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MLB World Series Game 5 Recap
Indians vs Cubs (Indians lead 3-2)
Aroldis Chapman usually never works much more than an inning as Chicago Cubs closer. With a win-or-be-eliminated situation in the World Series Game 5, Cubs manager prepared Chapman to be ready to enter the game earlier if needed to. Chapman worked a season-high 2 2/3 innings in relief to preserve a one-run lead as the Chicago Cubs stayed alive in the World Series Game 5 with a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Chapman struck out four, including Jose Ramirez for the final out to secure his fourth postseason save. He threw 42 pitches to 10 hitters and secured Chicago’s first World Series win at Wrigley Field since Game 6 of the World Series on Oct. 8, 1945 against Detroit. The Cubs now trail 3-2 as the World Series shifts back to Cleveland for Game 6 on Tuesday (Enter Contests). Game 7, if necessary, would be played Wednesday in Cleveland.
Chicago denied the Indians’ bid to clinch their first World Series championship since 1948. Cubs’ starter Jon Lester improved to 3-1 in the postseason (1-1 in the World Series) after allowing two runs over six innings. He threw 90 pitches with 42 coming in his final two innings. Indians starter Trevor Bauer (0-2 in the series and the postseason) gave up three runs in a four-inning outing.
Jose Ramirez gave the Indians a 1-0 lead by hitting a two-out home run to left on an 0-1 pitch. It was his first home run of the postseason. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant matched it in the fourth with a leadoff home run to left, his second of the postseason, as the Cubs started to rough up Bauer in what turned into a three-run fourth. Cleveland cut a 3-1 deficit in half in the sixth off Lester as Francisco Lindor’s two-out base hit to center scored Rajai Davis.
In the seventh, Mike Napoli reached on a leadoff single off reliever Carl Edwards Jr. and advanced to second on a passed ball. The Cubs then turned to Chapman, who closed the inning without any scoring. Chapman struck out Yan Gomes to open the eighth but was out of position when first baseman Anthony Rizzo stopped a Rajai Davis grounder down the line but had no one to throw it to. Davis, the potential tying run, then stole second with one out and third with two gone. However, Chapman ended the threat by striking out Lindor looking.
Despite the loss, the Indians return to Cleveland with two chances to clinch the World Series. The last time the Indians clinched the World Series at home was in 1920 against Brooklyn Dodgers.
National League Division Series
Giants vs Cubs Game 1
The Chicago Cubs led the majors with 103 regular-season victories but that doesn’t guarantee them rare postseason success when they open the National League Division Series on Friday against the visiting San Francisco Giants (Enter Contests). Chicago was swept out of the playoffs last season in the NL Championship Series by the New York Mets and hasn’t won the World Series since 1908.
About the Cubs
Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44) will throw the first pitch in the series for Chicago. The 32-year-old was superb at home this season with a 10-2 mark and 1.74 ERA and that helped make him an easy Game 1 choice for the Cubs. Lester, who is 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in five career starts against the Giants, dropped both turns last postseason for the Cubs but is 6-6 with a 2.85 ERA in 16 career appearances (14 starts).
The Cubs are led by budding superstar third baseman Kris Bryant, the probable NL MVP after having 39 homers and 102 RBIs in his second big-league season. Despite that, Bryant (6-for-34, two home runs) and first baseman Anthony Rizzo (6-for-32, two homers) struggled in the 2015 postseason. The Cubs won four of the seven regular-season meetings with two of their defeats coming against Giants ace LH Madison Bumgarner.
About the Giants
Giants starter Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79) went 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA over his final four outings to reach the third-highest victory total of his nine-year career. The 30-year-old is 2-3 with a 5.35 ERA in seven career postseason starts and struggled badly in his first three outings in last year’s postseason with Kansas City before coming up big in Game 2 of the World Series with a complete-game two-hitter in a 7-1 victory over the New York Mets. Cueto is 9-8 with a 3.24 ERA in 24 career starts against the Cubs and is 5-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 15 outings at Wrigley Field.
San Francisco won three World Series crowns this decade and earned the trip to Chicago by blanking the Mets 3-0 in Wednesday’s NL wild-card game. Third baseman Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) isn’t ready to return, so wild-card game hero Conor Gillaspie (decisive three-run homer) is expected to start.
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Red Sox vs Orioles
Red Sox ace David Price face off against heralded O’s rookie Dylan Bundy. Outfielder Mookie Betts has been a real thorn for Baltimore’s pitching, as he has hit seven homers in five games at Camden Yards this season.
Dodgers vs Phillies
Jake Thompson’s progression from Phillies prospect to Major League starter continues. He will have to watch out for Los Angeles Howie Kendrick though. The veteran outfielder is 14-for-25 with two homers, eight RBIs and six runs scored during his six-game hitting streak.
White Sox vs Indians
Indians first baseman Mike Napoli extended his hitting streak to 16 games Tuesday, the longest active streak in the Majors.
Marlins vs Reds
In his third start back from Tommy John surgery, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey looked like his pre-surgery self with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings. He needed 31 pitches to get out of a jam in the fifth but had enough in the tank to fan the side in the sixth. On Wednesday, Reds fans will get reacquainted with Homer Bailey, and he with the mound at Great American Ball Park. It will be the Cincinnati right-hander’s first time pitching at home since August 7th 2014.
Twins vs Braves
The wait is over for Braves fans, as top prospect Dansby Swanson is set to make his Major League debut at shortstop Wednesday against the Twins. The move is in line with Erick Aybar Tuesday trade to the Tigers.
Brewers vs Cubs
For all the deserved hype surrounding their star-studded lineup, the Chicago Cubs have leaned on their starting pitching during a red-hot start to the second half. After two more strong pitching performances powered the Cubs to a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, left-hander Jon Lester looks to help Chicago make it three straight.
Athletics vs Rangers
Yu Darvish and rookie left-hander Sean Manaea will go at it again for the series finale between the Rangers and A’s. The two matched up in Arlington on July 27, a game in which Manaea had a career-high nine strikeouts.
Mets vs Diamondbacks
Jonathon Niese has been waiting for the opportunity to prove he deserves a spot in the Mets’ starting rotation. Niese, who was acquired from the Pirates for right-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo at the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Aug. 1, will make his first start since the trade in the spot previously occupied by recently optioned Logan Verrett. The D-backs counter with Zack Godley.
Mariners vs Angels
Seattle’s Cody Martin steps up into the rotation as fill-in for the injured James Paxton. It will be Martin’s first satrt with the Mariners. He’ll face the Angels and Tyler Skaggs, who allowed seven runs in his last start.
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Yankees vs Red Sox
Alex Rodriguez will make his final appearance at Fenway Park and has a chance to lead the New York Yankees to a series win this Thursday. Rodriguez, who is set to play his final game for the Yankees at home on Friday before being released, got into Wednesday’s win as a pinch hitter and is expected to play a bigger role in the finale. He flied out in his lone plate appearance on Wednesday but New York managed to even the series at one win apiece by picking on the Red Sox bullpen for five runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth en route to a 9-4 triumph.
The Red Sox need to win every game at this point to keep pace in the American League East and AL wild card races and may be without All-Star slugger David Ortiz. The veteran designated hitter had to be helped off the field after fouling a ball off his right leg in the ninth inning on Wednesday and was sent for x-rays.
Angels vs Indians
Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 14 games in impressive fashion, collecting two singles and a double for his third straight multi-hit performance in Wednesday’s 7-4 setback at Washington. The 23-year-old Dominican is batting .391 with runners in scoring position but is hitting just .188 (6-for-32) in 10 career encounters with the Angels. Los Angeles saw its offense limited to just one run for a third consecutive contest and sustained its season high-tying sixth straight loss with Wednesday’s 3-1 setback against the red-hot Chicago Cubs. Mike Trout is 1-for-12 with eight strikeouts in his last three games, and his 1-for-11 performance versus Thursday starter Corey Kluber doesn’t inspire much confidence, either.
Astros vs Twins
The Astros made a bold personnel decision by designating Carlos Gomez for assignment and hope the transaction can be looked back on as a courageous factor in their wild-card push. Houston, who trail Boston, Detroit and Seattle in the battle for the American League’s second wild card, decided they no longer could live with the sub-par performances of Gomez. The two-time All-Star center fielder made two key defensive miscues on Monday in his final start for Houston and batted a disappointing .210 with five homers and 100 strikeouts this season. Minnesota has won seven of its last 10 games and Brian Dozier is on a tear with six homers and 13 RBIs during the stretch.
Cardinals vs Cubs
Chicago’s pitching staff has been dominant of late, allowing two or fewer runs in 10 of the last 13 games as the Cubs have gone 12-1 over that stretch. Left-hander Jon Lester looks to continue that trend as he takes on hard-throwing right-hander Carlos Martinez. Lester is 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 10 home starts, while Martinez has excelled on the road, going 6-1 with a 2.28 ERA in nine outings.
White Sox vs Royals
Left-hander Danny Duffy routinely has brought smiles to the faces of his teammates, and for good reason, considering that the Kansas City Royals have emerged victorious in each of his last eight trips to the mound. The 27-year-old looks to win his third straight start and improve to 7-0 in his last nine outings on Thursday.
Royals Rookie Cheslor Cuthbert had an RBI double in Wednesday’s 3-2 win in 14 innings and is 10-for-27 during his six-game hitting streak. The 23-year-old Nicaraguan is 15-for-46 in 12 career encounters versus the White Sox and 1-for-3 against Thursday starter Miguel Gonzalez. The right-hander has had his troubles, however, with Jarrod Dyson, who tripled to lead off the 13th inning on Wednesday and is a blistering 8-for-10 in his career versus the hurler. Chicago’s J.B. Shuck continued his strong series by highlighting his second two-hit performance with a solo homer to improve to 19-for-52 in his career versus Kansas City.
Daily Baseball Fantasy League Primetime Top Picks
June 23rd 2016
Thursday’s nine game limited MLB schedule is always a challenge. It’s even more of a challenge when you have to cut that amount in half for Primetime only games. Got to find those deeper league players, and we’ve got your list right here. As usual, FanPicks baseball fantasy league primetime MLB contest (click to play) starts at 7PM EST time with 5 games on tap for player draft. Check out the who’s been hot over the past 10 games.
Jon Lester has earned wins in five straight starts. Last time out, he allowed a season-high 11 baserunners, but gave up only three runs in six innings to earn a win against the Pirates.
Zack Greinke has been on a roll winning each of his last seven starts with a 1.90 ERA over that stretch. In June, he is 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA. Greinke threw eight innings and allowed one run against the Phils his last time out.
Christian Friedrich has allowed one earned run in 19 road innings this year.
Wil Myers leads the Majors with nine home runs this month and is hitting .360/.419/.827. On the season, he’s hitting .290 with a team-high 16 dingers, while playing an elite defensive first base, as well.
Asdrubal Cabrera reached base three times and scored twice in Wednesday matchup against the Royals.
Marcell Ozuna ranks first among all National League outfielders in batting average (.321), home runs (15) and RBIs (43).
Zack Cozart is batting .284/.325/.513 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs in 62 games this season. He leads Cincinnati in hitting and with 18 doubles. He is also on pace for 25 homers, which would smash his career of 15.
Opposing pitchers have, indeed, paid a price against Matt Kemp this month. He’s hitting .370/.398/.519 in June, which includes a two-hit night in Wednesday’s 7-2 loss to the Orioles.
Fantasy Baseball MLB Draft Top Selection
June 6th 2016
With ten game available for fantasy baseball MLB Draft on Monday starting at 7PM ET, here’s a look at the top selections for your FanPicks contest (click to play).
|Player||Pos||Team||Opp||Last Game FP||Two Game FP Avg||Four Game FP Avg||Ten Game FP Avg|
|Steven Souza Jr||OF||TB||@ARI||36.5||14.7||12.2||6.9|
Fantasy Baseball MLB Draft Notables
- Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin said Ryan Howard will return from his brief sabbatical from the Phillies’ lineup during the Cubs series. Tommy Joseph has started the past five games at first. Joseph should start again against Jon Lester on Monday, with Howard reclaiming first base for the final two games.
- The return to AL play means C.J. Cron, who’s basically splitting time at first base and designated hitter, will return to the Angels’ lineup. Cron has driven in 21 runs over his last 30 games.
- Gregorio Petit faces his former team this week. Petit mainly played for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate last season, but he has become the Angels’ starting shortstop with Andrelton Simmons and Cliff Pennington on the disabled list.
- Starting shortstop Ketel Marte is expected to be activated off the 15-day DL by the Mariners and be in the lineup for the first time since being sidelined May 21 with a sprained left thumb. Seattle is still without center fielder Leonys Martin, who will be out at least until Friday with a strained hamstring.
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|
|Jackie Bradley Jr||OF||BOS||OAK||44.5||24.3||20.3||16.1|
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.
Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 17th 2015
Chicago Cubs versus New York Mets Game 1 MLB NLCS Fantasy Preview 10-17-2015
The NLCS begins on Saturday October 18th as its Game 1 between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GMs can tune to TBS TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.
The Mets qualified for the NLCS after disposing of the LA Dodgers in five games. They win a deciding fifth game at Dodgers Stadium on Thursday by the score of 3-2. The Cubs were able to dispose of the St Louis Cardinals in four games as Chicago earned the 6-4 victory in the series clincher on Tuesday at home in Chicago. The Cubs and Mets have met seven times during the regular season with Chicago winning all seven games. The Cubs pitching staff put on a dominating effort limiting New York to one run or fewer in five of the seven games.
Chicago Cubs LF:
The Cubs don’t have much history facing Harvey over their careers. Coghlan stands out as he is 3 for 8 life time against the Mets starter with two RBIs.
Chicago Cubs P:
On the year the Cubs left hander is 11-12 with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP of 1.12. He had a start in the NLDS at St Louis and went 7 1/3rd innings and gave up three earned runs in a 4-0 road loss at St Louis.
New York Mets RF:
New York Mets 1B:
The Mets first baseman is 2 for 6 life time against Lester with a home run.
Curtis Granderson has a long history against Lester in his career. In 44 at bats Granderson is batting .273 with two homers and four RBIs.
New York Mets P:
The Mets right hander on the season is 13-8 in his 29 starts with an ERA of 2.71 and WHIP of 1.02. He worked Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers and allowed two earned runs and seven hits over five innings in a 13-7 home victory to the LA Dodgers.
Toronto Blue Jays versus Kansas City Royals Game 2 MLB ALCS Fantasy Baseball Preview 10-17-2015
This will be Game 2 of the ALCS series. It was the Kansas City Royals behind a great six innings no run performance by Edinson Volquez as they posted the 5-0 victory to take 1-0 lead in this best of seven series. The outstanding Royals bullpen shut out the power hitting Blue Jays the rest of the way to their victory.
Toronto Blue Jays RF:
Not too much history for Blue Jays hitters battling Ventura. Jose Bautista stands out with a 3 for 5 against Ventura with a homer and RBI.
Toronto Blue Jays P:
The Blue Jays left hander is 18-5 on the year with an ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 1.08. He faced Texas twice in the ALDS and allowed a total of eight earned runs and eleven hits over ten innings of work as he went 1-1 in those two playoff games.
Kansas City Royals RF:
The KC Royals have had good success hitting David Price with a Team Batting average of .293. Royal’s right fielder Alex Rios has crushed Price by batting .400 against him with two homers and ten RBIs in 30 at bats.
Kansas City Royals P:
The KC right hander is 13-8 in his 28 starts on the season with an ERA of 4.08 and WHIP of 1.30. Ventura faced the Astros twice in the playoffs and allowed a total of six earned runs and eight hits over seven innings of work.
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)