MLB World Series Game 7 Recap

CHICAGO CUBS WIN!!!

Going to extra innings was merely a minor inconvenience for a team that waited 108 years to win the World Series (Join FanPicks). It took a while, but for the first time in more than a century, the Chicago Cubs are the last team standing. The Cubs scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning, then held on to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 Wednesday night at Progressive Field in a wild seventh game of the World Series. They’ve captured their first championship since 1908, as Series MVP Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero came through with run-scoring hits in the 10th.

The Game 7 loser is now the major league team with the longest World Series drought. Cleveland last won the World Series in 1948. The Indians took a three-games-to-one lead with a 7-2 win in Game 4 at Wrigley Field, but the Cubs won the last three games of the series, outscoring Cleveland 20-13 in that span. The Cubs are only the seventh team in history to win a World Series after being down 3-1. They are the first team to win Games 6 and 7 on the road since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates did it in Baltimore. Cleveland had the home-field advantage in the series but lost three of the four games played at Progressive Field. Cleveland’s last visit to the World Series also ended with an extra-inning loss in Game 7. The 1997 Florida Marlins topped the Indians 3-2 in 11 innings.

10th Inning Highlights

On Wednesday, with the score tied at 6, and after a 17-minute rain delay, Kyle Schwarber led off the top of the 10th inning with a single off Bryan Shaw (0-1). Albert Almora pinch-ran for Schwarber. Kris Bryant flied out to deep center field, allowing Almora to move to second. The Indians then intentionally walked Anthony Rizzo. Zobrist lined a double into the left field corner, scoring Almora and moving Rizzo to third. The Indians intentionally walked Addison Russell, but Montero foiled that strategy as well by stroking a single to left field to make it 8-6.

Cleveland, refusing to go quietly, scored a run in the bottom of the 10th. With two outs and nobody on base, Brandon Guyer singled off Carl Edwards Jr. and then took second on defensive indifference. Rajai Davis lined a single to center, scoring Guyer to make it 8-7. Mike Montgomery relieved Edwards and retired Michael Martinez on groundout to third base, ending the game and starting the celebration in Chicago.

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Indians vs Cubs

World Series Game 3 (1-1)

The best starting pitcher led his team to victory in each of the first two games of the World Series with each team laying claim to the better ace once. The Chicago Cubs try to gain control of the series when they host the Cleveland Indians on Friday in the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945 (Enter Contests). Get set for the World Series Game 3 at FanPicks.com

Corey Kluber set a World Series record with eight strikeouts in the first three innings en route to a 6-0 Indians win in Tuesday’s opener and Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the sixth Wednesday as the Cubs knotted the series at one win apiece with a 5-1 triumph. The most impressive offensive player in the first two games of the series won’t even have a spot in the starting lineup for the next three contests as Chicago will leave Kyle Schwarber on the bench with a pinch-hitting role in the National League park. Schwarber, who sat out all but two games of the regular season after tearing ligaments in his knee in April, was added to the World Series roster and went 3-for-7 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored while serving as designated hitter in the Amercian League park.

Chicago’s Ben Zobrist is 5-for-8 with an RBI triple in the series. Cleveland’s Carlos Santana, who is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in the series, could see time in the outfield in Chicago.

PITCHING MATCHUP

Indians RH Josh Tomlin (2-0, 2.53 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 1.65)

Tomlin delivered exactly what was asked of him in each of his first two postseason starts, allowing a total of three runs in 10 2/3 innings before handing things off to the team’s dominant bullpen. The 32-year-old Texan served up 36 home runs in 174 innings during the regular season but has yet to yield a home run in the playoffs. Tomlin, who has never faced Chicago, was 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three interleague starts this season.

Hendricks outdueled Clayton Kershaw in the clinching game of the NLCS, scattering two hits and no walks over 7 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out six. Hendricks, the major-league ERA leader at 2.13, surrendered one run over 12 2/3 innings in two NLCS starts and went 9-2 with a 1.32 ERA at home during the regular season. The Dartmouth product, who is seeing Cleveland for the first time, was 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA in three interleague starts this season.

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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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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 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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