August 11 Fantasy Baseball Preview

Thursday Evening Matchups

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Yankees vs Red Sox

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

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

Angels vs Indians

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

Astros vs Twins

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

Cardinals vs Cubs

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

White Sox vs Royals

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

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

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Daily Fantasy 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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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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