NLCS Game 6

Dodgers vs Cubs (Cubs lead series 3-2)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Draft

June 29th 2016

With half of the matchups starting early in the afternoon, it will be a stretch to find the right players to fill your lineup. We just might be able to help you with some picks that have been quite good over the past few days. Here is the daily fantasy baseball draft primetime top picks! (Click to play FP)

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Milwaukee is 8-2 when Junior Guerra takes the ball. He enters Sunday’s action against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a rotation-best 3.67 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings.

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Brian Dozier extended his season-high hitting streak to 10 games with a home run (the first of two on the night) to lead off the second inning in the opener. His career high is 11 games.

Ben Revere collected four hits, swiped three bags (tying a career high) and came around to score three times in Monday’s Nationals matchup against the Mets.

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Brandon Crawford was back in the lineup Tuesday after getting a day off Monday due to “general soreness.” He’s been out of the starting lineup twice in the past week.

Adrian Beltre went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs on Tuesday against the Yankees.

Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, three runs scored and two walks on Tuesday against the Giants.

Ian Desmond extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Tuesday with a single in the first inning. This hit streak is it’s longest of the season.

Returning to action

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was out of the starting lineup in Tuesday’s series opener, but said he expects to play on Wednesday. Turner went 7-for-14 with three homers and seven RBIs when these two teams met earlier in June.

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Cash Draft Baseball Primetime Top Picks

June 22nd 2016

Almost half of today’s MLB matchups starts early. But we got you covered with an in-depth look at tonight’s top fantasy picks. Primetime baseball starts at 7:05 PM EST timeand covers the Giants, Rangers and Nats among many. See below Wednesday top draft picks and go make your cash draft baseball selection at FanPicks (click to play).

Primetime Top Draft Picks

Player Pos Team Opp Last 2 Games Avg Last 4 Games Avg Last 10 Games Avg
Jeff Samardzija P SF @PIT 30 17.4 31.5
Cole Hamels P TEX CIN 41.3 31.9 31.1
Wil Myers 1B SD @BAL 30.5 19.8 21.5
Justin Upton OF DET SEA 30 24.2 17.4
Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL SD 10 22.9 16.7
Brian Dozier 2B MIN PHI 28.5 21.8 15.5
Rajai Davis OF CLE TB 26 22 15.5
Justin Turner 3B LAD WAS 19.8 19.6 14.2
Michael Taylor OF WAS @LAD 29.8 20.3 13.7
Pedro Alvarez 1B BAL SD 20.7 19.3 13.6
Kurt Suzuki C MIN PHI 27.8 18.3 13.4
Ian Desmond OF TEX CIN 13 13.1 13
Melvin Upton Jr OF SD @BAL 10 7.6 12.1
Max Kepler OF MIN PHI 20.3 15.8 11.9
Victor Martinez 1B DET SEA 21.8 14.7 11.8
Tyler Naquin OF CLE TB 21.8 13.6 11.8
Juan Uribe 3B CLE TB 22.5 27.5 11.6
Matt Wieters C BAL SD 17.3 12.7 11.4
Zack Cozart SS CIN @TEX 25.8 20.2 10.4
Franklin Gutierrez OF SEA @DET 24.5 15.3 9.5

Cash Draft Baseball Notables

  • Pirates left fielder Starling Marte, who ranks second in the National League and third in the Majors with 20 stolen bases, left Tuesday’s game with a foot injury.
  • White Sox pitche Jose Quintana is 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA and a .184 opponents’ average in six career starts against the Red Sox. He’s 1-0 with a 2.11 ERA in three starts at Fenway.
  • Red Sox David Ortiz has reached base in each of his last 25 home games, hitting .411 with 23 extra-base hits.
  • Rangers center fielder Ian Desmond is slated to sit on Wednesday in his first day off since April 17. He is expected to be replaced by Ryan Rua.
  • Look for Peter Bourjos to start again for the Phillies in right field. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is trying to play the hot hand, and Bourjos has been the Phillies’ hottest hitter for more than a week.
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MLB Daily Fantasy Draft Giants vs Dodgers

Dominate your competition with our MLB Daily Fantasy Draft, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. Nothing like getting thrown into the fire, as Ross Stripling will find out tonight, when he makes his Major League debut pitching for the Dodgers versus their archrival Giants at inhospitable AT&T Park.

Stripling, who has never pitched above Double-A, said he’s been studying Giants hitters since he learned last weekend that he gets first crack at holding the fifth starter job. He went 1 and 1 with a 4.09 ERA in four Spring Training games.  The 26 year-old was chosen over Carlos Frias and Zach Lee to complete the rotation the opening day rotation. Both Frias and Lee already started for the team over the course of the previous season, so it may seems suprising to go with the rookie who is coming off Tommy Johns surgery.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated that catcher Buster Posey is likely to get his first day off this season. Rookie Trevor Brown would start in his place. Posey was initially expected to rest in Wednesday’s series finale at Milwaukee, but played instead. The Giants would need Posey’s bat this Saturday, when they face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and are scheduled to counter with their own No. 1 pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, to the hill. Posey usually takes a break from catching about 40 games per season, but usually does not miss Bumgarner’s starts. Matt Cain, who will starts for San Francisco, is 5-11 with a 3.49 ERA in 30 career outings against the Dodgers. Spring training hasn’t been too good for him though, as he recorded an ERA of  7.71 in three starts.

Top Fantasy Picks

2B Joe Panik (SF)

3B Justin Turner (LAD)

OF Yasiel Puig (LAD)

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 15th 2015

New York Mets versus LA Dodgers Game 5 MLB NLDS Fantasy Preview 10-15-2015

It will be a deciding Game 5 from the NLDS series as the LA Dodgers will be home to the New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to TBS TV on Thursday October 15th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their fantasy rosters.

Each team is 1-1 at home and away in this series. New York held a 2-1 lead heading into Game 4 and it was the LA Dodgers with the 3-1 road victory to even the series at 2-2 to bring the fifth and deciding Game 5 to LA. Left hander Clayton Kershaw pitched very well as he allowed the Mets one earned run and three hits over seven innings. Closer Kenley Jansen pitched a four out save as he held New York scoreless in 1 1/3rd innings.

In the two games held in Dodgers Stadium it was the Mets winning Game 1 by the score of 3-1 and LA came from behind in Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1 with the 5-2 victory. Game 3 was a 13-7 home blowout victory by NY against the Dodgers. Justin Turner came in with a clutch hit and made an outstanding defensive play in the seventh inning to help preserve the 3-1 Game 4 victory. The Dodgers have been a power hitting team with 187 home runs this season ranking sixth best in MLB.

New York struggled against Kershaw in Game 4. They were forced to fly cross-country trips three times in this series while the LA Dodgers took just two cross-country flights from the NLDS. The Mets have had trouble hitting for average as the club bats .244 on the year ranking 28th in Major League Baseball.

New York Mets RF:

Curtis Granderson

The Mets right fielder has been hot in the NLDS with a .429 batting average with two doubles. He has had two hits in three of the four games of this series.

New York Mets LF:

Yoenis Cespedes

Cespedes had hits in three straight playoff games. The left fielder had three hits in Game 3 in the Mets 13-7 victory. He is 1 for 5 life time against Zach Greinke.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

The Mets middle infielder has four hits in seventeen at bats in this series but two of the hits were home runs and he has driven in three runs in the NLDS.

New York Mets P:

Jacob DeGrom

The Mets 27 year old lefthander went 14-8 in 30 starts with an ERA of 2.54 and WHIP of 0.98. In Game 1 against the Dodgers Degrom earned the win as he allowed no earned runs and five hits working seven innings.

LA Dodgers 3B:

Justin Turner

A former Met Justin Turner is batting .467 in the NLCS with three RBIs. He is 7 of 15 with three doubles and two runs scored. Turner has hits in all four games with multiple hits in three of the four games.

LA Dodgers CF:

Enrique Hernandez

The 24 year old hit .307 in the regular season. In the NLDS Hernandez has hit .400 with three runs scored.

LA Dodgers 1B:

Adrian Gonzalez

The LA veteran first baseman is hitting .313 in the Met series with five RBIs. He went 3 for 8 against DeGrom in his career with two homers and five RBIs.

LA Dodgers P:

Zach Greinke

The LA right hander is 19-3 with an ERA of 1.66 and WHIP of 0.84. He faced the Mets in Game 2 of this series on October 10th and allowed two earned runs and five hits over seven innings in a 5-2 victory.

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Fantasy Information News September 7th 2015

Washington Nationals are Making Moves in the NL East Division Race

With their 9-4 home victory on Sunday over the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals have moved within four games of the first place New York Mets. The Nationals have been picking on the hapless Braves as they swept a four game series over the weekend. Atlanta scored a grand total of nine runs in all the four contests. The Nationals bullpen bailed out another poor outing by starter Joe Ross. The Washington bullpen pitched 4 2/3rd scoreless innings of relief on Sunday.

Bryce Harper:

The Nationals MVP candidate is coming off a two hit game on Sunday. He has crushed Braves pitching going 7 of 11 in the series. He has multiple hits in three straight games. He walked four times in Game 1 on Thursday and scored a run each time. On the year Harper is hitting .339 with 34 homers and 83 RBIs.

Yunel Escobar:

Escobar has crushed Braves pitching as well by going 8 for 16 in the four game series. His power numbers have slid with just one extra base hit over his past nine games. Escobar is batting .315 on the year with nine homers and 46 RBIs.

Michael Taylor:

The Nationals center fielder had a two hit game with two RBIs on Sunday. He entered the game on a 3 for 13 slump.

Joe Ross:

Ross lasted just 4 1/3rd innings on Sunday as he gave up four earned runs and five hits with three walks. He has walked nine batters in his past two starts working a total of seven innings. Ross has failed to pitch five innings in four of his past six starts.

Mets Drop a 4-3 Decision at Miami on Sunday. They lose two of three over the weekend.

The New York Mets dropped a 4-3 road decision at the Miami Marlins on Sunday. With the Braves sweeping the Nationals the Mets gave up two games from their NL East lead at the conclusion of this series with the Marlins. The Mets bullpen gave up single runs in the eighth and ninth inning to blow a 3-2 lead late.

Yoenis Cespedes:

The Mets center fielder had a two hit game on Sunday. Cespedes is batting .421 for the month of September. He has multiple hits in four of his past five games.

Michael Conforto:

The left fielder had a two hit game on Sunday. Conforto has multiple hits in four of five games and six of his past ten. His average is now up to .300 with five homers and 18 RBIs.

Wilmer Flores:

The shortstop had a home run on Sunday. He is batting .333 for the month of September for the Mets.

Steven Matz:

Matz made his third start of the year on Sunday and allowed two earned runs and four hits pitching 5 1/3rd innings. He received a no decision on Sunday.

LA Dodgers Exit San Diego Series with a 7 ½ Game Lead Over San Francisco

LA has won three straight and six of their past seven games as they get past the Padres 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Dodger bullpen blew Game 1 of this series but the Dodgers responded by winning the final three games of this series. The series was crippling to the Padres chances for an NL West crown as they fall 14 games back of the Dodgers in the loss column with 26 games remaining.

Justin Turner:

It was a two hit game for Turner on Sunday as he moves his batting average up to .290 with 15 homers and 52 RBIs. He had been in a 2 for 14 slump entering Sunday.

A.J. Ellis:

Ellis has been relegated to the backup catcher after an awful 2013 season at the plate. Ellis had two hits on Sunday for the third time in his past five games.

Adrian Gonzalez:

Gonzales got a hit with two RBIs on Sunday. He had been on a 3 for 19 slump as he entered Sunday’s game.

Brett Anderson:

The LA left handed starter went 5 2/3rd innings on Sunday giving up one earned run and four hits but walked four batters.

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