Friday’s Primetime Games

MLB September 16, 2016

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Rays vs Orioles

The Tampa Bay Rays are making quite an impact on the American League East race from last place and look to cause some more damage when they visit the Baltimore Orioles. The Rays have won four of their last five contests, all against teams in the chase for the division crown. Chris Archer goes to the mound Friday trying to avoid a club-record 19th loss for the Rays and attempting to keep the major league’s best home run-hitting team in check for the second straight night. The Orioles, who occupy one of the two AL wild-card spots, trail Boston by two games in the East after stranding a runner at third in the ninth inning and going without a blast on Thursday. Veteran Ubaldo Jimenez goes for Baltimore on Friday after winning each of his last two starts, including a complete-game gem at Tampa Bay almost two weeks ago.

Marlins vs Phillies

Slugger Giancarlo Stanton could make his return to the starting lineup, as the Miami Marlins look to keep their flickering postseason hopes alive versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Stanton has received limited duty since being activated off the disabled list on Sept. 6, following a near-month absence due to a Grade 3 left groin strain. Miami flexed its offensive muscle by recording seven runs in each contest of its three-game series with Atlanta, improving to 5-2 in its last seven to reside four games out in the second wild-card spot with 16 to play. Marcell Ozuna is 16-for-52 versus the Phillies this season and is batting .318 against them in his career. Philadelphia suffered its fifth loss in seven outings in embarrassing fashion, permitting five homers in Thursday’s 15-2 rout by Keystone State-rival Pittsburgh. All-Star Odubel Herrera is 5-for-9 with two doubles in his last three games overall, but just 4-for-17 with five strikeouts against Friday starter Tom Koehler.

Yankees vs Red Sox

The Boston looks to ride the momentum of just its third walk-off win of the season as it plays the second contest of a four-game series versus visiting New York. Veteran David Ortiz launched a solo shot for his 537th career homer on Thursday, passing Yankees icon Mickey Mantle for 17th place on the all-time list. The sixth win in nine outings for the Red Sox pushed their lead in the division to two games over second-place Baltimore and five over New York, which has answered a seven-game winning streak with four losses in five contests. New Yorks’s Starlin Castro collected four hits in the series opener and is 11-for-17 during his four-game hitting streak. The 26-year-old Dominican is 29-for-84 with nine RBIs and 11 runs scored in 22 career encounters with Boston.

Tigers vs Indians

The Detroit Tigers have a last-gasp chance to make a run at the American League Central Division title. They are coming off a four-game split against the AL-worst Minnesota Twins to remain six games behind the Indians and in a six-team cluster fighting for the two wild cards. Detroit will send rookie Michael Fulmer to the mound in the series opener after its starting pitching combined for only 9 1/3 innings in the last three games against the Twins. Cleveland squandered an opportunity of its own to pull away from the Tigers, but dropped three of four at the Chicago White Sox. The Indians have the luxury of turning to ace Corey Kluber, who has won both starts against Detroit this season in dominant fashion.

Twins vs Mets

Locked in a three-team battle with San Francisco and St. Louis for the two wild cards in the National League, the New York Mets couldn’t ask for a more favorable schedule entering their final 16 games. The Mets kick off a 10-game homestand against the Minnesota Twins, owners of the worst record in the majors. New York could use a boost from outfielder Jay Bruce, who is batting .192 in 36 games since he was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds. Winners of eight of their last 11, the Mets send 43-year-old Bartolo Colon to the mound Friday in search of his 14th victory. Minnesota is coming off a four-game split at Detroit but has lost 21 of its last 27 games overall.

Pirates vs Reds

Andrew McCutchen has powered his way out of a pronounced slump with three homers in his last two contests. The 2013 National League MVP looks to keep the Pirates’ faint hopes for a fourth straight postseason berth alive against the Cincinnati Reds. McCutchen was mired in a 2-for-22 slump before belting a homer on Wednesday and two more to highlight a three-hit performance in Pittsburgh’s 15-2 triumph over Keystone State-rival Philadelphia. The Pirates’ fourth victory in 17 outings moved the team within 5 1/2 games of the second wild-card spot with 17 to play. Cincinnati is long removed from contemplating its postseason chances, although it has won five of six overall. Veteran Brandon Phillips recorded back-to-back three-hit performances to conclude the last series against the Pirates and is 12-for-24 in his career versus Friday starter Ryan Vogelsong.

Nationals vs Braves

The Washington Nationals continue to close in on the National League East title, and their dominance of the Atlanta Braves is a big reason why. The Nationals won 14 of the 16 meetings with the Braves this season, and start the weekend with a 10-game lead over the New York Mets and a magic number of seven to clinch the division crown. Washington appears to be peaking at the right time, winning eight of its past 10. Rookie infielder/outfielder Trea Turner hit .364 during the Nationals’ 10-game homestand and has at least one hit in 43 of 53 games since the All-Star break. Atlanta, which trails the Nationals by 31 games, has allowed 31 runs in its last four games and has held opponents to fewer than five just once in its past nine contests. First baseman Freddie Freeman brings a career-best 20-game hitting streak into the series, hitting .333 in that span with four homers and 17 RBIs.

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MLB Trade Deadline

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Latest rumors!

Baseball teas are looking to complete their shopping before the cut off transaction time of 4PM ET. Los of players are in the middle of rumors, and it all starts with the big catch of All-Star Chris Sale. The ace has apparently been linked to the Boston Red Sox beginning Sunday night. Other sources believes that there will be likely less than 5% chance of Sale being traded before the deadline. While those two possibilities are the most probable scenarios, other teams interested in the White Sox pitcher would be the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. Sale presents a record of 14 wins and 4 losses in 20 starts since the beginning of the campaign, with a 3,17 earned run average.

There could also be some major additions to the Mariners roster before the deadline. They look to put their hands on Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart. He has 15 homers and 41 runs batted in this season.

Done Deals!

The New York Mets added some punch in their outfield with the acquisition of Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. The transaction should be concluded pending physical, which has been reported has hit some issues. If the deal goes through, the Reds would receive outfielder Brandon Nimmo and two prospects in return. 29 years-old, Bruce presents a batting average of ,265. He crushed 25 long balls and has 80 RBI’s since the beginning of the season. The new Mets was a highly coveted trade target during the last few days. The Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers were all in the running for the sluggers services.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made the acquisitions of outfielder Josh Reddick and lef-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the Oakland Athletics in return for a trio of promising right-handed pitchers (Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes and Frankie Montas). Hill signed a 6 million dollar contract for one season with the A’s during the off-season and his currently injured due to blisters on his left hand. The 36 years-old has a record of 9-3 with a 2,25 ERA in 14 starts this season. As for Reddick, the 29 years-old post an average of ,296 with 8 home runs and 28 RBI’s in 68 games this year.

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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 Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds

Dominate your competition with our Fantasy Baseball Draft, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. The Pirates won 98 games last season, posting the Major League Baseball second-best record and reaching the postseason for the third straight year. But they couldn’t quite solve the Reds, the National League Central’s last-place team a year ago. Looking to stay atop an increasingly competitive division, Pittsburgh must first improve its record versus Cincinnati. The Bucs will get their first shot to do so today at Great American Ball Park, where they will open their season series against the Reds at 7:10 p.m. ET.

The Reds defeated the Pirates in 11 of their 19 meetings last season, despite concluding the year 64-98. Cincinnati swept the clubs’ first series a year ago back in their home field, the Great American Ball Park, while pulling out three victories by a total of five runs. The Reds will be looking to start the season 4-0 for the second straight year. Pittsburgh will send their Opening Day starter, Francisco Liriano, to the mound.  Liriano struck out 10 and walked five over six scoreless innings in a win over the Cardinals on Sunday. Despite Pittsburgh woes against Cincinnati, they will be able to count on Liriano who has been lights-out against the Reds current crop of hitters. All 13 Cincinnati players who have faced Liriano, own a collective .212/.307/.321 batting line against him. Catcher Devin Mesoraco has fared better than the rest against the Pirates lefty, going 5-for-13 with seven walks and only two strikeouts. Opposing Liriano will be right-hander Alfredo Simon who prepares to make his season debut for the Reds.

Pittsburgh manager, Clint Hurdle, used the same starting lineup in each of their first three games when they faced the Cardinals. John Jaso was batting leadoff and Andrew McCutchen followed against the trio of right-handed St. Louis starting pitchers. Coming off an off-day Thursday, expect to see the same order deployed against Simon. The 34 years-old Simon has faced McCutchen and Starling Marte in 32 and 31 plate appearances respectively. The most than any other hitters he faced in his eight-year career. McCutchen carry a 7-for-26 with a homer against the Dominican pitcher, while Marte is 9-for-27 with two doubles.

You can expect catcher Devin Mesoraco, shortstop Zack Cozart and center fielder Billy Hamilton to make their returns to the Reds’ starting lineup. All three were given a break on Thursday as manager Bryan Price is trying to ease all three back into action after they had major surgeries in 2015. One piece missing will be second baseman, Brandon Phillips, who is day-to-day with a stomach bug and already missed the past two Reds games.

Top Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks

P Francisco Liriano (PIT)

OF Gregory Polanco (PIT)

OF Jay Bruce (CIN)

 

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Cincinnati Reds Preview Fantasy Baseball

Cincinnati Reds Preview 2016 MLB Season

FanPicks is proud to bring you this Cincinnati Reds Preview  of the 2016 Season. Come enjoy daily Fantasy Baseball news at Fanpicks.com ahead of the MLB 2016 season.

The Reds struggled mightily in 2015, they’ve ended the season in last place of the Central Division. Injuries and under-performances combined was the reason for their unsuccessful campaign, and it doesn’t seem like this year will be any better.

Cincinnati Reds Preview

 

They’ve started cleaning up their clubhouse since last year’s MLB trade deadline, with ace Johnny Cueto being traded to the eventual World Series Champs, Kansas City Royals. The departures followed in the offseason with Todd Frazier & Aroldis Chapman trades to the Chicago White Sox & the New York Yankees respectively. In return, the Reds received a bunch of minor leaguer’s with no immediate impact to this year’s lineup.

Cincinnati will be looking for talents inside their farm system, as what could be considered a rebuilding year for the franchise.

The 3 main players to watch are:

  • Raisel Iglesias (SP)
  • Devin Mesoraco (C)
  • Zack Cozart (SS)

Iglesias didn’t have the numbers, in his rookie season, to prove that he’s the ultimate prospect the Reds should build around on. But the Cuban import showed that has the pitching arsenal to be a solid fantasy baseball contributor.

Lookout people! Devin Mesoraco is back. The catcher who belted 25 homers in the 2014/15 season is returning, after suffering from hip injury that kept him for most of the season. There is concern that this injury could affect his overall numbers. But with the spotlight off of him early, he could be the difference maker early in DFS.

Yes, his numbers have been dwindling down for the past two years, and yes, he’s been hurt for most of last season. But Zack Cozart has been a solid fantasy league shortstop in the year’s prior. A return to form and batting as leadoff with Joey Votto and Jay Bruce following him (55 homers combined last year) is a recipe for success.

Even though they will more than likely struggle this season, the Reds do have a number of intriguing fantasy options heading into 2016.

 

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – October 1st 2015

MLB regular season is almost over and Daily Fantasy Baseball playoffs is starting to take shape. The Blue Jays are going back to the post-season after clinching the division for the first time since 1993, the year they won their second World Series. The way things are going for the Jays this year has been no shortage of incredible. The National League playoff picture is set. The Cardinals win over the Pirates last night gave them the division crown. So now the Cards, Dodgers and Mets all clinched their division while the Bucs will face Jake Arrieta and the Cubs for the Wild Card game.

A day after his A’s “big three” teammate (Barry Zito) made his possible final start, Tim Hudson is ready to make is last career start in the MLB. The active leader in wins will brush it out against Dodgers starter Brett Anderson in San Francisco. His incredible career holds being the 2000 season leader in wins and being a 2014 World Series champion. Can any rookie pitcher follow up in his footstep? Let’s find out in today’s Fantasy Baseball hot picks.

P Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins

Season: 5 W, 1 L, 3.14 ERA, 47 Ks, 19 BBs

The Twins are still chasing the final playoff spot for a four way race with the Angels, Astros, and Yankees. They turn to their sensational rookie to help them go there against Cleveland. Duffey is 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 8 starts. Back in August, he limited the Indians to 1 hit and no earned run during 6 innings of work. It’s his best performance of the season. A repeat could be in the books.

C Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season:  .239 AVG, 16 HRs, 47 RBIs, 43 Runs

Grandal saw his numbers drop in the last few month. He started the year at an incredible pace, hitting 12 homers in the first three month. He has had 4 since. The Cuban needs to hit like he did before if he hopes to keep his starting job in Los Angeles.

1B Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

Season: .266 AVG, 10 HRs, 66 RBIs, 68 Runs, 2 SBs

Mauer knocked a home run in the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Tribe. He’s hitting .357 with a homer and 3 RBIs against Indians starter Trevor Bauer. As the team star, he’ll need to make a difference when playoffs implications counts the most.

2B Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .213 AVG, 8 HRs, 38 RBIs, 37 Runs, 1 SB

Utley has faced Tim Hudson the most during his career. It’s like they have a special bond together. Utley will want to get the most out of their final matchup.

3B Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins

Season: .245 AVG, 22 HRs, 85 RBIs, 74 Runs, 2 SBs

Plouffe had a hit in every game in the current series against the Indians. He belted one over the fence  for 2 runs in the series opener. Now it’s time for the finale.

SS Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .269 AVG, 2 HRs, 42 RBIs, 71 Runs, 14 SBs

Aybar is on a six game hitting streak. He has been doing his part as the leadoff hitter, getting on base. He is also hitting .327 against Texas Rangers starter Derek Holland. With heavy hitters like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols behind him, it is safe to bet he will score a lot.

OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .299 AVG, 41 HRs, 89 RBIs, 101 Runs, 11 SBs

Trout was 3-for-3 yesterday, while smashing his 41st homer of the season. Despite this, the Angels lost against the Athletics. A win today for the halos would increase their chances of making it to October. They will need a repeat from their star outfielder who is batting .345 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs.

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

Season: .243 AVG, 22 HRs, 80 RBIs, 67 Runs, 2 SBs

Hunter has an average of .429 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs against Cleveland’s starter Trevor Bauer. He will build off the success he had yesterday during the first game of a doubleheader, where he hit a base clearing double for 3 RBIs.

OF Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds

Season: .225 AVG, 26 HRs, 86 RBIs, 71 Runs, 9 SBs

Bruce had 7 homers in the month of September. It’s the most he had in a single month all year.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins

C Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

1B Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

2B Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

3B Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins

SS Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels

OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

OF Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds

 

 

 

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