August 8 Fantasy Baseball Preview

Monday Primetime Matchups

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Rays vs Blue Jays

Scheduled Monday Rays starter Jake Odorizzi has not allowed a run in three straight games spanning 20 2/3 innings. Tampa Bay shortstop Brad Miller is 8-for-21 with three homers and seven RBIs during a six-game hitting streak.

Giants vs Marlins

National League Cy Young Award candidates Johnny Cueto of the Giants and Jose Fernandez of the Marlins are scheduled to square off. They have combined to hold the opposition to two or fewer runs in 28 of their 43 starts this season, although neither managed to win his last time out. Miami saw an high-profile chase come to an end in Sunday’s victory over the Rockies, as Ichiro Suzuki became the fourth player born outside the United States and 30th in major-league history to reach 3,000 hits.

Braves vs Brewers

Brewers rookie center fielder Keon Broxton reached base nine times in the series and is hitting .387 with seven walks, three doubles, two homers and seven RBIs in his past 12 games. Milwaukee leads the majors in stolen bases (116). They are led by Jonathan Villar, who stole two bases Sunday and opens the week tied with Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton for the major-league lead (43).

Astros vs Twins

Former top prospect and Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has endured an up-and-down campaign in his first full season in the majors but led the offense with a pair of home runs in Sunday’s 6-3 victory in Tampa Bay. 

Reds vs Cardinals

The Reds are highlighting individual successes in an otherwise disappointing campaign and got three hits and four stolen bases from center fielder Billy Hamilton on Sunday. Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips is also red hot going 12-for-19 with eight RBIs in the last five games.

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LA Angels Making a Move in the AL Wildcard Race as They Sweep the Twins on Saturday

The LA Angels have underperformed for much of the 2015 season and has been one of Major League Baseball’s biggest disappointments. They have a huge payroll with stars but the supporting cast has been labeled as scrubs by some in the media. The joke around baseball is that the Angels are a Stars and Scrubs team. After a rainout in this series with the Twins the Angels had to play a doubleheader on Saturday and came away with the 4-3 and 5-2 victory in the twin bill. The Angels are 4 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West division race with just 14 games remaining. In the AL Wildcard race the Angels are now just 1 ½ games back of the slumping Houston Astros. The Minnesota Twins are 75-73 and the losses were costly as the club is now down 2 ½ games for the final AL Wildcard. This series are like playoff games for both teams.

Carlos Perez:

The Angels catcher has been hot batting .378 for the month of September. On Saturday he had two hits in the 4-3 win at Minnesota. He has multiple hits in three straight games.

Mike Trout:

The talented center fielder leads the Angels everyday hitters with a .291 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He had a home run in Game 2 of the doubleheader as he looks to improve from a .259 batting average for the month of September.

Albert Pujols:

The veteran had a two hit game with two RBIs in the Game 2 victory for the Angels. Pujols has batted just .239 for the season with 35 homers and 85 RBIs. It has been a horrible month of September for the 35 year old as he bats just .161.

Erick Aybar:

The Angels shortstop had a successful doubleheader going 4 for 9 with two stolen bases and a run scored. He has moved is average up to .270 with two homers and 38 RBIs. His bat began cool in September but has picked up steam the past four games.

Andrew Heaney:

In his first season with the Angels Andrew Heaney is 6-3 with an ERA of 3.30 and WHIP of 1.15. In his start in Game 1 Heaney threw six innings and allowed two earned runs and two hits.

Garrett Richards:

Richards has started 29 games in the 2015 campaign and is 14-11 with an ERA of 3.73 and WHIP of 1.24. He bounced back after a poor outing on September 14th at Seattle where he allowed four earned runs in five innings with four walks in defeat. In Game 2 of the doubleheader Richards came in with a huge effort tossing 8 2/3rd innings against the Twins by allowing two earned runs and five hits. He still had issues with walks as he allowed four on Saturday. Richards has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his past four starts.

Torii Hunter:

The veteran outfielder has been hot with a .417 batting average over his past seven days. In the doubleheader Hunter went 3 for 8 with a run scored. Hunter has multiple hits in six of his past ten games.

Miguel Sano:

The Twins DH extended his hitting streak to seven games with a hit in Game 1 and Game 2 of the doubleheader. He had a home run in Game 1. His batting average is now up to .279 with 17 homers and 49 RBIs.

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The Giants Slump Continues. Losing Streak is now 6 games after 11-3 loss to Rockies

After facing some tough pitching staffs in the LA Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals one can understand the Giants offensive funk in some of their games in their recent streak. They traveled to Colorado after getting swept in three straight to the LA Dodgers and fell 11-3 to the Rockies. San Francisco got good starting pitching in the Dodgers series but Game 1 in Colorado was not. The Giants hitters on Thursday had just six hits all game.

Ryan Vogelsong:

The veteran right hander was tagged with the loss for San Francisco as he allowed seven earned runs in the loss and could go no longer than three innings in the game. Vogelsong is taxing the Giants bullpen. In his past three starts he lasted 3, 4 2/3rds and 3 1/3rd innings losing all three games.

Twins Three Game Win Streak Ends on Thursday

Minnesota dropped a 6-4 decision to the Chicago White Sox. The team has won three straight series and that includes wins against playoff contenders in the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. Pitching has been shaky the past three of four games for the Twins as they have surrendered five runs or greater. The Twins are just 1 ½ games in the standings behind the Texas Rangers for the final playoff spot in the American League.

Miguel Sano:

The 22 year old DH was given a day off with a hamstring issue. Sano, a rookie has impressed early as the Dominican Republic product has hit .294 with 15 homers and 42 RBIs. His slugging percentage is an impressive .617. The ironic part of his power numbers is that they were accumulated in just 52 games played. That’s less than a third of a season. That is a clip of over 45 homers and 126 RBIs in a full 162 game season.

Brian Dozier:

The 28 year old second basemen for the Twins have produced some very good power numbers for his positon. Dozier has 26 home runs and 68 RBIs on the year.

Kansas City Royals Magic Number Now 17 with 15-7 victory against Detroit.

The Kansas City Royals has now moved to 31 games over .500 after their win on Thursday against the Tigers. It is now two straight wins and five wins over their past seven games. It has been double digit run production for KC in their past two games against the Tigers.

Lorenzo Cain:

The Royals centerfielder ran his hit streak to 11 games after his consecutive two hit game in this series on Thursday. His batting average is now up to .315.

Eric Hosmer:

The KC first basemen have been blistering hot. He is coming off a three hit night on Thursday. He has multiple hits in three of his past five games. Hosmer’s batting average has risen up to .312.

Kendrys Morales:

The Royals DH was red hot in the Tigers series. He produced multiple hits in all three games. He had four hits with four RBIs on Thursday. Morales went 8 for 14 in the three game series. Kendrys Morales has eight RBIs over his past three games for a total of 98 for the regular season.

Dodger’s Bullpen Blows Huge Dodger Comeback

The LA Dodgers ruined a huge opportunity to take a 7 ½ game lead in the standings over the San Francisco Giants in the NL West with a 10-7 loss on Wednesday to the San Diego Padres. LA was down 4-0 early the rallied with two runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-4 lead. Starter Mat Latos was hit with all four runs and had another short outing. With the Giants losing earlier in the night LA had a shot of extending their lead in the NL West race. Heading into Thursday the Dodger bullpen had an ERA over 5. LA used six relievers with four giving up at least one run.

Matt Latos

It was another bad outing for Dodger starter. He has given up four runs or greater in three of his past four starts. He has not pitched more than 4 2/3rd innings in his past four starts.

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