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New York Mets vs Kansas City Royals
It’s that time of the year where the highly anticipated MLB season will freshly begin. The New York Mets will be travelling to Kauffman Stadium where they will face the defending MLB Champions, Kansas City Royals. FanPicks is proud to bring you this MLB Baseball Fantasy preview. Come play in our MLB Grand Slam Contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.
Edinson Volquez will be the starter for the Royals as they defend World Series championship at the expense of the same New York Mets.
He had a 13-9 record with a 3.55 ERA the past campaign. During the World Series, he actually started the first game and in Game 5 against the Mets. He didn’t earn the wins as the bullpen of the Royals really helped. He was 8-4 on home starts with a .348 ERA.
Greg Holland’s loss as a reliever to the Royals will be compensated by the addition of Joakim Soria. Soria had 24 saves with a 2.53 ERA for the Pirates last year.
Speaking of the Royals’ relievers, the unit is minus Greg Holland, who is now a free agent. That said, the addition of Joakim Soria should soften the blow of Holland’s loss. Soria had 24 saves and a 2.53 ERA for Pittsburgh last season.
Kansas City will be hoping that their offense remains productive on offense. They may lack in power but for some reason, they’ve been mastering in putting the balls in play. They showed it especially against the Mets during the World Series. They were 2nd last in The AL with only 139 runs but 2nd in the major for batting average with runners in scoring position explaining their success.
Matt Harvey will be the starter for the New York Mets this Opening Day.
The Mets have questionably the best rotation in the MLB. Harvey was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA last season. He made 4 playoffs appearance last year and went 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA. Harvey has a 5-5 record on 12 road starts last year with a 3.42 ERA.
For their offensive weapons, the Mets can count on the bats of Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright and Curtis Granderson. Cespedes arrived during the middle of the season in New York after a trade and literally transformed the Mets’ offense into a feared one. His 17 home runs in 57 games were quite impressive. He was very calm in the World Series going 3 for 17 only.
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New York Mets versus Kansas City Royals MLB World Series Game 1 Fantasy League Picks 10-27-2015
The World Series is set to begin as the Kansas City Royals will host the New York Mets in Game 1 of a best of seven. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV on Tuesday October 27th to track the results of their one day rosters.
The New York Mets have not just made it to the World Series on their fine pitching staff alone. The team has gotten some good contributions at the plate as well. Second baseman Daniel Murphy has been tearing the cover off the baseball with clutch hits in huge situations. New York was able to knock off the LA Dodgers in 5 games to open the playoffs as they withstood the difficult task of facing Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke a combination of four times in the five games. Then the team faced the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS and made quick work of sweeping a four game series. New York allowed a total of eight runs total over the four games they played against Chicago. The offense also provided cushion as the game was decided by two games or greater.
The Kansas City Royals enter the World Series in back to back seasons. Last year they were beaten by the San Francisco Giants. Kansas City had a difficult road in the post season as they were able to withstand two elimination games against the Houston Astros in the opening round to advance 3-2 in the best of five ALDS. The offense came to life in Game 4 and 5 as the club combined for 16 runs in the two games. In the ALCS the Royals were able to eliminate a very good hitting Toronto Blue Jays team in six games.
New York Mets 2B:
The Mets second baseman has led the club in the post season with a .421 batting average with seven homers and 11 RBIs. He has hit a home run in six straight games. In the series clincher on October 21st, Murphy had four hits with two RBIs.
New York Mets CF:
In eight playoff games Lagares is hitting .385 with only 13 at bats. There are talks he could be in the lineup in the American League Park when the DH will be used.
New York Mets RF:
Granderson is batting .303 in the postseason with seven RBIs. He has hits in seven of his nine playoff games.
New York Mets CF:
Cespedes is hitting .265 in the playoffs with two homers and seven RBIs. In Game three of the NLCS the Mets outfielder had three hits and two RBIs in the huge 5-2 road victory that put New York up 3-0 in the series.
New York Mets P:
The New York right hander has started two postseason games and is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.84 and WHIP of 1.18. He worked on October 17th at home to Chicago as he allowed two earned runs and four hits over 7 2/3rd innings.
Kansas City Royals SS:
The Royals shortstop is leading the club in the playoffs with a .386 batting average with five RBIs. He has hits in ten straight playoff games with five multi-hit games in that span.
Kansas City Royals RF:
Rios has bat .333 in the postseason with a homer and five RBIs. He went 6 for 9 in the last three games of the ALCS.
Kansas City Royals 2B:
The 34 year old second baseman has been hot in the playoffs with a .326 batting average with two homers and six RBIs. He had a home run in the game clinching 4-3 home victory in Game 6 to Toronto.
Kansas City Royals P:
Volquez has started three games in the playoffs and is 1-2 with an ERA of 4.32 and WHIP of 1.32. He was hit hard on October 21st at Toronto as he gave up five earned runs, three hits and four walks in a 7-1 road defeat at Toronto. Volquez has walked four batters in each of his three playoff starts.
MLB World Series Game 1 Fantasy Picks
P: Matt Harvey (Mets)
2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)
RF: Curtis Granderson (Mets)
1B: Lucas Duda (Mets)
DH: Juan Lagares (Mets)
SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)
Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 17th 2015
Chicago Cubs versus New York Mets Game 1 MLB NLCS Fantasy Preview 10-17-2015
The NLCS begins on Saturday October 18th as its Game 1 between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GMs can tune to TBS TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.
The Mets qualified for the NLCS after disposing of the LA Dodgers in five games. They win a deciding fifth game at Dodgers Stadium on Thursday by the score of 3-2. The Cubs were able to dispose of the St Louis Cardinals in four games as Chicago earned the 6-4 victory in the series clincher on Tuesday at home in Chicago. The Cubs and Mets have met seven times during the regular season with Chicago winning all seven games. The Cubs pitching staff put on a dominating effort limiting New York to one run or fewer in five of the seven games.
Chicago Cubs LF:
The Cubs don’t have much history facing Harvey over their careers. Coghlan stands out as he is 3 for 8 life time against the Mets starter with two RBIs.
Chicago Cubs P:
On the year the Cubs left hander is 11-12 with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP of 1.12. He had a start in the NLDS at St Louis and went 7 1/3rd innings and gave up three earned runs in a 4-0 road loss at St Louis.
New York Mets RF:
New York Mets 1B:
The Mets first baseman is 2 for 6 life time against Lester with a home run.
Curtis Granderson has a long history against Lester in his career. In 44 at bats Granderson is batting .273 with two homers and four RBIs.
New York Mets P:
The Mets right hander on the season is 13-8 in his 29 starts with an ERA of 2.71 and WHIP of 1.02. He worked Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers and allowed two earned runs and seven hits over five innings in a 13-7 home victory to the LA Dodgers.
Toronto Blue Jays versus Kansas City Royals Game 2 MLB ALCS Fantasy Baseball Preview 10-17-2015
This will be Game 2 of the ALCS series. It was the Kansas City Royals behind a great six innings no run performance by Edinson Volquez as they posted the 5-0 victory to take 1-0 lead in this best of seven series. The outstanding Royals bullpen shut out the power hitting Blue Jays the rest of the way to their victory.
Toronto Blue Jays RF:
Not too much history for Blue Jays hitters battling Ventura. Jose Bautista stands out with a 3 for 5 against Ventura with a homer and RBI.
Toronto Blue Jays P:
The Blue Jays left hander is 18-5 on the year with an ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 1.08. He faced Texas twice in the ALDS and allowed a total of eight earned runs and eleven hits over ten innings of work as he went 1-1 in those two playoff games.
Kansas City Royals RF:
The KC Royals have had good success hitting David Price with a Team Batting average of .293. Royal’s right fielder Alex Rios has crushed Price by batting .400 against him with two homers and ten RBIs in 30 at bats.
Kansas City Royals P:
The KC right hander is 13-8 in his 28 starts on the season with an ERA of 4.08 and WHIP of 1.30. Ventura faced the Astros twice in the playoffs and allowed a total of six earned runs and eight hits over seven innings of work.
Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 15th 2015
New York Mets versus LA Dodgers Game 5 MLB NLDS Fantasy Preview 10-15-2015
It will be a deciding Game 5 from the NLDS series as the LA Dodgers will be home to the New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to TBS TV on Thursday October 15th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy rosters.
Each team is 1-1 at home and away in this series. New York held a 2-1 lead heading into Game 4 and it was the LA Dodgers with the 3-1 road victory to even the series at 2-2 to bring the fifth and deciding Game 5 to LA. Left hander Clayton Kershaw pitched very well as he allowed the Mets one earned run and three hits over seven innings. Closer Kenley Jansen pitched a four out save as he held New York scoreless in 1 1/3rd innings.
In the two games held in Dodgers Stadium it was the Mets winning Game 1 by the score of 3-1 and LA came from behind in Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1 with the 5-2 victory. Game 3 was a 13-7 home blowout victory by NY against the Dodgers. Justin Turner came in with a clutch hit and made an outstanding defensive play in the seventh inning to help preserve the 3-1 Game 4 victory. The Dodgers have been a power hitting team with 187 home runs this season ranking sixth best in MLB.
New York struggled against Kershaw in Game 4. They were forced to fly cross-country trips three times in this series while the LA Dodgers took just two cross-country flights from the NLDS. The Mets have had trouble hitting for average as the club bats .244 on the year ranking 28th in Major League Baseball.
New York Mets RF:
The Mets right fielder has been hot in the NLDS with a .429 batting average with two doubles. He has had two hits in three of the four games of this series.
New York Mets LF:
Cespedes had hits in three straight playoff games. The left fielder had three hits in Game 3 in the Mets 13-7 victory. He is 1 for 5 life time against Zach Greinke.
New York Mets 2B:
The Mets middle infielder has four hits in seventeen at bats in this series but two of the hits were home runs and he has driven in three runs in the NLDS.
New York Mets P:
The Mets 27 year old lefthander went 14-8 in 30 starts with an ERA of 2.54 and WHIP of 0.98. In Game 1 against the Dodgers Degrom earned the win as he allowed no earned runs and five hits working seven innings.
LA Dodgers 3B:
A former Met Justin Turner is batting .467 in the NLCS with three RBIs. He is 7 of 15 with three doubles and two runs scored. Turner has hits in all four games with multiple hits in three of the four games.
LA Dodgers CF:
The 24 year old hit .307 in the regular season. In the NLDS Hernandez has hit .400 with three runs scored.
LA Dodgers 1B:
The LA veteran first baseman is hitting .313 in the Met series with five RBIs. He went 3 for 8 against DeGrom in his career with two homers and five RBIs.
LA Dodgers P:
The LA right hander is 19-3 with an ERA of 1.66 and WHIP of 0.84. He faced the Mets in Game 2 of this series on October 10th and allowed two earned runs and five hits over seven innings in a 5-2 victory.
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)
Major League Baseball Fantasy News September 11th 2015
No Letdown for New York Mets—Lead up to 7 ½ in NL East after Win on Thursday
The New York Mets just came off a three game series sweep of the Washington Nationals. The Nationals were off on Thursday while the Mets where traveling to Atlanta to open a four game series. The New York Mets had ten hits and got a very good starting pitching performance in their 7-2 road victory in Game 1 of this series against the Braves. It was a good sign for the Mets because there could have been an emotional letdown against a bottom feeder after coming up huge by extending their NL East lead three games in the standings in three days to Washington.
The former LA Dodger and Atlanta Braves this season is playing for his third team in 2015. He is coming off a three hit night with three RBIs and a double in the victory. Uribe has moved his averaged up to .255 with 13 homers and 41 RBIs. He has hit well on the road this year with a .284 batting average with eight homers.
The Mets catcher had a double with three RBIs in his three at bats on Monday in victory. Plawecki has hit Braves pitching well this year with a batting average of .375 to date.
The former Atlanta Brave has produced well for his traded team the New York Mets. He had two hits with a double on Thursday to move his September average to .450. Johnson has moved his season numbers to .270 with 14 homers and 46 RBIs.
The first baseman was busy along the base paths on Thursday with a hit, a run scored and two walks in the Thursday win. Duda is another Met who crushed Braves pitching this year as he is hitting .350 in his 40 at bats against Atlanta.
Granderson was hitless in three at bats on Thursday but he contributed by drawing two walks and scoring two runs. He is batting .278 over his past seven days.
The veteran right hander came through with a solid performance on Thursday night. He shut down the Braves hitters by allowing just two earned runs in 6 2/3rd innings of work. He leads the Mets staff in wins (14) and in innings pitched (176 2/3rd).
Pirates Blow Big Opportunity—Still 4 ½ Back of Cardinals in Extra Innings Loss to Milwaukee
As the Reds had built a 6-0 lead after five innings against the Cardinals the Pittsburgh Pirates had an opportunity to get within 3 ½ games in the standings against the St Louis atop the NL Central. The Pirates overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit to make it a 3-3 tie after eight innings. By that time the Cardinals were down 11-0 and hopelessly out of the game. But the Pirates went into extra innings and surrendered a 3 run thirteenth inning and responded with just one run in the bottom half of the inning in a 6-4 loss. Worse yet the Pirates holds just a 2 game lead in the loss column over the Chicago Cubs for home field advantage in the NL Wildcard game.
The Pirates third baseman is coming off a two hit game on Thursday night. He is batting .294 at home this year. Harrison for the season is batting .269 with four homers and 24 RBIs.
Jung ho Kang:
Kang had his second multiple hit game in three games as he produced two hits on Thursday. Kang has his average up to .288 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs.
The Pirates catcher now leads the team in batting which may be a surprise to fantasy baseball draft managers. With his three hit game on Thursday he is batting .303 with six homers and 38 RBIs.
The Pirates veteran pitcher has had issues going deep into games. He worked just five innings in the Thursday loss and gave up three earned runs and only three hits. He has not pitched greater than 6 1/3rd innings in his past five starts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McCann has hits in consecutive games to move his average up to .246 with 25 homers and 86 RBIs.
The 38 year old right fielder had a hit on Tuesday. His average is now .276 with 14 homers and 50 RBIs.
Ellsbury had a hit in four at bats. He is battling a 3 for 17 slump in the month of September.
Mets Take Game 1 of Series against Nationals—Lead up to 5 Games in NL East
The Mets overcame a 5-3 deficit after four innings with five straight runs to win 8-5. New York had 11 hits in the victory.
Cespedes had a monster game in a big spot on Monday. The former Tiger had three hits in the win with two doubles and a home run for 2 RBIs. He is hitting .435 for the month of September.
The Mets second basemen had two doubles and an RBI in the victory. He also drew two walks. Granderson broke out of a 3 for 18 slump heading into the game.
It was a two hit game for the Mets shortstop. Flores is batting .300 with two homers in the month of September. He has hits in three straight.
The Mets left fielder had a home run in the win. His average is .333 for the month of September with 4 RBIs. Conforto has a streak of four multiple hit games in his past six games.
The former Brave had a home run in the victory. Johnson has been red hot in September with a .417 batting average.
Yankees Win Moves Team ½ Game Back of Blue Jays in AL East Race
The Yankees overcame an early 4-1 deficit as they rallied for an 8-6 home victory on Monday to the Baltimore Orioles. New York had 12 hits in the win.
The Yankee right fielder had a three hit game with a double and home run on Labor Day. His average is up to .252 on the season with 14 homers and 40 RBIs.
Murphy had two hits on Monday with a homer and two RBIs. The Yankees catcher is batting .282 with three homers and 14 RBIs.
ARod belted his 29th home run of the year on Monday. He has hit safely in seven of his past eight games to move his batting average up to .256 and 77 RBIs.
The Yankee first baseman is in the lineup for an injured Mark Teixeira. Bird had a home run with three RBIs in the victory on Monday. In 22 games Bird has five homers and 17 RBIs.
Cubs Win and Closing In on Pirates for Home Field in NL Wildcard Playoff Race
The Chicago Cubs shut out the St Louis Cardinals 9-0 in the opener of this NL Central series. Chicago had 12 hits in the victory and got a good pitching performance from veteran Dan Haren. The Cubs are two back of the Pirates for the top slot in the NL Wildcard race.
Haren was considering retirement after being traded to the Marlins in the offseason. Now a Chicago Cub in a playoff race the veteran threw seven shutout innings with five strikeouts in the win.
The Chicago centerfielder had two hits with a homer and three RBIs in the victory. Fowler had been slumping in September with a .174 batting average.
Coghlan contributed with two hits for the Cubs on Monday. He has hit safely in three straight and six of seven games.
Castro had two hits for Chicago on Labor Day. It’s back to back multiple hit games for the Cubs shortstop.
Giants Slump Continues with Loss to Diamondbacks
The Giants scattered ten hits and could only push across one run in a 6-1 road defeat to Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. It was a poor pitching performance by starter Mike Leake for the Giants. With the Dodgers beating the Angels, San Francisco is now 8 ½ games back in the NL West race.
The right hander had his worst start as a Giant by giving up six earned runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3rd innings in defeat. San Francisco is 1-4 in Leake’s five starts with his traded team.