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Houston Astros

Though their quest to repeat as World Series champions went unfulfilled in 2018, the Astros assembled their greatest starting rotation in franchise history and set a club record for regular-season wins.

In 2019, Houston’s proverbial window remains wide open, even after losing three starting pitchers. Offensive regression from a historic 2017 pace was offset by the incredible pitching the Astros received. Getting the heart of their once-potent lineup back to full health, while relying on their plethora of pitching prospects to fill a noticeable void, will key their quest for a third straight American League West title.

Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels are entering a new era: After 19 seasons, Mike Scioscia will no longer be the manager. In 39 years before Scioscia became their manager, the Angels averaged 76.6 wins per full season, had only 12 winning seasons and made the playoffs three times (without winning a series). In 19 seasons under Scioscia, the Angels averaged 86.8 wins, had 12 winning seasons, made the playoffs seven times and won the franchise’s only World Series title (2002). The challenge now shifts to new manager Brad Ausmus to make the most out of a roster that includes baseball’s best player (Mike Trout) and its most unique (Shohei Ohtani) but probably not enough pitching to be more than a fringe contender.

Oakland Athletics

A year ago at this time, the A’s were just another rebuilding team. And then the games were played in earnest, and the team showed muscle and perseverance. A 97-win season and a strong second-place finish got them a Wild Card berth. And now, with the 2019 season upon us, Oakland is a team that still factors strongly in the American League West. 

The A’s are going to have to get their starting rotation together, or maybe not. Manager Bob Melvin looked positively adroit at using an “opener.” Last year it was done because of injuries that crippled the rotation, but in 2019 it will be no surprise if the A’s stay with the opener concept simply because they’ve shown they can make it work. And, yes, many of the same players who were injured last year are injured still, including some of the organization’s best arms.

The A’s will continue to lean on their power and defense. In the cases of third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson, they have both qualities. In Khris Davis, they have a year-in, year-out contender for the homer title, and they have depth in power — eight players in double figures for homers last year and five with 20 or more bombs.

Three-quarters of the infield — shortstop Marcus Semien in addition to Chapman and Olson — were in Gold Glove range last year, and the outfield is in good shape, too, with Ramon Laureano and Stephen Piscotty. But there is no answer yet as to a real replacement for catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

Seattle Mariners

The Mariners’ postseason drought, which dates back to 2001 — the longest active streak without a playoff appearance for any of the four major sports in North America — will likely continue for another season. It’s an outcome they are willing to accept in hopes of more sustained success in the years to come. 

As part of a rebuild — GM Jerry Dipoto is calling it a “stepback” — the Mariners culled the roster of several players in their 30s who had expensive contracts or were in their final years of arbitration and headed for free agency. Beginning in early November, Dipoto made nine trades that removed nine contributing players from the Mariners’ 25-man roster, including top pitcher James Paxton, closer Edwin Diaz, shortstop Jean Segura, catcher Mike Zunino and second baseman Robinson Cano. Dipoto admits the team likely won’t match the 89 wins of last season, but will the Mariners even win 70 games in 2019?

Texas Rangers

Two years of going for it and another with the best intentions — if not the all-in financial expenditures — led the Texas Rangers to a point of no return last season. By June, the decision was made that the Rangers would be rebuilding, and 2019 will be more of the same from the team that won back-to-back American League West titles in 2015-16.

And the Rangers get to do it without Adrian Beltre.

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Orioles at Angels Preview

The Los Angeles Angels halted their four-game slide in the series opener and look to post another victory when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday for the middle contest of their three-game set. Los Angeles squandered a two-run lead in the top of the ninth inning of Tuesday’s opener before Justin Upton singled home the decisive run in the bottom of the frame for a 3-2 victory.

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The Angels have won just four of their last 13 games after sprinting out to a 13-3 start and have slipped to third place in the American League West. Albert Pujols was hitless in four at-bats on Tuesday, remaining four hits shy of 3,000 for his career, and is just 2-for-16 over his last four games. Baltimore had slugger Mark Trumbo (quadriceps) in the lineup for the first time this season, and he was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts. Orioles star Manny Machado recorded two hits for the fourth time in his last five games to raise his major league-leading average to .366, but his club has dropped seven of its last nine contests.

TV: 10:07 p.m. ET, MASN2 (Baltimore), FS West (Los Angeles)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (1-3, 2.97 ERA) vs. Angels LH Andrew Heaney (0-1, 6.91)

Bundy was torched in a loss to Tampa Bay in his last turn as he allowed eight runs – seven earned – and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The 25-year-old had been superb over his first five outings, giving up just five earned runs during the stretch and yielding five hits or fewer on four occasions. Bundy is 1-0 with a 6.48 ERA in two career appearances (one start) against the Angels and has struggled with Mike Trout (3-for-4, homer).

Heaney allowed two runs – one earned – and five hits in five innings of a no-decision against the New York Yankees in his last turn. The 26-year-old struck out nine batters, the second-best total in his career, and has fanned 22 in just 14 1/3 frames this season. Heaney owns a 7.59 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore and has experienced issues with Machado (3-for-6, homer).

WALK-OFFS

1. Orioles C Chance Sisco departed Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning after colliding with 3B Pedro Alvarez and receiving an elbow in the face as both players pursued a foul pop-up.

2. Los Angeles placed Kenyan Middleton (elbow) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled fellow RHP Eduardo Paredes from Triple-A Salt Lake.

3. In addition to activating Trumbo, Baltimore also placed INF Luis Sardinas (back) on the disabled list, optioned OF Joey Rickard to Norfolk and recalled INF Engelb Vielma from the Triple-A affiliate.

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Angels at Astros Preview

The Houston Astros own the longest winning streak in the American League at six straight games and tied the best 23-game start in franchise history, but they’re just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. The Astros will host the Angels on Monday in the opener of a three-game division showdown.

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Houston is outscoring opponents 47-6 over the last six games and bashed the Chicago White Sox 27-2 in a three-game sweep over the weekend. The Astros can pound the ball with any team offensively but are thriving behind a pitching staff that owns the best ERA in the majors at 2.22 and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of the last seven contests. The Angels started hot with wins in 13 of their first 16 but dropped five of six on the just-completed homestand, capped by a 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Los Angeles, which totaled 10 runs in its last six contests, could have more trouble getting the bats going against surging Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole, who opposes Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FS West (Los Angeles), AT&T SportsNet Southwest-plus (Houston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: 

Angels LH Tyler Skaggs (2-1, 3.98 ERA) vs. Astros RH Gerrit Cole (2-0, 0.96)

Skaggs surrendered a total of three runs in his first three starts but was ripped for six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings by the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday to suffer his first loss. The 26-year-old did not allow a home run in any of his first three turns but served up a grand slam on Wednesday. Skaggs made three of his 16 starts in 2017 against Houston and went 1-0 with a 4.24 ERA while striking out 11 in 17 innings.

Cole went seven innings in each of his first four starts with his new team and allowed a total of three earned runs. The former No. 1 overall draft pick posted double-digit strikeouts in each of the first three before punching out five at Seattle in a win on Wednesday. Cole, who spent the first five seasons of his career in the National League with the Pittsburgh Pirates, is seeing Los Angeles for the first time since 2016.

WALK-OFFS

1. Angels SS Andrelton Simmons left Sunday’s game after being hit by a pitch in the arm and is day-to-day.

2. Astros SS Carlos Correa is 13-for-24 with seven RBIs over the last seven games.

3. Los Angeles DH Shohei Ohtani hit cleanup on Sunday for the first time this season and went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

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What to cheer for in 2018 for non-Astros fans

Like the gunslingers of generations past, the Houston Astros are a force to be reckoned with out west – specifically, the American League West – and anyone who dares trifle with the reigning champs, emboldened by their first-ever World Series title and trigger-happy one-through-nine, will be swiftly vanquished.

Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ longtime general manager, knows it, too.

“I think we got a better team this year than we did last year,” Luhnow told MLB Network Radio.

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Conservatively, the Astros are going to win 95 games in 2018, and the two most prominent, publicly available projection models – FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus – have pegged them to finish closer to 100. Between Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer, and Alex Bregman, the Astros boast a trove of MVPs, recognized or not, while their ostensible worst starter, Charlie Morton, finished tied for 22nd in the majors in WAR last season, ahead of Robbie Ray and Ervin Santana – both of whom earned All-Star nominations. Tanking may be a contemptible practice, but the Astros’ burgeoning dynasty isn’t exactly a cautionary tale.

So what, then, can the rest of the AL West get up for in 2018, knowing that the Astros’ second straight division title is practically preordained? It’s still March, after all, and hope springs eternal at this time of year, but is there any reason for excitement in Anaheim, Seattle, Oakland, or Arlington? Well, of course there is!

Los Angeles Angels – Sho-time!

For the first time in years, the Angels actually have a pretty decent team behind Mike Trout thanks to a fine offseason of wheeling, dealing, and Shohei Ohtani-reeling from general manager Billy Eppler. It was so good, in fact, that the Angels, even with glaring deficiencies in their rotation, are some observers’ favorite for the second American League wild-card berth (although, in fairness, the league’s glut of non-competitive teams has helped their prospects in a big way, too).

Irrespective of their postseason chances, though, the Angels are going to be an unbelievably fun team to follow this year, seeing as they now have the game’s best player (Trout) and its most compelling attraction (Ohtani). Trout, the two-time MVP who managed a career-best 1.071 OPS (187 OPS+) in 2017, is never not entertaining, after all, and it should be both fascinating and frustrating watching manager Mike Scioscia try to incorporate Ohtani into the offense on his non-pitching days; his starts, meanwhile, at least at the outset of the campaign, will be appointment viewing, his unimpressive spring notwithstanding.

Seattle Mariners – Ichiro’s return

Typically, at this time of year, pundits are heaping praise on Jerry Dipoto for the 742 marginal moves he brokered over the preceding winter months and picking the Mariners’ as a wild-card team. This year, however, while only the most optimistic prognosticators have the Mariners sneaking into the postseason, Dipoto should be anointed Executive of the Year for repatriating Ichiro Suzuki, the 44-year-old legend who, following an extended sojourn in Miami (via New York), has returned to Seattle on a one-year deal.

Now, is there a quantitative argument to be made that Ichiro’s roster spot should go to someone who can actually improve the Mariners’ remote playoff chances? I mean, sure. But do you want to be the person who craps all over his long-awaited return to the Mariners, the club that brought him over from Japan back in 2001 and watched him bloom into an eventual first-ballot Hall of Famer? Don’t be that person. And to you, Mariners fans, rather than bemoan another middling season and the continuation of the longest playoff drought in the majors, just relish this final summer with Ichiro. Head down to Safeco early to watch him smack BP homers. Give him a standing ovation before every at-bat. Shower him with praise after every spectacular catch. Because he’ll be gone before you know it, and this time for good.

Oakland Athletics – Prospects, prospects, prospects!

Languishing in a perpetual rebuild is no way to live, and while the A’s are once again poised to field one of the worst teams in the majors in 2018, at least a few of their most prized prospects are expected to spend considerable time with the big-league club this year.

Of the three A’s prospects on the recent Top 100 list at MLB.com, for example, the most highly regarded position player, 22-year-old Franklin Barreto, has already made his big-league debut and is expected to be Oakland’s everyday shortstop this year after hitting .290/.339/.456 with 15 homers and 15 stolen bases at Triple-A in 2017. A.J. Puk, meanwhile, received at least semi-serious consideration for a rotation spot this spring despite making just 13 starts above High-A in 2017, his first full professional season, in which he struck out a whopping 34.5 percent of opposing hitters; if all goes well, the 6-foot-7 left-hander will make his A’s debut in June, after the club has manipulated his service time to the point that he won’t be eligible for a fourth year of salary arbitration. Finally, Jorge Mateo, a speedy shortstop acquired from the New York Yankees in the Sonny Gray trade, could also find himself in Oakland come July, as the 22-year-old hit .296/.357/.521 with eight homers, 14 doubles, and 10 triples with 24 stolen bases in 60 games at Double-A last season. (Honorable mention goes to roster hopeful Dustin Fowler, another gem acquired in the Gray deal, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in his MLB debut with the Yankees before getting shipped to Oakland.) It’s easy to be cynical in Oakland, of course, given the club’s track record, but the wealth of impact talent on the horizon is reason for optimism.

Texas Rangers – Beltre’s potential swan song

When it comes to the venerable elder statesmen of the AL West, Ichiro is definitely the straight man, all austere and regimented, and Adrian Beltre is his zany foil, a Cooperstown-bound goofball whose talents are (almost) as compelling as his hilarious antics. Sadly, not unlike Ichiro, Beltre’s future beyond 2018 remains murky, as he turns 39 in a few weeks and his contract expires at season’s end. If he wants to keep playing, he probably will – last year, though he played only 94 games, Beltre still managed a .915 OPS (135 OPS+) – but it’d be presumptuous to think the four-time All-Star will definitely be back in Arlington next year, swatting home runs from down on one knee and horsing around with Elvis Andrus.

As such, while Rangers fans can invest their emotional currency, if they so choose, in what’s likely to be an unrealized wild-card run, they would probably be better served just coming out to the ballpark to enjoy the terrific theater that is Beltre, a walking GIF who messes with anybody and everybody on the diamond (umpires included) and happens to have 3,048 hits and 462 home runs on his resume. And, for at least one more season, he’s all yours, Rangers fans. Cherish him.

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Los Angeles Angels win third straight

Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron each batted in runs in support of starter Hector Santiago and the Los Angeles Angels. L.A. has disposed of the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Thursday afternoon. Pujols opened up the scoring with a single off of rookie Blake Snell (1-4) in the sixth inning . Cron followed up with a groudout that turned into a throwing error by second baseman Logan Forsythe. One more run came in to score on the play that could’ve been a double play and ended the inning. The Halo’s have added two more runs in the eight inning when when Cron pulled a sacrifice fly when bases where loaded. They pulled off a double steal to the perfection with Mike Trout stealing home and Pujols grabbing third base.

The Rays have lost 19 of their previous 22 games. The Angels, on the other hand, have won their last three, their longest stretch in over two month. Santiago (6-4) gave up three hits in seven innings of work. The lefty brought is month of July record up to 8-1 since having been acquired by the Angels in 2014. He allowed four walks and struck out nine on the side.

 

Piscotty halts Pirates streak to seven

Stephen Piscotty knocked a three-run home run. Randal Grichuk clubbed one out too. Those two homers was all it took for the St. Louis Cardinals to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 1 Thursday. They avoid a four game series sweep, as well as put an end to the Bucs seven game winning streak.

Adam Wainwright (8-5) worked seven innings for the Cards win. They take over the National League Central division second spot in the process. Unfortunately for St. Louis, all-star third baseman Matt Carpenter  joins Brandon Moss and Brayan Pena on the 15 day disabled-list Thursday morning. The eleventh Piscotty long ball against pitcher Arquimedes Caminero was object to video review, but was eventually confirmed as a home run.

Pirates starter Tyler Glasnow (0-1) gave up four runs in five-and-one-third innings in his major leagues debut. The 22 year old righty was the eleventh starter used by Pittsburgh this season. Like Steven Brault earlier in this series, Glasnow hit his first career MLB ball.

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 29th 2015

There are sparks flying everywhere in the MLB, as we inch closer to post-season’s daily fantasy sports contests. Tension is in the air in California. Both San Francisco and Los Angeles are vying for the N.L. west top spot. They will play their 2nd game of a 4 games series. Giants are sending their ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound, but the Dodgers respond with their own all-star, Clayton Kershaw. A win for the Dodgers allows them to clinch a playoff entry. Also on the bracket is the N.L. central division matchup between St-Louis and Pittsburgh. The Cards will try to claim the title for the third straight year with a win over the Pirates today. Can you feel the heat, because these are the fantasy hot picks:

P Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

Season: 18 W, 8 L, 2.88 ERA, 228 Ks, 38 BBs

Bumgarner won against Kershaw twice this season. After losing his last two starts, he’ll look for redemption and the chance to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive. The lefty will also pitch at home where he holds a 1.80 ERA. A crowd cheering for him is all the motivation he’s going to need to win.

C Carlos Perez – Los Angeles Angels

Season:  .248 AVG, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 16 Runs, 2 SBs

The L.A. Angels are in the middle of a battle with the Houston Astros for top spot in the A.L. west. They need contribution from all their players. Perez has been doing his part, hitting .444 in his last 8 games.

1B Adam Lind – Milwaukee Brewers

Season: .284 AVG, 20 HRs, 86 RBIs, 70 Runs

The Brewers will introduce minor league pitcher of the year Jorge Lopez to the MLB. Given that he’s the future hope of a struggling Milwaukee team, the squad will need to step up their game. Adam Lind is having a pretty good season. The 32 years-old also has Tyson Ross number. He’s batting a career .833 with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s in 6 at-bats against the righty.

2B Andres Blanco – Philadelphia Phillies

Season: .287 AVG, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs, 29 Runs

He has shown that you don’t need to be in a bad team to perform well. The Venezuelan had a game winning homer on Sunday against the Nats. It came the inning after an altercation in the Washington dugout between Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon. Blanco knows how to take up on opportunities when they presents themselves.

3B David Freese – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .257 AVG, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs, 49 Runs, 1 SB

Freese had back-to back dingers over the weekend. It shows that from top to bottom of the Angels lineup, everybody is contributing for the playoff push. The 2011 World Series MVP knows how to win when it matter.

SS Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox

Season: .249 AVG, 10 HRs, 60 RBIs, 54 Runs, 17 SBs

He was not in the lineup for Sunday’s matchup against the Yankees. This gave him a two day rest before his team meets up with the Royals in a three game home stand. He will face Johnny Cueto today, and that is no problem for him. The Cuban is averaging .750 with 1 home run in 8 at-bats against Cueto.

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

Season: .275 AVG, 18 HRs, 63 RBIs, 53 Runs

The Yankees are facing their eternal rivals Red Sox. The Yankees lost the first one. They will need to rebound so that they can get closer to a post-season entry. If all goes well today, Beltran should have plenty of fantasy points at cleanup.

OF Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

Season: .290 AVG, 17 HRs, 56 RBIs, 90 Runs, 41 SBs

The man with the beard just closed out a terrific series against the Dodgers. He had 4 hits including a triple and a home run, while scoring one run or more in every game. Now, it’s time for him to show what he can do against the Diamondbacks.

OF A. J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .317 AVG, 19 HRs, 75 RBIs, 106 Runs, 37 SBs

Pollock is having a tremendous season for the D-Backs. He will have no problem elevating those numbers today, as he faces off against Colorado’s Christian Bergman. He has 4 hits in 7 at-bats against him.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

C Carlos Perez – Los Angeles Angels

1B Adam Lind – Milwaukee Brewers

2B Andres Blanco – Philadelphia Phillies

3B David Freese – Los Angeles Angels

SS Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

OF Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

OF A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamonbacks

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Fantasy Baseball Recap – Red Sox vs Angels

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It was a good night for Fantasy Baseball’s Angels fans as the home team took both games in the one day cash draft doubleheader against the Red Sox and sweeping the 4 game series.. Los Angeles increased their lead in the AL West to 2 games over the Astros. The halo’s won 15 of their last 18 games and are considered the hottest team in baseball right now. The same cannot be said about Boston who has lost 5 in a row and remains last in the AL East. Their hopes of a playoff berth are shrinking rapidly.

Daily fantasy baseball highlights :

Game 1 : Red Sox rookie pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (5-3, 4.64 ERA) faced off against All-Star Hector Santiago (7-4, 2.30 ERA). Los Angeles scored a total of 7 runs in the 2nd inning of the game. Johnny Giavotella was able to cash in 2 RBI’s with a line drive single, sending Chris Iannetta and David Robertson to home plate. Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols followed with homers. Eduardo Rodriguez left the game after only 1 2/3 innings. After Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli’s RBI single in the top of the 4th, the Angels put up 4 more runs in the inning. David Freese had a 3 run bomb that landed 451 feet away, putting this game out of reach. Hector Santiago’s 10 strikeout performance was well enough to get his career-high 7th win of the season. Angels win 11-1.

Game 2 : Boston sent knuckleballer Steven Wright (3-3, 4.84 ERA) to the mound to face Andrew Heaney (4-0, 1.57 ERA). After an HR by Albert Pujols in the 2nd inning, Wright allowed 8 players to reach base and score 4 runs, in the 3rd. Mike Trout, David Ortiz and Albert Pujols all smashed HRs, between the 5th and the 8th. Andrew Heaney got the win, giving up 2 runs. His stellar performances since being called up to replace Jerred Weaver in the rotation, has raised his Fantasy Value. Setup reliever, Joe Smith, earned his first save of the season. Angels win 7-3.

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The #1 Fantasy Pick on Monday was Albert Pujols, with a total of 3 HRs, giving him a total of 29 this season. He passed Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton on the rankings for the most HR in the majors this season. He also reached 15th all-time with 549 homers, a record previously held by Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt(548). He is now just 6 HR shy of 14th place, currently held by Manny Ramirez. Mike Trout also produced a HR, bringing his season total to 28. The duo now combines for 57 dinger’s. Shades of Mickey Mantle and Roger Marris. Pujols and Trout could become the second teamates in history , to reach 50 HR for the same club in the same season.

 

Top One Day Cash Draft Performers :

1B/DH Albert Pujols (LAA) :     .571AVG     5R       3HR   4 RBI

SP Hector Santiago (LAA) :     1.80ERA       1W   10K

OF Kole Calhoun (LAA) :      .333AVG       3R   1HR   2RBI

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Los Angeles Angels vs Boston RedSox- 7-19-15-MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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It will be the final game of the weekend series between the LA Angels and Boston Red Sox on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for July 19th 2015. MLB mock draft managers can tune to ESPN at 8PM Eastern Time from Anaheim to following the scoring results of their rosters of players.

The Boston Red Sox were hoping the momentum they built up from the final month prior to the All Star break would help turn the team into a contender. Unfortunately for the Red Sox and those who chose players from Boston for their fantasy rosters the club has shown very little at the plate as the Angels have shut out the Red Sox in the first two games of this series.

The Angels started slowly but have moved their record of 50-40 following the 3-0 victory against the Red Sox on Saturday night. LA has not shown much offensively either in the first two games back with a 1-0 win on Friday night totaling to just four runs thus far in this series. The Angels starting staff have been brilliant sitting fifth in Major League Baseball with 55 quality starts.

Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts has a batting average of .302 with three homers and 43 RBIs. He has been on fire in July by hitting .373 with ten RBIs. His eleven game hit streak came to an end on Saturday.

Boston Red Sox 2B: Dustin Pedroia is a bit rusty getting back from the All Star break with a 0 for 8 in his first two games of this series. His average has dropped to .298 and Pedroia has nine homers and 33 RBIs on the season.

Boston Red Sox CF: Mookie Betts is going through a 0 for 8 series as well against the Angels. Betts is hitting .271 with ten homers and 43 runs batted in.

Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez in his first year with the Red Sox is batting .268 with decent power numbers as the veteran has 19 homers and 46 RBIs season to date. He has struggled in the month of July with a .188 hitting average.

Boston Red Sox 3B: Pablo Sandoval in his first year with Boston is batting .267 with seven homers and 30 RBIs. He is coming off a two hit game against the Angels on Saturday.

Boston Red Sox DH: David Ortiz has good power numbers with 15 homers and 43 RBIs on the campaign. The average is only .233 on the season.

Boston Red Sox P: Left hander Eduardo Rodriguez is making his tenth start of the year for Boston. He is 5-2 with an ERA of 3.59. He has allowed no greater than two earned runs in eight of his ten starts season to date.

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LA Angels CF: All Star MVP Mike Trout carries a .307 batting average into Sunday with 27 homers and 56 RBIs. He is just 1 for 8 in the series with the game winning home run on Friday night in the series opener.

LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar is having a great month of July with a hitting average of .391. Aybar looks to bounce back from a 0 for 6 in the first two games with Boston in this weekend series.

LA Angels RF: Kole Calhoun is off to a great start since the All Star break as he is 4 for 7 in this series. Calhoun powered the Angels on Saturday with two home runs in the win. Over his past seven games Calhoun carries a .364 batting average.

LA Angels 1B: Veteran Albert Pujols has his average at .253 with great power numbers of 26 homers and 56 RBIs.

LA Angels P: Hector Santiago has shown great improvement during his fourth Major League Baseball season. The 27 year old from Newark New Jersey has pitched like the ace of the Angels staff with a record of 6-4 with an ERA of just 2.33 and WHIP of 1.10. He has held his past four opponents to just three earned runs total over 27 innings.

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P: Hector Santiago (Angels)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
SS: Erick Aybar (Angels)
1B: Albert Pujols (Angels)
RF: Kole Calhoun (Angels)
DH: David Ortiz (Red Sox)

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New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Angels – 7/1/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

daily fantasy sportsThe New York Yankees and LA Angels will close out their three game series on Wednesday July 1st. MLB draft managers can follow the results of their rosters picks from Anaheim at 7PM Eastern Time over ESPN TV.

The Yankees had a five game win streak against the Angels and saw that streak end as LA earned a 4-1 victory in the opener of this series on Monday. The Yankees have had some issues pushing across runs on this trip as they have been held to one run or less in three of their past five games heading into Tuesday.

As the Angels took the field on Tuesday the club had won three straight. The pitching has been outstanding as the club has given up a total of nine runs total over their past five games as they defeated the Yankees on Monday. Despite their struggles at the plate the Angels pitching has helped the team win some very close games of late.

New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner will be sorry to see the month of June come to an end. Gardner is batting .355 for the month and has five homers and 18 RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to eight games as he got a hit on Tuesday.

New York Yankees DH: Nearly halfway through the season Alex Rodriguez is batting .281. He has produced good power numbers with 15 homers, 45 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .512. He had four homers and 18 RBIs in the month of June. Rodriguez will turn 40 later in July and it will be interesting to see if he can keep up this production in the dog days of summer.

New York Yankees C: Brian McCann is battling a 3 of 16 slump as he enters play on Wednesday. His average has fallen to .265 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs. He has just three extra base hits over his past ten games.

New York Yankees RF: Veteran Carlos Beltran had a good month of June with a batting average of .308 with three homers and 9 RBIs. He is 2 for 6 in the series with the Angels.

New York Yankees 1B: Mark Teixeira has produced power numbers with 19 homers and 54 RBIs on the year. His batting average is .246 with a high number of strikeouts. He had a homer on Tuesday.

New York Yankees P: Nathan Eovaldi has a high ERA of 4.81 but a record of 7-2 on the year. He had a very poor start at Miami on June 16th where he couldn’t get out of the first inning and gave up eight runs to the Marlins. He bounced back with two wins in a row in effective starts against the Astros and Tigers.

LA Angels CF: Mike Trout has his average at .303 with 20 homers and 43 RBIs. He had a two hit game in the win on Tuesday against the Yankees. Trout has a slugging percentage of .582 on the season.

LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols had a tremendous month of June with a batting average of .305 with 12 homers and 25 RBIs. He raised his batting average to .265 and his slugging percentage to .558. Pujols has an RBI in both games of this series.

LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar is coming off a two hit night with a home run in Tuesday’s game. He is batting .375 over the past seven days. Aybar does not produce many extra base hits though as he sits with a .325 slugging percentage.

LA Angels 2B: Johnny Giavotella is batting .263 with three homers and 27 RBIs. His batting average has dropped nearly 20 points the past ten games and he has just one extra base hit during that span.

LA Angels P: Matt Shoemaker has a 4-6 record with an ERA of 5.03. His recent home outings have been very good as opposing lineups have done their damage lately to Shoemaker in his road starts. A concern is he has given up 11 home runs over his past ten games and the Yankees are a home run hitting team.

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P: Nathan Eovaldi (Yankees)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
LF: Brett Gardner (Yankees)
1B: Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
DH: Alex Rodriguez (Yankees)
RF: Carlos Beltran (Yankees)

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Seattle Mariners vs Los Angeles Angels – 6/27/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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A couple of AL West clubs get together over national television on Saturday as the Seattle Mariners meet the LA Angels on June 27th. Follow your MLB draft rosters at 7:15PM Eastern Time from Anaheim over FOX TV.

As these two clubs opened up their weekend series on Friday it was Anaheim winning four of the six previous meetings of the year between these clubs.

It has been a disappointing year for the Mariners as the club is 33-40 heading into Game 1 of this series. The Seattle offense has been anemic as the club is 30th and last in batting average (.231) and 29th and second last in MLB in runs scored per game (3.40).

The Angels have been hovering around the .500 mark for some time now. They enter this series at 37-36. The have had trouble scoring runs pushing across just 12 runs total over their past five games. The team ranks in the lower third of the league in the major offensive categories.

Seattle Mariners RF: Nelson Cruz is the only everyday Mariners player with a batting average over .300 as he is batting .303 with 19 homers and 44 RBIs. He looks to break out of a 10 for 49 batting slump as this series opens on Friday.

Seattle Mariners 3B: Kyle Seager is hitting .265 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs. He doesn’t draw many walks with an on base percentage of .319. Seager is also battling a slump as he is 4 for 24 as they took the field on Friday night.

Seattle Mariners DH: Seth Smith is batting just .261 with six homers and 18 RBIs season to date. He has moved up his batting average in recent games with a hitting average of .280 over his past fifteen games.

Seattle Mariners CF: Austin Jackson is batting .256 with three homers and 13 RBIs. Jackson is slumping right now as he is 4 for his past 26.

Seattle Mariners 1B: Another slumping Mariner is their first basemen Logan Morris who is 5 of his past 26 as his batting average has dropped to .248 on the campaign. Morris has nine homers and 25 RBIs.

Seattle Mariners 2B: Robinson Cano is battling a major slump in his second season with the Mariners since coming over from the Yankees. Cano is batting .246 on the year with only three homers and 23 RBIs.

Seattle Mariners SS: Add Brad Miller to the slump wagon for Seattle as he is 3 for his past 23 as he took the field on Friday night.

Seattle Mariners P: J.A. Happ is 3-4 on the campaign with an ERA of 3.78 and WHIP of 1.36 in his 78 2/3rds inning of work. In his previous start Happ allowed two earned runs in five hits in a loss to Houston. Happ is 0-3 in his past three starts.

LA Angels RF: Sadly no LA Angels everyday player is hitting at least .300 this season. Mike Trout is close as he enters Friday with a mark of .296 with 18 homers and 41 RBIs. Trout is on a .340 tear the past fifteen games.

LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols has had a great month of June. He has raised his average to .272 with 23 homers and 47 RBIs on the campaign. Pujols has seven homers over his past 15 games as the weather is heating up in Anaheim making the balls fly out of the park.

LA Angels 2B: Johnny Giavotella is batting .266 with three homers and 26 RBIs. Giovotella has heated up in June after a very slow start to the season.

LA Angels RF: Kole Calhoun is battling a 5 for 28 batting slump. His average has dropped down to .262 on the campaign. He has six homers and 32 RBIs this year.

LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar is batting .333 over his past seven games. He is coming off a 3 hit game on Wednesday.

LA Angels P: Garrett Richards is 7-5 on the year with an ERA of 3.66 and WHIP of 1.26. He rebounded with three good starts after his poor outing June 6th in New York where he couldn’t get out of the first inning by giving up six earned runs.

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P: Garrett Richards (Angels)
1B: Albert Pujols (Angels)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
RF: Nelson Crus (Angels)
3B: Kyle Seager (Mariners)
SS: Erick Aybar (Angels)

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Los Angeles Angels vs Detroit Tigers – 5/31/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSSunday Night Baseball on May 31st features an attractive matchup for MLB mock draft managers as the LA Angels will host the Detroit Tigers. Follow fantasy league rosters from this game at 8PM Eastern Time on ESPN2 TV.

Heading into play on Saturday the Angels sat one game over .500 with a record of 25-24 trailing the surprise Houston Astros by 5 ½ games in the AL West standings. There is certainly no reason for panic with nearly a 1/3rd of the season past already. The Angels pitching has performed well as the club ranks in the top ten of Major League Baseball in key areas such as Team ERA, WHIP and quality starts. The hitting has been subpar as the club bats .237 ranking 27th in Major League Baseball.

The Detroit Tigers were 28-22 as they took the field on Saturday. They are four games in the loss column back of the first place Kansas City Royals. From an overall season perspective the club has hit well posting a team batting average of .272 ranking third best in the league. The Tigers starting pitchers have gone deep into games as they sit 7th in the league in quality starts. Starting pitching Justin Verlander will be available for fantasy owners in the near future as he is undergoing rehab starts in the minor leagues and could be back as early as next week.

1 day fantasy sportsDetroit Tigers 1B: Miguel Cabrera after his two hit game on Saturday has moved his average to .333 on the year. He has 11 homers and 34 RBIs season to date. With 33 walks on the year Cabrera has a .440 on base percentage.

Detroit Tigers CF: Anthony Gose is 1 for 10 in this series to drop this average to .322. Gose has a homer with 11 RBIs on the year. He is batting .333 for the month of May.

Detroit Tigers LF: Yoenis Cespedes moved his average up to .284 after a 2 for 4 game on Saturday. Cespedes has produced seven homers and 28 RBIs on the year.

Detroit Tigers 2B: Ian Kinsler is in a 2 for 31 slump heading into Sunday’s game. His batting average has dropped to .270. Kinsler has a homer with 22 RBIs on the year.

Detroit Tigers RF: JD Martinez is had a three hit night for the Tigers on Saturday to move his batting average up to .266. Martinez has nine homers and 22 RBIs on the year.

Detroit Tigers P: David Price is coming off a nice performance in his last start on Tuesday against the Athletics by allowing no earned runs and five hits in seven innings in victory. He is 4-1 in ten starts and has kept baserunners to a minimum with a WHIP of 1.17.

LA Angels CF: Mike Trout leads the Angels everyday players with a .296 batting average with 12 homers and 26 RBIs. He has hits in three straight and nine of ten games.

LA Angels RF: Three year pro Kole Calhoun is batting .281 on the year. He has hit safely in seven of ten games but only one multi hit game in that span.

LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar has hit .314 for the month of May. Aybar takes a seven game win streak into Sunday’s game. Unfortunately only one was a multi-hit game.

LA Angels 3B: Angels third basemen David Freese is batting just .228 for the Angels on the year. He has produced 8 homers and timely hits with 28 RBIs which leads the team.

LA Angels 1B: After a slow start Albert Pujols is hitting .280 for the month of May with seven homers. He will carry a six game win streak into Sunday’s game. Pujols had a three hit game on Friday night.

LA Angels P: Matt Shoemaker has battled consistency issues this year. After a horrible start at Toronto he faced San Diego on Tuesday and allowed no earned runs and four hits over seven innings. Shoemaker has allowed 13 homers in his nine starts this year.

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P: David Price (Tigers)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
SS: Erick Aybar (Angels)
LF: Yoenis Cespedes (Tigers)
1B: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)
RF: Kole Calhoun (Angels)

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Boston Red Sox vs Los Angeles Angels – 5/23/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSMajor League Baseball will air nationally from mock draft managers to track rosters as the Boston Red Sox host the LA Angels. The teams will play in Boston at 7:15PM Eastern Time on FOX TV.

It is a battle between two teams underperforming at the plate this year. The Angels bats exploded in Game 1 of this series as they had a nine run fifth inning on Friday as they team had pushed across 11 runs by the time the Red Sox hit in the bottom of the frame. Season to date the Angels are 29th and second last in MLB in runs scored at just 3.68 per game. They hit .232 as a team ranking 28th in the league. For an American League team with no hitting pitcher this is simply atrocious. Pitching wise the Angels starters have given the club 25 quality outings and have a collective 1.17 WHIP the they don’t get run support so the team sat at 21-20 as this series began on Friday.

Boston is 23rd in the league in runs scored at 3.83 per contest. They hit .233 as a club ranking 27th in baseball. The starting staff has not been good and the team ERA sits at 4.47 ranking 27th in Major League Baseball. Entering the series on Friday with the Angels the Red Sox has scored one run in losses in their final two games against the Texas Rangers with a bad pitching staff. Things are quiet at the plate when the everyday player with the highest batting average is Xander Bogaerts who hits .271.

1 day fantasy sportsLA Angels CF: Mike Trout leads the Angels everyday players with a .303 average with 11 homers and 23 RBIs. After his three hit game on Friday has a four game win streak with three of the games multi-hit.

LA Angels RF: Trout is the only .300 hitter in the Angels everyday lineup. Kole Calhoun is close with batting average of .295. He has four homers and 20 RBIs. Calhoun has hits in eight of ten games and had two hits in Friday’s game.

LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar has moved his batting average up 25 points the past ten games. He is hitting .269 with hits in nine of his past ten games. Five of the games were multi-hit games.

LA Angels 2B: Johnny Giavotella replaced Howie Kendrick in the Angels lineup as the veteran was traded to the Dodgers in the offseason. Giavotella is battling .254 with a homer and 15 RBIs. He is in a 0 for 9 slump entering Saturdays game.

LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols is off to a slow start. He is batting .235 with 8 homers with 16 RBIs. Pujols is coming off a 2 for 6 games on Friday as he returned to the lineup on Friday after leaving Thursday’s game early with a wrist injury.

LA Angels Pitcher: C.J. Wilson is 2-2 in eight starts with an ERA of 3.06 and WHIP of 1.13. He isn’t allowing many baserunners this year and has cut down his walks on the year. Wilson has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of six games.

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Boston Red Sox 2B: Sadly a .280 batting average is the highest for any Red Sox everyday player. It’s Dustin Pedroia who leads the team in hitting. He has five homers and 16 RBIS on the year. He had a good Game 1 of this series on Friday with three hits in five at bats.

Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts is hitting .279 and has two homers and 13 RBIs. He enters play on a five game hit streak and has hits in seven of eight games.

Boston Red Sox 3B: Pablo Sandoval saw his average move down nearly 40 points to .268. He missed Friday’s game with a knee problem. Panda has 2 hits in his past 22 at bats. Brock Holt is seeing action and is hitting. 294.

Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez is hitting .257 for the Red Sox with 10 homers and 22 RBIs. It has been a tough month of May for Hanley as he is batting just .213.

Boston Red Sox Pitcher: Steven Wright makes his second start of the year on Saturday. In three games Wright has a record of 1-1 with an ERA of 4.02 and WHIP of 1.53.

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P: C.J. Wilson (Angels)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
SS: Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
3B: Brock Holt (Red Sox)
RF: Kole Calhoun (Angels)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)

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Kansas City Royals vs LA Angels- 4/10/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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We are now into Series 2 from the Major League Baseball season. MLB Draft managers have a bit of data collected from in season play but the season is still very young and there is tons of money to be made. One of the attractive matchups for Friday April 10th has the LA Angels at home playing the Kansas City Royals. Tune in at 10PM Eastern Time from Anaheim with MLB Network providing the TV broadcast nationally.

The Kansas City Royals were the surprise of Major League Baseball a season ago as they made a World Series appearance and falling short of the crown by losing to 2014 champs the San Francisco Giants. The team opened the season with a three game home stand facing the Chicago White Sox and pulled off the three game series sweep by scoring a total of 21 runs in the three games. That’s an average of 7 runs per game by KC. The Royals pitching staff limited the White Sox to just a single run in two of the three games.

The LA Angels opened up the season on the road to defend their AL West division title from a year ago. They opposed the Seattle Mariners and lost game one by the score of 4-1. The Angels then won the next two games to win their opening series of the season. They got good pitching performances by allowing three runs total in their final two games of the series.

The pitching matchup for Friday will pit KC left hander Jason Vargas a former Angels squaring off with LA left hander Hector Santiago.

Kansas City Pitcher: Jason Vargas completed a successful 2014 campaign with an ERA of 3.71 in 30 starts. In his 14 starts on the road as season ago Vargas had an ERA of just 2.73 in 85 2/3rd innings of work. In his one start at Angels Stadium he allowed one earned run and three hits over 6 1/3rd innings pitched.

Kansas City Royals Shortstop: Alcides Escobar is off to a nice start as he is hitting .500 on the year and hast two doubles on the season He had a three hit game on April 8th against the White Sox.

Kansas City Royals Catcher: 24 year old Salvador Perez began the year with a multiple hit performance in two of his first three games this season. He has a home run and four RBI’s on this round season with no strike outs. Over his career Perez had hit .286.

Kansas City Royals Centerfielder: Lorenzo Cain torched Chicago White Sox pitching in their opening series by going 5-12 with four runs scored and four RBI’s. Cain is a lifetime .280 hitter. The Royals are a free swinging team that is prone to the strikeout.

Kansas City Rightfielder: Alex Rios had two multiple hit games in his first three games this season. His three run homer have on opening day has accounted for his only RBI’s this season. Rios tailed off from home run pace as he clubbed just three for the Royals last season and was also injury prone.

Kansas City Royals First Base: Left hander Eric Hosner is hitting .357 to start the year. The 25 year old had two multiple hit games to start the year and has a home run and four RBI’s. He has a hit in all three games this year. In his youth Hosner has battle consistency issues.

LA Angels Pitcher: Veteran Hector Santiago was casted off by the Chicago White Sox organization. He was just looking to make the Angels in 2014 and really struggled in his first seven games tallying an ERA over 5 runs. The Angels had faith and Santiago was able to turn around and find good form as he was demoted into the bullpen. He earned a starting spot on the Angels with a good summer.

LA Angels Center Field: Mike Trout is hitting .273 to start the year with a home run and two RBI’s. He has hit Vargas as Trout has a batting average of .400 with a home run against him. As good as Trout has been he still strikes out 26% of the time.

LA Angels 2B: The replacement for Howie Kendrick who was traded to the LA Dodgers is 27 year old Johnny Giavotella. He is hitting .444 but all singles and no RBI’s on the season. He had a three hit game on Wednesday.

LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols is 2 for 11 to start the year. His two hits produced a home run with two RBI’s. He is 35 years old has declined much but will have a lot of RBI opportunities with the talent around him.

 

MLB Mock Draft Manager Picks for Daily Fantasy Leagues:

P: Jason Vargas (KC)
1B: Erick Hosner (KC)
C: Salvador Perez (KC)
SS: Alcides Escobar (KC)
DH: Kendrys Morales (KC)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)

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