Daily Fantasy Baseball ALWC Preview – Houston Astros vs New York Yankees

The road to the World Series begins now. One day fantasy baseball will continue with deeper and more in-depth selection as the numbers of MLB matchups dwindles down from here on out. Fantasy Baseball managers, this is your time to shine. The playoffs begins Sunday with the American League Wild Card game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers returns to the post-season after missing it the last two years, while the Astros will try to reach the ALDS and become the first team to make it there in both the National and American league.

The season series went to the Astros, who won 4 out of the 7 matchups this season. Houston also defeated New York twice in the three game series at Yankee stadium back on August. The winners of this showdown will move on to face the Kansas City Royals. You can follow the game this Tuesday on ESPN at 8pm Eastern Time.

Pitching matchup: Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel (20-8) vs New York Yankees Masahiro Tanaka (12-7)

Dallas Keuchel has been lights out when pitching at home this year, going 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA. Unfortunately for him, he’ll be pitching on enemy territory for the Wild Card game. The Yanks will be sending their ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. He has struggled in his last two starts though. The Japanese has been dealing with a hamstring strain in the last week. But he will have rested for six days when the game starts. Both of those pitchers will make their post-season debut.

Tanaka has faced the Astros once this year. He has allowed 7 hits and 6 earned run while striking out 5 during 5 innings of work in that contest. He was rewarded with a no-decision after the Yankees came back in the last two innings. Keuchel had more success than his counterpart. He has defeated the Yankees twice in two games this season, giving up 9 hits and no run with 21 strikeouts in 16 innings. If it wasn’t for the fact that he’s 5-8 with a 3.77 ERA in away game, Keuchel would’ve been a sure thing. He’s still a reliable fantasy pick for Tuesday.

Catchers: Houston Astros Jason Castro vs New York Yankees Brian McCann

It’s hard to argue with this one. Brian McCann is the meat and bone of the Yankees power offense, this year. His numbers show it, with 94 RBI’s and 26 home runs. He’s still batting a meager .232. Jason Castro has 11 homers and 31 RBI’s with a .211 average.

First basemen: Houston Astros Chris Carter vs New York Yankees Greg Bird

Greg Bird is the revelation of the year for the Yankees. He came up from the minors in August to replace the injured Mark Teixeira and produced 11 homers with 31 RBI’s while hitting .261 in 46 games. Not bad for the rookie Bird. Chris Carter has been all muscle, no finesse in his approach this year. He has collected 64 RBI’s and 24 home runs with a .199 average. Carter is more productive against the opponent’s pitcher, hitting a perfect 1.000 average in 2 at-bats. You can count a dinger and 2 RBI’s in those meetings.

Second basemen: Houston Astros Jose Altuve vs New York Yankees Rob Refsnyder

Jose Altuve is the A.L. stolen base leader in the past two years. He has warranted his spot as the best second baseman playing in fantasy baseball right now. This season, he has gathered a .313 batting average with 66 RBI’s, 15 homers and 38 stolen bases. On the other team, you have rookie Rob Refsnyder, who has done well hitting .302 at the bottom of the order. He holds 2 long balls and 5 RBI’s this season.

Third basemen: Houston Astros Jed Lowrie vs New York Yankees Chase Headley & Alex Rodriguez

After missing more than a year of Major League Baseball, A-Rod came back hammering the baseball with force. He has completed the season with 33 homers and 86 RBI’s while hitting .250. Think what you may about him, he’s still has a lot of fantasy value left in him. Former Boston Red Sox Jed Lowrie had one of his worst seasons. A .222 average with 1 homer and 5 RBI’s is not good enough, especially when batting in the middle of the order. It doesn’t look like Chase Headley will be able to emulate his 2012 amazing season. It just seems to go downhill for the 31 year-old. He had 11 home runs and 62 RBI’s with a .259 average in the course of the season. He holds one blast and 3 RBI’s against Keuchel. But none of it came this year, as he got flat out blanked by the lefty in 2015.

Shortstops: Houston Astros Carlos Correa vs New York Yankees Didi Gregorius

Carlos Correa is a definite contender for the A.L. rookie of the year award and could likely win it. He has proven all doubters that he deserved being picked first overall in the 2012 MLB draft. The Puerto Rican led all American League rookies in home run this season. He has compiled a 22 homers, 14 stolen bases, 68 RBI’s and a .279 average all year. Didi Gregorius has increased his numbers this year, acquiring 56 RBI’s, 9 deep flies and a .265 batting average. There is still room for improvement.

Outfielders: Houston Astros George Springer, Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus & Carlos Gomez vs New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Young & Carlos Beltran

The Houston Astros have built themselves a nice outfield group during the last offseason. The big designated hitter Evan Gattis came in a trade from Atlanta, and has racked up 27 homers, 88 RBI’s and a .246 average. Colby Rasmus had a bounce back season with 25 home runs, 61 RBI’s and batting .238 this year. Carlos Gomez didn’t have has much stolen bases this season has opposed to the last few. He has finished the year hitting .255 while collecting 12 homers, 56 RBI’s and 17 stolen bases. George Springer finally made the starting lineup this year. The 2011 Astros first round pick 41 RBI’s, 16 stolen bases and 16 home runs while batting for .276.

It’s a more aged group of outfielder that the Yankees assembled this year. At 38 years-old, it’s hard to believe that Carlos Beltran can still give in solid numbers. Well he did, batting .276 with 19 home run and 67 RBI’s.  Jacoby Ellsbury saw his number digress this season with 21 stolen bases, 33 RBI’s, and 7 home runs with an average of .257. To make matters worse, he is currently dealing with an injured back. Chris Young, the batter of choice against lefties for the Yanks, has acquired 14 blast, 42 RBI’s and an average of .252. He has faced Keuchel exactly 20 times, and has collected 6 hits against the southpaw.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

P Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

1B Greg Bird – New York Yankees

2B Jose Altuve – Houston Astros

3B Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees

SS Carlos Correa – Houston Astros

OF George Springer – Houston Astros

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

OF Chris Young –New York Yankees

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 23rd 2015

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

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

New York Yankees CF:

Jacoby Ellsbury

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

New York Yankees C:

Brian McCann

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

New York Yankees RF:

Carlos Beltran

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

New York Yankees 1B:

Gregory Byrd

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

New York Yankees P:

Luis Severino

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

Toronto Blue Jays DH:

Edwin Encarnacion

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

Toronto Blue Jays CF:

Kevin Pillar

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

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

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

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

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

San Francisco Giants CF:

Angel Pagan

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

San Francisco Giants LF:

Alejandro De Aza

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

San Francisco Giants SS:

Brandon Crawford

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

San Francisco Giants C:

Trevor Brown

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

San Francisco Giants P:

Chris Heston

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

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

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

P Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners

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

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

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

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

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

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

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

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

2B Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

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

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

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

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

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

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

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

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

OF Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

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

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

OF Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners

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

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

OF Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

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

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

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

2B Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

OF Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners

OF Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

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Recap of 9/13/15 MLB games

Blue Jays Sweep a Doubleheader against the Yankees on Saturday—Lead is Now 4 ½ Games in the AL East.

The Toronto Blue Jays crushed Yankees pitching in both games of their doubleheader on Saturday. The scores were 9-5 and 10-7 in the two games as the Blue Jays scored a combined 19 runs with 24 hits in the twin bill.

Jose Bautista:

The Blue Jays right fielder had two hit games in both ends of the doubleheader on Saturday. He is now batting .255 for the season with 35 homers and 101 RBIs. He is on a tear for September with a .368 batting average.

Edwin Encarnacion:

The Blue Jays DH had two hits in the doubleheader. His average is up to .271 with 32 homers and 99 RBIs. Encarnacion is batting .327 against the New York Yankees on the campaign.

Ben Revere:

The 27 year old former Philadelphia Philly has a monster doubleheader with six hits in 12 at bats with a homer and four RBIs. His average is up to .309 on the season with two homers and 36 RBIs.

Josh Donaldson:

The former Oakland Athletics third baseman had two hits in Game 2 of the doubleheader. He leads the everyday batters for Toronto with a .306 hitting average with 38 homers and 119 RBIs. Donaldson had multiple hits in three of his past four games. For the month of September Donaldson has a .381 batting average with 11 RBIs.

Ezquiel Carrera:

The Blue Jays catcher had two hits with two runs and a double on Saturday. The backup has a batting average of .281 with three homers and 213th4 RBIs.

Marco Estrada:

Estrada is coming off a poor start by allowing four earned runs with six hits over five innings. He got bailed out by the Blue Jays offense as he received a no decision. Estrada allowed three home runs.

Marcus Stroman:

It was his first start since tearing an ACL. Stroman worked five innings and allowed three earned runs and received a no decision.

Brett Gardner:

The Yankees left fielder had four hits with two multiple hit games in the doubleheader. He is batting .271 with 16 homers and 65 RBIs.

Alex Rodriguez:

The veteran DH had a 1 for 3 on Saturday. He belted a home run and drove in two runs in a losing effort. ARod is batting .255 with 31 homers and 80 RBIs.

Chase Headley:

It was a three hit day for Chase Headley on Saturday. His averaged has moved up to .273 with 11 homers and 59 RBIs. He has hits in three straight games.

Carlos Beltran:

The 38 year old leads the everyday players for the Yankees with a batting average of .278 with 15 homers and 53 RBIs. Beltran is batting a respectable .286 over his past seven days.

Didi Gregorius:

In his first season with the New York Yankees Didi Gregorius is batting .268 with nine homers and 52 RBIs. He had two hits in Game 2 in the loss on Saturday with a double and RBI. Gregorius has four multi-hit games in his past ten games. Ironically he does his damage on the road as Gregorius has hit just .226 at Yankees Stadium this season.

J.R. Murphy:

Murphy got a start in Game 2 of the doubleheader on Saturday and had a two hit game. Murphy has moved his batting average up to .287 with three homers and 14 RBIs.

Brian McCann:

The Yankees catcher had four hits in the doubleheader. His average is up to .245 with 25 homers and 87 RBIs.

Michael Pineda:

Pineda had a no decision in his Saturday start against the Blue Jays as he allowed four earned runs with three homers in 5 1/3rd innings.

Ivan Nova:

It was a bad start for Nova on Saturday as he allowed the Toronto hitters six earned runs over 1 2/3rd innings.

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Mets Increase NL East Lead to 6 Games after Monster Comeback Victory over Nationals

The New York Mets were down 7-1 entering the seventh inning. The Mets then put up 6 runs in the seventh to tie the game then pushed across the game winning run in the eighth inning for the victory. It was a bad start for Mets starter Matt Harvey.

Matt Harvey:

It was a tough week for Matt Harvey. He ran into problems about pitch counts in the postseason in response to the media. Harvey got roughed up as he allowed seven earned runs and eight hits in 5 1/3rd innings of work. The Mets starter has allowed 11 earned runs over his past 11 2/3rd innings.

David Wright:

The Mets captain returned to the lineup and has been red hot. He had a two hit game in the big comeback victory with a home run. Wright had multiple hits in four of his past six games.

Yoenis Cespedes:

It was a huge acquisition for the Mets at the trading deadline. Cespedes had a three run double in the victory. He has hits in seven straight games with five of them multiple hit games. Yoenis Cespedes is batting .485 over his past seven days.

Curtis Granderson:

Granderson is 3 for 6 in this series with all extra base hits. He has driven in two runs in the two games against the Nationals. Curtis Granderson has 23 homers and 61 RBIs on the season.

Toronto Blue Jays up 1 ½ Games in AL East with 5-1 Win at Boston Red Sox

The Blue Jays broke open a 1-1game with four runs in the top of the tenth inning for the victory at Boston. Toronto pitching limited the Red Sox to just four hits.

Troy Tulowitzki:

The Blue Jays shortstop that was acquired at the trading deadline from Colorado was battling a 5 for 30 slump the past seven days. Tulowitzki had two hits with an RBI on Tuesday.

Chris Colabello:

The left fielder had two hits and an RBI in the win. Colabello has his batting average up to .331 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs. He has multiple hits in two of his past three games.

Josh Donaldson:

Donaldson had a triple in the victory. His batting average is up to .305 with 37 homers and 115 RBIs. The third baseman is hitting .429 for the month of September.

R.A. Dickey:

The Blue Jays right hander held the Red Sox to just one earned run and four hits over six innings. Toronto is 10-0 in Dickey’s past ten starts.

Yankees Lose 2-1 to Orioles—Lose Ground on Blue Jays

The New York bats went cold on Tuesday suffering a 2-1 loss that sent the Yankees 1 ½ games back of the Blue Jays in the AL East race. The Yankees were limited to just six hits against Orioles pitching. They wasted a good outing from starter Masahiro Tanaka.

Masahiro Tanaka:

The Yankees right hander threw eight innings and allowed just one earned run and six hits as he received a no decision. In 21 starts Tanaka is 11-6 with an ERA of 3.57 and WHIP of 1.01.

Alex Rodriguez:

The DH for the Yankees had two hits in the loss with a home run and RBI. ARod has multiple hits in two of his past three games.

Brian McCann:

McCann has hits in consecutive games to move his average up to .246 with 25 homers and 86 RBIs.

Carlos Beltran:

The 38 year old right fielder had a hit on Tuesday. His average is now .276 with 14 homers and 50 RBIs.

Jacoby Ellsbury:

Ellsbury had a hit in four at bats. He is battling a 3 for 17 slump in the month of September.

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Fantasy Baseball Value Picks

Luck of the draw on Pitchers

This weekends fantasy MLB action was defined by some unexpected results from the mound. The pitcher position is the most consistent position in MLB Daily Fantasy since high priced pitchers typically hit their value and low priced pitchers often leave you in the hole (although obviously there are outliers). This weekend however showed much different results as the performance of pitchers appears to be completely independent of their set salary.

The Blue Chips

Let’s start with the high priced pitchers who did what they were supposed to do, brought value to your fantasy lineup as a reward for spending such a premium. On Saturday, Jake Arrieta continued to bring pitching dominance to the Cubs young roster. He pitched 8 innings with 7 strikeouts, allowing no runs and only 4 hits. He may have continued into the 9th for the complete game shutout but he had already thrown 116 pitches up to that point. His Bullpen however was able to finish the job for a 2-0 win over the DBacks. Arrieta finished the day with 52.5 fantasy points under Fanpicks scoring.

On Sunday, Dallas Keuchel scored 57.5 fantasy points in 8 innings as well, but he did it in a much different fashion. He allowed the Twins 5 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs but he also pitched 12 strikeouts. The Astros won 8-5 giving Keuchel the win bonus.

The Chokers

Almost more important to look at is the high valued pitchers that choked this weekend. If you spend $10000+ on a pitcher and they come up short, you can all but guarantee your lineup is in trouble. The worst pitcher pick of the weekend was Danny Salazar of the Cleveland Indians. In Saturday’s game against Detroit, he was pulled after only 3.2 innings after he allowed 8 hits and 6 earned runs. He ended the day with -4.5 fantasy points and doomed your chances of cashing in in any MLB Daily Fantasy Tournament.

Another pitcher who failed to hit his value was Chris Archer of the Rays. What was interesting here is that he was able to shut the Yankees out for 5 innings allowing only one hit, but when things went bad for him, they went bad. With two on base in the 5th, Brian Mccann hit one out of the park. The very next pitch, ARod hit a homer for himself putting the Yankees ahead 4-3. Archer ended the day with 20.5 fantasy points (far below his value) and the Rays lost 4-6.

Value Picks

The key to winning MLB Daily Fantasy Contests however is picking low priced pitchers who end up having big results. These are the value picks and there were a couple great ones this weekend. Ervin Santana of the Twins actually had the highest fantasy total of any pitcher of the weekend and he was only priced a meer $5000 on most daily fantasy sites. He totaled 60.5 fantasy points in the Twins win over Houston accumulating 11 strikeouts over 8 innings and allowing 6 hits and 1 run.

Also with a big performance this weekend was Wade Miley of the Red Sox. He pitched a complete game against the Phillies allowing 5 hits and 2 runs, but pitching 8 strikeouts. If you haven’t noticed yet, strikeouts are huge in creating fantasy value. The hitters did their job as well and the Red Sox won 9-2 over the Phillies. He totaled 52.5 points, the same as Jake Arrieta, but he came at about half of the salary.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News
September 5th 2015

Yankees Even in the Loss Column with the Blue Jays after Friday Win

The New York Yankees built on an early 3-0 lead on their way to a 5-2 victory against Tampa Bay on Friday Night. The Yankees made the most of their four hits in the game and the starting pitching was good too. The Yankees power was on display with three homers in victory.

Luis Severino:

The New York young starter had a good outing and got some run support for his effort. Severino went 6 1/3rd innings and allowed just one earned run and seven hits. The run was scored on a home run by Evan Longoria. In his six starts Severino is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.04 and WHIP of 1.19. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his six starts. The 6 1/3rd innings Severino worked on Friday night was his longest stint as a Yankees.

Brian McCann:

The Yankees catcher had a home run in the win and walked twice. McCann has struggled for the month of September going 3 for 16.

Alex Rodriguez:

ARod had a home run and two RBIs in the victory. He had a poor month of August. Rodriguez is trying to break a slump and bounced back with a .286 batting average in his past seven days.

Gregory Bird:

The 22 year old first baseman is playing for injured Mark Teixeira. He slugged his fourth home run in 19 games with the Yankees on Friday night. Bird is hitting .318 over his past seven days.

Blue Jays Get Blown Out At Home- Sit Tied in Loss Column With Yanks

Toronto was the victim of big innings by Baltimore as the Orioles pushed across four runs in both the sixth and eighth inning. It was a rough night on the hill for Drew Hutchison and reliever Bo Schultz as the Orioles won by the score of 10-2.

Drew Hutchison:

The 25 year old had a bad start on Friday night as he surrendered six earned runs and nine hits pitching five innings. Hutchison allowed three homers to Orioles batters. This broke a winning streak of four games for Hutchison. Toronto had been 7-0 in his previous seven starts.

Bo Shultz:

In just 1/3rd of an inning Shultz was lit up for four earned runs with three hits and a walk.

Chris Colabello:

It was a 3 hit game for Colabello in a losing effort. He leads the everyday hitters with a .330 batting average with 13 homers and 49 RBIs.

Russell Martin:

The Blue Jays catcher had two hits on Friday and has multiple hits in two of his past three games. On the season Martin is batting .244 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs.

Kevin Pillar:

The centerfielder of Toronto had two hits on Friday night. He has multiple hits in four of his past nine games. On the year Pillar is batting .264 with nine homers and 45 RBIs.

Josh Donaldson:

The former Oakland Athletics drew the 0 for 4 on Friday. Still he has been hot with a .458 batting average with ten RBIs over his past seven days. On the season Donaldson has 36 homers and 112 RBIs for this hot hitting Toronto Blue Jays team.

Edwin Encarnacion:

The Toronto DH was cooled off on Friday night with a 0 for 3. Despite a poor night Encarnacion is still batting .421 over his past seven days with four homers and 12 RBIs. He has put up some impressive powers numbers in 2015 with 30 homers and 92 RBIs season to date.

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