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Indians vs Yankees

The Cleveland Indians used the long ball to avoid a sweep. They are swinging the power bats at the perfect time as they begin a three-game series against the host New York Yankees. Yankee Stadium possess the highest home run rate of any American League park. It will be hard-pressed to contain the Indians, who have hit 15 shots over their previous seven games.

Giants vs Nationals

Riding some momentum after wrapping up a road trip with a dominating sweep at Arizona, the Washington Nationals will receive the San Francisco Giants in the opener of an eight-game homestand. Washington gathered 32 runs in a three-game set against the Diamondbacks to finish 6-3 on the nine-game trek.

Reds vs Pirates

Struggling Andrew McCutchen is expected to return to the lineup when the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates open a three-game stand against Cincinnati Reds. McCutchen was benched for the whole three-game series versus the Atlanta Braves. The Pirates lost two of three and have fallen back to .500 on the season.

Mets vs Tigers

The red hot Detroit Tigers continue their pursuit of the top spot in the American League Central when they host the New York Mets. Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, who was unbeaten in six starts last month, will takes on Mets fireballer Noah Syndergaard.

Twins vs Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins have been competing much better than their current lot in the standings would indicate. The cellar dwellers in the American League East and Central divisions, respectively, look to continue their rock solid play of late at the other’s expense.

Orioles vs White Sox

Chicago White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez likely won’t need extra motivation heading into the opener of a three-game series versus the Baltimore Orioles. After spending his first four seasons with the Orioles, the 32-year-old Gonzalez was let go by the club in late March. He posted a 1-4 mark with a bloated 9.78 ERA back in spring training with Baltimore.

Rangers vs Astros

The Texas Rangers will try to extend their dominance of in-state rival Houston. Texas is 9-1 versus Houston this season. They have won seven of the eight match-ups decided by fewer than three runs.

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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers

June 27th 2016

Another MLB weekend in the books. New matchups are set for Monday with ten games in primetime contests. Chicago Cubs Jake Arrieta and New York Mets Noah Syndergaard lead the class of today’s starters. With the daily expense of those two going up to $9,000, I’d look for the fantasy baseball sleepers to grab the spotlight at FanPicks (Click to play). Here is the list of Monday’s fantasy baseball top picks.

MLB Top PitchersTop Pitchers

 

Trevor Bauer is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five June starts. He allowed one run in a complete game during his last outing, the second CG of his career. The tribe are aiming for their 10th straight win.

MLB Top Hitters

Top Hitters

 

Charlie Blackmon hit in all seven games last week, raking for a .424 (14-for-33) average, totaling three walks, five home runs and nine RBIs amid a white-hot stretch that included six multihit games. He received the National League’s Player of the Week honors.

Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with a solo homer, two runs scored, a walk and a double on Sunday against the Mets.

Mark Reynolds hit a walk-off two-run homer off Silvino Bracho, powering the Rockies past the D-backs, 9-7, on Sunday at Coors Field.

Matt Carpenter has reached base in 18 consecutive games.

Kendrys Morales went 2-for-4 with two solo homers in Sunday’s game vs. the Astros.

Jose Altuve’s fourth-inning single on Sunday pushed his streak of reaching base safely to 29 consecutive games, the longest current streak in baseball. That ties a career record for Altuve, who reached base in 29 games in a row Aug. 1-Sept. 1, 2015. Altuve has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games in Anaheim, batting .388.

Aledmys Diaz went 3-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI, a run scored and a walk against the Mariners on Sunday.

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MLB Fantasy Baseball Cash Draft Top Picks

June 21st 2016

What a treat! All 30 MLB team will play today in evening/primetime action. First games starts at 7PM EST time, leaving you time to round up your 1 day fantasy baseball lineup after work. Here are the top 20 picks from Tuesday’s fantasy baseball cash draft contests (click to play).

Top Draft Picks

Player Pos Team Opp Last 2 Game Avg Last 4 Game Avg Last 10 Game Avg
Johnny Cueto P SF @PIT 37.3 41.1 40.4
Noah Syndergaard P NYM KC 42.8 40.4 38.2
Colby Lewis P TEX CIN 30.7 24.9 26.7
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR ARI 37.5 34.4 26.2
Wil Myers 1B SD @BAL 30.5 19.8 21.5
Michael Saunders OF TOR ARI 32.8 21.4 19.2
Justin Upton OF DET SEA 30 24.2 17.4
Kevin Pillar OF TOR ARI 25.5 21.6 16.2
Tyler Wilson P BAL SD 16.7 17.2 15.7
Justin Turner 3B LAD WAS 19.8 19.6 14.2
Michael Taylor OF WAS @LAD 29.8 20.3 13.7
Kendrys Morales 1B KC @NYM 28.8 18.4 12.5
Max Kepler OF MIN PHI 20.3 15.8 11.9
Victor Martinez 1B DET SEA 21.8 14.7 11.8
Tyler Naquin OF CLE TB 21.8 13.6 11.8
Devon Travis 2B TOR ARI 26 20.3 11.8
Matt Wieters C BAL SD 17.3 12.7 11.4
Brian McCann C NYY COL 16.5 11.7 10.1
Franklin Gutierrez OF SEA @DET 24.5 15.3 9.5
Peter OBrien OF ARI @TOR 15.7 14.4 9.3

 

Fantasy Baseball Cash Draft Notables

  • Rockie third baseman Nolan Arenado is probably looking forward to taking aim at the Yankee Stadium outfield walls, especially after taking Ivan Nova deep in their last meeting. The power-hitting third baseman entered play on Sunday tied for the Major League lead with 20 home runs. Arenado has hit 12 at Coors Field and eight on the road.
  • The Padres’ Wil Myers is one of the hottest hitters this month, and led the league in June homers and RBIs entering play Sunday. Through his first 17 June games, Myers hit .373/.421/.896 with nine home runs and nine multihit games.
  • Royals catcher Salvador Perez enters Monday on an 11-game hitting streak. For his career, he is 1-for-4 with a walk against Mets Noah Syndergaard, counting the postseason.
  • Seattle’s Robinson Cano (19 HRs) is one homer shy of becoming the sixth second baseman in Major League history to have seven or more seasons with 20 or more. Jeff Kent has the most (12).
  • Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has homered in nine of his last 15 games.
  • A’s outfielder Khris Davis, who was removed from Saturday’s game with a minor left calf injury, is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday for the series opener against his former club, the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is expected to be activated from the disabled list Tuesday after missing 18 days with a left hamstring strain.
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MLB Fantasy Cash Draft News

June 15th 2016

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Angels News

  • The Angels have had their fair share of injuries, but could have some help on the way for the series finale. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who was with Triple-A Salt Lake rehabbing his surgically repaired left thumb, flew to Anaheim on Tuesday to be reevaluated and could be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. Simmons underwent surgery on May 10.

Blue Jays News

  • Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion is expected to get the start at first base in Philadelphia, with Justin Smoak coming off the bench for the Blue Jays.

Brewers News

  • Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson has already hit seven batters this season. He led the Majors with 13 hit batsmen in 2015.

Cardinals News

  • St-Louis hurler Adam Wainwright’s lifetime 1.57 ERA against the Astros is the lowest among all MLB pitchers with at least 10 games started against Houston.
  • Cards third baseman Matt Carpenter extended his hitting streak to eight games Tuesday night.

Dodgers News

  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, as great as he is, hasn’t been great in Chase Field. In 11 starts, he’s 4-7 with a 3.90 ERA, his highest in any National League road ballpark not named Coors Field.

Giants News

  • Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has reached base safely in 25 consecutive games at AT&T Park. He also has an eight-game hitting streak overall.
  • Right-hander Johnny Cueto will take his second attempt at becoming the Giants’ first 10-game winner this season against the Brew Crew.

Marlins News

  • Marlins’ outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is one hit away from tying Pete Rose’s hit record (4,256 career hits), including the hits he accrued in Japan.

Mets News

  • Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who will be making his second consecutive start against the Pirates, this time at home. He owns a 1.41 ERA over his last seven outings, which includes four wins, two no-decisions and one relief appearance. “Thor” is coming off a no-decision against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. In fact, he is winless in two career starts against the Pirates. Over 12 innings, Syndergaard is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA. Both appearances came on the road at PNC Park.

Nationals News

  • Nats ace Stephen Strasburg eyes for an 11-0 record today, as he takes the mound against the Cubs. A win launches him into top spot for most victories this season, passing Chris Sale (playing today) and Jake Arrietta, both standing at 10 wins.

Padres News

  • San Diego third baseman Yangervis Solarte is expected to be back in the lineup after sitting Tuesday. Padres manager Andy Green wanted to give him another day off to rest a left thumb contusion.
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Phillies News

  •  Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco missed his second straight game on Tuesday with a right knee sprain he sustained Sunday, and he is considered day to day. If Franco is unable to go Wednesday, Andres Blanco could make his third consecutive start at the hot corner.

Red Sox News

  • Knuckleballer Steven Wright takes the mound for Boston against Baltimore and is coming off four consecutive wins, three of which were quality starts.

Rockies News

  • Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra exited Tuesday’s game after colliding with shortstop Trevor Story while both were tracking a popup.

Tigers News

  • It’s likely Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin will be back in the lineup after getting an off-day Tuesday despite a nagging left wrist injury.
  • Tigers Victor Martinez remains day-to-day with right knee soreness.

White Sox News

  • In his past four starts, the usually dominant Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has a 6.75 ERA. Despite that, he looks to get his 11th win this season against the Tigers and takeover the MLB win lead from Stephen Strasburg (playing today) and Jake Arrieta.
  • The White Sox rested struggling third baseman Todd Frazier on Tuesday, it is unsure if he’ll play Wednesday.

Yankees News

  • Yanks pitcher Ivan Nova (5-3, 4.39), who will face the Rockies today,  has been excellent in his Interleague career, with an ERA of 2.13, including a 1.14 ERA in National League parks. In his only game against Colorado, however, he gave up four runs over six innings at Yankees Stadium in 2011.
  • Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran missed Tuesday’s series opener with a swollen left knee. The Yankees are hopeful that Beltran would be able to play Wednesday.
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MLB Baseball Fantasy Picks

June 8th 2016

The Cubs and Phillies start a full lineup of daily fantasy baseball and FanPicks (click to play) has your top MLB baseball fantasy picks. With all the commotion that happened yesterday in Baltimore, it doesn’t look like it disturbed O’s Mark Trumbo. He clubbed his 20th home run of the season, leading the league in the category.  The final matchup of the evening pits two high end pitchers against each other. San Francisco Bay host this duel between Red Sox David Price and Giants Madison Bumgarner. See who ranks higher.

Player Pos Team Opp Last Game FP Two Game FP Avg Four Game FP Avg Ten Game FP Avg
Madison Bumgarner P SF BOS 60.5 45.2 46.3 40.4
Max Scherzer P WAS @CWS 55 40.7 50.6 37.7
John Lackey P CHC @PHI 51 42 38.7 33.1
Drew Pomeranz P SD ATL 50.5 33.3 35.3 34.6
Chris Carter 1B MIL OAK 50.5 19.3 17.4 9
Nelson Cruz OF SEA CLE 47.5 25.5 20 15.7
Justin Upton OF DET TOR 46 21 14.2 10.3
Noah Syndergaard P NYM @PIT 46 39.8 43.1 39.9
Billy Hamilton OF CIN STL 42 13.3 11.7 14
Archie Bradley P ARI TB 41.5 35.7 21.7 14
Eduardo Nunez SS MIN MIA 41.5 35.3 26.6 18.3
Jose Altuve 2B HOU @TEX 40.5 18.3 14.8 13.8
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS @CWS 39 12.8 16 14.5
Anthony Rendon 3B WAS @CWS 39 21 17.3 12.3
Brandon Moss 1B STL @CIN 39 20 11.5 8.7
Mark Trumbo OF BAL KC 39 22.5 21.1 18.4
Desmond Jennings OF TB @ARI 39 13 8.8 4.3
Chase Anderson P MIL OAK 37.5 25.2 27.6 19.3
Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI TB 36 22.2 16.3 16.6
RA Dickey P TOR @DET 35.5 22.3 26.8 20.7

MLB Baseball Fantasy Picks Notables

  • Chicago Cubs Albert Almora could see his first Major League start on Wednesday. The former first-round pick grounded out in his first at-bat, pinch-hitting for Kyle Hendricks in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game. Almora was hitting .318 with 10 stolen bases in 54 games with Triple-A Iowa.
  • Detroit’s Justin Upton is slowly hitting his way out of a slump. He is riding a five-game hitting streak in which he is batting .400, with extra-base hits in his last three games.
  • Former Braves prospect Christian Bethancourt will likely serve as the Padres’ catcher in the series finale. Bethancourt has hit four homers in 64 at-bats and has been charged with three passed balls in 129 innings behind the plate.
  • In the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft, 36 spots separated Jameson Taillon and  Noah Syndergaard. The Pirates took Taillon No. 2 overall, and the Blue Jays drafted Syndergaard at No. 38 in the supplemental first round. Their paths have since diverged, but the former elite pitching prospects will clash Wednesday as the Pirates and Mets finish their series.
  • Twins left fielder Robbie Grossman, who doubled in his first at-bat and hit a game-ting homer on Tuesday, has now reached base safely in 16 of 17 games since joining the club on May 19. Grossman, who has slowly moved up in the batting order since then, batted second on Tuesday.
  • Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker is making his fourth career start vs. Cleveland. He’s 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA against the Indians, having given up one earned run in 20 inning and striking out 20 batters.
  • Giants catcher Buster Posey is questionable for Wednesday’s game. He didn’t start Tuesday’s game with irritation in his right thumb.
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MLB Value Picks

It’s transition day with new series lined up for tonight’s MLB action. Among them will be a divisional matchup between the Cubs and Cards at Busch Stadium. Chicago’s John Lackey will attempt to join teammate Jake Arrieta with a third win third season. The task won’t be without it’s difficulties, as he faces a team that has scored 85 run up until now and ranks first in the entire league. It will also be interesting to see if Nats slugger Bryce Harper can extend his career best streak of four games with a homer to five. He will be going up against Miami’s Jose Fernandez who has been struggling, holding a 5.06 ERA in two starts. There is 7 games on tap this evening, so things might not get optimal, but there is always some diamonds in the rough to select from. So lets see who are the likely candidates for MLB value picks.Fantasy Baseball

Pitcher: Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets

Noah Syndergaard’s two starts against the Phillies last year were highlighted by a 7 1/3-inning scoreless performance on May 27. Freddy Galvis and Ryan Howard each homered off of him in 2015, but Odubel Herrera went 0-for-6 and Cesar Hernandez was a 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Syndergaard has begun 2016 by suppressing Kansas City and Miami to a combined one run in 13 innings with 21 strikeouts and two walked batters.

Catcher: Tony Wolters – Colorado Rockies

Tony Walters is an inexpensive option to start for tonight matchup against the Reds.

First Baseman: Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels

Angels slugger Albert Pujols, who hit home run number 562 this past Sunday, is one shy of tying Reggie Jackson for 13th place on the all-time list. Pujols’ 585 doubles is also one shy of sharing the 18th all-time rank with Rafael Palmeiro.

Second Baseman: Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals

Washington’s Daniel Murphy has made contact with 14 of the 30 at-bats he had during his nine-game hitting streak and holds 107 hits in 101 career games versus Miami.

Third Baseman: Brett Lawrie – Chicago White Sox

Chicago 2B Brett Lawrie is riding a seven-game hitting streak (11-for-28) after going 2-for-4 on Sunday.

Shortstop: Cristhian Adames – Colorado Rockies

The Dominican will start in place of Trevor Story. It’s his opportunity to take some shine from his teammate for low price.

Outfielder: David Peralta  – Arizona D-Backs

David Peralta should be well rested in the series opener against divisional rival San Francisco.

Outfielder: Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun blasted out in his 23rd career multi-homer game on Friday in Pittsburgh.

Outfielder: Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

The Marlins have to be careful with Harper, who has a .325 career batting average with 17 home runs, 40 RBIs and a .613 slugging percentage against them.

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Kansas City Royals versus New York Mets MLB World Series Game 3 Fantasy League Picks 10-30-2015

The New York Mets will now be at home for Game 3 of the World Series as they meet the Kansas City Royals. MLB draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV on Friday October 30th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

 

Mets/Royals Game 2 Recap:

The Kansas City Royals took a 2-0 series lead in the best of seven World Series after their 7-1 home victory to the New York Mets. It was all about the big inning for the Royals as they pushed across four runs in the fifth and three runs in the eighth inning in their victory. KC had a great outing by right hander Johnny Cueto has he pitched a complete game nine innings as he allowed just one earned run and two hits. Kansas City had base runners on all night as they left runs on the table with 18 runners left on base.

 

New York was hoping for a better outing from Jacob DeGrom but the right hander was lit up for four earned runs, six hits with three walks over five innings of work. Left hander Jon Niese in relief gave up for three earned runs which allowed the Royals to get some margin on the Mets in the late innings. With Game 3 of the World Series in a National League park there will be no DH in this game.

 

Kansas City Royals SS:

 

Alcides Escobar

 

The Royals shortstop is batting .364 in the playoffs with a homer and eight RBIs. He is hitting over .100 points higher than he did in the regular season. He has hits in ten straight games.

 

Kansas City Royals 1B:

 

Eric Hosmer

 

The first baseman had the game winning RBI in Game 1. He returned with another two RBI performance in Game 2 as he had a two hit night. Hosmer is batting .231 in the playoffs but has been productive with his 12 hits in the postseason with 15 RBIs.

 

Kansas City Royals LF:

 

Alex Gordon

 

Gordon had a hit with an RBI with two walks in Game 2. He also scored two runs in the win. The KC outfielder is batting .256 in the playoffs with two homers and five RBIs. Alex Gordon has hits in eight of his past nine playoff games.

 

Kansas City Royals P:

 

Yordano Ventura

 

The Royals right hander is 0-1 in his four playoff starts with an ERA of 5.09 and WHIP of 1.58. Opponents are batting .278 against Ventura in the postseason. He last worked on October 23rd and allowed one earned run and four hits over 5 1/3rd innings of work as he received a no decision in a 4-3 home victory to Toronto.

 

New York Mets 1B:

 

Lucas Duda

 

The Mets first baseman has moved his batting average up to .270 in the playoffs with a homer and seven RBIs. He has had two hits in each of the first two World Series games and has multiple hits in three straight post season games.

 

New York Mets 2B:

 

Daniel Murphy

 

Murphy leads the Mets in the playoffs with a batting average of .383 with seven homers and 11 RBIs. He finally had a hitless game in the postseason as he goes 0 for 2 in Game 2 with two walks and a run scored.

 

New York Mets 3B:

 

David Wright

 

The veteran third baseman drew a 0 for 4 in Game 2. He had the game losing error in the opener. He brings a .171 playoff batting average entering Friday night.

 

New York Mets LF:

 

Yoenis Cespedes

 

Cespedes has had some glove issues in the World Series on defense. His average is .227 in the playoffs with two homers and seven RBIs. He is 1 for 10 in the playoffs.

 

New York Mets P:

 

Noah Syndergaard

 

The Mets right hander has appeared in three playoff games and is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.77 and WHIP of 1.08. He worked in the NLCS on October 18th and allowed one earned run and three hits over 5 2/3rd innings in a 4-1 home victory.

 

MLB World Series Game 3 Fantasy Picks

 

P: Noah Syndergaard (Mets)

2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)

RF: Curtis Granderson (Mets)

1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals)

LF: Alex Gordon (Royals)

SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)

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