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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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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

2017 RECORD PROJECTED 2018 RECORD PLAYOFF ODDS (%)
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

2017 RECORD PROJECTED 2018 RECORD PLAYOFF ODDS (%)
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

2017 RECORD PROJECTED 2018 RECORD PLAYOFF ODDS (%)
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

2017 RECORD PROJECTED 2018 RECORD PLAYOFF ODDS (%)
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

2017 RECORD PROJECTED 2018 RECORD PLAYOFF ODDS (%)
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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Fantasy Baseball Scouting Report

All 30 MLB teams will be in action for a second straight. You know what that means! The big fantasy score is in your grasp.  Better pick early, as there is three games scheduled early. Among them is a matchup between the Angels and White Sox. Chicago sends ace Chris Sale to the mound, while L.A. counter with Garrett Richards. Sale could be the first pitcher this season to reach win number four. Later in the evening, Detroit battle the World Series Champ Royals in their hometown. Jordan Zimmerman will have the start for the Tigers, and will attempt to keep his shutout streak going. The righty has yet to allow a run in his 13 innings of play this season.  He will face off against  Ian Kennedy, who also is having an solid start this fantasy baseball season. Things will come to a clash later tonight when D-Backs Zack Greinke and Giants Madison Bumgarner will throw down in what looks like a continued  rivalry from Greinke’s days as a Los Angeles Dodger. Here is the top 20 players Fantasy Baseball Scouting Report.

Fantasy baseball Upon the pitching matchup programed today, there is one in particular that looks like a potential mismatch. Cleveland’s Danny Salazar has been rock solid giving up a single run and striking out 16 in his two starts. He’s matched up versus Mariners young-blooded pitcher Taijuan Walker, who has been pretty decent as of now. It will be interesting to see if  Salazar can hold Seattle’s big bat at bay, despite the fact that the Emerald City team scored 77% of their runs on the road, which they will be at Wednesday. That’s triple more of what they made at home, in which they rank last in the league. On the batting front,  Bryce Harper has not missed a beat since his MVP season, last year. He knocked one out of the park on Tuesday to bring his total to 7 since opening day. His hot streak his not something to not take lightly.

 

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MLB Fantasy Baseball Game Preview

Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Francisco Giants

The Arizona Diamondbacks will travel West to face the San Francisco Giants. It will be the 1st time this year that the teams face each other and it will be quite an interesting pitching matchup this series. Zack Greinke will face Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday before Shelby Miller squares off against Johnny Cueto in the last game Thursday. All eyes are set tonight on the D-backs’ top pitching prospect Archie Bradley who will face the former Cy Young winner and 14 yr vet, Jake Peavy tonight. This MLB Fantasy Baseball Game Preview of this game is brought you by FanPicks. Come play in our MLB Fantasy contests where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.

 

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Arizona will continue its road trip of 10 games against the Giants in a 4 game series at the AT&T Park.

While its a continuation of the D-Backs’ road swing, it will be an homecoming for the Giants who just played 3 games only at home so far. They will play their next 10 at home when Florida and San Diego visit them after Arizona.

KEY FACTORS OF THE GAME

• Peavy will try to rebound after a rough start against Colorado, allowing 6 runs, 11 hits in just 4 innings.

• Peavy was 1-1 against the D-Backs last year with a 7.20 ERA in 2 starts.

• Arizona’s regulars will be rested in the opener of the series. 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Right Fielder David Peralta and 2B Jean Segura are all off and  were all off in Sunday’s series finale against San Diego.

• Arizona has been playing poorly over the years in San Francisco but last season was different and they posted an 8-2 record there.

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San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers

 

The San Francisco Giants made a few big offseason moves signing 3 free agents. This Sunday, Jeff Samardzija, the pitcher who signed a $90 million 5 year contract in December takes the mound for the Giants to finish off their 3 game series against Los Angeles Dodgers in the rubber match of the three-game series. This MLB Fantasy Baseball Preview of this game is brought you by FanPicks. Come play in our MLB Fantasy contests where you can win up to a $1 million this week at FanPicks.

 

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The Giants’ other 2 big additions pitched yesterday to help their 3 game losing streak. Their center fielder Denard Span wast 1 of 4 and Johnny Cueto put in some work in the 8th inning in the 4-3 victory. Their reliever Sergio Romo is injured and won’t be available for the next several weeks while the Giants GM splits the current setup between Hunter Strickland and Josh Osich. L.A managed only 5 hits during Saturday’s loss. Adrian Gonzalez will be a solid source of power for the future.

 

Samardzija got his 1st win as a Giants on Tuesday when he allowed 2 over 8 innings in a 7-2 win against the Rockies. Chase Utley is 6 for 15 with an HR against the 2014 NL All-Star. He has a 1-2 record with a 4.91 ERA in 4 games against the Dodgers.

 

Maeda turned in his 2nd strong outing Tuesday by holding Arizona scoreless in 6 innings of play with only allowing 5 hits and striking out 4. Maeda still holds the longest streak in Dodgers’ history to begin a career with his 12 consecutive scoreless innings is the 4th longest in history to begin a career.

 

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MLB Daily Fantasy Draft Giants vs Dodgers

Dominate your competition with our MLB Daily Fantasy Draft, create the winning lineup at Fanpicks.com. Nothing like getting thrown into the fire, as Ross Stripling will find out tonight, when he makes his Major League debut pitching for the Dodgers versus their archrival Giants at inhospitable AT&T Park.

Stripling, who has never pitched above Double-A, said he’s been studying Giants hitters since he learned last weekend that he gets first crack at holding the fifth starter job. He went 1 and 1 with a 4.09 ERA in four Spring Training games.  The 26 year-old was chosen over Carlos Frias and Zach Lee to complete the rotation the opening day rotation. Both Frias and Lee already started for the team over the course of the previous season, so it may seems suprising to go with the rookie who is coming off Tommy Johns surgery.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated that catcher Buster Posey is likely to get his first day off this season. Rookie Trevor Brown would start in his place. Posey was initially expected to rest in Wednesday’s series finale at Milwaukee, but played instead. The Giants would need Posey’s bat this Saturday, when they face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and are scheduled to counter with their own No. 1 pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, to the hill. Posey usually takes a break from catching about 40 games per season, but usually does not miss Bumgarner’s starts. Matt Cain, who will starts for San Francisco, is 5-11 with a 3.49 ERA in 30 career outings against the Dodgers. Spring training hasn’t been too good for him though, as he recorded an ERA of  7.71 in three starts.

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2B Joe Panik (SF)

3B Justin Turner (LAD)

OF Yasiel Puig (LAD)

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 29th 2015

There are sparks flying everywhere in the MLB, as we inch closer to post-season’s daily fantasy sports contests. Tension is in the air in California. Both San Francisco and Los Angeles are vying for the N.L. west top spot. They will play their 2nd game of a 4 games series. Giants are sending their ace Madison Bumgarner to the mound, but the Dodgers respond with their own all-star, Clayton Kershaw. A win for the Dodgers allows them to clinch a playoff entry. Also on the bracket is the N.L. central division matchup between St-Louis and Pittsburgh. The Cards will try to claim the title for the third straight year with a win over the Pirates today. Can you feel the heat, because these are the fantasy hot picks:

P Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

Season: 18 W, 8 L, 2.88 ERA, 228 Ks, 38 BBs

Bumgarner won against Kershaw twice this season. After losing his last two starts, he’ll look for redemption and the chance to keep his team’s playoff hopes alive. The lefty will also pitch at home where he holds a 1.80 ERA. A crowd cheering for him is all the motivation he’s going to need to win.

C Carlos Perez – Los Angeles Angels

Season:  .248 AVG, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 16 Runs, 2 SBs

The L.A. Angels are in the middle of a battle with the Houston Astros for top spot in the A.L. west. They need contribution from all their players. Perez has been doing his part, hitting .444 in his last 8 games.

1B Adam Lind – Milwaukee Brewers

Season: .284 AVG, 20 HRs, 86 RBIs, 70 Runs

The Brewers will introduce minor league pitcher of the year Jorge Lopez to the MLB. Given that he’s the future hope of a struggling Milwaukee team, the squad will need to step up their game. Adam Lind is having a pretty good season. The 32 years-old also has Tyson Ross number. He’s batting a career .833 with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s in 6 at-bats against the righty.

2B Andres Blanco – Philadelphia Phillies

Season: .287 AVG, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs, 29 Runs

He has shown that you don’t need to be in a bad team to perform well. The Venezuelan had a game winning homer on Sunday against the Nats. It came the inning after an altercation in the Washington dugout between Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon. Blanco knows how to take up on opportunities when they presents themselves.

3B David Freese – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .257 AVG, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs, 49 Runs, 1 SB

Freese had back-to back dingers over the weekend. It shows that from top to bottom of the Angels lineup, everybody is contributing for the playoff push. The 2011 World Series MVP knows how to win when it matter.

SS Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox

Season: .249 AVG, 10 HRs, 60 RBIs, 54 Runs, 17 SBs

He was not in the lineup for Sunday’s matchup against the Yankees. This gave him a two day rest before his team meets up with the Royals in a three game home stand. He will face Johnny Cueto today, and that is no problem for him. The Cuban is averaging .750 with 1 home run in 8 at-bats against Cueto.

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

Season: .275 AVG, 18 HRs, 63 RBIs, 53 Runs

The Yankees are facing their eternal rivals Red Sox. The Yankees lost the first one. They will need to rebound so that they can get closer to a post-season entry. If all goes well today, Beltran should have plenty of fantasy points at cleanup.

OF Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

Season: .290 AVG, 17 HRs, 56 RBIs, 90 Runs, 41 SBs

The man with the beard just closed out a terrific series against the Dodgers. He had 4 hits including a triple and a home run, while scoring one run or more in every game. Now, it’s time for him to show what he can do against the Diamondbacks.

OF A. J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks

Season: .317 AVG, 19 HRs, 75 RBIs, 106 Runs, 37 SBs

Pollock is having a tremendous season for the D-Backs. He will have no problem elevating those numbers today, as he faces off against Colorado’s Christian Bergman. He has 4 hits in 7 at-bats against him.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants

C Carlos Perez – Los Angeles Angels

1B Adam Lind – Milwaukee Brewers

2B Andres Blanco – Philadelphia Phillies

3B David Freese – Los Angeles Angels

SS Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox

OF Carlos Beltran – New York Yankees

OF Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies

OF A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamonbacks

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San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 8-05-15

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Its the last stretch for Fantasy Baseball season and the San Francisco Giants (58-48) are on the hunt for a playoff berth, but the Atlanta Braves (48-59) are in their way. In the series finale, Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.39 ERA) will face off against rookie William Perez (4-1, 4.14 ERA).

San Francisco is 2 games behind the L.A. Dodgers for the division lead and half a game back of Pittsburgh and Chicago for the Wild Card. They posess best batting average on the road this season with .276. The Giants are the only National League team right now to reach a 1000 hits. They also knocked 10 HR since august 1st, the most in the MLB.

Atlanta has lost 7 of their last 9 games. They collected 68 HR all season long, placing them last in the league. If things couldn’t get any worse, Freddie Freeman, the only Braves player to have reached more then 10 homers this year (with 14 HR), was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. The pitching doesn’t fair better, they hold a 7.11 ERA since the begining of august which is the worst in the majors.

Fired Up Fantasy Pickups :

C Buster Posey (SF) is the best catcher out there. He is in the top 3 among MLB catchers for runs (56), homers (18), RBI’s (75), walks (39) and hits (119). He has 4 runs 2 HR and 8 RBI in his last 4 games. Against righties, he hits an average of .339 with 13 HR an 63 RBI’s this season.

1B Brandon Belt (SF) is batting .275 with 13 HR and 46 RBI’s while scoring 49 runs. He has 4 runs, 3 HR and 3 RBI’s since august 1st. Belt has an batting average of .291 with 11 HR vs RHP.

3B Chris Johnson (ATL) shows poor numbers this season with a .233 batting average and 2 HR. He faced Bumgarner 21 times in his career and posted 8 hits (.381 AVG) with 3 RBI’s.

SS Brandon Crawford (SF) is the leader among shortstop with 18 HR this year. He is hitting .264 and produced 67 RBI’s during the year. He has  4 runs, 3 HR and 4 RBI’s in his last 4 games.

OF Hunter Pence (SF) had a big Tuesday night against the Braves. He collected 1 HR and 4 RBI’s. This season, he has 7 HR, 35 RBI’s and a .288 batting average. In his last 4 games, he posted 2 runs, 2 HR and 6 RBI’s.

P Madison Bumgarner (SF) is looking to rebound from his last performance. He gave a up 6 ER and 9 hits in the loss against the Rangers. In 9 career start against the Braves, he post a 4-3 record with a 3.15 ERA, allowing 19 ER and 5 HR while striking out 61 batters.

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2B Ehire Adrianza (SF) is hitting an average of .188 with 3 runs, 0 HR and 3 RBI’s this season. Enough said.

2B Jace Peterson (ATL) has a batting average of .250 with 5 homers and 47 RBI’s and 38 runs scored. Against lefties, he posted 1 HR and 10 RBI’s and a batting average of .229 in 70 appearances.

OF Nick Markakis (ATL) looks out of his element in Atlanta. He his on his way to hit his lowest total of homers. He has 2 this year.

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San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals – 7/5/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals will close out a series over ESPN Sunday Night Baseball on July 5th. Fantasy draft managers can follow the results of their rosters at 8PM Eastern Time from Washington on ESPN TV.

It has been a bad road trip thus far for San Francisco as they enter play 0-5 on the trip as its comes to a conclusion on Sunday night. There have been three one run losses in this losing streak. The pitching has not been sharp as the club has given up five runs ore greater in four of those five games.

Washington Nationals have won two straight and seven of their past ten games to take a five game lead in the loss column over the second place Mets. The pitching has improved of late for Washington as the staff has allowed four earned runs total in the first two games of this home stand to San Francisco.

San Francisco Giants 2B: Joe Panek is batting .308 with six homers and 30 RBIs season to date. He has three multiple hit games in his past five games.

San Francisco Giants C: Buster Posey has his batting average at .304 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs. Posey enters play on a ten game hit streak with four games a multiple hit performance. He is on an 8 for 20 streak at the plate.

San Francisco Giants 3B: Matt Duffy is putting up some good numbers at third base for the departed Pablo Sandoval who is now a Red Sox. Duffy has mark of .289 with eight homers and 37 RBIs. He looks to break from a 3 for 17 slump.

San Francisco Giants 1B: Brandon Belt has responded with back to back multiple hit games. His batting average is 273 with nine homers and 54 RBIs. Belt carry’s a four game hitting steak into Sunday Night Baseball.

San Francisco Giants CF: Angel Pagan average is .400 for the month of July. On the year the veteran is batting .269 with no homers and 19 RBIS. Pagan is not generating much in the way of extra base hits with a slugging percentage at .323 which is over 90 points lower than his career mark.

San Francisco Giants SS: Brandon Crawford is battling a 3 for 21 hitting streak. His batting average has dropped to .263 with 11 homers and 48 RBIs.

San Francisco Giants P: Ryan Vogelsong is 6-6 on the season with an ERA of 4.19 and WHIP of 1.37. The right hander looks to rebound off a loss at Miami on June 30th as he gave up four earned runs with two homers to the Marlins.

Washington Nationals RF: Bryce Harper is putting up some MVP numbers for the Nationals with a batting average of .344 with 25 homers and 60 RBIs. He is on a .417 month of July with a three hit performance on Saturday.

Washington Nationals 3B: Yunel Escobar is 3 for 8 in this series with the Giants. On the year Escobar is batting .318 with four homers and 27 RBIs.

Washington Nationals CF: Denard Span got the day off on Saturday as the Giants threw a left hander. Span has hits in six straight games and a season batting average of .310 with five homers and 22 RBIs.

Washington Nationals C: Wilson Ramos is battling a 4 for 22 slump as his batting average has dipped to .261 season to date.

Washington Nationals 2B: Danny Espinoza is slumping by going 5 for his past 27 at the plate. Espinoza has seen his batting average drop to .253 with eight homers and 24 RBIs.

Washington Nationals P: Jordan Zimmermann is 6-5 on the year in his 16 starts with an ERA of 3.16 and WHIP of 1.27. Zimmermann has put together two straight shutout performances by limiting the Braves to no earned runs on June 24th and June 30 as he went 8 and 7 2/3rd innings in those starts.

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants – 6/21/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

Fantasy Cash Draft MLB fantasy draft managers are in for rivalry game to choose their rosters from on Sunday Night Baseball when the LA Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants on June 21st. Track the results of your players selected at 8PM Eastern Time from Dodger Stadium over ESPN TV.

The LA Dodgers are hoping this weekend goes a lot better than the last time they faced the San Francisco Giants in a three game series. The teams played a month ago in San Francisco and the LA Dodgers failed to score a single run in all of the three games. The Dodgers struggles on the road have been well documented. They are a very good home team with a mark of 26-11 as they opened up this three game series. Los Angeles has shown power at the plate this year as they sit second in all of baseball in home runs.

As the Giants opened up this series on Friday night the club has been struggling loser of six of their past eight games. In a five game home stand that began last weekend against the Diamondbacks and Mariners, the Giants lost four of the five games including getting swept in all three home games against the Diamondbacks where they pushed across just two runs total. The bats cooled off a bit but the club still ranks in the top five of Major League Baseball for team batting on the season. Hot temperatures are forecasted this weekend at Dodgers Stadium and with a 5PM local time start we could see balls carry well on Sunday night.

1 day fantasy footballSan Francisco Giants LF: Nori Aoki leads the club with a .317 batting average with two homers and 19 RBIs. After getting hit with a pitch and leaving the game on Saturday he is a question mark for Sunday.

San Francisco Giants 2B: Joe Panik is batting .305 on the year with six homers and 26 RBIs. He is coming off a multi-hit game on Saturday to raise his average to .319 for the month of June.

San Francisco Giants C: Buster Posey has raised his average to .297 as he posts a multi-hit game on Saturday. He is crushing Dodgers pitching this year with a .421 average with three homers.

San Francisco Giants SS: Brandon Crawford has too crushed Dodgers pitching on the year as he posted a multi-hit game on Saturday to raise his average up to .429 against LA. On the year Crawford is batting .282 with nine homers and 42 RBIs.

San Francisco Giants CF: Angel Pagan is battling a June slump as the veteran right handed hitter is batting just .172 with only one extra base hit.

San Francisco Giants P: On the year Tim Lincecum is 7-3 in 13 starts with an ERA of 3.31 and WHIP of 1.35. Issue with Lincecum is he does not go very far in games and forces the Giants to use up multiple bullpen pitchers.

Free Baseball Cash Draft Beat the StreakLA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez is going through a June slump. He is batting just .222 for the month of June and is 4 for his past 30 at bats. His average has dropped to .290 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs.

LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick has been a solid contributor for the Dodgers in his first season with the team. He has been good at Dodger Stadium with a .331 batting average with four homers and 20 RBIs.

LA Dodgers LF: Andre Eithier is another Dodger who does his damage at his home ballpark with a batting average of .313 with six homers and 19 RBIs.

LA Dodgers CF: Rookie Joc Pederson has some good power numbers with 18 homers and 34 RBIs. His batting average is .251 as he has to work on the strikeouts. He has hit San Francisco pitching with a .321 batting average with two homers.

LA Dodgers RF: Yasiel Puig has returned to the LA lineup after a stint on the DL. In June Puig is batting .333.

LA Dodgers P: Left hander Brett Anderson is 2-4 on the season with an ERA of 3.43 and WHIP of 1.34. San Francisco has hit Anderson pretty good this year as the Dodger left hander has been tagged for 15 earned runs in his 40 2/3rd innings pitched against the Giants.

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P: Tim Lincecum (Giants)
2B: Joe Panik (Giants)
C: Buster Posey (Giants)
SS: Brandon Crawford (Giants)
LF: Andre Eithier (Dodgers)
RF: Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants – 4/28/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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The NL West rivalry continues on Tuesday April 28th as the LA Dodgers will host the San Francisco Giants from Major League Baseball action. MLB Network has the telecast from Dodgers Stadium at 10PM Eastern Time.

The Dodgers had a poor road trip as they go 4-6 as they returned to Dodgers Stadium on Monday Night. San Francisco was able to sweep LA behind outstanding pitching performances. The Giants pitching staff held the Dodgers to just two games in each of the three games in the series. Injury news for MLB draft managers as the Dodgers place Yasiel Puig on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury. Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy is lost for the season as he will need Tommy John surgery. Entering the start of this series on Monday LA held a mark of 11-7 while the Giants are 8-11.

San Francisco was slow out of the gate as the offense didn’t come around early. The team is 28th and third last in Major League Baseball in runs scored at just 3.05 per game average.

LA has played well at home as they win 8 of 9 prior to hitting the road to face San Francisco last week. The Dodgers have been strong offensively to start the year as they are 5th best in batting average at .270 on the year which is impressive when you factor pitchers hit in the National League. They sit second in all of baseball in the long ball with 26 home runs season to date.

San Francisco Giants CF: Nine year veteran Angel Pagan leads the everyday players in batting on the year with a .351 batting average. Pagan has multiple hits in four of his past five games. The Giants game at Colorado on Saturday Angel Pagan had four hits in six at bats.

San Francisco Giants 2B: Over the past seven days Joe Panik is batting .353 with two RBI’s. He has a hit in his past seven starts for the Giants.

San Francisco Giants LF: Nori Aoiki was acquired from the Kansas City Royals during the offseason. He is batting .312 on the year. He is in a bit of the slump hitless in his past three days. He is 3 of 14 against the Dodgers this year.

San Francisco Giants Catcher: Buster Posey is 4 of 12 hitting .333 against the Dodgers this season. He is hitting better on the road than at home on the year. He has two homers and 8 RBI’s in his 70 at bats.

San Francisco Giants Shortstop: Brandon Crawford went 3 of 9 last week against the Dodgers with two runs scored and 2 RBI’s. He is just 6 of 34 (.176 batting average) on the road this year.

San Francisco Giants Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the Giants. The left hander has two good starts and two bad ones. He faced the Dodgers last week at home and allowed two earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3rd innings pitched. Opponents are hitting .295 against Bumgarner this year.

LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball as he carries a .380 batting average with 7 home runs and 18 RBI’s. The 11 year veteran struggled in his three games at San Francisco last week going 1 of 9.

LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick is off to a good start with the glove and bat with his new team. Kendrick is hitting .313 with three homers and 12 RBI’s. His bat was cooled at San Francisco last week as he went just 1 of 10 in the series.

LA Dodgers 2B: Jimmy Rollins is off to a slump as he is hitting .186 on the year. Too many fly ball outs for the veteran shortstop. He is 2 for 22 in his past 24 plate appearances. Rollins went 0 of 9 against San Francisco last week.

LA Dodgers RF: With the injury to Puig Scott Van Slyke a right handed hitter figures to be in the lineup against a left starter. On the year Van Slyke is batting .421 with a home run and 5 RBI’s.

LA Dodgers P: Left hander Clayton Kershaw takes the hill for the Dodgers at home to face the Giants. In his four starts on the year he is 1-1 with an ERA of 4.07. Last week against the Giants Kershaw allowed two earned runs and three hits in six innings where he received a no decision.

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P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
CF: Angel Pagan (Giants)
RH: Scott Van Slyke (Dodgers)
2B: Joe Panik (Giants)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
C: Buster Posey (Giants)

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants – 4/22/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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A nice rivalry game is scheduled from Major League Baseball for Wednesday April 22nd as the San Francisco Giants will play host to the LA Dodgers with a first pitch set for 10:15PM Eastern Time in MLB Extra Innings channel.

The Dodgers have gotten off to a hot start as the club is in first place at 9-3 as they opened up this series with San Francisco. The Giants have struggled like most pundits prediction as the club is 4-10 as they welcomed the Dodgers into two. An outstanding pitching matchup is scheduled in this one on Wednesday as its pits MLB mock draft manager’s two most favorite pitchers for rosters. It will be Clayton Kershaw going for LA as he will oppose Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner.

The Dodgers fast start has come about by hot hitting. The team is third in MLB in runs scored at 5.25 per game and third in hitting percentage at .288. LA has the top OPS in baseball at .885 which measures a team’s ability to get on base calculated with power. Despite hitting in a pitchers park the Dodgers are fifth in home runs on the year with 17. It has been unseasonably warm in the Southern California are with the recent drought so hot dry air has allowed the LA hitters to hit for power and good average. As a result the team allows 3.24 runs per game ranking tenth in MLB.

The San Francisco Giants were just 1-6 as they opened up this series with LA. After getting swept by Colorado the team lost three of four to the Diamondbacks. The Giants are 28th and third last in runs scored as they push across 2.64 per game. The team ranks in the bottom half of the league in team ERA and WHIP as they allow 3.94 runs per game and has a WHIP of 1.36.

LA Dodgers 1B: Adrian Gonzalez has been on fire to start the season. He is batting .469 on the year with a slugging percentage of .939. Gonzalez has five home runs and eight doubles from his 23 hits on the year.

LA Dodgers 2B: Howie Kendrick is professional. Off the field on the field he was a great acquisition for the Dodgers. He is hitting .370 with 10 RBI’s on the year. After a sweep of the Rockies Kendrick have multiple hits in three straight and five of his past six games.

LA Dodgers CF: Joc Pederson is a rookie of the year candidate. The 22 year old who was born in Palo Alto California is hitting .300 with two homers and 6 RBI’s hitting in the eighth spot for the Dodgers. His defense has been outstanding. This is Mattingly’s man. He wanted him as his starting centerfielder in 2014.

LA Dodgers RF: Yasiel Puig has a four game win streak as he has raised his average to .281. Puig has been bothered by a hamstring injury and will return to the LA lineup on Tuesday night.

LA Dodgers P: Clayton Kershaw in three starts on the year is 1-1 with an ERA of 4.42. He got roughed up in his first two starts. His last start on April 17th Kershaw held the Rockies to one earned run and six hits over six innings of work in a home win to Colorado.

San Francisco Giants LF: Former Royals product Nori Aoki was acquired by the Giants in the offseason. He is hitting .355 on the year with 2 RBI’s. He has had multiple hit games in three straight games.

San Francisco Giants CF: Angel Pagan is hitting well again for San Francisco with a .321 average with 4 RBI’s. The key for Pagan this year is to stay healthy as he has had issues with injury problems.

San Francisco Giants 2B: Joe Panik broke out of his slump and now has hits in five straight games to raise his average to .286. He is a career .301 hitter.

San Francisco Giants P: Madison Bumgarner is 1-1 in three starts with an ERA of 5.29. After allowing five earned runs and ten hits in three innings at San Diego he is allowed four earned runs and six hits with two homers in seven innings at home to Arizona.

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P: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers)
CF: Joc Pederson (Dodgers)
2B: Howie Kendrick (Dodgers)
LF: Nori Aoki (Giants)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers)
RF: Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Francisco Giants – 4/16/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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A four game weekend series from the NL West will begin on Thursday April 16th as the San Francisco Giants will be hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks. Game 1 of this series gets started from San Francisco at 10:15PM Eastern Time on MLB Network.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have begun this seven game road trip with a 1-2 record as they lose two of three to San Diego. They are held to just three runs total over their past two games resulting in losses. The team is 4-5 and has won just one series by winning two of three games last weekend against the LA Dodgers.

San Francisco saw some significant power leave over the offseason in free agency. The Giants are off to a 3-7 start and has lost six straight games after the Colorado Rockies swept them at home. San Francisco scored just three runs total over the three games against the Rockies. The Giants are 27th and fourth worst in MLB as they push across just 2.6 runs per game.

Arizona Diamondbacks Center Fielder: Ender Inciarte is off to a great start for the Diamondbacks as he is hitting .406 on the year. He is coming off a two hit game in the Diamondbacks loss at San Diego on Wednesday. Inciarte has a hit in all but one game he has started on the year.

Arizona Diamondbacks 1B: Paul Goldschmidt missed much of last season with an injury. He is healthy now and in 2015 is batting .344 and have three home runs and nine RBI’s. Goldschmidt had a hit in seven of his past eight games.

Arizona Diamondbacks Right Fielder: Power hitter Mark Trumbo is batting .281 on this year and has yet to go yard this year. He has a hit in five straight games. Trumbo is 6-16 over his past four games but his only extra base hit was a double.

Arizona Diamondbacks Catcher: Tuffy Gosewisch was given the day off on Wednesday. He is hitting just .200 with one RBI and no extra base hits on the year.

Arizona Diamondbacks 2B: Chris Owings is off to a poor start. He was given a day off on Wednesday. Owings is hitting just .087 on the year with two RBI’s and only one extra base hit.

Arizona Diamondbacks P: Archie Bradley the 22 year old rookie in his first career start allowed one hit and no runs pitching six innings in a victory against the LA Dodgers. In the minor leagues in 2014 Bradley was hitting 95 MPH on the speed gun.

San Francisco Giants CF: Angel Pagan struggled with injuries the past few seasons. He went under the knife a season ago as he went through back surgery. The 33 year old sparked the Giants lineup in 2014. He is off to a good start in 2015 as he is hitting .378 on the season. Pagan is 6 of 8 over his past two games.

San Francisco Giants RF: Nori Aoki was acquired from the Kansas City Royals a season ago Aoki was very good glove man in right field. He is hitting .375 on the year. His nine game win streak was snapped on Wednesday as he goes 0 for 3 in the home loss to Colorado.

San Francisco Giants LF: Gregor Blanco has strung together a four game hit streak. He has moved his average from .167 to .241 after hitting a triple in one at bat against Colorado on Wednesday. Blanco has four extra base hits from his seven hits this season.

San Francisco Giants Catcher: Buster Posey is hitting .219 on the year as he is slow out of the gates. Of his seven hits this year two were homers and Posey has two homers with six walks. Posey is just 1 of 15 slump right now.

San Francisco Giants 2B: A slow beginning for Giants second basemen Joe Panik. He is hitting just .176 on the year with eight strike outs in his 34 at bats. Panick in the three games against the Rockies went 0 for 11.

San Francisco Giants SS: The second part of the double play combination in Brandon Crawford is struggling as well. He is hitting just .156 on the year. After beginning the year 5 for 13 Crawford is 0 for his last 20 at bats.

San Francisco Giants Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner in his last start that faced a newly built Padres right handed heavy lineup that has feasted on left handed pitching throughout their careers. Bumgarner lasted just three innings and allowed five earned runs and ten hits. In his first start of the year on April 6 at Arizona the Giants lefty allowed just one earned run over seven innings.

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P: Madison Bumgarner (Giants)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks)
RF: Mark Trumbo (Diamondbacks)
CF: Angel Pagan (Giants)
C: Buster Posey (Giants)
LF: Gregor Blanco (Giants)

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