MLB National League Division Series

Giants vs Cubs Game 3 (2-0 for Chicago)

Madison Bumgarner looks to continue his impressive postseason success and keep the San Francisco Giants alive when they host the Chicago Cubs on Monday (Enter Contests) in Game 3 of their MLB National League Division Series. The left-hander is 5-1 with one save and a 0.88 ERA in eight contests over his last two postseasons (2014 and 2016) after shutting out the New York Mets 3-0 in the Wild-Card Game on Wednesday. He won both regular-season starts against the Cubs this year.

ABOUT THE GIANTS

Madison Bumgarner (2016 playoffs: 1-0, 0.00) baffled the Mets with a four-hitter, striking out six and walking a pair in improving his career postseason numbers to 8-3 with a 1.94 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. The 27-year-old cooled off in the second half of the regular season as well, going 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA after posting a 10-4 record and 1.94 ERA before the All-Star break. Bumgarner went 9-4 with a 2.14 ERA at home this year and has fared well against the Cubs in his career (8-2, 2.25).

The Giants, who face elimination after winning 11 straight postseason series, scored just two runs over the first two games while Chicago’s pitchers have driven in three with their bats. They’ve won nine straight elimination games, the longest such streak in major-league history.

ABOUT THE CUBS

Chicago turns to Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10 ERA), who went 11-3 on the road this season and split a pair of starts against San Francisco while posting a 2.08 ERA. The reigning N.L. Cy-Young winner posted a 12-2 record and 2.10 ERA through June but split his final 12 decisions, going 2-3 with a 4.60 ERA in September. Arrieta , who has 40 wins to his credit over the last two seasons, owns a 4-2 mark with a 1.82 ERA in six career starts versus the Cubs. The 30-year-old TCU product has held Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt to a combined 2-for-38.

Angel Pagan is 5-for-11 against Arrieta. Javier Baez is 3-for-6 with a homer in the series and the Cubs received a run-scoring single in the first inning of Saturday’s 5-2 win from Ben Zobrist, who is 6-for-12 lifetime against Bumgarner. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, who belted 32 homers and knocked in 109 runs during the regular season, went 0-for-7 in the first two games. Chicago has gone 2-4 in six games at San Francisco over the last two years and went 46-34 on the road during the regular season.

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Francisco Giants

The Arizona Diamondbacks will travel West to face the San Francisco Giants. It will be the 1st time this year that the teams face each other and it will be quite an interesting pitching matchup this series. Zack Greinke will face Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday before Shelby Miller squares off against Johnny Cueto in the last game Thursday. All eyes are set tonight on the D-backs’ top pitching prospect Archie Bradley who will face the former Cy Young winner and 14 yr vet, Jake Peavy tonight. This MLB Fantasy Baseball Game Preview of this game is brought you by FanPicks. Come play in our MLB Fantasy contests where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.

 

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Arizona will continue its road trip of 10 games against the Giants in a 4 game series at the AT&T Park.

While its a continuation of the D-Backs’ road swing, it will be an homecoming for the Giants who just played 3 games only at home so far. They will play their next 10 at home when Florida and San Diego visit them after Arizona.

KEY FACTORS OF THE GAME

• Peavy will try to rebound after a rough start against Colorado, allowing 6 runs, 11 hits in just 4 innings.

• Peavy was 1-1 against the D-Backs last year with a 7.20 ERA in 2 starts.

• Arizona’s regulars will be rested in the opener of the series. 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Right Fielder David Peralta and 2B Jean Segura are all off and  were all off in Sunday’s series finale against San Diego.

• Arizona has been playing poorly over the years in San Francisco but last season was different and they posted an 8-2 record there.

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San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers

 

The San Francisco Giants made a few big offseason moves signing 3 free agents. This Sunday, Jeff Samardzija, the pitcher who signed a $90 million 5 year contract in December takes the mound for the Giants to finish off their 3 game series against Los Angeles Dodgers in the rubber match of the three-game series. This MLB Fantasy Baseball Preview of this game is brought you by FanPicks. Come play in our MLB Fantasy contests where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.

 

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The Giants’ other 2 big additions pitched yesterday to help their 3 game losing streak. Their center fielder Denard Span wast 1 of 4 and Johnny Cueto put in some work in the 8th inning in the 4-3 victory. Their reliever Sergio Romo is injured and won’t be available for the next several weeks while the Giants GM splits the current setup between Hunter Strickland and Josh Osich. L.A managed only 5 hits during Saturday’s loss. Adrian Gonzalez will be a solid source of power for the future.

 

Samardzija got his 1st win as a Giants on Tuesday when he allowed 2 over 8 innings in a 7-2 win against the Rockies. Chase Utley is 6 for 15 with an HR against the 2014 NL All-Star. He has a 1-2 record with a 4.91 ERA in 4 games against the Dodgers.

 

Maeda turned in his 2nd strong outing Tuesday by holding Arizona scoreless in 6 innings of play with only allowing 5 hits and striking out 4. Maeda still holds the longest streak in Dodgers’ history to begin a career with his 12 consecutive scoreless innings is the 4th longest in history to begin a career.

 

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 23rd 2015

Yankees Power Gets Them within 2 ½ Games of the Blue Jays in the AL East Division

The New York Yankees evened up this key AL East series at 1-1 as they post a 6-4 road victory in ten innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. The Yankees slugged 12 hits and had two homers. Toronto had three homers in the loss but all came with no runners on base.

New York Yankees CF:

Jacoby Ellsbury

The Yankees centerfielder had two hits with two doubles and a run scored. Ellsbury has been hot with multiple hits in three straight games. He is 8 for his last 14 at bats. The centerfielder has moved his batting average up to .263 with seven homers and 32 RBIs.

New York Yankees C:

Brian McCann

McCann had two hits in the win with an RBI. The catcher had been slumping with a 3 for 19 entering Game 2 of this series.

New York Yankees RF:

Carlos Beltran

The 38 year old had a home run with two RBIs and two hits in the victory. Beltran has moved his batting average up to .279 with 17 homers and 60 RBIs.

New York Yankees 1B:

Gregory Byrd

The first baseman was the hero with the game winning three run homer on Monday in the top of the tenth. He had two hits with a run scored and three RBIs. Byrd has a seven game hitting streak to move his batting average up to .256 with ten homers and 28 RBIs.

New York Yankees P:

Luis Severino

In 9 starts the Yankees 21 year old right hander is 4-3 with an ERA of 3.10 and WHIP of 1.30. He received a no decision on Tuesday as he allowed two earned runs and three hits over six innings of work.

Toronto Blue Jays DH:

Edwin Encarnacion

The Blue Jays slugger had a home run in the loss. For the year Encarnacion is hitting .277 with 35 homers and 105 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays CF:

Kevin Pillar

Pillar had a three hit game with a homer and RBI on Tuesday. His average is now up to .264 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

It was a shaky start for Marco Estrada on Tuesday as he gave up two first inning runs to the Yankees. He settled down and allowed two earned runs and six hits tossing 6 2/3rd innings in a no decision.

Giants picked up a Game in the Standings on First Place Dodgers with a Win against San Diego

The San Francisco Giants moved to six games of the LA Dodgers in the NL West division race after their 4-2 road victory on Tuesday to the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers were defeated 8-0 at home to Arizona.

San Francisco Giants CF:

Angel Pagan

The veteran outfielder had a homer with two RBIs in the victory. Pagan is having a good month of September with a batting average of .310. He has hits in nine of his past ten games.

San Francisco Giants LF:

Alejandro De Aza

It was a two hit game for the seven year veteran on Tuesday. De Aza is batting .262 with seven homers and 33 RBIs.

San Francisco Giants SS:

Brandon Crawford

Crawford had two hits and an RBI in the win. The shortstop is batting .254 on the year with 19 homers and 78 RBIs.

San Francisco Giants C:

Trevor Brown

The 23 year old catcher in his third game of his career had two hits with a double and RBI.

San Francisco Giants P:

Chris Heston

In 29 starts Heston is 11-10 with an ERA of 3.51 and WHIP of 1.28. He threw 94 pitches in 4 1/3rd innings and allowed no earned runs and two hits. He got a no decision because he walked five batters and left two outs away from earning a win.

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 22nd 2015

It’s a beautiful day for Fantasy Baseball, as all 30 teams get back into action. That means it’s time to play fantasy baseball for real money. The race is on for the pennant and there is some heavy battle out there. Yesterday, the Blue Jays distanced themselves 3.5 games from the Yankees in the American League East. David Price had a stellar performance once again. He won every single game he played this month (4-0). Another pitcher that never seems to lose (especially at Minute Maid Park) is Dallas Keuchel, who is now 14-0 at home. He’s the only pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to accomplish this feat. The Astros were able to get back one game behind the division leading Rangers. With all this drama unfolding, what is to be expected today in Daily Fantasy Baseball? Let’s get to today’s hot fantasy picks:

P Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners

 Season: 8 W, 4 L, 3.90 ERA, 92 Ks, 20 BBs

Sure, he will be facing the best team in the American League, but Iwakuma has been efficient for the Seattle Mariners since August. We are talking about a 6-2 record and a 2.99 ERA in that stretch. Let’s not forget the no-hitter he threw back on August 12th against the Baltimore Orioles. Not only does he ride a good spell, but he also has a great record against the opposition. He holds 2 wins and no losses with a 2.14 ERA in three outings against the Kansas City Royals. Tonight, the Japanese will spoil the opportunity for the Royals to clinch a playoff spot.

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

Season:  .238 AVG, 26 HRs, 90 RBIs, 65 Runs

The Toronto Blue Jays got the win yesterday with ace David Price on the mound. Today, it’s Marco Estrada’s turn. I’m not saying Estrada is no good, but he’s no David Price. The Yankees will take the opportunity to swing their big bats, and that means that McCann will cash in a few RBI’s in the cleanup spot.

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .243 AVG, 10 HRs, 60 RBIs, 36 Runs

I said yesterday that Arizona needed to take out some frustration out on the Dodgers, and that’s exactly what they did. 17 hits and an 8-4 win in last night game was what they needed. Paul Goldschmidt has been in the middle of this rumble, knocking out one out of the park. He will continue to ride this out against starter Alex Wood. Goldy has 2 homers and 4 RBIs in 7 at-bats when facing Woods.

2B Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

Season: .264 AVG, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 32 Runs, 9 SBs

He has been kept in the shadows playing for the San Diego Padres, but this 2011 first-round pick will become one of the best second baseman in the league. He will have an easy task tonight against San Francisco starter Chris Heston, who has been awful lately.

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

Season: .277 AVG, 25 HRs, 95 RBIs, 84 Runs, 13 SBs

He started the season as one of the best prospect in baseball. Now he leads all rookies in RBI’s, with 95, and is tied for first in home runs, with 25. The third baseman will have no problem helping pitcher Jake Arrieta get his 20th win against the winning less Tyler Cravy.

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

Season: .323 AVG, 7 HRs, 78 RBIs, 76 Runs, 10 SBs

On the 10th game of his hitting streak, he has belted a grand slam and finished the night with 5 RBI’s. Leading all shortstop in batting average, Bogaerts his quickly becoming the building block of the Boston Red Sox. He will have no problem following up on his memorable night against Matt Moore. Moore never had good outings at Fenway.

OF Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

Season: .270 AVG, 5 HRs, 29 RBIs, 33 Runs, 4 SBs

The Cuban import is still getting used to playing in MLB this year. He doesn’t show big numbers but the everyday left fielder should produce against Matt Moore at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are still seeing something in him. So should we.

OF Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners

Season: .247 AVG, 11 HRs, 41 RBIs, 48 Runs

Nelson Cruz doesn’t have success against Jeremy Guthrie. It will be on Robinson Cano and Seth Smith to take charge of the offense. Smith has had some quality at-bats facing Guthrie.

OF Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

Season: .266 AVG, 2 HRs, 32 RBIs, 48 Runs, 9 SBs

It was a little over one week ago that Pagan was able to steal 3 bases against the Padres. He could pull another trick up his sleeves once again in San Diego.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

2B Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

OF Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners

OF Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

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