August 9 MLB Preview

Tuesday Late Matchups

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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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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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