August 10 Fantasy Baseball Preview

Wednesday Evening Matchups

FanPicks has your august 10 fantasy baseball preview to get ready for today’s MLB contest. Get the info you need and play right here!

Padres vs Pirates

Out of the starting lineup for three games due to a sore shoulder, Gregory Polanco provide a jolt in his return for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Polanco’s three-run homer was the decisive blow in Tuesday’s 6-4 triumph for Pittsburgh against San Diego. Penciled in at the cleanup spot for the first time in his career, Polanco continued his breakout campaign with his 16th homer to keep the Pirates 2 1/2 games behind Miami for the second wild card in the National League. Andrew McCutchen showed signs of breaking out of his funk by reaching base four times, including a season-high three via the walk.

Padres rookie Jabari Blash went 2-for-4 with a homer on Tuesday and is 7-for-24 since his recall from the minors after batting .120 during his first stint with the team earlier in the season. San Diego sents Edwin Jackson to the mound to oppose Ryan Vogelsong in a matchup of veteran right-handers.

Rays vs Blue Jays

J.A. Happ has provided quite the return on the Toronto Blue Jays’ investment this season. Signed to a three-year, $36 million deal in the offseason, Happ puts his string of a career-high nine straight victorious decisions on the line Wednesday versus the Rays. The 33-year-old’s 15 wins this season have comfortably surpassed his previous best total in 2009, although none have come at the expense of Tampa Bay. Happ settled for a pair of no-decisions versus the Rays in April before getting shredded for a career high-tying eight runs on seven hits in a 13-2 shellacking on May 16. Evan Longoria, who is batting .385 in his career against Happ, collected three hits and as many RBIs in Tuesday’s 9-2 victory over Toronto. The 30-year-old is 6-for-15 with two homers, five RBIs and four runs scored in his last four games.

Yankees vs Red Sox

The Yankees are trying to balance moving the youth onto the roster while gracefully shuffling the veterans out the door, and Alex Rodriguez did not get into the game on Tuesday. The 14-time All-Star, who is set to be released by New York after Friday’s game, is expected to at least play on Thursday and could get an at-bat or two on Wednesday.

Reds vs Cardinals

Billy Hamilton is running wild on the basepaths and looks to increase his major league-leading steals total. The speedy Reds center fielder has stolen nine bases over his last three contests, including five in the first two games of this series, to increase his season total to 48. Hamilton, who is 6-for-11 with four walks and six runs scored during his three-game spree, is an astounding 20-for-22 stealing against Cardinals star Yadier Molina, who is considered one of the top throwing catchers in the game. Hamilton reached base four times and scored three runs to fuel Tuesday’s 7-4 win, which occurred one day after St. Louis staged a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to post a 5-4 victory. Molina went 2-for-4 with a homer on Tuesday to improve to 7-for-14 over his last four games and has reached base in each of his last 22 contests.

Rockies vs Rangers

Prince Fielder, in his third season with the Rangers, is walking away from the game after undergoing neck surgery on July 29. It is the second surgical procedure on his neck in a 26-month span. The Rockies were without right fielder Carlos Gonzalez for the past two games. He’ll likely be held out once again on Wednesday.

Angels vs Cubs

Jason Hammel will be activated from the bereavement list to make the start and looks to improve upon his 6-1 record and 2.24 ERA at home. He has won four straight starts to set a career-high for wins after tossing six shutout innings against Miami on Aug. 2. The 33-year-old has allowed four runs and 16 hits in 24 innings during the winning streak and hasn’t given up more than two runs in a start since July 1. Hammel is 1-3 with a 6.59 ERA in six games (five starts) against the Angels, with the last meeting in 2013.

Astros vs Twins

Dallas Keuchel tossed his first shutout of the season in his last turn and looks to post a second consecutive strong outing. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner gave up just three hits in a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers while recording his fourth career shutout. Keuchel has experienced a bumpy campaign and was rocked for seven runs in five innings by Detroit in his previous turn. Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve went 4-for-4 in Tuesday’s 7-5 victory over the Twins after being rested Monday to end his consecutive games streak to 202. Minnesota has won seven of its last 10 games behind the red-hot Brian Dozier, whose solo shot and two RBIs on Tuesday gave him six homers and 13 RBIs during the stretch.

Braves vs Brewers

Braves Erick Aybar carries a 14-game hitting streak. He has provided a breath of fresh air for his cellar-dwelling club. Aybar collected two singles in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory for Atlanta, which has won four in a row and six of seven overall. The 32-year-old Dominican traditionally has struggled versus the Brewers, going 8-for-36 in nine career encounters and 0-for-3 versus Wednesday starter Chase Anderson. Ryan Braun went deep on Tuesday for the fourth time in seven outings, during which he has recorded 11 RBIs.

White Sox vs Royals

Jose Quintana has won nine games in each of the last three seasons and will look to reach double-digit victories for the first time against the Royals. He lost six consecutive starts while receiving a total of eight runs of support earlier this season, but he is 4-0 since July 3 thanks to some increased offensive support. Losers of 12 of its last 17 overall, Kansas City sends Ian Kennedy to the mound to face Quintana.

Orioles vs Athletics

Baltimore had just three hits in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss with the run coming on a homer by center fielder Adam Jones, who has five hits in the series and is 11-for-22 during a five-game hitting streak. Orioles All-Star right fielder Mark Trumbo, who is tied for the major-league lead with 31 homers, is just 7-for-57 with one blast over his past 15 contests.

Tigers vs Mariners

Two former American League Cy Young Award winners will square off in Seattle. Detroit sends 2011 winner Justin Verlander, who also was the AL MVP that season, to the mound against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, who captured the Cy Young the previous year. Verlander has won each of his last five decisions and recorded at least nine strikeouts in four of his last five outings overall, while Hernandez is 2-0 in four turns since returning from a calf injury that landed him on the disabled list.

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August 9 MLB Preview

Tuesday Late Matchups

FanPicks has your august 9 MLB preview to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

Angels vs Cubs

The Cubs’ John Lackey and Angels’ Jered Weaver (Tuesday’s starters) were Los Angeles teammates during Weaver’s first four major league seasons (2006-09), with Lackey serving as his mentor. Lackey received a no-decision in his third straight quality start after yielding three runs and seven hits while striking out eight in seven innings of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Miami last Wednesday.

Braves vs Brewers

Center fielder Matt Kemp is endearing himself to his new team with some spirited play of late. Kemp had an RBI single in the fourth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the 12th of Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Brewers. The veteran is 5-for-13 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored in his last three games and 7-for-14 with a homer and five RBIs in his career versus Tuesday starter Wily Peralta. He isn’t the only one swinging a hot bat, as teammates Ender Inciarte and Erick Aybar are carrying respective 19- and 13-game hitting streaks into Tuesday’s tilt. Veteran Ryan Braun is doing fine in his own right with hits in 15 of 18 games since the All-Star break for the Brewers, who have dropped four of their last five contests.

Astros vs Twins

Houston’s Jose Altuve received his first day off this season in the series opener against Minnesota. The second baseman leads the major leagues with a .356 batting average. He’s played in 202 consecutive games before Monday’s rest. It was the the longest current playing streak in baseball. Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario collected three hits in the opener to improve to 14-for-28 during his seven-game hitting streak.

Reds vs Cardinals

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the opener after being removed from Saturday’s contest and sitting out on Sunday due to an injured oblique. Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton stole two bases on Monday and is tied for most in the majors with 45.  He’s 17-for-19 against St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, which is the most steals by anyone against the respected receiver.

White Sox vs Royals

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will make his fifth attempt for his 15th win. He’ll oppose right-hander Edinson Volquez, who’s been rocked for the second straight outing at Tampa Bay last Wednesday.

Orioles vs Athletics

All-Star third baseman Manny Machado has four homers and nine RBIs over the past two games. The recent display has increased Machado’s round-tripper count to 26, nine shy of his career high set last season. Oakland left fielder Khris Davis has matched his career best of 27 homers but has just one blast and one RBI over the last nine games.

Tigers vs Mariners

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera notched one of the five singles Monday, giving him at least one hit in seven of his last eight contests. Teammate Ian Kinsler improved to 12-for-27 during a hitting streak that reached seven games. Trailing Cleveland by 2 1/2 games for first place in the AL Central, Detroit are sending Daniel Norris to the mound against Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc in a battle of left-handers.

Phillies vs Dodgers

In a season when the Los Angeles Dodgers have placed a total of 26 players on the disabled list, rookie shortstop Corey Seager has emerged as their most reliable and dangerous offensive threat. The 22-year-old belted two homers in Monday’s series-opening 9-4 win and is batting .326 with nine doubles, four home runs, and 13 RBI over his last 20 games. Seager has taken a commanding lead in the National League rookie of the year race with 21 home runs while serving an invaluable role atop the batting order for Los Angeles.

Philadelphia has struggled over the last two months, but may have found their right fielder of the future in Aaron Altherr. The German born player missed the season’s first 103 games with a wrist injury, but has provided surprising pop from the second spot in the order. Altherr is expected to receive regular playing time even after Peter Bourjos returns from the 15-day disabled list to join a crowded outfield later this week.

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MLB Games Recap

Monday took a weird turn for the Brewers and the best team in baseball needed to get back on the right direction. FanPicks (click to play) has your MLB Games Recap.

Guerra brilliant versus the Nats

Brew Crew’s Junior Guerra won against Nats Max Scherzer. That’s right! He won denying any run to score in a 1-0 victory. This gives Milwaukee his first victory in four games. Martin Maldonado scored the unique run of the meeting, with his third home run of the season. Guerra (6-1) gave up two hits in seven and one-third innings of work. He struck out seven  and conceded two walks. The 31 years-old rookie also allowed no runs in the game prior to Washington. He is now victorious in his last three starts. Scherzer (9-6) threw 114  pitches in six innings. He allowed one run and four hits and three walks. The ace also struck out seven hitters.

The highlight (or blunder) of this game came in the first when, after two outs, Ryan Braun presents himself to the plate and hits a single. Nationals manager Dusty Baker immediately came out of the dugout to speak with empire Cory Blaser. After a small consultation between all of the empires, the decision was to call a third out on Jonathan Lucroy. Turns out that within the starting lineup sheets given to the empires and Dusty Baker, Lucroy was the intended hitter, followed by Braun. Only the press gallery had received the sheet with Braun hitting in third spot, his regular spot in the lineup. Braun came back to hit in the second but failed to reached first base this time.

Chicago back on track

Kris Bryant knocked his 24th long ball of his campaign in a 10-4 Chicago Cubs win over the Cincinnati Reds. This win puts an end to the four game Chicago skid. Bryant’s homer scored two points on the board. However, the National League home run leader had to leave three innings later because he got hurt to his left leg. Among the other Cubs home run hitters, both Willson Contreras and Addison Russell blasted one out of the park. Contreras already collected five homers since making the big league back on June 17th. Kyle Hendricks (7-6) spaced out one run and four hits in five innings and one-third of work for Chicago.

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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 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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