Saturday’s Primetime Games

MLB September 17, 2016

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Marlins (73-74) vs Phillies (66-82)

The Philadelphia Phillies have long since been removed from any playoffs discussion, and they are doing their best to make sure the Miami Marlins are not involved in that conversation as well. After posting a 13-inning triumph in the series opener, the Phillies will look to deal another blow to visiting Miami’s slim playoff aspirations. Guaranteed by manager Pete Mackanin to start each contest of the three-game stand, former National League MVP Ryan Howard belted a solo homer on Friday. This could be the beginning of his swan song in the City of Brotherly Love.

While the Phillies are playing out the string, the Marlins have fallen nine of 17 decisions to their NL East rival and reside five games behind the New York Mets for the second wild card. Giancarlo Stanton walked twice and scored once in his return to the starting lineup. He has struggled hard though when facing off against Saturday starter Jeremy Hellickson, going 1-for-15 with five strikeouts. Marcell Ozuna has collected back-to-back multi-hit performances overall and is 18-for-57 versus the Phillies this season.

Rays (63-84) vs Orioles (81-66)

After watching an eighth-inning comeback bid fall short in the series opener of their four-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Baltimore Orioles finished the job one day later to maintain their grip on a potential postseason berth. The Orioles hope to avoid the need for yet another rally and try to extend their season-long domination of the Rays.

Baltimore surrendered three first-inning runs and seven over the first four innings in Thursday’s 7-6 setback to Tampa Bay, creating just enough of a gap that eighth-inning RBIs from J.J. Hardy and Michael Bourn couldn’t complete the rally. Baltimore fell behind by four runs early Friday as well before eighth-inning RBIs from Hardy and Bourn capped a five-run resurgence and proved to be the difference this time around. This allowed the club to improve to 12-5 against the Rays. The win also allowed the Orioles to stay two games behind division-leading Boston and hold one of the two AL wild-card spots. Tampa Bay saw its three-game winning streak end as a result and stumble to 8-10 since Aug. 29, when it began a 26-game stretch in which it will not play a contest outside of the division.

Twins (55-93) vs Mets (78-69)

While the two teams they are fighting with for the two wild-cards in the National League are playing one another, the New York Mets are strengthening their lineup with a number of injured players set to return. Slugging first baseman Lucas Duda, sidelined for nearly four months, is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday.

New York cruised to a 3-0 victory in the series opener to improve to 9-3 over its last 12 games and remain one game behind San Francisco for the top wild-card spot as well as two games ahead of St. Louis for the final wild-card. Along with Duda, who was out because of a stress fracture in his back, Juan Lagares is back after undergoing thumb surgery and Wilmer Flores should return soon after receiving a cortisone injection in his sore right wrist. Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera clubbed back-to-back home runs on Friday. Cabrera provided a brief anxious moments when he exited the game in the eighth inning with what turned out to be a leg cramp. Brian Dozier had one of Minnesota’s three singles Friday to prolong his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games.

White Sox (72-75) vs Royals (74-73)

A disastrous homestand has likely buried any chances for the Kansas City Royals to hope of postseason birth. The defending World Series champions have been gouged for 50 runs during that ugly skid. The Royals have dropped to seventh place in the quest for the two wild cards spots and another loss will plunge them back to the .500 mark.

Kansas City’s normally reliable bullpen was unable to maintain a late two-run lead in Friday’s 7-4 loss, giving up five runs over the final two innings. Carlos Sanchez, who delivered a walk-off single for the White Sox on Thursday, smacked a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning Friday. This was his first blast since Sept. 21, 2015. Jose Abreu is now batting .300 after gathering multiple hits in 12 of his last 18 contests.

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Yankees vs Red Sox

Alex Rodriguez will make his final appearance at Fenway Park and has a chance to lead the New York Yankees to a series win this Thursday. Rodriguez, who is set to play his final game for the Yankees at home on Friday before being released, got into Wednesday’s win as a pinch hitter and is expected to play a bigger role in the finale. He flied out in his lone plate appearance on Wednesday but New York managed to even the series at one win apiece by picking on the Red Sox bullpen for five runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth en route to a 9-4 triumph.

The Red Sox need to win every game at this point to keep pace in the American League East and AL wild card races and may be without All-Star slugger David Ortiz. The veteran designated hitter had to be helped off the field after fouling a ball off his right leg in the ninth inning on Wednesday and was sent for x-rays.

Angels vs Indians

Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 14 games in impressive fashion, collecting two singles and a double for his third straight multi-hit performance in Wednesday’s 7-4 setback at Washington. The 23-year-old Dominican is batting .391 with runners in scoring position but is hitting just .188 (6-for-32) in 10 career encounters with the Angels. Los Angeles saw its offense limited to just one run for a third consecutive contest and sustained its season high-tying sixth straight loss with Wednesday’s 3-1 setback against the red-hot Chicago Cubs. Mike Trout is 1-for-12 with eight strikeouts in his last three games, and his 1-for-11 performance versus Thursday starter Corey Kluber doesn’t inspire much confidence, either.

Astros vs Twins

The Astros made a bold personnel decision by designating Carlos Gomez for assignment and hope the transaction can be looked back on as a courageous factor in their wild-card push. Houston, who trail Boston, Detroit and Seattle in the battle for the American League’s second wild card, decided they no longer could live with the sub-par performances of Gomez. The two-time All-Star center fielder made two key defensive miscues on Monday in his final start for Houston and batted a disappointing .210 with five homers and 100 strikeouts this season. Minnesota has won seven of its last 10 games and Brian Dozier is on a tear with six homers and 13 RBIs during the stretch.

Cardinals vs Cubs

Chicago’s pitching staff has been dominant of late, allowing two or fewer runs in 10 of the last 13 games as the Cubs have gone 12-1 over that stretch. Left-hander Jon Lester looks to continue that trend as he takes on hard-throwing right-hander Carlos Martinez. Lester is 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 10 home starts, while Martinez has excelled on the road, going 6-1 with a 2.28 ERA in nine outings.

White Sox vs Royals

Left-hander Danny Duffy routinely has brought smiles to the faces of his teammates, and for good reason, considering that the Kansas City Royals have emerged victorious in each of his last eight trips to the mound. The 27-year-old looks to win his third straight start and improve to 7-0 in his last nine outings on Thursday.

Royals Rookie Cheslor Cuthbert had an RBI double in Wednesday’s 3-2 win in 14 innings and is 10-for-27 during his six-game hitting streak. The 23-year-old Nicaraguan is 15-for-46 in 12 career encounters versus the White Sox and 1-for-3 against Thursday starter Miguel Gonzalez. The right-hander has had his troubles, however, with Jarrod Dyson, who tripled to lead off the 13th inning on Wednesday and is a blistering 8-for-10 in his career versus the hurler.  Chicago’s J.B. Shuck continued his strong series by highlighting his second two-hit performance with a solo homer to improve to 19-for-52 in his career versus Kansas City.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Draft

June 29th 2016

With half of the matchups starting early in the afternoon, it will be a stretch to find the right players to fill your lineup. We just might be able to help you with some picks that have been quite good over the past few days. Here is the daily fantasy baseball draft primetime top picks! (Click to play FP)

Top Pitcher

Top Hitters

 

Milwaukee is 8-2 when Junior Guerra takes the ball. He enters Sunday’s action against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a rotation-best 3.67 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings.

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Brian Dozier extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games with a home run (the first of two on the night) to lead off the second inning in the opener. His career high is 11 games.

Ben Revere collected four hits, swiped three bags (tying a career high) and came around to score three times in Monday’s Nationals matchup against the Mets.

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Brandon Crawford was back in the lineup Tuesday after getting a day off Monday due to “general soreness.” He’s been out of the starting lineup twice in the past week.

Adrian Beltre went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs on Tuesday against the Yankees.

Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, three runs scored and two walks on Tuesday against the Giants.

Ian Desmond extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Tuesday with a single in the first inning. This hit streak is it’s longest of the season.

Returning to action

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was out of the starting lineup in Tuesday’s series opener, but said he expects to play on Wednesday. Turner went 7-for-14 with three homers and seven RBIs when these two teams met earlier in June.

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Cash Draft Baseball Primetime Top Picks

June 22nd 2016

Almost half of today’s MLB matchups starts early. But we got you covered with an in-depth look at tonight’s top fantasy picks. Primetime baseball starts at 7:05 PM EST timeand covers the Giants, Rangers and Nats among many. See below Wednesday top draft picks and go make your cash draft baseball selection at FanPicks (click to play).

Primetime Top Draft Picks

Player Pos Team Opp Last 2 Games Avg Last 4 Games Avg Last 10 Games Avg
Jeff Samardzija P SF @PIT 30 17.4 31.5
Cole Hamels P TEX CIN 41.3 31.9 31.1
Wil Myers 1B SD @BAL 30.5 19.8 21.5
Justin Upton OF DET SEA 30 24.2 17.4
Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL SD 10 22.9 16.7
Brian Dozier 2B MIN PHI 28.5 21.8 15.5
Rajai Davis OF CLE TB 26 22 15.5
Justin Turner 3B LAD WAS 19.8 19.6 14.2
Michael Taylor OF WAS @LAD 29.8 20.3 13.7
Pedro Alvarez 1B BAL SD 20.7 19.3 13.6
Kurt Suzuki C MIN PHI 27.8 18.3 13.4
Ian Desmond OF TEX CIN 13 13.1 13
Melvin Upton Jr OF SD @BAL 10 7.6 12.1
Max Kepler OF MIN PHI 20.3 15.8 11.9
Victor Martinez 1B DET SEA 21.8 14.7 11.8
Tyler Naquin OF CLE TB 21.8 13.6 11.8
Juan Uribe 3B CLE TB 22.5 27.5 11.6
Matt Wieters C BAL SD 17.3 12.7 11.4
Zack Cozart SS CIN @TEX 25.8 20.2 10.4
Franklin Gutierrez OF SEA @DET 24.5 15.3 9.5

Cash Draft Baseball Notables

  • Pirates left fielder Starling Marte, who ranks second in the National League and third in the Majors with 20 stolen bases, left Tuesday’s game with a foot injury.
  • White Sox pitche Jose Quintana is 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA and a .184 opponents’ average in six career starts against the Red Sox. He’s 1-0 with a 2.11 ERA in three starts at Fenway.
  • Red Sox David Ortiz has reached base in each of his last 25 home games, hitting .411 with 23 extra-base hits.
  • Rangers center fielder Ian Desmond is slated to sit on Wednesday in his first day off since April 17. He is expected to be replaced by Ryan Rua.
  • Look for Peter Bourjos to start again for the Phillies in right field. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is trying to play the hot hand, and Bourjos has been the Phillies’ hottest hitter for more than a week.
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The Giants Slump Continues. Losing Streak is now 6 games after 11-3 loss to Rockies

After facing some tough pitching staffs in the LA Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals one can understand the Giants offensive funk in some of their games in their recent streak. They traveled to Colorado after getting swept in three straight to the LA Dodgers and fell 11-3 to the Rockies. San Francisco got good starting pitching in the Dodgers series but Game 1 in Colorado was not. The Giants hitters on Thursday had just six hits all game.

Ryan Vogelsong:

The veteran right hander was tagged with the loss for San Francisco as he allowed seven earned runs in the loss and could go no longer than three innings in the game. Vogelsong is taxing the Giants bullpen. In his past three starts he lasted 3, 4 2/3rds and 3 1/3rd innings losing all three games.

Twins Three Game Win Streak Ends on Thursday

Minnesota dropped a 6-4 decision to the Chicago White Sox. The team has won three straight series and that includes wins against playoff contenders in the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. Pitching has been shaky the past three of four games for the Twins as they have surrendered five runs or greater. The Twins are just 1 ½ games in the standings behind the Texas Rangers for the final playoff spot in the American League.

Miguel Sano:

The 22 year old DH was given a day off with a hamstring issue. Sano, a rookie has impressed early as the Dominican Republic product has hit .294 with 15 homers and 42 RBIs. His slugging percentage is an impressive .617. The ironic part of his power numbers is that they were accumulated in just 52 games played. That’s less than a third of a season. That is a clip of over 45 homers and 126 RBIs in a full 162 game season.

Brian Dozier:

The 28 year old second basemen for the Twins have produced some very good power numbers for his positon. Dozier has 26 home runs and 68 RBIs on the year.

Kansas City Royals Magic Number Now 17 with 15-7 victory against Detroit.

The Kansas City Royals has now moved to 31 games over .500 after their win on Thursday against the Tigers. It is now two straight wins and five wins over their past seven games. It has been double digit run production for KC in their past two games against the Tigers.

Lorenzo Cain:

The Royals centerfielder ran his hit streak to 11 games after his consecutive two hit game in this series on Thursday. His batting average is now up to .315.

Eric Hosmer:

The KC first basemen have been blistering hot. He is coming off a three hit night on Thursday. He has multiple hits in three of his past five games. Hosmer’s batting average has risen up to .312.

Kendrys Morales:

The Royals DH was red hot in the Tigers series. He produced multiple hits in all three games. He had four hits with four RBIs on Thursday. Morales went 8 for 14 in the three game series. Kendrys Morales has eight RBIs over his past three games for a total of 98 for the regular season.

Dodger’s Bullpen Blows Huge Dodger Comeback

The LA Dodgers ruined a huge opportunity to take a 7 ½ game lead in the standings over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West with a 10-7 loss on Wednesday to the San Diego Padres. LA was down 4-0 early the rallied with two runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-4 lead. Starter Mat Latos was hit with all four runs and had another short outing. With the Giants losing earlier in the night LA had a shot of extending their lead in the NL West race. Heading into Thursday the Dodger bullpen had an ERA over 5. LA used six relievers with four giving up at least one run.

Matt Latos

It was another bad outing for Dodger starter. He has given up four runs or greater in three of his past four starts. He has not pitched more than 4 2/3rd innings in his past four starts.

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