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Houston Astros

Though their quest to repeat as World Series champions went unfulfilled in 2018, the Astros assembled their greatest starting rotation in franchise history and set a club record for regular-season wins.

In 2019, Houston’s proverbial window remains wide open, even after losing three starting pitchers. Offensive regression from a historic 2017 pace was offset by the incredible pitching the Astros received. Getting the heart of their once-potent lineup back to full health, while relying on their plethora of pitching prospects to fill a noticeable void, will key their quest for a third straight American League West title.

Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels are entering a new era: After 19 seasons, Mike Scioscia will no longer be the manager. In 39 years before Scioscia became their manager, the Angels averaged 76.6 wins per full season, had only 12 winning seasons and made the playoffs three times (without winning a series). In 19 seasons under Scioscia, the Angels averaged 86.8 wins, had 12 winning seasons, made the playoffs seven times and won the franchise’s only World Series title (2002). The challenge now shifts to new manager Brad Ausmus to make the most out of a roster that includes baseball’s best player (Mike Trout) and its most unique (Shohei Ohtani) but probably not enough pitching to be more than a fringe contender.

Oakland Athletics

A year ago at this time, the A’s were just another rebuilding team. And then the games were played in earnest, and the team showed muscle and perseverance. A 97-win season and a strong second-place finish got them a Wild Card berth. And now, with the 2019 season upon us, Oakland is a team that still factors strongly in the American League West. 

The A’s are going to have to get their starting rotation together, or maybe not. Manager Bob Melvin looked positively adroit at using an “opener.” Last year it was done because of injuries that crippled the rotation, but in 2019 it will be no surprise if the A’s stay with the opener concept simply because they’ve shown they can make it work. And, yes, many of the same players who were injured last year are injured still, including some of the organization’s best arms.

The A’s will continue to lean on their power and defense. In the cases of third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson, they have both qualities. In Khris Davis, they have a year-in, year-out contender for the homer title, and they have depth in power — eight players in double figures for homers last year and five with 20 or more bombs.

Three-quarters of the infield — shortstop Marcus Semien in addition to Chapman and Olson — were in Gold Glove range last year, and the outfield is in good shape, too, with Ramon Laureano and Stephen Piscotty. But there is no answer yet as to a real replacement for catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

Seattle Mariners

The Mariners’ postseason drought, which dates back to 2001 — the longest active streak without a playoff appearance for any of the four major sports in North America — will likely continue for another season. It’s an outcome they are willing to accept in hopes of more sustained success in the years to come. 

As part of a rebuild — GM Jerry Dipoto is calling it a “stepback” — the Mariners culled the roster of several players in their 30s who had expensive contracts or were in their final years of arbitration and headed for free agency. Beginning in early November, Dipoto made nine trades that removed nine contributing players from the Mariners’ 25-man roster, including top pitcher James Paxton, closer Edwin Diaz, shortstop Jean Segura, catcher Mike Zunino and second baseman Robinson Cano. Dipoto admits the team likely won’t match the 89 wins of last season, but will the Mariners even win 70 games in 2019?

Texas Rangers

Two years of going for it and another with the best intentions — if not the all-in financial expenditures — led the Texas Rangers to a point of no return last season. By June, the decision was made that the Rangers would be rebuilding, and 2019 will be more of the same from the team that won back-to-back American League West titles in 2015-16.

And the Rangers get to do it without Adrian Beltre.

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MLB InGame Showdowns

Another two games are set for InGame action.  A maximum of 5 swaps are allowed in this contest with play time of 5 consecutive minutes necessary before a starting player can be benched. Each entry will receive 2 Power Multiplier which can be applied to any starting player to receive 2x points for a duration of 15 minutes respectively. Check out the matchups previews below and play.

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Royals at Rangers Preview

The Texas Rangers racked up the runs during a confidence-building series against the New York Yankees and look to continue the production when they open a four-game series versus the visiting Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Texas belted seven homers and produced 23 runs while winning two of three from New York, including Wednesday’s 12-10 triumph.

Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman each homered and were among four Rangers – Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jurickson Profar were the others – to drive in three runs in Wednesday’s slugfest. Guzman went deep in each game of the series, going 5-for-10 overall in the set, while Profar has collected six RBIs over his last two contests. Kansas City posted a 5-2, 10-inning victory on Wednesday to take two of three from St. Louis and win a road series for the first time this season. “We needed that,” Royals catcher Sal Butera told reporters after delivering the tiebreaking two-run single in the 10th. “We fought hard all three games and guys did a great job on both ends, and our bullpen did a great job.”

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Danny Duffy (1-6, 6.88 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2017: 5-2, 4.67)

Duffy is having a poor season, and things really have unraveled over his last two starts as he has given up 14 runs and 15 hits – four homers – while issuing eight walks in just 7 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old already has served up 14 homers in just 51 frames after allowing a total of 13 over 146 1/3 innings last season. Duffy is 1-2 with a 3.25 ERA in six career starts against the Rangers.

Bibens-Dirkx is being recalled to make his seventh career start in the rotation spot typically filled by Matt Moore, who went on the disabled list with a knee injury. The 33-year-old was 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in eight turns for Triple-A Round Rock, registering 32 strikeouts against eight walks over 38 2/3 innings. Bibens-Dirkx, who didn’t face the Royals last season – his first in the majors, recorded a porous 5.97 ERA over 12 home appearances (three starts) in 2017.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Rangers served up 12 homers in the series against the Yankees.

2. Texas 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) took batting practice Wednesday for the first time since being injured on May 13 but remains unlikely to return until early June.

3. Kansas City C Salvador Perez started at first base for the first time since 2013 in Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals and belted his eighth homer of the campaign.

Mets at Brewers Preview

Off to the best 50-game start in club history, the Milwaukee Brewers look to keep rolling when they open a four-game series against the visiting New York Mets on Thursday. Milwaukee surged to the top of the National League Central by winning 10 of 13 contests and opened its 10-game homestand with a three-game sweep of Arizona.

The Brewers, who outscored the Diamondbacks 14-4 and are poised to welcome back 17-game winner Kyle Davies and outfielder Ryan Braun from the disabled list on Thursday, are trying not to get too far ahead of themselves. “This is the Cubs’ division until someone says otherwise,” Milwaukee third baseman Travis Shaw told reporters. “But we feel like we’re in a good spot now. We’re playing good. We’ll try to keep it going this weekend.” New York, which had ripped off four straight victories before dropping its last two to Miami, won two of three from the Brewers last month as part of its 12-2 start to the season. Thursday’s matchup marks the start of a rugged eight-game road trip for the Mets, who will play four each at division leaders Milwaukee and Atlanta – the teams with the two best records in the NL.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets LH Steven Matz (1-3, 4.42 ERA) vs. Brewers RH Zach Davies (2-3, 4.24)

After putting together back-to-back solid outings, Matz turned in a clunker last time out versus Arizona as he lasted only four innings while giving up four runs and six hits – including two homers. He allowed one run in each of his previous two turns, including a 2-0 loss to Colorado in which he worked a season-high six frames. Matz defeated Davies and Milwaukee on April 13 despite yielding four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Davies has been out since April 29 due to rotator cuff inflammation but was pitching well at the time of his injury, surrendering four runs over 18 innings in a span of three starts. He was rocked in two of his first three turns to open the season, including a 4 1/3-inning outing against the Mets in which he was tagged for five runs and two homers. Asdrubal Cabrera is 5-for-9 versus Davies, but Jay Bruce has recorded just one hit in 15 at-bats.

WALK-OFFS

1. Brewers 1B Jesús Aguilar drove in three runs on Wednesday, giving him nine RBIs in his last five games.

2. Mets RHP Jeurys Familia suffered his fourth blown save on Wednesday.

3. Braun (back), who has been out since May 13, was in a 3-for-29 rut at the time of his injury.

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What to cheer for in 2018 for non-Astros fans

Like the gunslingers of generations past, the Houston Astros are a force to be reckoned with out west – specifically, the American League West – and anyone who dares trifle with the reigning champs, emboldened by their first-ever World Series title and trigger-happy one-through-nine, will be swiftly vanquished.

Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ longtime general manager, knows it, too.

“I think we got a better team this year than we did last year,” Luhnow told MLB Network Radio.

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Conservatively, the Astros are going to win 95 games in 2018, and the two most prominent, publicly available projection models – FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus – have pegged them to finish closer to 100. Between Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer, and Alex Bregman, the Astros boast a trove of MVPs, recognized or not, while their ostensible worst starter, Charlie Morton, finished tied for 22nd in the majors in WAR last season, ahead of Robbie Ray and Ervin Santana – both of whom earned All-Star nominations. Tanking may be a contemptible practice, but the Astros’ burgeoning dynasty isn’t exactly a cautionary tale.

So what, then, can the rest of the AL West get up for in 2018, knowing that the Astros’ second straight division title is practically preordained? It’s still March, after all, and hope springs eternal at this time of year, but is there any reason for excitement in Anaheim, Seattle, Oakland, or Arlington? Well, of course there is!

Los Angeles Angels – Sho-time!

For the first time in years, the Angels actually have a pretty decent team behind Mike Trout thanks to a fine offseason of wheeling, dealing, and Shohei Ohtani-reeling from general manager Billy Eppler. It was so good, in fact, that the Angels, even with glaring deficiencies in their rotation, are some observers’ favorite for the second American League wild-card berth (although, in fairness, the league’s glut of non-competitive teams has helped their prospects in a big way, too).

Irrespective of their postseason chances, though, the Angels are going to be an unbelievably fun team to follow this year, seeing as they now have the game’s best player (Trout) and its most compelling attraction (Ohtani). Trout, the two-time MVP who managed a career-best 1.071 OPS (187 OPS+) in 2017, is never not entertaining, after all, and it should be both fascinating and frustrating watching manager Mike Scioscia try to incorporate Ohtani into the offense on his non-pitching days; his starts, meanwhile, at least at the outset of the campaign, will be appointment viewing, his unimpressive spring notwithstanding.

Seattle Mariners – Ichiro’s return

Typically, at this time of year, pundits are heaping praise on Jerry Dipoto for the 742 marginal moves he brokered over the preceding winter months and picking the Mariners’ as a wild-card team. This year, however, while only the most optimistic prognosticators have the Mariners sneaking into the postseason, Dipoto should be anointed Executive of the Year for repatriating Ichiro Suzuki, the 44-year-old legend who, following an extended sojourn in Miami (via New York), has returned to Seattle on a one-year deal.

Now, is there a quantitative argument to be made that Ichiro’s roster spot should go to someone who can actually improve the Mariners’ remote playoff chances? I mean, sure. But do you want to be the person who craps all over his long-awaited return to the Mariners, the club that brought him over from Japan back in 2001 and watched him bloom into an eventual first-ballot Hall of Famer? Don’t be that person. And to you, Mariners fans, rather than bemoan another middling season and the continuation of the longest playoff drought in the majors, just relish this final summer with Ichiro. Head down to Safeco early to watch him smack BP homers. Give him a standing ovation before every at-bat. Shower him with praise after every spectacular catch. Because he’ll be gone before you know it, and this time for good.

Oakland Athletics – Prospects, prospects, prospects!

Languishing in a perpetual rebuild is no way to live, and while the A’s are once again poised to field one of the worst teams in the majors in 2018, at least a few of their most prized prospects are expected to spend considerable time with the big-league club this year.

Of the three A’s prospects on the recent Top 100 list at MLB.com, for example, the most highly regarded position player, 22-year-old Franklin Barreto, has already made his big-league debut and is expected to be Oakland’s everyday shortstop this year after hitting .290/.339/.456 with 15 homers and 15 stolen bases at Triple-A in 2017. A.J. Puk, meanwhile, received at least semi-serious consideration for a rotation spot this spring despite making just 13 starts above High-A in 2017, his first full professional season, in which he struck out a whopping 34.5 percent of opposing hitters; if all goes well, the 6-foot-7 left-hander will make his A’s debut in June, after the club has manipulated his service time to the point that he won’t be eligible for a fourth year of salary arbitration. Finally, Jorge Mateo, a speedy shortstop acquired from the New York Yankees in the Sonny Gray trade, could also find himself in Oakland come July, as the 22-year-old hit .296/.357/.521 with eight homers, 14 doubles, and 10 triples with 24 stolen bases in 60 games at Double-A last season. (Honorable mention goes to roster hopeful Dustin Fowler, another gem acquired in the Gray deal, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in his MLB debut with the Yankees before getting shipped to Oakland.) It’s easy to be cynical in Oakland, of course, given the club’s track record, but the wealth of impact talent on the horizon is reason for optimism.

Texas Rangers – Beltre’s potential swan song

When it comes to the venerable elder statesmen of the AL West, Ichiro is definitely the straight man, all austere and regimented, and Adrian Beltre is his zany foil, a Cooperstown-bound goofball whose talents are (almost) as compelling as his hilarious antics. Sadly, not unlike Ichiro, Beltre’s future beyond 2018 remains murky, as he turns 39 in a few weeks and his contract expires at season’s end. If he wants to keep playing, he probably will – last year, though he played only 94 games, Beltre still managed a .915 OPS (135 OPS+) – but it’d be presumptuous to think the four-time All-Star will definitely be back in Arlington next year, swatting home runs from down on one knee and horsing around with Elvis Andrus.

As such, while Rangers fans can invest their emotional currency, if they so choose, in what’s likely to be an unrealized wild-card run, they would probably be better served just coming out to the ballpark to enjoy the terrific theater that is Beltre, a walking GIF who messes with anybody and everybody on the diamond (umpires included) and happens to have 3,048 hits and 462 home runs on his resume. And, for at least one more season, he’s all yours, Rangers fans. Cherish him.

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MLB Trade Deadline

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Latest rumors!

Baseball teas are looking to complete their shopping before the cut off transaction time of 4PM ET. Los of players are in the middle of rumors, and it all starts with the big catch of All-Star Chris Sale. The ace has apparently been linked to the Boston Red Sox beginning Sunday night. Other sources believes that there will be likely less than 5% chance of Sale being traded before the deadline. While those two possibilities are the most probable scenarios, other teams interested in the White Sox pitcher would be the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Texas Rangers. Sale presents a record of 14 wins and 4 losses in 20 starts since the beginning of the campaign, with a 3,17 earned run average.

There could also be some major additions to the Mariners roster before the deadline. They look to put their hands on Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart. He has 15 homers and 41 runs batted in this season.

Done Deals!

The New York Mets added some punch in their outfield with the acquisition of Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. The transaction should be concluded pending physical, which has been reported has hit some issues. If the deal goes through, the Reds would receive outfielder Brandon Nimmo and two prospects in return. 29 years-old, Bruce presents a batting average of ,265. He crushed 25 long balls and has 80 RBI’s since the beginning of the season. The new Mets was a highly coveted trade target during the last few days. The Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers were all in the running for the sluggers services.

The Los Angeles Dodgers made the acquisitions of outfielder Josh Reddick and lef-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the Oakland Athletics in return for a trio of promising right-handed pitchers (Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes and Frankie Montas). Hill signed a 6 million dollar contract for one season with the A’s during the off-season and his currently injured due to blisters on his left hand. The 36 years-old has a record of 9-3 with a 2,25 ERA in 14 starts this season. As for Reddick, the 29 years-old post an average of ,296 with 8 home runs and 28 RBI’s in 68 games this year.

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Fantasy Baseball MLB Preview

Baltimore Orioles vs Texas Rangers

The Baltimore Orioles are going to attempt to continue their outstanding start of the season when they face the Texas Rangers in their 4 game series Saturday night. The highlight of this game will clearly be around the performance of ex Ranger pitcher, Yovani Gallardo. This Fantasy Baseball MLB Preview 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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Yovani Gallardo finished with a 13-11 record with the Rangers last season before signing a huge $22 million dollar contract with Baltimore. The 30 year old Mexican enjoyed quite some success in Arlington, winning 8 of his 14 decisions last year that helped the Rangers into a playoff berth. He’s in 1-0 this year with his new team and was lucky earlier this week with a no decision when he allowed 5 runs and 7 hits in just 5 innings against the Red Sox.

But the Orioles have some serious offensive firepower and it was quite obvious last night when Mark Trumbo, their new off season acquisition went deep twice as he increased his home run total this season to already 5 in his last 5 games 11 RBI on top. Their second baseman Jonathan Schoop also went deep twice last night and has a hit in every game this season but one.

 

The pitcher for tonight for the Rangers will be Colby Lewis. He picked up his 1st win of the regular season this Monday when he only allowed a run and 4 hits in 6 innings during their 7-3 victory against the Mariners. He also managed to beat the Orioles last time they met but has a 2-4 record overall against them. Their rookie Nomar Mazara is 9 for 23 this season with 4 RBI in 6 contests, while center fielder, Deline DeShields has one homer and is 8 for 17. He has 4 runs scored in his last 4 games.

 

 

 

 

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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 ALDS Preview – Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays

The 1 Day Cash Draft ALDS baseball series starts on Thursday. Rivalries will be made and Fantasy Baseball managers will make a lot of cash. The competition begins with the Texas Rangers (88-74) and the Toronto Blue Jays (93-69). Both team won their respective division, but only Toronto clinched it a week earlier. The Blue Jays can count on a solid lineup of hitters. They are ranked first in the MLB home run total with 232, and 10 of them came against the Rangers. The Jays won the season series 4 out of the 6 games this year.

Potential Pitching Matchup:

Schedule Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays
October 8 3:30 PM ET

at Roger Centre

RHP Yovani Gallardo (13-11, 3.42 ERA)*

Vs Blue Jays this season (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Away this season (5-5, 3.31 ERA)

LHP David Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA)*

Vs Rangers this season (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

At Home this season (4-1, 2.61 ERA)

 

October 9 12:30 PM ET

at Roger Centre

 

LHP Cole Hamels (13-8, 3.65 ERA)*

Away this season (3-1, 3.66 ERA)

 

RHP Marcus Stroman (4-0, 1.67 ERA)*

At Home this season (2-0, 0.64 ERA)

 

October 11 8 PM ET

at Globe Life Park in Arlington

 

LHP Derek Holland (4-3, 4.91 ERA)

Vs Blue Jays this season (0-0, 6.00 ERA)

At Home this season (3-2, 5.12 ERA)

 

RHP Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13 ERA)

Vs Rangers this season (0-1, 1.50 ERA)

Away this season (7-4, 3.29 ERA)

 

October 12 TBD

at Globe Life Park in Arlington

 

RHP Colby Lewis (17-9, 4.66 ERA)

Vs Blue Jays this season (0-1, 7.20 ERA)

At Home this season (8-3, 5.07 ERA)

 

RHP R.A. Dickey (11-11, 3.91 ERA)

Away this season (2-8, 4.83 ERA)

 

October 14 TBD

at Roger Centre

 

RHP Yovani Gallardo

 

LHP David Price

(*)Confirmed

Series Value Picks:

P Yovani Gallardo – Texas Rangers – Season: 13-11, 3.42 ERA, 121 SO

Gallardo is Toronto’s kryptonite. He has never lost a game against the Jays in three start. Two of them came this year, and he didn’t even allow a run to score in 13.2 innings of work. The Mexican will pitch in the first game of the series against David Price. Toronto’s ace is 1-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 playoff games. Gallardo has the advantage in that matchup.

P Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: 4-0, 1.67 ERA, 18 SO

Stroman continued where he left off last year. He’s 4-0 with 1.67 ERA since coming back from a lengthy D.L. stint on September 12th. The young Phenom had two great start at Roger Centre this year. He has allowed 1 earned run in total in his home field. No wonder the Jays wants him to pitch the second game of the series in Toronto.

1B Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers – Season:  .305 AVG, 78 Runs, 23 HR’s, 98 RBI’s

Fielder led his team in RBI’s (98) and batting average (.305) this year. In 6 games against the Jays over the season, he was hitting .320. The big man will enter the series with 39 post- season game under his belt, just trailing teammate Mike Napoli (47) and opponent Russell Martin (40) for the most in this series.

1B Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .277 AVG, 94 Runs, 39 HR’s, 111 RBI’s

Encarnacion was impressive in the 6 games against the Rangers this year. He has scored 4 runs, knocked 4 deep flies and brought in 11 RBI’s. In their last meeting, the 32 years-old had 5 RBI’s and 2 homers. Encarnacion is ready for the playoffs as he belted 4 homers in the last 5 games of the season.

3B Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers – Season: .287 AVG, 83 Runs, 18 HR’s, 83 RBI’s

Beltre is on fire right now. He has 13 RBI’s and is batting .500 in the last week of the season. The veteran was also solid in series at home against the Blue Jays, getting an average of .333 with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s.

3B Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .297 AVG, 122 Runs, 41 HR’s, 123 RBI’s

Donaldson finished second in the league in runs batted in with 123, and first in run scored with 122. He was such an amazing player this year that he is the favorite to win the A.L. MVP award. His grit and determination will make him a definite fantasy pick in this series.

SS Troy Tulowitzki – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .280 AVG, 77 Runs, 17 HR’s, 70 RBI’s

Tulowitzki just came back from an injury that kept him out for most of September. It’s a perfect time for him to make his return because of the extra power he can bring to this team of heavy hitters. It was back in 2007 that he made it to the World Series, and 2009 was his last post-season game.

OF Shin Soo-Choo – Texas Rangers – Season: .276 AVG, 94 Runs, 22 HR’s, 82 RBI’s

Choo has bested is numbers from last year, gathering 22 home run, 82 RBI’s and a .276 batting average. At 33 years-old, he will finally get the chance to play in his first division series. The Korean blasted the ball over the fence during the NLWC back in 2013. That was his only post-season appearance.

OF Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays – Season: .250 AVG, 108 Runs, 40 HR’s, 114 RBI’s

Bautista is the only one of the three headed monster (Donaldson, Encarnacion) to have yet played in October baseball playoff. The 34 years-old has reached 40 home runs and more than a 100 RBI’s for the first time since the 2011 season.

Series Prediction: Texas Rangers in 5

 

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Today’s Top Fantasy Picks – MLB – 6-29-15

Fantasy Value Picks

Pitcher:  Wandy Rodriguez

Right Field:  Travis Snider

Designated Hitter:  Prince Fielder

Third Base:  Manny Machado

First Base:  Mitch Moreland

ShortStopElvis Andrus

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Baltimore Orioles vs Texas Rangers – 6/29/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

DAILY FANTASY SPORTSIt will be American League action over national television for Monday June 29th as the Baltimore Orioles will host the Texas Rangers from Major League Baseball. Fantasy baseball draft managers can track the scoring of their rosters from Baltimore at 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV.

The Baltimore Orioles have enjoyed recent success against the Texas Rangers by winning four straight and nine of ten games in their head to head meetings.

The Rangers have fallen to 38-38 on the year after a recent bad spell that saw the club lose seven of their past eight games to fall four games in the loss column behind the first place Houston Astros. During this bad spell the Rangers have had trouble pushing runs across as they have been held to two runs or fewer in five of those games.

Free Baseball Cash Draft Beat the StreakBaltimore is headed the opposite direction of Texas as the Orioles enter play winners of three straight and six of seven games after winning Game 1 of a doubleheader with Cleveland on Sunday afternoon. The Orioles bats have helped move the team within a game in the loss column to the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East race. Baltimore is fourth in runs scored per game (4.59), fifth in team batting (.262) and fifth in home runs (89).

Texas Rangers DH: Prince Fielder leads the everyday players of Texas with a batting average of.351 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs. He enters play on a seven game hitting streak with five straight multiple hit games. Fielder is batting .476 during this span.

Texas Rangers SS: Elvis Andrus has been hot by hitting .350 over his past seven games. He has moved his average up to .251 and has three homers with 27 RBIs season to date.

Texas Rangers 1B: Mitch Moreland cooled off on Sunday as he drew a 0 for 5. For the season Moreland is batting .298 with ten home runs and 36 RBIs. Entering Sunday Moreland was on an 8 for 20 streak. Moreland has had a good month of June by hitting .326 with five homers.

Texas Rangers RF: Shin Soo Cho is in a hitting slump as the ten year pro is 2 for his past 18 that saw his batting average dip to .225. Choo is hitting just .205 for the month of June. Season to date Choo has 8 homers and 32 RBIs.

Texas Rangers P: Wandy Rodriguez is 4-3 on the year in his twelve starts with an ERA of 4.06 and WHIP of 1.38. Rodriguez looks to improve off his worst outing of the year by giving up eight earned runs in four innings against Oakland on Wednesday. In the loss against the Athletics, Rodriguez surrendered 11 hits, 3 walks and two home runs.

1 day fantasy footballBaltimore Orioles DH: Jimmy Paredes is hitting .321 with nine homers and 36 RBIs season to date. He is having an outstanding month of June with a batting average of .338.

Baltimore Orioles 3B: 22 year old Manny Machado enters play with a batting average of .305. He has put up some impressive power numbers with 15 homers and 43 RBIs plus a slugging percentage of .524.

Baltimore Orioles CF: Adam Jones has seen his average dip down to .293 as he is 1 for his past 13 entering Monday’s game. He returned to the lineup Sunday after missing eight days with a shoulder injury.

Baltimore Orioles RF: Travis Snider has seen increased playing time in right field for Baltimore as he is batting .281 for the month of June. Snider is a bit light in the power department at.398 slugging percentage with three homers and 19 RBIs.

Baltimore Orioles 2B: Ryan Flaherty is on a nice 6 of 17 run over the past seven days with a .353 batting average with 5 RBIs.

Baltimore Orioles P: Bud Norris in ten starts sits with a record of 2-6 an ERA of 6.70 and WHIP of 1.61. He has had two horrible starts in April giving up nine and eight earned runs in just 5 1/3rd innings of work. Since that effort some good and bad outings have been sprinkled in.

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DH: Prince Fielder (Rangers)
SS: Elvis Andrus (Rangers)
P: Wandy Rodriguez (Rangers)
1B: Mitch Moreland (Rangers)
3B: Manny Machado (Orioles)
RF: Travis Snider (Orioles)

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Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers – 5/28/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSThe MLB schedule for Thursday may be light but baseball draft managers can find some value from the prime time game between the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers. One Day League fantasy players can follow their rosters on MLB Network at 8PM Eastern Time originating from Texas.

The Texas Rangers return home from a nine game road trip with a very good 7-2 record. They won each series at the Yankees, Red Sox and Indians as they combined good pitching with solid hitting and run support. They have moved to the top ten in the league in runs scored and home runs. The pitching staff still needs to improve on base runners allowed as the club ranks 28th in all of baseball with a WHIP of 1.37. Several rotation starters pegged for the Rangers this year are sitting on the DL. A total of six Texas starters are shut down right now so they had to scramble for a patch work replacements.

Boston Red Sox opened up their seven game road trip by getting swept at Minnesota. The offense has been quiet as the club pushed across a mere seven runs on the Twins pitching staff in those three games. The team ranks in the bottom third in Major League Baseball in several key hitting and pitching categories which has led the Red Sox to the bottom of the AL East division. Boston is very lucky that their division is weak so there is still time for the team to get back into contention as they sit just four games in the loss column behind the first place New York Yankees.

1 day fantasy sportsBoston Red Sox 2B: Dustin Pedroia leads the Red Sox everyday players with a batting average of .290 on the year. He has hit 7 homers with 21 RBIs. He enters play on Thursday on a seven game win streak and with two hits on Thursday Pedroia has three multiple hit games in that span.

Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts is batting .268 and has two homers and 15 RBIs for the club. Bogaerts gives MLB mock draft managers very few extra base hits as his slugging percentage is just .376. He went 0-12 against Minnesota in the three games.

Boston Red Sox 3B: Pablo Sandoval was acquired as a free agent from San Francisco in the offseason. The seven year pro is batting .265 with five homers and 17 RBIs. Sandoval has hit a slump for May as he is batting just .214 and has just one extra base hit in his past ten games.

Boston Red Sox CF: Brock Holt is getting playing time based on a .305 batting average. He has ten extra base hits so his slugging percentage of .442. He has hits in four straight and had two hits at Minnesota on Wednesday.

Boston Red Sox P: Steven Wright gets the call for Boston in the opener. He has appeared in four games with two starts and has an ERA of 3.68 with WHIP of 1.32. He is coming off a home win against the Angels as he got an out in the seventh innings before being lifted by allowing two earned runs.

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Texas Rangers DH: Prince Fielder has bounced back well from his neck injury in 2014. He leads the Rangers with a .368 batting average with 10 homers and 38 RBIs. His slugging percentage is .589. Fielder is on fire with four three hit games in four of his past five games. He has seven extra base hits in his past ten games.

Texas Rangers 3B: Adrian Beltre for the Rangers with six homers and 16 RBIs. He enters play with a five game win streak. Beltre has had a good month of May as he is batting .308.

Texas Rangers SS: Elvis Andrus is batting .245 for the Rangers with 2 homers and 17 RBIs. He is coming off a nice series against the Indians going 5 for 10 in the three game series.

Texas Rangers P: Nick Martinez is on the mound for the Rangers. He leads the staff with an ERA of 1.96 on the year. Martinez has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of ten games.

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P: Nick Martinez (Rangers)
CF: Brock Holt (Red Sox)
DH: Prince Fielder (Rangers)
3B: Adrian Beltre (Rangers)
1B: Mitch Moreland (Rangers)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)

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Boston Red Sox vs Texas Rangers – 5/20/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

1 DAY FANTASY SPORTSThe Boston Red Sox are home after a 10 game road trip and they opened a series on early this week to face the Texas Rangers. Fantasy Draft managers can tune to ESPN at 7PM Eastern Time on Wednesday May 20th from Boston to follow their rosters from Game 2 of this series.

The Red Sox returned home from a 5-5 west coast trip trailing the first place New York Yankees by 3 ½ games. Looking as their team starts things could be a lot worse. Boston has had a lack of offensive production this year landing near the bottom of the league in team batting average of .234 and with just 4 runs per game average trending in the bottom third in the league. Their pitching staff has the 28th worse ERA of the 30 teams from Major League Baseball. After beating Texas 4-3 on Tuesday the team moves just 1 game under .500 with a record of 19-20.

The Texas Rangers with the loss fell to 16-23 and occupy fourth place in the AL West division. Rangers have lost four of five games. They too trend in the bottom third of the league in many offensive and pitching categories. Just like in 2014 the team has had bad luck with injuries as four rotational starters are sitting on long term DL status. They included Matt Harrison, Nick Tepesch, Derek Holland and Yu Darvish. The team had high hopes for Martin Perez but he was lost in spring training to Tommy John surgery. They did acquire Josh Hamilton from the LA Angels and the outfielder is battling a shoulder injury and should be ready by later in the month.

1 day fantasy sportsTexas Rangers DH: Prince Fielder is in his right position as a DH because he is a liability on defense. The 31 year old leads the Rangers everyday players with a .348 batting average with five homers and 23 RBIs. For the month of May he is batting .358. He sat out most of 2014 with a neck injury.

Texas Rangers 3B: Adrian Beltre has been a solid glove at third base for 17 years in the Majors. In 2015 he is batting .258 with five home runs and 15 RBI’s which is 26 points below is career mark. He has pulled his averaged up 30 points from May 9th as he has hits in nine of his past ten game with five multi-hit games in that span.

Texas Rangers RF: Shin Soo Choo has moved his average up to .240 with 6 homers and 17 RBIs. Choo was hitting as poorly as .169 on May 9th. He has hits in nine of ten games with six multi-hit games in that span including three games where he hit safely three times.

Texas Rangers P: Phil Klein a second year man makes his first start of his career. Klein in six relief appearances this year has an ERA of 7.71 and WHIP of 1.50 in 4 2/3rd innings pitched. He has a career 3.80 ERA with WHIP of 1.18.

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Boston Red Sox 2B: No everyday .300 hitter in this lineup. Dustin Pedroia leads the team with a .280 batting average with five homers and 15 RBIs. He has multi-hit games in four of his past seven games. With 20 walks on the year he has an on base percentage of .364.

Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez is batting .276 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs. He left Tuesday’s game with a jammed left leg and is listed as day to day.

Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaaerts is carrying a .260 batting average with a homer and 12 RBIs. He has hits in four of five games but has just one extra base hit and RBI in his past ten games.

Boston Red Sox CF: Brock Holt a three year player is batting .307 with a homer and RBI. He has seen many starts the past ten games as the Red Sox hitters have been struggling.

Boston Red Sox P: Joe Kelly is coming off a good start on Thursday at Seattle where he gave up no earned runs and five hits in 6 1/3rd innings.

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P: Joe Kelly (Red Sox)
3B: Adrian Beltre (Rangers)
RF: Shin Soo Choo (Rangers)
CF: Brock Holt (Red Sox)
DH: Prince Fielder (Rangers)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)

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