Tag: David Ortiz
American League Division Series
Red Sox vs Indians Game 1
Boston’s David Ortiz makes his last playoff run and starts it against a team managed by Terry Francona, who helped guide Ortiz and the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. Francona must find a way to work around Ortiz with a pitching staff at less-than full strength when the Cleveland Indians host Boston in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday (Enter Contests).
About the Red Sox
The Red Sox had a chance to earn homefield advantage throughout the playoffs but closed with five losses in the last six games to drop into third place and make it necessary to travel to Cleveland for Game 1. “Big Papi” went 3-for-20 with one extra-base hit in those six games while being showered with tributes, but the bigger issue for Boston was closer Craig Kimbrel suffering the loss in two of those games and issuing six walks in two total innings over his three appearances. Ortiz (38 home runs, 127 RBIs), Mookie Betts (31, 113) and Hanley Ramirez (30, 111) became the first trio in franchise history to reach 30 homers and 100 RBIs in the same season. The Red Sox took the season series 4-2, winning two of three in Cleveland.
Rick Porcello emerged as an AL Cy Young candidate in the second half and went 8-1 over his final 11 starts, yielding three or fewer earned runs in each of those outings. The New Jersey native had a string of 11 straight starts completing at least seven innings come to an end in his last two starts as he surrendered a total of six runs and 16 hits in 12 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay and Toronto. Porcello earned a home win over Cleveland on May 22 and is 10-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 22 career starts against the Indians.
About the Indians
The Indians’ pitching issues have more to do with health as Carlos Carrasco (fractured finger) will miss the playoffs, Danny Salazar (forearm) is limited to the bullpen and Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber (quad) starts Game 2 on 10 days’ rest. Shortstop Francisco Lindor batted .233 after Sept. 1 and was 6-for-23 against Boston this season.
Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26) will get the start. He might have slotted fourth in a fully healthy Cleveland rotation. The right-hander struggled down the stretch with a 7.20 ERA in his last five starts. The lone quality start in that bunch came Saturday, when the UCLA product held Kansas City to three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out nine in six innings. Bauer faced Boston twice this season and allowed a total of six runs with 10 hits in six innings of work.
August 28 MLB Rundown
Royals vs Red Sox
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The Red Sox are hoping Eduardo Rodriguez will pick up right where he left off, as Boston remains behind the leading Blue Jays in a tight American League East race.
The left-hander was scratched from his last start due to tightness in his left hamstring. After a successful bullpen session, Rodriguez reported that he felt good. The southpaw exited his last outing against the Orioles after four no-hit innings. Rodriguez has posted a 2.52 ERA since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
The defending champion Royals will counter with their 2015 World Series Game 3 pitcher: Yordano Ventura. After a rocky July, when he went 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA, the right-hander turned the page in August, posting a 2.03 ERA in five outings this month. Ventura’s rise has coincided with the rest of his team streaking up the standings, and he is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA in his last four starts.
Red Sox Player News
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia recorded hits in 11 straight at-bats – one shy of tying the major-league record – before grounding into a double play in the eighth inning on Saturday. First baseman Travis Shaw is the only current Red Sox player to homer against Ventura. Catcher Sandy Leon is 1-for-17 in his last four games, dropping his batting average from .383 to .349.
Outfielder Mookie Betts is hitting .324/.366/.559 with 21 home runs and 73 RBI against right-handed pitching this season, and owns a 1.117 OPS over the last 14 days.
DH David Ortiz is hitting .322/.419/.682 with 26 home runs and 76 RBI against right-handed pitching this season, and owns a 1.097 OPS over the last seven days
Royals Player News
Outfielder Lorenzo Cain is hitless against Rodriguez in his career, going 0-for-6.
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.
Cash Draft Baseball Primetime Top Picks
June 22nd 2016
Almost half of today’s MLB matchups starts early. But we got you covered with an in-depth look at tonight’s top fantasy picks. Primetime baseball starts at 7:05 PM EST timeand covers the Giants, Rangers and Nats among many. See below Wednesday top draft picks and go make your cash draft baseball selection at FanPicks (click to play).
Primetime Top Draft Picks
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|Melvin Upton Jr||OF||SD||@BAL||10||7.6||12.1|
Cash Draft Baseball Notables
- Pirates left fielder Starling Marte, who ranks second in the National League and third in the Majors with 20 stolen bases, left Tuesday’s game with a foot injury.
- White Sox pitche Jose Quintana is 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA and a .184 opponents’ average in six career starts against the Red Sox. He’s 1-0 with a 2.11 ERA in three starts at Fenway.
- Red Sox David Ortiz has reached base in each of his last 25 home games, hitting .411 with 23 extra-base hits.
- Rangers center fielder Ian Desmond is slated to sit on Wednesday in his first day off since April 17. He is expected to be replaced by Ryan Rua.
- Look for Peter Bourjos to start again for the Phillies in right field. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is trying to play the hot hand, and Bourjos has been the Phillies’ hottest hitter for more than a week.
MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Top Draft Pick
May 26 2016
There are sixteen team in play for MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball on Thursday . It all starts at 12:35 PM ET with the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here are the top draft picks available (click to play).
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MLB Daily Fantasy Baseball Notables
- After two days off, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli will likely return to the lineup. Cervelli is hitting .391 with a .891 OPS against left-handers.
- Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez will be making his third career start at Tropicana Field, where he hasn’t fared well. He’s allowed six runs in 9 1/3 innings and has a 5.79 ERA.
- After getting more than halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s illustrious hitting streak on Wednesday, Red Sox Jackie Bradley Jr. is five games from tying Dom DiMaggio for the longest streak in franchise history. Bradley is trying to become the fourth Red Sox player to hit in 30 straight games.
- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is tied for second in the Majors with 14 home runs. He has seven at home and seven on the road.
- Kansas City Third baseman Mike Moustakas has not started the last three games after sustaining a bruised left knee in a collision with Alex Gordon last Sunday against the White Sox in Chicago. Moustakas was hopeful to be ready for the White Sox series, but he will be examined by Royals doctors on Thursday prior to the game.
Boston Red Sox Fantasy Baseball Projection 2016
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Year after year, the Boston Red Sox are a team vying for the World Series and nothing else. So when the team falls at the bottom of their division for the past two years, things are bound to change. Things were made very clear when owner John Henry opened up his wallet to lure David Price. Price signed the most lucrative contract by a MLB pitcher ever. Can his arrival help the proud city of Boston get back to the top like they did three years ago, when they were crown 2013 World Series champion?
Players to watch:
- David Price
- David Ortiz
- Mookie Betts
It will be interesting to see how Price can deal with the pressure of improving Boston’s rotation, especially after the fact that lefties are usually struggling at Fenway Park. But not him, he’s been solid throughout his career there with a 1.95 ERA in 11 starts, while holding Red Sox hitters to an .186/261/.289 slash line.
The 40 years-old Ortiz doesn’t act a day his age, he keeps on slugging the ball and leading the charge in Boston. He finished the 2015 season with 37 homers and 108 RBI’s. With the technology to keep more-aged players in good condition nowadays, it would not be surprising to see the same kind of numbers from him this season. “Big Papy” also announced that this would be his final season, so it’s no secret that he categorize as a sentimental fantasy pick.
Mookie Betts has shown signs of greatness in the latter part of the 2015 season. He had a batting average of .311 after the All-Star game, last year. The 23 years-old has the skill sets to become a franchise cornerstone in the Red Sox organization for years to come.
The Boston Red Sox have the commodity of turning their success around in a single season. Never expect a rebuilding year with them, they’re always a treat of taking home the big honors.
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:
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
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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)
MLB Weekend Recap: The weekend of Double Homers
This weekend in the MLB showed some very volatile Fantasy Performances which means huge point totals (and huge profits) if you put together the right mix of players. In the fantasy world, pitchers benefit from low scoring games and hitters benefit from high scoring games so it is rare to see Fantasy MLB contests where both hitters and pitchers thrived, however that was the case this weekend.
The bluechip pitchers who got the start this weekend were Madison Bumgarner, Zack Greinke, and Max Scherzer pitching for the Giants, Dodgers, and Nationals respectively. Starting with the biggest performance, Bumgarner managed to provide fantasy value despite the huge premium that came with including him your lineup. He pitched a complete game, allowing only one hit and pitching 9 strikeouts in the Giants win over the Padres. This earned him a total of 61.5 fantasy points.
Greinke fell just short of these numbers against the D-backs but it was still enough for the win. Zach Greinke pitched for 8 innings with 8 strikeouts, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, but no runs. His bullpen almost lost it in the last inning as the Dodgers won in a close 4-3. Greinke totaled 54.5 fantasy points.
Lastly, Scherzer earned 49.5 fantasy points in 8 innings against the Marlins accumulating 6 strikeouts. The Nationals won the game 5-0 and Scherzer delivered 49.5 fantasy points to your MLB Daily Fantasy Contest lineup.
Also performing well on the weekend for a lower salary level was Anthony DeSclafani with 52.0 fantasy points, Kyle Gibson of the Twins with 51.0 fantasy points, Rich Hill with 50.5 fantasy points, and Drew Smyly with 50.0 fantasy points. Though the focus always seems to be on the spotlight pitchers, these are the pitchers that win high stakes tournaments due to the fantasy value they deliver. If you can spend only 8000 on a pitcher like this as opposed to 14000 for Greinke, that allows you to attain higher quality hitters.
The trend in MLB Fantasy consistency is that pitchers are reliable, yet hitters provide a high end value. With a pitcher, you can usually predict their point total within 10 points, however, hitters may end the day with all strikeouts and negative points, and they may end the day with 2 homers and 70 fantasy points.
This weekend had a couple players really blow up at each position. The first notable was Corey Seager of the Dodgers. He had a homer and double on his four hits against the Diamondbacks, totaling up 48 fantasy points and leading Short Stops on the weekend.
There were some big performances in the Outfield. Brett Gardner of the Yankees totaled 54.0 points on Saturday with 2 homers and 6 RBIs. On the opposing team, Jose Bautista hit two homers of his own for 53.5 fantasy points. The Yankees and Blue Jays had a double header on Saturday however so these point totals were in different games (meaning different MLB Daily Fantasy Tournaments). Also, relevant was Chris Coghlan of the Cubs who hit a homer and two triples all in the same game for 51.0 fantasy points.
Although this weekend may stand to argue, two homers in one game is not a normal statistical occurrence. David Ortiz added to the list of players who accomplished that feat on Saturday as he hit a couple out of the park and earned himself 51.0 fantasy points.
Yet the list still isn’t over. Add to that a couple third basement. Mike Moustakas of the Royals hit a couple homers with 9 RBI’s, leading the weekends fantasy totals with 68.5 fantasy points! Adrian Beltre hit two of his own but that only amounted to 50.5 fantasy points for him.
At second base, Jonathan Schoop hit two homers for 44.5 fantasy points on Sunday and at first base, CJ Cron from the Angels hit two of his own for 41.5 fantasy points. These two players provided huge fantasy value hitting those numbers as they came at such a low salary level. Surprisingly, no catchers were able to accomplish that feat as we usually see power hitting catchers such as Russell Martin, Brian Mccann, Nick Hundley, or Evan Gattis.
Los Angeles Angels vs Boston RedSox- 7-19-15-MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
It will be the final game of the weekend series between the LA Angels and Boston Red Sox on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for July 19th 2015. MLB mock draft managers can tune to ESPN at 8PM Eastern Time from Anaheim to following the scoring results of their rosters of players.
The Boston Red Sox were hoping the momentum they built up from the final month prior to the All Star break would help turn the team into a contender. Unfortunately for the Red Sox and those who chose players from Boston for their fantasy rosters the club has shown very little at the plate as the Angels have shut out the Red Sox in the first two games of this series.
The Angels started slowly but have moved their record of 50-40 following the 3-0 victory against the Red Sox on Saturday night. LA has not shown much offensively either in the first two games back with a 1-0 win on Friday night totaling to just four runs thus far in this series. The Angels starting staff have been brilliant sitting fifth in Major League Baseball with 55 quality starts.
Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts has a batting average of .302 with three homers and 43 RBIs. He has been on fire in July by hitting .373 with ten RBIs. His eleven game hit streak came to an end on Saturday.
Boston Red Sox 2B: Dustin Pedroia is a bit rusty getting back from the All Star break with a 0 for 8 in his first two games of this series. His average has dropped to .298 and Pedroia has nine homers and 33 RBIs on the season.
Boston Red Sox CF: Mookie Betts is going through a 0 for 8 series as well against the Angels. Betts is hitting .271 with ten homers and 43 runs batted in.
Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez in his first year with the Red Sox is batting .268 with decent power numbers as the veteran has 19 homers and 46 RBIs season to date. He has struggled in the month of July with a .188 hitting average.
Boston Red Sox 3B: Pablo Sandoval in his first year with Boston is batting .267 with seven homers and 30 RBIs. He is coming off a two hit game against the Angels on Saturday.
Boston Red Sox DH: David Ortiz has good power numbers with 15 homers and 43 RBIs on the campaign. The average is only .233 on the season.
Boston Red Sox P: Left hander Eduardo Rodriguez is making his tenth start of the year for Boston. He is 5-2 with an ERA of 3.59. He has allowed no greater than two earned runs in eight of his ten starts season to date.
LA Angels CF: All Star MVP Mike Trout carries a .307 batting average into Sunday with 27 homers and 56 RBIs. He is just 1 for 8 in the series with the game winning home run on Friday night in the series opener.
LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar is having a great month of July with a hitting average of .391. Aybar looks to bounce back from a 0 for 6 in the first two games with Boston in this weekend series.
LA Angels RF: Kole Calhoun is off to a great start since the All Star break as he is 4 for 7 in this series. Calhoun powered the Angels on Saturday with two home runs in the win. Over his past seven games Calhoun carries a .364 batting average.
LA Angels 1B: Veteran Albert Pujols has his average at .253 with great power numbers of 26 homers and 56 RBIs.
LA Angels P: Hector Santiago has shown great improvement during his fourth Major League Baseball season. The 27 year old from Newark New Jersey has pitched like the ace of the Angels staff with a record of 6-4 with an ERA of just 2.33 and WHIP of 1.10. He has held his past four opponents to just three earned runs total over 27 innings.
ESPN Sunday Night Fantasy Baseball Tips
P: Hector Santiago (Angels)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
SS: Erick Aybar (Angels)
1B: Albert Pujols (Angels)
RF: Kole Calhoun (Angels)
DH: David Ortiz (Red Sox)