August 9 MLB Preview

Tuesday Late Matchups

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Angels vs Cubs

The Cubs’ John Lackey and Angels’ Jered Weaver (Tuesday’s starters) were Los Angeles teammates during Weaver’s first four major league seasons (2006-09), with Lackey serving as his mentor. Lackey received a no-decision in his third straight quality start after yielding three runs and seven hits while striking out eight in seven innings of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Miami last Wednesday.

Braves vs Brewers

Center fielder Matt Kemp is endearing himself to his new team with some spirited play of late. Kemp had an RBI single in the fourth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the 12th of Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Brewers. The veteran is 5-for-13 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored in his last three games and 7-for-14 with a homer and five RBIs in his career versus Tuesday starter Wily Peralta. He isn’t the only one swinging a hot bat, as teammates Ender Inciarte and Erick Aybar are carrying respective 19- and 13-game hitting streaks into Tuesday’s tilt. Veteran Ryan Braun is doing fine in his own right with hits in 15 of 18 games since the All-Star break for the Brewers, who have dropped four of their last five contests.

Astros vs Twins

Houston’s Jose Altuve received his first day off this season in the series opener against Minnesota. The second baseman leads the major leagues with a .356 batting average. He’s played in 202 consecutive games before Monday’s rest. It was the the longest current playing streak in baseball. Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario collected three hits in the opener to improve to 14-for-28 during his seven-game hitting streak.

Reds vs Cardinals

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the opener after being removed from Saturday’s contest and sitting out on Sunday due to an injured oblique. Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton stole two bases on Monday and is tied for most in the majors with 45.  He’s 17-for-19 against St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, which is the most steals by anyone against the respected receiver.

White Sox vs Royals

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will make his fifth attempt for his 15th win. He’ll oppose right-hander Edinson Volquez, who’s been rocked for the second straight outing at Tampa Bay last Wednesday.

Orioles vs Athletics

All-Star third baseman Manny Machado has four homers and nine RBIs over the past two games. The recent display has increased Machado’s round-tripper count to 26, nine shy of his career high set last season. Oakland left fielder Khris Davis has matched his career best of 27 homers but has just one blast and one RBI over the last nine games.

Tigers vs Mariners

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera notched one of the five singles Monday, giving him at least one hit in seven of his last eight contests. Teammate Ian Kinsler improved to 12-for-27 during a hitting streak that reached seven games. Trailing Cleveland by 2 1/2 games for first place in the AL Central, Detroit are sending Daniel Norris to the mound against Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc in a battle of left-handers.

Phillies vs Dodgers

In a season when the Los Angeles Dodgers have placed a total of 26 players on the disabled list, rookie shortstop Corey Seager has emerged as their most reliable and dangerous offensive threat. The 22-year-old belted two homers in Monday’s series-opening 9-4 win and is batting .326 with nine doubles, four home runs, and 13 RBI over his last 20 games. Seager has taken a commanding lead in the National League rookie of the year race with 21 home runs while serving an invaluable role atop the batting order for Los Angeles.

Philadelphia has struggled over the last two months, but may have found their right fielder of the future in Aaron Altherr. The German born player missed the season’s first 103 games with a wrist injury, but has provided surprising pop from the second spot in the order. Altherr is expected to receive regular playing time even after Peter Bourjos returns from the 15-day disabled list to join a crowded outfield later this week.

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MLB Week Leaders in Daily Fantasy MLB Contests

Pitchers

Jake Arrieta for the Cubs scored 67.0 fantasy points on 9/22 with 11 strikeouts and again scored 55.5 fantasy points on 9/27 9 strikeouts

Hisashi Iwakuma for Seattle scored 58.0 fantasy points on 9/22 with 10 strikeouts

Jerad Eickhoff for Philly scored 52.0 fantasy points on 9/25 with 10 strikeouts

Rich Hill for the Red Sox scored 64 fantasy points on 9/25 with 10 strikeouts

Noah Syndergaard for the Mets scored 57.5 fantasy points on 9/25 with 11 strikeouts

Carlos Carrasco for Cleveland scored 78.5 fantasy ponits on 9/25 with 15 strikeouts

Francisco Liriano for the Pirates scored 56.0 fantasy points n 9/26 with 9 strikeouts

Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals scored 59.5 fantasy points on 9/26 with 13 strikeouts

Jamie Garcia for the Cards scored 52.0 fantasy points on 9/26 with 8 strikeouts

Dallas Keuchel for Houston scored 54.5 fantasy points on 9/27 with 10 strikeouts

Max Scherzer for the Nationals scored 57.0 fantasy points on 9/28 with 10 strikeouts

Batters

Neil Walker second baseman for the Pirates 51 fantasy points on 9/23 with a homer and 3 singles.

Aaron Altherr, outfielder for Philly scored 59.5 fantasy points on 9/25 with 2 homers.

Lucas Duda, first baseman for the Mets scored 54.0 fantasy points on 9/26 with 2 homers.

Carlos Correa, short stop for Houston scored 53.5 fantasy points on 9/26 with 2 homers.

Jose Bautista, outfielder for Toronto scored 54.0 fantasy points on 9/26 with 2 homers.

Jarrett Parker, outfielder for San Francisco scored 74.5 fantasy points on 9/26 with 3 homers.

Khris Davis, outfielder for the Brewers scored 50.5 fantasy points on 9/27 with 2 homers.

Ender Inciarte, outfielder for the DBacks scored 51.0 fantasy points on 9/27 with 2 homers.

Notes

9/25 was a big pitching day with 4 pitchers exceeding the 50 point mark and only one hitter exceeding that mark. There was a lot of fantasy value to be attained by newly starting pitcher Rich Hill for the Boston Red Sox. They have recently converted him from a relief pitcher to a starting pitcher and since then, he has exceeded 30 fantasy points in all three of his starts. His salary still remains low so be sure to cash in on that fantasy value in Daily Cash Drafts.

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