steal you bags if he can get on base. He’s averaged 39 a year over the last five seasons. In other Upton news, his brother Justin extended his hit streak to 11 games. After the game Bryce Harper talked about the incident. Bryce Harper, asked if he was surprised Teheran hit him: “I hit that ball pretty far off him, so, no.” — Amanda Comak (@acomak) August 7, 2013   Detroit exploded for five in the fifth to win 5-1 over Cleveland. The Indians have 14 losses at home this year and half have come against the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera is 6th player w/ 100 RBI in 10 straight seasons – Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Alex Rodriguez, Al Simmons, Albert Pujols. (Elias) — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 7, 2013 Detroit has won 10 straight and 14 of their last 15, and are now 21 games above .500 (and five up on the Indians in the AL Central). All of this without any production from Prince Fielder over the last month or so – Fielder has hit at least .299 in three of his past four seasons, but this year he’s hitting .259. Although he has 76 RBI, that’s still a big decrease in what he’s averaged (108) over his last seven seasons in the majors. Including tonight so far, Michael Brantley is 14 for 34 (.411) against Verlander in his career. That’s pretty damn good… — darenw (@darenw) August 7, 2013 That is pretty damn good…this however, is not. That’s the 25th strikeout of Nick Swisher by Justin Verlander. That’s the most by any player against Verlander. — Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) August 6, 2013 At least not for Swisher sweet anyways. Justin Verlander had an ERA of almost six against the tribe in three starts this year but looked like his old self last night striking out seven Indians over eight innings for his 12th win of the season.   Since 1920, the only other Red Sox centerfielders to score 4 runs and hit 2 homers in a game are Fred Lynn in 1975 and Ellis Burks in 1987. — Jon Shestakofsky (@Shesta_Sox) August 7, 2013 Quite the stat line for Jacoby Ellsbury (2 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R). In fact, the Red Sox first four hitters in the lineup (Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz) finished 11-18 with 7 RBI and 11 runs scored. #RedSox sent 26 batters to the plate in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings. 12 scored on 10 hits and seven walks. It’s 15-9. — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) August 7, 2013 Yea…Boston won big over Houston 15-10. Even Jonny Gomes got in on the action. Jonny Gomes is tied for major-league lead with Atlanta’s Evan Gattis with 4 pinch-hit HRs this season. Of Gomes’ 6 pinch-hits, 5 are XBH — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) August 7, 2013 Keep an eye on Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar who was a fantasy baseball Biogenesis replacement. He was 2 for 2 (1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB) before leaving with a hand injury.   The St. Louis Cardinals ended the Los Angeles Dodgers 15 game road win streak with a 5-1 win. Ah well, at least the Dodgers still have this… Dodgers vs Heat pic.twitter.com/bQLSNffwKV — NBA Meme Messenger (@TerryGoldfain) August 7, 2013     Josh Johnson‘s pitching well. Time to buy some canned goods and bottled water. #apocalypse #jays — Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) August 7, 2013 Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s 2 scoreless innings from Josh Johnson to start the game. First time since July 9th. #Bluejays up 1-0 #Jays — Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) August 7, 2013 Wait, What!? Josh Johnson picked up his second win of the season against Felix Hernandez? Come on, his ERA was over 14 in his last four starts heading in. But it’s true, Johnson won! (editor’s note: I particularly like how he was yanked after 5 scoreless ip despite just 86 pitches hurled…guaranteed Gibby was on the bench and realized that with Johnson leading after 5 he had to get him out of there to preserve the win before he blew it). Jose Reyes dethroned the King and took him deep on the first pitch of the night (only the second time in Hernandez’s career where he’s given up a lead off home run) and the Blue Jays won 7-2 in Seattle. It was home run number 100 for Reyes in his career. Hernandez lost for the first time in 12 starts and Johnson won for the first time…in I don’t even know… it’s been so long (editor’s note: it was all the way back on June 23rd). Johnson went five scoreless innings.   The Angles and Rangers game didn’t start off well for Texas ace Yu Darvish. Yu Darvish allowed back-to-back homers in 1st inning, the first time he’s allowed 2 HR in as single inning in his career. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 7, 2013 And it’s the first time he’s allowed at least three home runs to a single batter over his career (Mike Trout). Kole Calhoun – who has three home runs since his call up last week – and Trout went yard off Darvish but he would settle down and pick up his 11th win of the season. Texas had six stolen bases on the night (three from Leonys Martin and two from Elvis Andrus) and they managed to score five runs in the last two innings, moving within a game of the A’s in the AL West. Oakland fell 3-1 to Cincinnati. The A’s have seen their bats all of a sudden go quiet scoring a combined 10 runs over their last six games. This doesn’t help. #Athletics outfielders have combined to hit .224 this season. Lowest in Oakland history is .228 in 1979. (Rickey, Murphy, Armas) — David Feldman (@dfeldy) August 7, 2013   #Orioles CF and San Diego native Adam Jones is now 8-for-15 (.533) with 2 HR & 4 RBIS in four career games at Petco Park. — Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) August 7, 2013 It’s safe to say Jones likes playing in front of family and friends.   And last but not least… Andrew Albers is the first @Twins pitcher with at least 8 scoreless innings in his MLB debut since Mike Fornieles in 1952. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 7, 2013 Andrew Albers is also the first Canadian starting pitcher to win in his first MLB game since Jason Dickson on Aug. 21, 1996 — Sportsnet Ticker (@SportsnetTicker) August 7, 2013 O’ Canada! When Scott Diamond went down the Twins purchased the contract of lefty Andrew Albers from Triple-A Rochester. The 27-year-old Canadian had a 25-10 career record in the minors with an impressive 2.86 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 132.1 innings. Albers went eight and a third scoreless innings in his major league debut as his Twins spanked the Royals 7-0. He didn’t allow a runner to reach second until the ninth and only gave up four singles on the night with a walk and two strikeouts. This after KC put up a 13 spot on Minnesota the night before. I wouldn’t expect a performance like this out of Albers every night, but I’d definitely keep an eye on him, eh?   The post Fantasy Baseball News & Notes Update: August 6th, 2013 appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.
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