Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 1st 2015

Angels Lose to Athletics on Thursday and Fell ½ Back of Astros in AL Wildcard Race

The LA Angels were hot team winners of seven straight as they closed out their series with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon. Things looked good with Garrett Richards on the mound against a dead team. They could have put pressure on the Astros as Houston played hours later on Thursday night. The Angels gloves failed them as Oakland wins 8-7 by scoring seven unearned runs on the LA pitching staff.

LA Angels RF:

Kole Calhoun

The Angels right fielder has hit Texas pretty good with a .400 batting average. The team opens a four game series on Thursday with the Rangers. Calhoun had two hits with a double and homer with two RBIs on the loss on Wednesday. Kole Calhoun has multi hits in four of his past seven games.

LA Angels CF:

Mike Trout

Trout leads the Angels everyday hitters with a .299 batting average with 41 homers and 89 RBIs. He had three hits with a homer and RBI in the team’s home finale on Wednesday. Trout is batting .409 over his past seven days.

LA Angels 3B:

David Friese

The Angels veteran third baseman had two hits on Wednesday and it was back to back games for Friese with multiple hits. He is hot batting .400 over his past seven days. Friese has 14 homers with 56 RBIs and a season hitting average of .262.

LA Angels C:

Carlos Perez

The Angels 24 year old catcher has picked up his batting average in the month of September. He had three hits with two runs scored and a home run on Wednesday. He has five multiple hits in his past ten games. Perez has his hitting average at .256 with four homers and 19 RBIs.

LA Angels 2B:

Johnny Giavotellla

Giavotella has been hot with the bat with a .444 batting average over his past seven days. He had a home run with two RBIs on Wednesday to increase his hitting streak to seven games. The LA second baseman is batting .326 against Texas pitching this year.

LA Angels P:

Garrett Richards

The Angels right hander is 15-11 with an ERA of 3.62 and WHIP of 1.24. He worked six innings against the Athletics on Wednesday with no earned runs and two hits. He walked a high four batters but the Angels defense failed him as three unearned runs were scored while Richards was on the mound.

Astros Power Leads Them Past the Mariners

The Houston Astros now took a ½ game lead over the LA Angels for the final wildcard spot following their 7-6 road win at Seattle on Wednesday night. The Astros were down 6-3 after five innings but the Astros with a three run home run by Chris Carter tied the game at 6-6 in the sixth inning. Houston pushed over a single run in the seventh inning and the Astros bullpen held the lead in the late innings for the win.

Houston Astros 1B:

Chris Carter

A .196 hitter Carter came through with a big blow for Houston in a clutch spot on Wednesday. He is hitting .385 over his past seven games. For the season Carter has 24 homers and 62 RBIs.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

The Astros right fielder continues his hot hitting with two hits on Wednesday. Springer has multiple hits in three straight and five of his past seven games.

Houston Astros 3B:

Luis Valbuena

It was a two hit night with a double and home run for Luis Valbuena against the Mariners. He scored two runs in the huge win and is now hitting a light .219 on the campaign with 24 homers and 54 RBIs.

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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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LA Angels Making a Move in the AL Wildcard Race as They Sweep the Twins on Saturday

The LA Angels have underperformed for much of the 2015 season and has been one of Major League Baseball’s biggest disappointments. They have a huge payroll with stars but the supporting cast has been labeled as scrubs by some in the media. The joke around baseball is that the Angels are a Stars and Scrubs team. After a rainout in this series with the Twins the Angels had to play a doubleheader on Saturday and came away with the 4-3 and 5-2 victory in the twin bill. The Angels are 4 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West division race with just 14 games remaining. In the AL Wildcard race the Angels are now just 1 ½ games back of the slumping Houston Astros. The Minnesota Twins are 75-73 and the losses were costly as the club is now down 2 ½ games for the final AL Wildcard. This series are like playoff games for both teams.

Carlos Perez:

The Angels catcher has been hot batting .378 for the month of September. On Saturday he had two hits in the 4-3 win at Minnesota. He has multiple hits in three straight games.

Mike Trout:

The talented center fielder leads the Angels everyday hitters with a .291 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He had a home run in Game 2 of the doubleheader as he looks to improve from a .259 batting average for the month of September.

Albert Pujols:

The veteran had a two hit game with two RBIs in the Game 2 victory for the Angels. Pujols has batted just .239 for the season with 35 homers and 85 RBIs. It has been a horrible month of September for the 35 year old as he bats just .161.

Erick Aybar:

The Angels shortstop had a successful doubleheader going 4 for 9 with two stolen bases and a run scored. He has moved is average up to .270 with two homers and 38 RBIs. His bat began cool in September but has picked up steam the past four games.

Andrew Heaney:

In his first season with the Angels Andrew Heaney is 6-3 with an ERA of 3.30 and WHIP of 1.15. In his start in Game 1 Heaney threw six innings and allowed two earned runs and two hits.

Garrett Richards:

Richards has started 29 games in the 2015 campaign and is 14-11 with an ERA of 3.73 and WHIP of 1.24. He bounced back after a poor outing on September 14th at Seattle where he allowed four earned runs in five innings with four walks in defeat. In Game 2 of the doubleheader Richards came in with a huge effort tossing 8 2/3rd innings against the Twins by allowing two earned runs and five hits. He still had issues with walks as he allowed four on Saturday. Richards has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his past four starts.

Torii Hunter:

The veteran outfielder has been hot with a .417 batting average over his past seven days. In the doubleheader Hunter went 3 for 8 with a run scored. Hunter has multiple hits in six of his past ten games.

Miguel Sano:

The Twins DH extended his hitting streak to seven games with a hit in Game 1 and Game 2 of the doubleheader. He had a home run in Game 1. His batting average is now up to .279 with 17 homers and 49 RBIs.

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