August 9 MLB Preview

Tuesday Late Matchups

FanPicks has your august 9 MLB preview to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

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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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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Fantasy Baseball Picks

We are back to a full slate of Major League Baseball Games this Wednesday. It all starts with an early afternoon match-up between the Marlins and Mets. Then four out of the five American League West teams will play within 3 and 4 PM. The Angels will be in Oakland, while the Rangers will be going head-to-head against the Mariners. Things will get heavier at night with 12 more match-ups starting at 7PM. With that many games on hand, it’s time to pick your fantasy baseball lineup for the day, and we at FanPicks.com have your fantasy baseball picks.

 

Pitcher : Stephen Strasburg (STL)

Due to a postponement and resting days, Stephen Strasburg has not pitched since defeating the Braves in his season debut on April 6 in Atlanta. The 27-year-old held Atlanta to one run on six hits in a 3-1 win, improving to 7-7 in 20 career starts versus the Braves in his career. Strasburg has been outstanding at Nationals Park since making his major-league debut back in 2010, posting a 27-17 record in 70 home starts with a 2.65 ERA and a 6.46 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Update: Strasburg has been scratched from his start Wednesday due to illness.

Catcher : Trevor Brown (SF)

Trevor Brown has hit three home runs in eight at-bats this season, in replacement of the injured Buster Posey. He did not get a single one of them in 39 at-bats during his first campaign in the majors, last year.

First Baseman : Anthony Rizzo (CHC)

The Cubs first-baseman, Anthony Rizzo, is 5-for-15 with two dingers versus today’s opposing pitcher, Alfredo Simon.

Second Baseman : Ian Kinsler (DET)

The Tigers second-baseman, Ian Kinsler, has collected four multi-hit contests in six games this year.

Third Baseman : Josh Donaldson (TOR)

The 2015 Baseball’s MVP, Josh Donaldson, has hit safely in all eight games this season. Need I say more!

Shortstop : Aledmys Diaz (STL)

St. Louis rookie shortstop, Aledmys Diaz, gathered three hits on Monday and is batting .533 this year.

Outfielders : Odubel Herrera (PHI), Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY) and Mark Trumbo (BAL)

Philadelphia outfielder, Odubel Herrera, recorded an RBI triple Tuesday to stretch out his hitting streak to five games.

Yankees leadoff hitter, Jacoby Ellsbury, has collected a hit in every one of his past five-game and also drove in the go-ahead run in the series opener.

Mark Trumbo is currently on a tear. He has four hits, two homers, five RBIs and four runs scored in the initial two games of the current series.

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Fantasy Baseball Detroit Tigers 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. Time to see what the American League Central Detroit Tigers have been up to this off season. This is your Fantasy Baseball Detroit Tigers Projection.

Fantasy baseball detroit tigers projection

The Detroit Tigers fell hard last season. They were atop the A.L. West for four straight year and had a World Series appearance before finishing dead last in 2015. New management wasted no time to change the dynamics with the arrival of pitcher Jordan Zimmerman and outfielder Justin Upton. Meanwhile, prospects netted from the Price and Cespedes trades are likely to start making an immediate impact this season. This could bring new life to a team that was decimated with injuries.

Players to watch

Justin Upton

Ian Kinsler

Justin Verlander

The Tigers turned a potential problem area into a position of strength with the signing of Justin Upton in January to play left field. Upton has averaged 27.3 home runs over the last three years and he also adds another base runner to the lineup.

Detroit will look for more of the same from Ian Kinsler next season as he had a solid 2015. His fantasy value is not as high as it used to be thanks to the drop in his power and speed numbers, but hitting atop one of the best lineups in baseball has its perks.

Barring anything unforeseen, veteran ace Justin Verlander appears set to make his eighth Opening Day start in nine years on April 5, following a second-half resurgence in 2015 that had onlookers recalling vintage Verlander.

The Detroit Tigers do have a chance to compete for the division, but the world champion Royals will be there again and the Indians look ready to contend with their elite pitching staff as well.

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