Saturday’s Primetime Games

MLB September 17, 2016

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Marlins (73-74) vs Phillies (66-82)

The Philadelphia Phillies have long since been removed from any playoffs discussion, and they are doing their best to make sure the Miami Marlins are not involved in that conversation as well. After posting a 13-inning triumph in the series opener, the Phillies will look to deal another blow to visiting Miami’s slim playoff aspirations. Guaranteed by manager Pete Mackanin to start each contest of the three-game stand, former National League MVP Ryan Howard belted a solo homer on Friday. This could be the beginning of his swan song in the City of Brotherly Love.

While the Phillies are playing out the string, the Marlins have fallen nine of 17 decisions to their NL East rival and reside five games behind the New York Mets for the second wild card. Giancarlo Stanton walked twice and scored once in his return to the starting lineup. He has struggled hard though when facing off against Saturday starter Jeremy Hellickson, going 1-for-15 with five strikeouts. Marcell Ozuna has collected back-to-back multi-hit performances overall and is 18-for-57 versus the Phillies this season.

Rays (63-84) vs Orioles (81-66)

After watching an eighth-inning comeback bid fall short in the series opener of their four-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Baltimore Orioles finished the job one day later to maintain their grip on a potential postseason berth. The Orioles hope to avoid the need for yet another rally and try to extend their season-long domination of the Rays.

Baltimore surrendered three first-inning runs and seven over the first four innings in Thursday’s 7-6 setback to Tampa Bay, creating just enough of a gap that eighth-inning RBIs from J.J. Hardy and Michael Bourn couldn’t complete the rally. Baltimore fell behind by four runs early Friday as well before eighth-inning RBIs from Hardy and Bourn capped a five-run resurgence and proved to be the difference this time around. This allowed the club to improve to 12-5 against the Rays. The win also allowed the Orioles to stay two games behind division-leading Boston and hold one of the two AL wild-card spots. Tampa Bay saw its three-game winning streak end as a result and stumble to 8-10 since Aug. 29, when it began a 26-game stretch in which it will not play a contest outside of the division.

Twins (55-93) vs Mets (78-69)

While the two teams they are fighting with for the two wild-cards in the National League are playing one another, the New York Mets are strengthening their lineup with a number of injured players set to return. Slugging first baseman Lucas Duda, sidelined for nearly four months, is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday.

New York cruised to a 3-0 victory in the series opener to improve to 9-3 over its last 12 games and remain one game behind San Francisco for the top wild-card spot as well as two games ahead of St. Louis for the final wild-card. Along with Duda, who was out because of a stress fracture in his back, Juan Lagares is back after undergoing thumb surgery and Wilmer Flores should return soon after receiving a cortisone injection in his sore right wrist. Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera clubbed back-to-back home runs on Friday. Cabrera provided a brief anxious moments when he exited the game in the eighth inning with what turned out to be a leg cramp. Brian Dozier had one of Minnesota’s three singles Friday to prolong his hitting streak to a career-best 20 games.

White Sox (72-75) vs Royals (74-73)

A disastrous homestand has likely buried any chances for the Kansas City Royals to hope of postseason birth. The defending World Series champions have been gouged for 50 runs during that ugly skid. The Royals have dropped to seventh place in the quest for the two wild cards spots and another loss will plunge them back to the .500 mark.

Kansas City’s normally reliable bullpen was unable to maintain a late two-run lead in Friday’s 7-4 loss, giving up five runs over the final two innings. Carlos Sanchez, who delivered a walk-off single for the White Sox on Thursday, smacked a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning Friday. This was his first blast since Sept. 21, 2015. Jose Abreu is now batting .300 after gathering multiple hits in 12 of his last 18 contests.

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Fantasy Baseball Daily Picks

It’s back to a full lineup of big league games. That means your chances to win a million dollars increases today. Grab your baseball cap, cause its time to look at those big fantasy baseball picks that could be money in you pockets. It all started early afternoon with a Midwestern matchup between the Brewers and the Twins. The 28 remaining teams will start battling it out at 6PM. All eyes will be on the the Philly phenom, Vince Velasquez. In two starts this season, the 23 years-old has yet to have given up a run and holds a 2-0 record. Last week, he became the seventh pitcher in league history to record 16 strikeouts and no walk in a game against the Padres. Today, he will attempt to extend his amazing shutout streak versus the New York Mets. Can he do it? Will he make my fantasy baseball daily picks? Let’s found out.

Fantasy Baseball

Pitcher : Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians

Carrasco was dominant last time out at Tampa Bay, permitting one run on four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk over eight innings. The 29-year-old Venezuela native would like to turn things around at home where he was 5-8 with a 5.03 ERA in 2015, despite a breakout season (14 wins overall).

Catcher : Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Detroit Tigers

Salty has performed admirably since McCann hit the DL with an sprained ankle. He is tied for the team lead in home runs (four) and has a team-high 11 RBI so far this season.

First Baseman : Lucas Duda – New York Mets

New York 1B Lucas Duda has driven in two runs in each of the last two games after totaling one RBI over his previous nine outings.

Second Baseman : Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians

All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis leads the Cleveland offense with four multihit games in his last seven outings.

Third Baseman : Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

Kansas City 3B Mike Moustakas homered in four of his last eight games.

Shortstop : Asdrubal Cabrera – New York Mets

Cabrera is 10-for-22 during a six-game hitting streak.

Outfielder : Kevin Pillar – Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto CF Kevin Pillar is 6-for-7 in two games since being dropped from the leadoff spot in the order.

Outfielder : Brett Gardner – New York Yankees

New York LF Brett Gardner is 7-for-12 with one homer, two RBIs and two runs scored in his last three games.

Outfielder : Nick Markakis – Atlanta Braves

Atlanta RF Nick Markakis is 5-for-12 in three games hitting from the leadoff spot with three runs scored and four RBIs.


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Kansas City Royals versus New York Mets MLB World Series Game 3 Fantasy League Picks 10-30-2015

The New York Mets will now be at home for Game 3 of the World Series as they meet the Kansas City Royals. MLB draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV on Friday October 30th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.


Mets/Royals Game 2 Recap:

The Kansas City Royals took a 2-0 series lead in the best of seven World Series after their 7-1 home victory to the New York Mets. It was all about the big inning for the Royals as they pushed across four runs in the fifth and three runs in the eighth inning in their victory. KC had a great outing by right hander Johnny Cueto has he pitched a complete game nine innings as he allowed just one earned run and two hits. Kansas City had base runners on all night as they left runs on the table with 18 runners left on base.


New York was hoping for a better outing from Jacob DeGrom but the right hander was lit up for four earned runs, six hits with three walks over five innings of work. Left hander Jon Niese in relief gave up for three earned runs which allowed the Royals to get some margin on the Mets in the late innings. With Game 3 of the World Series in a National League park there will be no DH in this game.


Kansas City Royals SS:


Alcides Escobar


The Royals shortstop is batting .364 in the playoffs with a homer and eight RBIs. He is hitting over .100 points higher than he did in the regular season. He has hits in ten straight games.


Kansas City Royals 1B:


Eric Hosmer


The first baseman had the game winning RBI in Game 1. He returned with another two RBI performance in Game 2 as he had a two hit night. Hosmer is batting .231 in the playoffs but has been productive with his 12 hits in the postseason with 15 RBIs.


Kansas City Royals LF:


Alex Gordon


Gordon had a hit with an RBI with two walks in Game 2. He also scored two runs in the win. The KC outfielder is batting .256 in the playoffs with two homers and five RBIs. Alex Gordon has hits in eight of his past nine playoff games.


Kansas City Royals P:


Yordano Ventura


The Royals right hander is 0-1 in his four playoff starts with an ERA of 5.09 and WHIP of 1.58. Opponents are batting .278 against Ventura in the postseason. He last worked on October 23rd and allowed one earned run and four hits over 5 1/3rd innings of work as he received a no decision in a 4-3 home victory to Toronto.


New York Mets 1B:


Lucas Duda


The Mets first baseman has moved his batting average up to .270 in the playoffs with a homer and seven RBIs. He has had two hits in each of the first two World Series games and has multiple hits in three straight post season games.


New York Mets 2B:


Daniel Murphy


Murphy leads the Mets in the playoffs with a batting average of .383 with seven homers and 11 RBIs. He finally had a hitless game in the postseason as he goes 0 for 2 in Game 2 with two walks and a run scored.


New York Mets 3B:


David Wright


The veteran third baseman drew a 0 for 4 in Game 2. He had the game losing error in the opener. He brings a .171 playoff batting average entering Friday night.


New York Mets LF:


Yoenis Cespedes


Cespedes has had some glove issues in the World Series on defense. His average is .227 in the playoffs with two homers and seven RBIs. He is 1 for 10 in the playoffs.


New York Mets P:


Noah Syndergaard


The Mets right hander has appeared in three playoff games and is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.77 and WHIP of 1.08. He worked in the NLCS on October 18th and allowed one earned run and three hits over 5 2/3rd innings in a 4-1 home victory.


MLB World Series Game 3 Fantasy Picks


P: Noah Syndergaard (Mets)

2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)

RF: Curtis Granderson (Mets)

1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals)

LF: Alex Gordon (Royals)

SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)

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New York Mets versus Kansas City Royals MLB World Series Game 2 Real Money Fantasy League Picks 10-28-2015

It’s Game 2 of the World Series as the Kansas City Royals will be facing the New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to FOX on Wednesday October 28th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

Mets/Royals Game 1 Recap:

The Royals took a 1-0 lead in this best of seven World Series as they defeated the New York Mets 5-4 in 14 innings. It was the longest game ever played in a World Series game It was a gut wrenching loss for the Mets as they blew a one run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning as closer Jeurys Familia surrendered a one out homer to Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon to tie the game at 4-4. The game winning run came on a sacrifice fly and was unearned as Mets third baseman David Wright made a throwing error on an Alcides Escobar grounder that allowed him to get on base. Each team had 11 hits in the game. The Royals bullpen allowed no earned runs in their eight innings of relief pitching. Both starters in the game allowed three runs in six innings of work. Mets starter Matt Harvey was given a 3-1 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning and was unable to hold it by giving up two runs.

New York Mets 1B:

Lucas Duda

The Mets first baseman had two hits in Game 1 of the World Series. He had three hits in the closeout game against the Cubs. In the post season Duda has moved his average up to .235 with a homer and six RBI’s.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy’s streak of six straight home runs was snapped in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Still the second baseman had two hits and a run scored on Tuesday. He is hitting .400 in the playoffs with seven homers and 11 RBIs. Murphy has hits in ten straight games.

New York Mets 3B:

David Wright

The veteran had two hits in the opener in Game 1. He had a three hit game in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Cubs. He has gotten hot of late and is looking to move up his batting average as it sits at .189 in the playoffs with three RBIs.

New York Mets P:

Jacob DeGrom

The Mets right hander is his three playoff starts is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.89 and WHIP of 1.00. He worked on October 20th at the Chicago Cubs and gave up two earned runs and four hits over seven innings in a 5-2 road win. All of his starts in the playoffs have come on the road.

Kansas City Royals 2B:

Ben Zobrist

The Royals second baseman is off to a great start in the World Series with three hits with two doubles and a run scored. He is hitting .347 in the playoffs with two homers and six RBIs. Zobrist has multiple hits in three of his past five games.

Kansas City Royals 3B:

Mike Moustakas

The 27 year old third baseman had two hits on Tuesday. He had two hits with a homer in the closeout win against Toronto. He looks to improve on a .188 batting average in the playoffs with a homer and six RBIs.

Kansas City Royals 1B:

Eric Hosner

Hosner had the game winning sacrifice fly for the game winning RBI in the bottom of the 14th. He is struggling at the plate in the playoffs with a batting average of .208 with a homer and 13 RBIs.

Kansas City Royals C:

Salvador Perez

The young catcher had two hits in the opener. He has a post season batting average of .214 with four homers and six RBIs.

Kansas City Royals P:

Johnny Cueto

Cueto in the playoffs is 1-1 in three starts with an ERA of 7.88 and WHIP of 1.38. He worked on October 19th at Toronto and allowed eight earned runs and six hits in two innings in an 11-8 road defeat.

MLB World Series Game 2 Best Fantasy Picks

P: Jacob DeGrom (Mets)
2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)
RF: Curtis Granderson (Mets)
1B: Lucas Duda (Mets)
DH: Juan Lagares (Mets)
SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 22nd 2015

Mets Earn 8-3 Win over Cubs in Game 4 to Complete Sweep and are Headed to the World Series

The New York Mets starting and relief pitching just seemed too much to overcome for the Chicago Cubs as the Mets earned the Game 4 victory and will play the winner of the Royals and Blue Jays in the World Series. It was an 8-3 victory for the Mets as New York powered out 11 hits and along with three home runs in the game. Starter Steven Matz lasted 4 2/3rd innings then Bartolo Colon was brought in to get four outs to register the win. The Mets pitchers allowed a total of eight runs in the four games played in this series. The World Series will begin with Game 1 on Tuesday October 27th.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy was the MVP of the NLCS. He leads the club with a .421 batting average with seven homers and 11 RBIs. The Mets second baseman has hit a home run in six straight playoff games. He had a monster Game 4 as Murphy had four hits including a home run with two RBIs.

New York Mets 1B:

Lucas Duda

The Mets first baseman was in a 3 for 22 slump as he entered Game 4. It was a huge performance in the series clincher for Duda as he had three hits with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs in the win.

New York Mets SS:

Wilmer Flores

Flores has had a good post season hitting .292. He had two hits with a triple on Wednesday night.

New York Mets P:

Steven Matz

Matz came within one out of a victory in Game 4. The New York right hander allowed one earned run and four hits in 4 2/3rd innings pitched against the Cubs hitters.

Toronto Stays Alive and Sends Series Back to Kansas City after a 7-1 Home Win in Game 5

The Toronto Blue Jays are now down 3-2 as they earned a victory in Game 5 against the Royals at home on Wednesday night. The Blue Jays had eight hits and the team had a home run in the win. The Royals bats were quiet in the loss with just four hits for the game.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

The Blue Jays right hander had a huge game in the win as he threw 7 2/3rd innings and gave up just one earned run and three hits striking out five.

Toronto Blue Jays RF:

Jose Bautista

The power hitting right fielder contributed with two hits with a run scored and RBI on Wednesday. In the playoffs Bautista is batting .270 with two homers.

Toronto Blue Jays SS:

Troy Tulowitzki

Tulowitzki had a two hit game with three RBIs in the Game 5 victory. He has had multiple hits in three of his past four games.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

The Blue Jays third baseman is batting .278 in the playoffs with three homers and eight RBIs. He had a hit with two runs scored in the win on Wednesday.

Kansas City Royals P:

Edinson Volquez

Volquez has had issues with his control for most of his career. In three starts he has walked four batters in each game. In the Game 5 loss the Royals right hander allowed five earned runs and three hits working five innings in a 7-1 road defeat. He is 1-2 in the playoffs this year.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 17th 2015

Chicago Cubs versus New York Mets Game 1 MLB NLCS Fantasy Preview 10-17-2015

The NLCS begins on Saturday October 18th as its Game 1 between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GMs can tune to TBS TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

The Mets qualified for the NLCS after disposing of the LA Dodgers in five games. They win a deciding fifth game at Dodgers Stadium on Thursday by the score of 3-2. The Cubs were able to dispose of the St Louis Cardinals in four games as Chicago earned the 6-4 victory in the series clincher on Tuesday at home in Chicago. The Cubs and Mets have met seven times during the regular season with Chicago winning all seven games. The Cubs pitching staff put on a dominating effort limiting New York to one run or fewer in five of the seven games.

Chicago Cubs LF:

Chris Coghlan

The Cubs don’t have much history facing Harvey over their careers. Coghlan stands out as he is 3 for 8 life time against the Mets starter with two RBIs.

Chicago Cubs P:

Jon Lester

On the year the Cubs left hander is 11-12 with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP of 1.12. He had a start in the NLDS at St Louis and went 7 1/3rd innings and gave up three earned runs in a 4-0 road loss at St Louis.

New York Mets RF:

Curtis Granderson

New York Mets 1B:

Lucas Duda

The Mets first baseman is 2 for 6 life time against Lester with a home run.

Curtis Granderson has a long history against Lester in his career. In 44 at bats Granderson is batting .273 with two homers and four RBIs.

New York Mets P:

Matt Harvey

The Mets right hander on the season is 13-8 in his 29 starts with an ERA of 2.71 and WHIP of 1.02. He worked Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers and allowed two earned runs and seven hits over five innings in a 13-7 home victory to the LA Dodgers.

Toronto Blue Jays versus Kansas City Royals Game 2 MLB ALCS Fantasy Baseball Preview 10-17-2015

This will be Game 2 of the ALCS series. It was the Kansas City Royals behind a great six innings no run performance by Edinson Volquez as they posted the 5-0 victory to take 1-0 lead in this best of seven series. The outstanding Royals bullpen shut out the power hitting Blue Jays the rest of the way to their victory.

Toronto Blue Jays RF:

Jose Bautista

Not too much history for Blue Jays hitters battling Ventura. Jose Bautista stands out with a 3 for 5 against Ventura with a homer and RBI.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

David Price

The Blue Jays left hander is 18-5 on the year with an ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 1.08. He faced Texas twice in the ALDS and allowed a total of eight earned runs and eleven hits over ten innings of work as he went 1-1 in those two playoff games.

Kansas City Royals RF:

Alex Rios

The KC Royals have had good success hitting David Price with a Team Batting average of .293. Royal’s right fielder Alex Rios has crushed Price by batting .400 against him with two homers and ten RBIs in 30 at bats.

Kansas City Royals P:

Yordano Ventura

The KC right hander is 13-8 in his 28 starts on the season with an ERA of 4.08 and WHIP of 1.30. Ventura faced the Astros twice in the playoffs and allowed a total of six earned runs and eight hits over seven innings of work.

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MLB Week Leaders in Daily Fantasy MLB Contests


Jake Arrieta for the Cubs scored 67.0 fantasy points on 9/22 with 11 strikeouts and again scored 55.5 fantasy points on 9/27 9 strikeouts

Hisashi Iwakuma for Seattle scored 58.0 fantasy points on 9/22 with 10 strikeouts

Jerad Eickhoff for Philly scored 52.0 fantasy points on 9/25 with 10 strikeouts

Rich Hill for the Red Sox scored 64 fantasy points on 9/25 with 10 strikeouts

Noah Syndergaard for the Mets scored 57.5 fantasy points on 9/25 with 11 strikeouts

Carlos Carrasco for Cleveland scored 78.5 fantasy ponits on 9/25 with 15 strikeouts

Francisco Liriano for the Pirates scored 56.0 fantasy points n 9/26 with 9 strikeouts

Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals scored 59.5 fantasy points on 9/26 with 13 strikeouts

Jamie Garcia for the Cards scored 52.0 fantasy points on 9/26 with 8 strikeouts

Dallas Keuchel for Houston scored 54.5 fantasy points on 9/27 with 10 strikeouts

Max Scherzer for the Nationals scored 57.0 fantasy points on 9/28 with 10 strikeouts


Neil Walker second baseman for the Pirates 51 fantasy points on 9/23 with a homer and 3 singles.

Aaron Altherr, outfielder for Philly scored 59.5 fantasy points on 9/25 with 2 homers.

Lucas Duda, first baseman for the Mets scored 54.0 fantasy points on 9/26 with 2 homers.

Carlos Correa, short stop for Houston scored 53.5 fantasy points on 9/26 with 2 homers.

Jose Bautista, outfielder for Toronto scored 54.0 fantasy points on 9/26 with 2 homers.

Jarrett Parker, outfielder for San Francisco scored 74.5 fantasy points on 9/26 with 3 homers.

Khris Davis, outfielder for the Brewers scored 50.5 fantasy points on 9/27 with 2 homers.

Ender Inciarte, outfielder for the DBacks scored 51.0 fantasy points on 9/27 with 2 homers.


9/25 was a big pitching day with 4 pitchers exceeding the 50 point mark and only one hitter exceeding that mark. There was a lot of fantasy value to be attained by newly starting pitcher Rich Hill for the Boston Red Sox. They have recently converted him from a relief pitcher to a starting pitcher and since then, he has exceeded 30 fantasy points in all three of his starts. His salary still remains low so be sure to cash in on that fantasy value in Daily Cash Drafts.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy News September 11th 2015

No Letdown for New York Mets—Lead up to 7 ½ in NL East after Win on Thursday

The New York Mets just came off a three game series sweep of the Washington Nationals. The Nationals were off on Thursday while the Mets where traveling to Atlanta to open a four game series. The New York Mets had ten hits and got a very good starting pitching performance in their 7-2 road victory in Game 1 of this series against the Braves. It was a good sign for the Mets because there could have been an emotional letdown against a bottom feeder after coming up huge by extending their NL East lead three games in the standings in three days to Washington.

Juan Uribe:

The former LA Dodger and Atlanta Braves this season is playing for his third team in 2015. He is coming off a three hit night with three RBIs and a double in the victory. Uribe has moved his averaged up to .255 with 13 homers and 41 RBIs. He has hit well on the road this year with a .284 batting average with eight homers.

Kevin Plawecki:

The Mets catcher had a double with three RBIs in his three at bats on Monday in victory. Plawecki has hit Braves pitching well this year with a batting average of .375 to date.

Kelly Johnson:

The former Atlanta Brave has produced well for his traded team the New York Mets. He had two hits with a double on Thursday to move his September average to .450. Johnson has moved his season numbers to .270 with 14 homers and 46 RBIs.

Lucas Duda:

The first baseman was busy along the base paths on Thursday with a hit, a run scored and two walks in the Thursday win. Duda is another Met who crushed Braves pitching this year as he is hitting .350 in his 40 at bats against Atlanta.

Curtis Granderson:

Granderson was hitless in three at bats on Thursday but he contributed by drawing two walks and scoring two runs. He is batting .278 over his past seven days.

Bartolo Colon:

The veteran right hander came through with a solid performance on Thursday night. He shut down the Braves hitters by allowing just two earned runs in 6 2/3rd innings of work. He leads the Mets staff in wins (14) and in innings pitched (176 2/3rd).

Pirates Blow Big Opportunity—Still 4 ½ Back of Cardinals in Extra Innings Loss to Milwaukee

As the Reds had built a 6-0 lead after five innings against the Cardinals the Pittsburgh Pirates had an opportunity to get within 3 ½ games in the standings against the St Louis atop the NL Central. The Pirates overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit to make it a 3-3 tie after eight innings. By that time the Cardinals were down 11-0 and hopelessly out of the game. But the Pirates went into extra innings and surrendered a 3 run thirteenth inning and responded with just one run in the bottom half of the inning in a 6-4 loss. Worse yet the Pirates holds just a 2 game lead in the loss column over the Chicago Cubs for home field advantage in the NL Wildcard game.

Josh Harrison:

The Pirates third baseman is coming off a two hit game on Thursday night. He is batting .294 at home this year. Harrison for the season is batting .269 with four homers and 24 RBIs.

Jung ho Kang:

Kang had his second multiple hit game in three games as he produced two hits on Thursday. Kang has his average up to .288 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs.

Francisco Cervelli:

The Pirates catcher now leads the team in batting which may be a surprise to fantasy baseball draft managers. With his three hit game on Thursday he is batting .303 with six homers and 38 RBIs.

A.J. Burnett:

The Pirates veteran pitcher has had issues going deep into games. He worked just five innings in the Thursday loss and gave up three earned runs and only three hits. He has not pitched greater than 6 1/3rd innings in his past five starts.

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