Milwaukee Brewers Preview Fantasy Baseball

FanPicks has your Milwaukee Brewers Preview for the 2016 fantasy baseball season. Get ready from the first pitch to the last strike, as we will cover every team and provide a full array of MLB contest this summer.

Milwaukee Brewers Preview

It’s been a busy winter for the Brew Crew. They’ve overhauled the team from the front office to the dugout. This team is entering 2016 with some fresh blood and a new start. They’ve started rebuilding from the top, replacing former GM Doug Melvin with David Stearns. Stearns is the youngest current GM in the MLB. He was a Houston Astros assistant GM before taking the Brewers front office job. A lot of changes were made by Stearns over the offseason, so-much-so that 12 players with varying levels of major league experience were traded since last July in exchange for almost exclusively younger, controllable talent.

Three players to watch for:

  • Jonathan Lucroy
  • Orlando Arcia
  • Chris Carter

Lucroy is regarded as a top-tier catcher and a prime candidate to bounce back from a difficult 2015 season. Lucroy is also just 29 and under team control for two more years at a reasonable price, leaving Milwaukee in a strong position.

The Brewers cleared the way for Orlando Arcia at shortstop by trading Jean Segura. But Arcia is ticketed to start the season at Class AAA Colorado Springs. It won’t be long before we see the Venuzualan make his MLB debut.

Carter, a prototypical all-or-nothing slugger, signed a one-year deal in early January and will man first base. His power should play well at hitter-friendly Miller Park, as his 90 homers over the last three years rank eighth in the major leagues.

The Milwaukee Brewers are deep into rebuilding mode, so not much will be expected out of them this year. Brewers fan will need to be patient for another year and see who can lead this team down the road.

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Atlanta Braves Preview Fantasy Baseball

Atlanta Braves Preview 2016 MLB Season

FanPicks is proud to bring you this Atlanta Braves preview. Come enjoy daily Fantasy Baseball news at Fanpicks.com ahead of the MLB 2016 season.

The Atlanta Braves are still completely in rebuilding mode with a lot of potential fantasy baseball players including Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis.

 

Atlanta Braves preview lineup

The Braves want to be serious contenders for the upcoming seasons and have taken the opportunity to amass as much young talent as possible, which would be also aligned with the opening of their new SunTrust Park stadium next year.

The Shelby Miller trade this offseason can possibly be seen as a franchise defining trade and thanks to the Diamondbacks for that matter. This big deal may not have a direct impact this upcoming season for fantasy baseball owners but it’s important to monitor the prospects in case of a call up to the majors.

Julio Teheran and Bud Norris are the only two sure starters with Miller out of the rotation this season. Norris’ performance the past two years will have fantasy owners’ radar away from him however Teheran will be an enigma coming into 2016. Teheran is solid, durable and has been able to outpitch opponents usually but last season, things seem to have caught up a little bit. Fantasy wise, warning signs such as strikeouts dropping and homeruns skyrocketing warrant owners to take a step back to see if he can recover.

The rotation slots and situation in the bullpen is too clouded right now for fantasy consideration of others starters such as Mike Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair or Matt Wisler.

In the outfield, the best fantasy pick is Ender Inciarte with his 21 bases stolen last season. Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman are good picks fantasy wise with their constant production and skill sets, shouldn’t have any issue reaching 80+ RBI this upcoming campaign.

The real strength of the Braves lies in their minor league system, one of the most stacked in baseball and is to be thoroughly monitored by fantasy baseball owners.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies 2016 MLB season

Fantasy Baseball Philadelphia Phillies Preview 02-16-2016

FanPicks is proud to bring you this Philadelphia Phillies preview. Come enjoy daily Fantasy Baseball news at Fanpicks.com ahead of the MLB 2016 season.

The Philadelphia Phillies had an extremely tough year last season and had to face an important offseason to enter the 2016 season. They ended with MLB’s worst record (63-99) but the positive note is that they were able to secure the #1 draft pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, a pick they haven’t had since 1998.

Philadelphia Phillies Preview

 

The biggest news of course was when GM, Ruben Amaro Jr. was ditched by the organization back in September due to the obvious disappointment of the team’s results and poor 2015 campaign.

The Phillies showed during the second half of the past season when they almost posted a .500 record, that a sounder organization-building approach could do them some wonders.

The 3 main players to watch are:

  • Aaron Nola (SP)
  • Maikel Franco (3B)
  • Odubel Herrera (OF)

Nola, 2014 7th pick overall will definitely have a more important role and will be looking for his form of 2 years ago when he entered the majors with a solid season.

Maikel Franco will cast an important role using his power which helped him put up 14 home runs and 50 RBI in just 80 games as a rookie before he broke his wrist.

Herrera will be a steady contributor with his .297 batting average and solid on the steals department hoping for about 30 this upcoming campaign.

After the blockbuster trade involving Cole Hamels, the Phillies will be hoping to bounce back to their potential although it may take a while before they establish themselves back as a powerhouse in the N.L. East, having won before this past campaign, five straight National League East titles.

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New York Mets versus Kansas City Royals MLB World Series Game 2 Real Money Fantasy League Picks 10-28-2015

It’s Game 2 of the World Series as the Kansas City Royals will be facing the New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to FOX on Wednesday October 28th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

Mets/Royals Game 1 Recap:

The Royals took a 1-0 lead in this best of seven World Series as they defeated the New York Mets 5-4 in 14 innings. It was the longest game ever played in a World Series game It was a gut wrenching loss for the Mets as they blew a one run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning as closer Jeurys Familia surrendered a one out homer to Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon to tie the game at 4-4. The game winning run came on a sacrifice fly and was unearned as Mets third baseman David Wright made a throwing error on an Alcides Escobar grounder that allowed him to get on base. Each team had 11 hits in the game. The Royals bullpen allowed no earned runs in their eight innings of relief pitching. Both starters in the game allowed three runs in six innings of work. Mets starter Matt Harvey was given a 3-1 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning and was unable to hold it by giving up two runs.

New York Mets 1B:

Lucas Duda

The Mets first baseman had two hits in Game 1 of the World Series. He had three hits in the closeout game against the Cubs. In the post season Duda has moved his average up to .235 with a homer and six RBI’s.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy’s streak of six straight home runs was snapped in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Still the second baseman had two hits and a run scored on Tuesday. He is hitting .400 in the playoffs with seven homers and 11 RBIs. Murphy has hits in ten straight games.

New York Mets 3B:

David Wright

The veteran had two hits in the opener in Game 1. He had a three hit game in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs. He has gotten hot of late and is looking to move up his batting average as it sits at .189 in the playoffs with three RBIs.

New York Mets P:

Jacob DeGrom

The Mets right hander is his three playoff starts is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.89 and WHIP of 1.00. He worked on October 20th at the Chicago Cubs and gave up two earned runs and four hits over seven innings in a 5-2 road win. All of his starts in the playoffs have come on the road.

Kansas City Royals 2B:

Ben Zobrist

The Royals second baseman is off to a great start in the World Series with three hits with two doubles and a run scored. He is hitting .347 in the playoffs with two homers and six RBIs. Zobrist has multiple hits in three of his past five games.

Kansas City Royals 3B:

Mike Moustakas

The 27 year old third baseman had two hits on Tuesday. He had two hits with a homer in the closeout win against Toronto. He looks to improve on a .188 batting average in the playoffs with a homer and six RBIs.

Kansas City Royals 1B:

Eric Hosner

Hosner had the game winning sacrifice fly for the game winning RBI in the bottom of the 14th. He is struggling at the plate in the playoffs with a batting average of .208 with a homer and 13 RBIs.

Kansas City Royals C:

Salvador Perez

The young catcher had two hits in the opener. He has a post season batting average of .214 with four homers and six RBIs.

Kansas City Royals P:

Johnny Cueto

Cueto in the playoffs is 1-1 in three starts with an ERA of 7.88 and WHIP of 1.38. He worked on October 19th at Toronto and allowed eight earned runs and six hits in two innings in an 11-8 road defeat.

MLB World Series Game 2 Best Fantasy Picks

P: Jacob DeGrom (Mets)
2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)
RF: Curtis Granderson (Mets)
1B: Lucas Duda (Mets)
DH: Juan Lagares (Mets)
SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)

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New York Mets versus Kansas City Royals MLB World Series Game 1 Fantasy League Picks 10-27-2015

The World Series is set to begin as the Kansas City Royals will host the New York Mets in Game 1 of a best of seven. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV on Tuesday October 27th to track the results of their one day rosters.

 

The New York Mets have not just made it to the World Series on their fine pitching staff alone. The team has gotten some good contributions at the plate as well. Second baseman Daniel Murphy has been tearing the cover off the baseball with clutch hits in huge situations. New York was able to knock off the LA Dodgers in 5 games to open the playoffs as they withstood the difficult task of facing Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke a combination of four times in the five games. Then the team faced the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS and made quick work of sweeping a four game series. New York allowed a total of eight runs total over the four games they played against Chicago. The offense also provided cushion as the game was decided by two games or greater.

 

The Kansas City Royals enter the World Series in back to back seasons. Last year they were beaten by the San Francisco Giants. Kansas City had a difficult road in the post season as they were able to withstand two elimination games against the Houston Astros in the opening round to advance 3-2 in the best of five ALDS. The offense came to life in Game 4 and 5 as the club combined for 16 runs in the two games. In the ALCS the Royals were able to eliminate a very good hitting Toronto Blue Jays team in six games.

 

New York Mets 2B:

 

Daniel Murphy

 

The Mets second baseman has led the club in the post season with a .421 batting average with seven homers and 11 RBIs. He has hit a home run in six straight games. In the series clincher on October 21st, Murphy had four hits with two RBIs.

 

New York Mets CF:

 

Juan Lagares

 

In eight playoff games Lagares is hitting .385 with only 13 at bats. There are talks he could be in the lineup in the American League Park when the DH will be used.

 

New York Mets RF:

 

Curtis Granderson

 

Granderson is batting .303 in the postseason with seven RBIs. He has hits in seven of his nine playoff games.

 

New York Mets CF:

 

Yoenis Cespedes

 

Cespedes is hitting .265 in the playoffs with two homers and seven RBIs. In Game three of the NLCS the Mets outfielder had three hits and two RBIs in the huge 5-2 road victory that put New York up 3-0 in the series.

 

New York Mets P:

 

Matt Harvey

 

The New York right hander has started two postseason games and is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.84 and WHIP of 1.18. He worked on October 17th at home to Chicago as he allowed two earned runs and four hits over 7 2/3rd innings.

 

Kansas City Royals SS:

 

Alcides Escobar

 

The Royals shortstop is leading the club in the playoffs with a .386 batting average with five RBIs. He has hits in ten straight playoff games with five multi-hit games in that span.

 

Kansas City Royals RF:

 

Alex Rios

 

Rios has bat .333 in the postseason with a homer and five RBIs. He went 6 for 9 in the last three games of the ALCS.

 

Kansas City Royals 2B:

 

Ben Zobrist

 

The 34 year old second baseman has been hot in the playoffs with a .326 batting average with two homers and six RBIs. He had a home run in the game clinching 4-3 home victory in Game 6 to Toronto.

 

Kansas City Royals P:

 

Edinson Volquez

 

Volquez has started three games in the playoffs and is 1-2 with an ERA of 4.32 and WHIP of 1.32. He was hit hard on October 21st at Toronto as he gave up five earned runs, three hits and four walks in a 7-1 road defeat at Toronto. Volquez has walked four batters in each of his three playoff starts.

 

MLB World Series Game 1 Fantasy Picks

 

P: Matt Harvey (Mets)

2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)

RF: Curtis Granderson (Mets)

1B: Lucas Duda (Mets)

DH: Juan Lagares (Mets)

SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 23rd 2015

Toronto Blue Jays versus Kansas City Royals MLB ALCS Game 6 Fantasy Preview 10-23-2015

It will be a Game 6 of the Major League Baseball playoffs ALCS as the Kansas City Royals will host the Toronto Blue Jays. DFS MLB draft managers can tune to Fox Sports 1 TV on Friday night October 23rd at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their fantasy baseball one day league draft picks.

The KC Royals will be looking for the series clincher in this series as they hold a 3-2 lead. Toronto was facing elimination in Game 5 but forced the series back to Kansas City with the 7-1 victory at home on Wednesday. The Royals won Game 1 and Game 2 at home by the scores of 5-0 and 6-3.

In the Toronto victory in Game 5 the team collected eight hits and got a good pitching performance by Marco Estrada who worked 7 2/3rd innings and allowed one earned run and three hits. The Royals threw Edinson Volquez in Game 5 and the right hander lasted just five innings as he allowed five earned runs and three hits. Volquez walked four batters in the loss. Ironically in his three post season starts he has walked four batters in each game. Volquez spent several years with the San Diego Padres as he broke into Major League Baseball and had good stuff but struggled constantly with his control.

Toronto Blue Jays CF:

Kevin Pillar

The Blue Jays center fielder is batting .300 in the playoffs with a homer and six RBIs. He had two hits in the home win against KC in Game 5 with an RBI. Pillar has four multiple hits in his past eight games.

Toronto Blue Jays 1B:

Chris Colabello

Colabello had a home run in the victory on Wednesday. He is batting .286 with two homers and three RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

The Blue Jays slugger had a hit with two runs in the win in Game 5. Donaldson has hits in five straight and eight of nine games. He has three homers and eight RBIs in the playoffs.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

David Price

Price has not had post season success. In three playoff appearances he is 1-2 with an ERA of 7.02 and WHIP of 1.14. He worked at Kansas City on October 17th and allowed five earned runs and six hits over 6 2/3rd innings in a 6-3 road loss.

Kansas City Royals SS:

Alcides Escobar

The Royals shortstop is leading the club with a postseason batting average of .400 with five RBIs. He hits in nine straight.

Kansas City Royals P:

Yordano Ventura

The KC right hander is 0-1 in the playoffs in three starts with an ERA of 6.57 and WHIP of 1.78. He faced Toronto on October 17th and allowed three earned runs and eight hits over 5 1/3rd innings in a 6-3 home victory.

Mets Will Have Pitching Rotation on Full Rest When World Series Starts on Tuesday October 27th

The New York Mets took care of their business in a four game sweep against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The World Series will begin in the American League Park on Tuesday which means that manager Terry Collins will have a full five days rest to get ready for his AL opponent and offers rest for his young pitching staff. The Game 1 starter figures to be Jacob DeGrom and would be expected to throw in Game 5. The big question is would Collins go with Matt Harvey in Game 2 or Noah Syndergaard. With Steven Matz figured to go in Game four that means the Game 3 starter would be on the mound in a deciding Game 7 if it is necessary in a winner take all scenario.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 22nd 2015

Mets Earn 8-3 Win over Cubs in Game 4 to Complete Sweep and are Headed to the World Series

The New York Mets starting and relief pitching just seemed too much to overcome for the Chicago Cubs as the Mets earned the Game 4 victory and will play the winner of the Royals and Blue Jays in the World Series. It was an 8-3 victory for the Mets as New York powered out 11 hits and along with three home runs in the game. Starter Steven Matz lasted 4 2/3rd innings then Bartolo Colon was brought in to get four outs to register the win. The Mets pitchers allowed a total of eight runs in the four games played in this series. The World Series will begin with Game 1 on Tuesday October 27th.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy was the MVP of the NLCS. He leads the club with a .421 batting average with seven homers and 11 RBIs. The Mets second baseman has hit a home run in six straight playoff games. He had a monster Game 4 as Murphy had four hits including a home run with two RBIs.

New York Mets 1B:

Lucas Duda

The Mets first baseman was in a 3 for 22 slump as he entered Game 4. It was a huge performance in the series clincher for Duda as he had three hits with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs in the win.

New York Mets SS:

Wilmer Flores

Flores has had a good post season hitting .292. He had two hits with a triple on Wednesday night.

New York Mets P:

Steven Matz

Matz came within one out of a victory in Game 4. The New York right hander allowed one earned run and four hits in 4 2/3rd innings pitched against the Cubs hitters.

Toronto Stays Alive and Sends Series Back to Kansas City after a 7-1 Home Win in Game 5

The Toronto Blue Jays are now down 3-2 as they earned a victory in Game 5 against the Royals at home on Wednesday night. The Blue Jays had eight hits and the team had a home run in the win. The Royals bats were quiet in the loss with just four hits for the game.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

The Blue Jays right hander had a huge game in the win as he threw 7 2/3rd innings and gave up just one earned run and three hits striking out five.

Toronto Blue Jays RF:

Jose Bautista

The power hitting right fielder contributed with two hits with a run scored and RBI on Wednesday. In the playoffs Bautista is batting .270 with two homers.

Toronto Blue Jays SS:

Troy Tulowitzki

Tulowitzki had a two hit game with three RBIs in the Game 5 victory. He has had multiple hits in three of his past four games.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

The Blue Jays third baseman is batting .278 in the playoffs with three homers and eight RBIs. He had a hit with two runs scored in the win on Wednesday.

Kansas City Royals P:

Edinson Volquez

Volquez has had issues with his control for most of his career. In three starts he has walked four batters in each game. In the Game 5 loss the Royals right hander allowed five earned runs and three hits working five innings in a 7-1 road defeat. He is 1-2 in the playoffs this year.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 20th 2015

Kansas City Royals versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 4 ALCS MLB Real Money Fantasy Preview 10-20-2015

The Toronto Blue Jays will meet the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 of their ALCS series on Tuesday afternoon. MLB fantasy draft GM’s can tune to FOX Sports 1 on October 20th at 4PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks. The pitching matchup features Blue Jays right hander R.A.Dickey as he opposes Royals righty Chris Young.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

Donaldson came through for the Blue Jays when the team needed it most down 0-2 in the series. The third baseman had two hits with a homer and three RBI’s in Game 3.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

R.A. Dickey

The knuckle baller will make his second start in the postseason. Dickey started on October 12th at Texas as he allowed one earned run and five hits over 4 2/3rd innings as he received a no decision in an 8-4 road win.

Kansas City Royals DH:

Kendrys Morales

The veteran DH is coming off a three hit performance in a losing cause in Game 3. Morales produced a home run with two RBI’s. He is having a good postseason with a .310 batting average with four playoff homers.

Kansas City Royals P:

Chris Young

The KC right hander started at home to the Houston Astros in the playoffs on October 8th and allowed one earned run and three hits over four innings in a 5-2 home defeat.

Royals/Blue Jays Game 3 Recap:

The Kansas City Royals saw their lead in this best of seven series fall to 2-1 after an 11-8 road defeat in Game 3 on Monday night to the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a short night for Royals right hander Johnny Cueto who lasted only two innings as he gave up eight earned runs and six hits plus walking four guys in a dreadful outing. Marcus Stroman for the Blue Jays exited after 6 1/3rd innings as he gave up four earned runs and 11 hits. The Blue Jays flexed their power with three home runs.

New York Mets versus Chicago Cubs Game 3 NLCS MLB Fantasy Preview 10-20-2015

The NLCS series continues on Tuesday night with Game 3 as the Chicago Cubs will play host to the New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to TBS TV at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their roster picks.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy has been hot in the playoffs with a batting average of .357 with five playoff homers and eight RBIs. He had two hits with a homer and RBI in Game 2.

New York Mets P:

Jacob DeGrom

The Mets right hander makes his third start of the playoffs. DeGrom is 2-0 in the postseason with an ERA of 1.38 and WHIP of 1.15.

Chicago Cubs 3B:

Kris Bryant

The rookie third baseman broke a slump on Sunday in Game 2 as he had two hits and an RBI. Bryant is batting .185 in the playoffs.

Chicago Cubs P:

Kyle Hendricks

Hendricks has one start in the playoffs and it was on October 10th as he allowed three runs all solo home runs in 4 2/3rd innings at the St Louis Cardinals. He received a no decision in a Cubs 6-3 road win.

Cubs/Mets Game 2 Recap:

The New York Mets are up 2-0 in this best of seven series after a 4-1 victory in Game 2 on Sunday to the Chicago Cubs. The Mets got great pitching once again in this series. They have held Chicago to just three runs in the first two games of the NLCS. The Cubs right hander Jake Arrieta struggled for consecutive games in these playoffs as he gave up four earned runs over five innings to take the loss. Noah Syndergaard threw 5 1/3rd innings and gave up just a single run. The Mets bullpen shut the door as the unit allowed no runs and two hits in 3 1/3rd innings of relief.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 19th 2015

Kansas City Royals versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 3 ALCS MLB Fantasy Preview 10-19-2015

It will be Game 3 of the ALCS series from the Major League Baseball playoffs on Monday as the Toronto Blue Jays will be hosting the Kansas City Royals. MLB Draft GM’s can tune to FOX Sports 1 at 8PM Eastern Time on October 19th to check out the scoring results of their roster picks.

The Kansas City Royals behind solid pitching have taken the 2-0 series lead in this best of seven series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The composite scores of the first two games of this series are KC 11 and Toronto 3. In Game 2 on Saturday the Royals won 6-3 as they make the most of their eight hits in the victory. Starter Yordano Ventura surrendered three earned runs in 5 1/3rd innings then the KC bullpen shut the door behind 3 2/3rd two hit shutout innings.

Kansas City Royals SS:

Alcides Escobar

The Royals shortstop has led the team in hitting in the postseason with a batting average of .321 with five runs scored in his seven games. He has a hit in his past six playoff games.

Kansas City Royals 2B:

Ben Zobrist

Zobrist has a .308 batting average in the playoffs with four runs scored and two RBIs. He had a hit and a run scored in each of the first two games of this series against Toronto.

Kansas City Royals P:

Johnny Cueto

In the 2015 playoffs free agent to be Johnny Cueto is 1-1 in two starts with an ERA of 3.86 and WHIP of 0.86. In the ALDS series clincher against Houston, Cueto held the Astros to two earned runs and two hits over eight innings of work in a 7-2 home victory.

Toronto Blue Jays 1B:

Chris Colabello

The first baseman for the Blue Jays is leading the club with a .375 batting average in the postseason with a homer and two RBIs. He had two hits in the Game 2 loss on Saturday. Colabello has multiple hits in four of his six playoff games.

Toronto Blue Jays CF:

Kevin Pillar

Pillar in the playoffs is hitting .321 with a homer and four RBIs. In the 6-3 defeat at Kansas City in Game 2 the Blue Jays center fielder had two hits and a run scored. He is 2 for 3 with an RBI lifetime against Cueto.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marcus Stroman

The Blue Jays right hander has started two games in the playoffs and is 0-0 with an ERA of 3.46 and WHIP of 1.08. He last started on October 14th at home to Texas where he allowed two earned runs and six hits but received a no decision in a 6-3 home victory.

New York Mets Go Up 2-0 in NLCS Series with Cubs after Win on Sunday

Strong pitching carries the New York Mets to their Game 2 victory against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night by the score of 4-1. Mets starter Noah Syndergaard threw 5 1/3rd innings and gave up one earned run and just three hits. The Mets went to their bullpen with four relievers who combined for 3 1/3rd innings of scoreless relief to register the win. Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy continued his hot hitting in the playoffs with a homer and two RBIs in the victory. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta had his second bad start in a row as his regular season magic may have worn out for the playoffs. Arrieta in five innings allowed four earned runs and four hits with a homer.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 17th 2015

Chicago Cubs versus New York Mets Game 1 MLB NLCS Fantasy Preview 10-17-2015

The NLCS begins on Saturday October 18th as its Game 1 between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GMs can tune to TBS TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

The Mets qualified for the NLCS after disposing of the LA Dodgers in five games. They win a deciding fifth game at Dodgers Stadium on Thursday by the score of 3-2. The Cubs were able to dispose of the St Louis Cardinals in four games as Chicago earned the 6-4 victory in the series clincher on Tuesday at home in Chicago. The Cubs and Mets have met seven times during the regular season with Chicago winning all seven games. The Cubs pitching staff put on a dominating effort limiting New York to one run or fewer in five of the seven games.

Chicago Cubs LF:

Chris Coghlan

The Cubs don’t have much history facing Harvey over their careers. Coghlan stands out as he is 3 for 8 life time against the Mets starter with two RBIs.

Chicago Cubs P:

Jon Lester

On the year the Cubs left hander is 11-12 with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP of 1.12. He had a start in the NLDS at St Louis and went 7 1/3rd innings and gave up three earned runs in a 4-0 road loss at St Louis.

New York Mets RF:

Curtis Granderson

New York Mets 1B:

Lucas Duda

The Mets first baseman is 2 for 6 life time against Lester with a home run.

Curtis Granderson has a long history against Lester in his career. In 44 at bats Granderson is batting .273 with two homers and four RBIs.

New York Mets P:

Matt Harvey

The Mets right hander on the season is 13-8 in his 29 starts with an ERA of 2.71 and WHIP of 1.02. He worked Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers and allowed two earned runs and seven hits over five innings in a 13-7 home victory to the LA Dodgers.

Toronto Blue Jays versus Kansas City Royals Game 2 MLB ALCS Fantasy Baseball Preview 10-17-2015

This will be Game 2 of the ALCS series. It was the Kansas City Royals behind a great six innings no run performance by Edinson Volquez as they posted the 5-0 victory to take 1-0 lead in this best of seven series. The outstanding Royals bullpen shut out the power hitting Blue Jays the rest of the way to their victory.

Toronto Blue Jays RF:

Jose Bautista

Not too much history for Blue Jays hitters battling Ventura. Jose Bautista stands out with a 3 for 5 against Ventura with a homer and RBI.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

David Price

The Blue Jays left hander is 18-5 on the year with an ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 1.08. He faced Texas twice in the ALDS and allowed a total of eight earned runs and eleven hits over ten innings of work as he went 1-1 in those two playoff games.

Kansas City Royals RF:

Alex Rios

The KC Royals have had good success hitting David Price with a Team Batting average of .293. Royal’s right fielder Alex Rios has crushed Price by batting .400 against him with two homers and ten RBIs in 30 at bats.

Kansas City Royals P:

Yordano Ventura

The KC right hander is 13-8 in his 28 starts on the season with an ERA of 4.08 and WHIP of 1.30. Ventura faced the Astros twice in the playoffs and allowed a total of six earned runs and eight hits over seven innings of work.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 15th 2015

New York Mets versus LA Dodgers Game 5 MLB NLDS Fantasy Preview 10-15-2015

It will be a deciding Game 5 from the NLDS series as the LA Dodgers will be home to the New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to TBS TV on Thursday October 15th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy rosters.

Each team is 1-1 at home and away in this series. New York held a 2-1 lead heading into Game 4 and it was the LA Dodgers with the 3-1 road victory to even the series at 2-2 to bring the fifth and deciding Game 5 to LA. Left hander Clayton Kershaw pitched very well as he allowed the Mets one earned run and three hits over seven innings. Closer Kenley Jansen pitched a four out save as he held New York scoreless in 1 1/3rd innings.

In the two games held in Dodgers Stadium it was the Mets winning Game 1 by the score of 3-1 and LA came from behind in Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1 with the 5-2 victory. Game 3 was a 13-7 home blowout victory by NY against the Dodgers. Justin Turner came in with a clutch hit and made an outstanding defensive play in the seventh inning to help preserve the 3-1 Game 4 victory. The Dodgers have been a power hitting team with 187 home runs this season ranking sixth best in MLB.

New York struggled against Kershaw in Game 4. They were forced to fly cross-country trips three times in this series while the LA Dodgers took just two cross-country flights from the NLDS. The Mets have had trouble hitting for average as the club bats .244 on the year ranking 28th in Major League Baseball.

New York Mets RF:

Curtis Granderson

The Mets right fielder has been hot in the NLDS with a .429 batting average with two doubles. He has had two hits in three of the four games of this series.

New York Mets LF:

Yoenis Cespedes

Cespedes had hits in three straight playoff games. The left fielder had three hits in Game 3 in the Mets 13-7 victory. He is 1 for 5 life time against Zach Greinke.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

The Mets middle infielder has four hits in seventeen at bats in this series but two of the hits were home runs and he has driven in three runs in the NLDS.

New York Mets P:

Jacob DeGrom

The Mets 27 year old lefthander went 14-8 in 30 starts with an ERA of 2.54 and WHIP of 0.98. In Game 1 against the Dodgers Degrom earned the win as he allowed no earned runs and five hits working seven innings.

LA Dodgers 3B:

Justin Turner

A former Met Justin Turner is batting .467 in the NLCS with three RBIs. He is 7 of 15 with three doubles and two runs scored. Turner has hits in all four games with multiple hits in three of the four games.

LA Dodgers CF:

Enrique Hernandez

The 24 year old hit .307 in the regular season. In the NLDS Hernandez has hit .400 with three runs scored.

LA Dodgers 1B:

Adrian Gonzalez

The LA veteran first baseman is hitting .313 in the Met series with five RBIs. He went 3 for 8 against DeGrom in his career with two homers and five RBIs.

LA Dodgers P:

Zach Greinke

The LA right hander is 19-3 with an ERA of 1.66 and WHIP of 0.84. He faced the Mets in Game 2 of this series on October 10th and allowed two earned runs and five hits over seven innings in a 5-2 victory.

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Major League Fantasy Baseball Draft News October 9th 2015

Texas Ranges versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 2 MLB ALDS Real Money Fantasy Preview

Game 2 will begin from Toronto at 12:30PM Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1.

Texas Rangers 2B:

Rougned Odor

The bottom of the lineup did the damage for Texas in Game 1. Odor had a hit and RBI with three runs scored in the win on Thursday.

Texas Rangers C:

Robinson Chirinos

The Rangers catcher had a homer with two RBIs.

Texas Rangers P:

Cole Hamels

The Rangers left hander on the year is 13-8 with an ERA of 3.65 and WHIP of 1.19. Hamels has the edge of pitching in a pressure packed situation on Sunday as he was on the mound when Texas defeated the LA Angels to win the AL West division. He pitched a complete game nine innings and allowed two earned runs and just three hits.

Toronto Blue Jays DH:

Edwin Encarnacion contributed with two hits and an RBI in a losing cause in Game 1.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marcus Stroman

On the year the 24 year old is 4-0 with an ERA of 1.67 and WHIP of 0.96.

Rangers/Blue Jays Summary:

Stroman has had great success against the Texas Rangers lineup. They have just 2 hits in 24 at bats career wise against the Rangers right hander. Stroman gets the nod as the roster pick from the pitchers in this game. The left hander Hamels had had difficulty in the past battling Edwin Encarnacion. The Texas DH is hitting .357 life time against Hamels.

Fantasy Roster Pick Recommendations:

P: Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays)
DH: Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)

Houston Astros versus Kansas City Royals MLB Game 2 ALDS Best Fantasy League Picks

They start from Kansas City at 3:30PM Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1.

Houston Astros P:

Scott Kazmir

The veteran left hander Kazmir is 7-11 with an ERA of 3.10 and WHIP of 1.21.

Kansas City Royals P:

Johnny Cueto

The Royals veteran right hander is 11-13 with an ERA of 3.44 and WHIP of 1.13.

Astros/Royals Summary:

The Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has had success against Kazmir with a lifetime mark of .391. Omar Infante bats .407 against Kazmir with two homers and seven RBIs. Johnny Cueto is a free agent at the end of the year and has great motivation in the playoffs. Colby Rasmus has had the most success against Cueto in his career with a .333 batting average with a homer and five RBIs. Carlos Gomez has smacked two homers off Cueto in 12 at bats.

Fantasy Roster Picks Recommendations:

P: Johnny Cueto (Royals)
1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals)

Chicago Cubs versus St Louis Cardinals Game 1 NLDS MLB Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015

Game 1 of the NLDS series between the Chicago Cubs and St Louis Cardinals will be played on Friday October 9th at 6:30PM Eastern Time on TBS TV.

Chicago Cubs P:

Jon Lester

The veteran left hander in 2015 was 11-12 with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP of 1.12.

St Louis Cardinals P:

John Lackey

The veteran right hander is 13-10 with an ERA of 2.77 and WHIP of 1.21.

Cubs/Cardinals Summary:

Jon Lester has had problems facing Jason Heyward in his career. Heyward is hitting .417 against Lester with a homer and two RBIs. In 40 at bats Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has belted three homers. Matt Holliday is 5 of 9 with three RBIs against the Cubs lefty. Cubs Chris Coughlan had hit Lackey pretty well by going 8 for 17 with two RBIs for a .417 batting average. Anthony Rizzo is 1 for 12 against Lackey.

Fantasy Roster Picks Recommendations:

LF: Chris Coghlan (Cubs)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)

New York Mets at LA Dodgers Game 1 NLDS MLB Cash Fantasy League Preview 10-8-2015

They face off from Dodgers Stadium in LA at 9:30PM Eastern Time on TBS TV.

New York Mets P:

Jacob DeGrom

The Mets right hander is 14-8 with an ERA of 2.54 and WHIP of 0.98.

LA Dodgers P:

Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw this year is 16-7 with an ERA of 2.13 and WHIP of 0.88.

Mets/Dodgers Summary

As a team the LA Dodgers hit just .175 against Jacob DeGrom. This has a look of a low scoring pitching duel that will be decided by each bullpen. Andre Eithier is 2 for 6 and Adrian Gonzalez 3 for 8 against DeGrom and the rest of the LA roster struggles. The Mets hit .213 against Kershaw. Ruben Tejada had five hits in 14 at bats against Kershaw and has drawn three walks.

Fantasy Roster Picks Recommendations:

P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)

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Major League Baseball Fantasy News October 8th 2015

Houston Astros versus Kansas City Royals Game 1 ALDS MLB Playoffs Cash League Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015

The Houston Astros will wheel back after one day of rest to meet the Kansas City Royals from Game 1 of their ALDS best of five series. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to Fox Sports 1 on Thursday October 8th at 7:30PM Eastern Time from Kansas City to track the performance of their roster picks.

The Houston Astros were an AL Wildcard entrant and had to travel to Yankees Stadium to face New York in a one game playoff. The Astros got an outstanding six innings of work from left hander Dallas Keuchel as Houston wins 3-0 to advance to the ALDS. The Astros bullpen allowed no hits and no runs in the final three innings of this game. The Astros are second in Major League Baseball in home runs this year and the Astros got two long balls in the victory.

The Kansas City Royals finished with the best record in the American League with a record of 95-67. They closed strong with a five game winning streak to finish with a better record than Toronto to have home field advantage in both the ALDS and ALCS. This Royals team is third best in MLB in team batting as they hit .269 on the season. They rank just 24th in quality starts because the bullpen is very strong for Kansas City it doesn’t require the starters to go far into games.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

The Astros right fielder had a double in the win against the Yankees. Springer has hit better on the road than at home this year. George Springer is batting .319 on the road with seven homers and 18 RBIs. He is hot in October with a .429 batting average.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve

Altuve concluded play in the regular season leading the everyday players for Houston with a .313 batting average with 15 homers and 66 RBIs. He had a key hit with an RBI in the 3-0 win at the New York Yankees on Monday. A negative is the Astros second baseman is hitting just .143 against Ventura in his career.

Houston Astros DH:

Evan Gattis

The power hitting DH has 27 homers and 88 RBIs on the year with a .246 batting average. He is 1 for 3 life time against Ventura with a triple. Gattis has batted just .217 on the road this year.

Houston Astros P:

Collin McHugh

In 32 starts in 2015 McHugh is 19-7 with an ERA of 3.89 and WHIP of 1.28. He didn’t face the Royals this season. McHugh was 10-2 following the All Star Game.

Kansas City Royals CF:

Lorenzo Cain

Cain led the Royals everyday hitters with a .307 batting average with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. His batting average is .335 at home with 46 RBIs. Cain hit .350 against Astros pitching this year.

Kansas City Royals 1B:

Eric Hosmer

The Royals first baseman batted .297 on the year with 18 homers and 93 RBIs. He hits .311 at home with 49 RBIs. He does look to break a 2 for 15 slump for the month of October.

Kansas City Royals DH:

Kendrys Morales

The 32 year old veteran hit .290 on the season with 22 homers and 106 RBIs. He is 0 for 5 life time against McHugh.

Kansas City Royals P:

Yordano Ventura

The KC right hander is 13-8 with an ERA of 4.08 and WHIP of 1.30. In one start against Houston this year Ventura is 1-0 as he allowed one earned run over seven innings of work.

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