The pitchers didn’t quite sweep the day’s best fantasy baseball stats like they did on Thursday, but they were pretty dang impressive. Much like Thursday, the numbers were not only impressive, but they came from some of the game’s best, so fantasy owners everywhere were aided.
They were also aided by the day’s best offensive performer, which is where we start.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
Hunter Pence — San Francisco Giants
Hunter Pence: August 3
He didn’t record a steal, but Pence was all over the stat-sheet on Sunday, doing just about everything else in pretty grand fashion and ending what had been a pretty good slump in the process.
If Angel Pagan comes back strong for the Giants, that will only do good things for Pence, as he’ll likely have far more RBI opportunities than he’s had over the last two months, where he’s served as the Giants primary lead-off hitter. Probably a guy with some nice value for the rest of the year.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. Anibal Sanchez — Detroit Tigers
Anibal Sanchez: August 3
I wish he could have done this in fewer pitches and gotten a few more innings to help his fantasy owners (myself included), but Sanchez was about as dominant as anyone can reasonably expect.
Much like Pence, Sanchez could very well be in for a strong final two months as while his numbers are strong, he’s battled inconsistency. I wouldn’t want to have him on my rival’s team.
2. Madison Bumgarner — San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner: August 3
The great mystery of Bumgarner in 2014 continues. He’s one of the best pitchers in the league on the road and downright average at home. That’s the pitching equivalent of someone like Troy Tulowitzki hitting .235 at home, and .415 on the road. It just doesn’t make sense.
Whatever the reason, this was somewhat predictable. The Mets offense leaves an awful lot to be desired and Citi Field is a great place to pitch. Bumgarner didn’t even need 100 pitches and for the second time in his career, threw fewer than 20 balls. Considering the other time was a game when he didn’t make it out of the first inning, that’s great pitching.
3. Stephen Strasburg — Washington Nationals
Stephen Strasburg: August 3
Like Bumgarner against the Mets and even Sanchez against the Rockies, Strasburg is another star pitcher that took advantage of a really weak offensive team. But even if it was somewhat predictable, he was absolutely dominant.
Also like Sanchez and Bumgarner, the numbers have been good in 2014, but nowhere near as good as they could be. A great final stretch from Strasburg would not be surprising at all.