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Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks face the daunting task of replacing franchise icon and perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt as well as free agents Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock. Although many in the industry believed the Goldschmidt trade to St. Louis signaled an immediate tear-down, the D-backs held on to their other movable assets, including righthander Zack Greinke. They believe that a return to health from Jake Lamb and Steven Souza Jr. will help compensate for the loss of Goldschmidt, the only NL player to make each of the previous six All-Star rosters.

Colorado Rockies

The Rockies won 91 games last season. They’re coming off consecutive appearances in the postseason for the first time in the team’s 26-year history. While they are clearly on the rise, the Rockies, swept by the Brewers in the Division Series last year, are looking to go deeper into October this year and very well might — if the offense improves.

They set franchise lows last year with their .256 average overall and .225 mark on the road. They had a .322 on-base percentage, the second lowest in franchise history, and a plus-35 run differential, the worst of any of the teams in the postseason. GM Jeff Bridich said the offseason priority was to improve the offense. To that end, the Rockies signed Daniel Murphy to a two-year, $24 million deal and will have him play first base. Murphy will add a veteran presence to both the lineup and clubhouse and has been very successful in the postseason. His arrival will free up versatile Ian Desmond to move from first base to, in all probability, center field, where he has ample experience. The lineup will revolve around third baseman Nolan Arenado and shortstop Trevor Story, who provide middle-of-the-lineup power and exceptional defense.

Young starters Kyle Freeland and German Marquez made huge strides last season and will anchor a rotation that should be more formidable if talented Jon Gray, who has power stuff, can be more consistent. The bullpen will be better if Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw rebound from poor seasons. Regardless, Scott Oberg and Seunghwan Oh, key parts of the relief corps last season, will help weather the loss of free agent Adam Ottavino.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers have had a great run of success — and there is no sign of it ending soon. Despite suffering a World Series hangover that had them 10 games under .500 in mid-May and second in the National League West deep into September, they won their sixth consecutive division title, made their third consecutive NL Championship Series and second consecutive World Series. The 287 games they have won in Dave Roberts’ three years as manager are tied for the fourth most any manager has ever won in his first three seasons, and they have averaged 94 wins per season during this six-year run.

But it hasn’t been good enough.

Each of the past two seasons, baseball’s World Series champion has celebrated on the field at Dodger Stadium — and it hasn’t been the home team. In 2017, the Houston Astros beat the Dodgers in a seven-game series that could have gone either way. The Dodgers pledged to get back in 2018, vowing that it would be different this time. It was. The Boston Red Sox needed just five games to claim the crown.

The World Series drought in L.A. has now reached 30 years, and a fan base spoiled by the annual division titles and deep playoff runs will accept nothing less than a championship as a success.

San Diego Padres

They did it. The Padres made the big move that their fans have been clamoring for — they signed free agent Manny Machado to a staggering 10-year, $300 million dollar contract that gives the team a proven bat in the middle in the lineup and, more important, shows that the franchise is serious about fielding a winning team. The turnaround might not be immediate, but the arrival of Machado combined with a loaded farm system — headlined by top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. — puts the Padres in great shape to be relevant over the next decade.

San Francisco Giants

After two seasons of desperately trying to patch holes around an accomplished but aging core, the Giants are embracing a fresh perspective with new leadership. They lured away former Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi with a five-year contract and a club president title that gives him full authority over all roster decisions, as executive vice president Brian Sabean steps aside into an advisory role. Sabean and deposed GM Bobby Evans gave it one last shot in 2018 by acquiring Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen, but injuries overwhelmed every area of the club, and the Giants were unable to build momentum. Now they are seeking a reboot, if not a full rebuild.

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Seattle Mariners vs San Diego Padres Preview

A little afternoon confrontation between the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres is set to go down Wednesday. Pick your players and winning pitcher from that game in FanPicks Single Event contest right here. This inter-league contest will be the second and last matchup of a 2 game series.

Game: Wednesday, Aug 29 at 3:40 p.m. ET

Starting pitchers

Seattle Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (12W-9L / 4.32ERA / 128K) – Gonzales has lost four straight starts, all in August, while posting a 10.35 ERA over that span. He had won five consecutive starts prior to that. The lefty will be facing the Padres for the first time in his career.

San Diego Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (6W-7L / 3.74ERA / 105K) – The rookie rebounded from a rough outing against the D-Backs to give up two runs over six innings to the Rockies Thursday at Coors Field. Since returning fom the DL on June 20 from a hip strain, he has been asked to go over 90 pitches just twice.

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Imagining a perfect season for each team in the tank-free National League West

If, as Scott Boras suggested earlier this winter, baseball has indeed been corrupted by tanking, a practice he decried as “a non-competitive cancer,” then the National League West is … wait, what cures cancer?

In truth, it’s up for debate whether this glut of brazenly bad teams is actually a new phenomenon, or even all that harmful to the game, but what is clear is the five teams in the NL West – three of whom made the postseason in 2017 – did nothing to help this supposed cancer metastasize.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are going for it. Obviously. So, too, are the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, who squared off in last year’s NL wild-card game. As for the San Francisco Giants, who finished with the worst record in the majors in 2017, they were undeterred by that disaster, bringing in a couple past-prime superstars this offseason to ensure last year was an anomaly. Even the San Diego Padres, the division’s longtime whipping boys, aren’t punting anymore, having inked Eric Hosmer to an eight-year deal in February to start wrapping up their most recent rebuilding effort.

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You still have to squint pretty hard, of course, to see the Padres making the playoffs, and it’s not like Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria have cured all that ailed the Giants last summer. But in a climate now arguably too hospitable to those teams demonstrably disinclined to put a winner on the field, it’s refreshing to see a division sans any tank jobs. That isn’t to say all five teams will be good, because they won’t, but at least none of them are actively trying to be as un-good as possible. Find another division with five clubs that fit that description.

With their eyes on the prize, then, let’s take a look at what needs to happen for each NL West team to realize its perfect season, whatever that may be, starting with the reigning division champs (2018 projections and playoff odds courtesy of FanGraphs):

Los Angeles Dodgers

104-58 93-69 93.5%


A perfect 2018 season ends with … a World Series championship

For the Dodgers, divisional champs in each of the last five seasons and all but assured to repeat again this year, the 2017 campaign was perfect, really, until Game 7 of the World Series. They had, over the preceding months, authored their finest regular season since emigrating from Brooklyn, then bullied their way to the World Series, losing just one game through the first two rounds of the playoff. And yet they fell short of the Hollywood ending. They failed, Clayton Kershaw said, shouldering much of the blame himself. In truth, though, had Yu Darvish done a better job hiding the ball in Game 7, or had George Springer woken up with a sore back that morning, the Dodgers’ season would’ve ended with exaltation rather than heartbreak.

Having brought back almost every essential member of last year’s club, in order to realize their perfect season in 2018 by getting that World Series title and exorcising three decades worth of demons, the Dodgers don’t need to do anything different – just win the damn thing. And there’s a good chance that’ll happen if Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor even approximate last year’s huge numbers; if Alex Wood sustains the gains he made in 2017, when he was an All-Star for the first time; if Justin Turner returns to form once his fractured wrist has healed; and if Kershaw, the best pitcher of his generation, finally starts to act like himself in the postseason.

Arizona Diamondbacks

93-69 81-81 25.6%


A perfect 2018 season ends with … a division title

The Dodgers’ cushion atop the NL West seems insurmountable, but it’s salient to remember the Diamondbacks were a punchline this time last year following a 69-93 finish in 2016, a catastrophe of a season that effectively ended Dave Stewart’s career as an executive. Then, as we all know, they ended up silencing the haters, riding their exemplary rotation – comprised of Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Zack Godley, Patrick Corbin, and Taijuan Walker – to a 93-win season in which they actually underperformed against their expected record (per the Pythag theorem, a run differential-based record estimator, the Diamondbacks should’ve finished 96-66). Though they’re projected to take a step backward in 2018, the Diamondbacks will field that exact same rotation this season, meaning they’re probably going to be an elite run-prevention club again. There’s even room for improvement, too, seeing as they gave 17 starts last year to a cadre of scrubs who combined for a 5.67 ERA.

Again, dethroning the Dodgers won’t be easy, but considering how talented their staff is, the Diamondbacks will have a shot at their first NL West title since 2011 if A.J. Pollock, who struggled last year after missing almost all of 2016, resembles his former self (from 2014-15, he hit .311/.363/.498 with 9.8 WAR in 232 games, averaging 14 homers, 29 doubles, and 26 steals per season); if Jake Lamb, who owns a .843 OPS over the last two seasons, improves his ghastly .566 career OPS against left-handers; if Ketel Marte, who landed a five-year extension Monday, realizes the potential the club obviously sees in him; and if Jarrod Dyson can ably fill the outfield void created by the departure of J.D. Martinez.

Colorado Rockies

87-75 80-82 18.1%


A perfect 2018 season ends with … a division title

Much like the Diamondbacks, the Rockies snapped their playoff drought in 2018 on the strength of their pitching staff, which finished eighth in the majors (fourth in the NL) in WAR and seventh in park-adjusted ERA. Also like the Diamondbacks, the Rockies face the unenviable reality of having to compete with the Dodgers, and so spent considerably this winter to improve that already impressive staff, inking Wade Davis and Bryan Shaw while also re-signing Jake McGee for a combined $106 million to ensure run prevention, a notoriously difficult task in Colorado, doesn’t become problematic once more in 2018.

However, for the Rockies, who added only Chris Iannetta to a lineup that finished fourth-last in the majors in wRC+ (87) last year, a division title will only be possible if Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, worth 12.1 WAR between them in 2017, continue to produce at close to MVP levels; if DJ LeMahieu, the NL batting champ two years ago, rectifies whatever caused him to produce below-league-average numbers in 2017; if Trevor Story, who lost almost 80 points of isolated power last season, reproduces the figures from his sensational 2016 rookie campaign; and if David Dahl and Ramiel Tapia deliver when the Rockies’ incumbent corner outfielders – Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra – ultimately disappoint.

San Francisco Giants

64-98 81-81 24.9%


A perfect 2018 season ends with … a wild-card berth

A week ago, it was difficult to envision the revamped Giants competing for the division. Now, with Madison Bumgarner possibly sidelined until June with a broken hand and Jeff Samardzija set to miss the first three-to-four weeks of the season with a strained pectoral muscle, it’s impossible.

That said, even with their rotation in disrepair and a bevy of good-but-not-great teams poised to compete for an NL wild-card spot, the Giants – who added big-name talent this winter to a team whose 2017 record belies the strength of its core players – can force their way into that one-game playoff if Longoria proves his sub-par 2017 (98 wRC+; 2.5 WAR) was merely a blip, and McCutchen, who managed 3.7 WAR last year following a disastrous 2016 campaign, more closely imitates his younger self in his final season before free agency; if Brandon Belt, plagued by concussion problems in 2017, logs a full season; if Mark Melancon, who flopped in his first year with San Francisco, vindicates the club’s decision to give him a four-year, $62-million deal last winter; if Hunter Pence dispels the increasingly popular notion that he can’t play at a high level for a full season anymore; and if their interim starters, tasked with keeping Bumgarner and Samardzija’s rotation spots warm, don’t completely suck.

San Diego Padres

71-91 73-89 2.7%


A perfect 2018 season ends with … a wild-card berth

When you get down to do it, the real impetus for the second wild-card is the suspension of disbelief – more easily monetized, after all, than the death of hope and faith – and no team better exemplifies this reality than the refurbished Padres, whose competitive window isn’t really open yet but has just enough room for a breeze of hope to whisper through. With Fernando Tatis Jr., MacKenzie Gore, Cal Quantrill, and Luis Urias still toiling away in the minors, most of the centerpieces of their rebuild have yet to ripen, all due respect to Manuel Margot and Carlos Asuaje. But the Padres’ decision to commit $144 million to Hosmer – who will be their second-oldest everyday position player this year – suggests they don’t think they’re that far off.

And while nobody in their right mind expects them to make the playoffs, suspend your disbelief and consider the possibility it could happen if Hosmer, as volatile as they come, manages a second excellent season in a row – he hit .318 with a 135 wRC+ and 4.1 WAR in 2017 – for the first time in his career; if Wil Myers, heading into the second season of an $83-million extension, finds the value he lost last year both at the plate and in the field; if Austin Hedges, owning a career .596 OPS, dispels his deserved reputation as a catch-and-throw guy; if Margot, who managed 1.9 WAR as a rookie in 2017, takes another significant step forward; if Chase Headley, who turns 34 in May, rediscovers the stroke that made him an All-Star and MVP candidate during his previous stint in San Diego; and if their entire rotation, now down Dinelson Lamet for at least the first month of the season, dramatically exceeds expectations.

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Red Sox has traded for lefty pitcher Drew Pomeranz

First big trade of the season, and it’s Boston who made the move towards stacking for World Series push. The Red Sox acquired all-star left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres in return for right-handed pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza. The deal got finalized Thursday, a day before the end of the all-star break. FanPicks (click to play) resumes it’s contest Friday with primetime contest, which includes the BoSox’ vs Yanks’ rivalry. Come on and play.

Trade breakdown

Padres acquisition, Anderson Espinoza, is 18 years-old and was the 3rd best Red Sox prospect within the organization and the 15th best ranked youngster in the nation according to Baseball America.

As for the Red Sox, they add-in another lefty in their rotation. With David Price and Eduardo Rodriguez, it brings the total of left handed starters to three now with Pomeranz. This acquisition gives Boston a solid pitcher with an 8-7 record with a 2.47 ERA in 17 games this season. Those numbers warranted Pomeranz a place in Tuesday’s All-Star game. He gave up a single to new Boston teammate Jackie Bradley Jr during that game. It was his lone blunder, as he ousted everyone else he faced in that contest which happened to be in San Diego.

To make room for him within the active roster, the Red Sox placed the name of  infielder Josh Rutledge on the 60-day disabled list. Rutledge suffers from tendinitis on his left knee. Along with Pomeranz, Price and Rodriguez, the BoSox’ rotation is completed with Rick Porcello and Steven Wright. And in the exception of Wright and Newly acquired Pomeranz, they all have been inconsistent this season. Injury to elite relief Craig Kimbrel and Junichi Tazawa threatened to put more weight on the starters.

Tazawa, who just got put on the 15-day disabled list, will be replaced by righty William Cuevas from the triple-A squad. The Japanese made 35 presence in relief , posting a 1-1 record and an ERA of 3.62.

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San Diego Padres vs St Louis Cardinals – 7/2/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

daily fantasy sports The San Diego Padres and St Louis Cardinals open up a four game weekend series from Major League Baseball on Thursday July 2nd. MLB fantasy draft managers can follow the scoring of their cash league picks from St Louis at 7:15PM Eastern Time on MLB Network.

The Cardinals own the best record in baseball at 51-25 as they hosted the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday to close out an interleague series. They have gotten tremendous work from their pitching staff by allowing two runs or fewer in their past six games through Tuesday night. St Louis is the best in baseball with a 2.60 Team ERA season to date. Their 2-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday snapped a six game win streak and it took a masterful pitching performance from Chris Sale to do it.

San Diego as they closed out an interleague series with Seattle on Wednesday headed into that contest five games under .500 but still just seven games out of first place in the NL West because both the LA Dodgers and San Francisco Giants have not run away with the division. There is still hope for the Padres as we near the halfway point of the season.

San Diego Padres 1B: Yonder Alonso leads the Padres everyday players with a .311 batting average with two homers and 20 RBIs. He looks to snap a 0 for 6 slump as he takes the plate on Thursday.

San Diego Padres SS: The veteran Clint Barmes has a .292 batting average season to date with two homers and eight RBIs. He has been hot of late as he carries a .325 batting average over his past fifteen games.

San Diego Padres LF: Justin Upton is hitting .269 with 14 homers and 46 RBIs for the Padres in his first year with the club. Upton is battling a slump as he is hitting .185 over his past fifteen games.

San Diego Padres RF: Former LA Dodgers Matt Kemp has seen his numbers dip considerably with San Diego. Kemp is batting .247 with 6 homers and 41 RBIs. Over his past 30 days the former All Star is hitting just .239.

San Diego Padres 2B: Yangervis Solarte struggled in June with a batting average of just .210 with no homers and six RBIs.

San Diego Padres P: Tyson Ross is 5-7 on the year in 15 starts with an ERA of 3.57 and WHIP of 1.45. His past two outings have been good. On June 20th he picked up a win by allowing one earned run at Arizona. On June 26th he faced the Diamondbacks at home and allowed two earned runs over six innings.

St Louis Cardinals SS: Jhonny Peralta a 33 year old veteran is having a good season with a .298 batting average with 11 homers and 40 RBIs. He has seen is average dip as he is going through a 5 for 29 slump over his past seven games.

St Louis Cardinals C: Yadier Molina has been hot of late as he has moved his average up to .291. His power numbers are a bit lower than MLB mock draft managers would like with 2 homers and 21 RBIs. Molina is batting .333 over his past fifteen games.

St Louis Cardinals 2B: Kolten Wong is hitting well over his career average entering play hitting .289 with nine homers and 36 RBIs. He is on a .346 tear over his past seven games.

St Louis Cardinals 3B: Matt Carpenter is battling a hitting slump right now. He is just 3 for his past 24 at the plate. His average has dropped to .279 on the year with eight homers and 37 RBIs.

St Louis Cardinals RF: Jason Heyward is on fire right now. The Cardinals right fielder is hitting .362 over his past 15 games with four homers and 11 RBIs. His average has risen up to .277 season to date.

St Louis Cardinals P: Tim Cooney a left hander will get the start for St Louis. The 24 year old will be starting for the second time in his MLB career. He got rocked in his only appearance on April 30th against Philadelphia by allowing three earned runs and seven hits over 2 1/3rd innings. With a lefty for the Cardinals going we will look for some value from right handed hitters on San Diego.

MLB Fantasy League Tips

P: Tyson Ross (Padres)
RF: Jason Heyward (Cardinals)
2B: Kolten Wong (Cardinals)
SS: Clint Barmes (Padres)
C: Derek Norris (Padres)
3B: Will Middlebrooks (Padres)

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New York Mets vs San Diego Padres – 6/2/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTS Fantasy Baseball draft managers can tune to MLB Network at 10PM Eastern Time to follow the success of their rosters when the New York Mets meet the San Diego Padres. San Diego will be home with the start time of 10PM Eastern Time.

The San Diego Padres were the talk of Major League Baseball during the winter meetings as they greatly changed the look of their team. San Diego is in a small market and spent like one in the past. They took a chance and opened up their wallets and looked to improve their offense. As they entered play on Monday night they sat with a 25-27 record sitting seven games in the loss column behind the first place LA Dodgers. Once near the bottom in scoring in the league for many years the Padres are sitting tenth in MLB with 4.33 runs per game. The pitching has been lax this year with the bullpen dragging down this team with a home ERA approaching five.

The New York Mets were off to a fast start and were surprise leaders of the NL East division for the month of April. They currently sit just one game in the loss column back of the Washington Nationals. Their pitching has been outstanding as they allow they least amount of baserunners in baseball with a WHIP of 1.14 and with a Team ERA of 3.33 ranks fourth in the league. The hitting has been weak up to this point as the club hits .239 ranking 25th in the Majors. They are winners of five of seven games after their win in the opener against San Diego 7-0 with a brilliant performance by Mets starter Jacob deGrom.

1 day fantasy sportsNew York Mets 1B: Lucas Duda leads the Mets everyday players with a batting average of .298 on the season. He was a scratch on Monday with stiffness in his knee. Duda is expected return to the lineup on Tuesday. He has hits in eight of ten games. The Mets first baseman has nine homers and 25 RBIs.

New York Mets 2B: Daniel Murphy is coming off a great night on Monday as he goes 4 for 5 with three runs scored. He had a homer and 3 RBIs in the win. Murphy increased his average to .286 with four home runs and 29 RBIs season to date. Daniel Murphy has seen his average move up nearly 40 points in the past ten games.

New York Mets LF: Michael Cuddyer will bring a seven game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game and is batting .368 in that span. The 14 year veteran is batting .260 with five home runs and 16 runs batted in on the entire season.

New York Mets CF: Juan Lagares the youngster from the Dominican Republic is hitting .259 for the Mets and has one homer and 14 RBIs. There are not many extra base hits from Lagares as he is slugging just .314 and he doesn’t walk much.

New York Mets P: Noah Syndergaard gets his fifth start of the season. He is coming off a nice start on May 27th against Philadelphia as he held the Phillies scoreless for 7 1/3rd innings. Syndergaard keeps his baserunners low as he has a WHIP of 1.09 season to date.

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San Diego Padres LF: Justin Upton is batting .302 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs on the season. He had a three hit day on Sunday but has only two extra base hits in his past ten games.

San Diego Padres C: Derek Norris is batting .283 on the year with four home runs and 32 RBIs. He missed Monday’s game with a day of rest and is expected behind the plate on Tuesday.

San Diego Padres 1B: Yangervis Solarte has an average of .257 with two homers and 24 RBIs.

San Diego Padres RF: Matt Kemp is having a disappointing season for San Diego in his first year with the team. He is batting just .246 with only 1 homer and 26 RBIs. He finished the month of May with a batting average well under .200 with a high amount of strikeouts.

San Diego Padres P: Ian Kennedy gets the start for San Diego. Kennedy is having a poor season with an ERA over 7 in his eight starts for San Diego. In his last outing against Pittsburgh on Thursday Kennedy surrendered seven earned runs with three homers in just 3 2/3rd innings.

Fantasy Baseball One Day League Real Money League Tips

P: Noah Syndergaard (Mets)
1B: Lucas Duda (Mets)
2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)
LF: Justin Upton (Padres)
C: Derek Norris (Padres)
CF: Juan Lagares (Mets)

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San Diego Padres vs Washington Nationals – 5/14/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

MLB Cash Draft PicksThe bail out game for Fantasy Baseball draft manager’s takes place at 10:10PM Eastern Time on Thursday May 14th as the San Diego Padres will host the Washington Nationals. Track MLB mock draft rosters on MLB Extra Innings channel where this game will be televised from San Diego for up to the minute scoring.

The Nationals will continue this road trip which began in Arizona on Monday night. Their loss to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday snapped a five game winning streak. Washington has made up good ground on division leading New York Mets as they trail by just 2 ½ games heading into play on Wednesday. After a slow start with the bats the Nationals have now moved to the upper third in run production as the club average 4.65 runs per game good for 9th best in all of baseball. Their starting staff already has 21 quality starts on this young season good which ranks 2nd best in Major League Baseball.

The San Diego Padres made a lot of changes to their rosters as they beefed up their offense by bringing in players like Matt Kemp and Justin Upton to just name a few. They sit six games back of NL West leading LA Dodgers as through Tuesday night. Once sitting near the bottom in offense the Padres are now ranking 10th out of 30 teams in run production at 4.62 per game. Problem is their pitching team ERA of 4.28 which is 21st in the league and has worsened greatly since the past few years.

Cash Draft ContestWashington Nationals 3B: Yunel Escobar leads the Nationals regulars with a batting average of .333 on the year. He has two homers and 11 RBIs. He enters play on a seven game win streak. He had five hit games in two of his past ten games.

Washington Nationals C: Wilson Ramos has moved his hitting average up to .318. He has hits in nine of his past ten games with five multi-hit games in that span. He comes off a day off on Wednesday in a day game at Arizona.

Washington Nationals RF: Bryce Harper has been hot and the Nationals 22 year old is hitting .308 on the campaign. On May 4th Harper was hitting .245 and has moved his average up 63 points. He has hits in seven straight games with five of this games being multiple hit games.

Washington Nationals 1B: Ryan Zimmerman is showing improvement at the plate as he has moved his batting average up to .243 as he extended his hitting streak to seven games on Wednesday at Arizona. Zimmerman was hitting just .211 on May 5 and his hitting streak began the next day. Zimmerman is a lifetime .284 hitter.

Washington Nationals P: Doug Fister is six starts have a record of 2-1 with an ERA of 4.06 and WHIP of 1.25. He has allowed just three earned runs over his past two starts working 13 innings.

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San Diego Padres C: Derek Norris is among the leaders of the everyday players with a batting average of .295 with two homers and 18 RBIs. He has just four walks in 122 plate appearances so his on base percentage is .323.

San Diego Padres CF: Wil Myers is batting .291 with 5 homers and 19 RBIs. He has seven hits last week in the four game series at Arizona. Myers has suffered a wrist injury and hasn’t seen action since Sunday.

San Diego Padres LF: Veteran Justin Upton in his first year with the Padres is batting .276 with 8 home runs and 24 RBIS. After a productive series at Arizona Upton went 0 of 8 in the just concluded series at Seattle on Wednesday.

San Diego Padres RF: Former Dodgers Matt Kemp is batting .264 in his first season with San Diego with just 1 homer and 21 RBIs. He has walked just five times so his on base percentage is .295. He is in a seven day slump going 3 of 25 for a .120 average.

San Diego Padres P: Tyson Ross has made seven starts for San Diego on the campaign and is 1-3 with an ERA of 3.98 and WHIP of 1.52. He has allowed two earned runs in each of his past two starts at San Francisco and at Arizona.

Baseball One Day League Fantasy Selections

P: Doug Fister (Nationals)
3B: Yunel Escobar (Nationals)
1B: Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals)
LF: Justin Upton (Padres)
RF: Bryce Harper (Padres)
C: Derek Norris (Padres)

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