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Los Angeles Angels win third straight
Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron each batted in runs in support of starter Hector Santiago and the Los Angeles Angels. L.A. has disposed of the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Thursday afternoon. Pujols opened up the scoring with a single off of rookie Blake Snell (1-4) in the sixth inning . Cron followed up with a groudout that turned into a throwing error by second baseman Logan Forsythe. One more run came in to score on the play that could’ve been a double play and ended the inning. The Halo’s have added two more runs in the eight inning when when Cron pulled a sacrifice fly when bases where loaded. They pulled off a double steal to the perfection with Mike Trout stealing home and Pujols grabbing third base.
The Rays have lost 19 of their previous 22 games. The Angels, on the other hand, have won their last three, their longest stretch in over two month. Santiago (6-4) gave up three hits in seven innings of work. The lefty brought is month of July record up to 8-1 since having been acquired by the Angels in 2014. He allowed four walks and struck out nine on the side.
Piscotty halts Pirates streak to seven
Stephen Piscotty knocked a three-run home run. Randal Grichuk clubbed one out too. Those two homers was all it took for the St. Louis Cardinals to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 1 Thursday. They avoid a four game series sweep, as well as put an end to the Bucs seven game winning streak.
Adam Wainwright (8-5) worked seven innings for the Cards win. They take over the National League Central division second spot in the process. Unfortunately for St. Louis, all-star third baseman Matt Carpenter joins Brandon Moss and Brayan Pena on the 15 day disabled-list Thursday morning. The eleventh Piscotty long ball against pitcher Arquimedes Caminero was object to video review, but was eventually confirmed as a home run.
Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow (0-1) gave up four runs in five-and-one-third innings in his major leagues debut. The 22 year old righty was the eleventh starter used by Pittsburgh this season. Like Steven Brault earlier in this series, Glasnow hit his first career MLB ball.
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It’s transition day with new series lined up for tonight’s MLB action. Among them will be a divisional matchup between the Cubs and Cards at Busch Stadium. Chicago’s John Lackey will attempt to join teammate Jake Arrieta with a third win third season. The task won’t be without it’s difficulties, as he faces a team that has scored 85 run up until now and ranks first in the entire league. It will also be interesting to see if Nats slugger Bryce Harper can extend his career best streak of four games with a homer to five. He will be going up against Miami’s Jose Fernandez who has been struggling, holding a 5.06 ERA in two starts. There is 7 games on tap this evening, so things might not get optimal, but there is always some diamonds in the rough to select from. So lets see who are the likely candidates for MLB value picks.
Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets
Noah Syndergaard’s two starts against the Phillies last year were highlighted by a 7 1/3-inning scoreless performance on May 27. Freddy Galvis and Ryan Howard each homered off of him in 2015, but Odubel Herrera went 0-for-6 and Cesar Hernandez was a 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Syndergaard has begun 2016 by suppressing Kansas City and Miami to a combined one run in 13 innings with 21 strikeouts and two walked batters.
Catcher: Tony Wolters – Colorado Rockies
Tony Walters is an inexpensive option to start for tonight matchup against the Reds.
First Baseman: Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
Angels slugger Albert Pujols, who hit home run number 562 this past Sunday, is one shy of tying Reggie Jackson for 13th place on the all-time list. Pujols’ 585 doubles is also one shy of sharing the 18th all-time rank with Rafael Palmeiro.
Second Baseman: Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals
Washington’s Daniel Murphy has made contact with 14 of the 30 at-bats he had during his nine-game hitting streak and holds 107 hits in 101 career games versus Miami.
Third Baseman: Brett Lawrie – Chicago White Sox
Chicago 2B Brett Lawrie is riding a seven-game hitting streak (11-for-28) after going 2-for-4 on Sunday.
Shortstop: Cristhian Adames – Colorado Rockies
The Dominican will start in place of Trevor Story. It’s his opportunity to take some shine from his teammate for low price.
Outfielder: David Peralta – Arizona D-Backs
David Peralta should be well rested in the series opener against divisional rival San Francisco.
Outfielder: Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun blasted out in his 23rd career multi-homer game on Friday in Pittsburgh.
Outfielder: Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
The Marlins have to be careful with Harper, who has a .325 career batting average with 17 home runs, 40 RBIs and a .613 slugging percentage against them.
Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 29th 2015
Angels Walk Off Increase Win Streak to 6 Games and Gains Game on Rangers
The LA Angels are a hot team right now as they posted their sixth win in a row with the 5-4 home victory on Monday to the Oakland Athletics. The win moved the Angels to just two games back of the AL West leading Texas Rangers with only six games remaining. LA has a four game series to close the season at Texas over the weekend so the team fully controls their playoff destiny. They also keep pace with the Houston Astros for the final AL Wildcard playoff spot. They sit tied in the loss column with Houston.
The LA Angels DH had a big game on Monday with three hits and a run scored in the series opener. Cron is hot, hitting .364 over his past seven days. He has hit 16 homers and driven in 49 RBIs on the year.
Aybar had a hit on Monday to extend his hit streak to four games. He had a good month of August but cooled off in September with a .224 batting average.
Albert had a big home run on Monday to tie the game at 4-4 as the Angels were coming from behind in their win. Pujols has 38 homers and 90 RBIs on the year but the batting average is a mere .237.
The Angels second baseman sparkled with the glove on Monday. He contributed at the plate with hit, run scored and RBI double in the victory. He is batting .455 the past seven days.
The LA left hander was hot to start the season. He had a no decision against the Athletics by allowing three earned runs and three hits in 5 2/3rd innings. He has just two wins over his past ten starts. On the season Santiago is 9-9 with an ERA of 3.52 and WHIP of 1.25.
Astros Gain on the Rangers and Keep Pace with Angels with Win against Mariners
The Houston Astros has struggled on the road this year. Entering play at Seattle on Monday the team was just 29-46 on the highway. Their win streak reached three games with a 3-2 road win at Seattle on Monday night. The Astros bullpen was huge in the win as the unit contributed with three innings of scoreless and hitless baseball as they nursed a one run lead late in a pressure situation on the road. With the win the Astros maintain their half-game lead over the Angels for the last AL Wildcard spot and they moved 1 ½ games back of the Texas Rangers for the lead in the AL West. The Astros get a break down the stretch as the Rangers and Angels will meet for a four game series to end the season. The Astros are a power hitting team who hits for a poor average. They have 220 homers on the year ranking second best but their team batting average of .247 ranks 27th and fourth worst in baseball.
The Astros right fielder had two hits with a double, homer and RBI on Monday. He has hit Mariner pitching very well on the year at a .327 batting average with four homers.
The Astros DH with a hit extended his hitting streak to four games. Gattis is batting .304 over his past seven days.
Carter had the game winning home run against the Mariners on Monday. He has 23 homers and 59 RBIs on the year but a poor batting average of .196.
The Astros right hander in 21 starts is 6-7 with an ERA of 3.21 and WHIP of 1.17. He held the Mariners to two earned runs and four hits in six innings of work in a 3-2 home win to Seattle on Monday.
LA Angels Making a Move in the AL Wildcard Race as They Sweep the Twins on Saturday
The LA Angels have underperformed for much of the 2015 season and has been one of Major League Baseball’s biggest disappointments. They have a huge payroll with stars but the supporting cast has been labeled as scrubs by some in the media. The joke around baseball is that the Angels are a Stars and Scrubs team. After a rainout in this series with the Twins the Angels had to play a doubleheader on Saturday and came away with the 4-3 and 5-2 victory in the twin bill. The Angels are 4 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West division race with just 14 games remaining. In the AL Wildcard race the Angels are now just 1 ½ games back of the slumping Houston Astros. The Minnesota Twins are 75-73 and the losses were costly as the club is now down 2 ½ games for the final AL Wildcard. This series are like playoff games for both teams.
The Angels catcher has been hot batting .378 for the month of September. On Saturday he had two hits in the 4-3 win at Minnesota. He has multiple hits in three straight games.
The talented center fielder leads the Angels everyday hitters with a .291 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He had a home run in Game 2 of the doubleheader as he looks to improve from a .259 batting average for the month of September.
The veteran had a two hit game with two RBIs in the Game 2 victory for the Angels. Pujols has batted just .239 for the season with 35 homers and 85 RBIs. It has been a horrible month of September for the 35 year old as he bats just .161.
The Angels shortstop had a successful doubleheader going 4 for 9 with two stolen bases and a run scored. He has moved is average up to .270 with two homers and 38 RBIs. His bat began cool in September but has picked up steam the past four games.
In his first season with the Angels Andrew Heaney is 6-3 with an ERA of 3.30 and WHIP of 1.15. In his start in Game 1 Heaney threw six innings and allowed two earned runs and two hits.
Richards has started 29 games in the 2015 campaign and is 14-11 with an ERA of 3.73 and WHIP of 1.24. He bounced back after a poor outing on September 14th at Seattle where he allowed four earned runs in five innings with four walks in defeat. In Game 2 of the doubleheader Richards came in with a huge effort tossing 8 2/3rd innings against the Twins by allowing two earned runs and five hits. He still had issues with walks as he allowed four on Saturday. Richards has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his past four starts.
The veteran outfielder has been hot with a .417 batting average over his past seven days. In the doubleheader Hunter went 3 for 8 with a run scored. Hunter has multiple hits in six of his past ten games.
The Twins DH extended his hitting streak to seven games with a hit in Game 1 and Game 2 of the doubleheader. He had a home run in Game 1. His batting average is now up to .279 with 17 homers and 49 RBIs.
Daily Fantasy Best Picks of the Day – September 17th 2015
It’s a quiet day in the MLB. But there is still some fantasy baseball to be played. 18 teams will be in action. P Corey Kluber will be making his return to the Indians rotations, after missing 2 turns. He will go face to face against Yordano Ventura and the AL Central leading Kansas City Royals. Also in the spotlight is the series finale between Texas rivals Rangers and Astros. The Rangers defeated Dallas Keuchel yesterday, with a 14 to 3 win. They will go for the series sweep today with their hurler, Colby Lewis, on the mound. Now let’s take a look at tonight’s hot picks:
C Wilson Ramos(WAS) – 3,400 $
Season: .237 AVG, 13 HR, 63 RBI, 37 R
With a day off yesterday, Ramos will be well rested. He also has success against Jarred Cosart, hitting .600.
1B Albert Pujols(LAA) – 3,900 $
Season: .241 AVG, 35 HR, 83 RBI, 73 R
He’s still having problems with his right foot. But with a .727 slugging percentage against Tommy Milone, he’ll likely be productive in this one.
2B Anthony Rendon(WAS) – 4,500 $
Season: .289 AVG, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 38 R
He’s currently batting .344 in the month of September and has 4 RBIs in the last 4 games.
3B Mike Moustakas(KC) – 5,600 $
Season: .281 AVG, 19 HR, 72 RBI, 64 R
He had a solo homer and produced the single point for the Royals, last night. Facing Corey Kluber, Moustakas has a .457 average in 35 at-bats.
SS Jean Segura(MIL) – 4,300 $
Season: .270 AVG, 4 HR, 43 RBI, 51 R
He’s hitting .615 against John Lackey.
OF Adam Jones(BAL) – 5,000 $
Season: .272 AVG, 27 HR, 78 RBI, 74 R
He has a slugging percentage of .857 and 7 RBIs against Matt Moore.
OF Nolan Reimold(BAL)* – 3,300 $
Season: .254 AVG, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 19 R
Reimold had a hit in every game during the month of September except one.
OF Collin Cowgill(LAA) – 2,100 $
Season: .182 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 7 R
He has 1 homer and 3 RBIs, while batting .462 in 13 plate appearances against Tommy Milone.
P Jose Quintana(CWS) – 7,100 $
Season: Record(9-10), 3.53 ERA, 158 K, 40 BB
He has allowed 1 earned run in the last 2 games. The lefty is 3-1 since the beginning of the month of august.
DFS Top Performers September 16th 2015
Last night DFS Top 5 Performers in MLB:
OF Tommy Pham-STL (4 RBIs, 2Rs, 1 3B, 2 HR)
2B Dustin Pedroia-BOS (5 RBIs, 1 BB, 2Rs, 2HRs)
1B Prince Fielder-TEX (5 RBIs, 3Rs, 1 1B, 1 HR)
P Gio Gonzalez-WAS (Win, 7 IPs, 2 ERs, 5 Hits, 12 Ks, 2 BBs)
OF Jayson Werth-WAS (2 RBIs, 1 BBs, 1R, 1HR)
Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros – 7-29-15 – MLB
Two AL West division contenders lock horns on Wednesday Night Baseball as the Houston Astros meet the LA Angels. Fantasy baseball draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their selected rosters.
The Houston Astros had enjoyed first place in the AL West for much of the early part of the season. They hit a slump and an LA Angels hot streak catapulted Los Angeles to first place in the division at the All Star break. They began a three game series on Tuesday night with Houston crushing the Angels 10-5 to draw just one game in the loss column behind LA for the lead in the division.
With the loss the Angels have dropped three of their past four games. The pitching has gone south as the team has given up 24 runs over their past three games. On the offensive side the Angels have been getting lots of home runs of late and they are now 6th best in baseball with 113 on the season.
Houston is the top home run hitting team in baseball with 138 on the year. They are fourth best in run production (4.43 per game) despite being 25th in baseball in team batting average (.244). With their victory over the Angels on Tuesday the Astros now have won seven of their past ten since returning from the All Star break.
LA Angels CF: Mike Trout leads the Angels everyday hitters with a batting average of .315 with 31 homers and 64 RBIs. He is coming off a four game hitting game on Sunday against Texas. He is expected to play on Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday’s game. For the month of July Trout is batting .361 with 11 homers.
LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar has been hot for the month of July with a hitting average of .351. He has 11 RBIs for the month.
LA Angels RF: Kole Calhoun has been another Angel who has been hot for the month of July as he is hitting .325 with six homers and 20 RBIs. Calhoun for the year has a hitting average of .275 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs.
LA Angels 2B: Johnny Giavotella has been hot of late with a .346 batting average over the past seven days. He carries a seven game hit streak into Wednesday’s game. After a very slow start to the season Giavotella is batting .267 with three homers and 36 RBIs.
LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols has hits in nine of his past ten games with four of the games being multiple hit games. He has moved his average up to .260 with 29 homers and 63 RBIs.
LA Angels P: Garrett Richards is 10-7 on the year with an ERA of 3.25 and WHIP of 1.18. He has pitched well over his past two starts by allowing three earned runs throwing a total of 17 innings and giving up just six hits.
Houston Astros 2B: Jose Altuve leads the Astros with a batting average of .305 with nine homers and 48 RBIs. He is having a good July by hitting .333. He is coming off a three hit game in the opener with the Angels on Tuesday.
Houston Astros DH: Evan Gattis is putting up good power numbers for the Astros with a hitting average of .246 with 16 homers and 58 RBIs. He has four multiple hit games over his past ten games.
Houston Astros 1B: Luis Valbuena leads Houston with 19 homers on the year. He has driven in 40 RBIs but hits only .197 this season. Valbuena is 0 for his past 16.
Houston Astros LF: Colby Rasmus is going through a slump for the month of July with a batting average of .186. His average has fallen to .237 on the year with 13 homers and 35 RBIs.
Houston Astros P: Lance McCullers is 4-3 on the year with an ERA of 2.60 and WHIP of 1.15. He has held seven of his past ten opponents to two earned runs or less in his starts.
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Fantasy Baseball Recap – Red Sox vs Angels
It was a good night for Fantasy Baseball’s Angels fans as the home team took both games in the one day cash draft doubleheader against the Red Sox and sweeping the 4 game series.. Los Angeles increased their lead in the AL West to 2 games over the Astros. The halo’s won 15 of their last 18 games and are considered the hottest team in baseball right now. The same cannot be said about Boston who has lost 5 in a row and remains last in the AL East. Their hopes of a playoff berth are shrinking rapidly.
Daily fantasy baseball highlights :
Game 1 : Red Sox rookie pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (5-3, 4.64 ERA) faced off against All-Star Hector Santiago (7-4, 2.30 ERA). Los Angeles scored a total of 7 runs in the 2nd inning of the game. Johnny Giavotella was able to cash in 2 RBI’s with a line drive single, sending Chris Iannetta and David Robertson to home plate. Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols followed with homers. Eduardo Rodriguez left the game after only 1 2/3 innings. After Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli’s RBI single in the top of the 4th, the Angels put up 4 more runs in the inning. David Freese had a 3 run bomb that landed 451 feet away, putting this game out of reach. Hector Santiago’s 10 strikeout performance was well enough to get his career-high 7th win of the season. Angels win 11-1.
Game 2 : Boston sent knuckleballer Steven Wright (3-3, 4.84 ERA) to the mound to face Andrew Heaney (4-0, 1.57 ERA). After an HR by Albert Pujols in the 2nd inning, Wright allowed 8 players to reach base and score 4 runs, in the 3rd. Mike Trout, David Ortiz and Albert Pujols all smashed HRs, between the 5th and the 8th. Andrew Heaney got the win, giving up 2 runs. His stellar performances since being called up to replace Jerred Weaver in the rotation, has raised his Fantasy Value. Setup reliever, Joe Smith, earned his first save of the season. Angels win 7-3.
The #1 Fantasy Pick on Monday was Albert Pujols, with a total of 3 HRs, giving him a total of 29 this season. He passed Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton on the rankings for the most HR in the majors this season. He also reached 15th all-time with 549 homers, a record previously held by Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt(548). He is now just 6 HR shy of 14th place, currently held by Manny Ramirez. Mike Trout also produced a HR, bringing his season total to 28. The duo now combines for 57 dinger’s. Shades of Mickey Mantle and Roger Marris. Pujols and Trout could become the second teamates in history , to reach 50 HR for the same club in the same season.
Top One Day Cash Draft Performers :
1B/DH Albert Pujols (LAA) : .571AVG 5R 3HR 4 RBI
SP Hector Santiago (LAA) : 1.80ERA 1W 10K
OF Kole Calhoun (LAA) : .333AVG 3R 1HR 2RBI
Los Angeles Angels vs Boston RedSox- 7-19-15-MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
It will be the final game of the weekend series between the LA Angels and Boston Red Sox on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for July 19th 2015. MLB mock draft managers can tune to ESPN at 8PM Eastern Time from Anaheim to following the scoring results of their rosters of players.
The Boston Red Sox were hoping the momentum they built up from the final month prior to the All Star break would help turn the team into a contender. Unfortunately for the Red Sox and those who chose players from Boston for their fantasy rosters the club has shown very little at the plate as the Angels have shut out the Red Sox in the first two games of this series.
The Angels started slowly but have moved their record of 50-40 following the 3-0 victory against the Red Sox on Saturday night. LA has not shown much offensively either in the first two games back with a 1-0 win on Friday night totaling to just four runs thus far in this series. The Angels starting staff have been brilliant sitting fifth in Major League Baseball with 55 quality starts.
Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts has a batting average of .302 with three homers and 43 RBIs. He has been on fire in July by hitting .373 with ten RBIs. His eleven game hit streak came to an end on Saturday.
Boston Red Sox 2B: Dustin Pedroia is a bit rusty getting back from the All Star break with a 0 for 8 in his first two games of this series. His average has dropped to .298 and Pedroia has nine homers and 33 RBIs on the season.
Boston Red Sox CF: Mookie Betts is going through a 0 for 8 series as well against the Angels. Betts is hitting .271 with ten homers and 43 runs batted in.
Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez in his first year with the Red Sox is batting .268 with decent power numbers as the veteran has 19 homers and 46 RBIs season to date. He has struggled in the month of July with a .188 hitting average.
Boston Red Sox 3B: Pablo Sandoval in his first year with Boston is batting .267 with seven homers and 30 RBIs. He is coming off a two hit game against the Angels on Saturday.
Boston Red Sox DH: David Ortiz has good power numbers with 15 homers and 43 RBIs on the campaign. The average is only .233 on the season.
Boston Red Sox P: Left hander Eduardo Rodriguez is making his tenth start of the year for Boston. He is 5-2 with an ERA of 3.59. He has allowed no greater than two earned runs in eight of his ten starts season to date.
LA Angels CF: All Star MVP Mike Trout carries a .307 batting average into Sunday with 27 homers and 56 RBIs. He is just 1 for 8 in the series with the game winning home run on Friday night in the series opener.
LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar is having a great month of July with a hitting average of .391. Aybar looks to bounce back from a 0 for 6 in the first two games with Boston in this weekend series.
LA Angels RF: Kole Calhoun is off to a great start since the All Star break as he is 4 for 7 in this series. Calhoun powered the Angels on Saturday with two home runs in the win. Over his past seven games Calhoun carries a .364 batting average.
LA Angels 1B: Veteran Albert Pujols has his average at .253 with great power numbers of 26 homers and 56 RBIs.
LA Angels P: Hector Santiago has shown great improvement during his fourth Major League Baseball season. The 27 year old from Newark New Jersey has pitched like the ace of the Angels staff with a record of 6-4 with an ERA of just 2.33 and WHIP of 1.10. He has held his past four opponents to just three earned runs total over 27 innings.
ESPN Sunday Night Fantasy Baseball Tips
P: Hector Santiago (Angels)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
SS: Erick Aybar (Angels)
1B: Albert Pujols (Angels)
RF: Kole Calhoun (Angels)
DH: David Ortiz (Red Sox)