MLB Fantasy Cash Draft News

June 15th 2016

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Angels News

  • The Angels have had their fair share of injuries, but could have some help on the way for the series finale. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who was with Triple-A Salt Lake rehabbing his surgically repaired left thumb, flew to Anaheim on Tuesday to be reevaluated and could be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. Simmons underwent surgery on May 10.

Blue Jays News

  • Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion is expected to get the start at first base in Philadelphia, with Justin Smoak coming off the bench for the Blue Jays.

Brewers News

  • Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson has already hit seven batters this season. He led the Majors with 13 hit batsmen in 2015.

Cardinals News

  • St-Louis hurler Adam Wainwright’s lifetime 1.57 ERA against the Astros is the lowest among all MLB pitchers with at least 10 games started against Houston.
  • Cards third baseman Matt Carpenter extended his hitting streak to eight games Tuesday night.

Dodgers News

  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, as great as he is, hasn’t been great in Chase Field. In 11 starts, he’s 4-7 with a 3.90 ERA, his highest in any National League road ballpark not named Coors Field.

Giants News

  • Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has reached base safely in 25 consecutive games at AT&T Park. He also has an eight-game hitting streak overall.
  • Right-hander Johnny Cueto will take his second attempt at becoming the Giants’ first 10-game winner this season against the Brew Crew.

Marlins News

  • Marlins’ outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is one hit away from tying Pete Rose’s hit record (4,256 career hits), including the hits he accrued in Japan.

Mets News

  • Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who will be making his second consecutive start against the Pirates, this time at home. He owns a 1.41 ERA over his last seven outings, which includes four wins, two no-decisions and one relief appearance. “Thor” is coming off a no-decision against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. In fact, he is winless in two career starts against the Pirates. Over 12 innings, Syndergaard is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Both appearances came on the road at PNC Park.

Nationals News

  • Nats ace Stephen Strasburg eyes for an 11-0 record today, as he takes the mound against the Cubs. A win launches him into top spot for most victories this season, passing Chris Sale (playing today) and Jake Arrietta, both standing at 10 wins.

Padres News

  • San Diego third baseman Yangervis Solarte is expected to be back in the lineup after sitting Tuesday. Padres manager Andy Green wanted to give him another day off to rest a left thumb contusion.
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Phillies News

  •  Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco missed his second straight game on Tuesday with a right knee sprain he sustained Sunday, and he is considered day to day. If Franco is unable to go Wednesday, Andres Blanco could make his third consecutive start at the hot corner.

Red Sox News

  • Knuckleballer Steven Wright takes the mound for Boston against Baltimore and is coming off four consecutive wins, three of which were quality starts.

Rockies News

  • Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra exited Tuesday’s game after colliding with shortstop Trevor Story while both were tracking a popup.

Tigers News

  • It’s likely Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin will be back in the lineup after getting an off-day Tuesday despite a nagging left wrist injury.
  • Tigers Victor Martinez remains day-to-day with right knee soreness.

White Sox News

  • In his past four starts, the usually dominant Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has a 6.75 ERA. Despite that, he looks to get his 11th win this season against the Tigers and takeover the MLB win lead from Stephen Strasburg (playing today) and Jake Arrieta.
  • The White Sox rested struggling third baseman Todd Frazier on Tuesday, it is unsure if he’ll play Wednesday.

Yankees News

  • Yanks pitcher Ivan Nova (5-3, 4.39), who will face the Rockies today,  has been excellent in his Interleague career, with an ERA of 2.13, including a 1.14 ERA in National League parks. In his only game against Colorado, however, he gave up four runs over six innings at Yankees Stadium in 2011.
  • Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran missed Tuesday’s series opener with a swollen left knee. The Yankees are hopeful that Beltran would be able to play Wednesday.
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Cash Draft MLB Top Picks

June 9 2016

The Astros/Rangers series at Arlington comes to a close this Thursday. It’s the first game of the day and it starts at 2PM ET. The Pirates and Rockies meet in a makeup game for a rainout that happened back in April. A total of eight games are slated to be played. Here are the cash draft MLB top picks of the day (click to play)!

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Last Two Game FP Avg Last Four Game FP Avg Last Ten Game FP Avg
Chris Iannetta C SEA CLE 54 19.8 17.2 9.2
Chris Parmelee 1B NYY LAA 53 17.7 10.6 6.8
Chris Carter 1B MIL NYM 50.5 19.3 17.4 9
Brandon Moss 1B STL @CIN 48 29 21.5 13.2
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR BAL 48 19.8 14.7 15.3
Nelson Cruz OF SEA CLE 47.5 25.5 20 15.7
Carlos Beltran OF NYY LAA 42 31.5 20 15
Billy Hamilton OF CIN STL 42 13.3 11.7 14
Jayson Werth OF WAS @CWS 42 18.5 16.3 12.9
Eduardo Nunez 3B MIN MIA 41.5 35.3 26.6 18.3
Jose Altuve 2B HOU @TEX 40.5 18.3 14.8 13.8
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS @CWS 39 12.8 16 14.5
Anthony Rendon 3B WAS @CWS 39 21 17.3 12.3
Mark Trumbo OF BAL @TOR 39 22.5 21.1 18.4
Danny Espinosa SS WAS @CWS 36 16.7 14 14.1
Jacoby Ellsbury OF NYY LAA 36 15.8 13.8 11
Jhonny Peralta 3B STL @CIN 36 20.7 13.9 8
Trevor Plouffe 3B MIN MIA 36 12.7 10.4 7
Mike Trout OF LAA @NYY 36 16.2 10.2 15.3

Cash Draft MLB Notables

  • Houston Astros pitcher Colin McHugh will take the mound against the Texas Rangers. Since Aug. 1, 2014, only Jake Arrieta (35), Clayton Kershaw (32) and Zack Greinke (32) have won more games than McHugh (31).
  • The Pirates are scheduled to play five games in four days over approximately 78 hours against three teams. That stretch began with a doubleheader against the Mets on Tuesday and will end as the team returns to Pittsburgh for a three-game series with the Cardinals on Friday.
  • New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran notched his third home run in as many days on Wednesday.
  • Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista is two home runs shy of No. 300 for his career.
  • Mets  plan to use the four-game series in Milwaukee as an opportunity to give four of his regulars a day of rest each. First up is slumping left fielder Michael Conforto, who will sit out Thursday against Jimmy Nelson.
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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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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 29th 2015

There are sparks flying everywhere in the MLB, as we inch closer to post-season’s daily fantasy sports contests. Tension is in the air in California. Both San Francisco and Los Angeles are vying for the N.L. west top spot. They will play their 2nd game of a 4 games series. Giants are sending their ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound, but the Dodgers respond with their own all-star, Clayton Kershaw. A win for the Dodgers allows them to clinch a playoff entry. Also on the bracket is the N.L. central division matchup between St-Louis and Pittsburgh. The Cards will try to claim the title for the third straight year with a win over the Pirates today. Can you feel the heat, because these are the fantasy hot picks:

P Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

Season: 18 W, 8 L, 2.88 ERA, 228 Ks, 38 BBs

Bumgarner won against Kershaw twice this season. After losing his last two starts, he’ll look for redemption and the chance to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive. The lefty will also pitch at home where he holds a 1.80 ERA. A crowd cheering for him is all the motivation he’s going to need to win.

C Carlos Perez – Los Angeles Angels

Season:  .248 AVG, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 16 Runs, 2 SBs

The L.A. Angels are in the middle of a battle with the Houston Astros for top spot in the A.L. west. They need contribution from all their players. Perez has been doing his part, hitting .444 in his last 8 games.

1B Adam Lind – Milwaukee Brewers

Season: .284 AVG, 20 HRs, 86 RBIs, 70 Runs

The Brewers will introduce minor league pitcher of the year Jorge Lopez to the MLB. Given that he’s the future hope of a struggling Milwaukee team, the squad will need to step up their game. Adam Lind is having a pretty good season. The 32 years-old also has Tyson Ross number. He’s batting a career .833 with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s in 6 at-bats against the righty.

2B Andres Blanco – Philadelphia Phillies

Season: .287 AVG, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs, 29 Runs

He has shown that you don’t need to be in a bad team to perform well. The Venezuelan had a game winning homer on Sunday against the Nats. It came the inning after an altercation in the Washington dugout between Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon. Blanco knows how to take up on opportunities when they presents themselves.

3B David Freese – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .257 AVG, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs, 49 Runs, 1 SB

Freese had back-to back dingers over the weekend. It shows that from top to bottom of the Angels lineup, everybody is contributing for the playoff push. The 2011 World Series MVP knows how to win when it matter.

SS Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox

Season: .249 AVG, 10 HRs, 60 RBIs, 54 Runs, 17 SBs

He was not in the lineup for Sunday’s matchup against the Yankees. This gave him a two day rest before his team meets up with the Royals in a three game home stand. He will face Johnny Cueto today, and that is no problem for him. The Cuban is averaging .750 with 1 home run in 8 at-bats against Cueto.

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

Season: .275 AVG, 18 HRs, 63 RBIs, 53 Runs

The Yankees are facing their eternal rivals Red Sox. The Yankees lost the first one. They will need to rebound so that they can get closer to a post-season entry. If all goes well today, Beltran should have plenty of fantasy points at cleanup.

OF Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

Season: .290 AVG, 17 HRs, 56 RBIs, 90 Runs, 41 SBs

The man with the beard just closed out a terrific series against the Dodgers. He had 4 hits including a triple and a home run, while scoring one run or more in every game. Now, it’s time for him to show what he can do against the Diamondbacks.

OF A. J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .317 AVG, 19 HRs, 75 RBIs, 106 Runs, 37 SBs

Pollock is having a tremendous season for the D-Backs. He will have no problem elevating those numbers today, as he faces off against Colorado’s Christian Bergman. He has 4 hits in 7 at-bats against him.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

C Carlos Perez – Los Angeles Angels

1B Adam Lind – Milwaukee Brewers

2B Andres Blanco – Philadelphia Phillies

3B David Freese – Los Angeles Angels

SS Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

OF Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

OF A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamonbacks

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Boston Red Sox versus New York Yankees MLB Daily Fantasy League Picks 9-29-2015

The New York Yankees will meet the Boston Red Sox from Major League Baseball action for Tuesday September 29th. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to ESPN TV at 7PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

It has been a poor season for the Boston Red Sox as the club enters play with a record of 76-80. After winning game 1 of this series 5-1 on Monday the team has won four straight games and has been getting great pitching The Red Sox has allowed just one run total in their past four games. The Red Sox have hit well with a team batting average of .267 and push across 4.65 runs per game which ranks in the top five in both categories. The pitching has not been good on the year with the Red Sox Team ERA of 4.34 ranking 25th in Major League Baseball.

The New York Yankees with the loss on Monday has moved to 86-70 on the campaign. They trail the first place Toronto Blue Jays by five games for the AL East division with just six games remaining on the schedule. The Yankees are in a good position to make an AL Wildcard with a 4 game lead over the LA Angels. New York has been a power hitting team as they are third in Major League Baseball in homers as they have hit 207 for the year. The starting pitching has been inconsistent as the staff ranks 21st in quality starts.

Boston Red Sox SS:

Xander Bogaerts

The Red Sox 22 year old short stop has hit well for the entire season with a .325 batting average with seven homers and 80 RBIs. Bogaerts is blistering hot for the month of September with a .367 batting average.

Boston Red Sox CF

Mookie Betts

Another young player at 22 years old Mookie Betts is hitting .292 with 15 homers and 72 RBIs. He is another hot Red Sox for the month of September with a .376 batting average. He is coming off a two hit game on Monday in the victory.

Boston Red Sox 2B:

Brock Holt

Holt has emerged as a productive hitter in the Red Sox lineup as he has a .282 batting average on the year with 44 RBIs. He is batting .311 in September.

Boston Red Sox DH:

David Ortiz

The 39 year old slugger has batted .268 on the year with 36 homers and 104 RBIs. He has multiple hits in two of his past three games.

Boston Red Sox P:

Rick Porcello

The Red Sox right hander is having a down season with a record of 8-14 with an ERA of 5.04 and WHIP of 1.38. He worked on September 23rd and allowed two earned runs and eleven hits in seven innings in a home loss to Tampa Bay.

New York Yankees RF:

Carlos Beltran

The 38 year old right fielder is leading the everyday hitters with a .275 batting average with 18 homers and 63 RBIs. He looks to break a 5 for 24 slump.

New York Yankees SS:

Didi Gregorius

The Yankees shortstop is hitting .266 with nine homers and 54 RBIs. He is hot right now with a .333 batting average in his past seven days.

New York Yankees 3B:

Chase Headley

The Yankees third baseman has hits in six straight games. On the year Headley is batting .263 with 11 homers and 62 RBIs.

New York Yankees LF:

Brett Gardner

The 32 year old left fielder is batting a slump right now as he is 3 for his past 19 at the plate.

New York Yankees DH:

Alex Rodriguez

ARod has three hits over his past three games. He has struggled for the month of September with a .224 batting average.

New York Yankees P:

Michael Pineda

The Yankees righty starter is 12-8 with an ERA of 3.99 and WHIP of 1.22. He is coming off a nice start on September 24th where he allowed one earned run and six hits over six innings of work in a 3-2 home win to the White Sox.

MLB Real Money Fantasy Picks

P: Michael Pineda (Yankees)
SS: Didi Gregorius (Yankees)
RF: Carlos Beltran (Yankees)
CF: Mookie Betts (Red Sox)
2B: Brock Holt (Red Sox)
DH: David Ortiz (Red Sox)

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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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New York Yankees versus New York Mets

MLB Fantasy One Day League Picks 9-18-2015

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It’s the Subway Series between two playoff contenders as the New York Mets will host the New York Yankees. MLB fantasy GM’s can watch this game Friday night September 18th at 7PM Eastern Time on MLB Network.

The New York Yankees enters the series just three games back of the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East division race. After undergoing a five game losing streak the Yankees have won three of their past four games. In the AL Wildcard race the Yankees sits with a five game lead over the Minnesota Twins who sits in the third spot. The Yankees have been driven into a playoff contending team by their offense. The club is second best in runs scored (4.85) and is third in home runs (193). The starting pitching has been inconsistent and the staff is 22nd on the year in quality starts (65).

The New York Mets have made good moves at the All Star break to bring in much needed offense to spark the club and support their great starting pitching staff. As they enter this series with the Yankees the Mets hold a seven game lead in the loss column over the second place Washington Nationals with 16 games remaining to be played. After an eight game win streak the Mets have lost two straight losing two games in the standings to the Nationals. The pitching for the Mets has been phenomenal. The staff ranks fourth in Team ERA (3.45), second in WHIP (1.18) and second best in the league in quality starts (93).

New York Yankees RF: Carlos Beltran leads the Yankees everyday players with a .277 batting average with 15 homers and 53 RBIs. He has hits in nine of his past ten games.

New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley looks to break a slump in September as his batting average is just .179. The third baseman has 11 homers and 60 RBIs on the year.

New York Yankees SS: Didi Gregorious has hit well on the road on the season with a .308 batting average. Gregorious has nine homers and 52 RBIs on the campaign.

New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner has hit a slump. Once the Yankees leading everyday hitter Gardner has seen his average drop to .265 with 16 homers and 65 RBIs. He is 0 for 15 entering this series.

New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez has cooled off a bit in recent games as he is battling a 5 for 21 slump. ARod is now batting .255 for the season with 32 homers and 83 RBIs.

New York Yankees P: Masahiro Tanaka will start his 23rd game of the year. The right hander is 12-6 with an ERA of 3.40 and WHIP of 0.99. He worked on September 13th against the Toronto Blue Jays and pitched masterfully by limiting the Blue Jays no earned runs and four hits over seven innings pitched. It was needed because Toronto has won the first three games of the series and kept the Yankees in the division race.

New York Mets 2B: Daniel Murphy looks to break a slump in September as he is batting .175 on the year. Murphy’s average is now .271 with 11 homers and 63 RBIs.

New York Mets SS: Wilmer Flores is hitting well down the stretch with a batting average of .300 for the month of September. Flores has 16 homers and 59 RBIs season to date.

New York Mets RF: Curtis Granderson has hits in four of his past five games. His average is .259 with 23 homers and 64 RBIs.

New York Mets 1B: Lucas Duda has been stuck in a horrible slump with a 3 for 25 in the month of September. Duda’s average has dropped to .240 with 21 homers and 57 RBIs.

New York Mets P: Steven Matz a left hander will make his fifth start of the year. His mark is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.88 and WHIP of 1.08. He worked on September 11th and allowed one earned run and six hits in five innings of work in a 5-1 road win at Atlanta.

MLB Best Fantasy Picks

P: Masahiro Tanaka (Yankees)
RF: Carlos Beltran (Yankees)
SS: Didi Gregorious (Yankees)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
RF: Curtis Granderson (Mets)
3B: David Wright (Mets)

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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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Cubs Slide–Loss on Wednesday is their 6th in 8 Games. Starters Taxing Bullpen

The Cubs rallied to tie the Reds with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 4-4. Then in the top of the ninth the Cubs surrendered three runs to Cincinnati to fall 7-4. Things were looking great for Chicago’s playoff chances. After a bad west coast trip and some shoddy play at home Chicago has fallen to 76-57 with 30 games left and has a six game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the final playoff spot. Good thing for Chicago that the Dodgers have played well in their series with San Francisco or the Cubs lead would be shorter. The Chicago pitching has to raise some concern. They have allowed 24 runs in three games to the Reds. They get an off day on Thursday then welcome Arizona into town on Friday.

Jason Hammel: The Cubs starter on Wednesday had another short stint on the mound. In five innings he allowed four earned runs and seven hits as he escaped with a no decision. Last Friday night in LA Hammel worked just five innings in a loss. He had trouble with his command walking three.

Dan Haren: The veteran taxed the Cubs bullpen on Tuesday pitching just five innings before getting yanked out of the game and he received a no decision for his efforts.

Kyle Hendricks: There was no off day for Chicago following the conclusion of their west coast trip on Sunday night baseball. So they returned to work on Monday with Kyle Hendricks taking the hill for the Cubs. This began the trend of starters taxing the bullpen. Hendricks lasted just five innings allowing three earned runs and walking three. Cincinnati then went on to push across ten runs on the Chicago bullpen.

The Bronx Bombers Put up Double Digits for the 3rd Time in 6 Games.

It was another run outburst for the New York Yankees as they pushed across 13 runs in their victory on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. Back on August 30th the Yankees scored 20 runs on the Braves. Two days earlier on the Braves, New York had scored 15 runs. They get an off day on Thursday before hosting the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Stephen Drew: After a huge two RBI double which was key to the win on Tuesday, Drew had a three hit and three RBI game on Wednesday. He hit his 17th homer of the year.

Alex Rodriguez: The DH was mired in a huge slump in August. On Wednesday ARod contributed with a hit and two RBIs.

Carlos Beltran: The veteran right fielder added a home run and two RBIs in the victory.

Didi Gregorius: The Yankees shortstop has shown great improvement at the plate in recent months. His batting average is up to .272 after two hits with a solo home run on Wednesday.

Gregory Bird: The first baseman now has his average up to .254 with a two hit game and two RBIs in the victory. Bird had his third homer of the season.

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