August 9 MLB Preview

Tuesday Late Matchups

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Angels vs Cubs

The Cubs’ John Lackey and Angels’ Jered Weaver (Tuesday’s starters) were Los Angeles teammates during Weaver’s first four major league seasons (2006-09), with Lackey serving as his mentor. Lackey received a no-decision in his third straight quality start after yielding three runs and seven hits while striking out eight in seven innings of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Miami last Wednesday.

Braves vs Brewers

Center fielder Matt Kemp is endearing himself to his new team with some spirited play of late. Kemp had an RBI single in the fourth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the 12th of Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Brewers. The veteran is 5-for-13 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored in his last three games and 7-for-14 with a homer and five RBIs in his career versus Tuesday starter Wily Peralta. He isn’t the only one swinging a hot bat, as teammates Ender Inciarte and Erick Aybar are carrying respective 19- and 13-game hitting streaks into Tuesday’s tilt. Veteran Ryan Braun is doing fine in his own right with hits in 15 of 18 games since the All-Star break for the Brewers, who have dropped four of their last five contests.

Astros vs Twins

Houston’s Jose Altuve received his first day off this season in the series opener against Minnesota. The second baseman leads the major leagues with a .356 batting average. He’s played in 202 consecutive games before Monday’s rest. It was the the longest current playing streak in baseball. Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario collected three hits in the opener to improve to 14-for-28 during his seven-game hitting streak.

Reds vs Cardinals

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the opener after being removed from Saturday’s contest and sitting out on Sunday due to an injured oblique. Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton stole two bases on Monday and is tied for most in the majors with 45.  He’s 17-for-19 against St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, which is the most steals by anyone against the respected receiver.

White Sox vs Royals

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will make his fifth attempt for his 15th win. He’ll oppose right-hander Edinson Volquez, who’s been rocked for the second straight outing at Tampa Bay last Wednesday.

Orioles vs Athletics

All-Star third baseman Manny Machado has four homers and nine RBIs over the past two games. The recent display has increased Machado’s round-tripper count to 26, nine shy of his career high set last season. Oakland left fielder Khris Davis has matched his career best of 27 homers but has just one blast and one RBI over the last nine games.

Tigers vs Mariners

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera notched one of the five singles Monday, giving him at least one hit in seven of his last eight contests. Teammate Ian Kinsler improved to 12-for-27 during a hitting streak that reached seven games. Trailing Cleveland by 2 1/2 games for first place in the AL Central, Detroit are sending Daniel Norris to the mound against Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc in a battle of left-handers.

Phillies vs Dodgers

In a season when the Los Angeles Dodgers have placed a total of 26 players on the disabled list, rookie shortstop Corey Seager has emerged as their most reliable and dangerous offensive threat. The 22-year-old belted two homers in Monday’s series-opening 9-4 win and is batting .326 with nine doubles, four home runs, and 13 RBI over his last 20 games. Seager has taken a commanding lead in the National League rookie of the year race with 21 home runs while serving an invaluable role atop the batting order for Los Angeles.

Philadelphia has struggled over the last two months, but may have found their right fielder of the future in Aaron Altherr. The German born player missed the season’s first 103 games with a wrist injury, but has provided surprising pop from the second spot in the order. Altherr is expected to receive regular playing time even after Peter Bourjos returns from the 15-day disabled list to join a crowded outfield later this week.

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MLB Trade Deadline

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Latest rumors!

Baseball teas are looking to complete their shopping before the cut off transaction time of 4PM ET. Los of players are in the middle of rumors, and it all starts with the big catch of All-Star Chris Sale. The ace has apparently been linked to the Boston Red Sox beginning Sunday night. Other sources believes that there will be likely less than 5% chance of Sale being traded before the deadline. While those two possibilities are the most probable scenarios, other teams interested in the White Sox pitcher would be the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. Sale presents a record of 14 wins and 4 losses in 20 starts since the beginning of the campaign, with a 3,17 earned run average.

There could also be some major additions to the Mariners roster before the deadline. They look to put their hands on Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart. He has 15 homers and 41 runs batted in this season.

Done Deals!

The New York Mets added some punch in their outfield with the acquisition of Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. The transaction should be concluded pending physical, which has been reported has hit some issues. If the deal goes through, the Reds would receive outfielder Brandon Nimmo and two prospects in return. 29 years-old, Bruce presents a batting average of ,265. He crushed 25 long balls and has 80 RBI’s since the beginning of the season. The new Mets was a highly coveted trade target during the last few days. The Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers were all in the running for the sluggers services.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made the acquisitions of outfielder Josh Reddick and lef-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the Oakland Athletics in return for a trio of promising right-handed pitchers (Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes and Frankie Montas). Hill signed a 6 million dollar contract for one season with the A’s during the off-season and his currently injured due to blisters on his left hand. The 36 years-old has a record of 9-3 with a 2,25 ERA in 14 starts this season. As for Reddick, the 29 years-old post an average of ,296 with 8 home runs and 28 RBI’s in 68 games this year.

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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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MLB One Day Cash Draft Top 19

May 24th 2016

With one early game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Marlins, here’s a look at the top players this evening for your MLB one day cash draft contest (click here to join FP).

Players Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Chris Sale P CWS CLE 62.5 53.8 48.2 40.3
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET PHI 54 29 29.4 22
Jeff Samardzija P SF SD 51 41.3 40.8 34.5
Brett Lawrie 2B CWS CLE 49.5 19.3 11.1 10.3
Stephen Strasburg P WAS NYM 49 39.8 40.4 38.4
Justin Verlander P DET PHI 46 46.2 33 24.4
David Ortiz 1B BOS COL 45 18.7 13.6 18.6
Josh Tomlin P CLE @CWS 42.5 26.8 24.2 23.5
Todd Frazier 3B CWS CLE 40.5 22.3 16 15.5
Carlos Perez C LAA @TEX 39 24 19.3 10.7
Salvador Perez C KC @MIN 39 14.5 14 11.9
Howie Kendrick OF LAD CIN 38.5 13.5 12.8 8.8
Nathan Eovaldi P NYY TOR 37 31.5 32.9 24.6
Julio Teheran P ATL MIL 36 29.5 34.4 25.2
Ben Revere OF WAS NYM 36 21.8 13.3 6.5
David Price P BOS COL 35.5 31.8 31 26.3
Chris Tillman P BAL @HOU 35 38 42.9 28.8
Matt Wieters C BAL @HOU 33 28 17.4 11.8

MLB One Day Cash Draft Notables

• The Washington Nationals have won pitchers Stephen Strasburg’s last 13 starts dating back to Sept. 15, 2015. That streak is the longest in franchise history, having edged past Jordan Zimmermann’s mark of 12 from 2014-15.

• Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward took batting practice and went through a pregame workout on Monday, and there is a chance he could play during the series despite suffering a right rib contusion on Friday diving into the outfield wall in San Francisco.

• Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games Sunday, while teammate Xander Bogaerts extended his to 16.

• Detroit Tigers Slugger Miguel Cabrera has five home runs in his last four games. Monday’s two-homer game was the 36th multi-homer game of his career.

• The Baltimore Orioles provide plenty of pop. Entering play Sunday, they led the Majors with 62 home runs. Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo have each compiled at least 10 home runs and 25 RBI over the Orioles’ first 40 games of the season, which last occurred in 2010 with the Toronto Blue Jays trio of Jose Bautista, Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez.

• Ace Chris Sale has thrown three complete games already this season, making him the first White Sox starter with three complete games in the first nine starts of a season since Jack McDowell in 1991.

• Chicago White Sox outfielder Austin Jackson is a .438 hitter (7-for-16) with three doubles, one triple and one home run against today’s opposing pitcher, Josh Tomlin.

• The Minnesota Twins activated shortstop Eduardo Escobar from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, but he’s expected to share duties at shortstop with hot-hitting Eduardo Nunez.

• Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal could make his first start since fouling a ball off his foot Saturday. A.J. Ellis has received both starts since, but Grandal’s X-rays came back negative and he has been available to pinch-hit.

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MLB Fantasy Baseball Top 18 (Evening Games)

May 19th 2016

FanPicks has all 9 Thursday MLB fantasy baseball evening contest for you. It all start at 7:05PM ET with the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It will go down in California, as the Giants looks to sweep series and win their 8th straight game tonight in San Diego. Jeff Samardzija (5-2, 2.88 ERA) will take the mound for San Francisco and will attempt to follow-up on Johnny Cueto’s solid performance the day before. Another series coming to close tonight is the Freeway Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels. The halo’s have taken two out of the three games (one away and one at home). The finale pits Ross Stripling (1-2, 4.26 ERA) and Jhoulys Chacin (1-2 4.81) against eachother. Dodgers Stripling earn his first victory of the season in his last outing against the Cardinals, while the Angels Chacin will make his second start with the team since being acquired in a trade from the Braves a week ago. Find out who’s are today’s top Major League Baseball fantasy picks at FanPicks (click to join).

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Games FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Rajai Davis OF CLE @CIN 57 38.8 23.2 12
Chris Sale P CWS HOU 52.5 47.5 49.6 33.8
James Shields P SD SF 51.5 36.2 29.8 24.1
Jay Bruce OF CIN CLE 51 23 20.9 15.4
Tyler White 1B HOU @CWS 47.5 21.5 12.7 8.6
Mallex Smith OF ATL @PIT 47.5 17.5 14.6 9.7
Jonathan Gray P COL @STL 43 40 27.9 15.3
Michael Foltynewicz P ATL @PIT 40 27.5 19.9 12.8
Mike Trout OF LAA LAD 36 18.7 18.3 13.2
Ervin Santana P MIN TOR 34.5 17.8 21.7 20.6
Jayson Werth OF WAS @NYM 34.5 15.2 9.6 9.4
Jeff Samardzija P SF @SD 33.5 42 38.5 27.9
Khris Davis OF OAK NYY 33 35.7 21.2 17
Stephen Strasburg P WAS @NYM 33 36 37.9 36.3
Jason Castro C HOU @CWS 33 14.5 14.5 12.8
Tyler Flowers C ATL @PIT 30 12.3 8.5 5
Francisco Lindor SS CLE @CIN 30 22.7 15.8 11.7

MLB Fantasy Baseball Notables

  • Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Sterling Marte is set to return to the lineup Thursday against the Braves. Prospect Alex Hanson will return to the minors to make room.
  • New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes clubbed his 13th homer during Wednesday’s game and now has 11 home runs and 29 RBIs in his last 28 games.
  • Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki enters the game with 999 career hits. He is 3-for-7 lifetime against Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez could be available this Thursday. He suffered a back injury on Monday and hasn’t played since. Manager Dave Roberts said that Gonzalez could play designated hitter. At the very least, the first baseman will be available for pinch-hit duties.
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MLB Fantasy Baseball Picks Top 20 Performers

May 13th 2016

There is no Friday the 13th curse at FanPicks (click to play) , We’ve got all 16 fantasy baseball matchups set-up in the lobby various contest. Start your MLB fantasy baseball picks early, as it starts at 2:20pm ET with the Pittsburgh Pirates visiting the Chicago Cubs. After winning eight straight game, which all started with a sweep of the Bucs, the Cubs dropped two. The best team in MLB this season will try to steer back into the right direction putting 4-0, 1.85 ERA pitcher Jason Hammel on the mound. Pittsburgh will counter with Francisco Liriano. The mismatch game for today is between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees. Leagues win leader, White Sox Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79 ERA), faces-off against underwhelming Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (0-5, 6.12 ERA). All 30 teams will be in action on the eve of the weekend.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Games FP Avg Four Games FP Avg Ten Games FP Avg
Matt Holliday OF STL @LAD 57 32 20.2 10.9
Steven Wright P BOS HOU 56.5 43 39.2 26.1
Francisco Liriano P PIT @CHC 49 36.2 25.2 24.3
Matt Harvey P NYM @COL 46.5 32.7 26.9 21.5
Chris Sale P CWS @NYY 46.5 42 45.8 30.1
Justin Verlander P DET @BAL 45 23.8 29.9 19.7
Tom Koehler P MIA @WAS 40 13.3 13.1 16.5
Jeff Samardzija P SF @ARI 39.5 39.8 34.5 25.6
Charlie Blackmon OF COL NYM 39 17.8 12.4 11.3
Nathan Karns P SEA LAA 39 37 32.3 19.5
Bryan Holaday C TEX TOR 38.5 20.5 13.4 7.8
Odubel Herrera OF PHI CIN 37.5 15.2 14.5 10.9
Melvin Upton Jr OF SD @MIL 35.5 21.7 14 8.2
Matt Carpenter 3B STL @LAD 35.5 26.8 26.8 14.5
Jonathan Gray P COL NYM 34.5 23.7 19.1 12.4
Nolan Arenado 3B COL NYM 33 11.8 12.9 14
Chris Tillman P BAL DET 33 44.5 29.9 24.2
Chase Headley 3B NYY CWS 33 14.7 10.6 6.2
Jimmy Rollins SS CWS @NYY 33 16.8 12.9 11

MLB Fantasy Baseball Picks Notables

  • Chris Sale is the first White Sox pitcher to win each of his first seven starts since Jon Garland captured his first eight in 2005.
  • Tigers starter Justin Verlander is 7-0, with a 2.84 ERA in eight career starts at Camden Yards. He’s also posted 43 strikeouts.
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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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Fantasy Baseball Chicago White Sox Projection 2016

For the upcoming 2016 Major League Baseball season, FanPicks take a look at every single team and what are their expectations for the upcoming year. The Chicago White Sox stayed busy this winter, acquiring several veteran to fill offseason needs. They’ve added last year’s home run derby winner Todd Frazier, 2007 National League MVP Jimmy Rollins and 2-time American League Triple leader Austin Jackson. While all those new players in the town of South Side Chicago are upgrading the team, it’s some of the returning players that will lead them to contention. Here is FanPicks Fantasy Baseball Chicago White Sox Projection 2016 :

Fantasy Baseball Chicago White Sox Projection 2016

Player to watch:

  • SP Chris Sale
  • 1B Jose Abreu
  • OF Adam Eaton

Chris Sale, who will turn 27 years-old when the season starts, his bound to upgrade his statistics in 2016. He led the American League in strikeouts, last season. What’s even more impressive is that he won 8 of his first twelve decisions despite missing several week of spring training because of a foot injury. The moment he most shined last year was in June, striking out 75 in 44 innings of work. He finished the campaign losing once in his last five decision.

Abreu became the second player in MLB history to collect 30 homers and a 100 RBI’s in his first two season in the big leagues. The first one was a certain Albert Pujols. The Puerto Rcan should also see more fastball coming his way with the arrival of fellow slugger Todd Frazier, batting behind him in the lineup. Chicago is surely excited to see that combo in action.

The Sox leadoff hitter excelled during the latter part of the 2015 season, posting an on-base percentage of .418, hitting eight of his 14 home runs and driving in 38 runs after the All-Star game. He has set career highs in runs scored, with 98, and stolen bases, with 18, by the end of the year.

For a team that finished last in the American League for home runs swung last year (inside a hitter friendly park for that matter), there was a room for improvement in that department coming into the season. Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier should provide the help needed to support Jose Abreu at-bats. As for the pitching department, it looks solid with the trio of Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Carlos Rodon.

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