MLB World Series Game 6

Cubs vs Indians (Indians lead 3-2)

The World Series Game 6 could be decided by the team that gets a lead early and turns things over to the bullpen. The Chicago Cubs finally became that team with the early lead and the dominant reliever in Game 5 and play another elimination game when they visit the Cleveland Indians for Game 6 on Tuesday (Enter Contests). The Cubs, who trail 3-2 in the series, asked Aroldis Chapman to record eight outs in a one-run game Sunday and were rewarded when he allowed one hit and struck out four. The Indians, who used left-hander Andrew Miller for multiple innings since the start of the postseason, are keeping things loose while following the lead of manager Terry Francona.

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is batting .421 in the World Series and hit safely in four of five games, going 0-for-3 in the Arrieta-started Game 2. Chicago’s Kyle Schwarber is expected to return to the lineup as DH. Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks would start a potential Game 7 against the Indians ace Corey Kluber, who pitched Games 1 and 4.

PITCHING MATCHUP

 Cubs RH Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.78 ERA) vs. Indians RH Josh Tomlin (2-0, 1.76)

Arrieta took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in Game 2 at Cleveland and ended up with the win, his first of the postseason. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner had a little trouble controlling his arsenal with three walks, but struck out six.

Tomlin surrendered two hits in 4 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 3 and was yanked by Francona at the first hint of trouble in a game the Indians went on to win 1-0. The 32-year-old Texan allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last eight appearances going back to the regular season and yielded one home run in that span. Tomlin is going on three days’ rest in Game 6 but only threw 58 pitches in Game 3.

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MLB National League Division Series

Giants vs Cubs Game 3 (2-0 for Chicago)

Madison Bumgarner looks to continue his impressive postseason success and keep the San Francisco Giants alive when they host the Chicago Cubs on Monday (Enter Contests) in Game 3 of their MLB National League Division Series. The left-hander is 5-1 with one save and a 0.88 ERA in eight contests over his last two postseasons (2014 and 2016) after shutting out the New York Mets 3-0 in the Wild-Card Game on Wednesday. He won both regular-season starts against the Cubs this year.

ABOUT THE GIANTS

Madison Bumgarner (2016 playoffs: 1-0, 0.00) baffled the Mets with a four-hitter, striking out six and walking a pair in improving his career postseason numbers to 8-3 with a 1.94 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. The 27-year-old cooled off in the second half of the regular season as well, going 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA after posting a 10-4 record and 1.94 ERA before the All-Star break. Bumgarner went 9-4 with a 2.14 ERA at home this year and has fared well against the Cubs in his career (8-2, 2.25).

The Giants, who face elimination after winning 11 straight postseason series, scored just two runs over the first two games while Chicago’s pitchers have driven in three with their bats. They’ve won nine straight elimination games, the longest such streak in major-league history.

ABOUT THE CUBS

Chicago turns to Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10 ERA), who went 11-3 on the road this season and split a pair of starts against San Francisco while posting a 2.08 ERA. The reigning N.L. Cy-Young winner posted a 12-2 record and 2.10 ERA through June but split his final 12 decisions, going 2-3 with a 4.60 ERA in September. Arrieta , who has 40 wins to his credit over the last two seasons, owns a 4-2 mark with a 1.82 ERA in six career starts versus the Cubs. The 30-year-old TCU product has held Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt to a combined 2-for-38.

Angel Pagan is 5-for-11 against Arrieta. Javier Baez is 3-for-6 with a homer in the series and the Cubs received a run-scoring single in the first inning of Saturday’s 5-2 win from Ben Zobrist, who is 6-for-12 lifetime against Bumgarner. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, who belted 32 homers and knocked in 109 runs during the regular season, went 0-for-7 in the first two games. Chicago has gone 2-4 in six games at San Francisco over the last two years and went 46-34 on the road during the regular season.

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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

June 27th 2016

Another MLB weekend in the books. New matchups are set for Monday with ten games in primetime contests. Chicago Cubs Jake Arrieta and New York Mets Noah Syndergaard lead the class of today’s starters. With the daily expense of those two going up to $9,000, I’d look for the fantasy baseball sleepers to grab the spotlight at FanPicks (Click to play). Here is the list of Monday’s fantasy baseball top picks.

MLB Top PitchersTop Pitchers

 

Trevor Bauer is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five June starts. He allowed one run in a complete game during his last outing, the second CG of his career. The tribe are aiming for their 10th straight win.

MLB Top Hitters

Top Hitters

 

Charlie Blackmon hit in all seven games last week, raking for a .424 (14-for-33) average, totaling three walks, five home runs and nine RBIs amid a white-hot stretch that included six multihit games. He received the National League’s Player of the Week honors.

Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with a solo homer, two runs scored, a walk and a double on Sunday against the Mets.

Mark Reynolds hit a walk-off two-run homer off Silvino Bracho, powering the Rockies past the D-backs, 9-7, on Sunday at Coors Field.

Matt Carpenter has reached base in 18 consecutive games.

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with two solo homers in Sunday’s game vs. the Astros.

Jose Altuve’s fourth-inning single on Sunday pushed his streak of reaching base safely to 29 consecutive games, the longest current streak in baseball. That ties a career record for Altuve, who reached base in 29 games in a row Aug. 1-Sept. 1, 2015. Altuve has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games in Anaheim, batting .388.

Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI, a run scored and a walk against the Mariners on Sunday.

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Fantasy Baseball Daily Top 20

May 20th 2016

There is no better time to celebrate Friday’s than to have fun and win at FanPicks (click to join). Time to set up your MLB fantasy baseball daily picks with the top 20 of the day. No early matchups, it all starts at 7:05PM ET with all 30 teams competing. Tonight’s main event will be happening in San Francisco, as the Giants aim to win their 9th straight game. But it all looks to come to an end against the Chicago Cubs, with reigning CY winner and undefeated (7-0, 1.29 ERA) Jake Arrieta taking the mound for the Cubbies. This could be the turning point in San Francisco’s season. Here is where Arrieta stands in today’s top 20 picks, and there is no surprise there!

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Jake Arrieta P CHC @SF 55.5 40.7 44.3 38.9
Gerrit Cole P PIT COL 51 33 33.4 26.1
Matt Carpenter 3B STL ARI 50.5 19.3 16.9 20.9
Carlos Santana 1B CLE @BOS 50.5 24.8 17.8 13
Aaron Nola P PHI ATL 49.5 39.3 40.4 28.9
Scott Kazmir P LAD @SD 45.5 34.7 27.6 16.7
Hector Santiago P LAA BAL 44 19.8 20.1 20.9
Mike Trout OF LAA BAL 43.5 26.2 21.6 16.6
Tyler Duffey P MIN TOR 43 37.3 26.7 21.3
Matt Wieters C BAL @LAA 39 14 13.6 8.4
Gregory Polanco OF PIT COL 38.5 23.5 20.4 15.5
Mike Wright P BAL @LAA 37 22.2 18.9 9
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS @MIA 36 15.8 10.7 11.3
Trevor Story SS COL @PIT 35.5 13.2 12.5 11.5
Matt Wisler P ATL @PHI 33 30.2 26 24
Jason Castro C HOU TEX 33 14.5 14.5 12.8
Carlos Beltran OF NYY @OAK 32.5 12.7 14.7 15
Jeff Francoeur OF ATL @PHI 32.5 10.8 12.3 8.4

Fantasy Baseball Daily Notables

  • Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has been one of the team’s bright spots, and the Mariners will be careful with him in the middle of the lineup. Earlier this week, Bruce became the all-time home run leader at Great American Ball Park with 128, overtaking Adam Dunn.
  • Miami Marlins infielder Martin Prado has been a nemesis for the Nationals over the years, hitting. 312 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs.
  • Since joining the Texas Rangers in 2011, Adrian Beltre is hitting .348 with 13 home runs, 44 RBIs and a .609 slugging percentage in 69 games against the Houston Astros.
  • New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia returns from the disabled list tonight. He will make his 30th career start against the A’s in which the hurler has collected an 9-11 all-time record against Oakland with a 4.71 career ERA. The Bay Area native has struggled at the Coliseum, going 4-7 with a 5.44 ERA. With a victory though, Sabathia would become the 17th pitcher in Yankees history to reach 100 wins.
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Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks

The Major League Baseball is getting  trimmed to eight games on Thurdsday. There will be four early evening game and four evening ones. The Chicago White Sox will look to extend their winning streak seven game in Baltimore. They trail the other Cubs by a single game in the league standings. Speaking of the other Chicago team, they will begin their matchup against the Brewers at two-o-clock and will send the virtually un-hittable Jake Arrieta to the mound. Things couldn’t look any better for manager Don Mattingly. His Miami Marlins will attempt to sweep the series against his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. And all of this at Dodger Stadium. They’ll have to face the red hot Kenta Maeda though. Here is the top 20 Fantasy Baseball draft picks. Pick your fantasy baseball team right here.Fantasy baseball

It’s sure is surprising to see Tanner Roark on top of the list. Even more so above Jake Arrieta. Phillies Aaron Nola rounds out the top three pitchers. Dustin Pedroia has seen his stock raise with some stellar play. The second base position is one that usually keeps daily fantasy sports managers guessing. Not this time, since Pedroia is the only secon baseman entering the list. Other lone player leading their position, depending on the list, are Cardinals rookie shortstop Aledmys Diaz and Colorado’s third baseman slugger Nolan Arenado. Tigers outfielder JD Martinez collected a lot of fantasy points yesterday, but has yet to prove that he’s riding on a consistent hot streak. Some of the less expensive options that are driving a solid stretch picks are first baseman Mark Reynold and Freddie Freeman, with outfielders Khris Davis, Ryan Raburn and Joey Rickard. Rounding out the top 20 is the most inexpensive pick Alex Presley from the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Fantasy Baseball NLDS update – Chicago Cubs vs St-Louis Cardinals

It’s the MLB playoffs and cash draft contests Fantasy Baseball NLDS update – Chicago Cubs vs St-Louis Cardinals are under way. The fantasy baseball matchup between the Cubs and the Cardinals is tied 1 game apiece. It all started on Friday, with John Lackey shutting out Chicago. The Cubs rebounded on Saturday with a win, playing small ball against the Cardinals. The series now shift to Wrigley Field. Division rivals, both team saw each other 19 times during the regular season. St-Louis ended up winning 11 of those games, while Chicago won 8. Here are the matchups:

Potential Pitching Matchup:

Schedule Chicago Cubs St. Louis Cardinals
October 9

at Busch Stadium

Final Score: 4-0 Cards

LHP Jon Lester

Post-season (0-1, 3.68 ERA)

 

RHP John Lackey

Post-season (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

October 10

at Busch Stadium

Final Score: 6-3 Cubs

RHP Kyle Hendricks

Post-season (0-0, 5.79 ERA)

LHP Jaime Garcia

Post-season (0-1 , 0.00 ERA)

October 12 6 PM ET

at Wrigley Field

RHP Jake Arrieta*

Season (22-6, 1.77)

Post-season (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Vs Cards this season (2-1, 2.42 ERA)

RHP Michael Wacha*

Season (17-7, 3.38 ERA)

Vs Cubs this season (1-2, 6.86 ERA)

October 13  4:30 PM ET

at Wrigley Field

 

RHP Jason Hammel

Season (10-7, 3.74 ERA)

Vs Cards this season (1-1, 5.73 ERA)

LHP Tyler Lyons

Season (3-1, 3.75 ERA)

Vs Cubs this season (0-1, 4.43 ERA)

October 15 4:30 PM ET

at Busch Stadium

LHP Jon Lester

Vs Cards this season (1-3, 2.60 ERA)

RHP John Lackey

Vs Cubs this season (2-0, 1.27 ERA)

(*)Confirmed

Series Fantasy Value Picks:

P Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – Postseason (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 SO)

Arrieta was nearly untouchable against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLWC game. The pitcher with the most wins in the league did not record a loss since July 25.  That’s almost three month ago.

P John Lackey – St-Louis Cardinals – Postseason (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 SO)

Lackey didn’t record any run during the first game of the series. He’s been solid against the Cubs all season long.

C Miguel Montero – Chicago Cubs – Postseason (1 Run, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .143 AVG)

Montero is one of the best offensive catchers in the MLB. He caught two no-hitters for his pitcher during his career. Once in 2010, with Edwin Jackson in a Diamondbacks uniform. And the second time, with ace Jake Arrieta this past season.

1B Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs – Postseason (1 Run, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 AVG)

Rizzo had a great end to the 2015 regular season, going 5-for-13 in his last three games. He’s also leads the majors in hit-by-pitch with 30. He’s the second player since 1914 to hit over 30 homers and get hit by a pitch over 30 times in a single season.

1B Mark Reynolds – St. Louis Cardinals – Postseason (0 Run, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .000 AVG)

Despite being a bench player, Reynolds is still a solid power hitter. He had his fourth grand slam off Cubs lefty reliever Travis Wood back on May 4th.

SS Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs – Postseason (0 Run, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .200 AVG)

Russell is one of the best prospects in fantasy baseball, right now.

3B Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals – Postseason (2 Runs, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .143 AVG)

Carpenter raised his total of home runs and RBI’s at the expense of his average. He can change the momentum of a game with one swing of the bat.

OF Jason Hewyard – St. Louis Cardinals – Postseason (0 Run, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .250 AVG)

Heyward has yet to repeat on his home runs and RBI’s total from 2012, but the southpaw was at least able get his batting average 25 points above his career average.

OF Dexter Fowler – Chicago Cubs – Postseason (4 Runs, 1 HR, 2 RBI’s, .385 AVG)

Fowler has been tremendous as the Cubs leadoff. He had 1 dinger and 3 runs in the NLWC game against the Pirates.

 

 

 

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Daily Fantasy Baseball NLWC Preview – Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Cash Draft Baseball Contest continues Wednesday with the National League Wild Card Game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Is this the year that Chicago can finally lift the curse of the Billy Goat, or will Pittsburgh follow up on their best season since 1991? One thing for sure, the winner will move on to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.

The Chicago Cubs have won 11 out of the 19 matchups against the Pittsburgh Pirates this season. They’ve also defeated them 6 time in 10 games at PNC Park, Pittsburgh home stadium, during the year. You can follow the game this Wednesday on TBS at 8pm Eastern Time.

Pitching matchup: Chicago Cubs Jake Arrieta (22-6) vs Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole (19-8)

Two N.L. CY Young contenders will take the mound in the NLWC. The Cubs have the MLB leader in wins Jake Arrieta. He became, this season, the 14th player in Cubs history to get a no-hitter and the 6th in the league this year. The 29 years-old did not lose a game since July 25th, racking up 11 wins and a 0.57 ERA in that stretch. This season, he’s holding an ERA of 1.77 and 236 strikeouts. The Pittsburgh Pirates will turn to their young ace to even the odds. Gerrit Cole finished the year with a 2.60 ERA and 202 strikeouts. What’s going for Cole is that he already has playoff experience (1-1, 2.45 ERA), as opposed to Arrieta who will make his post-season debut.

Arrieta has faced the Pirates 5 time, this year. He’s 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA against them. His counterpart, Gerrit Cole, also had a 3-1 record in 4 games against the Cubs. His earned run average is a bit higher at 2.15. Cole is going to come to the game with a week rest under his belt. He hasn’t pitched since September 30th. Even with the quality pitching Cole bring to the field, he needs to be perfect to defeat Arrieta and the Cubs

Catchers: Chicago Cubs Miguel Montero vs Pittsburgh Pirates Francisco Cervelli

Francisco Cervelli proved that he’s more than a defensive catcher. He bested his career numbers in home run (7), run batted in (43) and runs (56) this season. He has completed the year with a .295 batting average. Miguel Montero has been tagged as one of the best catchers over the last few years. He has hit 15 homers and 53 RBI’s, scored 36 runs and batted .248 in 2015.

First basemen: Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pedro Alvarez

Chicago Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo reached over a 100 RBI’s for the first time in his career. He’s been the big bat for his team all season long, hitting .278 with 31 blasts and 101 RBI’s while stealing base 17 times. Opposing Rizzo at first base is Pedro Alvarez. The 2nd overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft is in the prime years of his career. He has 77 RBI’s with 27 dingers and a .243 average.

Second basemen: Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro vs Pittsburgh Pirates Neil Walker

Neil Walker is a solid second baseman, one might even say underrated. With 16 homers, 71 RBI’s and a .269 average this year, the 30 year-old will need to raise his low post-season batting average. The Chicago Cubs shifted Starlin Castro from shortstop to second base back in August. Depending whether he’s still playing at shortstop in your Daily Fantasy League, Castro still needs to improve his bat to become an offensive infielder. He’s hitting .265 with 11 home runs and 69 RBI’s this year.

Third basemen: Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant vs Pittsburgh Pirates Aramis Ramirez

It’s rookie vs veteran in this third base head-to-head. Aramis Ramirez had an illustrious career in the majors. But at 37 years-old saw his bat start to slow down. He had 17 home runs and 75 RBI’s with a .246 batting average, this year. Kris Bryant delivered in his first season in the big leagues. A total of 26 deep flies, 99 RBI’s and a .275 average has him lead the race for the N.L. rookie of the year.

Shortstops: Chicago Cubs Addison Russell vs Pittsburgh Pirates Jordy Mercer

Addison Russell is another Chicago prospect that performed well for the team. Batting .242 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI’s, he’s likely to be the sleeper in this Fantasy Baseball competition. Jordy Mercer hits in the bottom of the order and it shows. He has 3 homers, 34 RBI’s and a .244 average.

Outfielders: Chicago Cubs Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber & Chris Coghlan

vs Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte & Andrew McCutchen

Nobody is really standing out in the Cubs outfield this year. Yet again, another rookie has the potential to be a sleeper. Kyle Schwarber was the 4th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft. A player making the team this soon definitely has something special. He has collected 16 homers, 432 RBI’s, 52 runs and a .246 average this season. His fantasy position is still iffy. He could still be a catcher in some one day cash draft league. Dexter Fowler is the better, more seasoned fantasy option. He is batting .250 with 17 home runs, 46 RBI’s and 20 stolen bases. Chris Coghlan has 41 RBI’s with 16 homers and a .250 batting average.

The Pirates outfield is probably the team best feature. And it’s all thanks to the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player. Andrew McCutchen is a definite fantasy pick in the NLWC. He had 96 RBI’s, 23 homers and a batting average of .292, in 2015. Both Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco made some strides to become stars, this year in the big league. Marte had 81 RBI’s, 19 dingers and 30 stolen bases with an average of .287, while Polanco finished his year with 9 homers, 84 runs, 27 stolen bases and an average of .256.

Daily Fantasy NLWC Picks

P Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs

C Miguel Montero – Chicago Cubs

1B Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs

2B Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

SS Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs

OF Dexter Fowler – Chicago Cubs

OF Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates

OF Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates

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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 Value Picks

Luck of the draw on Pitchers

This weekends fantasy MLB action was defined by some unexpected results from the mound. The pitcher position is the most consistent position in MLB Daily Fantasy since high priced pitchers typically hit their value and low priced pitchers often leave you in the hole (although obviously there are outliers). This weekend however showed much different results as the performance of pitchers appears to be completely independent of their set salary.

The Blue Chips

Let’s start with the high priced pitchers who did what they were supposed to do, brought value to your fantasy lineup as a reward for spending such a premium. On Saturday, Jake Arrieta continued to bring pitching dominance to the Cubs young roster. He pitched 8 innings with 7 strikeouts, allowing no runs and only 4 hits. He may have continued into the 9th for the complete game shutout but he had already thrown 116 pitches up to that point. His Bullpen however was able to finish the job for a 2-0 win over the DBacks. Arrieta finished the day with 52.5 fantasy points under Fanpicks scoring.

On Sunday, Dallas Keuchel scored 57.5 fantasy points in 8 innings as well, but he did it in a much different fashion. He allowed the Twins 5 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs but he also pitched 12 strikeouts. The Astros won 8-5 giving Keuchel the win bonus.

The Chokers

Almost more important to look at is the high valued pitchers that choked this weekend. If you spend $10000+ on a pitcher and they come up short, you can all but guarantee your lineup is in trouble. The worst pitcher pick of the weekend was Danny Salazar of the Cleveland Indians. In Saturday’s game against Detroit, he was pulled after only 3.2 innings after he allowed 8 hits and 6 earned runs. He ended the day with -4.5 fantasy points and doomed your chances of cashing in in any MLB Daily Fantasy Tournament.

Another pitcher who failed to hit his value was Chris Archer of the Rays. What was interesting here is that he was able to shut the Yankees out for 5 innings allowing only one hit, but when things went bad for him, they went bad. With two on base in the 5th, Brian Mccann hit one out of the park. The very next pitch, ARod hit a homer for himself putting the Yankees ahead 4-3. Archer ended the day with 20.5 fantasy points (far below his value) and the Rays lost 4-6.

Value Picks

The key to winning MLB Daily Fantasy Contests however is picking low priced pitchers who end up having big results. These are the value picks and there were a couple great ones this weekend. Ervin Santana of the Twins actually had the highest fantasy total of any pitcher of the weekend and he was only priced a meer $5000 on most daily fantasy sites. He totaled 60.5 fantasy points in the Twins win over Houston accumulating 11 strikeouts over 8 innings and allowing 6 hits and 1 run.

Also with a big performance this weekend was Wade Miley of the Red Sox. He pitched a complete game against the Phillies allowing 5 hits and 2 runs, but pitching 8 strikeouts. If you haven’t noticed yet, strikeouts are huge in creating fantasy value. The hitters did their job as well and the Red Sox won 9-2 over the Phillies. He totaled 52.5 points, the same as Jake Arrieta, but he came at about half of the salary.

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Fantasy Draft Information September 6th 2015

Blue Jays Win 5-1—Extend Lead over Yankees

The Toronto Blue Jays are now one game up on the loss column over the Yankees after their win on Saturday against the Orioles. David Price gave the Blue Jays a good pitching performance and the Toronto batters had 10 hits.

David Price:

He pitched a good seven innings in the victory by holding the Orioles to just one earned run and three hits over seven innings. He got away with four walks and struck out eight. In his seven starts for Toronto, Price has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of those games.

Jose Bautista:

The right fielder had two hits and two RBIs with a home run on Saturday. His average is up to .246 with 32 homers and 91 RBIs. Bautista’s batting average is low because of his 86 strikeouts on the year.

Kevin Pillar:

His two hits on Saturday increased his batting average to .266. That’s back to back games for Pillar with multiple hits. Pillar is now hitting .266 on the year with 9 homers and 45 RBIs.

 

Yankees Bats are Quiet in 3-2 Loss to Rays

The Rays did their damage early by posting a 3-0 lead over the Yankees after three innings. The Yankees bullpen did a good job by allowing no runs and just one hit over 3 2/3rd innings.

Nathan Eovaldi:

The Yankee starter again failed to go deep in his start. He worked just 5 1/3rd innings and allowed three earned runs and five hits. Two starts back Eovaldi allowed five earned runs and eight hits on August 30th to a struggling Atlanta Braves hitting lineup.

Chase Headley:

The New York third baseman had two hits on Saturday. He had been battling a 1 for 10 hitting slump for September as he entered play.

Alex Rodriguez:

The Yankees DH had a 0 for 3 on Saturday in defeat. His batting average is .255 with solid power numbers. Rodriguez had 27 homers and 75 RBIs. ARod has no multiple hit games in his past 12 games.

 

Jake Arrieta Strong Performance Leads Cubs to Victory

The Chicago Cubs helped their NL Wildcard hopes after a 2-0 home victory to Arizona on Saturday afternoon. The Cubs won despite only two hits for the entire game.

Jake Arrieta:

The Cubs starter had another outstanding start to move to 18-6 on the year. Arrieta allowed no earned runs over eight innings giving up just four hits. That was on the heels of a no hitter he threw at the LA Dodgers last Sunday night in a nine inning complete game victory. Arrieta has allowed no earned runs in four straight starts and in six of seven starts.

Dexter Fowler:

The center fielder had a home run in the victory. He had been in a 1 for 11 hitting slump entering this game on Saturday.

Starlin Castro:

The five year pro had a two hit game on Saturday. Castro is batting .417 over his past seven games. He had a three hit game last Sunday night against the LA Dodgers.

 

Cardinals Beat Pirates 4-1—Lead Back up to 6 Games in NL Central

St Louis broke a two game losing streak with their win on Saturday. They evened this series with the Pirates at 1-1 with the rubber game of the series on Sunday night. Starter Jaime Garcia pitched well in the victory.

Jaime Garcia:

The Cardinals left hander got the victory as he shutout the Pirates on four hits over seven innings of work. He is now 8-4 with an ERA of 1.89 and WHIP of 0.95. Garcia has allowed one earned run or less in seven of ten starts.

Matt Carpenter:

The four year pro had a two hit game on Saturday with a homer and two RBIs. This broke a 1 for 11 slump entering Saturday.

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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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