NLCS Game 6

Dodgers vs Cubs (Cubs lead series 3-2)

The Los Angeles Dodgers made the decision to save ace Clayton Kershaw forthe NLCS Game 6 instead of asking him to throw again on short rest in Game 5, and now they need him to save their season. Kershaw will take the mound on Saturday at Wrigley Field and try to prevent the host Chicago Cubs from clinching their first trip to the World Series since 1945 (Enter Contests).

The Cubs were shut out in Games 2 and 3 to fall behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series but exploded for 18 runs in the next two contests. And just like that, they took the series lead. Addison Russell hit a two-run homer in each of the last two games. The Cubs also received four RBIs apiece from Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez. .

Los Angeles now faces the task of winning two straight games on the road but is set up with its best two pitchers in Kershaw and Rich Hill in a potential Game 7.

Dodgers pitcher & team analysis – Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 3.72)

Kershaw allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings to earn the win in Game 2 at Wrigley Field after earning the save in the finale of the NLDS at Washington three days earlier. The former MVP is just 4-6 with a 4.39 ERA in his postseason career. He has never won two games in the same series.

Third baseman Justin Turner has reached base safely in 15 straight postseason games. Los Angeles committed five errors, leading to five unearned runs, in the last two games.

Cubs pitcher & team analysis – Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 3.00)

Hendricks allowed one run on three hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings while going up against Kershaw in Game 2. He ended up with the loss in a 1-0 final. The regular-season ERA champion at 2.13, Hendricks took a liner off the forearm in his NLDS start but was not bothered by any lingering pain in Game 2.

Right fielder Jason Heyward is batting .071 in the postseason, which includes a 1-for-16 in the NLCS.

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MLB One Day Cash Draft Top 19

May 24th 2016

With one early game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Marlins, here’s a look at the top players this evening for your MLB one day cash draft contest (click here to join FP).

Players Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Chris Sale P CWS CLE 62.5 53.8 48.2 40.3
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET PHI 54 29 29.4 22
Jeff Samardzija P SF SD 51 41.3 40.8 34.5
Brett Lawrie 2B CWS CLE 49.5 19.3 11.1 10.3
Stephen Strasburg P WAS NYM 49 39.8 40.4 38.4
Justin Verlander P DET PHI 46 46.2 33 24.4
David Ortiz 1B BOS COL 45 18.7 13.6 18.6
Josh Tomlin P CLE @CWS 42.5 26.8 24.2 23.5
Todd Frazier 3B CWS CLE 40.5 22.3 16 15.5
Carlos Perez C LAA @TEX 39 24 19.3 10.7
Salvador Perez C KC @MIN 39 14.5 14 11.9
Howie Kendrick OF LAD CIN 38.5 13.5 12.8 8.8
Nathan Eovaldi P NYY TOR 37 31.5 32.9 24.6
Julio Teheran P ATL MIL 36 29.5 34.4 25.2
Ben Revere OF WAS NYM 36 21.8 13.3 6.5
David Price P BOS COL 35.5 31.8 31 26.3
Chris Tillman P BAL @HOU 35 38 42.9 28.8
Matt Wieters C BAL @HOU 33 28 17.4 11.8

MLB One Day Cash Draft Notables

• The Washington Nationals have won pitchers Stephen Strasburg’s last 13 starts dating back to Sept. 15, 2015. That streak is the longest in franchise history, having edged past Jordan Zimmermann’s mark of 12 from 2014-15.

• Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward took batting practice and went through a pregame workout on Monday, and there is a chance he could play during the series despite suffering a right rib contusion on Friday diving into the outfield wall in San Francisco.

• Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games Sunday, while teammate Xander Bogaerts extended his to 16.

• Detroit Tigers Slugger Miguel Cabrera has five home runs in his last four games. Monday’s two-homer game was the 36th multi-homer game of his career.

• The Baltimore Orioles provide plenty of pop. Entering play Sunday, they led the Majors with 62 home runs. Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo have each compiled at least 10 home runs and 25 RBI over the Orioles’ first 40 games of the season, which last occurred in 2010 with the Toronto Blue Jays trio of Jose Bautista, Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez.

• Ace Chris Sale has thrown three complete games already this season, making him the first White Sox starter with three complete games in the first nine starts of a season since Jack McDowell in 1991.

• Chicago White Sox outfielder Austin Jackson is a .438 hitter (7-for-16) with three doubles, one triple and one home run against today’s opposing pitcher, Josh Tomlin.

• The Minnesota Twins activated shortstop Eduardo Escobar from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, but he’s expected to share duties at shortstop with hot-hitting Eduardo Nunez.

• Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal could make his first start since fouling a ball off his foot Saturday. A.J. Ellis has received both starts since, but Grandal’s X-rays came back negative and he has been available to pinch-hit.

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MLB Opening Day Daily Fantasy Lineup

The day is finally here. The major league baseball season is now officially upon us, so Fanpicks is here to present to you our MLB Opening Day Daily Fantasy Lineup.

As everyone is starting off fresh, field players range between the $4800 and $2000 range. Mike Trout is the only exception to the rule at $5000.

Of course, pitchers are the gold mine of the sport ranging anywhere from Clayton Kershaw‘s $11000 cap hit, to Wily Paralta‘s $4300.

I opted for a slightly cheaper David Price instead of big-money Kershaw. The Red Sox new ace has a nice matchup against the not-so potent Cleveland Indians at 1 pm, so I’m looking to start off the season with a bang from my most expensive peice.

Take a look at the rest of my MLB Opening Day Daily Fantasy Lineup.

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Bryce Harper is the “highest-paid” bat in my lineup. With a steady dose of up-and-comers, I needed to balance the risk of inconsistency out with a star veteran.

Cincinnati’s Joey Votto was also selected for the same reasons, and a strong spring leads me to believe he may start this season off with a bang.

While he may not have a ton of power, Jason Heyward should be a nice fantasy option this season. He is expected to bat second on Opening Day,  and should remain behind Dexter Fowler, and in front of some combination of Ben Zobrist, Anthony Rizzo, and Kris Bryant, so expect him to score a lot of runs this year.

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Major League Fantasy Baseball Draft News October 9th 2015

Texas Ranges versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 2 MLB ALDS Real Money Fantasy Preview

Game 2 will begin from Toronto at 12:30PM Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1.

Texas Rangers 2B:

Rougned Odor

The bottom of the lineup did the damage for Texas in Game 1. Odor had a hit and RBI with three runs scored in the win on Thursday.

Texas Rangers C:

Robinson Chirinos

The Rangers catcher had a homer with two RBIs.

Texas Rangers P:

Cole Hamels

The Rangers left hander on the year is 13-8 with an ERA of 3.65 and WHIP of 1.19. Hamels has the edge of pitching in a pressure packed situation on Sunday as he was on the mound when Texas defeated the LA Angels to win the AL West division. He pitched a complete game nine innings and allowed two earned runs and just three hits.

Toronto Blue Jays DH:

Edwin Encarnacion contributed with two hits and an RBI in a losing cause in Game 1.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marcus Stroman

On the year the 24 year old is 4-0 with an ERA of 1.67 and WHIP of 0.96.

Rangers/Blue Jays Summary:

Stroman has had great success against the Texas Rangers lineup. They have just 2 hits in 24 at bats career wise against the Rangers right hander. Stroman gets the nod as the roster pick from the pitchers in this game. The left hander Hamels had had difficulty in the past battling Edwin Encarnacion. The Texas DH is hitting .357 life time against Hamels.

Fantasy Roster Pick Recommendations:

P: Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays)
DH: Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays)

Houston Astros versus Kansas City Royals MLB Game 2 ALDS Best Fantasy League Picks

They start from Kansas City at 3:30PM Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1.

Houston Astros P:

Scott Kazmir

The veteran left hander Kazmir is 7-11 with an ERA of 3.10 and WHIP of 1.21.

Kansas City Royals P:

Johnny Cueto

The Royals veteran right hander is 11-13 with an ERA of 3.44 and WHIP of 1.13.

Astros/Royals Summary:

The Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has had success against Kazmir with a lifetime mark of .391. Omar Infante bats .407 against Kazmir with two homers and seven RBIs. Johnny Cueto is a free agent at the end of the year and has great motivation in the playoffs. Colby Rasmus has had the most success against Cueto in his career with a .333 batting average with a homer and five RBIs. Carlos Gomez has smacked two homers off Cueto in 12 at bats.

Fantasy Roster Picks Recommendations:

P: Johnny Cueto (Royals)
1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals)

Chicago Cubs versus St Louis Cardinals Game 1 NLDS MLB Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015

Game 1 of the NLDS series between the Chicago Cubs and St Louis Cardinals will be played on Friday October 9th at 6:30PM Eastern Time on TBS TV.

Chicago Cubs P:

Jon Lester

The veteran left hander in 2015 was 11-12 with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP of 1.12.

St Louis Cardinals P:

John Lackey

The veteran right hander is 13-10 with an ERA of 2.77 and WHIP of 1.21.

Cubs/Cardinals Summary:

Jon Lester has had problems facing Jason Heyward in his career. Heyward is hitting .417 against Lester with a homer and two RBIs. In 40 at bats Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta has belted three homers. Matt Holliday is 5 of 9 with three RBIs against the Cubs lefty. Cubs Chris Coughlan had hit Lackey pretty well by going 8 for 17 with two RBIs for a .417 batting average. Anthony Rizzo is 1 for 12 against Lackey.

Fantasy Roster Picks Recommendations:

LF: Chris Coghlan (Cubs)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)

New York Mets at LA Dodgers Game 1 NLDS MLB Cash Fantasy League Preview 10-8-2015

They face off from Dodgers Stadium in LA at 9:30PM Eastern Time on TBS TV.

New York Mets P:

Jacob DeGrom

The Mets right hander is 14-8 with an ERA of 2.54 and WHIP of 0.98.

LA Dodgers P:

Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw this year is 16-7 with an ERA of 2.13 and WHIP of 0.88.

Mets/Dodgers Summary

As a team the LA Dodgers hit just .175 against Jacob DeGrom. This has a look of a low scoring pitching duel that will be decided by each bullpen. Andre Eithier is 2 for 6 and Adrian Gonzalez 3 for 8 against DeGrom and the rest of the LA roster struggles. The Mets hit .213 against Kershaw. Ruben Tejada had five hits in 14 at bats against Kershaw and has drawn three walks.

Fantasy Roster Picks Recommendations:

P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)

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Daily Fantasy Best Picks of the Day – September 16th 2015

These are the players that are coming in hot for tonight’s MLB game lineup. All 30 teams are in action. Big story tonight: Chicago Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta, will be gunning for the 20th win of the season. Will he do it against the NL Wild Card leading Pittsburgh Pirates? Don’t forget to check out last night DFS top 5 performers at the bottom. Now let’s take a look at tonight’s hot picks:

C Miguel Montero(CHC) – 3,800 $

Season: .244 AVG, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 31 R

He’s coming off a 2 hits night in the first game of the series against the Pirates. With a batting average of .556 against A.J. Burnett, look for him to continue hitting with success.

1B Eric Hosmer(KC) – 4,200 $

Season: .302 AVG, 14 HR, 82 RBI, 87 R

He took Danny Salazar deep twice and has a total of 5 RBIs in 6 encounters this year. Enough said.

2B Jose Altuve(HOU) – 6,200 $

Season: .313 AVG, 12 HR, 59 RBI, 70 R

Altuve is one of the best second baseman in MLB. He’s slugging .667 in 13 at-bats against Martin Perez.   The little guy will put on a clinic out there.

3B Matt Carpenter(STL) – 4,800 $

Season: .257 AVG, 21 HR, 73 RBI, 84 R

He’s slugging .700 against Wily Peralta. Its 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in 30 at-bats. He’ll likely add another strong game against Peralta in his resume.

SS Starlin Castro(CHC) – 2,500 $

Season: .255 AVG, 8 HR, 53 RBI, 46 R

Castro is on a 3 game hitting streak. He’s also batting .471 against A.J. Burnett. Put those two things together and he is destined for a great game.

OF Andrew McCutchen(PIT) – 5,200 $

Season: .301 AVG, 22 HR, 93 RBI, 86 R

The 2013 NL MVP has a stolen base in each game of the double-header yesterday. He’s always a multi-tool threat facing anyone, even the league leading pitcher in win Jake Arrieta. In fact, McCutchen is averaging .444 against Arrieta.

OF Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY) – 3,900 $

Season: .251 AVG, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 57 R

He’s been hitless in his last five game. It’s time for him to get swigging, and there’s no better pitcher to do it against than Chris Archer. He’s batting .667 (14-for-21) against him.

OF Jeff Francoeur(PHI) – 3,600 $

Season: .267 AVG, 12 HR, 43 RBI, 32 R

Francoeur his hitting .500 (4-for-8) against Gio Gonzalez since 2013. He comes as a surprise pick from the lowly Philadelphia Phillies.

P Bartolo Colon(NYM) – 10,400 $

Season: Record(14-11), 4.13 ERA, 129 K, 22 BB

He has picked up 3 straight wins, and hasn’t lost since august 9. The 42 year-old is resurging from the unknown once again this year.

P Ervin Santana(MIN) – 9,900 $

Season: Record(5-4), 4.73 ERA, 62 K, 26 BB

He has collected 3 wins in his last 3 games. The righty has is best stretch of the season. So I’m taking the veteran over Detroit’s rookie Daniel Norris.

DFS Top Performers September 15th 2015

Stephen Strasburg threw a gem against the Phillies, last night. He allowed 1 hit and struck out 14 for the performance of the night.

Last night DFS Top 5 Performers in MLB:

P Stephen Strasburg-WAS (8 IPs, 1 Hit, 14 Ks, 1 BB = 52.5 FP)

P Jon Lester- CHC (CG 9 IPs, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 9 Ks, 2 BBs = 46 FP)

 OF Bryce Harper-WAS (4 RBIs, 1 BB, 2Rs, 1 1B, 2HRs = 40 FP)

P Carlos Martinez-STL (8 IPs, 1 ER, 4 Hits, 9 Ks, 2 BBs = 34.5 FP)

OF Jason Heyward-STL (2 RBIs, 1BB, 2Rs, 2 2Bs, 1HR, 1SB = 34 FP)

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News  September 10th 2015

Mets Complete Sweep of Nationals—Lead up to 7 Games in NL East

It was more late inning magic for the Mets as they scored four runs in the final two innings to post a 5-3 road win at the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. The Mets were down 2-1 entering the eighth inning and rallied for three runs in the eighth and a single run in the ninth inning as they scrap eight hits for five runs. Yoenis Cespedes continued his hot hitting for New York. Jacob deGrom pitched well and Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless ninth for his 39th save.

The Nationals had seven hits in the loss and got a great night from their MVP candidate Bryce Harper. Stephen Strasberg pitched well but the Nationals bullpen allowed two runs in 1 2/3rd innings of work.

Yoenis Cespedes:

The Mets outfielder continues his hot hitting with two hits and two RBIs in the win on Wednesday. Cespedes had a home run in the victory and has multiple hits in six of his past eight games. He is batting .424 for the month of September.

Travis d’Arnaud:

d’Arnaud had two hits on Tuesday with a home run and RBI. The New York catcher has multiple hits in four of his past seven games. Travis d’Arnaud is batting .429 for the month of September with six RBIs.

Kelly Johnson:

The former Atlanta Brave contributed with a home run. He has hit two homers in the three game series. Johnson has been on fire for the month of September with a batting average of .429.

Jacob deGrom:

Some are referring to deGrom as the Mets ace. deGrom pitched a good seven innings on Wednesday as he gave up just two earned runs and five hits in a no decision. The Mets are 8-2 in his past ten starts.

Bryce Harper:

The Washington Nationals right fielder had a nice night with three hits including two homers and two RBIs. He is hitting .391 for the month of September. On the year Harper is batting .336 with 36 homers and 85 RBIs.

Stephen Strasberg:

Strasberg bounced back with an improved outing on Wednesday after a poor one August 30th at home to Miami. Against the Mets on Wednesday the Nationals right hander allowed three earned runs and five hits in seven innings as he received a no decision.

Cardinals Comeback Sends Cubs 7 ½ Back of NL Central Lead

The St Louis Cardinals avoided the sweep as they retain their 4 ½ game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central division with the 4-3 home victory against the Cubs on Wednesday night. St Louis entered the bottom of the eighth inning down 3-1 and rallied for three runs off the Cubs bullpen to earn the win. It blew a great performance by Jon Lester who was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh in a move that proved costly.

Matt Carpenter:

It was a nice night for Carpenter as he had two hits with a triple and RBI in victory. On the year Carpenter is batting .260 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs.

Stephen Piscotty:

The Cardinals left fielder had a double and two RBIs. He has multiple hits in four of his past eight games and has moved his average up to .329 with four homers and 30 RBIs.

Jason Heyward:

Heyward had a hit and RBI and drew a walk in the game. He entered the game on a 4 for 24 hitting slump for the month of September.

Carlos Martinez:

Martinez a 23 year old is 13-7 with an ERA of 3.12 and WHIP of 1.32. He worked just five innings on Wednesday and allowed three earned runs and a high ten hits. He has had difficulty in recent games going past five innings. He has already logged in 164 2/3rd innings on the season.

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 8-24-15

Fantrasy Baseball

Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s August 24th 2015

Pitcher: Lance Lynn

Catcher:  Yadier Molina

Short Stop:  Jhonny Peralta

First Base: Paul Goldschmidt

Outfield:  Jason Heyward

Outfield:  A.J. Pollock

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