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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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Clayton Kershaw sidelined for 2 weeks.

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed the name of ace Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list due to a back injury. In his last start Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he got the worst of it allowing 4 runs on 9 pitches. It was his second worst start this season.

Kershaw, who has been getting at-least 30 starts in six of his last seven season, is having one of it’s best campaign ever. Even with the Sunday’s loss, he shows a record of 11-2 and leads the National League with a 1.79 ERA. He’s also first in innings pitched (121), strikeouts (145), walks allowed per innings (WHIP, 0.727) and walks allowed per games (0.7). The Dodgers hold a record of 14-2 when Kershaw is on the mound and 29-35 when he’s not.

The O’s are on fire!

With Mark Trumbo’s 23rd home run of the season, the Orioles collected their 55th total since the start of June. It equals an MLB all-time June record held by the Oakland Athletics. They recorded 55 long balls in 29 June games back in 1996.  Trumbo pushed back over the wall one of Padres Christian Friedrich pitch in the fourth inning Wednesday. Manny Machado was on-base on that play and two runs were scored. Baltimore won the game 12 to 6. The O’s will have the opportunity to break the A’s record on Thursday night against the Seattle Mariners. This will be their 28th game in June.

The record for most homers hit in a single month is held by both the Orioles and Mariners, who knocked 58 long balls back in May 1987 and 1999 respectively.

A first in 40 years.

For the first time in 40 years, one team has chosen to not go with a designated hitter on purpose. Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed that pitcher Madison Bumgarner will take the spot in an interleague game versus the Oakland Athletics Thursday night. It is the first time that an MLB manager makes this call since 1976. It’s not suprising though that this happens with Bumgarner, as he’s in a class of it’s own when it comes to solid pitching and hitting. No other MLB daily fantasy baseball pitchers is has talented as him with the bat. Since the beginning of his career, the 26 year-old pitcher picked up 13 home runs and 45 runs-batted-in.

New York, night of reunion .

The Mets and the Cubs will go head-to-head for the first time since the National League Championship series last October. The Mets will send Steven Matz (7-3) to the mound to start this four game series. In the Cubs side, they will hand the ball to John Lackey (7-4). The Mets have been underwhelming this season. They present a 40-37 record, which is good for third in the N.L. East division behind the Nationals and Marlins. The Cubs, on the other hand, are having an amazing year, standing above all 29 MLB teams with a 51-26 record.

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MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Top Evening Picks

June 14th 2016

 Major League Baseball resumes with all 30 team in action this Tuesday. The Toronto Blue Jays are hosting the Philadelphia Phillies in an early morning matchup, while the rest of the games will begin at 7PM ET tonight. There will be a clash at Fenway, as two of the top pitchers this season will face-off. O’s Chris Tillman will go for win number 9, but he’ll have to out-duel Boston’s ace David Price. Also, Brew’s Crew pitcher Matt Garza will make his return from injury for the first time this season in San Francisco . He will have a lot on his plate, as he go’s against the leagues third best ERA pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Here is the MLB fantasy baseball draft top picks (click to draft):

Players Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Last Two Games FP Avg Last Four Games FP Average Last Ten Games FP Average
Madison Bumgarner P SF MIL 60.5 45.2 46.3 40.4
Adam Jones OF BAL @BOS 55 19 14.4 17
Chris Iannetta C SEA @TB 54 19.8 17.2 9.2
John Lackey P CHC @WAS 51 42 38.7 33.1
Drew Pomeranz P SD MIA 50.5 33.3 35.3 34.6
Chris Carter 1B MIL @SF 50.5 19.3 17.4 9
Brandon Moss 1B STL HOU 48 29 21.5 13.2
Xander Bogaerts SS BOS BAL 48 28.8 21.8 15.9
DaeHo Lee 1B SEA @TB 47.5 17.3 11.6 13.1
Robinson Cano 2B SEA @TB 47.5 22.5 14.3 13.5
Nelson Cruz 1B SEA @TB 47.5 25.5 20 15.7
Justin Upton OF DET @CWS 46 21 14.2 10.3

MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Notables

  • With Chicago Cubs Jorge Soler on the disabled list, rookie Albert Almora Jr. is likely to start in left field against Washington’s left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Known primarily for his defense, Almora has three hits in 10 at-bats since being called up earlier this month.
  • New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday after sitting out Sunday due to wrist soreness.
  • By the time Jacob deGrom starts Tuesday’s series opener with the Pirates, the Mets’ right-hander will have had a week off between outings.
  • Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox.
  • It’s possible that Astros shortstop Carlos Correa will return Tuesday against the Cards. He was out of the lineup for all three games of Houston’s series against Tampa Bay after spraining his left ankle last Thursday against Texas.
  • New York Yankees hurler Nathan Eovaldi is 6-0 with a 3.86 ERA over his last nine starts, the longest winning streak by a Yankees pitcher this season.
  • Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is not expected in the lineup for a sixth straight game because of a strained left hamstring, though he will be available as a pinch-hitter.
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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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