August 18 MLB Rundown

Thursday Evening Matchups

FanPicks has your August 18 MLB rundown to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

Astros vs Orioles

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who reached 1,000 hits against the Cardinals on Tuesday, has had a lot of success against Baltimore, just not recently. In Houston’s three-game sweep of the O’s earlier this season, Altuve went 1-for-13.

Dodgers vs Phillies

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has hit safely in eight straight games, going 15-for-36. Teammate Adrian Gonzalez is 18-for-40 with 11 RBIs and 12 runs scored during a 10-game hitting streak.

White Sox vs Indians

Cleveland’s first baseman Carlos Santana has a career batting average of .364 (4-for-11) off Rodon. Santana is the only Cleveland batter with double-digit career at-bats vs. the southpaw hitting over .200.

Marlins vs Reds

Veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to the Reds lineup on Wednesday after missing the previous two contests due to injury and delivered the key hit with a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh.

Nationals vs Braves

Nats outfielder Jayson Werth has reached base in 45 consecutive games. He has a chance to tie the franchise record if he reaches base on Thursday.

Twins vs Royals

Twins rookie right-hander Tyler Duffey goes for his second win over the Royals in six days.

Mariners vs Angels

Fourteen game winning pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has dominated the Angels’ two biggest threats in large sample sizes. Mike Trout is hitting just .214 (9-for-42) and Albert Pujols only .133 (3-for-45) vs. Iwakuma.

Padres vs Diamondbacks

Arizona right fielder Yasmany Tomas isn’t having any issues at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with two homers and a career-best six RBIs in Wednesday’s 13-5 victory over the New York Mets. Tomas has slugged 12 homers in his past 19 games and has seven multi-homer games while belting 25 this season.

Mets vs Giants

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has been superb against the Mets in his career by going 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in five career outings. Mets counter-attacks with their ace Jacob deGrom, who is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in three career starts against the Giants. Pitching duel to be expected.

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August 10 Fantasy Baseball Preview

Wednesday Evening Matchups

FanPicks has your august 10 fantasy baseball preview to get ready for today’s MLB contest. Get the info you need and play right here!

Padres vs Pirates

Out of the starting lineup for three games due to a sore shoulder, Gregory Polanco provide a jolt in his return for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Polanco’s three-run homer was the decisive blow in Tuesday’s 6-4 triumph for Pittsburgh against San Diego. Penciled in at the cleanup spot for the first time in his career, Polanco continued his breakout campaign with his 16th homer to keep the Pirates 2 1/2 games behind Miami for the second wild card in the National League. Andrew McCutchen showed signs of breaking out of his funk by reaching base four times, including a season-high three via the walk.

Padres rookie Jabari Blash went 2-for-4 with a homer on Tuesday and is 7-for-24 since his recall from the minors after batting .120 during his first stint with the team earlier in the season. San Diego sents Edwin Jackson to the mound to oppose Ryan Vogelsong in a matchup of veteran right-handers.

Rays vs Blue Jays

J.A. Happ has provided quite the return on the Toronto Blue Jays’ investment this season. Signed to a three-year, $36 million deal in the offseason, Happ puts his string of a career-high nine straight victorious decisions on the line Wednesday versus the Rays. The 33-year-old’s 15 wins this season have comfortably surpassed his previous best total in 2009, although none have come at the expense of Tampa Bay. Happ settled for a pair of no-decisions versus the Rays in April before getting shredded for a career high-tying eight runs on seven hits in a 13-2 shellacking on May 16. Evan Longoria, who is batting .385 in his career against Happ, collected three hits and as many RBIs in Tuesday’s 9-2 victory over Toronto. The 30-year-old is 6-for-15 with two homers, five RBIs and four runs scored in his last four games.

Yankees vs Red Sox

The Yankees are trying to balance moving the youth onto the roster while gracefully shuffling the veterans out the door, and Alex Rodriguez did not get into the game on Tuesday. The 14-time All-Star, who is set to be released by New York after Friday’s game, is expected to at least play on Thursday and could get an at-bat or two on Wednesday.

Reds vs Cardinals

Billy Hamilton is running wild on the basepaths and looks to increase his major league-leading steals total. The speedy Reds center fielder has stolen nine bases over his last three contests, including five in the first two games of this series, to increase his season total to 48. Hamilton, who is 6-for-11 with four walks and six runs scored during his three-game spree, is an astounding 20-for-22 stealing against Cardinals star Yadier Molina, who is considered one of the top throwing catchers in the game. Hamilton reached base four times and scored three runs to fuel Tuesday’s 7-4 win, which occurred one day after St. Louis staged a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to post a 5-4 victory. Molina went 2-for-4 with a homer on Tuesday to improve to 7-for-14 over his last four games and has reached base in each of his last 22 contests.

Rockies vs Rangers

Prince Fielder, in his third season with the Rangers, is walking away from the game after undergoing neck surgery on July 29. It is the second surgical procedure on his neck in a 26-month span. The Rockies were without right fielder Carlos Gonzalez for the past two games. He’ll likely be held out once again on Wednesday.

Angels vs Cubs

Jason Hammel will be activated from the bereavement list to make the start and looks to improve upon his 6-1 record and 2.24 ERA at home. He has won four straight starts to set a career-high for wins after tossing six shutout innings against Miami on Aug. 2. The 33-year-old has allowed four runs and 16 hits in 24 innings during the winning streak and hasn’t given up more than two runs in a start since July 1. Hammel is 1-3 with a 6.59 ERA in six games (five starts) against the Angels, with the last meeting in 2013.

Astros vs Twins

Dallas Keuchel tossed his first shutout of the season in his last turn and looks to post a second consecutive strong outing. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner gave up just three hits in a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers while recording his fourth career shutout. Keuchel has experienced a bumpy campaign and was rocked for seven runs in five innings by Detroit in his previous turn. Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve went 4-for-4 in Tuesday’s 7-5 victory over the Twins after being rested Monday to end his consecutive games streak to 202. Minnesota has won seven of its last 10 games behind the red-hot Brian Dozier, whose solo shot and two RBIs on Tuesday gave him six homers and 13 RBIs during the stretch.

Braves vs Brewers

Braves Erick Aybar carries a 14-game hitting streak. He has provided a breath of fresh air for his cellar-dwelling club. Aybar collected two singles in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory for Atlanta, which has won four in a row and six of seven overall. The 32-year-old Dominican traditionally has struggled versus the Brewers, going 8-for-36 in nine career encounters and 0-for-3 versus Wednesday starter Chase Anderson. Ryan Braun went deep on Tuesday for the fourth time in seven outings, during which he has recorded 11 RBIs.

White Sox vs Royals

Jose Quintana has won nine games in each of the last three seasons and will look to reach double-digit victories for the first time against the Royals. He lost six consecutive starts while receiving a total of eight runs of support earlier this season, but he is 4-0 since July 3 thanks to some increased offensive support. Losers of 12 of its last 17 overall, Kansas City sends Ian Kennedy to the mound to face Quintana.

Orioles vs Athletics

Baltimore had just three hits in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss with the run coming on a homer by center fielder Adam Jones, who has five hits in the series and is 11-for-22 during a five-game hitting streak. Orioles All-Star right fielder Mark Trumbo, who is tied for the major-league lead with 31 homers, is just 7-for-57 with one blast over his past 15 contests.

Tigers vs Mariners

Two former American League Cy Young Award winners will square off in Seattle. Detroit sends 2011 winner Justin Verlander, who also was the AL MVP that season, to the mound against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, who captured the Cy Young the previous year. Verlander has won each of his last five decisions and recorded at least nine strikeouts in four of his last five outings overall, while Hernandez is 2-0 in four turns since returning from a calf injury that landed him on the disabled list.

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August 9 MLB Preview

Tuesday Late Matchups

FanPicks has your august 9 MLB preview to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

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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Fantasy Draft MLB Hot Picks

June 28th 2016

Tuesday brings back the full lineup of Major League Baseball. With 15 matchup on tap beginning at 7PM EST time, it the perfect time to play Fantasy Draft MLB at FanPicks (click to play). All eyes will be on the Cleveleand Indians as they aim for their 11th straight win. Corey Kluber will take the mound for the tribe and he will face-off against Atlanta Braves Matt Wisler.

This season as been dwindled by top prospects making their debut, with the likes of Julio Urias, Blake Snell and Jameson Taillon entering the fold. Time to make room for the best MLB prospect Lukas Giolito who will start for the Washington Nationals. It will be a challenge against the New York Mets, as he will take on ace Matt Harvey. With so many stories in baseball tonight, let’s see who could steal the show in the hot picks of primetime fantasy baseball contests.

Top Pitchers

Top Pitchers

 

Corey Kluber threw a shutout in his last outing, his second of the year, and third complete game. He allowed three hits and two walks with nine strikeouts against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kluber is 3-1 in June and 5-2 in his last seven starts.

Cole Hamels has won three straight starts and is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in five June starts. He has quality starts in seven of his last eight outings.

In five of Adam Conley’s 15 starts, the left-hander has not allowed a run. One of those is his last outing, a win over the Atlanta Braves. It was a career-most eight innings game.

Michael Wacha snapped a 10-start winless streak his last time out, but has made three consecutive quality starts.

Top Hitters

Top Hitters

 

Kendrys Morales is hitting .444 (20-for-45) with four home runs and 15 RBIs over his last 12 starts.

Matt Wieters caught the second game of a double header Saturday and hit two homers, giving him nine on the season.

Jose Altuve extended his career-long on-base streak to 30 consecutive games with a third-inning single in Monday’s series opener at Angel Stadium. He’s the first Astros player to reach in 30 consecutive games since Willy Taveras a decade ago. It’s the longest active streak in the Majors.

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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 Top 20 Players

Friday’s fantasy baseball starts with the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs at 2:20 PM ET, while the rest of the MLB game lineup won’t begin before 7PM ET. The Boston Red Sox are set to face great rival New York Yankees in the first of a three game series. Boston’s starter will bring is 5-0 record on the line against Michael Pineda. The league’s ERA leader, Jordan Zimmerman (0.55 ERA), will be in on the mound today. His Detroit Tigers are in Arlington to face the Texas Rangers. Also on tap for the evening is a matchup between the worst team in the majors, the Atlanta Braves (7-20), and the Arizona DiamondBacks who are on a six game skid. It’s the chance for Zack Greinke, the most disappointing pitcher since the start on the campaign, to get his D-Backs back on the winning side. See who are the fantasy baseball top 20 players of the day.

Player Position Team Last Game FP Last 2Games FP Avg Last 4Games FP Avg Last 10Games FP Avg
Taijuan Walker P SEA 55 40 33.2 20.7
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR 54 30 19.2 13.1
Max Scherzer P WAS 53.5 27.2 30.4 29.7
DaeHo Lee 1B SEA 48 17 13.1 8.6
Madison Bumgarner P SF 44.5 33.3 33.2 26.7
Rick Porcello P BOS 43.5 42.7 39.5 26.4
Jordan Zimmermann P DET 43.5 37.8 36.4 23.5
Carlos Martinez 1B CLE 41 37.5 28.9 21
Vincent Velasquez P PHI 40.5 27 44.1 25.1
Francisco Liriano P PIT 39.5 22.3 26.5 20.4
Jose Altuve 2B HOU 39 31.5 20.6 18.8
Mike Trout OF LAA 38.5 31.2 20.3 18.5
Derek Norris C SD 36 11.5 8 4.4
Nick Castellanos 3B DET 36 17 17.8 13.5
Trevor Story SS COL 35.5 20 12.9 14.7
Ricky Nolasco P MIN 34.5 29.5 22.6 18.8
Zack Greinke P ARI 34 27.7 27.1 21.9
Ben Zobrist 2B CHC 33 23.7 18.4 15.4
Nolan Arenado 3B COL 33 12.8 15.5 16.6

Today’s player notable stats

  • Tigers Jordan Zimmerman leads the MLB with 0.55 ERA.
  • Red Sox Rick Porcello and Tigers Jordan Zimmerman are each at 5-0 this season. This season’s best is 6-0.
  • Yankees Michael Pineda holds today worst ERA with 6.35.
  • Tigers Nick Castellanos leads the MLB with a .383 AVG.
  • Despite his league second-best 11 homers, Rockies Trevor Story possesses 43 strikeouts-at-bat. The most in the league.
  • Astros Jose Altuve leads the MLB with 10 stolen bases.

 

 

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Fantasy Baseball ALDS Preview – Houston Astros vs Kansas City Royals

It’s the MLB playoffs and cash draft contests are getting hotter than ever. Fantasy Baseball brings us closer together, as we watch our Fantasy Teams battle in the field of glory. One series that will begin Thursday is the ALDS between the Houston Astros (86-76) and the Kansas City Royals (95-67). The Astros won their ALWC game against the Yankees with stellar pitching from Dallas Keuchel. It was 10 years ago that they have made their last division series, and that was in the national league. The Royals on the other end want to get back to the World Series after losing it last year to the San Francisco Giants. Both team met eachother in the regular season 6 time with Houston winning 4 games. Let’s get to the matchups:

Potential Pitching Matchup:

Schedule Houston Astros Kansas City Royals
October 8 7:30 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium RHP Collin McHugh (19-7, 3.89 ERA)*

Away this season (7-4, 4.05 ERA)

 

RHP Yordano Ventura (13-8, 4.08 ERA)*

Vs Astros this season (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

At Home this season (7-5, 3.84 ERA)

October 9 3:30 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium LHP Scott Kazmir (7-11, 3.10 ERA)*

Vs Royals this season (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Away this season(1-4, 3.38 ERA)

RHP Johnny Cueto (11-13, 3.44 ERA)*

At Home this season (3-3, 4.50 ERA)

October 11 4 PM ET

at Minute Maid Park

LHP Dallas Keuchel (20-8, 2.48 ERA)*

Vs Royals this season (1-1, 3.17 ERA)

At Home this season (15-0, 1.46 ERA)

RHP Edinson Volquez (13-9, 3.55 ERA)*

Vs Royals this season (0-0, 9.00 ERA)

Away this season (5-5, 3.61 ERA)

October 12 TBD

at Minute Maid Park

 

RHP Lance McCullers (6-7, 3.22 ERA)

Vs Royals this season (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

At Home this season (4-1, 1.86 ERA)

RHP Kris Medlen(6-2, 4.01 ERA)

Away this season (5-0, 1.20 ERA)

October 14 TBD

at Kauffman Stadium

RHP Collin McHugh RHP Yordano Ventura
(*)Confirmed

Series Fantasy Value Picks:

P Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – Season: 20-8, 2.48 ERA, 216 Strikeouts

Keuchel is unbeatable at Minute Maid Park. It will be hard to believe he will ever lose again there. Until that day comes, he will be an obvious pick every time he pitch there. Game 3 of the series will be his next start.

1B Kendrys Morales – Kansas City Royals – Season: .290 AVG, 81 Runs, 22 HR’s, 106 RBI’s

Morales leads the team in RBI’s. He was exceptionally good in September hitting .323 with 7 home runs and and 22 runs scored. The Royals will rely on him to produce more points for them during the post-season.

2B Jose Altuve – Houston Astros – Season: .313 AVG, 86 Runs, 15 HR’s, 66 RBI’s

Altuve finished once again as the leader in the league for stolen bases with 38. There is no better second basemen right now than Altuve. He is on top of his game at the plate and on the field. Cash Draft managers will want him on their team every day.

SS Carlos Correa – Houston Astros – Season: .279 AVG, 52 Runs, 22 HR’s, 68 RBI’s

Correa showed that he’s a true fantasy option at shortstop this year. He is the favorite to win the A.L. rookie of the year award. The 21 year-old is sitting comfortably third in the lineup, and with Altuve and Springer in front of him, the RBI’s will keep coming.

3B Luis Valbuena – Houston Astros – Season: .224 AVG, 62 Runs, 25 HR’s, 56 RBI’s

Valbuena knocked a suprising 25 dingers this year. There has been quite a few shakeups this year at third base with Jed Lowrie getting so play time at the end of the season. But power is never a bad thing and Valbuena will deliver them, especially at hitter friendly Minute Maid Park.

OF Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals – Season: .308 AVG, 101 Runs, 16 HR’s, 72 RBI’s

Cain is a fabulous hitter with a lot of speed. At home, he holds a batting average of .337 with 55 runs, 9 homers and 46 RBI’s. The center fielder had great performances against the Astros this season. He has a .389 average against them.

Series Prediction: Houston Astros in 4 Games

 

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Major League Baseball Fantasy News October 8th 2015

Houston Astros versus Kansas City Royals Game 1 ALDS MLB Playoffs Cash League Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015

The Houston Astros will wheel back after one day of rest to meet the Kansas City Royals from Game 1 of their ALDS best of five series. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to Fox Sports 1 on Thursday October 8th at 7:30PM Eastern Time from Kansas City to track the performance of their roster picks.

The Houston Astros were an AL Wildcard entrant and had to travel to Yankees Stadium to face New York in a one game playoff. The Astros got an outstanding six innings of work from left hander Dallas Keuchel as Houston wins 3-0 to advance to the ALDS. The Astros bullpen allowed no hits and no runs in the final three innings of this game. The Astros are second in Major League Baseball in home runs this year and the Astros got two long balls in the victory.

The Kansas City Royals finished with the best record in the American League with a record of 95-67. They closed strong with a five game winning streak to finish with a better record than Toronto to have home field advantage in both the ALDS and ALCS. This Royals team is third best in MLB in team batting as they hit .269 on the season. They rank just 24th in quality starts because the bullpen is very strong for Kansas City it doesn’t require the starters to go far into games.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

The Astros right fielder had a double in the win against the Yankees. Springer has hit better on the road than at home this year. George Springer is batting .319 on the road with seven homers and 18 RBIs. He is hot in October with a .429 batting average.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve

Altuve concluded play in the regular season leading the everyday players for Houston with a .313 batting average with 15 homers and 66 RBIs. He had a key hit with an RBI in the 3-0 win at the New York Yankees on Monday. A negative is the Astros second baseman is hitting just .143 against Ventura in his career.

Houston Astros DH:

Evan Gattis

The power hitting DH has 27 homers and 88 RBIs on the year with a .246 batting average. He is 1 for 3 life time against Ventura with a triple. Gattis has batted just .217 on the road this year.

Houston Astros P:

Collin McHugh

In 32 starts in 2015 McHugh is 19-7 with an ERA of 3.89 and WHIP of 1.28. He didn’t face the Royals this season. McHugh was 10-2 following the All Star Game.

Kansas City Royals CF:

Lorenzo Cain

Cain led the Royals everyday hitters with a .307 batting average with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. His batting average is .335 at home with 46 RBIs. Cain hit .350 against Astros pitching this year.

Kansas City Royals 1B:

Eric Hosmer

The Royals first baseman batted .297 on the year with 18 homers and 93 RBIs. He hits .311 at home with 49 RBIs. He does look to break a 2 for 15 slump for the month of October.

Kansas City Royals DH:

Kendrys Morales

The 32 year old veteran hit .290 on the season with 22 homers and 106 RBIs. He is 0 for 5 life time against McHugh.

Kansas City Royals P:

Yordano Ventura

The KC right hander is 13-8 with an ERA of 4.08 and WHIP of 1.30. In one start against Houston this year Ventura is 1-0 as he allowed one earned run over seven innings of work.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball ALWC Preview – Houston Astros vs New York Yankees

The road to the World Series begins now. One day fantasy baseball will continue with deeper and more in-depth selection as the numbers of MLB matchups dwindles down from here on out. Fantasy Baseball managers, this is your time to shine. The playoffs begins Sunday with the American League Wild Card game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. The Bronx Bombers returns to the post-season after missing it the last two years, while the Astros will try to reach the ALDS and become the first team to make it there in both the National and American league.

The season series went to the Astros, who won 4 out of the 7 matchups this season. Houston also defeated New York twice in the three game series at Yankee stadium back on August. The winners of this showdown will move on to face the Kansas City Royals. You can follow the game this Tuesday on ESPN at 8pm Eastern Time.

Pitching matchup: Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel (20-8) vs New York Yankees Masahiro Tanaka (12-7)

Dallas Keuchel has been lights out when pitching at home this year, going 15-0 with a 1.46 ERA. Unfortunately for him, he’ll be pitching on enemy territory for the Wild Card game. The Yanks will be sending their ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound. He has struggled in his last two starts though. The Japanese has been dealing with a hamstring strain in the last week. But he will have rested for six days when the game starts. Both of those pitchers will make their post-season debut.

Tanaka has faced the Astros once this year. He has allowed 7 hits and 6 earned run while striking out 5 during 5 innings of work in that contest. He was rewarded with a no-decision after the Yankees came back in the last two innings. Keuchel had more success than his counterpart. He has defeated the Yankees twice in two games this season, giving up 9 hits and no run with 21 strikeouts in 16 innings. If it wasn’t for the fact that he’s 5-8 with a 3.77 ERA in away game, Keuchel would’ve been a sure thing. He’s still a reliable fantasy pick for Tuesday.

Catchers: Houston Astros Jason Castro vs New York Yankees Brian McCann

It’s hard to argue with this one. Brian McCann is the meat and bone of the Yankees power offense, this year. His numbers show it, with 94 RBI’s and 26 home runs. He’s still batting a meager .232. Jason Castro has 11 homers and 31 RBI’s with a .211 average.

First basemen: Houston Astros Chris Carter vs New York Yankees Greg Bird

Greg Bird is the revelation of the year for the Yankees. He came up from the minors in August to replace the injured Mark Teixeira and produced 11 homers with 31 RBI’s while hitting .261 in 46 games. Not bad for the rookie Bird. Chris Carter has been all muscle, no finesse in his approach this year. He has collected 64 RBI’s and 24 home runs with a .199 average. Carter is more productive against the opponent’s pitcher, hitting a perfect 1.000 average in 2 at-bats. You can count a dinger and 2 RBI’s in those meetings.

Second basemen: Houston Astros Jose Altuve vs New York Yankees Rob Refsnyder

Jose Altuve is the A.L. stolen base leader in the past two years. He has warranted his spot as the best second baseman playing in fantasy baseball right now. This season, he has gathered a .313 batting average with 66 RBI’s, 15 homers and 38 stolen bases. On the other team, you have rookie Rob Refsnyder, who has done well hitting .302 at the bottom of the order. He holds 2 long balls and 5 RBI’s this season.

Third basemen: Houston Astros Jed Lowrie vs New York Yankees Chase Headley & Alex Rodriguez

After missing more than a year of Major League Baseball, A-Rod came back hammering the baseball with force. He has completed the season with 33 homers and 86 RBI’s while hitting .250. Think what you may about him, he’s still has a lot of fantasy value left in him. Former Boston Red Sox Jed Lowrie had one of his worst seasons. A .222 average with 1 homer and 5 RBI’s is not good enough, especially when batting in the middle of the order. It doesn’t look like Chase Headley will be able to emulate his 2012 amazing season. It just seems to go downhill for the 31 year-old. He had 11 home runs and 62 RBI’s with a .259 average in the course of the season. He holds one blast and 3 RBI’s against Keuchel. But none of it came this year, as he got flat out blanked by the lefty in 2015.

Shortstops: Houston Astros Carlos Correa vs New York Yankees Didi Gregorius

Carlos Correa is a definite contender for the A.L. rookie of the year award and could likely win it. He has proven all doubters that he deserved being picked first overall in the 2012 MLB draft. The Puerto Rican led all American League rookies in home run this season. He has compiled a 22 homers, 14 stolen bases, 68 RBI’s and a .279 average all year. Didi Gregorius has increased his numbers this year, acquiring 56 RBI’s, 9 deep flies and a .265 batting average. There is still room for improvement.

Outfielders: Houston Astros George Springer, Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus & Carlos Gomez vs New York Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury, Chris Young & Carlos Beltran

The Houston Astros have built themselves a nice outfield group during the last offseason. The big designated hitter Evan Gattis came in a trade from Atlanta, and has racked up 27 homers, 88 RBI’s and a .246 average. Colby Rasmus had a bounce back season with 25 home runs, 61 RBI’s and batting .238 this year. Carlos Gomez didn’t have has much stolen bases this season has opposed to the last few. He has finished the year hitting .255 while collecting 12 homers, 56 RBI’s and 17 stolen bases. George Springer finally made the starting lineup this year. The 2011 Astros first round pick 41 RBI’s, 16 stolen bases and 16 home runs while batting for .276.

It’s a more aged group of outfielder that the Yankees assembled this year. At 38 years-old, it’s hard to believe that Carlos Beltran can still give in solid numbers. Well he did, batting .276 with 19 home run and 67 RBI’s.  Jacoby Ellsbury saw his number digress this season with 21 stolen bases, 33 RBI’s, and 7 home runs with an average of .257. To make matters worse, he is currently dealing with an injured back. Chris Young, the batter of choice against lefties for the Yanks, has acquired 14 blast, 42 RBI’s and an average of .252. He has faced Keuchel exactly 20 times, and has collected 6 hits against the southpaw.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

P Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

1B Greg Bird – New York Yankees

2B Jose Altuve – Houston Astros

3B Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees

SS Carlos Correa – Houston Astros

OF George Springer – Houston Astros

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

OF Chris Young –New York Yankees

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Texas Rangers versus Houston Astros MLB Fantasy One Day League Preview 9-26-2015

Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 25th 2015

A big AL West series is scheduled this weekend as the Houston Astros will play host to the Texas Rangers. MLB Fantasy draft managers can tune to FOX at 1PM Eastern Time on Saturday September 26th to follow the results of their roster picks.

As this series opened up on Friday night, the Rangers held a four game lead in the loss column over the Astros with just 10 games left to be played. The Rangers have been a hot team winner of three straight and eight of their past ten games when they opened up this series on Friday. They met for a four game series in the middle of September with Texas sweeping all four games. Texas crushed Astros hitting as they pushed across 33 runs in the four games. They went into Oakland for a three game series prior to the start of this series and crushed Athletics pitching for a total of 26 runs in the three games.

The Houston Astros have tumbled down the AL West standings. Now they are in a fight for a playoff spot as the hold a narrow 1 ½ game lead over both the LA Angels and Minnesota Twins with just nine games left to be played. The Astros lost two of three to the Angels as they traveled to Texas. The team has also dropped seven of ten games.

Texas Rangers DH:

Prince Fielder

The Rangers DH leads the everyday hitters with a .303 batting average with 22 homers and 86 RBIs. He has crushed Astros pitching this year with a batting average of .358. Though he has been ice cold as Fielder is in a hitting slump going 2 of their past 24.

Texas Rangers 1B:

Mitch Moreland

Moreland has hits in five straight games including a three hit game on September 22nd. On the year he has a batting average of .285 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs.

Texas Rangers 3B:

Adrian Beltre

The veteran third baseman has been blistering hot for the month of September with a .326 batting average with three homers and 25 RBIs. His average is now up to .280 for the year with 16 homers and 70 RBIs.

Texas Rangers RF:

Shin Soo Choo

Choo has been hitting well for the month of September with a .410 hitting average. He has four multiple hits in his past eight games. On the year the Rangers right fielder is hitting .270 with 18 homers and 72 RBIs.

Texas Rangers P:

Derek Holland

The lefty starter is 3-3 with an ERA of 4.75 and WHIP of 1.29. Holland looks to bounce back from a poor outing on September 20th where he allowed seven earned runs and seven hits over 4 1/3rd innings in a loss at home to Seattle.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve

The Astros second baseman has been hot batting .400 over his past seven days. He has hit well at home with a .342 batting average with seven homers and 30 RBIs.

Houston Astros SS:

Marwin Gonzalez

Gonzalez has returned to the lineup after battling a finger problem. He is hitting .306 for the month of September.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

The Astros outfielder had a good series with the Angels with multiple hits in two of the three games.

Houston Astros P:

Collin McHugh

The Astros 28 year old right hander is 17-7 with an ERA of 3.93 and WHIP of 1.28. After back to back poor outings, McHugh had a good start on September 20th where he allowed one earned run and four hits in eight innings in a 5-1 home win to Oakland.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 22nd 2015

Keuchel Helps Move Houston Astros within Game of Rangers

The Houston Astros got a tremendous pitching performance by Dallas Keuchel as the team defeated the LA Angels 6-3 in a key AL West matchup on Monday. The Astros now sit a game back of Texas in the division race with just 11 games remaining on the schedule. After this series with the Angels the Astros have a three game weekend home series against Texas. The win also aided the Astros in the AL Wild card race as they hold the last playoff spot by three games over Minnesota and by 3 ½ games over the LA Angels. The loss was costly for the Angels as the team entered the series with their playoff fates in their hand. There are only 12 games left on the schedule for the Angels to make up three games in the loss column to the Astros plus pass the Twins.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

Springer has hits in nine of his past ten games. The right fielder had two hits with a run scored and RBI in the victory. He has gotten hot with hits in nine of his past ten games and a .320 batting average the past seven days.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve:

The Astros second baseman leads the everyday players with a .314 batting average with 12 homers and 59 RBIs. Altuve was huge on Monday night with three hits with a run scored, double and triple. He had a three hit game on Saturday against Oakland.

Houston Astros SS:

Carlos Correa

It was a big game for the hitting hero on Monday night as Correa delivered with three hits with a double, home run and three RBIs in beating the Angels. For the season Correa moved up his batting average to .279 with 19 homers and 56 RBIs.

Houston Astros 1B:

Luis Valbueno

The light hitting first baseman had a hit in three at bats on Monday. Valbueno has struggled for the month of September with a .194 batting average with no home runs and only three RBIs.

Houston Astros P:

Dallas Keuchel

The Astros left hander in his 31 starts in 2015 is 18-8 with an ERA of 2.51 and WHIP of 1.02. He shut down the Angels on Monday by allowing just one earned run and six hits over 7 2/3rd innings of work. He bounced back well after a horrible outing at Texas on September 16th where Keuchel was lit up for nine earned runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3rd innings pitched.

LA Angels SS:

Erick Aybar

There is some positive news for the Angels and that’s Erick Aybar at the plate. He had two hits with a run scored on Monday to increase his hitting streak to six games. Aybar has multiple hits in three of his past six games. Erick Aybar is batting .323 over his past seven days. On the year Aybar has moved his average up to .271 with two homers and 38 RBIs.

LA Angels CF:

Mike Trout

The LA centerfielder still leads the everyday players for the Angels with a .293 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He contributed with two hits in his four at bats on Monday night. The Angels have not set the table in recent games for Trout as he is without an RBI in his past two games.

LA Angels P:

Jered Weaver

The Angels really need their best from their starting staff down the stretch as they are chasing the Astros and Rangers in the standings. Weaver allowed five earned runs with nine hits over 5 2/3rd innings of work with two homers in the loss.

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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 News September 14th 2015 – Recap

Prince Fielder’s Blast Pulls Rangers Within a ½ Game of Astros in AL West Race

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros began their critical three games series on Monday. Houston held a 1 ½ game lead over the Rangers in the AL West division. The Rangers with two runs in the eighth inning were able to defeat the Houston Astros 5-3 and are just a ½ game back of Houston in the AL West race with just 19 games remaining to be played.

Jose Altuve:

The Astros second baseman had two hits with a home run on Monday night. He has multiple hits in three straight games. Altuve has moved his batting average up to .314 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs.

Carlos Correa:

Correa had two hits and a run scored in the opener of this series. He had been battling a 4 for 23 batting slump that dropped his average to .276 with 18 homers and 52 RBIs.

Colby Rasmus:

Rasmus had two hits with an RBI on Monday. The Astros left fielder has multi hits in two straight and four of his past seven games. He is red hot for the month of September with a batting average of .364 over his past seven days.

Jake Marisnick:

The Houston centerfielder had a double with a run scored on Monday. He has hit well in September with a batting average of .357 with three homers. Marisnick has moved his average up to .236 with nine homers and 32 RBIs.

Scott Kazmir:

The Astros starter threw seven innings on Monday night and allowed two earned runs and five hits in seven innings and had a no decision. Houston is 1-7 in Scott Kazmir’s past eight starts. On the year Kazmir is 7-10 with an ERA of 2.63 and WHIP of 1.13.

Prince Fielder:

The Rangers DH has the game winning homer on Monday. He had two hits, three runs scored with a homer and two RBIs in the opening game of the series. He has multiple hits in two straight games. On the year Fielder is batting .309 with 19 homers and 77 RBIs.

Mitch Moreland:

Moreland had two hits with a homer and double in the victory. The Rangers first baseman had two RBIs. He is batting .289 for the season with 20 homers and 73 RBIs.

Adrian Beltre:

The veteran third baseman had a hit on Monday with a run scored. He has hits in four straight with two multi-hit games in that span.

Mike Napoli:

The former Boston Red Sox had a hit on Monday. He is having a poor 2015 campaign with a batting average of .215 with 16 homers and 44 RBIs.

Rougned Odor:

The Rangers second baseman had a hit with a double and RBI in the victory. Odor has his average up to .270 with 13 homers and 52 RBIs.

Cole Hamels:

Hamels worked seven innings on Monday and allowed three earned runs and seven hits over seven innings of work. The Rangers are 6-0 in Hamels past six starts. Overall Hamels is 9-8 with an ERA of 3.76 and WHIP of 1.22.

Kershaw Shuts Down Rockies. Dodgers Lead Giants by 7 ½ games

The LA Dodgers held onto their 7 ½ game lead in the NL West with a 4-1 home victory to the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. LA was led by another good outing by starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

Clayton Kershaw:

The LA left hander threw seven innings and allowed just one run and three hits. He has held nine of his past ten opponents to one run or fewer.

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