August 9 MLB Preview

Tuesday Late Matchups

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

Angels vs Cubs

The Cubs’ John Lackey and Angels’ Jered Weaver (Tuesday’s starters) were Los Angeles teammates during Weaver’s first four major league seasons (2006-09), with Lackey serving as his mentor. Lackey received a no-decision in his third straight quality start after yielding three runs and seven hits while striking out eight in seven innings of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Miami last Wednesday.

Braves vs Brewers

Center fielder Matt Kemp is endearing himself to his new team with some spirited play of late. Kemp had an RBI single in the fourth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the 12th of Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Brewers. The veteran is 5-for-13 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored in his last three games and 7-for-14 with a homer and five RBIs in his career versus Tuesday starter Wily Peralta. He isn’t the only one swinging a hot bat, as teammates Ender Inciarte and Erick Aybar are carrying respective 19- and 13-game hitting streaks into Tuesday’s tilt. Veteran Ryan Braun is doing fine in his own right with hits in 15 of 18 games since the All-Star break for the Brewers, who have dropped four of their last five contests.

Astros vs Twins

Houston’s Jose Altuve received his first day off this season in the series opener against Minnesota. The second baseman leads the major leagues with a .356 batting average. He’s played in 202 consecutive games before Monday’s rest. It was the the longest current playing streak in baseball. Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario collected three hits in the opener to improve to 14-for-28 during his seven-game hitting streak.

Reds vs Cardinals

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the opener after being removed from Saturday’s contest and sitting out on Sunday due to an injured oblique. Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton stole two bases on Monday and is tied for most in the majors with 45.  He’s 17-for-19 against St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, which is the most steals by anyone against the respected receiver.

White Sox vs Royals

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will make his fifth attempt for his 15th win. He’ll oppose right-hander Edinson Volquez, who’s been rocked for the second straight outing at Tampa Bay last Wednesday.

Orioles vs Athletics

All-Star third baseman Manny Machado has four homers and nine RBIs over the past two games. The recent display has increased Machado’s round-tripper count to 26, nine shy of his career high set last season. Oakland left fielder Khris Davis has matched his career best of 27 homers but has just one blast and one RBI over the last nine games.

Tigers vs Mariners

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera notched one of the five singles Monday, giving him at least one hit in seven of his last eight contests. Teammate Ian Kinsler improved to 12-for-27 during a hitting streak that reached seven games. Trailing Cleveland by 2 1/2 games for first place in the AL Central, Detroit are sending Daniel Norris to the mound against Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc in a battle of left-handers.

Phillies vs Dodgers

In a season when the Los Angeles Dodgers have placed a total of 26 players on the disabled list, rookie shortstop Corey Seager has emerged as their most reliable and dangerous offensive threat. The 22-year-old belted two homers in Monday’s series-opening 9-4 win and is batting .326 with nine doubles, four home runs, and 13 RBI over his last 20 games. Seager has taken a commanding lead in the National League rookie of the year race with 21 home runs while serving an invaluable role atop the batting order for Los Angeles.

Philadelphia has struggled over the last two months, but may have found their right fielder of the future in Aaron Altherr. The German born player missed the season’s first 103 games with a wrist injury, but has provided surprising pop from the second spot in the order. Altherr is expected to receive regular playing time even after Peter Bourjos returns from the 15-day disabled list to join a crowded outfield later this week.

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August 8 MLB Preview

Monday Late Matchups

FanPicks has your august 8 MLB preview to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

Rangers vs Rockies

Rangers scheduled starter Cole Hamels fell to 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break following Wednesday’s loss at Baltimore in which he permitted three runs on four hits and four walks over seven innings. The rough road outing was a rare one for the 2008 World Series MVP, who still holds a sparkling 8-2 record and 1.90 ERA in 12 turns away from Rangers Ballpark. Hamels split his two starts versus the Rockies last season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and is 4-4 lifetime with a 3.21 ERA against them.

Orioles vs Athletics

O’s third baseman Manny Machado became the second player in history to homer in each of the first three innings when Baltimore dominated the rubber match with a 10-2 win at the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Machado drove in a career-high seven runs in the win and finished up the weekend 7-for-15 with nine RBIs and five runs scored to lead the Orioles offense.

Tigers vs Mariners

Seattle’s second baseman Robinson Cano sat out the Sunday’s contest to rest and gear up for stellar Detroit rookie Michael Fulmer, who opposes Hisashi Iwakuma in the series opener.

Phillies vs Dodgers

The Philadelphia Phillies face an old friend for the first time when they begin a three-game road series against Chase Utley and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 37-year-old Utley was the heart and soul of the Phillies for more than 12 seasons after making his major league debut in 2003, helping the franchise capture its second World Series title — and first in 28 years — in 2008 before being traded to Los Angeles on Aug. 19, 2015. The six-time All-Star and second baseman on Sports Illustrated’s All-Decade Team for the 2000s has batted .250 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs in 93 games this season for the Dodgers.

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MLB One Day Cash Draft Top 19

May 24th 2016

With one early game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Marlins, here’s a look at the top players this evening for your MLB one day cash draft contest (click here to join FP).

Players Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Chris Sale P CWS CLE 62.5 53.8 48.2 40.3
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET PHI 54 29 29.4 22
Jeff Samardzija P SF SD 51 41.3 40.8 34.5
Brett Lawrie 2B CWS CLE 49.5 19.3 11.1 10.3
Stephen Strasburg P WAS NYM 49 39.8 40.4 38.4
Justin Verlander P DET PHI 46 46.2 33 24.4
David Ortiz 1B BOS COL 45 18.7 13.6 18.6
Josh Tomlin P CLE @CWS 42.5 26.8 24.2 23.5
Todd Frazier 3B CWS CLE 40.5 22.3 16 15.5
Carlos Perez C LAA @TEX 39 24 19.3 10.7
Salvador Perez C KC @MIN 39 14.5 14 11.9
Howie Kendrick OF LAD CIN 38.5 13.5 12.8 8.8
Nathan Eovaldi P NYY TOR 37 31.5 32.9 24.6
Julio Teheran P ATL MIL 36 29.5 34.4 25.2
Ben Revere OF WAS NYM 36 21.8 13.3 6.5
David Price P BOS COL 35.5 31.8 31 26.3
Chris Tillman P BAL @HOU 35 38 42.9 28.8
Matt Wieters C BAL @HOU 33 28 17.4 11.8

MLB One Day Cash Draft Notables

• The Washington Nationals have won pitchers Stephen Strasburg’s last 13 starts dating back to Sept. 15, 2015. That streak is the longest in franchise history, having edged past Jordan Zimmermann’s mark of 12 from 2014-15.

• Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward took batting practice and went through a pregame workout on Monday, and there is a chance he could play during the series despite suffering a right rib contusion on Friday diving into the outfield wall in San Francisco.

• Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 27 games Sunday, while teammate Xander Bogaerts extended his to 16.

• Detroit Tigers Slugger Miguel Cabrera has five home runs in his last four games. Monday’s two-homer game was the 36th multi-homer game of his career.

• The Baltimore Orioles provide plenty of pop. Entering play Sunday, they led the Majors with 62 home runs. Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo have each compiled at least 10 home runs and 25 RBI over the Orioles’ first 40 games of the season, which last occurred in 2010 with the Toronto Blue Jays trio of Jose Bautista, Vernon Wells and Alex Gonzalez.

• Ace Chris Sale has thrown three complete games already this season, making him the first White Sox starter with three complete games in the first nine starts of a season since Jack McDowell in 1991.

• Chicago White Sox outfielder Austin Jackson is a .438 hitter (7-for-16) with three doubles, one triple and one home run against today’s opposing pitcher, Josh Tomlin.

• The Minnesota Twins activated shortstop Eduardo Escobar from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, but he’s expected to share duties at shortstop with hot-hitting Eduardo Nunez.

• Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal could make his first start since fouling a ball off his foot Saturday. A.J. Ellis has received both starts since, but Grandal’s X-rays came back negative and he has been available to pinch-hit.

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MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks

Top 20 Performers

It’s a full lineup of big leagues baseball on Tuesday, as all 30 teams will be in action. It all starts at 7pm ET with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals and the Bronx Bombers. There is a 60% possibility of rain in Cincinnati, so the Pirates versus the Reds is a risky game to get delayed. The leagues best Chicago Cubs are aiming for an eight straight victory. They will face the underwhelming San Diego Padres at home. Ace Jon Lester will be the starter for the Cubs. The Blue Jays and Giants will close out the evening of play. They both hold an even record of 17 wins and 17 losses. 4-0 J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Canadian team, while 0-4 Matt Cain will attempt to earn his first win since July 22nd 2015. Here is Tuesday’s FanPicks (click to join) MLB fantasy baseball draft picks top 20.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game Avg FP Four Game Avg FP Ten Game Avg FP
Todd Frazier 3B CWS TEX 59.5 31.8 21.2 15.4
Manny Machado 3B BAL MIN 56.5 22.8 17.8 14
Jake Lamb 3B ARI COL 54 25.7 16.6 9.8
Ketel Marte SS SEA TB 48 15.5 16.6 10.9
Jackie Bradley Jr OF BOS OAK 44.5 24.3 20.3 16.1
Carlos Beltran OF NYY KC 42 17.7 10.4 7
Masahiro Tanaka P NYY KC 42 33.7 32.3 21.3
Matt Wisler P ATL PHI 41.5 27 24.2 19.1
Adam Conley P MIA MIL 39.5 31.5 32.9 22.6
Mark Trumbo OF BAL MIN 39 14.3 18 12.1
JA Happ P TOR SF 37 27.3 29.3 24.8
Joe Ross P WAS DET 37 24 30.4 19.5
Rougned Odor 2B TEX CWS 36 23.7 21.2 16.9
Kevin Gausman P BAL MIN 34.5 27.7 22.3 16
Jon Lester P CHC SD 34.5 37.5 35.8 27.5
Joey Rickard OF BAL MIN 33 15.8 10.6 8.8
Christian Bethancourt C SD CHC 32.5 10.7 10.9 6.5
Alfredo Simon P CIN PIT 32 9.8 8.9 11
Khris Davis OF OF OAK 30 12.7 20.7 14.7

MLB Fantasy Baseball Draft Picks DFS Notables

  • O’s third baseman Manny Machado ranks second in the American League batting average with .350. He was named the A.L. Player of the month for April.
  • White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier hit two homers on Monday and now stands second in the American League in home runs with 10.
  • Tigers Victor Martinez is expected to return to the lineup, meaning either American League batting leader Nick Castellanos or Miguel Cabrera will rest.
  • Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three career starts against Houston.
  • With a leadoff walk in the fourth Monday, D-Backs Paul Goldschmidt extended his on-base streak against the Rockies to 42 games.
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MLB Cash Draft Daily Fantasy Picks

It will be hard to match up with what Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez did yesterday. But the stack is high with big names on the mound today, with the likes of Zack Greinke, Edinson Volquez and Dallas Keuchel. And we can’t let this confrontation between Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner go by unnoticed. The hype of this rivalry comes down to this two and who will take down the other. It’s a full slate of Major League Baseball games and we’ve got you covered with our list of MLB Cash Draft  fantasy picks.

Fantasy Baseball

Pitcher : Zack Greinke – Arizona DiamondBacks

Struggling Arizona ace Zack Greinke would appear to have an excellent chance to get untrod with the Diamondbacks visiting San Diego to start a three-game series versus the light-hitting Padres. The newly-signed 206 million dollar man opened the season losing back-to-back starts for the first time since August 2014. Despite that, he is 6-1 with a sterling 1.56 ERA in 12 career starts against San Diego. Greike and the D-Backs look primed to sweep the series.

Catcher: Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants

Buster Posey came back from a foot injury on Thursday and went 0-for-4 in a loss to the Rockies, but reports says that his foot is getting better.  He should be set to catch for a second straight day and motivated, when the Giants open up their rivalry series with the Dodgers.

First Baseman : Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox

Chicago’s Jose Abreu is batting .354 with five homers, 18 RBIs, 17 hits and seven walks in 13 career match-ups against the Rays.

Second Baseman : Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

Robinson Cano is a lifetime .311 hitter in 407 games at the new Yankee Stadium.

Third Baseman : Manny Machadao – Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore’s Manny Machado collected a hit in all nine games he played this season.

Shortstop : Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians

Jose Ramirez has produced plenty of fair-ball drives in three of the five games he has played in this season.

Update : Out of the starting lineup.

Outfielder : Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays

Bautista slugged away 21 home runs in 56 career games at Fenway Park.

Outfielder : Nomar Mazara – Texas Rangers

Texas rookie Nomar Mazara recorded two hits in the series opener to improve to 8-for-20 (.400) with three RBIs and three runs scored during the five contests he played this season.

Outfielder : Jeremy Hazelbaker – St. Louis Cardinals

Jeremy Hazelbaker is another fantasy pick rookie outfielder, but with the Cards, who is riding an eight-game hitting streak.

 

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MLB Daily Fantasy Picks

There will be a total of 12 games happening Tuesday. The Pirates and Tigers will square off early at 1pm, and then it will be off to L.A. where the D-Backs and Dodgers will battle at 4pm. The day will conclude with 10 other games, 8 in the evening and 2 late nights. There will be some guaranteed fireworks with a match-up between two aces in Noah Syndergaard and Jose Fernandez in New York. The Baltimore Orioles begin a roll in Boston with an undefeated record, while the Braves try to remove the  zero in their win column against Washington. All those stories are all fun, but let’s get to what really matters, the MLB Daily Fantasy Picks. Go to FanPicks.com and be ready cause here I go with my selections of the day!

Pitcher: Gio Gonzalez (WAS)

Gonzalez will make his season debut after reaching double digits in wins for the sixth straight year in 2015. The 30-year-old native of Florida lost three consecutive starts back in August before finishing strong, posting a 2.70 ERA over his final seven turns. This stretch included an outing against Atlanta on September 5, in which he pitched 10 strikeouts over six scoreless innings. Gio won both of his starts versus Atlanta last season, to improve his 4 and 8 record with a 4.54 ERA in 13 career outings against the Braves.

Catcher Nick Hundley (COL)
Hundley will take his place back into the lineup. He took a regular maintenance day Sunday against the Padres. The 32 years-old has started the first five games of the season for Colorado, going a respectable 5-for-15 at the plate over that span.

1st Baseman: Chris Davis (BAL)

Davis is coming off a high with his game winning three-run homer off Craig Kimbrel on Monday. Last year, home run king will surely be at it again in Fenway.

2nd Baseman : DJ LeMahieu (COL)

LeMahieu is having some early success collecting 2 home run, 4 RBI’s, 7 runs and an AVG. of .478.

3rd Baseman: Manny Machado (BAL)

Along with teammate Chris Davis, Machado is the only other player in the team to hold 3 homers. Friendly competition on who’s going to smack more homers between the two sluggers.

Shortsop: Carlos Correa (HOU)

Correa went 3-for-5 in the opening game of the series acquiring 2 RBI’s. He will look to carry the momentum tonight against the Royal’s fifth starter, Kris Medlen.

Outfielders : Colby Rasmus (HOU), Melvin Upton Jr (SD), Jose Bautista (TOR)

Rasmus is providing great support with 3 homers and 6 RBI’s in the Astros meat of the order.

Upton racked up five hits over his previous three games until manager Andy Green decided to give him a day off Monday. But he’s now back on the starting order tonight.

With 2015 MVP Josh Donaldson great start to the season, it’s easy to forget that Jose Bautista is right behind him in the order with 2 home runs and a .286 average.

 

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New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles – 7-21-15 – MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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It will be a battle in the AL East for MLB fantasy draft managers to sort a roster from when the New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles. Cash fantasy league players can follow the results of their rosters at 7PM Eastern Time on Tuesday July 21st from Yankees Stadium as MLB Network provides the broadcast.

As the teams enter play in this series it’s the New York Yankees holding the top spot in the AL East with a record of 50-41 sitting four games ahead of the second place Baltimore Orioles. The Yanks have been a good home team in 2015 with a mark of 27-17. New York hit the All Star break winners of six of their past eight games. The team has shown some power ranking second in MLB in runs scored (4.59 per game) and sitting second best in home runs (120).

Baltimore is one game over .500 for the year at 46-45. The Orioles offense ranks fifth in run production (4.42 per game) but have slumped down the stretch as the club has dropped six of their past ten games hitting the break. The starting pitching could use some improvement as word is out that the team is in the Cole Hamels sweepstakes as they could use an arm or two to help make up ground in the division and wild card race.

Baltimore Orioles 3B: Manny Machado leads the everyday players from the Orioles with a batting average of .300 with 20 homers and 50 RBIs. He has hit Yankees pitching very well with a mark of .385. Machado has hits in eight of nine games with three homers.

Baltimore Orioles DH: Jimmy Paredes is batting .294 season to date with ten homers and 39 RBIs. He is another Oriole who hits Yankees pitching very well with a batting average of .458 with two homers and six RBIs.

Baltimore Orioles CF: Adam Jones has been on fire by batting .500 over the past seven days. Jones has raised his average up to .291 with 15 homers and 44 RBIs. He has hit two homers against Yankees pitching on the year.

Baltimore Orioles 1B: Chris Davis has struggled with batting average at .238 on the season. He has produced some power numbers with 19 homers and 53 RBIs. Davis has a .213 road batting average.

Baltimore Orioles P: Wei Yin Chen leads the starters with an ERA of 2.78 on the year and his WHIP of 1.09. Chen has not been the recipient of run support with a record of 4-5. He has thrown seven straight starts of allowing two earned runs or fewer. On July 12th Chen held the Nationals to two earned runs over eight innings with no walks and eight hits.

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New York Yankees LF: Brett Gardner, an All Star, and leads the everyday players with a .300 hitting average. Gardner has ten homers and 42 RBIs. He has hits in eight of his past nine games.

New York Yankees DH: Alex Rodriguez has surprised his critics with a .277 batting average with 19 homers and 52 RBIs. He is below average for July at .255 hitting average. Rodriguez has hit three homers against Orioles pitching this year.

New York Yankees 3B: Chase Headley has had a hot July by hitting .333 but not much power numbers with no homers and three RBIs. He has raised his batting average to .256.

New York Yankees C: Brian McCann has struggled for the month of July with a hitting average of .195. He has produced three homers and nine RBIs in the month. McCann has been poor against Orioles pitching with a .192 batting average.

New York Yankees 1B: Mark Teixeira leads the team in homers with 23 and has driven in 63 runs for the season. The batting average is now .249 after going 5 for 8 in the final two games of the series against the Mariners prior to the break.

New York Yankees P: The 25 year old right hander Nathan Eovaldi is 9-2 with an ERA of 4.50 and high WHIP of 1.52. Eovaldi taxes the Yankees bullpen with his inability to go very far in games. He has made it to the seventh inning just twice in his past ten starts.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Picks

P: Wei Yin Chen (Orioles)
3B: Manny Machado (Orioles)
DH: Jimmy Paredes (Orioles)
CF: Adam Jones (Orioles)
1B: Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
LF: Brett Gardner (Yankees)

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