MLB Baseball Cash Draft Primetime Top Picks

June 17th 2016

Friday’s MLB baseball cash draft top picks (Play Now):

Player Pos Team OPP Last 2 Games FP Avg Last 4 Games FP Avg Last 10 Games FP Avg
Zach Davies P MIL @LAD 45.5 35.9 23.3
Jon Gray P COL @MIA 38.8 28 25.3
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR @BAL 36 40.5 23.4
Matt Harvey P NYM ATL 35.7 19.2 22.3
Christian Friedrich P SD WAS 33.3 29.4 16.6
Jose Quintana P CWS @CLE 27.3 25.8 31.8
Cole Hamels P TEX @STL 27.3 29.6 31
Joe Ross P WAS @SD 26.3 27.4 25
Robbie Ray P ARI @PHI 25.7 23.6 23.9
Kevin Pillar OF TOR @BAL 25.5 21.6 16.2
Robinson Chirinos C TEX @STL 24.7 15.3 11
Yordano Ventura P KC DET 24 19.1 17.4
Victor Martinez 1B DET @KC 21.8 14.7 11.8
Adam Jones OF BAL TOR 20.3 23.6 15.3
DJ LeMahieu 2B COL @MIA 18.8 16.6 14.4
Aaron Hill 3B MIL @LAD 17 11.9 7.5
Jonathan Villar SS MIL @LAD 16.7 14.9 9.4
Wil Myers 1B SD WAS 14.5 13.3 20.2
Michael Martinez OF CWS @CLE 12.8 8.9 5
Trayce Thompson OF LAD MIL 12.3 8.5 9

Friday Primetime Matchups

MATCHUP TIME  (ET) PITCHING MATCHUP
Toronto vs Baltimore 7:05 PM Aaron Sanchez vs Mike Wright
Arizona vs Philadelphia 7:05 PM Robbie Ray vs Adam Morgan
Seattle vs Boston 7:10 PM Hisashi Iwakuma vs Roenis Elias
Chicago vs Cleveland 7:10 PM Jose Quintana vs Trevor Bauer
Atlanta vs New York 7:10 PM John Gant vs Matt Harvey
Colorado vs Miami 7:10 PM Jon Gray vs Adam Conley
San Francisco vs Tampa Bay 7:10 PM Jeff Samardzija vs Chris Archer
New York vs Minnesota 8:10 PM Masahiro Tanaka vs Pat Dean
Cincinnati vs Houston 8:10 PM John Lamb vs Lance McCullers
Detroit vs Kansas City 8:15 PM Michael Fulmer vs Yordano Ventura
Texas vs St. Louis 8:15 PM Cole Hamels vs Michael Wacha
Los Angeles vs Oakland 9:35 PM Matt Shoemaker vs Kendall Graveman
Milwaukee vs Los Angeles 10:10 PM Zach Davies vs Julio Urias
Washington vs San Diego 10:40 PM Joe Ross vs Christian Friedrich
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MLB Daily Cash Draft Top Picks

June 16th 2016

With limited MLB games on Thursday, it’s time to dig deep to find the best avalable players. And i’ve got it for you, the list of tonights best available players. The duo of  Edwin Encarnacion and 2015 MVP Josh Donaldson put up 21 RBI’s over the past week for the Jays. Royals Danny Duffy and Tigers Justin Verlander lead the list, but will be dueling eachother. Who do you got? Make your daily cash draft baseball picks at FanPicks (click to play).

Top Draft Picks

Player Pos Team Opp Last 2 Games FP Avg Last 4 Games FP Avg Last 10 Games FP Avg
Danny Duffy P KC DET 40 30.6 19.6
Justin Verlander P DET @KC 36.3 42.8 37.4
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR @PHI 33.7 36.9 20.4
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR @PHI 32.3 24.6 20.1
CC Sabathia P NYY @MIN 27.8 33.5 26.5
Salvador Perez C KC DET 27.8 22 11.7
Tanner Roark P WAS @SD 25.3 29.3 29.2
Joc Pederson OF LAD MIL 24.8 16.7 10.5
Juan Nicasio P PIT @NYM 21.5 21.9 24.4
Adam Jones OF BAL @BOS 19 14.4 17
Whit Merrifield 2B KC DET 17.7 13.5 9.2
Justin Upton OF DET @KC 17.5 13.7 13.8
Russell Martin C TOR @PHI 14 17.4 12.4
Ian Kinsler 2B DET @KC 10.8 20.4 16.9
Xander Bogaerts SS BOS BAL 9 18.4 18.7
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Thursday Night Matchups

MATCHUP TIME  (ET) PITCHING MATCHUP
Toronto Philadelphia 7:05 PM J.A. Happ vs Aaron Nola
Baltimore Boston 7:10 PM Tyler Wilson vs Eduardo Rodriguez
Pittsburgh New York 7:10 PM Juan Nicasio vs Bartolo Colon
New York Minnesota 8:10 PM CC Sabathia vs Kyle Gibson
Detroit Kansas City 8:15 PM Justin Verlander vs Danny Duffy
Milwaukee Los Angeles 10:10 PM Junior Guerra vs Scott Kazmir
Washington San Diego 10:10 PM Tanner Roark vs Erik Johnson
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MLB Fantasy Cash Draft News

June 15th 2016

Stay updated with last minutes MLB fantasy cash draft notables before play ball (click to play)!

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 Fantasy Predictions

Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays will host the Boston Red Sox this Sunday in the last game of this 3 game series. FanPicks is proud to bring you this MLB Fantasy predictions article. Come play in our MLB Grand Slam Contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks and dominate your competition with your winning lineup.

 

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The Boston Red Sox aren’t having any difficulties scoring runs this opening week of the regular season. In fact, the Blue Jays’ shaky bullpen has really helped them and it was quite obvious in their spectacular come from behind win this series opener. They will head into this game hoping to remain productive while handing Toronto a 4th straight defeat. Boston took both games of the series so far, including an 8-7 win last night as well as a 8-4 earlier this afternoon. Their 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia had a solid game, adding 3 hits and 2 RBI for his team. Wellington Castillo also played well with a 2 for 4 contribution on the mound with a run. Hanley Ramirez is another player of note for the Red Sox. He put up 2 hits and an RBI in Friday’s game while adding 2 more RBI and a triple this afternoon.Steven Wright, the right hander will start tomorrow for Boston and it will be his season debut. Wright had a 5-4 record last year in 9 starts with an 4.09 ERA and 52 Strikeouts.
On the other side, Toronto is using Marco Estrada as their starting pitcher tomorrow. Estrada as well is making his season debut but it will be interesting to see if Estrada is fully healthy for this one as he’s coming back from injury.
The Blue Jays shouldn’t have too much issues scoring especially with big hitters such as Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson on their team. So far, only Bautista was able to manage an RBI during Saturday’s game. Donaldson also added Along with Donaldson, Bautista had a pair of hits in that matchup.
Even though the Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 Sunday games, and 8-1 in their last 9 against the American League East, the Jays are actually 6-0 in their last 6 games after losing their first 2 games of a series. Toronto also has a 9-3 record on their last 12 Sunday games and are favorite in this one to prevent a sweep.

 

 

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Fantasy MLB Baseball Preview

Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays

It’s that time of the year where the highly anticipated MLB season will freshly begin. With not major changes made during the off season, the Toronto Blue Jays will be traveling to Tampa Bay to face the Rays. FanPicks is proud to bring you this Fantasy MLB Baseball 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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The 2016 campaign starts for the Toronto Blue Jays this Sunday, when they put their healthier Marcus Stroman to the mound for the first game of a3 game series with Tampa Bay.

Stroman only had 4 appearances last season because of an ACL injury but was undefeated with a 1.67 ERA. He returned this postseason with 3 starts on a 4.19 ERA. With David Price gone to the Red Sox, Stroman will have his starring role in the Blue Jays’ rotation.

The Blue Jays are still going to rely on their offense regardless of their pitching staff. They were terrorizing the plate last year and led the league in HR (232), runs scored (891), slugging % (.457) and on-base percentage (.797)

Josh Donaldson will be teaming up once more with his mates Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to pace their offense  as they combined last season for 120 HR and 937 RBIs.

Justin Smoak however isn’t much of a hitter compared to the others but is a .316 career batting avg against the Ray’s starter Chris Archer.

The Jays are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Rays.

 

On the Rays side, there hasn’t been lots of changes over the offseason but they always remained competitive despite lacking established stars in their lineup.

Archer will be on the mound Sunday against a solid Blue Jays line. He’s proven before that he can handle Toronto’s offense in his young career as he held the Blue Jays in his career to .174 against him. Also, the heavy hitters trio of Donaldson, Bautista, and Encarnacion are only 12 for 86 (.139) against Archer. If Archer can neutralize them again this Sunday, it will be a huge plus for the Rays, who don’t have a firepower that can match Toronto’s offense. They actually had a .245 Batting Avg at home last season, the 3rd worst in the majors.

Tampa Bay was just 25th last season in the MLB in runs (644), but were 14th in slugging % (.406).

Logan Forsythe and Evan Longoria will have to carry without a doubt the bulk of the Rays’ with some help of their newcomer Corey Dickerson, who hit .304 with 10 HR last year for the Rockies.

Tampa Bay is 6-4 in its last 10 home games against Toronto.

 

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Major League Fantasy Baseball Draft News October 9th 2015

Texas Ranges versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 2 MLB ALDS Real Money Fantasy Preview

Game 2 will begin from Toronto at 12:30PM Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1.

Texas Rangers 2B:

Rougned Odor

The bottom of the lineup did the damage for Texas in Game 1. Odor had a hit and RBI with three runs scored in the win on Thursday.

Texas Rangers C:

Robinson Chirinos

The Rangers catcher had a homer with two RBIs.

Texas Rangers P:

Cole Hamels

The Rangers left hander on the year is 13-8 with an ERA of 3.65 and WHIP of 1.19. Hamels has the edge of pitching in a pressure packed situation on Sunday as he was on the mound when Texas defeated the LA Angels to win the AL West division. He pitched a complete game nine innings and allowed two earned runs and just three hits.

Toronto Blue Jays DH:

Edwin Encarnacion contributed with two hits and an RBI in a losing cause in Game 1.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marcus Stroman

On the year the 24 year old is 4-0 with an ERA of 1.67 and WHIP of 0.96.

Rangers/Blue Jays Summary:

Stroman has had great success against the Texas Rangers lineup. They have just 2 hits in 24 at bats career wise against the Rangers right hander. Stroman gets the nod as the roster pick from the pitchers in this game. The left hander Hamels had had difficulty in the past battling Edwin Encarnacion. The Texas DH is hitting .357 life time against Hamels.

Fantasy Roster Pick Recommendations:

P: Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays)
DH: Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)

Houston Astros versus Kansas City Royals MLB Game 2 ALDS Best Fantasy League Picks

They start from Kansas City at 3:30PM Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1.

Houston Astros P:

Scott Kazmir

The veteran left hander Kazmir is 7-11 with an ERA of 3.10 and WHIP of 1.21.

Kansas City Royals P:

Johnny Cueto

The Royals veteran right hander is 11-13 with an ERA of 3.44 and WHIP of 1.13.

Astros/Royals Summary:

The Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has had success against Kazmir with a lifetime mark of .391. Omar Infante bats .407 against Kazmir with two homers and seven RBIs. Johnny Cueto is a free agent at the end of the year and has great motivation in the playoffs. Colby Rasmus has had the most success against Cueto in his career with a .333 batting average with a homer and five RBIs. Carlos Gomez has smacked two homers off Cueto in 12 at bats.

Fantasy Roster Picks Recommendations:

P: Johnny Cueto (Royals)
1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals)

Chicago Cubs versus St Louis Cardinals Game 1 NLDS MLB Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015

Game 1 of the NLDS series between the Chicago Cubs and St Louis Cardinals will be played on Friday October 9th at 6:30PM Eastern Time on TBS TV.

Chicago Cubs P:

Jon Lester

The veteran left hander in 2015 was 11-12 with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP of 1.12.

St Louis Cardinals P:

John Lackey

The veteran right hander is 13-10 with an ERA of 2.77 and WHIP of 1.21.

Cubs/Cardinals Summary:

Jon Lester has had problems facing Jason Heyward in his career. Heyward is hitting .417 against Lester with a homer and two RBIs. In 40 at bats Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has belted three homers. Matt Holliday is 5 of 9 with three RBIs against the Cubs lefty. Cubs Chris Coughlan had hit Lackey pretty well by going 8 for 17 with two RBIs for a .417 batting average. Anthony Rizzo is 1 for 12 against Lackey.

Fantasy Roster Picks Recommendations:

LF: Chris Coghlan (Cubs)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)

New York Mets at LA Dodgers Game 1 NLDS MLB Cash Fantasy League Preview 10-8-2015

They face off from Dodgers Stadium in LA at 9:30PM Eastern Time on TBS TV.

New York Mets P:

Jacob DeGrom

The Mets right hander is 14-8 with an ERA of 2.54 and WHIP of 0.98.

LA Dodgers P:

Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw this year is 16-7 with an ERA of 2.13 and WHIP of 0.88.

Mets/Dodgers Summary

As a team the LA Dodgers hit just .175 against Jacob DeGrom. This has a look of a low scoring pitching duel that will be decided by each bullpen. Andre Eithier is 2 for 6 and Adrian Gonzalez 3 for 8 against DeGrom and the rest of the LA roster struggles. The Mets hit .213 against Kershaw. Ruben Tejada had five hits in 14 at bats against Kershaw and has drawn three walks.

Fantasy Roster Picks Recommendations:

P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)

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Fantasy Baseball ALDS Preview – Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays

The 1 Day Cash Draft ALDS baseball series starts on Thursday. Rivalries will be made and Fantasy Baseball managers will make a lot of cash. The competition begins with the Texas Rangers (88-74) and the Toronto Blue Jays (93-69). Both team won their respective division, but only Toronto clinched it a week earlier. The Blue Jays can count on a solid lineup of hitters. They are ranked first in the MLB home run total with 232, and 10 of them came against the Rangers. The Jays won the season series 4 out of the 6 games this year.

Potential Pitching Matchup:

Schedule Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays
October 8 3:30 PM ET

at Roger Centre

RHP Yovani Gallardo (13-11, 3.42 ERA)*

Vs Blue Jays this season (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Away this season (5-5, 3.31 ERA)

LHP David Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA)*

Vs Rangers this season (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

At Home this season (4-1, 2.61 ERA)

 

October 9 12:30 PM ET

at Roger Centre

 

LHP Cole Hamels (13-8, 3.65 ERA)*

Away this season (3-1, 3.66 ERA)

 

RHP Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA)*

At Home this season (2-0, 0.64 ERA)

 

October 11 8 PM ET

at Globe Life Park in Arlington

 

LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.91 ERA)

Vs Blue Jays this season (0-0, 6.00 ERA)

At Home this season (3-2, 5.12 ERA)

 

RHP Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13 ERA)

Vs Rangers this season (0-1, 1.50 ERA)

Away this season (7-4, 3.29 ERA)

 

October 12 TBD

at Globe Life Park in Arlington

 

RHP Colby Lewis (17-9, 4.66 ERA)

Vs Blue Jays this season (0-1, 7.20 ERA)

At Home this season (8-3, 5.07 ERA)

 

RHP R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91 ERA)

Away this season (2-8, 4.83 ERA)

 

October 14 TBD

at Roger Centre

 

RHP Yovani Gallardo

 

LHP David Price

(*)Confirmed

Series Value Picks:

P Yovani Gallardo – Texas Rangers – Season: 13-11, 3.42 ERA, 121 SO

Gallardo is Toronto’s kryptonite. He has never lost a game against the Jays in three start. Two of them came this year, and he didn’t even allow a run to score in 13.2 innings of work. The Mexican will pitch in the first game of the series against David Price. Toronto’s ace is 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 playoff games. Gallardo has the advantage in that matchup.

P Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: 4-0, 1.67 ERA, 18 SO

Stroman continued where he left off last year. He’s 4-0 with 1.67 ERA since coming back from a lengthy D.L. stint on September 12th. The young Phenom had two great start at Roger Centre this year. He has allowed 1 earned run in total in his home field. No wonder the Jays wants him to pitch the second game of the series in Toronto.

1B Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers – Season:  .305 AVG, 78 Runs, 23 HR’s, 98 RBI’s

Fielder led his team in RBI’s (98) and batting average (.305) this year. In 6 games against the Jays over the season, he was hitting .320. The big man will enter the series with 39 post- season game under his belt, just trailing teammate Mike Napoli (47) and opponent Russell Martin (40) for the most in this series.

1B Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .277 AVG, 94 Runs, 39 HR’s, 111 RBI’s

Encarnacion was impressive in the 6 games against the Rangers this year. He has scored 4 runs, knocked 4 deep flies and brought in 11 RBI’s. In their last meeting, the 32 years-old had 5 RBI’s and 2 homers. Encarnacion is ready for the playoffs as he belted 4 homers in the last 5 games of the season.

3B Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers – Season: .287 AVG, 83 Runs, 18 HR’s, 83 RBI’s

Beltre is on fire right now. He has 13 RBI’s and is batting .500 in the last week of the season. The veteran was also solid in series at home against the Blue Jays, getting an average of .333 with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s.

3B Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .297 AVG, 122 Runs, 41 HR’s, 123 RBI’s

Donaldson finished second in the league in runs batted in with 123, and first in run scored with 122. He was such an amazing player this year that he is the favorite to win the A.L. MVP award. His grit and determination will make him a definite fantasy pick in this series.

SS Troy Tulowitzki – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .280 AVG, 77 Runs, 17 HR’s, 70 RBI’s

Tulowitzki just came back from an injury that kept him out for most of September. It’s a perfect time for him to make his return because of the extra power he can bring to this team of heavy hitters. It was back in 2007 that he made it to the World Series, and 2009 was his last post-season game.

OF Shin Soo-Choo – Texas Rangers – Season: .276 AVG, 94 Runs, 22 HR’s, 82 RBI’s

Choo has bested is numbers from last year, gathering 22 home run, 82 RBI’s and a .276 batting average. At 33 years-old, he will finally get the chance to play in his first division series. The Korean blasted the ball over the fence during the NLWC back in 2013. That was his only post-season appearance.

OF Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .250 AVG, 108 Runs, 40 HR’s, 114 RBI’s

Bautista is the only one of the three headed monster (Donaldson, Encarnacion) to have yet played in October baseball playoff. The 34 years-old has reached 40 home runs and more than a 100 RBI’s for the first time since the 2011 season.

Series Prediction: Texas Rangers in 5

 

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Baseball News October 7th 2015

Texas Rangers versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 1 ALDS MLB Playoffs Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015

The Toronto Blue Jays will meet the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of their ALDS best of five series from the Major League Baseball playoffs. MLB draft GM’s cane tune to FOX Sports 1 at 3:30PM Eastern Time on Thursday October 8th to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Texas Rangers won the AL West division by defeating the LA Angels in Game 162 of the season by the score of 9-2. They went 5-5 down the stretch as they finished two games ahead of the Houston Astros to win the division and it came down to the final game. Texas took a huge blow heading out of spring training losing their top two arms in their pitching rotation. Despite ranking in the lower third of MLB in Team ERA (4.25) and Team WHIP (1.36) the Rangers offense powered the team to a division title. Texas pushes across 4.64 rush per game ranking 3rd best in the league and bat .257 good for tenth best in MLB.

Toronto made all the right moves at the All Star Break as they powered past the New York Yankees to win the AL East division by six games. Left hander David Price was a big acquisition for the team to help push them to the top. Toronto has hit well ranking first in runs scored per game (5.50), second best in MLB in team batting (.269) and are tops in home runs (232). The Blue Jays lost the home field advantage to Kansas City in the AL playoffs by losing four of their past five games.

Texas Rangers DH:

Prince Fielder

Fielder led the everyday hitters with a .305 batting average with 23 homers and 98 RBIs. He went 2 of 12 with an RBI facing David Price this season. His batting average against right handed pitchers is .343 and Fielder hits .253 against lefties. He enters the playoffs on a 2 for 15 slump in October.

Texas Rangers 3B:

Adrian Beltre

The veteran third baseman came on strong in the tail end of the season. He finished with a .287 batting average with 18 homers and 83 RBIs. He is batting .303 against David Price over his career with two homers. Beltre is batting .311 against left handed pitchers.

Texas Rangers P:

Yovani Gallardo

The Texas right hander has worked 33 games this year and is 13-11 with an ERA of 3.42 and WHIP of 1.42. He pitched two games against the Blue Jays and is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00 as he allowed no earned runs in 13 2/3rd innings of work. Toronto batted just .136 against the right hander.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

Donaldson led Toronto with a .297 batting average with 41 homers and 123 RBIs. He is a .333 career hitter against Gallardo with two RBIs. Donaldson bats .330 in his home ballpark this year with 24 of his 41 home runs hit there.

Toronto Blue Jays DH:

Edwin Encarnacion

The Blue Jays 32 year old DH finished the regular season with a .277 hitting average with 39 homers and 111 RBIs. He bats a career .313 against Gallardo with three homers hit. In 24 at bats against Texas pitching Encarnacion has four homers and 11 RBIs in just 24 at bats.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

David Price

The Blue Jays left hander in 32 games pitched this year is 18-5 with an ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 1.08. Against Texas in 2015 Price is 1-0 with an ERA of 3.00. He started just once against the Rangers in 2015 and gave up two earned runs and five hits over six innings.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 28th 2015

Blue Jays Maintain 4 Game Lead in AL East with Walk off Win against Rays

The Toronto Blue Jays reduced their magic number to four for an AL East title after a 5-4 victory against the Rays on Sunday. The team overcame a 4-1 early deficit for the win.

Josh Donaldson:

The Toronto third baseman homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Blue Jays the victory on Sunday. Donaldson is batting .299 for the year with 41 homers and 122 RBIs.

Edwin Encarnacion:

The Blue Jays slugger had a hit with a run scored in the series finale against the Rays. Entering Sunday’s game Encarnacion was battling a 5 for 24 slump.

Justin Smoak:

Smoak had a three hit game on Sunday with a homer, double and three RBIs. That’s back to back multiple hit games for Smoak as he had two hits on Saturday. He has moved his average up to .232 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs.

Kevin Pillar:

The outfielder for Toronto has been hot. He posted two hits with an RBI and double on Sunday. Pillar has multiple hits in three straight games. The Blue Jays hitter is batting .476 over his past seven days.

Mark Buehrle:

The 15 year old veteran left hander is 14-7 with an ERA of 3.76 and WHIP of 1.22. He received his third straight no decision after giving up four earned runs and five hits over six innings of work. He has not pitched greater than six innings in seven straight games.

Angels Still ½ Game out of AL Wildcard Spot with 3-2 Home Win to Seattle

The LA Angels have gotten hot late in the season as the club has won five straight and eight of their past ten games. Heading into the final week of the regular season the Angels are ½ game back of Houston for the final AL Wildcard spot and 3 ½ games back of the first place Texas Rangers in the AL West division.

Erick Aybar:

The Angels infielder had a hit in three at bats on Sunday. Aybar has hits in three straight and nine of his past ten games. His batting average on the year is .269 with two homers and 38 RBIs.

Kole Calhoun:

The Angels right fielder had two hits with an RBI in the series finale with Seattle. Calhoun has multiple hits in three of his past four games to move his average up to .262 with 24 homers and 80 RBIs.

Mike Trout:

Trout had a hit with an RBI on Sunday. The outfielder has been red hot with a batting average of .435 over his past seven days. Trout is batting .297 on the year with 40 homers and 88 RBIs.

Jered Weaver:

The LA right hander worked five innings against Seattle and allowed one earned run and four hits. Weaver experienced some tightness in his throwing shoulder and was pulled from the game. He received a no decision and has just one win in his past six games.

Yankees Keep Pace with Toronto and Moves Closer to Wildcard Spot with 6-1 Home Win to the White Sox on Sunday

The Yankees had 13 hits in their 6-1 victory on Sunday over the White Sox. The team is still four games back of Toronto in the AL East division race with seven games remaining. They hold a five game lead over the LA Angels for a playoff spot.

Luis Severino:

The 21 year old right hander worked six innings on Sunday in the win against the White Sox as he allowed no earned runs with five hits. He has allowed two earned runs or less in three straight and eight of his past ten starts.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 23rd 2015

Yankees Power Gets Them within 2 ½ Games of the Blue Jays in the AL East Division

The New York Yankees evened up this key AL East series at 1-1 as they post a 6-4 road victory in ten innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. The Yankees slugged 12 hits and had two homers. Toronto had three homers in the loss but all came with no runners on base.

New York Yankees CF:

Jacoby Ellsbury

The Yankees centerfielder had two hits with two doubles and a run scored. Ellsbury has been hot with multiple hits in three straight games. He is 8 for his last 14 at bats. The centerfielder has moved his batting average up to .263 with seven homers and 32 RBIs.

New York Yankees C:

Brian McCann

McCann had two hits in the win with an RBI. The catcher had been slumping with a 3 for 19 entering Game 2 of this series.

New York Yankees RF:

Carlos Beltran

The 38 year old had a home run with two RBIs and two hits in the victory. Beltran has moved his batting average up to .279 with 17 homers and 60 RBIs.

New York Yankees 1B:

Gregory Byrd

The first baseman was the hero with the game winning three run homer on Monday in the top of the tenth. He had two hits with a run scored and three RBIs. Byrd has a seven game hitting streak to move his batting average up to .256 with ten homers and 28 RBIs.

New York Yankees P:

Luis Severino

In 9 starts the Yankees 21 year old right hander is 4-3 with an ERA of 3.10 and WHIP of 1.30. He received a no decision on Tuesday as he allowed two earned runs and three hits over six innings of work.

Toronto Blue Jays DH:

Edwin Encarnacion

The Blue Jays slugger had a home run in the loss. For the year Encarnacion is hitting .277 with 35 homers and 105 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays CF:

Kevin Pillar

Pillar had a three hit game with a homer and RBI on Tuesday. His average is now up to .264 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

It was a shaky start for Marco Estrada on Tuesday as he gave up two first inning runs to the Yankees. He settled down and allowed two earned runs and six hits tossing 6 2/3rd innings in a no decision.

Giants picked up a Game in the Standings on First Place Dodgers with a Win against San Diego

The San Francisco Giants moved to six games of the LA Dodgers in the NL West division race after their 4-2 road victory on Tuesday to the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers were defeated 8-0 at home to Arizona.

San Francisco Giants CF:

Angel Pagan

The veteran outfielder had a homer with two RBIs in the victory. Pagan is having a good month of September with a batting average of .310. He has hits in nine of his past ten games.

San Francisco Giants LF:

Alejandro De Aza

It was a two hit game for the seven year veteran on Tuesday. De Aza is batting .262 with seven homers and 33 RBIs.

San Francisco Giants SS:

Brandon Crawford

Crawford had two hits and an RBI in the win. The shortstop is batting .254 on the year with 19 homers and 78 RBIs.

San Francisco Giants C:

Trevor Brown

The 23 year old catcher in his third game of his career had two hits with a double and RBI.

San Francisco Giants P:

Chris Heston

In 29 starts Heston is 11-10 with an ERA of 3.51 and WHIP of 1.28. He threw 94 pitches in 4 1/3rd innings and allowed no earned runs and two hits. He got a no decision because he walked five batters and left two outs away from earning a win.

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Recap of 9/13/15 MLB games

Blue Jays Sweep a Doubleheader against the Yankees on Saturday—Lead is Now 4 ½ Games in the AL East.

The Toronto Blue Jays crushed Yankees pitching in both games of their doubleheader on Saturday. The scores were 9-5 and 10-7 in the two games as the Blue Jays scored a combined 19 runs with 24 hits in the twin bill.

Jose Bautista:

The Blue Jays right fielder had two hit games in both ends of the doubleheader on Saturday. He is now batting .255 for the season with 35 homers and 101 RBIs. He is on a tear for September with a .368 batting average.

Edwin Encarnacion:

The Blue Jays DH had two hits in the doubleheader. His average is up to .271 with 32 homers and 99 RBIs. Encarnacion is batting .327 against the New York Yankees on the campaign.

Ben Revere:

The 27 year old former Philadelphia Philly has a monster doubleheader with six hits in 12 at bats with a homer and four RBIs. His average is up to .309 on the season with two homers and 36 RBIs.

Josh Donaldson:

The former Oakland Athletics third baseman had two hits in Game 2 of the doubleheader. He leads the everyday batters for Toronto with a .306 hitting average with 38 homers and 119 RBIs. Donaldson had multiple hits in three of his past four games. For the month of September Donaldson has a .381 batting average with 11 RBIs.

Ezquiel Carrera:

The Blue Jays catcher had two hits with two runs and a double on Saturday. The backup has a batting average of .281 with three homers and 213th4 RBIs.

Marco Estrada:

Estrada is coming off a poor start by allowing four earned runs with six hits over five innings. He got bailed out by the Blue Jays offense as he received a no decision. Estrada allowed three home runs.

Marcus Stroman:

It was his first start since tearing an ACL. Stroman worked five innings and allowed three earned runs and received a no decision.

Brett Gardner:

The Yankees left fielder had four hits with two multiple hit games in the doubleheader. He is batting .271 with 16 homers and 65 RBIs.

Alex Rodriguez:

The veteran DH had a 1 for 3 on Saturday. He belted a home run and drove in two runs in a losing effort. ARod is batting .255 with 31 homers and 80 RBIs.

Chase Headley:

It was a three hit day for Chase Headley on Saturday. His averaged has moved up to .273 with 11 homers and 59 RBIs. He has hits in three straight games.

Carlos Beltran:

The 38 year old leads the everyday players for the Yankees with a batting average of .278 with 15 homers and 53 RBIs. Beltran is batting a respectable .286 over his past seven days.

Didi Gregorius:

In his first season with the New York Yankees Didi Gregorius is batting .268 with nine homers and 52 RBIs. He had two hits in Game 2 in the loss on Saturday with a double and RBI. Gregorius has four multi-hit games in his past ten games. Ironically he does his damage on the road as Gregorius has hit just .226 at Yankees Stadium this season.

J.R. Murphy:

Murphy got a start in Game 2 of the doubleheader on Saturday and had a two hit game. Murphy has moved his batting average up to .287 with three homers and 14 RBIs.

Brian McCann:

The Yankees catcher had four hits in the doubleheader. His average is up to .245 with 25 homers and 87 RBIs.

Michael Pineda:

Pineda had a no decision in his Saturday start against the Blue Jays as he allowed four earned runs with three homers in 5 1/3rd innings.

Ivan Nova:

It was a bad start for Nova on Saturday as he allowed the Toronto hitters six earned runs over 1 2/3rd innings.

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Blue Jays Flex Their Muscles in Rout of New York Yankees—Toronto Lead Up to 2 ½ in AL East

It was Game 1 of the four game series on Friday night between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. The Blue Jays got off to a fast 5-0 start in the first inning in their 11-5 road win at the Yankees to move to 2 ½ games ahead of New York in the NL East division race. The Blue Jays clobbered Yankee pitching for 16 hits in the victory. Seven Blue Jays hitters had multiple hit games. They play a doubleheader on Saturday to make up for the rain out on Thursday.

Josh Donaldson:

Donaldson is coming off a two hit night with a home run and two RBIs. He has had four multiple hits games in his past five games. Josh Donaldson’s batting average is now up to .308 with 38 homers and 117 RBIs.

Jose Bautista:

Bautista doesn’t hit for high average because he strikes out a lot. He had two hits in the win on Friday. In September Bautista is hitting.320. The Blue Jays right fielder had 33 homers and 96 RBIs on the year.

Edwin Encarnacion:

The Blue Jays DH slugged a home run as he had two hits and two RBIs in the Friday night win. For the season Encarnacion is batting .271 with 31 homers and 97 RBIs. He has back to back multiple hits.

Troy Tulowitzki:

The former Colorado Rockie Tulowitzki had two hits and an RBI in the opener. He was battling a 4 for 30 batting slump entering the game.

Russell Martin:

It was a big night for the Blue Jays catcher. Russell Martin had three hits with two home runs and four RBIs in the victory. Martin has moved his average up to .241 with 19 homers and 61 RBIs.

David Price:

The Toronto left hander threw five innings and allowed two earned runs and six hits over five innings. Price has won four of his five starts. Toronto is 6-2 in his eight starts since being traded to the Blue Jays from the Tigers.

Brett Gardner:

The Yankees left fielder contributed with two hits and an RBI. His average is now .269 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs. He had been battling a 3 for 22 slump entering play.

Didi Gregorius:

Gregorius had two hits with a homer and four RBIs in a losing cause. His average is up to .270 with nine homers and 50 RBIs.

Luis Severino:

The Yankees‘ young pitching star had his worst start in his seven appearances with the team. He surrendered six earned runs and six hits in 2 1/3rd innings.

Cespedes Continues to Crush Pitchers in September—Mets Now Up 8 ½ Games over Nationals

With the Washington Nationals continuing their downward spiral, the New York Mets gained a game in the standings after their 5-1 road win at Atlanta. With the Nationals 2-1 road loss at Miami on Friday the Mets were able to extend their NL East lead to 8 ½ games. The Mets were able to lengthen a 2-1 lead with late inning magic with a run in the eighth and two runs in the ninth. New York had 11 hits in victory. They got a good five innings from starter Steven Matz and the Mets bullpen threw four scoreless innings.

Yoenis Cespedes:

It was another huge night for the Mets centerfielder on Friday night. Cespedes had three hits with a double and home run in the victory. His September batting average is now sitting at .390 with six homers and 13 RBIs.

Steven Matz:

The Mets 24 year old left hander went five innings and allowed one earned run and six hits over five innings. He is 3-0 with one no decision in his four career starts.

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Fantasy Baseball – MLB Weekend Recap 8/31

It’s hard to decide the most impressive performance over the past weekend. For me it comes down to the Yankees scoring 20 runs in their victory over the Braves, Edwin Encarnacion hitting three home runs in Toronto’s 15-1 victory over the Tigers, or Jake Arrieta’s no hitter to shut-out the Dodgers in the last game Sunday night. Statistically, a three run day is the most scarce event of the three but in the daily fantasy sports world, each of the events could have been leveraged into cash in your pocket.

Yankee’s Stack

Let’s say you just happened to decide Saturday was the day to implement a Yankee’s batters stack against a weak Brave’s Pitching roster. Well that would have been the value pick of the night and put you leagues ahead the competition in any One Day MLB Fantasy Tournament. If you just so happened to draft Greg Bird at first base, Stephen Drew at second, Chase Headley at third, and Ellsbury in the Outfield, those four positions alone would have earned you 165 fantasy points!

Between the four of them came 3 home runs, two doubles, 11 total hits, and 13 RBIs. On the other side of the ball however, a lineup with Teheran at pitcher was doomed from the start. He pitched 4.1 innings allowing 9 hits and 8 runs, 3 of which were homers.

Edwin Encarnacion

Also on Saturday, the Yankee’s biggest divisional rival, the Blue Jays, tallied a total of 15 runs, 9 of which were a result of Encarnacion’s performance. At 5 at bats, he had 3 hits, all of which soared over the outfield fence. There three homers alone earned him 45 fantasy points. Additionally he brought in 9 runs and earned 4 runs himself for a total of 84 fantasy points! Just imagine how happy the user is who switched out Bird and put in Encarnacion at first. Take away Bird’s 27 and add Encarnacion’s 84, and you have a total of 222 fantasy points between those 4 positions now. That puts you in serious money in and MLB Cash Draft.

No Hitter against the Dodgers

Lastly we saw Jake Arrieta unstoppable from the mound. He pitcher the entire 9 inning game for a nice 18 point cushion to start. He combined that with 12 strike outs (24 fantasy points), the complete game shutout bonus (2 fantasy points), the no hitter bonus (5 fantasy points), the complete game bonus (4 fantasy points), and the winning pitcher bonus (5 fantasy points). However, be sure to subtract that half a point for the one walk he did allow. In the end, this totals to 54.5 points. That is about the highest you can ever expect a pitcher to score.

This somewhat ties into strategy differentiation between 50/50 contests and tournament structured fantasy mlb contests. Pitcher’s usually perform reliably and according to their value (low risk) however they have less high end potential since it is almost impossible for a pitcher to hit the point total Encarnacion scored this weekend unless he pitches 27 strikeouts. That being said, their consistency is ideal for head to head or 50/50 contests where you don’t need to hit huge point totals but you want reliable point totals. The opposite strategy works for tournaments. Since you need a serious point total get into the money you should invest higher in hitters and hope they can make contact with the ball.

 

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