Major League Baseball Fantasy News October 8th 2015

Houston Astros versus Kansas City Royals Game 1 ALDS MLB Playoffs Cash League Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015

The Houston Astros will wheel back after one day of rest to meet the Kansas City Royals from Game 1 of their ALDS best of five series. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to Fox Sports 1 on Thursday October 8th at 7:30PM Eastern Time from Kansas City to track the performance of their roster picks.

The Houston Astros were an AL Wildcard entrant and had to travel to Yankees Stadium to face New York in a one game playoff. The Astros got an outstanding six innings of work from left hander Dallas Keuchel as Houston wins 3-0 to advance to the ALDS. The Astros bullpen allowed no hits and no runs in the final three innings of this game. The Astros are second in Major League Baseball in home runs this year and the Astros got two long balls in the victory.

The Kansas City Royals finished with the best record in the American League with a record of 95-67. They closed strong with a five game winning streak to finish with a better record than Toronto to have home field advantage in both the ALDS and ALCS. This Royals team is third best in MLB in team batting as they hit .269 on the season. They rank just 24th in quality starts because the bullpen is very strong for Kansas City it doesn’t require the starters to go far into games.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

The Astros right fielder had a double in the win against the Yankees. Springer has hit better on the road than at home this year. George Springer is batting .319 on the road with seven homers and 18 RBIs. He is hot in October with a .429 batting average.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve

Altuve concluded play in the regular season leading the everyday players for Houston with a .313 batting average with 15 homers and 66 RBIs. He had a key hit with an RBI in the 3-0 win at the New York Yankees on Monday. A negative is the Astros second baseman is hitting just .143 against Ventura in his career.

Houston Astros DH:

Evan Gattis

The power hitting DH has 27 homers and 88 RBIs on the year with a .246 batting average. He is 1 for 3 life time against Ventura with a triple. Gattis has batted just .217 on the road this year.

Houston Astros P:

Collin McHugh

In 32 starts in 2015 McHugh is 19-7 with an ERA of 3.89 and WHIP of 1.28. He didn’t face the Royals this season. McHugh was 10-2 following the All Star Game.

Kansas City Royals CF:

Lorenzo Cain

Cain led the Royals everyday hitters with a .307 batting average with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. His batting average is .335 at home with 46 RBIs. Cain hit .350 against Astros pitching this year.

Kansas City Royals 1B:

Eric Hosmer

The Royals first baseman batted .297 on the year with 18 homers and 93 RBIs. He hits .311 at home with 49 RBIs. He does look to break a 2 for 15 slump for the month of October.

Kansas City Royals DH:

Kendrys Morales

The 32 year old veteran hit .290 on the season with 22 homers and 106 RBIs. He is 0 for 5 life time against McHugh.

Kansas City Royals P:

Yordano Ventura

The KC right hander is 13-8 with an ERA of 4.08 and WHIP of 1.30. In one start against Houston this year Ventura is 1-0 as he allowed one earned run over seven innings of work.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 29th 2015

Angels Walk Off Increase Win Streak to 6 Games and Gains Game on Rangers

The LA Angels are a hot team right now as they posted their sixth win in a row with the 5-4 home victory on Monday to the Oakland Athletics. The win moved the Angels to just two games back of the AL West leading Texas Rangers with only six games remaining. LA has a four game series to close the season at Texas over the weekend so the team fully controls their playoff destiny. They also keep pace with the Houston Astros for the final AL Wildcard playoff spot. They sit tied in the loss column with Houston.

C.J. Cron:

The LA Angels DH had a big game on Monday with three hits and a run scored in the series opener. Cron is hot, hitting .364 over his past seven days. He has hit 16 homers and driven in 49 RBIs on the year.

Erick Aybar:

Aybar had a hit on Monday to extend his hit streak to four games. He had a good month of August but cooled off in September with a .224 batting average.

Albert Pujols:

Albert had a big home run on Monday to tie the game at 4-4 as the Angels were coming from behind in their win. Pujols has 38 homers and 90 RBIs on the year but the batting average is a mere .237.

Johnny Giavotella:

The Angels second baseman sparkled with the glove on Monday. He contributed at the plate with hit, run scored and RBI double in the victory. He is batting .455 the past seven days.

Hector Santiago:

The LA left hander was hot to start the season. He had a no decision against the Athletics by allowing three earned runs and three hits in 5 2/3rd innings. He has just two wins over his past ten starts. On the season Santiago is 9-9 with an ERA of 3.52 and WHIP of 1.25.

Astros Gain on the Rangers and Keep Pace with Angels with Win against Mariners

The Houston Astros has struggled on the road this year. Entering play at Seattle on Monday the team was just 29-46 on the highway. Their win streak reached three games with a 3-2 road win at Seattle on Monday night. The Astros bullpen was huge in the win as the unit contributed with three innings of scoreless and hitless baseball as they nursed a one run lead late in a pressure situation on the road. With the win the Astros maintain their half-game lead over the Angels for the last AL Wildcard spot and they moved 1 ½ games back of the Texas Rangers for the lead in the AL West. The Astros get a break down the stretch as the Rangers and Angels will meet for a four game series to end the season. The Astros are a power hitting team who hits for a poor average. They have 220 homers on the year ranking second best but their team batting average of .247 ranks 27th and fourth worst in baseball.

George Springer:

The Astros right fielder had two hits with a double, homer and RBI on Monday. He has hit Mariner pitching very well on the year at a .327 batting average with four homers.

Evan Gattis:

The Astros DH with a hit extended his hitting streak to four games. Gattis is batting .304 over his past seven days.

Chris Carter:

Carter had the game winning home run against the Mariners on Monday. He has 23 homers and 59 RBIs on the year but a poor batting average of .196.

Lance McCullers:

The Astros right hander in 21 starts is 6-7 with an ERA of 3.21 and WHIP of 1.17. He held the Mariners to two earned runs and four hits in six innings of work in a 3-2 home win to Seattle on Monday.

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2015 Major League Baseball Fantasy News September 16th 2015 – Recap

Walk Off Sacrifice Fly Moves Rangers into First Place in AL West

The Texas Rangers has a ½ game lead on the Houston Astros following a 6-5 home victory on Tuesday. Texas has won the first two games of this series as they belted 14 hits in the win in Game 2. The Rangers stormed out to the 4-0 lead after one inning but then allowed five runs in the next three innings to Houston until the Rangers tied it at 5-5 after four innings. The teams went scoreless into the bottom of the ninth when Mitch Moreland’s sac fly brought home the game winner. With the loss the Astros now holds the final wildcard spot in the AL by 1 ½ games over the Minnesota Twins by the 3 ½ games over the LA Angels.

Hank Conger:

The Astros catcher had a two hit game on Tuesday with a double, run scored and RBI. It has been a disappointing year at the plate for Conger with a batting average of .211 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs.

Evan Gattis:

The power hitting DH for the Astros had a hit and two RBIs in the defeat. He has struggled at the plate for the month of September with a .196 batting average. It has driven his season numbers down to .236 with 23 homers and 77 RBIs. The 23 home runs lead the Astros.

Colby Rasmus:

Rasmus had a hit, two walks and a run scored in Game 2 of this series. The left fielder is having a good month of September with a .314 batting average with two homers and four RBIs. He has multiple hits in two of his past three games.

Jake Marisnick:

The Houston centerfielder contributed on Tuesday with a hit, run scored and RBI. The second year Major Leaguer has produced for the month of September with a .368 hitting average with three homers and 8 RBIs.

Collin McHugh:

The 29th start for Collin McHugh was not a good one as the 28 year old lasted 3 2/3rd innings and allowed five earned runs and eight hits. The right hander has allowed ten earned runs over his past two starts working a total of nine innings. In that span he has allowed 19 baserunners for a WHIP over 2.

Delino DeShields Jr.:

The Rangers centerfielder contributed with two hits on Tuesday. He has hit the ball very well in his home ballpark with a batting average of .293.

Prince Fielder:

The Rangers DH leads the club with a .312 hitting average with 19 homers and 78 RBIs. He had a three hit game on Tuesday with an RBI. Fielder has multiple hits now in three straight games.

Adrian Beltre:

It was a monster game for Adrian Beltre at the plate with four hits and two RBIs. Beltre has multiple hits in three of his past four games.

Derek Holland:

Holland has started seven games for the Rangers and is 3-2 with an ERA of 3.77 and WHIP of 1.14. He struggled with a no decision on Tuesday by allowing five earned runs and ten hits in 5 2/3rd innings. Holland has served up ten earned runs, 19 hits and four walks over his past two starts logging 12 2/3rd innings of work.

Strasberg & Harper Lead Nationals Over Marlins—Gain Game on First Place Mets

The Washington Nationals moved within 8 ½ games of the New York Mets in the NL East race with a 4-0 win against the Philadelphia Phillies. There are only 18 games remaining and the Mets magic number remains at 10. Washington is 9 games back of the Cubs in the wildcard race.

Bryce Harper:

The MVP candidate contributed with a three hit night with two homers in the game. He has moved his average up to .338 with 39 homers and 90 RBIs.

Stephen Strasberg:

The Nationals starter shut out the Philadelphia Phillies on one hit over eight innings in the victory.

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