The Philadelphia Phillies dropped their series finale against the New York Mets in crushing fashion. Jonathan Papelbon took the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning with a lead and ended up blowing his second save of the season. Clearly, he was disappointing when it came to fantasy numbers in this series. Overall, the Phillies were a mixed bag in terms of fantasy points. Some players came through, while others struggled.
Here are the fantasy winners and losers from the series against the Mets:
Cliff Lee - Winner
At long last, Lee has a win. That has to bring smiles to fantasy owners that have him on their roster. Not only did Lee get a win, but he did it with a strong outing. Lee worked eight innings against the Mets, giving up just two earned runs and striking out nine batters. He gave up a home run but was otherwise very sharp. For the first time in a long time, it looked like he was back to being the ace that we know he is. That's a good sign for fantasy owners.
Jonathan Papelbon - Loser
It was a tough series for the closer. He worked one scoreless inning in the second game of the series, but it didn't do anything for fantasy owners. It wasn't a save opportunity and he didn't have any strikeouts. However, his appearance in the series finale is what lands him on this list. He gave up two runs on three hits in the bottom of the ninth to complete his second blown save of the season. There was little to like from him in this series.
Carlos Ruiz - Winner
Jimmy Rollins had a strong game in the finale, but the main source of offense once again came from Ruiz. The catcher continued his incredible season with two home runs in this series. He also added a double for good measure, finishing with three RBIs in three games against the Mets. There's not much more you can say about a guy that has consistently put up solid fantasy numbers.
Chase Utley - Loser
It's true that Utley delivered a big hit in this series, but he did little else in the two games he played. His two run home run in the second game of the series was his only hit in nine at-bats in those two games. Utley did have a pinch-hit single in the third game but that probably did little to help fantasy owners. All three of his RBIs this season have come from the long ball, which is a sign that he isn't helping the team manufacture runs. He has only played five games full games to date, so I wouldn't panic. However, this was a disappointing series for him.* - Mark Paul is a Philadelphia Phillies fan and regular fantasy baseball player.
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