Pictured: Jacob deGrom
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Miami Marlins

Let the process continue. After 24 rookie-eligible players saw time in 2018 for the Marlins in the first year of a rebuild, Miami aims to see progress from its core in ’19. CEO Derek Jeter has preached building a sustainable winner by infusing young talent into all levels of the organization. Some — like former top prospect Lewis Brinson — are hoping for bounce-back seasons, all while rocking a new look. The Marlins have ditched the former ownership’s rainbow color scheme for a more Miami feel.

But what matters most is what happens on the field. The Marlins avoided a 100-loss season by going 63–98. In the process, they saw Brian Anderson blossom into a National League Rookie of the Year candidate. Starting pitchers Trevor Richards and Pablo Lopez showed promise after being called up. Time will tell whether they take the next step in their development.

Atlanta Braves

Anyone who has ever done a long highway drive has had that moment. You realize that, somehow, you have driven 20 miles from where you last remember being, but you have no recollection of how you got there. It felt like that in Atlanta. The Braves, who were coming off three consecutive 90-loss seasons, are suddenly good again, winning 90 games in 2018, and it seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. The Braves enter 2019 as not only one of the best teams in the National League, but also the veterans of a surprise playoff appearance last fall.

The problem with “prospects” (and Atlanta has plenty of them) is that they are like bread in an old toaster. You’re pretty sure that they’ll eventually pop up, but sometimes they don’t, and even when they do, you’re not entirely sure what the results will be. Fortunately for the Braves, there was a lot of good toast to go around at SunTrust Park, and there’s likely to be more popping up soon.

New York Mets

The Mets went looking for a new general manager last season, and some candidates recommended a roster teardown. That’s not what the Wilpon family wanted to hear, so they hired Brodie Van Wagenen, a charismatic agent who promised he could make the Mets a winner, both now and for years to come. We’ll have to see it to believe it with this offense, but the Mets’ pitching talent, that includes 2018 Cy Young recipient Jacob deGrom, at least gives them a shot.

Philadelphia Phillies

Despite an inconsistent offense and the worst defense in the majors, the Phillies put together four good months — followed by two horrendous months — and improved by 14 wins in 2018.

Management promised a busy offseason as it looked to take the next step in 2019, but vaulting from 80 wins into the playoff picture will depend largely on the improvement of a returning core that surrounds a few newcomers. The Phillies do have a star in right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola and a couple of potential stars in Rhys Hoskins and Seranthony Dominguez. But unless they add another one before Opening Day, the Phils are probably a middle-of-the-pack club in the National League East.

Washington Nationals

The Nationals thought they needed big changes after their 97–65 first-place finish in 2017, firing manager Dusty Baker following the NLDS flameout and replacing him with Dave Martinez. But after the Nats finished 15 games worse in 2018 and lost their stranglehold on the NL East, we can definitively say the manager wasn’t the problem.

This offseason was focused on a central question, with a corollary: Could the Nationals afford to keep Bryce Harper? And did they really want him? Even as those questions were playing out, GM Mike Rizzo continued building a roster meant to contend again in 2019, with or without Harper. And with a rotation headed by Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and newcomer Patrick Corbin, they’re a good bet to do so. 

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Mets at Rockies Preview

Two teams that have struggled mightily following promising starts meet Monday as the New York Mets visit the Colorado Rockies for the opener of their four-game series. Play this single game contest here. The Rockies have lost 12 of their last 16 games and hit a new low Sunday, when closer Wade Davis gave up four runs in the ninth inning of a 13-12 interleague loss to Texas.

The Mets improved to 2-4 on their 10-game road trip with Sunday’s 5-3 win over Arizona after staging a four-run rally in the ninth, which was highlighted by Brandon Nimmo’s two-out homer and Asdrubal Cabrera’s solo blast. Nimmo continued to impress with three hits from the leadoff spot while right fielder Jay Bruce returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a sore back and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Colorado dropped two of three to the Rangers over the weekend despite recording 15 hits in Sunday’s loss – including three from Gerardo Parra, who doubled twice and collected four RBIs. The Rockies are 4-11 this month and need better results from a bullpen that was viewed as a strength early in the season but faltered again Sunday, allowing seven runs over 3 1/3 innings.

TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountain (Colorado)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Jacob deGrom (4-2, 1.55 ERA) vs. Rockies LH Tyler Anderson (4-1, 4.48)

DeGrom leads the majors with a 0.87 ERA since April 21, registering 83 strikeouts against 17 walks in 10 starts during that stretch. The Floridian was a hard-luck loser on Wednesday, when he allowed one run with seven strikeouts and no walks over seven innings in a 2-0 setback against Atlanta. Nolan Arenado is 2-for-14 against deGrom, who turns 30 on Tuesday and owns a 3-0 record and 0.99 ERA in five career starts against Colorado.

Anderson matched his longest outing of the season on Wednesday, allowing one run while striking out six over seven innings in a 7-2 win over Philadelphia. The 28-year-old native of Las Vegas has gone 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in five starts at Coors Field this season, compared to 3-0 with a 4.08 ERA in nine road outings. Anderson is making his first start against the Mets since settling for a no-decision on July 28, 2016, when he allowed one run over six frames.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Mets have scored a total of six runs over deGrom’s last five outings.

2. Colorado has lost eight consecutive home games.

3. The Mets activated Jeurys Familia, who picked up the win on Sunday, from the 10-day disabled list and optioned fellow RHP Jacob Rhame to Triple-A Las Vegas.

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MLB InGame Showdowns

Another two games are set for InGame action.  A maximum of 5 swaps are allowed in this contest with play time of 5 consecutive minutes necessary before a starting player can be benched. Each entry will receive 2 Power Multiplier which can be applied to any starting player to receive 2x points for a duration of 15 minutes respectively. Check out the matchups previews below and play.

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Yankees at Orioles Preview

The New York Yankees are riding high with victories in 10 of their last 11 completed series to remain right in the thick of the race for first place in the American League East. The Yankees (35-17) will take their show on the road Thursday as they begin a season-high 11-game trek with the opener a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (17-39), who won three of four from New York last month.

Aaron Judge collected two hits and a run scored in back-to-back outings for the Yankees, who exacted a small measure of revenge against Houston following the 2017 AL Championship Series by taking five of seven meetings this season. The 26-year-old slugger is 1-for-5 with a homer against Thursday starter Andrew Cashner after collecting five hits – including a blast – to go along with four RBIs and three runs scored against Baltimore from April 5-8. The Orioles’ beleaguered offense continues to be stymied, as the club saw its losing skid extend to five games after being shut out for the second time in three contests following Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Washington. Manny Machado had a double off Max Scherzer to push his hitting streak to five games heading into a tilt with the Yankees, against whom he went 7-for-19 with two homers, five RBIs and three runs scored in last month’s series

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, YES (New York), MASN (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees RH Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.98 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Andrew Cashner (2-6, 5.07)

Gray answered a sterling performance with a less-than-desirable one, as he followed a one-run effort over eight innings in a 10-1 romp at Kansas City on May 20 by allowing five runs in 3 2/3 frames six days later in an 11-4 setback versus the Los Angeles Angels. The 28-year-old issued at least three free passes for the fifth time in his last seven starts to give him a staggering 28 walks in 10 starts (49 2/3 innings). Gray improved to 3-4 in his career against Baltimore after recording a quality start in an 8-3 win on April 7.

Like Gray, Cashner surrendered five runs in his last outing on Saturday as he was blitzed by Tampa Bay to fall to 1-5 in his last eight starts. The 31-year-old permitted season highs in hits (11) and walks (four) against the Rays while limping through five innings. Cashner pitched significantly better in his last appearance against the Yankees on April 5, improving to 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA in four career appearances after yielding one run on two hits in six frames of a 5-2 win.

WALK-OFFS

1. Baltimore CF Adam Jones is 11-for-26 with a homer and two RBIs in his last six games.

2. New York is just 11-9 versus AL East foes and 24-8 against the rest of the major league teams.

3. Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop has struck out at least once in each of the last 13 games, including three times on Wednesday

Cubs at Mets Preview

The revolving door that is the New York Mets’ bullpen came through last time out, but it will be tested again during a four-game series against the visiting Chicago Cubs that begins Thursday. The Cubs have averaged nearly six runs over their last 21 contests and have won five of their last seven on the road.

The Mets won for just the third time in 10 games Wednesday, posting a 4-1 victory in Atlanta as four relievers combined for four innings of one-run ball. New York made several roster moves before the contest to reinforce its beleaguered bullpen, which could be taxed again with Seth Lugo stepping out of his relief role to start on short rest in the series opener against the Cubs. After an inconsistent start to the season, Chicago’s offense has come to life in May, though it squandered plenty of opportunities in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Pittsburgh. Anthony Rizzo has heated up to contribute largely to the resurgence, hitting .299 with seven homers and 28 RBIs this month after batting .149 with only blast and nine RBIs in March and April combined.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, SNY (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jose Quintana (5-4, 4.78 ERA) vs. Mets RH Seth Lugo (1-1, 2.48)

Quintana has failed to get through five innings in three of his last five starts, issuing 15 walks over 26 innings in that span. The 29-year-old was pulled after 4 1/3 frames last time out, allowing four runs and five hits in a loss to San Francisco. Quintana is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts against New York.

Lugo has been a valuable member of the Mets’ bullpen but will make a spot start after 20 appearances in relief. The 28-year-old worked 17 consecutive scoreless innings before allowing three runs in his last outing Monday at Atlanta. Lugo is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three career games (one start) against the Cubs.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cubs RF Jason Heyward is 6-for-8 over his last two games, raising his batting average from .222 to .256.

2. Mets CF Brandon Nimmo has recorded eight extra-base hits and six RBIs over his last nine contests.

3. The Cubs on Wednesday placed Carl Edwards Jr. (shoulder) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled fellow RHP Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A Iowa.

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MLB InGame Showdowns

Another two games are set for InGame action.  A maximum of 5 swaps are allowed in this contest with play time of 5 consecutive minutes necessary before a starting player can be benched. Each entry will receive 2 Power Multiplier which can be applied to any starting player to receive 2x points for a duration of 15 minutes respectively. Check out the matchups previews below and play.

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Royals at Rangers Preview

The Texas Rangers racked up the runs during a confidence-building series against the New York Yankees and look to continue the production when they open a four-game series versus the visiting Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Texas belted seven homers and produced 23 runs while winning two of three from New York, including Wednesday’s 12-10 triumph.

Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman each homered and were among four Rangers – Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jurickson Profar were the others – to drive in three runs in Wednesday’s slugfest. Guzman went deep in each game of the series, going 5-for-10 overall in the set, while Profar has collected six RBIs over his last two contests. Kansas City posted a 5-2, 10-inning victory on Wednesday to take two of three from St. Louis and win a road series for the first time this season. “We needed that,” Royals catcher Sal Butera told reporters after delivering the tiebreaking two-run single in the 10th. “We fought hard all three games and guys did a great job on both ends, and our bullpen did a great job.”

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Danny Duffy (1-6, 6.88 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2017: 5-2, 4.67)

Duffy is having a poor season, and things really have unraveled over his last two starts as he has given up 14 runs and 15 hits – four homers – while issuing eight walks in just 7 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old already has served up 14 homers in just 51 frames after allowing a total of 13 over 146 1/3 innings last season. Duffy is 1-2 with a 3.25 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers.

Bibens-Dirkx is being recalled to make his seventh career start in the rotation spot typically filled by Matt Moore, who went on the disabled list with a knee injury. The 33-year-old was 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in eight turns for Triple-A Round Rock, registering 32 strikeouts against eight walks over 38 2/3 innings. Bibens-Dirkx, who didn’t face the Royals last season – his first in the majors, recorded a porous 5.97 ERA over 12 home appearances (three starts) in 2017.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Rangers served up 12 homers in the series against the Yankees.

2. Texas 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) took batting practice Wednesday for the first time since being injured on May 13 but remains unlikely to return until early June.

3. Kansas City C Salvador Perez started at first base for the first time since 2013 in Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals and belted his eighth homer of the campaign.

Mets at Brewers Preview

Off to the best 50-game start in club history, the Milwaukee Brewers look to keep rolling when they open a four-game series against the visiting New York Mets on Thursday. Milwaukee surged to the top of the National League Central by winning 10 of 13 contests and opened its 10-game homestand with a three-game sweep of Arizona.

The Brewers, who outscored the Diamondbacks 14-4 and are poised to welcome back 17-game winner Kyle Davies and outfielder Ryan Braun from the disabled list on Thursday, are trying not to get too far ahead of themselves. “This is the Cubs’ division until someone says otherwise,” Milwaukee third baseman Travis Shaw told reporters. “But we feel like we’re in a good spot now. We’re playing good. We’ll try to keep it going this weekend.” New York, which had ripped off four straight victories before dropping its last two to Miami, won two of three from the Brewers last month as part of its 12-2 start to the season. Thursday’s matchup marks the start of a rugged eight-game road trip for the Mets, who will play four each at division leaders Milwaukee and Atlanta – the teams with the two best records in the NL.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets LH Steven Matz (1-3, 4.42 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Zach Davies (2-3, 4.24)

After putting together back-to-back solid outings, Matz turned in a clunker last time out versus Arizona as he lasted only four innings while giving up four runs and six hits – including two homers. He allowed one run in each of his previous two turns, including a 2-0 loss to Colorado in which he worked a season-high six frames. Matz defeated Davies and Milwaukee on April 13 despite yielding four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Davies has been out since April 29 due to rotator cuff inflammation but was pitching well at the time of his injury, surrendering four runs over 18 innings in a span of three starts. He was rocked in two of his first three turns to open the season, including a 4 1/3-inning outing against the Mets in which he was tagged for five runs and two homers. Asdrubal Cabrera is 5-for-9 versus Davies, but Jay Bruce has recorded just one hit in 15 at-bats.

WALK-OFFS

1. Brewers 1B Jesús Aguilar drove in three runs on Wednesday, giving him nine RBIs in his last five games.

2. Mets RHP Jeurys Familia suffered his fourth blown save on Wednesday.

3. Braun (back), who has been out since May 13, was in a 3-for-29 rut at the time of his injury.

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Ranking the National League East in order of watchability

5. Miami Marlins

FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER)
64-98 65-97 J.T. Realmuto (2.8 WAR)

 

Oof. This is … going to be a shame. An unwatchable, contemptible shame. Without Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and Dee Gordon – each of them liquidated in Derek Jeter’s barbaric offseason teardown – the Marlins are the baseball equivalent of the second season of “True Detective,” or anything starring Kevin Hart. Assuming he isn’t traded by the time you finish this sentence, their best player is J.T. Realmuto, who j– nope, he just got traded. Sorry. (Amazingly, the Marlins will still have a J.T. in their lineup on a regular basis in 2018: J.T. Riddle, who you probably best remember as the villain from the second Harry Potter book, will be their everyday shortstop once he’s fully recovered from shoulder surgery.) In a sense, the Marlins are the team that could most afford to be unwatchable, seeing as nobody watched them when they actually were watchable, but, like, yeesh. Imagine anyone saying these words in this order: “Man, I’m so stoked for the Marlins game tonight. Jose Urena is starting!”

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4. Philadelphia Phillies

FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER)
75-87 81-81 Aaron Nola (3.9 WAR)

 

As the Phillies just proved, it’s virtually impossible to spend upward of $140 million on free agents in a single offseason and still wind up the least watchable team in your division (notable exception: the San Diego Padres). This is still a development year in Philadelphia, their winter spending spree notwithstanding, but aggressive re-investment in the 25-man roster suggests the Phillies think they’re close. Taking a look at their tentative Opening Day lineup, it’s not hard to see why: J.P. Crawford, their first-round pick in the 2013 draft, is a veritable toolshed; Rhys Hoskins, who turned 25 last week, blasted 18 homers in 50 games with the big-league club last year; Jorge Alfaro, who also dazzled in a late-season cameo with the Phillies in 2017, is widely considered the second-best catching prospect in the game. Now, in addition to those could-be superstars, the Phillies also have some legitimate, veteran studs in Carlos Santana, Pat Neshek (yes, he’s a reliever, I know), and former Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. It’s a compelling mix. Oh yeah, and they still have Odubel Herrera, of course.

3. Atlanta Braves

FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER)
72-90 76-86 Freddie Freeman (4.1 WAR)

 

Clearly, the Braves are a little behind the Phillies in terms of their rebuild timeline – following a 72-90 finish in 2017, the only major-league free agent they signed this offseason was Peter Moylan. But with all due respect to J.P. Crawford and Jake Arrieta, the Braves will still be more fun to watch than the Phillies in 2018, mostly because of Ronald Acuna, the consensus top prospect in baseball (non-Ohtani division) thusly summed up by Baseball Prospectus’ Jeffrey Paternostro in November:

Gary Sheffield came up in a discussion of the offensive profile to try to describe Acuna’s combination of bat speed and barrel control. He has potential 70 game power and an advanced, all-fields approach that doesn’t require him to sell out to tap into his mammoth pop. He has enough arm for right if you happen to have a 7 center fielder lying around your roster. This is how you smoke the upper minors as a 19-year-old. This is how you get an OFP 80.

Gary Sheffield! Dude is evoking comparisons to Gary Sheffield! Imagine having a 20-year-old Gary Sheffield in your team’s lineup. Hell, imagine having present-day Gary Sheffield in your team’s lineup. He’d still rake, I bet. Seriously, though, having the game’s most heralded prospect counts for a lot, watchability-wise, even though Acuna will spend at least the first couple weeks of the season embarrassing Triple-A competition for the purposes of service-time manipulation.

2. New York Mets

FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER)
82-80 80-82 Noah Syndergaard (5.5)

 

Watching the Mets is probably best suited to horror-movie fans, because the initial serenity of, say, Noah Syndergaard blowing fools away with his 101-mph four-seamer is invariably followed by some gruesome scene, like Noah Syndergaard tearing a lat muscle because the club didn’t force him to take an MRI even after he complained of soreness. Still, while most Mets fans probably don’t care for that whisper of doom around the corner, it does make for objectively good entertainment, especially when you’re watching a team as talented as the Mets. No, really. Between Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Jason Vargas, and Seth Lugo, the Mets could conceivably have one of the game’s best rotations again, just like in 2016, while the new additions to their lineup – Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and, if you will, Amed Rosario – should definitely put them in a position to compete for a wild-card spot. Their grisly midseason demise will be epic.

1. Washington Nationals

FANGRAPHS PROJ. RECORD PECOTA PROJ. RECORD MVP (STEAMER)
89-73 88-74 Bryce Harper (5.7 WAR)

 

As usual, the Nationals will be a delight to watch this summer before they slip on a proverbial banana peel in the division series. If you can stomach the cognitive dissonance they inspire with their annual Jekyll and Hyde routine, the Nationals may be the best team in the league from a watchability perspective. Their lineup is totally stacked, with the obnoxiously talented and aggressively pompadoured Bryce Harper parked right in the middle of it all (and if you’re a Nats fan hankering for new drinking game to try out this season, take a shot every time a MASN broadcaster mentions Harper’s impending free agency; you’ll consistently be hammered by the third inning). Their rotation ranks among the game’s best, and each Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg start should be appointment viewing (frankly, neither pitcher gets enough love: Scherzer has as many Cy Young Awards as Clayton Freaking Kershaw, and Strasburg’s 29.0 percent strikeout rate is the second-highest of all time among pitchers with at least 1,000 career innings). And finally, as a division rival, they’ll play a principal role in the Mets’ inevitable combustion. That’s the trifecta, right there.

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MLB Trade Deadline

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Latest rumors!

Baseball teas are looking to complete their shopping before the cut off transaction time of 4PM ET. Los of players are in the middle of rumors, and it all starts with the big catch of All-Star Chris Sale. The ace has apparently been linked to the Boston Red Sox beginning Sunday night. Other sources believes that there will be likely less than 5% chance of Sale being traded before the deadline. While those two possibilities are the most probable scenarios, other teams interested in the White Sox pitcher would be the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. Sale presents a record of 14 wins and 4 losses in 20 starts since the beginning of the campaign, with a 3,17 earned run average.

There could also be some major additions to the Mariners roster before the deadline. They look to put their hands on Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart. He has 15 homers and 41 runs batted in this season.

Done Deals!

The New York Mets added some punch in their outfield with the acquisition of Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. The transaction should be concluded pending physical, which has been reported has hit some issues. If the deal goes through, the Reds would receive outfielder Brandon Nimmo and two prospects in return. 29 years-old, Bruce presents a batting average of ,265. He crushed 25 long balls and has 80 RBI’s since the beginning of the season. The new Mets was a highly coveted trade target during the last few days. The Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers were all in the running for the sluggers services.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made the acquisitions of outfielder Josh Reddick and lef-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the Oakland Athletics in return for a trio of promising right-handed pitchers (Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes and Frankie Montas). Hill signed a 6 million dollar contract for one season with the A’s during the off-season and his currently injured due to blisters on his left hand. The 36 years-old has a record of 9-3 with a 2,25 ERA in 14 starts this season. As for Reddick, the 29 years-old post an average of ,296 with 8 home runs and 28 RBI’s in 68 games this year.

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Daily Fantasy Baseball MLB Top Picks

June 7th 2016

All 30 teams are back for daily fantasy baseball MLB gameplay, this Tuesday starting at 4PM ET. It all starts with the first of a double header between the  New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Here’s a look at the top selections for your FanPicks contest (click to play).

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Zack Greinke P ARI TB 59.5 40.7 34.5 31.6
Zach Davies P MIL OAK 57 33.3 29 21.8
Justin Upton OF DET TOR 46 21 14.2 10.3
Jacob deGrom P NYM @PIT 44.5 33.3 27.7 24.9
Adam Conley P MIA @MIN 42.5 16.5 17.9 22.9
Kyle Hendricks P CHC @PHI 41 36.5 32.4 29.5
Aaron Sanchez P TOR @DET 41 35.3 31.4 30
Jose Altuve 2B HOU @TEX 40.5 18.3 14.8 13.8
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS @CWS 39 12.8 16 14.5
Desmond Jennings OF TB @ARI 39 13 8.8 4.3
Brandon Moss 1B STL @CIN 39 20 11.5 8.7
Joe Ross P WAS @CWS 38 32 23.7 24.7
Jay Bruce OF CIN STL 35.5 21.7 22.5 19.6
Michael Pineda P NYY @LAA 34.5 20.8 19.7 19.8
Eduardo Nunez SS MIN MIA 34.5 22.5 18.2 17.5
Rougned Odor 2B TEX HOU 33 17.8 16.3 9.1
Wilson Ramos C WAs @CWS 32.5 16.8 19 13
Yasmani Grandal C KC @LAD 32 14.5 9.8 8
James McCann C DET TOR 32 12.5 15.8 8.8

Daily Fantasy Baseball MLB Notables

  • Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is set to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday. Tommy Joseph has started the past six games, allowing Howard to “clear his head,” as manager Pete Mackanin put it. Joseph, who was called up May 13, recorded more hits for the month (10) than Howard (7) in 35 fewer plate appearances.
  • Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain has enjoyed success against O’s pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, going 8-for-17 (.471) with a home run in his career against the righty.
  • Ryan Braun will seek career hit No. 1,500 with the Brewers.
  • Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been reinstated from paternity leave, with the Nationals optioning Trea Turner to Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move. Zimmerman is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday.
  • Charlie Blackmon has reached base safely in 32 straight games, good for the second-longest streak in the Majors. It’s the longest streak for the Rockies since Troy Tulowitzki reached safely in 41 straight last season.
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MLB Fantasy Picks

Fanpicks.com is proud to bring you another edition of our MLB Fantasy Picks. As per usual there were a few early starts, but six games remain on the evening slate to select your talent from.

Let’s get right into it.

MLB Fantasy Picks

P Steven Matz NYM – Matz will make his season debut for the Mets (almost typed Metz) tonight versus the Miami Marlins.

Matz was 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings in 2015.

Through their five games this season, the Mets lead the National League in ERA (2.05) and are no worse than tied for second in WHIP (1.00) and strikeouts per nine innings (6.14).

Mets starters had a 3.44 ERA last season, the team’s best mark since the 3.43 ERA they set in 1989.

The art of deception could prove fruitful, as no Marlins batter has been up to the plate more than three times against Matz. You can study and prepare all you want, but actually being out there against the guy is a whole different story

In comparison, Jarred Cosart is scheduled to start for the Marlins and while he is also making his season debut, 2015 did not go as planned. His season was ended prematurely by vertigo, but he wasn’t exactly shining bright when he did play. In 13 starts, he had a 2-5 record with a 4.52 ERA.

If Cosart is less than steady, the Mets could provide ample run support to get Matz his first W of the season.

C Chris Iannetta SEA – He didn’t dress on Sunday, so the Mariners catcher should be back in today. Iannetta has now collected hits in three of the four games in which he’s had at least one plate appearance, and has four hits in 11 at-bats overall. He might not light the (fantasy) world on fire, but he should be a consistent presence at the plate. Players like this who avoid frequent goose eggs could be the difference between finishing in or out of the money in your DFS contest.

OF Delino DeShields Jr TEX –  At four inches shorter and 30 pounds heavier, the 5’9 200 pounder may have a completely opposite build than that of his father but it doesn’t mean he’s not adept at getting on base. Delino DeShields Jr. is thick like a power hitter, but remains the Rangers lead man and possesses solid speed. Between April 8th and 9th, the younger (not youngest) DeShields has taken 7 bases on SBs, WPs, fly balls and errors over two games (vs LAA). That’s good for 41.5 fantasy points over that span.

 

 

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Fantasy Baseball Money Picks Miami Marlins vs New York Mets

Dominate your competition with our Fantasy Baseball Money Picks, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. After playing the waiting game since Opening Day 2016, Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart and Mets lefty Steven Matz are finally ready to take the mound. Both will make their season debuts  at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.Fantasy Baseball

Until now, the two starters had to display patience, because they could have been used in a variety of roles. Cosart, for instance, was scheduled to pitch on Sunday versus the Nationals. But because of Saturday’s game being pushed back due to bad weather, the Marlins decided to pencil the right-hander in the following day. So instead of closing out one road series, Cosart gets the ball in the series opener in the Big Apple, replacing Wei-Yin Chen, who is now slated to start Wednesday. Two-time All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, who’s also the defending NL batting champion, enjoyed tremendous success when opposed to the Mets in 2015. In 19 games facing the 2015 NL champs, Gordon batted for .427 (35-for-82), his highest hitting average vs. any opponent.

During the Mets’ opening series, Matz was made available out of the bullpen during last Tuesday’s game in Kansas City. But ultimately, his services were not required on that day. The lefty, who was 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA last season, is one of the promising rookies in the National League. Matz has retained his rookie eligibility after throwing just 35 2/3 regular-season innings last year, putting him alongside the Dodgers’ Corey Seager as a early favorite for the National League award. Yoenis Cespedes did his share of damage when challenging the Marlins last year, belting three home runs while driving in nine runs in nine meetings.

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OF Christian Yelich (MIA)

OF Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)

OF Michael Conforto (NYM)

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MLB Baseball Fantasy Preview

New York Mets vs Kansas City Royals

It’s that time of the year where the highly anticipated MLB season will freshly begin. The New York Mets will be travelling to Kauffman Stadium where they will face the defending MLB Champions, Kansas City Royals. FanPicks is proud to bring you this MLB Baseball Fantasy preview. Come play in our MLB Grand Slam Contest where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.

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Edinson Volquez will be the starter for the Royals as they defend World Series championship at the expense of the same New York Mets.

He had a 13-9 record with a 3.55 ERA the past campaign. During the World Series, he actually started the first game and in Game 5 against the Mets. He didn’t earn the wins as the bullpen of the Royals really helped. He was 8-4 on home starts with a .348 ERA.

Greg Holland’s loss as a reliever to the Royals will be compensated by the addition of Joakim Soria. Soria had 24 saves with a 2.53 ERA for the Pirates last year.

Speaking of the Royals’ relievers, the unit is minus Greg Holland, who is now a free agent. That said, the addition of Joakim Soria should soften the blow of Holland’s loss. Soria had 24 saves and a 2.53 ERA for Pittsburgh last season.

Kansas City will be hoping that their offense remains productive on offense. They may lack in power but for some reason, they’ve been mastering in putting the balls in play. They showed it especially against the Mets during the World Series. They were 2nd last in The AL with only 139 runs but 2nd in the major for batting average with runners in scoring position explaining their success.

 

Matt Harvey will be the starter for the New York Mets this Opening Day.

The Mets have questionably the best rotation in the MLB. Harvey was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA last season. He made 4 playoffs appearance last year and went 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA. Harvey has a 5-5 record on 12 road starts last year with a 3.42 ERA.

For their offensive weapons, the Mets can count on the bats of Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright and Curtis Granderson. Cespedes arrived during the middle of the season in New York after a trade and literally transformed the Mets’ offense into a feared one. His 17 home runs in 57 games were quite impressive. He was very calm in the World Series going 3 for 17 only.

 

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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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Fantasy Baseball NLDS update – New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers

It’s the MLB playoffs and cash draft contests are under way. The fantasy baseball matchup between the Mets and the Dodgers is tied 1 game apiece. It all started on Friday, with Jacob de Grom outdueling ace Clayton Kershaw and establishing a new franchise strikeouts record with 13 K’s. Los Angeles came back to even the series with a late inning comeback during the second game. Both team faced each other seven times during the regular season. New York ended up winning four of those games to take the season series. Here are the matchups:

Potential Pitching Matchup:

Schedule New York Mets Los Angeles Dodgers
October 9

at Dodger Stadium

Final Score: 3-1 Mets

RHP Jacob de Grom

Post-season (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

 

LHP Clayton Kershaw

Post-season (0-1, 4.05 ERA)

October 10

at Dodger Stadium

Final Score: 5-2 Dodgers

RHP Noah Syndergaard

Post-season (0-1, 4.26 ERA)

RHP Zack Greinke

Post-season (1-0 , 2.57 ERA)

October 12 8:30 PM ET

at Citi Field

RHP Matt Harvey*

Season (13-8, 2.71 ERA)

Vs Dodgers this season (1-1, 3.75 ERA)

LHP Brett Anderson*

Season (10-9, 3.69 ERA)

October 13  8:00 PM ET

at Citi Field

 

LHP Steven Matz

Season (4-0, 2.27 ERA)

Vs Dodgers this season (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

LHP Alex Wood

Season (12-12, 3.84 ERA)

October 15 8:00 PM ET

at Dodger Stadium

RHP Jacob de Grom

Vs Dodgers this season (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

LHP Clayton Kershaw

Vs Mets this season (1-0, 0.56 ERA)

(*)Confirmed

Series Fantasy Value Picks:

P Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers

Kershaw let the first game slide to the Mets. It`s doubtful he will repeat this failure a second time around, if he gets to pitch in this series again.

P Steven Matz – New York Mets

Matz has been impressive in his first year in the big league. The sensational rookie could be the game changer in the fourth game of the series.

1B Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers

Gonzalez is a home run threat every time he shows up at the plate.

SS Wilmer Flores – New York Mets

Flores made his case this year to earn the Mets starting shortstop gig.

OF Michael Conforto – New York Mets

Conforto made his MLB debut against the Los Angeles and even had a 4-for-4 in a 15-2 win over the Dodgers back on July 25th. The rookie has potential to be a Dodger nightmare.

 

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Fantasy Baseball News – Max Scherzer gets another no-hitter

Max Scherzer pitched his second no-hitter of the season. He becomes the 6th player to accomplish this feat in Major League Baseball. You can count Roy Halladay (2010), Nolan Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (1951) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938) to the list of player`s who had no-hitters twice in a season. Scherzer struckout 17 hitters, to set a Nationals new record. It also tied Nolan Ryan for most in any no-hitter.

The Nationals won 2-0 in a showdown against the Mets. If it wasn`t for Yunel Escobar error in the sixth, Scherzer would`ve had his perfect game. Despite that, Scherzer was happy with the performance. He accredited his current success to the September 23rd loss to the Baltimore Orioles. In that game, he realized that he needed to use his mind more than his intensity. The following game against the Reds, he came close to a no-hitter until it got broken off in the 8th. Back-to-back quality starts gives him renewed confidence in himself.

Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million deal at the beginning of the season. He is 14-12 with a 2.79 ERA and 276 strikeouts in 33 starts. The 31 years-old feels that there is still room for improvement. We will see next fantasy baseball season.

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