Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 5th 2015
Texas Rangers Win AL West Division with 9-2 victory against LA Angels
The Texas Rangers were able to hold off the charge of the Houston Astros but they needed to do it in Game 162 to become AL Western division champions. Texas defeated the LA Angels 9-2 behind a solid nine inning complete game start by left hander Cole Hamels. The Rangers were clinging to a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning when they ignited for six runs to blow the game wide open. Texas had ten hits in the victory while silencing the Angels bats to just three hits.
Delino DeShields Jr.
The Rangers centerfielder had two hits with two runs scored and a walk in the victory. He has hits in five of six games. DeShields has his average up to .261 with two homers and 37 RBIs. He had been battling a 4 for 22 slump entering the game.
Shin Soo Choo
Choo had a hit with two runs scored in the division clincher. He has been hot the final months of the season and finished the regular season with a .276 batting average with 22 homers and 82 RBIs. He has hits in three straight and nine of ten games.
The Texas Rangers power hitting DH led the everyday hitters with a .305 batting average with 23 homers and 98 RBIs. He had a hit with two RBIs on Sunday. The post season wasn’t too kind to Fielder in the past.
The 36 year old third baseman was huge on Sunday with two hits a home run with three RBIs and two runs scored. Beltre hammered the baseball in the month of October with a batting average of .455. He finished the regular season with a .287 hitting average with 18 homers and 83 RBIs.
The shortstop for Texas had a hit with two RBIs in the win. He too has been hot with the bat in October with a .417 batting average.
Moreland had a hit with an RBI on Sunday. He had been marred in a 3 for 19 slump over the past seven days.
The Texas bullpen had been spent the past several days. They got a much needed nine inning complete game from Cole Hamels against the Angels on Sunday. Hamels is 13-8 on the year with an ERA of 3.65 and WHIP of 1.19.
Pittsburgh to Host NL Wildcard Game after 4-0 victory against Cincinnati
The Pittsburgh Pirates earn home field advantage in the NL Wildcard Game against the Chicago Cubs following their 4-0 home shutout victory on Sunday to the Cincinnati Reds. A good thing the Pirates won because the Cubs had defeated the Milwaukee Brewers. Had Pittsburgh lost this game they would have to travel to Wrigley Field for the NL Wildcard playoff single elimination game. Cubs pitching limited the Brewers to just three hits for the entire ballgame. Chicago got up early pushing across three first innings runs.
Marte had a hit on Sunday to end the regular season with a .287 batting average with 19 homers and 81 RBIs.
The Pirates first baseman leads the club in homers and he contributed with a solo shot in the win against the Reds. He finished the regular season batting .242 with 27 homers and 77 RBIs.
The Pirates catcher leads the everyday players with a .295 batting average with seven homers and 43 RBIs. He had two hits on Sunday. He was on a 2 for 22 slump entering play.
The eight year veteran left hander came up big for the Pirates by pitching six shutout innings over six innings and allowing just three hits to the Reds.