MLB September 23, 2016 Primetime Preview

Diamondbacks (64-88) vs Orioles (82-71)

The Arizona Diamondbacks may have the Baltimore Orioles’ number during their rare interleague contests (Enter Contest), but right-hander Yovani Gallardo routinely has gotten the better of the desert dwellers throughout his career. Gallardo looks to improve upon his 7-2 mark and 2.32 ERA in 12 career starts when he takes the mound at Camden Yards.

Nationals (89-63) vs Pirates (76-76)

The Washington Nationals have an opportunity to shower themselves in champagne as soon as Friday. They can win their third National League East title in five years. Washington’s magic number resides at two.

Yankees (79-73) vs Blue Jays (83-69)

The Toronto Blue Jays’ pursuit of a wild-card spot in the American League heats up on their final homestand of the season, beginning Friday against the New York Yankees. The Yankees are three games out of the second AL wild card and four behind the Blue Jays, who stands atop the wild card. They are one game ahead of Detroit and 1 1/2 clear of the Baltimore Orioles.

Red Sox (89-64) vs Rays (65-87)

The Boston Red Sox have won eight straight games against American League East opponents for the first time in 26 years and can extend the streak to nine when they face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox pushed their lead in the AL East to 5 ½ games and reduced their magic number to five to clinch the division after sweeping four each from the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees.

White Sox (72-80) vs Indians (89-63)

The Cleveland Indians would prefer to clinch their first American League Central title since 2007 at home and have a good chance to do it this weekend against the struggling Chicago White Sox. The Indians have won five of six to trim their magic number to four and own a seven-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central as they prepare to host the White Sox.

Royals (77-76) vs Tigers (82-70)

The Detroit Tigers may be a bit tired after their sweep of a doubleheader in Minnesota on Thursday but should be ready for their final homestand of the season against the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers took over sole possession of the second wild card in the American League. They moved one-half game ahead of Baltimore with 10 games remaining to the season.

Braves (62-91) vs Marlins (76-77)

One of baseball’s hottest teams has spent 2016 buried in the National League East basement, but the Atlanta Braves are providing plenty of optimism. They are bringing a six-game winning streak into Friday’s game at Miami. Matt Kemp slugged two homers in Thursday’s series-opening 6-3 victory and Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 26 games. Atlanta has won 14 of their past 22 games and are hitting .281 since the start of August.

Phillies (69-84) vs Mets (81-72)

The New York Mets’ pitching carousel took another unfortunate turn. Starter Steven Matz experienced soreness following a 20-pitch bullpen session. His scheduled Friday start is pushed back due to a left shoulder impingement. The Mets instead will turn to rookie Gabriel Ynoa as they attempt to strengthen their tenuous hold on the first wild card in the National League versus the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Clayton Kershaw sidelined for 2 weeks.

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed the name of ace Clayton Kershaw on the 15-day disabled list due to a back injury. In his last start Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he got the worst of it allowing 4 runs on 9 pitches. It was his second worst start this season.

Kershaw, who has been getting at-least 30 starts in six of his last seven season, is having one of it’s best campaign ever. Even with the Sunday’s loss, he shows a record of 11-2 and leads the National League with a 1.79 ERA. He’s also first in innings pitched (121), strikeouts (145), walks allowed per innings (WHIP, 0.727) and walks allowed per games (0.7). The Dodgers hold a record of 14-2 when Kershaw is on the mound and 29-35 when he’s not.

The O’s are on fire!

With Mark Trumbo’s 23rd home run of the season, the Orioles collected their 55th total since the start of June. It equals an MLB all-time June record held by the Oakland Athletics. They recorded 55 long balls in 29 June games back in 1996.  Trumbo pushed back over the wall one of Padres Christian Friedrich pitch in the fourth inning Wednesday. Manny Machado was on-base on that play and two runs were scored. Baltimore won the game 12 to 6. The O’s will have the opportunity to break the A’s record on Thursday night against the Seattle Mariners. This will be their 28th game in June.

The record for most homers hit in a single month is held by both the Orioles and Mariners, who knocked 58 long balls back in May 1987 and 1999 respectively.

A first in 40 years.

For the first time in 40 years, one team has chosen to not go with a designated hitter on purpose. Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed that pitcher Madison Bumgarner will take the spot in an interleague game versus the Oakland Athletics Thursday night. It is the first time that an MLB manager makes this call since 1976. It’s not suprising though that this happens with Bumgarner, as he’s in a class of it’s own when it comes to solid pitching and hitting. No other MLB daily fantasy baseball pitchers is has talented as him with the bat. Since the beginning of his career, the 26 year-old pitcher picked up 13 home runs and 45 runs-batted-in.

New York, night of reunion .

The Mets and the Cubs will go head-to-head for the first time since the National League Championship series last October. The Mets will send Steven Matz (7-3) to the mound to start this four game series. In the Cubs side, they will hand the ball to John Lackey (7-4). The Mets have been underwhelming this season. They present a 40-37 record, which is good for third in the N.L. East division behind the Nationals and Marlins. The Cubs, on the other hand, are having an amazing year, standing above all 29 MLB teams with a 51-26 record.

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MLB Fantasy Picks

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

Let’s get right into it.

MLB Fantasy Picks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Fantasy Baseball Money Picks Miami Marlins vs New York Mets

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

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

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

Top Fantasy Picks

OF Christian Yelich (MIA)

OF Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)

OF Michael Conforto (NYM)

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 22nd 2015

Mets Earn 8-3 Win over Cubs in Game 4 to Complete Sweep and are Headed to the World Series

The New York Mets starting and relief pitching just seemed too much to overcome for the Chicago Cubs as the Mets earned the Game 4 victory and will play the winner of the Royals and Blue Jays in the World Series. It was an 8-3 victory for the Mets as New York powered out 11 hits and along with three home runs in the game. Starter Steven Matz lasted 4 2/3rd innings then Bartolo Colon was brought in to get four outs to register the win. The Mets pitchers allowed a total of eight runs in the four games played in this series. The World Series will begin with Game 1 on Tuesday October 27th.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy was the MVP of the NLCS. He leads the club with a .421 batting average with seven homers and 11 RBIs. The Mets second baseman has hit a home run in six straight playoff games. He had a monster Game 4 as Murphy had four hits including a home run with two RBIs.

New York Mets 1B:

Lucas Duda

The Mets first baseman was in a 3 for 22 slump as he entered Game 4. It was a huge performance in the series clincher for Duda as he had three hits with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs in the win.

New York Mets SS:

Wilmer Flores

Flores has had a good post season hitting .292. He had two hits with a triple on Wednesday night.

New York Mets P:

Steven Matz

Matz came within one out of a victory in Game 4. The New York right hander allowed one earned run and four hits in 4 2/3rd innings pitched against the Cubs hitters.

Toronto Stays Alive and Sends Series Back to Kansas City after a 7-1 Home Win in Game 5

The Toronto Blue Jays are now down 3-2 as they earned a victory in Game 5 against the Royals at home on Wednesday night. The Blue Jays had eight hits and the team had a home run in the win. The Royals bats were quiet in the loss with just four hits for the game.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

The Blue Jays right hander had a huge game in the win as he threw 7 2/3rd innings and gave up just one earned run and three hits striking out five.

Toronto Blue Jays RF:

Jose Bautista

The power hitting right fielder contributed with two hits with a run scored and RBI on Wednesday. In the playoffs Bautista is batting .270 with two homers.

Toronto Blue Jays SS:

Troy Tulowitzki

Tulowitzki had a two hit game with three RBIs in the Game 5 victory. He has had multiple hits in three of his past four games.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

The Blue Jays third baseman is batting .278 in the playoffs with three homers and eight RBIs. He had a hit with two runs scored in the win on Wednesday.

Kansas City Royals P:

Edinson Volquez

Volquez has had issues with his control for most of his career. In three starts he has walked four batters in each game. In the Game 5 loss the Royals right hander allowed five earned runs and three hits working five innings in a 7-1 road defeat. He is 1-2 in the playoffs this year.

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Major League Baseball Playoffs Wednesday Fantasy Picks 10-21-2015

Kansas City Royals versus Toronto Blue Jays Game 5 MLB ALCS Fantasy League Picks 10-21-2015

The Kansas City Royals are one win away from advancing to the World Series as they face the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday afternoon October 21st. Fantasy baseball draft managers can tune to FOX Sports 1 at 4PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

Kansas City Royals SS:

Alcides Escobar

The Royals shortstop is batting .417 in the postseason with five extra base hits and five RBIs in his 36 at bats. In the win in Game 4 Escobar was huge with two hits a run scored and four RBIs.

Kansas City Royals CF:

Lorenzo Cain

Cain has hit .294 in the playoffs and driven in seven runs. He had a two hit game with three RBIs on Tuesday.

Kansas City Royals RF:

Alex Rios

The KC 34 year old had a three hit game on Tuesday with a homer and an RBI in the victory. In the playoffs Rios has a .296 batting average.

Kansas City Royals P:

Edinson Volquez

Volquez will make his third postseason start on Wednesday. The right hander is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.31 and WHIP of 1.29. He last worked on October 16th against Toronto and allowed no earned runs and two hits over six inning of work. He has walked four batters in each start.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

Marco Estrada

The Blue Jays right hander in two playoff starts is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.09 and WHIP of 0.94. He took the loss on October 16th at Kansas City as he allowed three earned runs and six hits over 5 1/3rd innings of work.

MLB Playoffs Fantasy Picks

P: Marco Estrada (Blue Jays)
3B: Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)

Royals/Blue Jays Game 4 Recap:

The Kansas City Royals took a 3-1 series lead in the ALCS as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 on Tuesday by the score of 14-2. The Royals were able to chase Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey after just 1 2/3rd innings as they scored five runs including two homers off the knuckle ball pitcher. The Royals slugged 15 hits in the win. Starter Chris Young lasted just 4 2/3rd innings and gave up two earned runs and three hits and came just 1/3rd of an inning from earning the win.

New York Mets versus Chicago Cubs Game 4 MLB NLCS Fantasy Cash League Picks 10-21 -2015

The New York Mets are looking for the series sweep as they face the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night October 21st. DFS draft GM’s can tune to TBS at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their one day fantasy league roster picks.

New York Mets 2B:

Daniel Murphy

Murphy has been red hot in the playoffs as he had a home run on Tuesday for his fifth straight long ball in the playoffs.

New York Mets 3B:

David Wright

The veteran third baseman had three hits with two runs scored in Game 3. He had been in a 2 for 23 slump in the playoffs.

New York Mets LF:

Yoenis Cespedes

Cespedes had three hits with two RBIs in the Tuesday win.

New York Mets P:

Steven Matz

Matz had one start in the post season and allowed three earned runs and six hits in five innings as he took the loss in a 3-1 home defeat to the LA Dodgers.

Chicago Cubs P:

Jason Hammel

The Cubs right hander worked one game in the playoffs and it was on October 13th where he allowed two earned runs and three hits with three walks over three innings of work at home to St Louis.

MLB Playoffs Best Fantasy Picks

P: Steven Matz (Mets)
2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)
LF: Yoenis Cespedes (Mets)

Mets/Cubs Game 3 Recap

The New York Mets took the 3-0 series lead in this best of seven NLCS series after the 5-2 victory against the Chicago Cubs on the road in Game 3 on Tuesday night. Chicago has scored no more than two runs so far in the first three games of this series. The Mets starter Jacob DeGrom threw seven innings and allowed two earned runs and four hits to earn the win. The Mets bullpen pitched two scoreless innings and still haven’t allowed a run in this series. The Mets had 11 hits in the victory. Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks lasted just four innings as the hurler allowed two earned runs and five hits. The Cubs bullpen surrendered three runs and lost the game.

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Blue Jays Flex Their Muscles in Rout of New York Yankees—Toronto Lead Up to 2 ½ in AL East

It was Game 1 of the four game series on Friday night between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. The Blue Jays got off to a fast 5-0 start in the first inning in their 11-5 road win at the Yankees to move to 2 ½ games ahead of New York in the NL East division race. The Blue Jays clobbered Yankee pitching for 16 hits in the victory. Seven Blue Jays hitters had multiple hit games. They play a doubleheader on Saturday to make up for the rain out on Thursday.

Josh Donaldson:

Donaldson is coming off a two hit night with a home run and two RBIs. He has had four multiple hits games in his past five games. Josh Donaldson’s batting average is now up to .308 with 38 homers and 117 RBIs.

Jose Bautista:

Bautista doesn’t hit for high average because he strikes out a lot. He had two hits in the win on Friday. In September Bautista is hitting.320. The Blue Jays right fielder had 33 homers and 96 RBIs on the year.

Edwin Encarnacion:

The Blue Jays DH slugged a home run as he had two hits and two RBIs in the Friday night win. For the season Encarnacion is batting .271 with 31 homers and 97 RBIs. He has back to back multiple hits.

Troy Tulowitzki:

The former Colorado Rockie Tulowitzki had two hits and an RBI in the opener. He was battling a 4 for 30 batting slump entering the game.

Russell Martin:

It was a big night for the Blue Jays catcher. Russell Martin had three hits with two home runs and four RBIs in the victory. Martin has moved his average up to .241 with 19 homers and 61 RBIs.

David Price:

The Toronto left hander threw five innings and allowed two earned runs and six hits over five innings. Price has won four of his five starts. Toronto is 6-2 in his eight starts since being traded to the Blue Jays from the Tigers.

Brett Gardner:

The Yankees left fielder contributed with two hits and an RBI. His average is now .269 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs. He had been battling a 3 for 22 slump entering play.

Didi Gregorius:

Gregorius had two hits with a homer and four RBIs in a losing cause. His average is up to .270 with nine homers and 50 RBIs.

Luis Severino:

The Yankees‘ young pitching star had his worst start in his seven appearances with the team. He surrendered six earned runs and six hits in 2 1/3rd innings.

Cespedes Continues to Crush Pitchers in September—Mets Now Up 8 ½ Games over Nationals

With the Washington Nationals continuing their downward spiral, the New York Mets gained a game in the standings after their 5-1 road win at Atlanta. With the Nationals 2-1 road loss at Miami on Friday the Mets were able to extend their NL East lead to 8 ½ games. The Mets were able to lengthen a 2-1 lead with late inning magic with a run in the eighth and two runs in the ninth. New York had 11 hits in victory. They got a good five innings from starter Steven Matz and the Mets bullpen threw four scoreless innings.

Yoenis Cespedes:

It was another huge night for the Mets centerfielder on Friday night. Cespedes had three hits with a double and home run in the victory. His September batting average is now sitting at .390 with six homers and 13 RBIs.

Steven Matz:

The Mets 24 year old left hander went five innings and allowed one earned run and six hits over five innings. He is 3-0 with one no decision in his four career starts.

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Fantasy Information News September 7th 2015

Washington Nationals are Making Moves in the NL East Division Race

With their 9-4 home victory on Sunday over the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals have moved within four games of the first place New York Mets. The Nationals have been picking on the hapless Braves as they swept a four game series over the weekend. Atlanta scored a grand total of nine runs in all the four contests. The Nationals bullpen bailed out another poor outing by starter Joe Ross. The Washington bullpen pitched 4 2/3rd scoreless innings of relief on Sunday.

Bryce Harper:

The Nationals MVP candidate is coming off a two hit game on Sunday. He has crushed Braves pitching going 7 of 11 in the series. He has multiple hits in three straight games. He walked four times in Game 1 on Thursday and scored a run each time. On the year Harper is hitting .339 with 34 homers and 83 RBIs.

Yunel Escobar:

Escobar has crushed Braves pitching as well by going 8 for 16 in the four game series. His power numbers have slid with just one extra base hit over his past nine games. Escobar is batting .315 on the year with nine homers and 46 RBIs.

Michael Taylor:

The Nationals center fielder had a two hit game with two RBIs on Sunday. He entered the game on a 3 for 13 slump.

Joe Ross:

Ross lasted just 4 1/3rd innings on Sunday as he gave up four earned runs and five hits with three walks. He has walked nine batters in his past two starts working a total of seven innings. Ross has failed to pitch five innings in four of his past six starts.

Mets Drop a 4-3 Decision at Miami on Sunday. They lose two of three over the weekend.

The New York Mets dropped a 4-3 road decision at the Miami Marlins on Sunday. With the Braves sweeping the Nationals the Mets gave up two games from their NL East lead at the conclusion of this series with the Marlins. The Mets bullpen gave up single runs in the eighth and ninth inning to blow a 3-2 lead late.

Yoenis Cespedes:

The Mets center fielder had a two hit game on Sunday. Cespedes is batting .421 for the month of September. He has multiple hits in four of his past five games.

Michael Conforto:

The left fielder had a two hit game on Sunday. Conforto has multiple hits in four of five games and six of his past ten. His average is now up to .300 with five homers and 18 RBIs.

Wilmer Flores:

The shortstop had a home run on Sunday. He is batting .333 for the month of September for the Mets.

Steven Matz:

Matz made his third start of the year on Sunday and allowed two earned runs and four hits pitching 5 1/3rd innings. He received a no decision on Sunday.

LA Dodgers Exit San Diego Series with a 7 ½ Game Lead Over San Francisco

LA has won three straight and six of their past seven games as they get past the Padres 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Dodger bullpen blew Game 1 of this series but the Dodgers responded by winning the final three games of this series. The series was crippling to the Padres chances for an NL West crown as they fall 14 games back of the Dodgers in the loss column with 26 games remaining.

Justin Turner:

It was a two hit game for Turner on Sunday as he moves his batting average up to .290 with 15 homers and 52 RBIs. He had been in a 2 for 14 slump entering Sunday.

A.J. Ellis:

Ellis has been relegated to the backup catcher after an awful 2013 season at the plate. Ellis had two hits on Sunday for the third time in his past five games.

Adrian Gonzalez:

Gonzales got a hit with two RBIs on Sunday. He had been on a 3 for 19 slump as he entered Sunday’s game.

Brett Anderson:

The LA left handed starter went 5 2/3rd innings on Sunday giving up one earned run and four hits but walked four batters.

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