Starting Pitchers

1-Josh Fleming – Tampa Bay Rays (vs BOS)

2-Gerrit Cole – New York Yankees (vs BAL)

3-Sonny Gray – Cincinnati Reds (@ CHC)

Hitting Lineup

c: Travis D’Arnaud – Atlanta Braves (@ WAS)

1b: Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals (vs DET) or Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves (@ WAS)

2b: Cesar Hernandez – Cleveland Indians (vs KC) or Aledmys Diaz – Houston Astros (@ OAK)

3b: Anthony Rendon – Los Angeles Angels (@ TEX) or Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians (vs KC)

ss: Marcus Semien – Oakland Athletics (vs HOU) or Didi Gregorius – Philadelphia Phillies (@ MIA)

of: Ronald Acuna Jr – Atlanta Braves (@ WAS) or Justin Upton – Los Angeles Angels (@ TEX)

of: Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies (@ MIA) or Austin Meadows – Tampa Bay Rays (vs BOS)

of: Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers (@ ARI) or Clint Frazier – New York Yankees (vs BAL)

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*Hitters

  1. Marcell Ozuna – Atlanta Braves
  2. Alex Dickerson – San Francisco Giants
  3. Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia Phillies
  4. Tyler Naquin – Cleveland Indians
  5. Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox
  6. Michael Brantley – Houston Astros
  7. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
  8. Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs
  9. Michael Conforto – New York Mets
  10. Eric Hosmer – San Diego Padres
  11. Garrett Cooper – Miami Marlins
  12. Luke Voit – New York Yankees
  13. Adam Duvall – Atlanta Braves
  14. Rafael Devers – Boston Red Sox
  15. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
  16. Austin Riley – Atlanta Braves
  17. Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros
  18. Andrew McCutchen – Philadelphia Phillies
  19. Robinson Cano – New York Mets
  20. Pete Alonso – New York Mets

*Catcher of the Day

  • Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees

*Starting Pitchers

  1. Yu Darvish – Chicago Cubs
  2. Zach Davies – San Diego Padres
  3. Pablo Lopez – Miami Marlins
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August 14 Fantasy Baseball Preview

Sunday Evening Matchups

The Cubs will seek to start a fresh winning streak, while the Cardinals will go after a series split, when the two clubs meet at Wrigley Field in a nationally televised game tonight. FanPicks has your august 14 fantasy baseball preview of this evening game to get ready for today’s MLB contest. Get the info you need and play right here! With the NFL back in our contests, don’t forget to test our cross-sport contests with millions in prizes to win.

 

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Cardinals vs Cubs

The Cubs took the first two games before the Cardinals won 8-4 on Saturday to snap Chicago’s 11-game winning streak on a come from behind victory Saturday. The Cubs still have a huge 13-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.

Mike Leake will have the start for the Cards (8-9, 4.79 ERA, 96 K). After allowing 19 earned runs over his last 3 starts, Leake has the ability to complete a quality start, with his last time out seemed like he was stepping in the right direction. He did however walk a season (4 walks) and recorded no strikeouts for the first time this year, but is outing against the Angels was solid over 8 innings. Right handed hitters are batting .195 against him this season and he’s 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 3 starts against the Cards this season.

 

Right-hander John Lackey (9-7, 3.56 ERA) will take the mound for the Cubs and try for his fifth straight quality start. He allowed three hits and one run in eight innings in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in his last start Tuesday. Lackey is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA this season in three starts against the Cardinals, his only starts against his former team. He went 16-13 with a 3.10 ERA in 43 starts with St. Louis in 2014-15.

 

The Cardinals will be looking for a leadoff hitter now that Matt Carpenter is batting third in the absence of Matt Holliday, who sustained a broken thumb when he was hit by a Mike Montgomery pitch Thursday. Greg Garcia went 0-for-5 batting leadoff Saturday, when Holliday went on the disabled list. Carpenter was 2-for-5 with three strikeouts.

 

Though well behind the Cubs in the division, the Cardinals (61-56) remain in the mix for a wild card spot. The Cubs are 6-6 against St. Louis this season.

 

 
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May 17th 2016

With all the fuss and talk around the league following the legendary Texas vs Blue Jays brawl, Tuesday’s lineup seems pretty full with all 30 teams with the earliest game at 6:10 PM featuring the Ohio rivalry when Cincinnati Reds meet the Cleveland Indians. This should give you enough time to do your homework after checking out the Top MLB Fantasy Baseball Performers of the last games and dominate your lineup (click to join). The most interesting matchup will clearly be the one at 8:15PM featuring the currently red hot Boston Red Sox visiting the inconsistent Kansas City Royals. The Royals have had the best of Rick Porcello (6-1, 3.11) his last 3 starts against them posting a 7.20 ERA against the Royals but Boston’s offense has been out of this world and lead the majors in batting average by far (.298), 20 pts ahead of 2nd place Colorado (.278).

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Max Scherzer P WAS @NYM 91.5 51.7 36.6 34.4
Clayton Kershaw P LAD LAA 80.5 53.7 48.9 38.9
WeiYin Chen P MIA @PHI 52.5 25.7 27.2 22.5
Trayce Thompson OF LAD LAA 51 21.8 22 13.9
Jaime Garcia P STL COL 50 37.8 29.8 28.6
David Ortiz 1B BOS @KC 47.5 20.5 18.9 18.5
Noah Syndergaard P NYM WAS 40 27.5 32.5 30.7
JD Martinez OF DET MIN 39 23.5 17.4 12.7
Luis Valbuena 3B HOU @CWS 39 15.7 12.8 11.6
Desmond Jennings OF TB @TOR 38.5 12.8 10.7 5.1
Jake Lamb 3B ARI NYY 38.5 16.5 12.7 13.2
Danny Salazar P CLE CIN 37 34.2 37 27.1
Ian Kinsler 2B DET MIN 36 25.8 19.1 15.1
Matt Joyce OF PIT ATL 36 12 9 9.2
Adam Lind 1B SEA @BAL 36 13.5 9.7 8.3
Steve Pearce 1B TB @TOR 36 16.8 12.9 16.1
Marlon Byrd OF CLE CIN 35.5 16 12.5 6
Curt Casali C TB @TOR 35 12.5 8.4 12.2
Mookie Betts OF BOS @KC 34.5 19.3 20.5 15.9
Kyle Hendricks P CHC @MIL 34 30.5 25.9 23.6

 

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May 13th 2016

There is no Friday the 13th curse at FanPicks (click to play) , We’ve got all 16 fantasy baseball matchups set-up in the lobby various contest. Start your MLB fantasy baseball picks early, as it starts at 2:20pm ET with the Pittsburgh Pirates visiting the Chicago Cubs. After winning eight straight game, which all started with a sweep of the Bucs, the Cubs dropped two. The best team in MLB this season will try to steer back into the right direction putting 4-0, 1.85 ERA pitcher Jason Hammel on the mound. Pittsburgh will counter with Francisco Liriano. The mismatch game for today is between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees. Leagues win leader, White Sox Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79 ERA), faces-off against underwhelming Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (0-5, 6.12 ERA). All 30 teams will be in action on the eve of the weekend.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Games FP Avg Four Games FP Avg Ten Games FP Avg
Matt Holliday OF STL @LAD 57 32 20.2 10.9
Steven Wright P BOS HOU 56.5 43 39.2 26.1
Francisco Liriano P PIT @CHC 49 36.2 25.2 24.3
Matt Harvey P NYM @COL 46.5 32.7 26.9 21.5
Chris Sale P CWS @NYY 46.5 42 45.8 30.1
Justin Verlander P DET @BAL 45 23.8 29.9 19.7
Tom Koehler P MIA @WAS 40 13.3 13.1 16.5
Jeff Samardzija P SF @ARI 39.5 39.8 34.5 25.6
Charlie Blackmon OF COL NYM 39 17.8 12.4 11.3
Nathan Karns P SEA LAA 39 37 32.3 19.5
Bryan Holaday C TEX TOR 38.5 20.5 13.4 7.8
Odubel Herrera OF PHI CIN 37.5 15.2 14.5 10.9
Melvin Upton Jr OF SD @MIL 35.5 21.7 14 8.2
Matt Carpenter 3B STL @LAD 35.5 26.8 26.8 14.5
Jonathan Gray P COL NYM 34.5 23.7 19.1 12.4
Nolan Arenado 3B COL NYM 33 11.8 12.9 14
Chris Tillman P BAL DET 33 44.5 29.9 24.2
Chase Headley 3B NYY CWS 33 14.7 10.6 6.2
Jimmy Rollins SS CWS @NYY 33 16.8 12.9 11

MLB Fantasy Baseball Picks Notables

  • Chris Sale is the first White Sox pitcher to win each of his first seven starts since Jon Garland captured his first eight in 2005.
  • Tigers starter Justin Verlander is 7-0, with a 2.84 ERA in eight career starts at Camden Yards. He’s also posted 43 strikeouts.
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Top 20 Performers

It’s a full lineup of big leagues baseball on Tuesday, as all 30 teams will be in action. It all starts at 7pm ET with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals and the Bronx Bombers. There is a 60% possibility of rain in Cincinnati, so the Pirates versus the Reds is a risky game to get delayed. The leagues best Chicago Cubs are aiming for an eight straight victory. They will face the underwhelming San Diego Padres at home. Ace Jon Lester will be the starter for the Cubs. The Blue Jays and Giants will close out the evening of play. They both hold an even record of 17 wins and 17 losses. 4-0 J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Canadian team, while 0-4 Matt Cain will attempt to earn his first win since July 22nd 2015. Here is Tuesday’s FanPicks (click to join) MLB fantasy baseball draft picks top 20.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game Avg FP Four Game Avg FP Ten Game Avg FP
Todd Frazier 3B CWS TEX 59.5 31.8 21.2 15.4
Manny Machado 3B BAL MIN 56.5 22.8 17.8 14
Jake Lamb 3B ARI COL 54 25.7 16.6 9.8
Ketel Marte SS SEA TB 48 15.5 16.6 10.9
Jackie Bradley Jr OF BOS OAK 44.5 24.3 20.3 16.1
Carlos Beltran OF NYY KC 42 17.7 10.4 7
Masahiro Tanaka P NYY KC 42 33.7 32.3 21.3
Matt Wisler P ATL PHI 41.5 27 24.2 19.1
Adam Conley P MIA MIL 39.5 31.5 32.9 22.6
Mark Trumbo OF BAL MIN 39 14.3 18 12.1
JA Happ P TOR SF 37 27.3 29.3 24.8
Joe Ross P WAS DET 37 24 30.4 19.5
Rougned Odor 2B TEX CWS 36 23.7 21.2 16.9
Kevin Gausman P BAL MIN 34.5 27.7 22.3 16
Jon Lester P CHC SD 34.5 37.5 35.8 27.5
Joey Rickard OF BAL MIN 33 15.8 10.6 8.8
Christian Bethancourt C SD CHC 32.5 10.7 10.9 6.5
Alfredo Simon P CIN PIT 32 9.8 8.9 11
Khris Davis OF OF OAK 30 12.7 20.7 14.7

MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks DFS Notables

  • O’s third baseman Manny Machado ranks second in the American League batting average with .350. He was named the A.L. Player of the month for April.
  • White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier hit two homers on Monday and now stands second in the American League in home runs with 10.
  • Tigers Victor Martinez is expected to return to the lineup, meaning either American League batting leader Nick Castellanos or Miguel Cabrera will rest.
  • Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three career starts against Houston.
  • With a leadoff walk in the fourth Monday, D-Backs Paul Goldschmidt extended his on-base streak against the Rockies to 42 games.
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MLB Fantasy Baseball Game Preview

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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Baltimore Orioles vs Texas Rangers

The Baltimore Orioles are going to attempt to continue their outstanding start of the season when they face the Texas Rangers in their 4 game series Saturday night. The highlight of this game will clearly be around the performance of ex Ranger pitcher, Yovani Gallardo. This Fantasy Baseball MLB Preview 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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Yovani Gallardo finished with a 13-11 record with the Rangers last season before signing a huge $22 million dollar contract with Baltimore. The 30 year old Mexican enjoyed quite some success in Arlington, winning 8 of his 14 decisions last year that helped the Rangers into a playoff berth. He’s in 1-0 this year with his new team and was lucky earlier this week with a no decision when he allowed 5 runs and 7 hits in just 5 innings against the Red Sox.

But the Orioles have some serious offensive firepower and it was quite obvious last night when Mark Trumbo, their new off season acquisition went deep twice as he increased his home run total this season to already 5 in his last 5 games 11 RBI on top. Their second baseman Jonathan Schoop also went deep twice last night and has a hit in every game this season but one.

 

The pitcher for tonight for the Rangers will be Colby Lewis. He picked up his 1st win of the regular season this Monday when he only allowed a run and 4 hits in 6 innings during their 7-3 victory against the Mariners. He also managed to beat the Orioles last time they met but has a 2-4 record overall against them. Their rookie Nomar Mazara is 9 for 23 this season with 4 RBI in 6 contests, while center fielder, Deline DeShields has one homer and is 8 for 17. He has 4 runs scored in his last 4 games.

 

 

 

 

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Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays will host the Boston Red Sox this Sunday in the last game of this 3 game series. FanPicks is proud to bring you this MLB Fantasy predictions article. Come play in our MLB Grand Slam Contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks and dominate your competition with your winning lineup.

 

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The Boston Red Sox aren’t having any difficulties scoring runs this opening week of the regular season. In fact, the Blue Jays’ shaky bullpen has really helped them and it was quite obvious in their spectacular come from behind win this series opener. They will head into this game hoping to remain productive while handing Toronto a 4th straight defeat. Boston took both games of the series so far, including an 8-7 win last night as well as a 8-4 earlier this afternoon. Their 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia had a solid game, adding 3 hits and 2 RBI for his team. Wellington Castillo also played well with a 2 for 4 contribution on the mound with a run. Hanley Ramirez is another player of note for the Red Sox. He put up 2 hits and an RBI in Friday’s game while adding 2 more RBI and a triple this afternoon.Steven Wright, the right hander will start tomorrow for Boston and it will be his season debut. Wright had a 5-4 record last year in 9 starts with an 4.09 ERA and 52 Strikeouts.
On the other side, Toronto is using Marco Estrada as their starting pitcher tomorrow. Estrada as well is making his season debut but it will be interesting to see if Estrada is fully healthy for this one as he’s coming back from injury.
The Blue Jays shouldn’t have too much issues scoring especially with big hitters such as Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson on their team. So far, only Bautista was able to manage an RBI during Saturday’s game. Donaldson also added Along with Donaldson, Bautista had a pair of hits in that matchup.
Even though the Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games, and 8-1 in their last 9 against the American League East, the Jays are actually 6-0 in their last 6 games after losing their first 2 games of a series. Toronto also has a 9-3 record on their last 12 Sunday games and are favorite in this one to prevent a sweep.

 

 

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New York Mets vs Kansas City Royals

It’s that time of the year where the highly anticipated MLB season will freshly begin. The New York Mets will be travelling to Kauffman Stadium where they will face the defending MLB Champions, Kansas City Royals. FanPicks is proud to bring you this MLB Baseball Fantasy preview. Come play in our MLB Grand Slam Contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.

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Edinson Volquez will be the starter for the Royals as they defend World Series championship at the expense of the same New York Mets.

He had a 13-9 record with a 3.55 ERA the past campaign. During the World Series, he actually started the first game and in Game 5 against the Mets. He didn’t earn the wins as the bullpen of the Royals really helped. He was 8-4 on home starts with a .348 ERA.

Greg Holland’s loss as a reliever to the Royals will be compensated by the addition of Joakim Soria. Soria had 24 saves with a 2.53 ERA for the Pirates last year.

Speaking of the Royals’ relievers, the unit is minus Greg Holland, who is now a free agent. That said, the addition of Joakim Soria should soften the blow of Holland’s loss. Soria had 24 saves and a 2.53 ERA for Pittsburgh last season.

Kansas City will be hoping that their offense remains productive on offense. They may lack in power but for some reason, they’ve been mastering in putting the balls in play. They showed it especially against the Mets during the World Series. They were 2nd last in The AL with only 139 runs but 2nd in the major for batting average with runners in scoring position explaining their success.

 

Matt Harvey will be the starter for the New York Mets this Opening Day.

The Mets have questionably the best rotation in the MLB. Harvey was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA last season. He made 4 playoffs appearance last year and went 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA. Harvey has a 5-5 record on 12 road starts last year with a 3.42 ERA.

For their offensive weapons, the Mets can count on the bats of Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright and Curtis Granderson. Cespedes arrived during the middle of the season in New York after a trade and literally transformed the Mets’ offense into a feared one. His 17 home runs in 57 games were quite impressive. He was very calm in the World Series going 3 for 17 only.

 

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Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays

It’s that time of the year where the highly anticipated MLB season will freshly begin. With not major changes made during the off season, the Toronto Blue Jays will be traveling to Tampa Bay to face the Rays. FanPicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy MLB Baseball preview. Come play in our MLB Grand Slam Contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.

 

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The 2016 campaign starts for the Toronto Blue Jays this Sunday, when they put their healthier Marcus Stroman to the mound for the first game of a3 game series with Tampa Bay.

Stroman only had 4 appearances last season because of an ACL injury but was undefeated with a 1.67 ERA. He returned this postseason with 3 starts on a 4.19 ERA. With David Price gone to the Red Sox, Stroman will have his starring role in the Blue Jays’ rotation.

The Blue Jays are still going to rely on their offense regardless of their pitching staff. They were terrorizing the plate last year and led the league in HR (232), runs scored (891), slugging % (.457) and on-base percentage (.797)

Josh Donaldson will be teaming up once more with his mates Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to pace their offense  as they combined last season for 120 HR and 937 RBIs.

Justin Smoak however isn’t much of a hitter compared to the others but is a .316 career batting avg against the Ray’s starter Chris Archer.

The Jays are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Rays.

 

On the Rays side, there hasn’t been lots of changes over the offseason but they always remained competitive despite lacking established stars in their lineup.

Archer will be on the mound Sunday against a solid Blue Jays line. He’s proven before that he can handle Toronto’s offense in his young career as he held the Blue Jays in his career to .174 against him. Also, the heavy hitters trio of Donaldson, Bautista, and Encarnacion are only 12 for 86 (.139) against Archer. If Archer can neutralize them again this Sunday, it will be a huge plus for the Rays, who don’t have a firepower that can match Toronto’s offense. They actually had a .245 Batting Avg at home last season, the 3rd worst in the majors.

Tampa Bay was just 25th last season in the MLB in runs (644), but were 14th in slugging % (.406).

Logan Forsythe and Evan Longoria will have to carry without a doubt the bulk of the Rays’ with some help of their newcomer Corey Dickerson, who hit .304 with 10 HR last year for the Rockies.

Tampa Bay is 6-4 in its last 10 home games against Toronto.

 

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Fantasy Baseball Seattle Mariners Projection

For the upcoming 2016 Major League Baseball season, FanPicks take a look at every single team and what are their expectations for the upcoming year. It’s been a mess last year for the Seattle Mariners, and changes were made to avoid another difficult year. Here’s a look at this year’s expectation in the Fantasy Baseball Seattle Mariners Projection.

Fantasy Baseball Seattle Mariners Projection

Over fifty percent of the team’s 40-man roster got overhauled by new general manager Jerry Dipoto since his arrival in office. He kept the core in Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez. This group will be joined by newcomers Nori Aoki, Adam Lind, Chris Iannetta and Wade Miley. Dipoto, being the analytic specialist he is, hopes that this lineup combination brings back baseball fever in the emerald city.

Player to watch

  • Robinson Cano
  • Ketel Marte
  • Felix Hernandez

Robinson Cano began the 2015 MLB season dealing with a stomach issue, which affected his game for the first two month. By June 1st of that year, he collected 19 homers, 63 RBI’s and a hitting percentage of .303. All of this despite playing the final 58 games with a double hernia. Cano had surgery in the offseason and should be healthy by the start of the season.

Cano has played next to six different shortstops in his two years in Seattle. Ketel Marte could finally fill the full-time job as Cano’s double-play partner. At just 21 years old last season, Marte took control of the shortstop job after being called up from the minors on July 31. The young Dominican batted .283 with a .753 OPS in 57 games during his rookie season.

Hernandez had a down season by his standards. He posted an 18-9 record with a 3.53 ERA. It was the first time that he exceeded the 3.00 ERA mark since 2012. With a new team behind him, look for Hernandez to bring elite pitching for another year.

With so many changes among management and roster, it’s hard to believe that this team will immediately challenge for the American League West crown.

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