For all you Eastern peeps that went to bed before “it” happened last night, we now may already have the play of the year.
Nolan Arenado made a catch which was arguably more difficult than Jeter’s famous one into the stands. The ball was hit on a low trajectory in foul ground beyond third base and toward the stands. Arenado made an almost blind over the shoulder catch and crashed into the rolled up tarp. His body nearly flipped into the stands after impact, but he still had the presence of mind to set himself after the wipeout and throw the ball immediately back to third where a double play almost went down.
The Rockies announcers were already calling this “the play of the year”:
They may have a point.
Here’s what else went down last night with a slant on Fantasy:
- Shane Greene – ( 8IP / 3H / 0R / 0ER / 0BB / 3K ) Absolutely stymied the Pirates lineup. If he is available in your league, grab him now.
- Anthony DeSclafani – ( 7IP / 2H / 0R / 0ER / 2BB / 5K ) Anyone see this coming? Not me. This guy’s making early waves. Don’t wait too long.
- Miguel Gonzalez – ( 7IP / 4H / 1R / 1ER / 1BB / 10K) It’s starting to become clear who the Orioles ace is this year. I just don’t like the division for pitchers.
- Odrisamer Despaigne – ( 7IP / 2H / 1R / 1ER / 2BB / 3K) Making his case for the 5th spot in the rotation, as he fills in for Ian Kennedy.
- Jose Quintana – ( 6IP / 3H / 1R / 0ER / 2BB / 6K) There’s our top Sleeper pick from the pitchers. Just wait until his team starts raking. He’ll beat his previous best win total (9) by 6.
- Adam Ottavino – Struck out the side for an impressive save, though it came against a struggling Giants squad.
- Koji Uehara – Threw a clean 9th with 2 K for the save in his first appearance of the season.
- Jake Arrieta – ( 6.2IP / 7H / 3R / 3ER / 1BB / 5K ) As close as you can come to a quality start without quite getting there.
- Nick Martinez – ( 7IP / 5H / 1R / 0ER / 3BB / 1K ) His second very good start in as mant tries.
- Matt Harvey – ( 6IP / 5H / 3R / 3ER / 0BB / 8K ) His line would have looked a lot better without Utley in the lineup.
- Chase Utley – 3/3 with 2 runs, 2 HR and 3 RBI. I guess all it takes to hit Harvey is a nice compact swing.
- Giancarlo Stanton – 3/3 with 2 runs, 1 2B, 2BB and 4 RBI. Uh oh, he’s got it going. Anyone notice? The same day Stanton discards his face mask, Carlos Carrasco gets nailed in the jaw by a line drive.
- Stephen Souza Jr – 3/5 with 2 runs, 1 SB and a solo HR. Our top pick for Rookie of the Year in the A.L. finally had a game worth tweeting about. Besides the towering home run, Souza played small ball to score the winning run in the 8th. He converted a bunt single into a steal of second, went to third on an error and then scored on a sac fly. As I’ve been saying, Tampa could surprise us all this year.
- Robinson Chirinos – 2/4 with 2 runs, 1 HR and 5 RBI. Big night for the Ranger catcher might end up being his biggest of the year.
- Devarius Gordon – 2/4 with 2 runs, 2 SB and 1 RBI. When Stanton gets going, Gordon gets scoring. 8 runs for the Marlins without Yelich in between them.
- Dustin Pedroia – 3/4 with 1 run, 1BB, 1HR and 1RBI. Still making good on his IOUs.
- Corey Dickerson – 3/4 with 3 runs, a triple and an RBI. Dickerson was involved in all of the 4 runs scored for the Rockies. And I will remind you once again – he’s hitting from the 6-spot.
- Lucas Duda – 2/4 with a run and 3 RBI
- Matt Kemp – 2/4 with 2 runs, a triple and 1 RBI. Kemp is for real once again, in case any of you were still doubting him.
- Joey Votto – 2/3 with 1 BB and 1 RBI. Our top Comeback pick of the year is back to his old self, except from the 2-spot