Originally written on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 10/15/14
So much for all the talk about how the Mets had such a weak outfield going into the start of the year. Leadoff man Collin Cowgill went 2-5 with a double & a grand slam and veteran Marlon Byrd went 2-5 with 2 singles, driving in a run on both.Aside from Cowgill and Byrd, four other Mets had a multi hit game against the Padres - Daniel Murphy, John Buck, Ruben Tejada and pitcher Jonathon Niese who was 2-2 with an RBI, run scored, a walk and went 6 2/3 IP, earning his 1st win of the season.David Wright went 1-4 with an RBI, run scored, a walk and 2 stolen bases.Ike Davis was the only Mets starter not to reach base as he went 0-5 with 4 K's.For the Padres, Edinson Volquez looked exhausted on the mound all day and it showed in his perfromance. Volquez only last 3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 walks and 6 earned runs.Yonder Alonso was the lone bright spot in the Padres lineup with a solo home run off of Niese in the 6th.The top of the Red Sox lineup was on fire against CC Sabathia and the Yankees going 7-18 with a run scored and 6 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-6, with a triple, 2 RBI and a run scored. Shane Victorino was 2-6 with 3 RBI and Dustin Pedroia was 2-6 with an RBI.Both Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew 3 walks and scored 2 runs.Mike Napoli was the only Red Sox not to reach base safely as he went 0-5 with 2 K's in his Red Sox debut.Jon Lester got the win as he went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 7.Sabathia also went 5 innings allowing 4 runs (all in the 2nd inning) in the loss.With Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez out the Yankees struggled to find offense as no player had more than 1 hit. Francisco Cervelli had the only RBIs which came off a 2-run RBI single in the 4th.Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix went a combined 0-6 with 5 K's.Bryce Harper's 2 solo home runs coming in his 1st 2 at bats of the season were more than enough offense for the Nationals with Stephen Strasburg on the mound. Strasburg pitched 7 shutout innings allowing 3 hits while striking out 3.Ryan Zimmerman went 0-3 with 3 K's.Ricky Nolasco only allowed 3 hits in 6 innings but unfortunately 2 of those hits were home runs by Bryce Harper. He pitched well striking out 5 but you can't win when your offense scores 0 runs.Anthony Rizzo blasted a 2-run home run in the 1st inning and Wellington Castillo drove in a run with a double which proved to be enough for the Cubs as Jeff Samardzija went 8 shut out innings allowing just 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 9 as he picked up the W.David DeJesus, Alfonso Soriano, Luis Valbuena and Brent Lillibridge went a combined 0-15 with 9 K's for the Cubs.Andrew McCutchen was hit by a pitch in the 9th, then stole second, and scored on Pedro Alvarez single to prevent the Pirates from being shut out. Carlos Marmol then walked Gaby Sanchez before being pulled from the game, costing himself a save. James Russell and Kyuji Fujikawa retired the next 2 batters to help the Cubs hold on for the win.A.J. Burnett was solid in the loss as he struck out 10 batters and gave up 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings.The Rockies hit 3 home runs in a 10th inning loss to the Brewers. Troy Tulowitzki hit a 2-run homer in the 3rd, Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo blast in the 5th and Dexter Fowler hit a 2 out game tying solo home run off of John Axford sending the game to extra innings. Tulowitzki, Gonzalez and Fowler went a combined 7-15 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBI.Jhoulys Chacin was very good for the Rockies as he went 6 2/3 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and 6 strike outs. Wilton Lopez allowed 4 hits and 3 runs in the 8th, costing Chacin a win.Yovani Gallardo didn't bring his best stuff in the no decision victory. He only last 5 innings, allowing 10 hits (2 HRs) and striking out 3. John Axford got a blown save but did strike out the side in the 9th.Norichika Aoki homered, drew a walk and scored 2 runs.Rickie Weeks went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Aramis Ramirez had 2 hits, including a go ahead 2-run double in the 8th.Jonathan Lucroy went 0-4 but had a walk off sac fly in the bottom of the 10th.Not only did Clayton Kershaw throw a complete game shutout with 7 k's against the Giants, he broke a 0-0 tie with a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th inning which sparked a 4-run inning, giving the Dodgers a 4-0 win.Both Carl Crawford and Mark Ellis had 2 hits, a double and a run scored for the Dodgers.Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval went a combined 4-8 as they both went 2-4. The rest of the Giants offense went 0-22.Matt Cain went 6 solid innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 walk, no runs and striking out 8.Chris Sale earned the win as he went 7 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 1 walk, 0 runs and striking out 7.Tyler Flowers provided the only offense in the 1-0 White Sox win over the Royals with his solo home run in the 5th inning.Alex Rios went 2-3 with a walk and a stolen base.Alcides Escobar and Jeff Francoeur had 4 of the 7 singles for the Royals.Justin Verlander proved he's worth his contract as he pitched 5 shutout innings allowing 3 hits, 2 walks and striking out 7, getting the W in a 4-2 Tigers win over the Twins.Torii Hunter went 2-5 with a double in his Tigers debut, Miguel Cabrera went 0-5 with 2 K's but scored and drove in a run, Prince Fielder went 2-4 with an RBI double and a run scored, and Jhonny Peralta went 2-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and a stolen base.Joe Mauer was the only Twin to have more than 1 hit as he went 2-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Justin Morneau and Trevor Plouffe also had doubles.Vance Worley went 6 innings, allowing 8 hits and 3 runs in the loss.Chris Ianetta provided all the offense for the Angels as he went 2-6 with a solo home run in the 3rd inning and a game winning 2-run single in the 13th inning.Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo went a combined  2-19 with 6 k's.Jered Weaver went 6 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 run and striking out 4 in the no decision.Garrett Richards, Sean Burnett, Kevin Jepsen, Scott Downs, Mark Lowe and Ernesto Frieri went a combined 7 innings out of the bullpen and only allowed 1 hit and 3 walks while striking out 9.Shin-Soo Choo had 2 of the 3 Reds hits including a double and scored their only run on a wild pitch by Weaver.Jay Bruce went 0-5 with 4 K's.Johnny Cueto had a strong outing going 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, 1 run and struck out 9.Both Tim Hudson and Cole Hamels struggled in a 7-5 Braves victory over the Phillies.Hudson only last 4 1/3 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 walks and 3 runs & Hamels went 5, allowing 7 hits, 1 walk, and 5 runs, including 3 home runs.Freddie Freeman and Chase Utley both had a big nights. Freeman went 3-5 with a home run and 3 RBI & Utley went 3-5 with a home run, triple, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton both hit solo home runs.Chris Johnson and Gerald Laird each had 2 hits including a double.7 Phillies had 1 hit, including John Mayberry Jr. who had the only other extra base hit (a double) besides Utley.Ian Kennedy was excellent for the Diamondbacks as he went 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 walk, 2 runs and striking out 8.Every Diamondback starter had at least 1 hit except Cliff Pennington, who went 0-4 with 3 K's.Gerado Parra went 4-5 in the lead off spot as he hit 3 doubles and scored a run. Martin Prado followed him up with a 2-5 night as he hit 2 doubles, scored 2 runs and had an RBI.A.J. Pollock went 3-4 driving in 2 on a double.  Aaron Hill and Jason Kubel had 2 hits a piece.Adam Wainwright did not have his best stuff as he struggled to get through 6 innings. He gave up 11 hits and 4 runs (3 ER).Matt Holliday, Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina hit doubles. Holliday's double drove in the Cardinals first run in the 1st inning.Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso had the other 2 hits for the Cards which were both singles. Descalso single in the 7th drove in the Cardinals second run.Felix Hernandez was brilliant against the Athletics as he shut them down over 7 2/3 innings, only allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, 0 runs and struck out 8.Franklin Gutierrez had the only run producing hit in the game and it was a 2-run single in the 5th.Michael Morse, Justin Smoak, Kyle Seager, and Brendan Ryan had the other 4 singles for the Mariners.On the losing side, Brett Anderson had a strong outing going 7 innings, giving up 4 hits, 4 walks, 2 runs and striking out 6. Unfortunately for him the Athletics offense only managed to get 3 hits all night and failed to score.Seth Smith went 2-3 with a double and John Jaso had the other A's hit which was also a double.Top Fantasy Players YesterdayClayton KershawLAD P 31.5ptsJeff SamardzijaCHC P 30.5ptsFelix HernandezSEA P 28.4ptsChris SaleCWS P 27.9ptsIan KennedyARI P 26ptsStephen StrasburgWAS P 25.5ptsJustin VerlanderDET P 23.5ptsJonathon NieseNYM P 22.4ptsJon LesterBOS P 21.5ptsJohnny CuetoCIN P 17.5ptsCollin CowgillNYM OF 16ptsChase UtleyPHI 2B 16ptsMatt CainSF P 16ptsBrett AndersonOAK P 15ptsJhoulys ChacinCOL P 14.4ptsJames ShieldsKC P 14ptsJered WeaverLAA P 13ptsRicky NolascoMIA P 12.5ptsA.J. BurnettPIT P 12.4ptsFreddie FreemanATL 1B 12ptsAdam WainwrightSTL P 12ptsBryce HarperWAS OF 12ptsJacoby EllsburyBOS OF 11ptsChris IannettaLAA C 11ptsVance WorleyMIN P 10.5ptsMartin **************************: Singles - 1pt Doubles - 2pts Triples - 3pts Homeruns - 2pts RBI - 2pts Runs Scored - 2pts Walks - 1pt Stolen Bases - 1ptPitchers: Win - 10 pts Innings Pitched - 2 pts Earned Runs Allowed - (1pt) Strike Outs - .5pt Saves - 5pts
PLAYERS: Collin CowgillMarlon ByrdDaniel MurphyJohn BuckRuben TejadaJon NieseDavid WrightIke DavisEdinson VolquezYonder AlonsoCC SabathiaJacoby EllsburyShane VictorinoDustin PedroiaJarrod SaltalamacchiaMike NapoliJon LesterDerek JeterCurtis GrandersonMark TeixeiraAlex RodriguezFrancisco CervelliEduardo NunezJayson NixBryce HarperStephen StrasburgRyan ZimmermanRicky NolascoAnthony RizzoWellington CastilloJeff SamardzijaDavid DeJesusAlfonso SorianoLuis ValbuenaBrent LillibridgeAndrew McCutchenPedro AlvarezCarlos MarmolGaby SanchezJames RussellKyuji FujikawaAJ BurnettTroy TulowitzkiCarlos GonzalezDexter FowlerJohn AxfordJhoulys ChacinWilton LopezYovani GallardoNorichika AokiRickie WeeksAramis RamirezJonathan LucroyClayton KershawCarl CrawfordMark EllisAngel PaganPablo SandovalMatt CainChris SaleTyler FlowersAlex RiosAlcides EscobarJeff FrancoeurJustin VerlanderTorii HunterMiguel CabreraPrince FielderJhonny PeraltaJoe MauerJustin MorneauTrevor PlouffeVance WorleyMike TroutAlbert PujolsJosh HamiltonMark TrumboJered WeaverGarrett RichardsSean BurnettKevin JepsenScott DownsMark LoweErnesto FrieriShin-Soo ChooJay BruceJohnny CuetoTim HudsonCole HamelsChase UtleyDan UgglaBJ UptonChris JohnsonGerald LairdJohn MayberryIan KennedyCliff PenningtonMartin PradoA.J. PollockAaron HillJason KubelAdam WainwrightMatt HollidayMatt CarpenterYadier MolinaJon JayDaniel DescalsoFelix HernandezFranklin GutierrezJustin SmoakKyle SeagerBrendan RyanBrett AndersonSeth SmithJohn Jaso
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