MLB World Series Game 7

Cubs vs Indians (3-3)

A longstanding drought will end for either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night while the other team will be flooded with heartbreak. The visiting Cubs forced a decisive World Series Game 7 with Tuesday’s 9-3 victory. They are aiming to win their first pennant since 1908 while the Indians are trying to break a rut that dates back to 1948 (Enter Contest).

Chicago recovered from a 3-1 deficit to win the last two games but has yet to solve Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, who is looking to become the first starting pitcher since Detroit’s Mickey Lolich in 1968 to record three victories in a single World Series. Chicago shortstop Addison Russell (age 22) is coming off his own sterling performance as he became the second youngest player to hit a grand slam (behind New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle) and matched the Series record of six RBIs. He joins Yankees Bobby Richardson (1960), Hideki Matsui (2009) and former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols (2011) among that select group of 6 RBIs in a World Series.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant went 4-for-5 in Game 6 and homered for the second straight game while first baseman Anthony Rizzo also had a homer among three hits. Kyle Schwarber is batting .333 for the Cubs in the World Series despite missing the previous six-plus months due to knee surgery. Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who grew up in the Chicago area, had three hits and a homer in two of the past three games.

PITCHING MATCHUP

Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 1.31 ERA) vs. Indians RH Corey Kluber (4-1, 0.89)

Hendricks, who won 16 regular-season games, took a no-decision in Game 3 of the World Series when he allowed six hits and two walks in 4 1/3 scoreless innings. The 26-year-old is ecstatic to have the opportunity to help the Cubs end their 108-year title drought.

Kluber has struck out 15 in 12 innings during the World Series while allowing just one run in his two victories. He has repeatedly had his best stuff during the postseason despite regularly pitching on short rest and manager Terry Francona has been impressed that the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner has remained sharp.

The one-sided affair in Game 6 allows the Indians to have stellar left-hander Andrew Miller (0.53 ERA, 29 strikeouts in 17 postseason innings in 2016) and right-handed closer Cody Allen (22 strikeouts in 11 2/3 scoreless innings in 2016) rested for Game 7 while Cubs left-handed closer Aroldis Chapman pitched 1 1/3 innings on Tuesday despite the margin.

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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.

Game Highlights

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.

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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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MLB Games Recap

Monday took a weird turn for the Brewers and the best team in baseball needed to get back on the right direction. FanPicks (click to play) has your MLB Games Recap.

Guerra brilliant versus the Nats

Brew Crew’s Junior Guerra won against Nats Max Scherzer. That’s right! He won denying any run to score in a 1-0 victory. This gives Milwaukee his first victory in four games. Martin Maldonado scored the unique run of the meeting, with his third home run of the season. Guerra (6-1) gave up two hits in seven and one-third innings of work. He struck out seven  and conceded two walks. The 31 years-old rookie also allowed no runs in the game prior to Washington. He is now victorious in his last three starts. Scherzer (9-6) threw 114  pitches in six innings. He allowed one run and four hits and three walks. The ace also struck out seven hitters.

The highlight (or blunder) of this game came in the first when, after two outs, Ryan Braun presents himself to the plate and hits a single. Nationals manager Dusty Baker immediately came out of the dugout to speak with empire Cory Blaser. After a small consultation between all of the empires, the decision was to call a third out on Jonathan Lucroy. Turns out that within the starting lineup sheets given to the empires and Dusty Baker, Lucroy was the intended hitter, followed by Braun. Only the press gallery had received the sheet with Braun hitting in third spot, his regular spot in the lineup. Braun came back to hit in the second but failed to reached first base this time.

Chicago back on track

Kris Bryant knocked his 24th long ball of his campaign in a 10-4 Chicago Cubs win over the Cincinnati Reds. This win puts an end to the four game Chicago skid. Bryant’s homer scored two points on the board. However, the National League home run leader had to leave three innings later because he got hurt to his left leg. Among the other Cubs home run hitters, both Willson Contreras and Addison Russell blasted one out of the park. Contreras already collected five homers since making the big league back on June 17th. Kyle Hendricks (7-6) spaced out one run and four hits in five innings and one-third of work for Chicago.

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MLB Daily Cash Draft  Top 20

May 18th 2016

After an incredible evening of MLB daily cash draft yesterday, it’s time to see what today offers (click to join). Check out the top 20 player list below.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game Fp Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Khris Davis OF OAK TEX 71 24.5 19.9 16
David Price P BOS @KC 57 41.2 33.2 24
Jeremy Hellickson P PHI MIA 53 25 27.6 21.5
Drew Pomeranz P SD SF 52.5 39.7 38 26.3
Paulo Orlando OF KC BOS 48 19.7 12.1 7.7
Tyler White 1B HOU @CWS 47.5 21.5 12.7 8.6
Mallex Smith OF ATL @PIT 47.5 17.5 14.6 9.7
RA Dickey P TOR TB 47.5 29.5 22.1 16.6
Justin Verlander P DET MIN 47.5 29 32.2 22.3
Chris Tillman P BAL SEA 46 42.3 39.9 27.6
Nelson Cruz OF SEA @BAL 45 17.7 21.1 13.9
Johnny Cueto P SF @SD 44.5 30.2 36 30.2
Joc Pederson OF LAD @LAA 44.5 18.7 14.6 11.2
John Lackey P CHC @MIL 40.5 34 39.8 26.4
Brandon Crawford SS SF @SD 39 14.8 10 10.2
Rajai Davis OF CLE @CIN 39 19.7 11.6 8.1
Desmond Jennings OF TB @TOR 38.5 12.8 10.7 5.1
Travis Shaw 3B BOS @KC 36 16.8 17.9 17.3
Evan Gattis C HOU @CWS 36 14.8 9.9 10.7
Rich Hill P OAK TEX 33.5 39.2 36.5 30.7

MLB Daily Cash Draft Notables

  • Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is hitting .367 in his career at Camden Yards after going 3-for-4 with a double in Tuesday’s series opener. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz has reached base safely in 43 of 46 career games against the O’s.
  • Major League Baseball announced several suspensions to members of the Blue Jays and Rangers on Tuesday following the on-field incidents in their game on Sunday. Manager John Gibbons will serve the second game of his three-game suspension on Wednesday, and first-base coach Tim Leiper will return after serving his one-game suspension on Tuesday. Outfielder Jose Bautista (one game) and pitcher Jesse Chavez (three games) have each appealed and will be available until the process is complete.
  • Milwaukee’s pitcher Jimmy Nelson has had success against many of the Cubs top hitters. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell are a combined 9-for-47 (.191) with 17 strikeouts against the right-hander.
  • White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier missed Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed illness and should return to the lineup on Wednesday.
  • The Dodgers’ young sluggers are on a tear. Shortstop Corey Seager had his first career multi-homer game on Sunday against the Cardinals, outfielder Trayce Thompson had his first career multi-homer game on Monday against the Angels and Joc Pederson went deep twice for the second time in his career on Tuesday. The Dodgers have homered in 11 consecutive games, dating back to May 7.
  • San Diego’s Matt Kemp leads all active Major Leaguers in hits, runs, doubles and RBIs against the Giants.
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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 20th 2015

Kansas City Royals versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 4 ALCS MLB Real Money Fantasy Preview 10-20-2015

The Toronto Blue Jays will meet the Kansas City Royals in Game 4 of their ALCS series on Tuesday afternoon. MLB fantasy draft GM’s can tune to FOX Sports 1 on October 20th at 4PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks. The pitching matchup features Blue Jays right hander R.A.Dickey as he opposes Royals righty Chris Young.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

Donaldson came through for the Blue Jays when the team needed it most down 0-2 in the series. The third baseman had two hits with a homer and three RBI’s in Game 3.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

R.A. Dickey

The knuckle baller will make his second start in the postseason. Dickey started on October 12th at Texas as he allowed one earned run and five hits over 4 2/3rd innings as he received a no decision in an 8-4 road win.

Kansas City Royals DH:

Kendrys Morales

The veteran DH is coming off a three hit performance in a losing cause in Game 3. Morales produced a home run with two RBI’s. He is having a good postseason with a .310 batting average with four playoff homers.

Kansas City Royals P:

Chris Young

The KC right hander started at home to the Houston Astros in the playoffs on October 8th and allowed one earned run and three hits over four innings in a 5-2 home defeat.

Royals/Blue Jays Game 3 Recap:

The Kansas City Royals saw their lead in this best of seven series fall to 2-1 after an 11-8 road defeat in Game 3 on Monday night to the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a short night for Royals right hander Johnny Cueto who lasted only two innings as he gave up eight earned runs and six hits plus walking four guys in a dreadful outing. Marcus Stroman for the Blue Jays exited after 6 1/3rd innings as he gave up four earned runs and 11 hits. The Blue Jays flexed their power with three home runs.

New York Mets versus Chicago Cubs Game 3 NLCS MLB Fantasy Preview 10-20-2015

The NLCS series continues on Tuesday night with Game 3 as the Chicago Cubs will play host to the New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to TBS TV at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their roster picks.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy has been hot in the playoffs with a batting average of .357 with five playoff homers and eight RBIs. He had two hits with a homer and RBI in Game 2.

New York Mets P:

Jacob DeGrom

The Mets right hander makes his third start of the playoffs. DeGrom is 2-0 in the postseason with an ERA of 1.38 and WHIP of 1.15.

Chicago Cubs 3B:

Kris Bryant

The rookie third baseman broke a slump on Sunday in Game 2 as he had two hits and an RBI. Bryant is batting .185 in the playoffs.

Chicago Cubs P:

Kyle Hendricks

Hendricks has one start in the playoffs and it was on October 10th as he allowed three runs all solo home runs in 4 2/3rd innings at the St Louis Cardinals. He received a no decision in a Cubs 6-3 road win.

Cubs/Mets Game 2 Recap:

The New York Mets are up 2-0 in this best of seven series after a 4-1 victory in Game 2 on Sunday to the Chicago Cubs. The Mets got great pitching once again in this series. They have held Chicago to just three runs in the first two games of the NLCS. The Cubs right hander Jake Arrieta struggled for consecutive games in these playoffs as he gave up four earned runs over five innings to take the loss. Noah Syndergaard threw 5 1/3rd innings and gave up just a single run. The Mets bullpen shut the door as the unit allowed no runs and two hits in 3 1/3rd innings of relief.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball NLWC Preview – Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Cash Draft Baseball Contest continues Wednesday with the National League Wild Card Game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Is this the year that Chicago can finally lift the curse of the Billy Goat, or will Pittsburgh follow up on their best season since 1991? One thing for sure, the winner will move on to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS.

The Chicago Cubs have won 11 out of the 19 matchups against the Pittsburgh Pirates this season. They’ve also defeated them 6 time in 10 games at PNC Park, Pittsburgh home stadium, during the year. You can follow the game this Wednesday on TBS at 8pm Eastern Time.

Pitching matchup: Chicago Cubs Jake Arrieta (22-6) vs Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole (19-8)

Two N.L. CY Young contenders will take the mound in the NLWC. The Cubs have the MLB leader in wins Jake Arrieta. He became, this season, the 14th player in Cubs history to get a no-hitter and the 6th in the league this year. The 29 years-old did not lose a game since July 25th, racking up 11 wins and a 0.57 ERA in that stretch. This season, he’s holding an ERA of 1.77 and 236 strikeouts. The Pittsburgh Pirates will turn to their young ace to even the odds. Gerrit Cole finished the year with a 2.60 ERA and 202 strikeouts. What’s going for Cole is that he already has playoff experience (1-1, 2.45 ERA), as opposed to Arrieta who will make his post-season debut.

Arrieta has faced the Pirates 5 time, this year. He’s 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA against them. His counterpart, Gerrit Cole, also had a 3-1 record in 4 games against the Cubs. His earned run average is a bit higher at 2.15. Cole is going to come to the game with a week rest under his belt. He hasn’t pitched since September 30th. Even with the quality pitching Cole bring to the field, he needs to be perfect to defeat Arrieta and the Cubs

Catchers: Chicago Cubs Miguel Montero vs Pittsburgh Pirates Francisco Cervelli

Francisco Cervelli proved that he’s more than a defensive catcher. He bested his career numbers in home run (7), run batted in (43) and runs (56) this season. He has completed the year with a .295 batting average. Miguel Montero has been tagged as one of the best catchers over the last few years. He has hit 15 homers and 53 RBI’s, scored 36 runs and batted .248 in 2015.

First basemen: Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pedro Alvarez

Chicago Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo reached over a 100 RBI’s for the first time in his career. He’s been the big bat for his team all season long, hitting .278 with 31 blasts and 101 RBI’s while stealing base 17 times. Opposing Rizzo at first base is Pedro Alvarez. The 2nd overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft is in the prime years of his career. He has 77 RBI’s with 27 dingers and a .243 average.

Second basemen: Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro vs Pittsburgh Pirates Neil Walker

Neil Walker is a solid second baseman, one might even say underrated. With 16 homers, 71 RBI’s and a .269 average this year, the 30 year-old will need to raise his low post-season batting average. The Chicago Cubs shifted Starlin Castro from shortstop to second base back in August. Depending whether he’s still playing at shortstop in your Daily Fantasy League, Castro still needs to improve his bat to become an offensive infielder. He’s hitting .265 with 11 home runs and 69 RBI’s this year.

Third basemen: Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant vs Pittsburgh Pirates Aramis Ramirez

It’s rookie vs veteran in this third base head-to-head. Aramis Ramirez had an illustrious career in the majors. But at 37 years-old saw his bat start to slow down. He had 17 home runs and 75 RBI’s with a .246 batting average, this year. Kris Bryant delivered in his first season in the big leagues. A total of 26 deep flies, 99 RBI’s and a .275 average has him lead the race for the N.L. rookie of the year.

Shortstops: Chicago Cubs Addison Russell vs Pittsburgh Pirates Jordy Mercer

Addison Russell is another Chicago prospect that performed well for the team. Batting .242 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI’s, he’s likely to be the sleeper in this Fantasy Baseball competition. Jordy Mercer hits in the bottom of the order and it shows. He has 3 homers, 34 RBI’s and a .244 average.

Outfielders: Chicago Cubs Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber & Chris Coghlan

vs Pittsburgh Pirates Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte & Andrew McCutchen

Nobody is really standing out in the Cubs outfield this year. Yet again, another rookie has the potential to be a sleeper. Kyle Schwarber was the 4th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft. A player making the team this soon definitely has something special. He has collected 16 homers, 432 RBI’s, 52 runs and a .246 average this season. His fantasy position is still iffy. He could still be a catcher in some one day cash draft league. Dexter Fowler is the better, more seasoned fantasy option. He is batting .250 with 17 home runs, 46 RBI’s and 20 stolen bases. Chris Coghlan has 41 RBI’s with 16 homers and a .250 batting average.

The Pirates outfield is probably the team best feature. And it’s all thanks to the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player. Andrew McCutchen is a definite fantasy pick in the NLWC. He had 96 RBI’s, 23 homers and a batting average of .292, in 2015. Both Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco made some strides to become stars, this year in the big league. Marte had 81 RBI’s, 19 dingers and 30 stolen bases with an average of .287, while Polanco finished his year with 9 homers, 84 runs, 27 stolen bases and an average of .256.

Daily Fantasy NLWC Picks

P Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs

C Miguel Montero – Chicago Cubs

1B Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs

2B Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

SS Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs

OF Dexter Fowler – Chicago Cubs

OF Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates

OF Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 22nd 2015

It’s a beautiful day for Fantasy Baseball, as all 30 teams get back into action. That means it’s time to play fantasy baseball for real money. The race is on for the pennant and there is some heavy battle out there. Yesterday, the Blue Jays distanced themselves 3.5 games from the Yankees in the American League East. David Price had a stellar performance once again. He won every single game he played this month (4-0). Another pitcher that never seems to lose (especially at Minute Maid Park) is Dallas Keuchel, who is now 14-0 at home. He’s the only pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to accomplish this feat. The Astros were able to get back one game behind the division leading Rangers. With all this drama unfolding, what is to be expected today in Daily Fantasy Baseball? Let’s get to today’s hot fantasy picks:

P Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners

 Season: 8 W, 4 L, 3.90 ERA, 92 Ks, 20 BBs

Sure, he will be facing the best team in the American League, but Iwakuma has been efficient for the Seattle Mariners since August. We are talking about a 6-2 record and a 2.99 ERA in that stretch. Let’s not forget the no-hitter he threw back on August 12th against the Baltimore Orioles. Not only does he ride a good spell, but he also has a great record against the opposition. He holds 2 wins and no losses with a 2.14 ERA in three outings against the Kansas City Royals. Tonight, the Japanese will spoil the opportunity for the Royals to clinch a playoff spot.

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

Season:  .238 AVG, 26 HRs, 90 RBIs, 65 Runs

The Toronto Blue Jays got the win yesterday with ace David Price on the mound. Today, it’s Marco Estrada’s turn. I’m not saying Estrada is no good, but he’s no David Price. The Yankees will take the opportunity to swing their big bats, and that means that McCann will cash in a few RBI’s in the cleanup spot.

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .243 AVG, 10 HRs, 60 RBIs, 36 Runs

I said yesterday that Arizona needed to take out some frustration out on the Dodgers, and that’s exactly what they did. 17 hits and an 8-4 win in last night game was what they needed. Paul Goldschmidt has been in the middle of this rumble, knocking out one out of the park. He will continue to ride this out against starter Alex Wood. Goldy has 2 homers and 4 RBIs in 7 at-bats when facing Woods.

2B Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

Season: .264 AVG, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 32 Runs, 9 SBs

He has been kept in the shadows playing for the San Diego Padres, but this 2011 first-round pick will become one of the best second baseman in the league. He will have an easy task tonight against San Francisco starter Chris Heston, who has been awful lately.

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

Season: .277 AVG, 25 HRs, 95 RBIs, 84 Runs, 13 SBs

He started the season as one of the best prospect in baseball. Now he leads all rookies in RBI’s, with 95, and is tied for first in home runs, with 25. The third baseman will have no problem helping pitcher Jake Arrieta get his 20th win against the winning less Tyler Cravy.

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

Season: .323 AVG, 7 HRs, 78 RBIs, 76 Runs, 10 SBs

On the 10th game of his hitting streak, he has belted a grand slam and finished the night with 5 RBI’s. Leading all shortstop in batting average, Bogaerts his quickly becoming the building block of the Boston Red Sox. He will have no problem following up on his memorable night against Matt Moore. Moore never had good outings at Fenway.

OF Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

Season: .270 AVG, 5 HRs, 29 RBIs, 33 Runs, 4 SBs

The Cuban import is still getting used to playing in MLB this year. He doesn’t show big numbers but the everyday left fielder should produce against Matt Moore at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are still seeing something in him. So should we.

OF Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners

Season: .247 AVG, 11 HRs, 41 RBIs, 48 Runs

Nelson Cruz doesn’t have success against Jeremy Guthrie. It will be on Robinson Cano and Seth Smith to take charge of the offense. Smith has had some quality at-bats facing Guthrie.

OF Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

Season: .266 AVG, 2 HRs, 32 RBIs, 48 Runs, 9 SBs

It was a little over one week ago that Pagan was able to steal 3 bases against the Padres. He could pull another trick up his sleeves once again in San Diego.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Hisashi Iwakuma – Seattle Mariners

C Brian McCann – New York Yankees

1B Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks

2B Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

3B Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Rusney Castillo – Boston Red Sox

OF Seth Smith – Seattle Mariners

OF Angel Pagan – San Francisco Giants

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Fantasy Baseball Preview – Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers – 8-28-15 – MLB

The Major League Baseball regular season is winding down with playoff races tightening up. We are at the point of the year where games become critical. Scheduled for Friday August 28th is an NL contenders contest as the LA Dodgers will host the Chicago Cubs. MLB draft managers can tune to MLB Network at 10PM Eastern Time to follow the scoring results of their rosters.

The LA Dodgers return home from an eight game road trip with a three game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. The road trip started terribly as he team lost five straight losing at Oakland and Houston scoring no more than two runs in four of the games. LA started strongly at the plate in the first few months of the season but has slumped terribly. They have fallen to 16th in runs scored per game (4.11) and 14th in team batting average (.253). The Dodgers are trying to hold off the San Francisco Giants in the NL West division as they hold a three game lead in the loss column after their win on Thursday afternoon.

The Chicago Cubs sits in the final wildcard playoff spot in the National League with a 6 ½ game lead over the San Francisco Giants as they took the field on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs had their six game win streak snapped on Wednesday in a 4-2 road defeat at San Francisco. The pitching staff for Chicago has been outstanding as the club sits 6th in Team ERA (3.52) and 5th in WHIP (1.20). Like LA the Cubs have had their issues offensively as they are 15th in runs scored (4.17) and 29th in team batting (2.42).

Chicago Cubs 1B: Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs everyday players with a batting average of .289 with 25 homers and 77 RBIs. He has hits in seven of eight games. He is hitting .305 away from Wrigley Field.

Chicago Cubs 3B: Entering Thursday Kris Bryant was riding a six game hitting streak. He had had multiple hits in three of his past seven games. For the month of August Bryant is batting .346 with six homers and 17 RBIs.

Chicago Cubs CF: After going hitless on Tuesday and Wednesday Dexter Fowler is batting .252 with 14 homers and 36 RBIs. He is hitting just .236 away from Wrigley Field.

Chicago Cubs LF: Chris Coghlan looks to break a slump as he is 5 for his past 23. His average is down to .249 with 15 homers and 35 RBIs.

Chicago Cubs 2B: Addison Russell has gotten hot as he is hitting .353 over his past seven days with two home runs. He has four multiple hits in his past nine games.

Chicago Cubs P: Jason Hammel is 7-5 with an ERA of 3.35 and WHIP of 1.09. He is coming off a win on August 23rd as he held the Atlanta Braves to two earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3rd innings. Hammel has held seven of his past nine opponents to two earned runs or less.

LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez is expected to be in the lineup on Friday. He is hitting .286 on the year with 24 homers and 74 RBIs. He has hits in four of his past five games.

LA Dodgers LF: Andre Ethier is coming off a three hit game on Thursday in the win at Cincinnati. His batting average is up to .296 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs.

LA Dodgers RF: Yasiel Puig had two hits on Thursday to raise his average up to .256 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs. He has a ten game hit streak. He could miss Friday’s game with a hamstring injury.

LA Dodgers C: Yasmani Grandal was a good acquisition for the Dodgers in the offseason as they finally got some offensive production from their catching position. Grandal is batting .271 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs.

LA Dodgers P: Clayton Kershaw starts his 26th game of the year and is 10-6 with an ERA of 2.29 and WHIP of 0.92. He has held nine of his past ten opponents to one earned run or less. On August 23rd Kershaw held the Houston Astros to just one earned run but lack of offense gave him a no decision.

Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Picks

P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
LF: Andre Eithier (Dodgers)
C: Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers)
3B: Kris Bryant (Cubs)
2B: Addison Russell (Cubs)

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 8-26-15

Fantasy Baseball Picks

Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s August 26th 2015

Pitcher: Kyle Hendricks

Third Base:  Kris Bryant

Short Stop:  Brandon Crawford

First Base: Anthony Rizzo

Outfield:  Nori Aoki

Outfield:  Dexter Fowler

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