August 11 Fantasy Baseball Preview

Thursday Evening Matchups

FanPicks has your august 11 fantasy baseball preview to get ready for today’s MLB contest. Get the info you need and play right here!

Yankees vs Red Sox

Alex Rodriguez will make his final appearance at Fenway Park and has a chance to lead the New York Yankees to a series win this Thursday. Rodriguez, who is set to play his final game for the Yankees at home on Friday before being released, got into Wednesday’s win as a pinch hitter and is expected to play a bigger role in the finale. He flied out in his lone plate appearance on Wednesday but New York managed to even the series at one win apiece by picking on the Red Sox bullpen for five runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth en route to a 9-4 triumph.

The Red Sox need to win every game at this point to keep pace in the American League East and AL wild card races and may be without All-Star slugger David Ortiz. The veteran designated hitter had to be helped off the field after fouling a ball off his right leg in the ninth inning on Wednesday and was sent for x-rays.

Angels vs Indians

Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 14 games in impressive fashion, collecting two singles and a double for his third straight multi-hit performance in Wednesday’s 7-4 setback at Washington. The 23-year-old Dominican is batting .391 with runners in scoring position but is hitting just .188 (6-for-32) in 10 career encounters with the Angels. Los Angeles saw its offense limited to just one run for a third consecutive contest and sustained its season high-tying sixth straight loss with Wednesday’s 3-1 setback against the red-hot Chicago Cubs. Mike Trout is 1-for-12 with eight strikeouts in his last three games, and his 1-for-11 performance versus Thursday starter Corey Kluber doesn’t inspire much confidence, either.

Astros vs Twins

The Astros made a bold personnel decision by designating Carlos Gomez for assignment and hope the transaction can be looked back on as a courageous factor in their wild-card push. Houston, who trail Boston, Detroit and Seattle in the battle for the American League’s second wild card, decided they no longer could live with the sub-par performances of Gomez. The two-time All-Star center fielder made two key defensive miscues on Monday in his final start for Houston and batted a disappointing .210 with five homers and 100 strikeouts this season. Minnesota has won seven of its last 10 games and Brian Dozier is on a tear with six homers and 13 RBIs during the stretch.

Cardinals vs Cubs

Chicago’s pitching staff has been dominant of late, allowing two or fewer runs in 10 of the last 13 games as the Cubs have gone 12-1 over that stretch. Left-hander Jon Lester looks to continue that trend as he takes on hard-throwing right-hander Carlos Martinez. Lester is 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 10 home starts, while Martinez has excelled on the road, going 6-1 with a 2.28 ERA in nine outings.

White Sox vs Royals

Left-hander Danny Duffy routinely has brought smiles to the faces of his teammates, and for good reason, considering that the Kansas City Royals have emerged victorious in each of his last eight trips to the mound. The 27-year-old looks to win his third straight start and improve to 7-0 in his last nine outings on Thursday.

Royals Rookie Cheslor Cuthbert had an RBI double in Wednesday’s 3-2 win in 14 innings and is 10-for-27 during his six-game hitting streak. The 23-year-old Nicaraguan is 15-for-46 in 12 career encounters versus the White Sox and 1-for-3 against Thursday starter Miguel Gonzalez. The right-hander has had his troubles, however, with Jarrod Dyson, who tripled to lead off the 13th inning on Wednesday and is a blistering 8-for-10 in his career versus the hurler.  Chicago’s J.B. Shuck continued his strong series by highlighting his second two-hit performance with a solo homer to improve to 19-for-52 in his career versus Kansas City.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball News

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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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MLB Opening Day Daily Fantasy Lineup

The day is finally here. The major league baseball season is now officially upon us, so Fanpicks is here to present to you our MLB Opening Day Daily Fantasy Lineup.

As everyone is starting off fresh, field players range between the $4800 and $2000 range. Mike Trout is the only exception to the rule at $5000.

Of course, pitchers are the gold mine of the sport ranging anywhere from Clayton Kershaw‘s $11000 cap hit, to Wily Paralta‘s $4300.

I opted for a slightly cheaper David Price instead of big-money Kershaw. The Red Sox new ace has a nice matchup against the not-so potent Cleveland Indians at 1 pm, so I’m looking to start off the season with a bang from my most expensive peice.

Take a look at the rest of my MLB Opening Day Daily Fantasy Lineup.

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Bryce Harper is the “highest-paid” bat in my lineup. With a steady dose of up-and-comers, I needed to balance the risk of inconsistency out with a star veteran.

Cincinnati’s Joey Votto was also selected for the same reasons, and a strong spring leads me to believe he may start this season off with a bang.

While he may not have a ton of power, Jason Heyward should be a nice fantasy option this season. He is expected to bat second on Opening Day,  and should remain behind Dexter Fowler, and in front of some combination of Ben Zobrist, Anthony Rizzo, and Kris Bryant, so expect him to score a lot of runs this year.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 2nd 2015

LA Angels versus Texas Rangers Fantasy Baseball Preview 10-3-2015

The Texas Rangers will be home to the LA Angels from Major League Baseball action from Saturday afternoon. Fantasy MLB draft GM’s can track the results of their rosters on FOX TV on October 3rd at 1PM Eastern Time.

The Texas Rangers has clinched a playoff spot after their victory in Game 1 of this four game series on Thursday against the LA Angels. At the very least the Rangers will be an AL Wildcard team. In the race for the AL West title the Texas Rangers following their victory in series opener holds a three game lead over the Houston Astros and the LA Angels were eliminated from the AL West division race. A Ranger win or Houston Astros loss and Texas will be the division winner and will face either the Toronto Blue Jays or Kansas City Royals in the first round of the ALDS. Texas will not have home field advantage in round one of the playoffs. Texas is on the verge of an AL West title behind solid hitting as the club ranks fourth in Major League Baseball in runs per game at 4.60 per game. The pitching has ranked in many categories in the lower third of the league and somehow the patchwork staff got the job done as Texas were a victim to impact injuries to their starting and relief pitching out of spring training.

The LA Angels got hot late in the year with a seven game win streak to take a ½ game lead over the Houston Astros in the race for the final AL Wildcard spot. But losses on Wednesday and Thursday moved LA one game behind the Houston Astros for the final playoff spot with three games remaining. They no longer control their destiny for a playoff anymore so if the Houston Astros sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks in their three game series on the road the Astros will get the final spot. The Thursday loss also moved the Angels into a tie with Minnesota Twins in the race. The Angels have got good work from their pitching staff this year sitting 13th in Team ERA (3.89) and tenth best in quality starts from their rotation (86). The hitting has been subpar. They rank 28th in team batting average (.246) and 22nd in runs scored (4.06). The Angels are a mix of superstars and below average hitters.

LA Angels CF:

Mike Trout

The Angels outfielder leads the everyday players with a .297 batting average with 41 homers and 89 RBIs. He has been hot of late hitting .346 over his past seven days. Trout had a three hit game on Wednesday at home to Oakland.

LA Angels SS:

Erick Aybar

Aybar has hits in seven straight and nine of his past ten games. The LA shortstop had a good month of September and it has carries to October. His season average is up to .269.

LA Angels P:

Hector Santiago

The LA left hander is 9-9 with an ERA of 3.52 and WHIP of 1.25. The Angles are 5-0 in his past five starts. On September 28th he allowed three earned runs and three hits pitching 5 2/3rd innings as he received a no decision in a 5-4 home victory to Oakland.

Texas Rangers DH:

Prince Fielder

The Rangers DH has been hot in the summer months with some huge hits in key spots. Texas is on the verge of a division title off their performance late in the year in series against the Houston Astros. Fielder is batting .309 with 23 homers and 96 RBIs.

Texas Rangers P:

Colby Lewis

The Texas veteran right hander is 17-9 with an ERA of 4.53 and WHIP of 1.23. He looks to bounce back from a poor outing on September 28th at home to Detroit as he allowed six earned runs and ten hits in 4 2/3rd innings in a 7-4 loss.

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 Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 1st 2015

Angels Lose to Athletics on Thursday and Fell ½ Back of Astros in AL Wildcard Race

The LA Angels were hot team winners of seven straight as they closed out their series with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon. Things looked good with Garrett Richards on the mound against a dead team. They could have put pressure on the Astros as Houston played hours later on Thursday night. The Angels gloves failed them as Oakland wins 8-7 by scoring seven unearned runs on the LA pitching staff.

LA Angels RF:

Kole Calhoun

The Angels right fielder has hit Texas pretty good with a .400 batting average. The team opens a four game series on Thursday with the Rangers. Calhoun had two hits with a double and homer with two RBIs on the loss on Wednesday. Kole Calhoun has multi hits in four of his past seven games.

LA Angels CF:

Mike Trout

Trout leads the Angels everyday hitters with a .299 batting average with 41 homers and 89 RBIs. He had three hits with a homer and RBI in the team’s home finale on Wednesday. Trout is batting .409 over his past seven days.

LA Angels 3B:

David Friese

The Angels veteran third baseman had two hits on Wednesday and it was back to back games for Friese with multiple hits. He is hot batting .400 over his past seven days. Friese has 14 homers with 56 RBIs and a season hitting average of .262.

LA Angels C:

Carlos Perez

The Angels 24 year old catcher has picked up his batting average in the month of September. He had three hits with two runs scored and a home run on Wednesday. He has five multiple hits in his past ten games. Perez has his hitting average at .256 with four homers and 19 RBIs.

LA Angels 2B:

Johnny Giavotellla

Giavotella has been hot with the bat with a .444 batting average over his past seven days. He had a home run with two RBIs on Wednesday to increase his hitting streak to seven games. The LA second baseman is batting .326 against Texas pitching this year.

LA Angels P:

Garrett Richards

The Angels right hander is 15-11 with an ERA of 3.62 and WHIP of 1.24. He worked six innings against the Athletics on Wednesday with no earned runs and two hits. He walked a high four batters but the Angels defense failed him as three unearned runs were scored while Richards was on the mound.

Astros Power Leads Them Past the Mariners

The Houston Astros now took a ½ game lead over the LA Angels for the final wildcard spot following their 7-6 road win at Seattle on Wednesday night. The Astros were down 6-3 after five innings but the Astros with a three run home run by Chris Carter tied the game at 6-6 in the sixth inning. Houston pushed over a single run in the seventh inning and the Astros bullpen held the lead in the late innings for the win.

Houston Astros 1B:

Chris Carter

A .196 hitter Carter came through with a big blow for Houston in a clutch spot on Wednesday. He is hitting .385 over his past seven games. For the season Carter has 24 homers and 62 RBIs.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

The Astros right fielder continues his hot hitting with two hits on Wednesday. Springer has multiple hits in three straight and five of his past seven games.

Houston Astros 3B:

Luis Valbuena

It was a two hit night with a double and home run for Luis Valbuena against the Mariners. He scored two runs in the huge win and is now hitting a light .219 on the campaign with 24 homers and 54 RBIs.

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – October 1st 2015

MLB regular season is almost over and Daily Fantasy Baseball playoffs is starting to take shape. The Blue Jays are going back to the post-season after clinching the division for the first time since 1993, the year they won their second World Series. The way things are going for the Jays this year has been no shortage of incredible. The National League playoff picture is set. The Cardinals win over the Pirates last night gave them the division crown. So now the Cards, Dodgers and Mets all clinched their division while the Bucs will face Jake Arrieta and the Cubs for the Wild Card game.

A day after his A’s “big three” teammate (Barry Zito) made his possible final start, Tim Hudson is ready to make is last career start in the MLB. The active leader in wins will brush it out against Dodgers starter Brett Anderson in San Francisco. His incredible career holds being the 2000 season leader in wins and being a 2014 World Series champion. Can any rookie pitcher follow up in his footstep? Let’s find out in today’s Fantasy Baseball hot picks.

P Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins

Season: 5 W, 1 L, 3.14 ERA, 47 Ks, 19 BBs

The Twins are still chasing the final playoff spot for a four way race with the Angels, Astros, and Yankees. They turn to their sensational rookie to help them go there against Cleveland. Duffey is 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 8 starts. Back in August, he limited the Indians to 1 hit and no earned run during 6 innings of work. It’s his best performance of the season. A repeat could be in the books.

C Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season:  .239 AVG, 16 HRs, 47 RBIs, 43 Runs

Grandal saw his numbers drop in the last few month. He started the year at an incredible pace, hitting 12 homers in the first three month. He has had 4 since. The Cuban needs to hit like he did before if he hopes to keep his starting job in Los Angeles.

1B Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

Season: .266 AVG, 10 HRs, 66 RBIs, 68 Runs, 2 SBs

Mauer knocked a home run in the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Tribe. He’s hitting .357 with a homer and 3 RBIs against Indians starter Trevor Bauer. As the team star, he’ll need to make a difference when playoffs implications counts the most.

2B Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .213 AVG, 8 HRs, 38 RBIs, 37 Runs, 1 SB

Utley has faced Tim Hudson the most during his career. It’s like they have a special bond together. Utley will want to get the most out of their final matchup.

3B Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins

Season: .245 AVG, 22 HRs, 85 RBIs, 74 Runs, 2 SBs

Plouffe had a hit in every game in the current series against the Indians. He belted one over the fence  for 2 runs in the series opener. Now it’s time for the finale.

SS Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .269 AVG, 2 HRs, 42 RBIs, 71 Runs, 14 SBs

Aybar is on a six game hitting streak. He has been doing his part as the leadoff hitter, getting on base. He is also hitting .327 against Texas Rangers starter Derek Holland. With heavy hitters like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols behind him, it is safe to bet he will score a lot.

OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .299 AVG, 41 HRs, 89 RBIs, 101 Runs, 11 SBs

Trout was 3-for-3 yesterday, while smashing his 41st homer of the season. Despite this, the Angels lost against the Athletics. A win today for the halos would increase their chances of making it to October. They will need a repeat from their star outfielder who is batting .345 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs.

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

Season: .243 AVG, 22 HRs, 80 RBIs, 67 Runs, 2 SBs

Hunter has an average of .429 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs against Cleveland’s starter Trevor Bauer. He will build off the success he had yesterday during the first game of a doubleheader, where he hit a base clearing double for 3 RBIs.

OF Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds

Season: .225 AVG, 26 HRs, 86 RBIs, 71 Runs, 9 SBs

Bruce had 7 homers in the month of September. It’s the most he had in a single month all year.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins

C Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

1B Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

2B Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

3B Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins

SS Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels

OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

OF Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds

 

 

 

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 28th 2015

Blue Jays Maintain 4 Game Lead in AL East with Walk off Win against Rays

The Toronto Blue Jays reduced their magic number to four for an AL East title after a 5-4 victory against the Rays on Sunday. The team overcame a 4-1 early deficit for the win.

Josh Donaldson:

The Toronto third baseman homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Blue Jays the victory on Sunday. Donaldson is batting .299 for the year with 41 homers and 122 RBIs.

Edwin Encarnacion:

The Blue Jays slugger had a hit with a run scored in the series finale against the Rays. Entering Sunday’s game Encarnacion was battling a 5 for 24 slump.

Justin Smoak:

Smoak had a three hit game on Sunday with a homer, double and three RBIs. That’s back to back multiple hit games for Smoak as he had two hits on Saturday. He has moved his average up to .232 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs.

Kevin Pillar:

The outfielder for Toronto has been hot. He posted two hits with an RBI and double on Sunday. Pillar has multiple hits in three straight games. The Blue Jays hitter is batting .476 over his past seven days.

Mark Buehrle:

The 15 year old veteran left hander is 14-7 with an ERA of 3.76 and WHIP of 1.22. He received his third straight no decision after giving up four earned runs and five hits over six innings of work. He has not pitched greater than six innings in seven straight games.

Angels Still ½ Game out of AL Wildcard Spot with 3-2 Home Win to Seattle

The LA Angels have gotten hot late in the season as the club has won five straight and eight of their past ten games. Heading into the final week of the regular season the Angels are ½ game back of Houston for the final AL Wildcard spot and 3 ½ games back of the first place Texas Rangers in the AL West division.

Erick Aybar:

The Angels infielder had a hit in three at bats on Sunday. Aybar has hits in three straight and nine of his past ten games. His batting average on the year is .269 with two homers and 38 RBIs.

Kole Calhoun:

The Angels right fielder had two hits with an RBI in the series finale with Seattle. Calhoun has multiple hits in three of his past four games to move his average up to .262 with 24 homers and 80 RBIs.

Mike Trout:

Trout had a hit with an RBI on Sunday. The outfielder has been red hot with a batting average of .435 over his past seven days. Trout is batting .297 on the year with 40 homers and 88 RBIs.

Jered Weaver:

The LA right hander worked five innings against Seattle and allowed one earned run and four hits. Weaver experienced some tightness in his throwing shoulder and was pulled from the game. He received a no decision and has just one win in his past six games.

Yankees Keep Pace with Toronto and Moves Closer to Wildcard Spot with 6-1 Home Win to the White Sox on Sunday

The Yankees had 13 hits in their 6-1 victory on Sunday over the White Sox. The team is still four games back of Toronto in the AL East division race with seven games remaining. They hold a five game lead over the LA Angels for a playoff spot.

Luis Severino:

The 21 year old right hander worked six innings on Sunday in the win against the White Sox as he allowed no earned runs with five hits. He has allowed two earned runs or less in three straight and eight of his past ten starts.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 24th 2015

Blue Jays Shut Out Yankees to Move 4 ½ Games up in First Place in AL East

 

The Toronto Blue Jays took another step to an AL East division title as they shut out the New York Yankees on Wednesday by the score of 4-0. The Blue Jays increased their lead on the New York Yankees to 3 ½ games with just ten games remaining to be played. This concludes this head to head series between these clubs as the Blue Jays have six games remaining with Tampa Bay and four with Baltimore.

The Yankees were shut out with just six hits on the night and will begin a four game series on Thursday night with the Chicago White Sox. They then close with four next week at home to Boston and three on the road at Baltimore. In the AL Wildcard race the pinstripes are five games ahead of Minnesota for the final playoff spot with 11 games left for both teams. New York lost a game on Toronto in this series as they dropped two of the three games.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

It was a nice night for the Blue Jays third baseman as he went 3 for 4 with a double and run scored. He is hitting .301 on the year and is an MVP candidate with 39 homers and 120 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays C:

Russell Martin

It was a big night for the Blue Jays catcher as Russell Martin had a homer with two runs scored and three RBIs in the win on Wednesday. Martin moved his average up to .239 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marcus Stroman

The right hander made his third start since being sidelined with a torn ACL. On Wednesday he shut out the Yankees on five hits over seven innings. In his three starts in 2015 Stroman is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.89.

New York Yankees 3B:

Chase Headley

Headley had a hit in his three at bats on Wednesday. He entered play on a 2 for 22 hitting slump that saw his average dip to .260 with 11 homers and 61 RBIs.

New York Yankees SS:

Didi Gregorius

After a three hit game on Tuesday Didi Gregorius had a hit in his three at bats on Wednesday. Didi is batting .267 with nine homers and 52 RBIs replacing the legend Derek Jeter at shortstop.

New York Yankees P:

Ivan Nova

The Yankees right hander held the Blue Jays to one earned run and four hits over 5 2/3rd innings and left with a no decision. It was a better outing than the one on September 12th that saw Nova give up six earned runs and seven hits over 1 2/3rd innings in a home defeat to Toronto.

LA Angels Tighten up the AL Wildcard Race with a Come From Behind 6-5 road win at Houston

Things were looking quite bleak for the LA Angels on Wednesday afternoon. They were down 4-3 in the top of the eighth inning and possibly falling 3 ½ games back of Houston for the final wildcard spot. But a huge double by David Friese that drove in two runs game the Angels a 5-4 lead that they later extended to 6-4. LA is now 1 ½ games back of Houston for the final playoff spot in the American League.

LA Angels CF:

Mike Trout

The LA center fielder had two doubles and two runs scored in the win. He has multiple hits in four of his past ten games.

LA Angels RF:

Kole Calhoun

The 27 year old had a couple hits with two runs scored and a homer and RBI on Wednesday. His average moved up to .260 with 24 homers and 78 RBIs.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 22nd 2015

Keuchel Helps Move Houston Astros within Game of Rangers

The Houston Astros got a tremendous pitching performance by Dallas Keuchel as the team defeated the LA Angels 6-3 in a key AL West matchup on Monday. The Astros now sit a game back of Texas in the division race with just 11 games remaining on the schedule. After this series with the Angels the Astros have a three game weekend home series against Texas. The win also aided the Astros in the AL Wild card race as they hold the last playoff spot by three games over Minnesota and by 3 ½ games over the LA Angels. The loss was costly for the Angels as the team entered the series with their playoff fates in their hand. There are only 12 games left on the schedule for the Angels to make up three games in the loss column to the Astros plus pass the Twins.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

Springer has hits in nine of his past ten games. The right fielder had two hits with a run scored and RBI in the victory. He has gotten hot with hits in nine of his past ten games and a .320 batting average the past seven days.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve:

The Astros second baseman leads the everyday players with a .314 batting average with 12 homers and 59 RBIs. Altuve was huge on Monday night with three hits with a run scored, double and triple. He had a three hit game on Saturday against Oakland.

Houston Astros SS:

Carlos Correa

It was a big game for the hitting hero on Monday night as Correa delivered with three hits with a double, home run and three RBIs in beating the Angels. For the season Correa moved up his batting average to .279 with 19 homers and 56 RBIs.

Houston Astros 1B:

Luis Valbueno

The light hitting first baseman had a hit in three at bats on Monday. Valbueno has struggled for the month of September with a .194 batting average with no home runs and only three RBIs.

Houston Astros P:

Dallas Keuchel

The Astros left hander in his 31 starts in 2015 is 18-8 with an ERA of 2.51 and WHIP of 1.02. He shut down the Angels on Monday by allowing just one earned run and six hits over 7 2/3rd innings of work. He bounced back well after a horrible outing at Texas on September 16th where Keuchel was lit up for nine earned runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3rd innings pitched.

LA Angels SS:

Erick Aybar

There is some positive news for the Angels and that’s Erick Aybar at the plate. He had two hits with a run scored on Monday to increase his hitting streak to six games. Aybar has multiple hits in three of his past six games. Erick Aybar is batting .323 over his past seven days. On the year Aybar has moved his average up to .271 with two homers and 38 RBIs.

LA Angels CF:

Mike Trout

The LA centerfielder still leads the everyday players for the Angels with a .293 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He contributed with two hits in his four at bats on Monday night. The Angels have not set the table in recent games for Trout as he is without an RBI in his past two games.

LA Angels P:

Jered Weaver

The Angels really need their best from their starting staff down the stretch as they are chasing the Astros and Rangers in the standings. Weaver allowed five earned runs with nine hits over 5 2/3rd innings of work with two homers in the loss.

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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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Fantasy Draft News September 2nd 2015

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced his starting quarterback for week 1 and it is Kirk Cousins. The future for Robert Griffin III is in doubt as he is owed 16 ½ million dollars next season and may be cut to avoid paying that high salary. Should Griffin III get traded it is doubtful he will be in a starting role. Fantasy owners were burned last year by selecting Cousins on their rosters. He saw action in six games in 2014 and threw 10 touchdowns but had 9 interceptions. Washington was 2-4 in games Cousins played in 2014. There was a stretch where the Redskins lost four straight with Kirk Cousins under center.

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan named his starter as well for week one and its Tyrod Taylor. He beats out Matt Cassel, E.J. Manuel and Matt Simms. Taylor has bounced around the league for five years. He spent most of his years in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. In mop up roles in 14 regular season games Taylor has hit on 54% of his passes with no touchdowns and two picks. His starting wide receivers are Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin. Taylor’s mobility gave him an edge over the competition as he may be asked to make plays with his legs if Harvin and Watkins can’t get open.

Jacksonville Jaguars suffered some bad news as their tight end Julius Thomas is considering surgery on his finger. The Pro Bowler could miss up to four weeks of the regular season. He was acquired by Jacksonville as a free agent during the offseason from the Denver Broncos. Thomas put up some good numbers with Peyton Manning throwing him the football. His production would be lower with Blake Bortles passing to him.

The Cleveland Indians have gotten hot and are still in contention for an AL Wildcard spot in the stretch run. The win streak is now six straight and the team is four games back of the Texas Rangers for the final AL Wildcard spot with just 32 games remaining to be played. The pitching has been good for the Indians as the staff has allowed three runs or fewer in seven of their past eight games. Starter Danny Salazar has been outstanding. In the victory at the Blue Jays on Monday the Indians right hander allowed two earned runs and struck out ten batters in seven innings. Salazar has allowed six of his past seven opponent’s two earned runs or less. His strikeout numbers are phenomenal with 172 in 151 1/3rd innings.

The Baltimore Orioles are a team on the skids losers of 10 of their past 11 games after a 6-3 home defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays. The team has fallen well behind in the race for the AL Wildcard at 63-68 to date. Baltimore is having trouble scoring runs and many of the Orioles every day hitters are battling slumps. Making matters worse is that many hitters in the Baltimore lineup have not hit Rays pitching this year.

The LA Angels are now a game under .500 at 65-66 after a loss at Oakland on Monday. They sit 3 ½ games back of the Texas Rangers for the final AL Wildcard spot. The Angels pitching staff has been tagged for 8 runs or greater over their past three games. The team is 2-5 on this road trip. Mike Trout is happy to see the month of August come to an end as the center fielder is trapped in a .227 hitting slump with only one home run.

In a marathon game at Dodger Stadium LA was able to win Game 1 of this key series 5-4. They were able to rally from a 3-1 deficit as Adrian Gonzalez had a two run home run to tie the game at 3-3. He got the game winning hit in the 14th for LA for a three RBI night. Both teams went deep into their bullpens as San Francisco used nine pitchers on Monday and for LA seven pitchers took the mound. Great pitching matchup on Tuesday as Zach Greinke faces off with Giants left hander Madison Bumgarner.

 

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 7-29-15

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Top fantasy value picks for MLB’s July 28th 2015

Pitcher:  Garrett Richards

First Base:  Albert Pujols

Second Base:  Jose Altuve

Short Stop:  Eric Aybar 

Outfield:  Mike Trout

Outfield:  Kole Calhoun

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Los Angeles Angels vs Houston Astros – 7-29-15 – MLB

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Two AL West division contenders lock horns on Wednesday Night Baseball as the Houston Astros meet the LA Angels. Fantasy baseball draft managers can tune to ESPN TV at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their selected rosters.

The Houston Astros had enjoyed first place in the AL West for much of the early part of the season. They hit a slump and an LA Angels hot streak catapulted Los Angeles to first place in the division at the All Star break. They began a three game series on Tuesday night with Houston crushing the Angels 10-5 to draw just one game in the loss column behind LA for the lead in the division.

With the loss the Angels have dropped three of their past four games. The pitching has gone south as the team has given up 24 runs over their past three games. On the offensive side the Angels have been getting lots of home runs of late and they are now 6th best in baseball with 113 on the season.

Houston is the top home run hitting team in baseball with 138 on the year. They are fourth best in run production (4.43 per game) despite being 25th in baseball in team batting average (.244). With their victory over the Angels on Tuesday the Astros now have won seven of their past ten since returning from the All Star break.

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LA Angels CF: Mike Trout leads the Angels everyday hitters with a batting average of .315 with 31 homers and 64 RBIs. He is coming off a four game hitting game on Sunday against Texas. He is expected to play on Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday’s game. For the month of July Trout is batting .361 with 11 homers.

LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar has been hot for the month of July with a hitting average of .351. He has 11 RBIs for the month.

LA Angels RF: Kole Calhoun has been another Angel who has been hot for the month of July as he is hitting .325 with six homers and 20 RBIs. Calhoun for the year has a hitting average of .275 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs.

LA Angels 2B: Johnny Giavotella has been hot of late with a .346 batting average over the past seven days. He carries a seven game hit streak into Wednesday’s game. After a very slow start to the season Giavotella is batting .267 with three homers and 36 RBIs.

LA Angels 1B: Albert Pujols has hits in nine of his past ten games with four of the games being multiple hit games. He has moved his average up to .260 with 29 homers and 63 RBIs.

LA Angels P: Garrett Richards is 10-7 on the year with an ERA of 3.25 and WHIP of 1.18. He has pitched well over his past two starts by allowing three earned runs throwing a total of 17 innings and giving up just six hits.

Houston Astros 2B: Jose Altuve leads the Astros with a batting average of .305 with nine homers and 48 RBIs. He is having a good July by hitting .333. He is coming off a three hit game in the opener with the Angels on Tuesday.

Houston Astros DH: Evan Gattis is putting up good power numbers for the Astros with a hitting average of .246 with 16 homers and 58 RBIs. He has four multiple hit games over his past ten games.

Houston Astros 1B: Luis Valbuena leads Houston with 19 homers on the year. He has driven in 40 RBIs but hits only .197 this season. Valbuena is 0 for his past 16.

Houston Astros LF: Colby Rasmus is going through a slump for the month of July with a batting average of .186. His average has fallen to .237 on the year with 13 homers and 35 RBIs.

Houston Astros P: Lance McCullers is 4-3 on the year with an ERA of 2.60 and WHIP of 1.15. He has held seven of his past ten opponents to two earned runs or less in his starts.

MLB Fantasy Mock Draft Picks

Free Baseball Cash Draft Beat the StreakP: Garrett Richards (Angels)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
SS: Eric Aybar (Angels)
RF: Kole Calhoun (Angels)
1B: Albert Pujols (Angels)
2B: Jose Altuve (Astros)

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