August 18 MLB Rundown

Thursday Evening Matchups

FanPicks has your August 18 MLB rundown to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

Astros vs Orioles

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who reached 1,000 hits against the Cardinals on Tuesday, has had a lot of success against Baltimore, just not recently. In Houston’s three-game sweep of the O’s earlier this season, Altuve went 1-for-13.

Dodgers vs Phillies

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has hit safely in eight straight games, going 15-for-36. Teammate Adrian Gonzalez is 18-for-40 with 11 RBIs and 12 runs scored during a 10-game hitting streak.

White Sox vs Indians

Cleveland’s first baseman Carlos Santana has a career batting average of .364 (4-for-11) off Rodon. Santana is the only Cleveland batter with double-digit career at-bats vs. the southpaw hitting over .200.

Marlins vs Reds

Veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to the Reds lineup on Wednesday after missing the previous two contests due to injury and delivered the key hit with a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh.

Nationals vs Braves

Nats outfielder Jayson Werth has reached base in 45 consecutive games. He has a chance to tie the franchise record if he reaches base on Thursday.

Twins vs Royals

Twins rookie right-hander Tyler Duffey goes for his second win over the Royals in six days.

Mariners vs Angels

Fourteen game winning pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has dominated the Angels’ two biggest threats in large sample sizes. Mike Trout is hitting just .214 (9-for-42) and Albert Pujols only .133 (3-for-45) vs. Iwakuma.

Padres vs Diamondbacks

Arizona right fielder Yasmany Tomas isn’t having any issues at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with two homers and a career-best six RBIs in Wednesday’s 13-5 victory over the New York Mets. Tomas has slugged 12 homers in his past 19 games and has seven multi-homer games while belting 25 this season.

Mets vs Giants

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been superb against the Mets in his career by going 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in five career outings. Mets counter-attacks with their ace Jacob deGrom, who is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in three career starts against the Giants. Pitching duel to be expected.

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August 8 MLB Preview

Monday Late Matchups

FanPicks has your august 8 MLB preview to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

Rangers vs Rockies

Rangers scheduled starter Cole Hamels fell to 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break following Wednesday’s loss at Baltimore in which he permitted three runs on four hits and four walks over seven innings. The rough road outing was a rare one for the 2008 World Series MVP, who still holds a sparkling 8-2 record and 1.90 ERA in 12 turns away from Rangers Ballpark. Hamels split his two starts versus the Rockies last season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and is 4-4 lifetime with a 3.21 ERA against them.

Orioles vs Athletics

O’s third baseman Manny Machado became the second player in history to homer in each of the first three innings when Baltimore dominated the rubber match with a 10-2 win at the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Machado drove in a career-high seven runs in the win and finished up the weekend 7-for-15 with nine RBIs and five runs scored to lead the Orioles offense.

Tigers vs Mariners

Seattle’s second baseman Robinson Cano sat out the Sunday’s contest to rest and gear up for stellar Detroit rookie Michael Fulmer, who opposes Hisashi Iwakuma in the series opener.

Phillies vs Dodgers

The Philadelphia Phillies face an old friend for the first time when they begin a three-game road series against Chase Utley and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 37-year-old Utley was the heart and soul of the Phillies for more than 12 seasons after making his major league debut in 2003, helping the franchise capture its second World Series title — and first in 28 years — in 2008 before being traded to Los Angeles on Aug. 19, 2015. The six-time All-Star and second baseman on Sports Illustrated’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s has batted .250 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 93 games this season for the Dodgers.

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Fantasy Baseball Seattle Mariners Projection

For the upcoming 2016 Major League Baseball season, FanPicks take a look at every single team and what are their expectations for the upcoming year. It’s been a mess last year for the Seattle Mariners, and changes were made to avoid another difficult year. Here’s a look at this year’s expectation in the Fantasy Baseball Seattle Mariners Projection.

Fantasy Baseball Seattle Mariners Projection

Over fifty percent of the team’s 40-man roster got overhauled by new general manager Jerry Dipoto since his arrival in office. He kept the core in Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez. This group will be joined by newcomers Nori Aoki, Adam Lind, Chris Iannetta and Wade Miley. Dipoto, being the analytic specialist he is, hopes that this lineup combination brings back baseball fever in the emerald city.

Player to watch

  • Robinson Cano
  • Ketel Marte
  • Felix Hernandez

Robinson Cano began the 2015 MLB season dealing with a stomach issue, which affected his game for the first two month. By June 1st of that year, he collected 19 homers, 63 RBI’s and a hitting percentage of .303. All of this despite playing the final 58 games with a double hernia. Cano had surgery in the offseason and should be healthy by the start of the season.

Cano has played next to six different shortstops in his two years in Seattle. Ketel Marte could finally fill the full-time job as Cano’s double-play partner. At just 21 years old last season, Marte took control of the shortstop job after being called up from the minors on July 31. The young Dominican batted .283 with a .753 OPS in 57 games during his rookie season.

Hernandez had a down season by his standards. He posted an 18-9 record with a 3.53 ERA. It was the first time that he exceeded the 3.00 ERA mark since 2012. With a new team behind him, look for Hernandez to bring elite pitching for another year.

With so many changes among management and roster, it’s hard to believe that this team will immediately challenge for the American League West crown.

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MLB Week Leaders in Daily Fantasy MLB Contests

Pitchers

Jake Arrieta for the Cubs scored 67.0 fantasy points on 9/22 with 11 strikeouts and again scored 55.5 fantasy points on 9/27 9 strikeouts

Hisashi Iwakuma for Seattle scored 58.0 fantasy points on 9/22 with 10 strikeouts

Jerad Eickhoff for Philly scored 52.0 fantasy points on 9/25 with 10 strikeouts

Rich Hill for the Red Sox scored 64 fantasy points on 9/25 with 10 strikeouts

Noah Syndergaard for the Mets scored 57.5 fantasy points on 9/25 with 11 strikeouts

Carlos Carrasco for Cleveland scored 78.5 fantasy ponits on 9/25 with 15 strikeouts

Francisco Liriano for the Pirates scored 56.0 fantasy points n 9/26 with 9 strikeouts

Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals scored 59.5 fantasy points on 9/26 with 13 strikeouts

Jamie Garcia for the Cards scored 52.0 fantasy points on 9/26 with 8 strikeouts

Dallas Keuchel for Houston scored 54.5 fantasy points on 9/27 with 10 strikeouts

Max Scherzer for the Nationals scored 57.0 fantasy points on 9/28 with 10 strikeouts

Batters

Neil Walker second baseman for the Pirates 51 fantasy points on 9/23 with a homer and 3 singles.

Aaron Altherr, outfielder for Philly scored 59.5 fantasy points on 9/25 with 2 homers.

Lucas Duda, first baseman for the Mets scored 54.0 fantasy points on 9/26 with 2 homers.

Carlos Correa, short stop for Houston scored 53.5 fantasy points on 9/26 with 2 homers.

Jose Bautista, outfielder for Toronto scored 54.0 fantasy points on 9/26 with 2 homers.

Jarrett Parker, outfielder for San Francisco scored 74.5 fantasy points on 9/26 with 3 homers.

Khris Davis, outfielder for the Brewers scored 50.5 fantasy points on 9/27 with 2 homers.

Ender Inciarte, outfielder for the DBacks scored 51.0 fantasy points on 9/27 with 2 homers.

Notes

9/25 was a big pitching day with 4 pitchers exceeding the 50 point mark and only one hitter exceeding that mark. There was a lot of fantasy value to be attained by newly starting pitcher Rich Hill for the Boston Red Sox. They have recently converted him from a relief pitcher to a starting pitcher and since then, he has exceeded 30 fantasy points in all three of his starts. His salary still remains low so be sure to cash in on that fantasy value in Daily Cash Drafts.

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 22nd 2015

It’s a beautiful day for Fantasy Baseball, as all 30 teams get back into action. That means it’s time to play fantasy baseball for real money. The race is on for the pennant and there is some heavy battle out there. Yesterday, the Blue Jays distanced themselves 3.5 games from the Yankees in the American League East. David Price had a stellar performance once again. He won every single game he played this month (4-0). Another pitcher that never seems to lose (especially at Minute Maid Park) is Dallas Keuchel, who is now 14-0 at home. He’s the only pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to accomplish this feat. The Astros were able to get back one game behind the division leading Rangers. With all this drama unfolding, what is to be expected today in Daily Fantasy Baseball? Let’s get to today’s hot fantasy picks:

P Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners

 Season: 8 W, 4 L, 3.90 ERA, 92 Ks, 20 BBs

Sure, he will be facing the best team in the American League, but Iwakuma has been efficient for the Seattle Mariners since August. We are talking about a 6-2 record and a 2.99 ERA in that stretch. Let’s not forget the no-hitter he threw back on August 12th against the Baltimore Orioles. Not only does he ride a good spell, but he also has a great record against the opposition. He holds 2 wins and no losses with a 2.14 ERA in three outings against the Kansas City Royals. Tonight, the Japanese will spoil the opportunity for the Royals to clinch a playoff spot.

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

Season:  .238 AVG, 26 HRs, 90 RBIs, 65 Runs

The Toronto Blue Jays got the win yesterday with ace David Price on the mound. Today, it’s Marco Estrada’s turn. I’m not saying Estrada is no good, but he’s no David Price. The Yankees will take the opportunity to swing their big bats, and that means that McCann will cash in a few RBI’s in the cleanup spot.

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .243 AVG, 10 HRs, 60 RBIs, 36 Runs

I said yesterday that Arizona needed to take out some frustration out on the Dodgers, and that’s exactly what they did. 17 hits and an 8-4 win in last night game was what they needed. Paul Goldschmidt has been in the middle of this rumble, knocking out one out of the park. He will continue to ride this out against starter Alex Wood. Goldy has 2 homers and 4 RBIs in 7 at-bats when facing Woods.

2B Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

Season: .264 AVG, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 32 Runs, 9 SBs

He has been kept in the shadows playing for the San Diego Padres, but this 2011 first-round pick will become one of the best second baseman in the league. He will have an easy task tonight against San Francisco starter Chris Heston, who has been awful lately.

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

Season: .277 AVG, 25 HRs, 95 RBIs, 84 Runs, 13 SBs

He started the season as one of the best prospect in baseball. Now he leads all rookies in RBI’s, with 95, and is tied for first in home runs, with 25. The third baseman will have no problem helping pitcher Jake Arrieta get his 20th win against the winning less Tyler Cravy.

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

Season: .323 AVG, 7 HRs, 78 RBIs, 76 Runs, 10 SBs

On the 10th game of his hitting streak, he has belted a grand slam and finished the night with 5 RBI’s. Leading all shortstop in batting average, Bogaerts his quickly becoming the building block of the Boston Red Sox. He will have no problem following up on his memorable night against Matt Moore. Moore never had good outings at Fenway.

OF Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

Season: .270 AVG, 5 HRs, 29 RBIs, 33 Runs, 4 SBs

The Cuban import is still getting used to playing in MLB this year. He doesn’t show big numbers but the everyday left fielder should produce against Matt Moore at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are still seeing something in him. So should we.

OF Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners

Season: .247 AVG, 11 HRs, 41 RBIs, 48 Runs

Nelson Cruz doesn’t have success against Jeremy Guthrie. It will be on Robinson Cano and Seth Smith to take charge of the offense. Smith has had some quality at-bats facing Guthrie.

OF Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

Season: .266 AVG, 2 HRs, 32 RBIs, 48 Runs, 9 SBs

It was a little over one week ago that Pagan was able to steal 3 bases against the Padres. He could pull another trick up his sleeves once again in San Diego.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

2B Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

OF Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners

OF Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

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