Fantasy Baseball Scouting Report

All 30 MLB teams will be in action for a second straight. You know what that means! The big fantasy score is in your grasp.  Better pick early, as there is three games scheduled early. Among them is a matchup between the Angels and White Sox. Chicago sends ace Chris Sale to the mound, while L.A. counter with Garrett Richards. Sale could be the first pitcher this season to reach win number four. Later in the evening, Detroit battle the World Series Champ Royals in their hometown. Jordan Zimmerman will have the start for the Tigers, and will attempt to keep his shutout streak going. The righty has yet to allow a run in his 13 innings of play this season.  He will face off against  Ian Kennedy, who also is having an solid start this fantasy baseball season. Things will come to a clash later tonight when D-Backs Zack Greinke and Giants Madison Bumgarner will throw down in what looks like a continued  rivalry from Greinke’s days as a Los Angeles Dodger. Here is the top 20 players Fantasy Baseball Scouting Report.

Fantasy baseball Upon the pitching matchup programed today, there is one in particular that looks like a potential mismatch. Cleveland’s Danny Salazar has been rock solid giving up a single run and striking out 16 in his two starts. He’s matched up versus Mariners young-blooded pitcher Taijuan Walker, who has been pretty decent as of now. It will be interesting to see if  Salazar can hold Seattle’s big bat at bay, despite the fact that the Emerald City team scored 77% of their runs on the road, which they will be at Wednesday. That’s triple more of what they made at home, in which they rank last in the league. On the batting front,  Bryce Harper has not missed a beat since his MVP season, last year. He knocked one out of the park on Tuesday to bring his total to 7 since opening day. His hot streak his not something to not take lightly.

 

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MLB Value Picks

It’s transition day with new series lined up for tonight’s MLB action. Among them will be a divisional matchup between the Cubs and Cards at Busch Stadium. Chicago’s John Lackey will attempt to join teammate Jake Arrieta with a third win third season. The task won’t be without it’s difficulties, as he faces a team that has scored 85 run up until now and ranks first in the entire league. It will also be interesting to see if Nats slugger Bryce Harper can extend his career best streak of four games with a homer to five. He will be going up against Miami’s Jose Fernandez who has been struggling, holding a 5.06 ERA in two starts. There is 7 games on tap this evening, so things might not get optimal, but there is always some diamonds in the rough to select from. So lets see who are the likely candidates for MLB value picks.Fantasy Baseball

Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard’s two starts against the Phillies last year were highlighted by a 7 1/3-inning scoreless performance on May 27. Freddy Galvis and Ryan Howard each homered off of him in 2015, but Odubel Herrera went 0-for-6 and Cesar Hernandez was a 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Syndergaard has begun 2016 by suppressing Kansas City and Miami to a combined one run in 13 innings with 21 strikeouts and two walked batters.

Catcher: Tony Wolters – Colorado Rockies

Tony Walters is an inexpensive option to start for tonight matchup against the Reds.

First Baseman: Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels

Angels slugger Albert Pujols, who hit home run number 562 this past Sunday, is one shy of tying Reggie Jackson for 13th place on the all-time list. Pujols’ 585 doubles is also one shy of sharing the 18th all-time rank with Rafael Palmeiro.

Second Baseman: Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals

Washington’s Daniel Murphy has made contact with 14 of the 30 at-bats he had during his nine-game hitting streak and holds 107 hits in 101 career games versus Miami.

Third Baseman: Brett Lawrie – Chicago White Sox

Chicago 2B Brett Lawrie is riding a seven-game hitting streak (11-for-28) after going 2-for-4 on Sunday.

Shortstop: Cristhian Adames – Colorado Rockies

The Dominican will start in place of Trevor Story. It’s his opportunity to take some shine from his teammate for low price.

Outfielder: David Peralta  – Arizona D-Backs

David Peralta should be well rested in the series opener against divisional rival San Francisco.

Outfielder: Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun blasted out in his 23rd career multi-homer game on Friday in Pittsburgh.

Outfielder: Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

The Marlins have to be careful with Harper, who has a .325 career batting average with 17 home runs, 40 RBIs and a .613 slugging percentage against them.

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MLB Opening Day Daily Fantasy Lineup

The day is finally here. The major league baseball season is now officially upon us, so Fanpicks is here to present to you our MLB Opening Day Daily Fantasy Lineup.

As everyone is starting off fresh, field players range between the $4800 and $2000 range. Mike Trout is the only exception to the rule at $5000.

Of course, pitchers are the gold mine of the sport ranging anywhere from Clayton Kershaw‘s $11000 cap hit, to Wily Paralta‘s $4300.

I opted for a slightly cheaper David Price instead of big-money Kershaw. The Red Sox new ace has a nice matchup against the not-so potent Cleveland Indians at 1 pm, so I’m looking to start off the season with a bang from my most expensive peice.

Take a look at the rest of my MLB Opening Day Daily Fantasy Lineup.

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Bryce Harper is the “highest-paid” bat in my lineup. With a steady dose of up-and-comers, I needed to balance the risk of inconsistency out with a star veteran.

Cincinnati’s Joey Votto was also selected for the same reasons, and a strong spring leads me to believe he may start this season off with a bang.

While he may not have a ton of power, Jason Heyward should be a nice fantasy option this season. He is expected to bat second on Opening Day,  and should remain behind Dexter Fowler, and in front of some combination of Ben Zobrist, Anthony Rizzo, and Kris Bryant, so expect him to score a lot of runs this year.

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 30th 2015

What a day to play daily fantasy baseball. There are three doubleheaders happening today, because of the rain canceling games last night. First off, the Cards will not only have one but two opportunities to clinch the National League Central crown against the Bucs. St. Louis could win their 3rd straight title for the 2nd time in history. Two pitchers inching closer to the 20 win mark will go at it in the first game. I’m talking about Michael Wacha and Gerrit Cole, who both came out as big surprises this year. Also in the program today is the game between the A’s and Halo’s. Barry Zito, who will be pitching for the A’s on a three game rest, will perhaps play his final game in the Major League Baseball. He had an illustrious career, winning the Cy-Young award back in 2002 and being a World Series champion in 2012. Like Zito was back in the 2000s, let see who the hot picks for today DFS contest are.

P Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals

Season: 17 W, 6 L, 3.15 ERA, 149 Ks, 54 BBs

Wacha was intended to pitch yesterday, but the rain happened and now the game has been pushed to today. He could become the first pitcher in the majors, under the age of 25 to win 18 games since Joe Magrane in 1989. The Cardinals will try to clinch top spot in the division and be done with it as early as possible, so a lot of run support should be expected coming in the first game to support the youngster.

C Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians

Season:  .229 AVG, 12 HRs, 44 RBIs, 37 Runs

Gomes and the Tribes will be part of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. The catcher had success against both of today’s opposing starters, Kyle Gibson and Mike Pelfrey. He totaled 3 home runs and 6 RBIs with an average of .417 in 17 at-bats between the two pitchers.

1B Justin Morneau – Colorado Rockies

Season: .312 AVG, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 17 Runs

Morneau has been of fire during the month of September with 2 triples, 3 RBIs and a .351 average. So to close it out, he will face Arizona’s pitcher Chase Anderson. The Canadian has had success against Anderson, hitting .400 with 1 homer and 3 RBIs.

2B Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

Season: .282 AVG, 20 HRs, 76 RBIs, 79 Runs, 2 SBs

Cano is on a 12 game hitting streak. He has a total of 4 homer run in that stretch. That includes a two-run dinger that he knocked yesterday. He will look to extend this streak against underwhelming Scott Kazmir.

3B Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

Season: .281 AVG, 21 HRs, 77 RBIs, 70 Runs, 1 SB

Moustakas is having his best season yet. He came out clutch for the Royals during last Thursday matchup with the Mariners, going 3-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBIs to allow his team to clinch the American League Central division. “Moose” is batting a career .314 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs against pitcher Jose Quintana.

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

Season: .324 AVG, 7 HRs, 81 RBIs, 81 Runs, 10 SBs

Bogaerts and the Red Sox have been on a roll in the past week. Boston has won 5 in a row and Bogaerts has been hitting .364 with 4 runs and 2 RBIs in that span. The Red Sox will try to spoil the New York’s chance to win their 10,000 regular season victory once again in Yankee Stadium.

OF Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

Season: .334 AVG, 41 HRs, 96 RBIs, 117 Runs, 6 SBs

The Washington National have failed to reach expectations this season. Only Bryce Harper has been able to keep this team strong. But one player can only do so much in a team sport. The perennial MVP showed pitcher William Perez how good he is in their only confrontation, smashing one over the fence for 3 runs. Let see what Harper can do with multiple at-bats against the Venezuelan.

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

Season: .242 AVG, 22 HRs, 77 RBIs, 67 Runs, 2 SBs

The 40 years-old Hunter has elevated his power numbers, but it comes at the expense of his average. He has never played a full season batting under .250, until this year. His home run total has greatly increased though, and it’s the first time since 2011 that he has more than 20. “Spiderman” will have the chance to play in two games today for the Twins, or at least one.

OF Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .299 AVG, 14 HRs, 51 RBIs, 53 Runs, 2 SBs

Ethier had a triple and 2 RBI’s in the division clinching win against the Giants yesterday. His batting average started to rise again after the all-star break, and now he is almost back at the .300 ceiling. Ethier will have no problem today against Mike Leake. He has 2 homers and 6 RBIs with a.389 average when facing Leake.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals

C Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians

1B Justin Morneau – Colorado Rockies

2B Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

3B Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

OF Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 24th 2015

It was a sad day for all fantasy baseball fans yesterday, as one of the all-time greats in Major League Baseball passed away.  Yogi Berra was one of the best clutch hitters the world has ever seen. He leaves behind a great legacy and he will never be forgotten. The Yankees are back at home today and they will face the Chicago White Sox. It will be a special game in the mind of everyone. A pre-game moment of silence should be expected to remember Berra. With that in mind, let’s get to today’s hot fantasy picks:

P Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: 14 W, 7 L, 2.18 ERA, 272 Ks, 40 BBs

With a potential Cy-Young season on his hands, it’s hard to believe he could ever fail. He received his first loss since June 27 in his last outing. He will be looking for redemption against a D-Backs team that has roughed him up a little in their last meeting. And this time, it’s in Kershaw’s home-turf. You don’t mess with Kershaw twice in a row.

C A.J. Ellis – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season:  .230 AVG, 6 HRs, 17 RBIs, 20 Runs

Ellis has been sharing catching duties with Yasmani Grandal all-season long. Grandall faced the righties and Ellis, the lefties. Well today is Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin. Last time the two met, Ellis had three fly out against Corbin, until he belted one over the fence against substitute Keith Hessler. If he hits those ball high, you never know what might happen.

1B Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers

Season: .304 AVG, 21 HRs, 84 RBIs, 73 Runs

Oakland A’s pitcher has been rehabbing a sore right shoulder in the past few weeks. He will make his first start since August 26. Prince Fielder hope to take advantage of this and get back on the right track. He was hitless in 5 games before getting a single last night.

2B Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .291 AVG, 9 HRs, 50 RBIs, 58 Runs, 6 SBs

He will be inserted into his usual cleanup spot when facing lefties. That his good especially when you play for Clayton Kershaw.

3B Miguel Rojas – Miami Marlins

Season: .265 AVG, 1 HR, 12 RBIs, 10 Runs

He is on a tear, and it will continue against underperforming rookie Alec Asher.

SS Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants

Season: .256 AVG, 19 HRs, 80 RBIs, 58 Runs, 5 SBs

Crawford will have plenty of fun tonight against Ian Kennedy, who has been struggling in the month of September.

OF Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

Season: .341 AVG, 41 HRs, 95 RBIs, 116 Runs, 6 SBs

Did somebody say MVP? He’s having his best stretch of the season. With the Nats seeing their playoffs hope shrink a little more every day, it’s the time for the team to push hard. There is no other player who will push harder than Harper.

OF Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

Season: .277 AVG, 12 HRs, 78 RBIs, 68 Runs, 3 SBs

Leave it to Cabrera to unfortunately spoil the return of the Yankees at home, the day after Yogi Bera’s passing. He is just having too good of a hot streak to pass on.

OF Ichiro Suzuki – Miami Marlins

Season: .238 AVG, 1 HR, 20 RBIs, 45 Runs, 11 SBs

Ichiro was out of the Marlins lineup in the last two games. A return to form against Phillies starter Alec Asher should be good for him.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers

C A.J. Ellis – Los Angeles Dodgers

1B Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers

2B Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Dodgers

3B Miguel Rojas – Miami Marlins

SS Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants

OF Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

OF Melky Cabrera – Chicago White Sox

OF Ichiro Suzuki – Miami Marlins

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Daily Fantasy Best Picks of the Day – September 16th 2015

These are the players that are coming in hot for tonight’s MLB game lineup. All 30 teams are in action. Big story tonight: Chicago Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta, will be gunning for the 20th win of the season. Will he do it against the NL Wild Card leading Pittsburgh Pirates? Don’t forget to check out last night DFS top 5 performers at the bottom. Now let’s take a look at tonight’s hot picks:

C Miguel Montero(CHC) – 3,800 $

Season: .244 AVG, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 31 R

He’s coming off a 2 hits night in the first game of the series against the Pirates. With a batting average of .556 against A.J. Burnett, look for him to continue hitting with success.

1B Eric Hosmer(KC) – 4,200 $

Season: .302 AVG, 14 HR, 82 RBI, 87 R

He took Danny Salazar deep twice and has a total of 5 RBIs in 6 encounters this year. Enough said.

2B Jose Altuve(HOU) – 6,200 $

Season: .313 AVG, 12 HR, 59 RBI, 70 R

Altuve is one of the best second baseman in MLB. He’s slugging .667 in 13 at-bats against Martin Perez.   The little guy will put on a clinic out there.

3B Matt Carpenter(STL) – 4,800 $

Season: .257 AVG, 21 HR, 73 RBI, 84 R

He’s slugging .700 against Wily Peralta. Its 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in 30 at-bats. He’ll likely add another strong game against Peralta in his resume.

SS Starlin Castro(CHC) – 2,500 $

Season: .255 AVG, 8 HR, 53 RBI, 46 R

Castro is on a 3 game hitting streak. He’s also batting .471 against A.J. Burnett. Put those two things together and he is destined for a great game.

OF Andrew McCutchen(PIT) – 5,200 $

Season: .301 AVG, 22 HR, 93 RBI, 86 R

The 2013 NL MVP has a stolen base in each game of the double-header yesterday. He’s always a multi-tool threat facing anyone, even the league leading pitcher in win Jake Arrieta. In fact, McCutchen is averaging .444 against Arrieta.

OF Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY) – 3,900 $

Season: .251 AVG, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 57 R

He’s been hitless in his last five game. It’s time for him to get swigging, and there’s no better pitcher to do it against than Chris Archer. He’s batting .667 (14-for-21) against him.

OF Jeff Francoeur(PHI) – 3,600 $

Season: .267 AVG, 12 HR, 43 RBI, 32 R

Francoeur his hitting .500 (4-for-8) against Gio Gonzalez since 2013. He comes as a surprise pick from the lowly Philadelphia Phillies.

P Bartolo Colon(NYM) – 10,400 $

Season: Record(14-11), 4.13 ERA, 129 K, 22 BB

He has picked up 3 straight wins, and hasn’t lost since august 9. The 42 year-old is resurging from the unknown once again this year.

P Ervin Santana(MIN) – 9,900 $

Season: Record(5-4), 4.73 ERA, 62 K, 26 BB

He has collected 3 wins in his last 3 games. The righty has is best stretch of the season. So I’m taking the veteran over Detroit’s rookie Daniel Norris.

DFS Top Performers September 15th 2015

Stephen Strasburg threw a gem against the Phillies, last night. He allowed 1 hit and struck out 14 for the performance of the night.

Last night DFS Top 5 Performers in MLB:

P Stephen Strasburg-WAS (8 IPs, 1 Hit, 14 Ks, 1 BB = 52.5 FP)

P Jon Lester- CHC (CG 9 IPs, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 9 Ks, 2 BBs = 46 FP)

 OF Bryce Harper-WAS (4 RBIs, 1 BB, 2Rs, 1 1B, 2HRs = 40 FP)

P Carlos Martinez-STL (8 IPs, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 9 Ks, 2 BBs = 34.5 FP)

OF Jason Heyward-STL (2 RBIs, 1BB, 2Rs, 2 2Bs, 1HR, 1SB = 34 FP)

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2015 Major League Baseball Fantasy News September 16th 2015 – Recap

Walk Off Sacrifice Fly Moves Rangers into First Place in AL West

The Texas Rangers has a ½ game lead on the Houston Astros following a 6-5 home victory on Tuesday. Texas has won the first two games of this series as they belted 14 hits in the win in Game 2. The Rangers stormed out to the 4-0 lead after one inning but then allowed five runs in the next three innings to Houston until the Rangers tied it at 5-5 after four innings. The teams went scoreless into the bottom of the ninth when Mitch Moreland’s sac fly brought home the game winner. With the loss the Astros now holds the final wildcard spot in the AL by 1 ½ games over the Minnesota Twins by the 3 ½ games over the LA Angels.

Hank Conger:

The Astros catcher had a two hit game on Tuesday with a double, run scored and RBI. It has been a disappointing year at the plate for Conger with a batting average of .211 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs.

Evan Gattis:

The power hitting DH for the Astros had a hit and two RBIs in the defeat. He has struggled at the plate for the month of September with a .196 batting average. It has driven his season numbers down to .236 with 23 homers and 77 RBIs. The 23 home runs lead the Astros.

Colby Rasmus:

Rasmus had a hit, two walks and a run scored in Game 2 of this series. The left fielder is having a good month of September with a .314 batting average with two homers and four RBIs. He has multiple hits in two of his past three games.

Jake Marisnick:

The Houston centerfielder contributed on Tuesday with a hit, run scored and RBI. The second year Major Leaguer has produced for the month of September with a .368 hitting average with three homers and 8 RBIs.

Collin McHugh:

The 29th start for Collin McHugh was not a good one as the 28 year old lasted 3 2/3rd innings and allowed five earned runs and eight hits. The right hander has allowed ten earned runs over his past two starts working a total of nine innings. In that span he has allowed 19 baserunners for a WHIP over 2.

Delino DeShields Jr.:

The Rangers centerfielder contributed with two hits on Tuesday. He has hit the ball very well in his home ballpark with a batting average of .293.

Prince Fielder:

The Rangers DH leads the club with a .312 hitting average with 19 homers and 78 RBIs. He had a three hit game on Tuesday with an RBI. Fielder has multiple hits now in three straight games.

Adrian Beltre:

It was a monster game for Adrian Beltre at the plate with four hits and two RBIs. Beltre has multiple hits in three of his past four games.

Derek Holland:

Holland has started seven games for the Rangers and is 3-2 with an ERA of 3.77 and WHIP of 1.14. He struggled with a no decision on Tuesday by allowing five earned runs and ten hits in 5 2/3rd innings. Holland has served up ten earned runs, 19 hits and four walks over his past two starts logging 12 2/3rd innings of work.

Strasberg & Harper Lead Nationals Over Marlins—Gain Game on First Place Mets

The Washington Nationals moved within 8 ½ games of the New York Mets in the NL East race with a 4-0 win against the Philadelphia Phillies. There are only 18 games remaining and the Mets magic number remains at 10. Washington is 9 games back of the Cubs in the wildcard race.

Bryce Harper:

The MVP candidate contributed with a three hit night with two homers in the game. He has moved his average up to .338 with 39 homers and 90 RBIs.

Stephen Strasberg:

The Nationals starter shut out the Philadelphia Phillies on one hit over eight innings in the victory.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News  September 10th 2015

Mets Complete Sweep of Nationals—Lead up to 7 Games in NL East

It was more late inning magic for the Mets as they scored four runs in the final two innings to post a 5-3 road win at the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. The Mets were down 2-1 entering the eighth inning and rallied for three runs in the eighth and a single run in the ninth inning as they scrap eight hits for five runs. Yoenis Cespedes continued his hot hitting for New York. Jacob deGrom pitched well and Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless ninth for his 39th save.

The Nationals had seven hits in the loss and got a great night from their MVP candidate Bryce Harper. Stephen Strasberg pitched well but the Nationals bullpen allowed two runs in 1 2/3rd innings of work.

Yoenis Cespedes:

The Mets outfielder continues his hot hitting with two hits and two RBIs in the win on Wednesday. Cespedes had a home run in the victory and has multiple hits in six of his past eight games. He is batting .424 for the month of September.

Travis d’Arnaud:

d’Arnaud had two hits on Tuesday with a home run and RBI. The New York catcher has multiple hits in four of his past seven games. Travis d’Arnaud is batting .429 for the month of September with six RBIs.

Kelly Johnson:

The former Atlanta Brave contributed with a home run. He has hit two homers in the three game series. Johnson has been on fire for the month of September with a batting average of .429.

Jacob deGrom:

Some are referring to deGrom as the Mets ace. deGrom pitched a good seven innings on Wednesday as he gave up just two earned runs and five hits in a no decision. The Mets are 8-2 in his past ten starts.

Bryce Harper:

The Washington Nationals right fielder had a nice night with three hits including two homers and two RBIs. He is hitting .391 for the month of September. On the year Harper is batting .336 with 36 homers and 85 RBIs.

Stephen Strasberg:

Strasberg bounced back with an improved outing on Wednesday after a poor one August 30th at home to Miami. Against the Mets on Wednesday the Nationals right hander allowed three earned runs and five hits in seven innings as he received a no decision.

Cardinals Comeback Sends Cubs 7 ½ Back of NL Central Lead

The St Louis Cardinals avoided the sweep as they retain their 4 ½ game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central division with the 4-3 home victory against the Cubs on Wednesday night. St Louis entered the bottom of the eighth inning down 3-1 and rallied for three runs off the Cubs bullpen to earn the win. It blew a great performance by Jon Lester who was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh in a move that proved costly.

Matt Carpenter:

It was a nice night for Carpenter as he had two hits with a triple and RBI in victory. On the year Carpenter is batting .260 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs.

Stephen Piscotty:

The Cardinals left fielder had a double and two RBIs. He has multiple hits in four of his past eight games and has moved his average up to .329 with four homers and 30 RBIs.

Jason Heyward:

Heyward had a hit and RBI and drew a walk in the game. He entered the game on a 4 for 24 hitting slump for the month of September.

Carlos Martinez:

Martinez a 23 year old is 13-7 with an ERA of 3.12 and WHIP of 1.32. He worked just five innings on Wednesday and allowed three earned runs and a high ten hits. He has had difficulty in recent games going past five innings. He has already logged in 164 2/3rd innings on the season.

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Fantasy Information News September 7th 2015

Washington Nationals are Making Moves in the NL East Division Race

With their 9-4 home victory on Sunday over the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals have moved within four games of the first place New York Mets. The Nationals have been picking on the hapless Braves as they swept a four game series over the weekend. Atlanta scored a grand total of nine runs in all the four contests. The Nationals bullpen bailed out another poor outing by starter Joe Ross. The Washington bullpen pitched 4 2/3rd scoreless innings of relief on Sunday.

Bryce Harper:

The Nationals MVP candidate is coming off a two hit game on Sunday. He has crushed Braves pitching going 7 of 11 in the series. He has multiple hits in three straight games. He walked four times in Game 1 on Thursday and scored a run each time. On the year Harper is hitting .339 with 34 homers and 83 RBIs.

Yunel Escobar:

Escobar has crushed Braves pitching as well by going 8 for 16 in the four game series. His power numbers have slid with just one extra base hit over his past nine games. Escobar is batting .315 on the year with nine homers and 46 RBIs.

Michael Taylor:

The Nationals center fielder had a two hit game with two RBIs on Sunday. He entered the game on a 3 for 13 slump.

Joe Ross:

Ross lasted just 4 1/3rd innings on Sunday as he gave up four earned runs and five hits with three walks. He has walked nine batters in his past two starts working a total of seven innings. Ross has failed to pitch five innings in four of his past six starts.

Mets Drop a 4-3 Decision at Miami on Sunday. They lose two of three over the weekend.

The New York Mets dropped a 4-3 road decision at the Miami Marlins on Sunday. With the Braves sweeping the Nationals the Mets gave up two games from their NL East lead at the conclusion of this series with the Marlins. The Mets bullpen gave up single runs in the eighth and ninth inning to blow a 3-2 lead late.

Yoenis Cespedes:

The Mets center fielder had a two hit game on Sunday. Cespedes is batting .421 for the month of September. He has multiple hits in four of his past five games.

Michael Conforto:

The left fielder had a two hit game on Sunday. Conforto has multiple hits in four of five games and six of his past ten. His average is now up to .300 with five homers and 18 RBIs.

Wilmer Flores:

The shortstop had a home run on Sunday. He is batting .333 for the month of September for the Mets.

Steven Matz:

Matz made his third start of the year on Sunday and allowed two earned runs and four hits pitching 5 1/3rd innings. He received a no decision on Sunday.

LA Dodgers Exit San Diego Series with a 7 ½ Game Lead Over San Francisco

LA has won three straight and six of their past seven games as they get past the Padres 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Dodger bullpen blew Game 1 of this series but the Dodgers responded by winning the final three games of this series. The series was crippling to the Padres chances for an NL West crown as they fall 14 games back of the Dodgers in the loss column with 26 games remaining.

Justin Turner:

It was a two hit game for Turner on Sunday as he moves his batting average up to .290 with 15 homers and 52 RBIs. He had been in a 2 for 14 slump entering Sunday.

A.J. Ellis:

Ellis has been relegated to the backup catcher after an awful 2013 season at the plate. Ellis had two hits on Sunday for the third time in his past five games.

Adrian Gonzalez:

Gonzales got a hit with two RBIs on Sunday. He had been on a 3 for 19 slump as he entered Sunday’s game.

Brett Anderson:

The LA left handed starter went 5 2/3rd innings on Sunday giving up one earned run and four hits but walked four batters.

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New York Mets vs Washington Nationals – 7-20-15- MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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Two NL East contenders square of on Monday Night Baseball as the Washington Nationals are hosting the New York Mets on July 20th. MLB Fantasy draft managers can check out their roster performance at 7PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV.

The New York Mets hit the All Star break winners of four straight and six of seven games to draw close to the Washington Nationals. They avoided a sweep in their three game weekend series against the St Louis Cardinals by earning a 3-1 road victory on Sunday as they sit three games in the loss column back of the Washington Nationals. The Mets starting pitching has been outstanding. The club is second in all of Major League Baseball in quality starts with 60 on the year. They are third best in Team ERA (3.22) and second best in WHIP (1.18). What has held back this team has been their anemic offense as the club sits 30th and last in baseball in team batting (.234) and second last in MLB in runs per game (3.45).

Washington dropped two of three over the weekend to the LA Dodgers as the club struggled in their final two games of the series to the Dodgers pitching staff by pushing across two runs total on Saturday and Sunday.

New York Mets CF: Juan Lagares the second year pro leads the everyday players with a .252 hitting average with three homers and 25 RBIs.

New York Mets LF: Michael Cuddyer was lifted from Sunday’s win against the Cardinals as he was experiencing soreness to his knee. He is listed as day by day. On the year Cuddyer is batting .250 with eight homers plus 30 RBIs. He is batting .308 for the month of July with two homers.

New York Mets RF: Curtis Granderson had a multiple hit game on Sunday to extend his hitting streak to four games. On the year the veteran is hitting .249 with 14 homers and 30 RBIs. Over his past seven days Granderson has a .308 batting average.

New York Mets SS: Wilmer Flores has a .248 batting average with 10 homers and 38 RBIs. Flores for the month of July is hitting .300. He was 3 for 9 in the extra innings win for the Mets against the Cardinals on Sunday.

New York Mets P: Matt Harvey in his 17 starts for the Mets on the year is 8-6 with an ERA of 3.07 with a WHIP of 1.09. Prior to the All Star break Harvey had a good start at home to Arizona on July 11th by allowing just two earned runs over seven innings while striking out nine Diamondback hitters.

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Washington Nationals RF: MVP candidate Bryce Harper is having a fabulous season by hitting .337 with 27 homers and 64 RBIs. He has hits in six of his past seven games. Harper is batting .316 for the month of July.

Washington Nationals 3B: Yunel Escobar is on fire batting .462 over his past seven days. On the year the third basemen is hitting .324 with five homers and 29 RBIs after his multiple hit game on Sunday. He had a three hit game on Friday and also a three hit game July 13th at Baltimore to hit the All Star break.

Washington Nationals 2B: Danny Espinoza has a .251 batting average on the year with ten homers and 28 RBIs. He looks to break out of a 2 for 11 slump heading into Monday’s game.

Washington Nationals C: Wilson Ramos is ice cold for the Nationals by going 2 for his past 25. His batting average has dropped to .248 with eight homers and 38 RBIs.

Washington Nationals SS: Ian Desmond is batting just .204 on the year with seven homers and 24 RBIs. Desmond is struggling mightily in July as he is just 3 for his past 37 at the plate.

Washington Nationals P: Gio Gonzalez has made 16 starts in 2015 and carries a mark of 6-4 with an ERA of 3.99 and WHIP of 1.44. He has pitched very well of late by holding his past three opponents to just two runs total over 20 innings.

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P: Gio Gonzalez (Nationals)
RF: Bryce Harper (Nationals)
3B; Yunel Escobar (Nationals)
2B: Danny Espinoza (Nationals)
CF: Juan Lagares (Mets)
SS: Wilmer Flores (Mets)

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