MLB World Series Game 4 Recap

Indians vs Cubs (Indians lead 3-1)

It could hardly get much better for Jason Kipnis on Saturday, during the World Series Game 4. The Cleveland second baseman broke out of a 7-for-42 postseason slump as he slammed a three-run homer in his hometown ballpark. It helped propel the Indians to the brink of a World Series crown. Kipnis, a suburban Chicago native, provided a backbreaking 402-foot shot to the Wrigley Field bleachers. It led the Indians winning against the Chicago Cubs 7-2 and claiming a 3-1 lead in the World Series. Cleveland could clinch its first big league title since 1948 with a victory on Sunday night at Wrigley Field (Enter Contest).

Game Highlight

Corey Kluber allowed one run and scattered five hits over six innings and picked up his second World Series triumph since Tuesday. Kluber (4-1 post-season) struck out six and walked one. He had just one troublesome inning, which was the first. The Cubs grabbed a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Chicago’s edge was short-lived as Cleveland scored twice in the second inning. They’ve added single runs in the third and sixth and put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh.

The Indians padded their lead in the sixth inning. Lonnie Chisenhall’s one-out sacrifice off reliever Mike Montgomery plated Francisco Lindor to make it 4-1. In the seventh, Kipnis clubbed a three-run homer to right off Travis Wood, the fourth Chicago pitcher of the night. Kipnis’ third postseason home run drove in pinch hitter Coco Crisp, who had doubled, and Rajai Davis, who was hit by a Justin Grimm pitch. The Cubs collected a late token run on Dexter Fowler’s solo homer in the eighth.

Kipnis went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Teammate Carlos Santana also had three hits, including a second-inning home run. Kluber threw 81 pitches before being taken out the game. Fowler’s leadoff home run in the eighth off Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller was the first run the left-hander has allowed in 16 postseason innings. Miller, who worked two innings of relief in his second straight appearance, could also be in the mix again for Sunday.

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MLB Daily Cash Draft  Top 20

May 18th 2016

After an incredible evening of MLB daily cash draft yesterday, it’s time to see what today offers (click to join). Check out the top 20 player list below.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game Fp Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Khris Davis OF OAK TEX 71 24.5 19.9 16
David Price P BOS @KC 57 41.2 33.2 24
Jeremy Hellickson P PHI MIA 53 25 27.6 21.5
Drew Pomeranz P SD SF 52.5 39.7 38 26.3
Paulo Orlando OF KC BOS 48 19.7 12.1 7.7
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
RA Dickey P TOR TB 47.5 29.5 22.1 16.6
Justin Verlander P DET MIN 47.5 29 32.2 22.3
Chris Tillman P BAL SEA 46 42.3 39.9 27.6
Nelson Cruz OF SEA @BAL 45 17.7 21.1 13.9
Johnny Cueto P SF @SD 44.5 30.2 36 30.2
Joc Pederson OF LAD @LAA 44.5 18.7 14.6 11.2
John Lackey P CHC @MIL 40.5 34 39.8 26.4
Brandon Crawford SS SF @SD 39 14.8 10 10.2
Rajai Davis OF CLE @CIN 39 19.7 11.6 8.1
Desmond Jennings OF TB @TOR 38.5 12.8 10.7 5.1
Travis Shaw 3B BOS @KC 36 16.8 17.9 17.3
Evan Gattis C HOU @CWS 36 14.8 9.9 10.7
Rich Hill P OAK TEX 33.5 39.2 36.5 30.7

MLB Daily Cash Draft Notables

  • Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is hitting .367 in his career at Camden Yards after going 3-for-4 with a double in Tuesday’s series opener. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz has reached base safely in 43 of 46 career games against the O’s.
  • Major League Baseball announced several suspensions to members of the Blue Jays and Rangers on Tuesday following the on-field incidents in their game on Sunday. Manager John Gibbons will serve the second game of his three-game suspension on Wednesday, and first-base coach Tim Leiper will return after serving his one-game suspension on Tuesday. Outfielder Jose Bautista (one game) and pitcher Jesse Chavez (three games) have each appealed and will be available until the process is complete.
  • Milwaukee’s pitcher Jimmy Nelson has had success against many of the Cubs top hitters. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell are a combined 9-for-47 (.191) with 17 strikeouts against the right-hander.
  • White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier missed Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed illness and should return to the lineup on Wednesday.
  • The Dodgers’ young sluggers are on a tear. Shortstop Corey Seager had his first career multi-homer game on Sunday against the Cardinals, outfielder Trayce Thompson had his first career multi-homer game on Monday against the Angels and Joc Pederson went deep twice for the second time in his career on Tuesday. The Dodgers have homered in 11 consecutive games, dating back to May 7.
  • San Diego’s Matt Kemp leads all active Major Leaguers in hits, runs, doubles and RBIs against the Giants.
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Fantasy Baseball NLDS update – Chicago Cubs vs St-Louis Cardinals

It’s the MLB playoffs and cash draft contests Fantasy Baseball NLDS update – Chicago Cubs vs St-Louis Cardinals are under way. The fantasy baseball matchup between the Cubs and the Cardinals is tied 1 game apiece. It all started on Friday, with John Lackey shutting out Chicago. The Cubs rebounded on Saturday with a win, playing small ball against the Cardinals. The series now shift to Wrigley Field. Division rivals, both team saw each other 19 times during the regular season. St-Louis ended up winning 11 of those games, while Chicago won 8. Here are the matchups:

Potential Pitching Matchup:

Schedule Chicago Cubs St. Louis Cardinals
October 9

at Busch Stadium

Final Score: 4-0 Cards

LHP Jon Lester

Post-season (0-1, 3.68 ERA)

 

RHP John Lackey

Post-season (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

October 10

at Busch Stadium

Final Score: 6-3 Cubs

RHP Kyle Hendricks

Post-season (0-0, 5.79 ERA)

LHP Jaime Garcia

Post-season (0-1 , 0.00 ERA)

October 12 6 PM ET

at Wrigley Field

RHP Jake Arrieta*

Season (22-6, 1.77)

Post-season (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Vs Cards this season (2-1, 2.42 ERA)

RHP Michael Wacha*

Season (17-7, 3.38 ERA)

Vs Cubs this season (1-2, 6.86 ERA)

October 13  4:30 PM ET

at Wrigley Field

 

RHP Jason Hammel

Season (10-7, 3.74 ERA)

Vs Cards this season (1-1, 5.73 ERA)

LHP Tyler Lyons

Season (3-1, 3.75 ERA)

Vs Cubs this season (0-1, 4.43 ERA)

October 15 4:30 PM ET

at Busch Stadium

LHP Jon Lester

Vs Cards this season (1-3, 2.60 ERA)

RHP John Lackey

Vs Cubs this season (2-0, 1.27 ERA)

(*)Confirmed

Series Fantasy Value Picks:

P Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – Postseason (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 SO)

Arrieta was nearly untouchable against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLWC game. The pitcher with the most wins in the league did not record a loss since July 25.  That’s almost three month ago.

P John Lackey – St-Louis Cardinals – Postseason (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 SO)

Lackey didn’t record any run during the first game of the series. He’s been solid against the Cubs all season long.

C Miguel Montero – Chicago Cubs – Postseason (1 Run, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .143 AVG)

Montero is one of the best offensive catchers in the MLB. He caught two no-hitters for his pitcher during his career. Once in 2010, with Edwin Jackson in a Diamondbacks uniform. And the second time, with ace Jake Arrieta this past season.

1B Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs – Postseason (1 Run, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 AVG)

Rizzo had a great end to the 2015 regular season, going 5-for-13 in his last three games. He’s also leads the majors in hit-by-pitch with 30. He’s the second player since 1914 to hit over 30 homers and get hit by a pitch over 30 times in a single season.

1B Mark Reynolds – St. Louis Cardinals – Postseason (0 Run, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 AVG)

Despite being a bench player, Reynolds is still a solid power hitter. He had his fourth grand slam off Cubs lefty reliever Travis Wood back on May 4th.

SS Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs – Postseason (0 Run, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .200 AVG)

Russell is one of the best prospects in fantasy baseball, right now.

3B Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals – Postseason (2 Runs, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .143 AVG)

Carpenter raised his total of home runs and RBI’s at the expense of his average. He can change the momentum of a game with one swing of the bat.

OF Jason Hewyard – St. Louis Cardinals – Postseason (0 Run, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .250 AVG)

Heyward has yet to repeat on his home runs and RBI’s total from 2012, but the southpaw was at least able get his batting average 25 points above his career average.

OF Dexter Fowler – Chicago Cubs – Postseason (4 Runs, 1 HR, 2 RBI’s, .385 AVG)

Fowler has been tremendous as the Cubs leadoff. He had 1 dinger and 3 runs in the NLWC game against the Pirates.

 

 

 

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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.

Yoenis Cespedes:

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.

Curtis Granderson:

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.

Wilmer Flores:

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.

Michael Conforto:

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.

Kelly Johnson:

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.

Chris Young:

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.

J.R. Murphy:

Murphy had two hits on Monday with a homer and two RBIs. The Yankees catcher is batting .282 with three homers and 14 RBIs.

Alex Rodriguez:

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.

Gregory Bird:

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.

Dan Haren:

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.

Dexter Fowler:

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.

Chris Coghlan:

Coghlan contributed with two hits for the Cubs on Monday. He has hit safely in three straight and six of seven games.

Starlin Castro:

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.

Mike Leake:

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.

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Fantasy Draft Information September 6th 2015

Blue Jays Win 5-1—Extend Lead over Yankees

The Toronto Blue Jays are now one game up on the loss column over the Yankees after their win on Saturday against the Orioles. David Price gave the Blue Jays a good pitching performance and the Toronto batters had 10 hits.

David Price:

He pitched a good seven innings in the victory by holding the Orioles to just one earned run and three hits over seven innings. He got away with four walks and struck out eight. In his seven starts for Toronto, Price has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of those games.

Jose Bautista:

The right fielder had two hits and two RBIs with a home run on Saturday. His average is up to .246 with 32 homers and 91 RBIs. Bautista’s batting average is low because of his 86 strikeouts on the year.

Kevin Pillar:

His two hits on Saturday increased his batting average to .266. That’s back to back games for Pillar with multiple hits. Pillar is now hitting .266 on the year with 9 homers and 45 RBIs.

 

Yankees Bats are Quiet in 3-2 Loss to Rays

The Rays did their damage early by posting a 3-0 lead over the Yankees after three innings. The Yankees bullpen did a good job by allowing no runs and just one hit over 3 2/3rd innings.

Nathan Eovaldi:

The Yankee starter again failed to go deep in his start. He worked just 5 1/3rd innings and allowed three earned runs and five hits. Two starts back Eovaldi allowed five earned runs and eight hits on August 30th to a struggling Atlanta Braves hitting lineup.

Chase Headley:

The New York third baseman had two hits on Saturday. He had been battling a 1 for 10 hitting slump for September as he entered play.

Alex Rodriguez:

The Yankees DH had a 0 for 3 on Saturday in defeat. His batting average is .255 with solid power numbers. Rodriguez had 27 homers and 75 RBIs. ARod has no multiple hit games in his past 12 games.

 

Jake Arrieta Strong Performance Leads Cubs to Victory

The Chicago Cubs helped their NL Wildcard hopes after a 2-0 home victory to Arizona on Saturday afternoon. The Cubs won despite only two hits for the entire game.

Jake Arrieta:

The Cubs starter had another outstanding start to move to 18-6 on the year. Arrieta allowed no earned runs over eight innings giving up just four hits. That was on the heels of a no hitter he threw at the LA Dodgers last Sunday night in a nine inning complete game victory. Arrieta has allowed no earned runs in four straight starts and in six of seven starts.

Dexter Fowler:

The center fielder had a home run in the victory. He had been in a 1 for 11 hitting slump entering this game on Saturday.

Starlin Castro:

The five year pro had a two hit game on Saturday. Castro is batting .417 over his past seven games. He had a three hit game last Sunday night against the LA Dodgers.

 

Cardinals Beat Pirates 4-1—Lead Back up to 6 Games in NL Central

St Louis broke a two game losing streak with their win on Saturday. They evened this series with the Pirates at 1-1 with the rubber game of the series on Sunday night. Starter Jaime Garcia pitched well in the victory.

Jaime Garcia:

The Cardinals left hander got the victory as he shutout the Pirates on four hits over seven innings of work. He is now 8-4 with an ERA of 1.89 and WHIP of 0.95. Garcia has allowed one earned run or less in seven of ten starts.

Matt Carpenter:

The four year pro had a two hit game on Saturday with a homer and two RBIs. This broke a 1 for 11 slump entering Saturday.

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 8-26-15

Fantasy Baseball Picks

Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s August 26th 2015

Pitcher: Kyle Hendricks

Third Base:  Kris Bryant

Short Stop:  Brandon Crawford

First Base: Anthony Rizzo

Outfield:  Nori Aoki

Outfield:  Dexter Fowler

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