Fantasy Baseball Preview – Pittsburgh Pirates vs St-Louis Cardinals – 8-12-15 – MLB

Fantasy Baseball DFS

Two NL pennant contenders meet on ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball as the St Louis Cardinals will meet the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fantasy draft managers can tune to ESPN TV on August 12th to follow the scoring results of their rosters.

The St Louis Cardinals have taken Game 1 of this series with the 4-3 home win. St Louis was able to overcome a two run deficit with three fifth inning runs that game them the lead for good. The Cardinals are now five games in the loss column ahead of the Pirates. St Louis sports the top pitching staff in baseball ranking first in Team ERA at 2.61. They do a good job of limiting base runners with a WHIP of 1.20 ranking fourth best.

Pittsburgh with their loss on Monday had their four game win streak snapped. Like the Cardinals the Pirates have gotten good pitching. The club is sitting third in ERA at 3.25 along with 65 quality starts ranking sixth in the league.

Pittsburgh Pirates CF: Andrew McCutchen goes 0 for 4 on Monday to break a five game hit streak. During that hit streak he had three multiple hit games. Season to date McCutchen is batting .297 with 17 homers and 74 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates LF: Starling Marte had a good game on Tuesday with a 2 for 4 night. He is batting .287 with 13 homers and 57 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B: Neil Walker cooled off with a 0 for 4 on Tuesday. He is still hitting .348 for the month of August with 11 homers and 44 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates RF: Gregory Polanco had an awesome 3 for 4 night with three hits. He has a five game hitting streak with five multiple hit games in his past ten games. Polanco is hitting .253 on the season with 6 homers and 33 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates C: Francisco Cervelli is hitting .409 for the month of August. He has moved up his average to .303 with six homers and 36 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B: Jung Ho Kang had an extra base hit and RBI in the series opener. His average is .293 with nine homers and 40 RBIs. Kang brings a five game win streak into Tuesday’s game.

Pittsburgh Pirates P: Gerrit Cole is 14-3 with an ERA of 2.39 and WHIP of 1.10. He has held his past seven opponents to three runs of less. Cole faced the LA Dodgers at home on August 7th and allowed three earned runs and four hits in six innings. He beat St Louis at home on July 10th holding the Cardinals to two earned runs and six hits in seven innings of work.

St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward had a two hit game on Tuesday. He has multiple hits in three of his past four games. Heyward is batting .289 on the year with nine homers and 39 RBIs.

St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina went 0 for 3 on Tuesday and is in a slump for the month of August with a .190 hitting average.

St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta had a hit on Tuesday but is still just 4 of 29 in the month of August. Peralta is batting .277 with 16 homers and 55 RBIs.

St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolten Wong had two hits with two runs scored in the series opener. His average is .268 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs.

St Louis Cardinals 3B: Matt Carpenter extended his hitting streak to seven games. He is red hot over his past seven days with a hitting average of .348 and four homers. Carpenter has 17 homers and 60 RBIs.

St Louis Cardinals LF: Randal Grichuk drew the collar on Tuesday with a 0 for 4 night. On the season Grichuk is batting .282 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs.

St Louis Cardinals P: Michael Wacha in 21 starts has a record of 13-4 with an ERA of 2.92. In his past two starts he has not allowed a run tossing 14 innings. On August 6th Wacha shut out the Reds on the road in seven innings.

MLB Daily Fantasy Tips

P: Michael Wacha (Cardinals)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
C: Francisco Cervelli (Pirates)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
3B: Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)
2B: Kolten Wong (Cardinals)

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St-Louis Cardinals – 8-11-15 – MLB

Fantasy Baseball DFS

The Pittsburgh Pirates will meet NL Central foe the St Louis Cardinals in a Major League Baseball game. Mock draft fantasy cash league managers can tune to MLB Network on Tuesday August 11th to follow the results of their rosters.

As the clubs meet on Tuesday the Pirates have won three straight and five of their past six games with the Cardinals. Pittsburgh has moved to within four games in the loss column back of St Louis. They enter hot after sweeping of the LA Dodgers over the weekend to move to a four game win streak. The team has gotten great production from their pitching staff by sitting second in the league in Team ERA at 3.24.

St Louis has the best record in baseball at 71-40. They host Pittsburgh winners of four of their past five games. Their starting staff leads MLB in quality starts at 75. The Cardinals are number one in baseball in Team ERA at 2.60.

Pittsburgh Pirates CF: Andrew McCutchen has been red hot. He is batting .563 in his past seven days with two homers and eight RBIs. McCutchen has 17 homers and 74 RBIs on the year.

Pittsburgh Pirates LF: Starling Marte has hit St Louis pitching this year with a batting average of .343. Marte is batting .285 on the season with 13 homers and 57 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B: Neil Walker is having a good month of August with a hitting average of .348 with two homers. Walker has 11 homers and 44 RBIs on the season. He has had back to back multiple hit games.

Pittsburgh Pirates RF: Gregory Polanco will carry a four game winning streak into Tuesday. He has multiple hits in two of his past four games. Polanco is batting .286 with two homers in his past seven days.

Pittsburgh Pirates C: Francisco Cervelli is hot batting .500 over his past seven days with a homer and 3 RBIs. He is coming off a three hit night on Sunday against the Dodgers. Cervelli has multiple hits in three of his past four games.

Pittsburgh Pirates 3B: Jung Ho Kang has hit Cardinals pitching this year at .387 with two homers. He is batting .293 on the year with 9 homers and 39 RBIs. Kang has hits in four straight games.

Pittsburgh Pirates P: Jeff Locke is 6-6 with an ERA of 4.31 and WHIP of 1.39. He pitched on August 5th at home to Chicago and allowed four earned runs over 5 2/3rd innings. Locke has had trouble pitching deep into games.

St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward leads the everyday Cardinals hitters with a .286 batting average with nine homers and 37 RBIs. He had a two hit game on Sunday at Milwaukee.

St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina has moved up his average to .282 with two homers and 38 RBIs. He has improved his numbers after a slow start to the year. He looks to shake a 4 for 21 slump for the month of August.

St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta is batting .278 on the campaign with 16 homers and 55 RBIs. He is hitting .310 against the Pirates this year with two homers.

St Louis Cardinals 3B: Matt Carpenter is batting .348 over the past seven days with four homers. He is hot and has pulled his batting average up to .266 with 17 homers and 60 RBIs.

St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolten Wong is hitting .306 against Pirates pitching this year with three homers. He hopes his performance against Pittsburgh this year can help him break a 4 for 30 slump in August.

St Louis Cardinals LF: Randal Grichuk is batting .444 against the Pirates on the year. He is hitting .286 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs season to date.

St Louis Cardinals P: Carlos Martinez is 11-4 with an ERA of 2.57 and WHIP of 1.28. He threw on August 5th at Cincinnati and allowed one earned run over five innings pitched. St Louis is 7-1 in Martinez past eight starts.

One Day League MLB Fantasy Picks

P: Carlos Martinez (Cardinals)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
LF: Starling Marte (Pirates)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
3B: Matt Carpenter (Cardinals)
2B: Kolten Wong (Cardinals)

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Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals – 8-10-15 – MLB

Monday Night Baseball Fantasy Preview

Two AL Central division rivals take part on ESPN Monday Night Baseball on August 10th when the Detroit Tigers play the Kansas City Royals. MLB mock draft managers can tune over to ESPN at 7PM Eastern Time from Kansas City to follow the results of their rosters selected for their league.

The Kansas City Royals hold a 12 game lead in the loss column over the Minnesota Twins as they began play on Sunday. The team is fourth in the league in team batting at .269 season to date. They faced the Tigers in a three game series last week with Detroit winning two of the three games. KC relies heavily on their bullpen as the Royals starting pitching staff ranks 28th in the league with 45 quality starts.

The Detroit Tigers dropped two of three over the weekend to the Boston Red Sox to fall to 54-57 season to date. Through Saturday night the Tigers were still in the hunt for a Wildcard spot just five games back of the LA Angels who hold the last spot. The Tigers have hit the ball very well this year ranking first in team batting (.274) and fifth in runs per game (4.43). The pitching has not been good this year. The Detroit pitching staff is 26th in the league from Team ERA (4.48) as well as 25th in WHIP (1.36).

Detroit Tigers SS: Jose Iglesias is batting .305 with two homers and 21 RBIs. He looks to break a 1 for 13 slump in the three game series with the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.

Detroit Tigers 2B: Ian Kinsler is red hot right now as he has multiple hits in four straight and eight of his past ten games. He is crushing the baseball by hitting .481 for the month of August.

Detroit Tigers RF: J.D. Martinez is on fire for the month of August with a hitting average of .364 with two homers and 6 RBIs. On the year Martinez has 30 homers and 74 RBIs.

Detroit Tigers 3B: Nick Castellanos is hitting .239 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs. He has been held without an RBI in his past seven games.

Detroit Tigers C: James McCann is batting .286 with five homers and 26 RBIs. He is having a good August with a batting average over .300.

Detroit Tigers 3B: Andrew Romine is hitting .276 with two homers and nine RBIs.

Detroit Tigers DH: Victor Martinez has hits in four straight games. His batting average is .247 with nine homers and 46 RBIs.

Detroit Tigers P: Matt Boyd arrives to Detroit after being traded to Detroit by the Toronto Blue Jays. His first start for Detroit was a successful one as he beat Kansas City on August 5th throwing seven innings and allowing one earned run.

Kansas City Royals 1B: Eric Hosmer leads the Royals with a .316 batting average with 11 homers and 61 RBIs. He has hits in eight of ten games.

Kansas City Royals CF: Lorenzo Cain is hitting .307 with 11 homers and 48 RBIs. Cain enjoyed a day off on Sunday and has hits in three straight games.

Kansas City Royals DH: Kendrys Morales is red hot bating .423 for the month of August with six RBIs. He has three multiple hit games in his past five games.

Kansas City Royals SS: Alcides Escobar has hits in five straight and eight of nine games. He is batting .276 on the year with two homers and 36 RBIs.

Kansas City Royals 3B: Mike Moustakas looks to break a 2 for 17 slump at the plate. His average has fallen to .275 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs.

Kansas City Royals C: Salvador Perez is batting .316 in his past seven days. He has 16 homers and 48 RBIs on the season.

Kansas City Royals P: Johnny Cueto will start for the third time with KC. In two starts he has allowed five earned runs over 13 innings. The Royals are 0-2 in his two starts with the team.

Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Tips

P: Johnny Cueto (Royals)
1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals)
CF: Lorenzo Cain (Royals)
DH: Kendrys Morales (Royals)
SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)
2B: Ian Kinsler (Tigers)

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Los Angeles Dodgers – 8-9-15 – MLB

Sunday Night Fantasy BaseballPreview

On Sunday Night Baseball it will be the final game of the weekend series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and LA Dodgers. MLB mock draft managers can tune to ESPN on Sunday August 9th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their league rosters.

The LA Dodgers will conclude this six game east coast road trip on Sunday. The best they can hope for is a 3-3 series split. They won two of three against the Phillies but they lost back to back one run decisions to the Pirates on Friday and Saturday. They still hold a three game lead in the loss column over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West division. With injuries to their starting staff this year the Dodgers acquired Alex Wood and Mat Latos to help.

With their victory against the Dodgers on Saturday the Pirates moved to 20 games over .500 and are five games in the loss column back of the first place St Louis Cardinals in the NL Central divisions. The team has won three straight and seven of their past ten games. The pitching has been good for the Pirates in 2015 as the club ranks second in Major League Baseball with an ERA of 3.22.

LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez is coming off a three hit game on Saturday. On the year he is hitting .296 with 22 homers and 66 RBIs. He is batting .320 over the past seven days.

LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick has been hot with four straight multiple hit games. He is batting .364 for the month of August. Kendrick is hitting .293 with nine homers and 49 RBIs.

LA Dodgers CF: Joc Pederson has put up some good power numbers with 21 homers and 43 RBIs. His strikeout numbers are high which has impacted his low batting average of .224. He is batting .200 for the month of August.

LA Dodgers C: Yasmani Grandal has been a good acquisition for the Dodgers as he came over from the San Diego Padres. Grandal is hitting .287 with 15 homers and 42 RBIs.

LA Dodgers RF: Andre Eithier has contributed positively for the Dodgers this year. He is batting .280 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs. He is batting .304 with two homers and five RBIs for the money of August.

LA Dodgers LF: Alex Guerrero got off to a hot start in 2015 but has cooled off since. He is batting .239 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. He had two hits on Saturday.

LA Dodgers P: Alex Wood will make his second start for the Dodgers on Sunday. He debuted for LA on August 4th and allowed four earned runs and eight hits in 6 1/3rd innings in a 6-2 loss at Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh Pirates CF: Andrew McCutchen has had a good series against the Dodgers going 5 for 6 on Friday and Saturday. He is batting.538 in his past seven days. McCutchen has improved his season average to .300 with 16 homers and 70 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates LF: Starling Marte has slumped in recent games going 4 for 24 for the month of August. He is 0 for 7 in this series.

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B: Neil Walker is 3 of 6 in this series with a homer. On the year Walker is batting .272 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates RF: Gregory Polanco has played well over his past three games by going 5 for 13 with two homers and three RBIs. He has moved his average up to .247 with six homers and 33 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B: Pedro Alvarez has struggled with his batting average this year by hitting .232. He has produced 15 homers and 53 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates P: Charlie Morton is 7-4 with an ERA of 4.19 and WHIP of 1.28. He had a good start on August 2nd at Cincinnati by holding the Reds to no runs over seven innings pitched.

MLB One Day Draft Fantasy Picks

P: Alex Wood (Dodgers)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
2B: Howie Kendrick (Dodgers)
C: Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers)
RF: Andre Eithier (Dodgers)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)

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Fanpicks DFS Top Performers 8-06-15

Top Fantasy Performers

It was a full Fantasy Baseball lineup, all 30 team were in action on Wednesday. We take a look at those players that made the difference for their team and your One Day Cash Draft team This is your Daily Fantasy Sports MLB top performer roundup :

There is greatness, and then there’s 1B Chris Davis. In the 10th inning against the Athletics, ‘’Crush’’ bellted the 6th Grand Slam of his career, breaking the tie game. It was his 2nd Grand Slam in the past 12 days. He has been on fire for Cash Draft contest the past few weeks, hitting 9 homers with 26 RBI’S while batting .309 in 15 games. Get him while he’s still hot. Baltimore (55-52) won 7-3 over Oakland (48-61)

The D-Backs are pushing the Nationals away from a playoff spot. The former leaders of the National League division are now 2 games behind the Mets for top position. C Wellington Castillo had a 3-run HR, his 13th of the season, to put it away for Arizona. 1B Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 and 1 walk at the plate. He also stole base twice in this game, raising his total to 19 this year. ‘’Goldy’’ has 22 HR this season, and if he keep pace till the end of the season, he could become the 39th player in the 30-30 club (30 HR + 30 SB). Arizona (52-54) won 11-4 over Washington (55-51).

P Steven Wright (5-4) silenced the Yankees bats and earned the win in series finale. He went 8 inning, giving up 1 ER, 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9. The knuckleballer outdueled 21 years-old rookie phenom, Luis Severino, who made his first career start. Boston (48-60) won 2-1 over New York (60-46), putting an end to their 8 game losing streak on the road.

Mets won their 6th in a row and hold the top spot in their division. P Matt Harvey (10-7) went 7 scoreless innings while allowing 2 hits. Even when New York were up by 8, relief almost blew it, giving up 6 runs in the 9th. But that’s all the drama we would get, as the Mets (58-50) came out with the victory over the Marlins (43-65) by a final score of 8-6.

It was humid last night in Turner Field ; that’s because P Madison Bumgarner (12-6) was turning up the heat. He allowed 1 ER and no walks while giving out 9 K’s in 7 1/3 innings of work. The Giants offense gave him well enough to earn the win. The 6-foot-5 pitcher won 4 of his last 5 start. San Francisco (59-48) are pushing for a playoffs spot and this 6-1 win over the braves (48-60) definitly helps.

The future is bright in Milwakee with rookie P Taylor Jungmann (6-3). In 7 innings pitched, he gave up 2 ER and 6 hits and managing 8 K’s for the win. The 25 years-old has surrendered 2 or less runs in 10 of his first 11 start this season. The Brewers (46-53) won  8-5 over the Padres (52-56).

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Minnesota Twins vs Toronto Blue Jays – 8-6-15 – MLB

Fantasy Baseball Preview

It will be the fourth and final game of the series between the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. MLB draft managers can check out the results of their fantasy picks on August 6th at 7PM Eastern Time over MLB Network.

The Twins dropped the first two games of this series as they sit 54-52 entering play on Wednesday. The bats have been cold as the offense has pushed across just seven runs total in their past five games. As they took the field on Wednesday Minnesota has lost three straight and eight of ten games. The team may have overachieved early and falling back to their season numbers. They rank in the lower third of baseball offensively in team batting average and home runs. The Twins pitching staff sits in the lower third for WHIP and strike outs and are 19th in Team ERA.

Toronto has won three straight and six of seven games after their 3-1 win to Minnesota on Tuesday. They have been an outstanding offensive club sitting first in runs scored (5.27 per game), fifth in team batting (2.63) and third in MLB in homers (147). What has kept the team near or below .500 for much of the season has been the pitching staff. Toronto was busy at the trading deadline by acquiring David Price a much needed arm and getting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies.

Minnesota Twins 1B: Joe Mauer is hitting .266 with six homers and 44 RBIs. He is sitting on a 3 for 25 slump over the past 7 days.

Minnesota Twins 3B: Trevor Plouffe is slumping going 2 for 14 over his past seven days. His average has dipped to .253 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs.

Minnesota Twins 2B: Brian Dozier is among the slumping Twins hitters as he is 5 for 28 over his past seven days. Season to date Dozier is batting .250 with 23 homers and 57 RBIs.

Minnesota Twins RF: Torii Hunter is just 2 for his past 19 over his past seven days as the top hitters from the Twins are bad right now. On the year Hunter is batting .247 with 17 homers and 57 RBIs.

Minnesota Twins LF: Eddie Rosario is 1 for 12 in August. His average is .281 with five homers and 24 RBIs.

Minnesota Twins CF: Aaron Hicks joins the ranks of the slumping batters for Minnesota with a 1 for 15 in the month of August. On the season Hicks is hitting .278 with five homers and 18 RBIs.

Minnesota Twins P: Kyle Gibson has pitched well for Minnesota with a record of 8-8 with an ERA of 3.37. His last start was on August 1st as Gibson held Seattle to two earned runs and six hits in seven innings in a home victory.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B: Josh Donaldson has played well since coming over from the Oakland Athletics. Donaldson is batting .293 with 28 homers and 78 RBIs. He is batting .379 over his past seven days with four homers.

Toronto Blue Jays CF: Kevin Pillar is battling a 1 for 13 slump in the month of August. Pillar is batting .266 for the year with seven homers and 39 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays C: Russell Martin is batting .257 on the season with 15 homers and 49 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays SS: Newly acquired Troy Tulowitzki in his time with Toronto since being traded by Colorado is batting .276 with two homers and six RBIs. He has hits in five of the seven games with the Blue Jays.

Toronto Blue Jays 1B: Edwin Encarnacion has put up some power numbers with 19 homers and 57 RBIs season to date. He is red hot batting .412 over his past seven days.

Toronto Blue Jays RF: Jose Bautista has slugged 23 homers and driven in 71 RBIs on the year. He has a high 66 strikeout number so his batting average is .234.

Toronto Blue Jays P: The 15 year veteran Mark Buehrle is 11-5 with an ERA of 3.32 and WHIP of 1.17. He has held his past ten opponents to three earned runs or fewer.

Baseball Daily League Fantasy Draft Picks

P: Mark Buehrle (Blue Jays)
3B: Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
C: Russell Martin (Blue Jays)
SS: Troy Tulowitzki (Blue Jays)
1B: Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)
RF: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays)

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New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox – 8-5-15 – MLB

Fantasy Baseball Preview

It will be Game 2 of the AL East series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. Fantasy draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 7PM Eastern Time on August 5th to follow the scoring results of their rosters.

Game 1 of this series on Tuesday night was all the New York Yankees as they blew out the Boston Red Sox by the score of 13-3. The Red Sox sit in the basement of the AL East with a record of 47-60 now 15 games in the loss column back of the first place New York Yankees. The pitching has been poor all season for Boston. They are 27th in the league in Team ERA (4.52) and 26th in Major League Baseball in WHIP (1.36). Boston sits in the lower third in quality starts this year at 50.

The Yankees continue their good play since the All Star break as with the win the team is 12-5 since returning back to work and hold a sizable lead in the division. The team has produced outstanding offensive numbers in 2014 by pushing across nearly five runs per game good for second best in all of baseball. With 142 homers on the season the Yankees rank third best in baseball. The Yankees were holding a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Then New York pounded the Red Sox bullpen for nine runs to blow the game wide open. The Yankees blasted two home runs in the game and connected on 13 hits. It could have been a lot worse for Boston as New York stranded 15 base runners.

Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts drew a 0 for 4 on Tuesday. He still leads the Boston regulars with a .315 batting average with three homers and 51 RBIs.

Boston Red Sox 2B: Brock Holt is 0 for his past eight entering Wednesday. On the year the 27 year old is batting .280 with two homers and 26 RBIs.

Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez is hitting .286 over the past seven days. On the year Ramirez has 19 homers and 51 RBIs.

Boston Red Sox 3B: Pablo Sandoval has his average at .259 with nine homers and 35 RBIs. He had a home run against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Boston Red Sox DH: David Ortiz had a 0 for 3 on Tuesday. His batting average is .244 with 20 homers and 59 RBIs.

Boston Red Sox 1B: Mike Napoli had a two hit game for Boston in the opener of this series. He is hitting just .211 on the year with 13 homers and 40 RBIs.

Boston Red Sox P: Steven Wright makes his seventh start on the year. He has relieved in seven games as well. Wright is 4-4 with an ERA of 4.53 and WHIP of 1.31. He worked on July 30th against the White Sox and earned the win throwing seven innings and giving up two earned runs.

New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner is batting .288 for the Yankees as he leads the everyday hitters. He has 11 homers and 49 RBIs.

New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez is coming off a two hit game on Tuesday to move his average up to .281 with 24 homers and 62 RBIs. He is hitting .300 over the past seven days.

New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley had two hits on Tuesday to move his average up to .279 with nine homers and 44 RBIs. Headley is blistering hot batting .409 over the past seven days.

New York Yankees 1B: Mark Teixeira had a big game on Tuesday with two hits and two RBIs. Teixeira is now batting .268 with 29 homers and 76 RBIs.

New York Yankees C: Brian McCann is coming off a big night in the series opener with two hits including a home run with four RBIs.

New York Yankees P: Luis Severino makes his debut for New York on Wednesday. At Triple “A” Scranton Wilkes-Barre Severino went 9-2 in 19 starts with an ERA of 2.45.

MLB One Day League Draft Tips

P: Luis Severino (Yankees)
C: Brian McCann (Yankees)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
3B: Chase Headley (Yankees)
1B: Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
SS: Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)

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San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 8-05-15

Fantasy Baseball Preview

Its the last stretch for Fantasy Baseball season and the San Francisco Giants (58-48) are on the hunt for a playoff berth, but the Atlanta Braves (48-59) are in their way. In the series finale, Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.39 ERA) will face off against rookie William Perez (4-1, 4.14 ERA).

San Francisco is 2 games behind the L.A. Dodgers for the division lead and half a game back of Pittsburgh and Chicago for the Wild Card. They posess best batting average on the road this season with .276. The Giants are the only National League team right now to reach a 1000 hits. They also knocked 10 HR since august 1st, the most in the MLB.

Atlanta has lost 7 of their last 9 games. They collected 68 HR all season long, placing them last in the league. If things couldn’t get any worse, Freddie Freeman, the only Braves player to have reached more then 10 homers this year (with 14 HR), was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. The pitching doesn’t fair better, they hold a 7.11 ERA since the begining of august which is the worst in the majors.

Fired Up Fantasy Pickups :

C Buster Posey (SF) is the best catcher out there. He is in the top 3 among MLB catchers for runs (56), homers (18), RBI’s (75), walks (39) and hits (119). He has 4 runs 2 HR and 8 RBI in his last 4 games. Against righties, he hits an average of .339 with 13 HR an 63 RBI’s this season.

1B Brandon Belt (SF) is batting .275 with 13 HR and 46 RBI’s while scoring 49 runs. He has 4 runs, 3 HR and 3 RBI’s since august 1st. Belt has an batting average of .291 with 11 HR vs RHP.

3B Chris Johnson (ATL) shows poor numbers this season with a .233 batting average and 2 HR. He faced Bumgarner 21 times in his career and posted 8 hits (.381 AVG) with 3 RBI’s.

SS Brandon Crawford (SF) is the leader among shortstop with 18 HR this year. He is hitting .264 and produced 67 RBI’s during the year. He has  4 runs, 3 HR and 4 RBI’s in his last 4 games.

OF Hunter Pence (SF) had a big Tuesday night against the Braves. He collected 1 HR and 4 RBI’s. This season, he has 7 HR, 35 RBI’s and a .288 batting average. In his last 4 games, he posted 2 runs, 2 HR and 6 RBI’s.

P Madison Bumgarner (SF) is looking to rebound from his last performance. He gave a up 6 ER and 9 hits in the loss against the Rangers. In 9 career start against the Braves, he post a 4-3 record with a 3.15 ERA, allowing 19 ER and 5 HR while striking out 61 batters.

Hit the showers

2B Ehire Adrianza (SF) is hitting an average of .188 with 3 runs, 0 HR and 3 RBI’s this season. Enough said.

2B Jace Peterson (ATL) has a batting average of .250 with 5 homers and 47 RBI’s and 38 runs scored. Against lefties, he posted 1 HR and 10 RBI’s and a batting average of .229 in 70 appearances.

OF Nick Markakis (ATL) looks out of his element in Atlanta. He his on his way to hit his lowest total of homers. He has 2 this year.

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Strong Team Picks after the All-Star Break

Fantasy Contest

The MLB season is separated by two parts- before the all-star break and after the all-star break. They are two distinctly different parts of the season and team management and player strategy depend greatly on where the team stands at each portion of the season. Every year we see leading teams going into the break completely out of contention by the playoffs and lagging teams making a strong rise after the break.

Often teams post-break performance is related to the high volume of trades that occur after the break. This year was no different in that aspect. Since MLB Daily Fantasy contests player performances are very much a function of synergistic team performances, through runs and RBIs, it is important to consider team aspects when making your Draft Picks. Here are team trends on the biggest movers and losers since the break.

The Philadelphia Phillies have been on a roll since the break, despite trading off top pitcher Cole Hamels as well as one of their left fielder, Ben Revere. Although they remain last in the NL East with a record of 41 wins, 65 losses, they have won 8 of their last 10 with high scoring games. Look to pick up hitters from the Phillies as they win their games with an aggressive offensive attack, rather than strong pitching. Furthermore their hitters typically come at a bargain making them goo d value picks with the right matchup.

The Washington Nationals are on an opposite trend lately. They still hold on to a winning record of 54 wins, 49 losses but they have lost 7 of their last 10. They are currently in the lead of the NL East but the Mets are on their tails after sweeping the series against the Nationals. The Nationals can’t even blame it on the trades as they have worked to acquire strong players since the break. Be cautious about splurging on this normally potent offense to see if they can turn aroud this trend.

The Diamondbacks are down in the NL West but the hopes to make the playoffs are still alive as they are only 5 games out of the wildcard spot. They have won 7 of their last 10 rallying back after a serious losing streak prior to the break. They currently have a record of 50 wins, 53 losses and are 4th in the NL West.

Also making moves in this division are the San Diego Padres who are one game up on the Diamondbacks right now, putting them just 4 games out of the wildcard spot. Like Arizona, they have won 7 of their last 10 games. However, they will need to surpass the Mets or Nationals if they are to get one of those wildcard spots.

Moving on to the American League, the Angels have had a poor showing, moving out of the lead of the AL West since the break. They still hold a winning record of 55 wins, 49 losses but have won only 1 game of their last 10 and have lost their last 6. Furthermore, their star Mike Trout has struggled since returning from a slight injury scare. The Angels have been very active in their trading and looks like they hope to turn things around. For now, I would stay away from these draft picks in any MLB cash draft.

The Twins have seen similar struggles since the break. They have lost 7 of their last 10 and are going into a tough series against the Blue Jays. They are still 2nd in the AL Central with 54 wins and 51 losses but the Tigers and White Sox are hot on their heels. Their all star hitter, Dozier has hit a couple homers over the past 10 games but otherwise has failed to make contact with the ball.

The White Sox, despite selling off some players, are on a 7/3 streak including the series against the strong New York Yankees. Those wild card spots are up for grabs for anyone in the American league and Chicago’s southern team looks to be a contender. Their heavy hitters have been productive lately through the likes of Eaton, Laroche, and Cabrera and they have a strong series on starters including Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Due to a weak pre-break showing, these hitters will usually come at a bargain and look to be nice value picks in one-day tournaments moving forward.

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Arizona D-Backs vs Washington Nationals 8-04-15

Fantasy Baseball Preview

The Arizona D-Backs are visiting the Washington National for the 2nd of a 4 Fantasy Baseball game series at 7pm tonight. Let’s start with some One Day Cash Draft team analysis:

The D-Backs (51-53) may miss the playoffs for the 4th year in a row, but they are currently making a big push toward the N.L. wild card playoff spot. They won 7 out of their last 9 games and are looking for their second win against the Nats this week. The pitching hasn’t been good this season. Their pitchers allowed 117 homers, 2nd worst in the National League. Despite that, they possess the league’s 3rd best batting average on the road with .260. They also have some great base running with a team total of 91 this season.

The Nats (54-50) are in a battle with the Mets for top spot in the National League East. Washington just got swept by New York and they are now looking to bounceback from this against the DiamondBacks. The offensive talent of the Nats was absent last month. They had a total of 165 hits, the worst in the MLB, and scored 78 points, 3rd worst in the league, during all the month of July. The pitching has carried the team allowing 192 hits during the same month and gave up 84 HR over the year.

Fired Up Fantasy Pickups:
C Welligton Castillo (ARI) : He knocked a HR in Monday’s game against the Nats. It raises his total to 5 over the last 6 game. Not bad for a catcher.
SS Nick Ahmed (ARI) : He went 4-for-4 with a HR in the first game of the series against Washington. In 4 games against them, he holds an batting of .500.
OF David Peralta (ARI) : The left fielder went 2-for-4 Monday against the Nats. He had a 2-run HR in the 4th inning. Peralta has a batting average of .435 over the last 6 games.
OF A.J. Pollock (ARI) : He is one of two players in the majors to steal over 20 bases and hold a batting average over .300 this season. The center fielder is 2nd for most run scored in the National League with 68, one behind the next one on our list.
OF Bryce Harper (WAS) : The right fielder is first in the N.L. leaderboard with 69 runs and 29 HR. He is batting .320 and collected 5 HR against lefties this season.
SP Max Scherzer (WAS) : The former D-Back has an 11-8 record with a 2.22 ERA and 172 SO over the course of this season. He earned the win in his last start against the Marlins, allowing no runs in 7 strong innings.

Hit the showers :
C Wilson Ramos (WAS) : Ramos was batting .261 one month ago, and it has now dropped to .235. Lack of Fantasy Value from the power hitting catcher.
SS Ian Desmond (WAS) : With a .217 batting average, 11 HR and 34 RBI’s, Desmond is on his way to the worst season of his career.
OF Jayson Werth (WAS) : The tall outfielder has has an hitting average of .181 since coming back from injury on July 28. He collected 2 HR in 34 games this season.

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 8-4-15

Fantasy Baseball Value Picks

Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s August 4th 2015

Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka

First Base:  Mark Teixeira

Third Base:  Chase Headley

Short Stop:  Xander Bogaerts

Outfield: Brett Gardner

Designated Hitter:  Alex Rodriguez

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New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox – 8-4-15 – MLB

Fantasy Baseball Preview

Two AL East foes go head to head to open a three game series as the New York Yankees host the Boston Red Sox. MLB Mock draft managers can follow the results of their rosters on Tuesday night August 4th at 7PM Eastern Time on MLB Network.

The Boston Red Sox open up this series with a record of 47-59 and trails the New York Yankees in the AL East by 14 games in the loss column. Boston had a three game win streak stopped on Sunday with a 4-3 home defeat to Tampa Bay. The Red Sox pitching has been poor for much of the season as the club is 27th in Team ERA (4.52) and 26th in WHIP (1.36).

The New York Yankees have been a surprise as they sit atop the AL East with a 59-45 record. They are seven games in the loss column ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the division. After a 12-3 road win at the White Sox on Sunday the Yankees have won six of their past nine games. The Yankees bats have carried the club to the top of the division. New York is second in the league in runs scored at 4.92 per game and second in the league in homers with 142 season to date. The starting pitching has been lacking as the club sits 27th in Major League baseball with just 43 quality starts on the year.

Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts leads the everyday players with a hitting average of .319 with three homers and 51 RBIs. He is red hot as Bogaerts is batting .345 over the past seven days.

Boston Red Sox 2B: Brock Holt has earned an everyday player status as he is batting .284 with two homers and 26 RBIs. He has hits in five of his past six games with multiple hits in three of those games.

Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez is batting .266 with 19 homers and 51 RBIs. He is coming off a two hit game on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Boston Red Sox 3B: Pablo Sandoval is hitting .260 with eight homers and 34 RBIs. Sandoval has played well against the Yankees with a .349 batting average.

Boston Red Sox DH: David Ortiz has put up some good power numbers on the year with 20 homers and 59 RBIs. He is hitting just .246 on the year.

Boston Red Sox 1B: Mike Napoli has hit poorly against the Yankees with a .152 batting average. He is on a 1 for 9 slump and batting just .207 on the season with 13 homers and 40 RBIs.

Boston Red Sox P: Henry Owens makes his debut for the Red Sox on Wednesday. At Triple “A” Pawtucket Owens was 3-8 with an ERA of 3.16 in 21 starts.

New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner has hit well at home with a .320 average with eight homers and 27 RBIs. Against Boston this year Gardner is hitting .318 with 10 RBIs.

New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez has performed well in 2015 hitting .277 with 24 homers and 61 RBIs. He is batting .333 against the Red Sox with three homers and 10 RBIs.

New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley is coming off a three hit game on Sunday. He has five multiple hit games over his past eight games. He is another Yankee who is hitting Red Sox pitching with a .306 batting average with two homers.

New York Yankees 1B: 35 year old Mark Teixeira has put up some very good power numbers with 29 homers and 74 RBIs. He is batting .364 over the past seven days with five homers.

New York Yankees SS: Didi Gregorius has his average up to .250 with five homers and 32 RBIs. He is hitting .480 the past seven days.

New York Yankees P: Masahiro Tanaka is 7-4 on the year with an ERA of 3.80 and WHIP of 1.06. New York is 5-1 in his past six starts.

MLB Fantasy Mock Draft Picks

P: Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees)
LF: Brett Gardner (Yankees)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
3B: Chase Headley (Yankees)
1B: Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
SS: Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs – 8-3-15 – MLB

Fantasy Baseball Preview

It will be a battle between two NL playoff contenders as the Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Chicago Cubs from Major League Baseball. MLB Fantasy draft managers can follow the scoring results of their rosters on Monday night August 3rd at 7PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV.

The Cubs have won four of their past six meetings with the Pirates. They carry a five game winning streak after a 4-3 road victory at Milwaukee on Sunday. The Cubs have gotten great pitching performances during this streak as they have allowed a total of just ten runs in their past five games. Chicago moved to 57-47 in the standings and sit tied with San Francisco Giants for the final Wildcard spot in the National League. It has been the pitching staff that has elevated the Cubs in 2015. The team is fifth in Team ERA (3.43) and second in the league in WHIP (1.18). Unfortunately the Cubs are 29th and second last in Major League Baseball in team batting average (.237).

Pittsburgh holds the top wildcard spot in the National League entering play on Monday. The team has won five of their past seven games after a 3-0 road win at Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates hit better than the Cubs with a team batting average of .255 and they push across 4.12 runs per game to sit in the middle of the league. Pittsburgh has gotten good production from their starting pitchers as the staff ranks third best in the number of quality starts at 64 this season.

Chicago Cubs 1B: Anthony Rizzo is hot batting .360 over the past seven days with four homers. On the season Rizzo is hitting .286 with 20 homers and 61 RBIs.

Chicago Cubs LF: Chris Coghlan is battling a 2 for 21 slump entering Monday’s game. His average has dropped to .249 with 11 homers and 24 RBIs.

Chicago Cubs 3B: Kris Bryant is also mired in a slump as the third baseman is 2 for his past 21. On the year he is batting .246 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs.

Chicago Cubs CF: Dexter Fowler is hot batting .375 over the past seven days with two homers. He has hits in seven of his past eight games to raise his hitting average to .243 with ten homers and 27 RBIs.

Chicago Cubs 2B: Addison Russell is hitting .308 over the past seven days with a homer. His average is up to .237 with seven homers and 27 RBIs.

Chicago Cubs SS: Starlin Castro has struggled through a .236 batting average on the year. He has produced five homers and 44 RBIs.

Chicago Cubs P: Jon Lester is 6-8 with an ERA of 3.26 and WHIP of 1.17. He is coming off a home win to Colorado on July 29th as he allowed two earned runs and five hits over eight innings.

Pittsburgh Pirates CF: Andrew McCutchen is batting .289 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs. He looks to break a 0 for 6 slump on Monday night.

Pittsburgh Pirates LF: Starling Marte enters play hitting .288 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs. He has hits in 11 of 12 games.

Pittsburgh Pirates 2B: Neil Walker had multiple hit games in two of his past five games. He is hitting .272 on the campaign with ten homers and 42 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates RF: Gregory Polanco is batting .304 over the past seven days. He had multiple hit games in two of his past four games. Polanco is batting .245 with four homers and 30 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates 1B: Pedro Alvarez is hitting just .233 on the year but has put up some power numbers with 15 homers and 51 RBIs.

Pittsburgh Pirates P: Francisco Liriano is 7-6 with an ERA of 2.92 and WHIP of 1.06. He has held his past six opponents to just two earned runs or less. In Liriano’s six past starts the Pirates are a perfect 6-0. Liriano held the Twins to two earned runs in 5 2/3rd innings on July 29th in victory.

ESPN Monday Night Baseball Fantasy Picks

P: Francisco Liriano (Pirates)
CF: Andrew McCutchen (Pirates)
LF: Starling Marte (Pirates)
2B: Neil Walker (Pirates)
RF: Gregory Polanco (Pirates)
1B: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)

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