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Blue Jays vs Astros

J.A. Happ looks to win his ninth consecutive decision when the Toronto Blue Jays conclude their four-game set against the host Houston Astros on Thursday. Happ has allowed a total of two runs in his last four victories and has set a career high with an American League-leading 14 victories. Toronto won two of the first three games of the series, including a 3-1 victory on Wednesday in which Josh Donaldson homered twice and Jose Bautista went deep once. Troy Tulowitzki has yet to appear in the series due to a chip fracture in his right thumb and is questionable to play in the finale.

Dodgers vs Rockies

The Dodgers will turn to right-hander Kenta Maeda on an extra day’s rest in hopes of reinvigorating their ailing rotation as they face off against Tyler Chatwood and the Rockies on Thursday. The Rockies (54-53) have won 11 of their past 13 games and are a major-league-best 14-5 since the All-Star break. Starting pitching is at the root of the Rockies’ surge. Colorado starters are 10-0 with a 2.00 ERA in the past 13 games. Tyler Chatwood, who is 10-6 with a 3.50 ERA in 19 starts, seeks to win his third consecutive start while reducing his walks in the process.

Red Sox vs Mariners

Seattle will get its first look at Wade Miley’s return investment when left-handed rookie Ariel Miranda makes his Mariners debut in the series finale against the Boston Red Sox. Coincidentally, Miranda’s only other big-league action also came at Safeco Field, where he threw two innings of relief for the Baltimore Orioles in a July 3 game against the Mariners. Boston is likely to play Thursday’s game without first baseman Hanley Ramirez, who hurt his wrist in a dugout fall late Tuesday night and was wearing a brace Tuesday.

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MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks

Top 20 Performers

It’s a full lineup of big leagues baseball on Tuesday, as all 30 teams will be in action. It all starts at 7pm ET with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals and the Bronx Bombers. There is a 60% possibility of rain in Cincinnati, so the Pirates versus the Reds is a risky game to get delayed. The leagues best Chicago Cubs are aiming for an eight straight victory. They will face the underwhelming San Diego Padres at home. Ace Jon Lester will be the starter for the Cubs. The Blue Jays and Giants will close out the evening of play. They both hold an even record of 17 wins and 17 losses. 4-0 J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Canadian team, while 0-4 Matt Cain will attempt to earn his first win since July 22nd 2015. Here is Tuesday’s FanPicks (click to join) MLB fantasy baseball draft picks top 20.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game Avg FP Four Game Avg FP Ten Game Avg FP
Todd Frazier 3B CWS TEX 59.5 31.8 21.2 15.4
Manny Machado 3B BAL MIN 56.5 22.8 17.8 14
Jake Lamb 3B ARI COL 54 25.7 16.6 9.8
Ketel Marte SS SEA TB 48 15.5 16.6 10.9
Jackie Bradley Jr OF BOS OAK 44.5 24.3 20.3 16.1
Carlos Beltran OF NYY KC 42 17.7 10.4 7
Masahiro Tanaka P NYY KC 42 33.7 32.3 21.3
Matt Wisler P ATL PHI 41.5 27 24.2 19.1
Adam Conley P MIA MIL 39.5 31.5 32.9 22.6
Mark Trumbo OF BAL MIN 39 14.3 18 12.1
JA Happ P TOR SF 37 27.3 29.3 24.8
Joe Ross P WAS DET 37 24 30.4 19.5
Rougned Odor 2B TEX CWS 36 23.7 21.2 16.9
Kevin Gausman P BAL MIN 34.5 27.7 22.3 16
Jon Lester P CHC SD 34.5 37.5 35.8 27.5
Joey Rickard OF BAL MIN 33 15.8 10.6 8.8
Christian Bethancourt C SD CHC 32.5 10.7 10.9 6.5
Alfredo Simon P CIN PIT 32 9.8 8.9 11
Khris Davis OF OF OAK 30 12.7 20.7 14.7

MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks DFS Notables

  • O’s third baseman Manny Machado ranks second in the American League batting average with .350. He was named the A.L. Player of the month for April.
  • White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier hit two homers on Monday and now stands second in the American League in home runs with 10.
  • Tigers Victor Martinez is expected to return to the lineup, meaning either American League batting leader Nick Castellanos or Miguel Cabrera will rest.
  • Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three career starts against Houston.
  • With a leadoff walk in the fourth Monday, D-Backs Paul Goldschmidt extended his on-base streak against the Rockies to 42 games.
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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 5th 2015

Texas Rangers Win AL West Division with 9-2 victory against LA Angels

The Texas Rangers were able to hold off the charge of the Houston Astros but they needed to do it in Game 162 to become AL Western division champions. Texas defeated the LA Angels 9-2 behind a solid nine inning complete game start by left hander Cole Hamels. The Rangers were clinging to a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning when they ignited for six runs to blow the game wide open. Texas had ten hits in the victory while silencing the Angels bats to just three hits.

Delino DeShields Jr.

The Rangers centerfielder had two hits with two runs scored and a walk in the victory. He has hits in five of six games. DeShields has his average up to .261 with two homers and 37 RBIs. He had been battling a 4 for 22 slump entering the game.

Shin Soo Choo

Choo had a hit with two runs scored in the division clincher. He has been hot the final months of the season and finished the regular season with a .276 batting average with 22 homers and 82 RBIs. He has hits in three straight and nine of ten games.

Prince Fielder

The Texas Rangers power hitting DH led the everyday hitters with a .305 batting average with 23 homers and 98 RBIs. He had a hit with two RBIs on Sunday. The post season wasn’t too kind to Fielder in the past.

Adrian Beltre

The 36 year old third baseman was huge on Sunday with two hits a home run with three RBIs and two runs scored. Beltre hammered the baseball in the month of October with a batting average of .455. He finished the regular season with a .287 hitting average with 18 homers and 83 RBIs.

Elvis Andrus

The shortstop for Texas had a hit with two RBIs in the win. He too has been hot with the bat in October with a .417 batting average.

Mitch Moreland

Moreland had a hit with an RBI on Sunday. He had been marred in a 3 for 19 slump over the past seven days.

Cole Hamels

The Texas bullpen had been spent the past several days. They got a much needed nine inning complete game from Cole Hamels against the Angels on Sunday. Hamels is 13-8 on the year with an ERA of 3.65 and WHIP of 1.19.

Pittsburgh to Host NL Wildcard Game after 4-0 victory against Cincinnati

The Pittsburgh Pirates earn home field advantage in the NL Wildcard Game against the Chicago Cubs following their 4-0 home shutout victory on Sunday to the Cincinnati Reds. A good thing the Pirates won because the Cubs had defeated the Milwaukee Brewers. Had Pittsburgh lost this game they would have to travel to Wrigley Field for the NL Wildcard playoff single elimination game. Cubs pitching limited the Brewers to just three hits for the entire ballgame. Chicago got up early pushing across three first innings runs.

Starting Marte

Marte had a hit on Sunday to end the regular season with a .287 batting average with 19 homers and 81 RBIs.

Pedro Alvarez

The Pirates first baseman leads the club in homers and he contributed with a solo shot in the win against the Reds. He finished the regular season batting .242 with 27 homers and 77 RBIs.

Francisco Cervelli

The Pirates catcher leads the everyday players with a .295 batting average with seven homers and 43 RBIs. He had two hits on Sunday. He was on a 2 for 22 slump entering play.

J.A. Happ

The eight year veteran left hander came up big for the Pirates by pitching six shutout innings over six innings and allowing just three hits to the Reds.

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