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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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.

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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:

 

Daniel Murphy

 

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:

 

Juan Lagares

 

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:

 

Curtis Granderson

 

Granderson is batting .303 in the postseason with seven RBIs. He has hits in seven of his nine playoff games.

 

New York Mets CF:

 

Yoenis Cespedes

 

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:

 

Matt Harvey

 

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:

 

Alcides Escobar

 

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:

 

Alex Rios

 

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:

 

Ben Zobrist

 

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:

 

Edinson Volquez

 

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)

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 22nd 2015

Mets Earn 8-3 Win over Cubs in Game 4 to Complete Sweep and are Headed to the World Series

The New York Mets starting and relief pitching just seemed too much to overcome for the Chicago Cubs as the Mets earned the Game 4 victory and will play the winner of the Royals and Blue Jays in the World Series. It was an 8-3 victory for the Mets as New York powered out 11 hits and along with three home runs in the game. Starter Steven Matz lasted 4 2/3rd innings then Bartolo Colon was brought in to get four outs to register the win. The Mets pitchers allowed a total of eight runs in the four games played in this series. The World Series will begin with Game 1 on Tuesday October 27th.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy was the MVP of the NLCS. He leads the club with a .421 batting average with seven homers and 11 RBIs. The Mets second baseman has hit a home run in six straight playoff games. He had a monster Game 4 as Murphy had four hits including a home run with two RBIs.

New York Mets 1B:

Lucas Duda

The Mets first baseman was in a 3 for 22 slump as he entered Game 4. It was a huge performance in the series clincher for Duda as he had three hits with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs in the win.

New York Mets SS:

Wilmer Flores

Flores has had a good post season hitting .292. He had two hits with a triple on Wednesday night.

New York Mets P:

Steven Matz

Matz came within one out of a victory in Game 4. The New York right hander allowed one earned run and four hits in 4 2/3rd innings pitched against the Cubs hitters.

Toronto Stays Alive and Sends Series Back to Kansas City after a 7-1 Home Win in Game 5

The Toronto Blue Jays are now down 3-2 as they earned a victory in Game 5 against the Royals at home on Wednesday night. The Blue Jays had eight hits and the team had a home run in the win. The Royals bats were quiet in the loss with just four hits for the game.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

The Blue Jays right hander had a huge game in the win as he threw 7 2/3rd innings and gave up just one earned run and three hits striking out five.

Toronto Blue Jays RF:

Jose Bautista

The power hitting right fielder contributed with two hits with a run scored and RBI on Wednesday. In the playoffs Bautista is batting .270 with two homers.

Toronto Blue Jays SS:

Troy Tulowitzki

Tulowitzki had a two hit game with three RBIs in the Game 5 victory. He has had multiple hits in three of his past four games.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

The Blue Jays third baseman is batting .278 in the playoffs with three homers and eight RBIs. He had a hit with two runs scored in the win on Wednesday.

Kansas City Royals P:

Edinson Volquez

Volquez has had issues with his control for most of his career. In three starts he has walked four batters in each game. In the Game 5 loss the Royals right hander allowed five earned runs and three hits working five innings in a 7-1 road defeat. He is 1-2 in the playoffs this year.

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Major League Baseball Playoffs Wednesday Fantasy Picks 10-21-2015

Kansas City Royals versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 5 MLB ALCS Fantasy League Picks 10-21-2015

The Kansas City Royals are one win away from advancing to the World Series as they face the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday afternoon October 21st. Fantasy baseball draft managers can tune to FOX Sports 1 at 4PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

Kansas City Royals SS:

Alcides Escobar

The Royals shortstop is batting .417 in the postseason with five extra base hits and five RBIs in his 36 at bats. In the win in Game 4 Escobar was huge with two hits a run scored and four RBIs.

Kansas City Royals CF:

Lorenzo Cain

Cain has hit .294 in the playoffs and driven in seven runs. He had a two hit game with three RBIs on Tuesday.

Kansas City Royals RF:

Alex Rios

The KC 34 year old had a three hit game on Tuesday with a homer and an RBI in the victory. In the playoffs Rios has a .296 batting average.

Kansas City Royals P:

Edinson Volquez

Volquez will make his third postseason start on Wednesday. The right hander is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.31 and WHIP of 1.29. He last worked on October 16th against Toronto and allowed no earned runs and two hits over six inning of work. He has walked four batters in each start.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

The Blue Jays right hander in two playoff starts is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.09 and WHIP of 0.94. He took the loss on October 16th at Kansas City as he allowed three earned runs and six hits over 5 1/3rd innings of work.

MLB Playoffs Fantasy Picks

P: Marco Estrada (Blue Jays)
3B: Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)

Royals/Blue Jays Game 4 Recap:

The Kansas City Royals took a 3-1 series lead in the ALCS as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 on Tuesday by the score of 14-2. The Royals were able to chase Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey after just 1 2/3rd innings as they scored five runs including two homers off the knuckle ball pitcher. The Royals slugged 15 hits in the win. Starter Chris Young lasted just 4 2/3rd innings and gave up two earned runs and three hits and came just 1/3rd of an inning from earning the win.

New York Mets versus Chicago Cubs Game 4 MLB NLCS Fantasy Cash League Picks 10-21 -2015

The New York Mets are looking for the series sweep as they face the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night October 21st. DFS draft GM’s can tune to TBS at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league roster picks.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy has been red hot in the playoffs as he had a home run on Tuesday for his fifth straight long ball in the playoffs.

New York Mets 3B:

David Wright

The veteran third baseman had three hits with two runs scored in Game 3. He had been in a 2 for 23 slump in the playoffs.

New York Mets LF:

Yoenis Cespedes

Cespedes had three hits with two RBIs in the Tuesday win.

New York Mets P:

Steven Matz

Matz had one start in the post season and allowed three earned runs and six hits in five innings as he took the loss in a 3-1 home defeat to the LA Dodgers.

Chicago Cubs P:

Jason Hammel

The Cubs right hander worked one game in the playoffs and it was on October 13th where he allowed two earned runs and three hits with three walks over three innings of work at home to St Louis.

MLB Playoffs Best Fantasy Picks

P: Steven Matz (Mets)
2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)
LF: Yoenis Cespedes (Mets)

Mets/Cubs Game 3 Recap

The New York Mets took the 3-0 series lead in this best of seven NLCS series after the 5-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs on the road in Game 3 on Tuesday night. Chicago has scored no more than two runs so far in the first three games of this series. The Mets starter Jacob DeGrom threw seven innings and allowed two earned runs and four hits to earn the win. The Mets bullpen pitched two scoreless innings and still haven’t allowed a run in this series. The Mets had 11 hits in the victory. Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks lasted just four innings as the hurler allowed two earned runs and five hits. The Cubs bullpen surrendered three runs and lost the game.

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