Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – October 1st 2015

MLB regular season is almost over and Daily Fantasy Baseball playoffs is starting to take shape. The Blue Jays are going back to the post-season after clinching the division for the first time since 1993, the year they won their second World Series. The way things are going for the Jays this year has been no shortage of incredible. The National League playoff picture is set. The Cardinals win over the Pirates last night gave them the division crown. So now the Cards, Dodgers and Mets all clinched their division while the Bucs will face Jake Arrieta and the Cubs for the Wild Card game.

A day after his A’s “big three” teammate (Barry Zito) made his possible final start, Tim Hudson is ready to make is last career start in the MLB. The active leader in wins will brush it out against Dodgers starter Brett Anderson in San Francisco. His incredible career holds being the 2000 season leader in wins and being a 2014 World Series champion. Can any rookie pitcher follow up in his footstep? Let’s find out in today’s Fantasy Baseball hot picks.

P Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins

Season: 5 W, 1 L, 3.14 ERA, 47 Ks, 19 BBs

The Twins are still chasing the final playoff spot for a four way race with the Angels, Astros, and Yankees. They turn to their sensational rookie to help them go there against Cleveland. Duffey is 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 8 starts. Back in August, he limited the Indians to 1 hit and no earned run during 6 innings of work. It’s his best performance of the season. A repeat could be in the books.

C Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season:  .239 AVG, 16 HRs, 47 RBIs, 43 Runs

Grandal saw his numbers drop in the last few month. He started the year at an incredible pace, hitting 12 homers in the first three month. He has had 4 since. The Cuban needs to hit like he did before if he hopes to keep his starting job in Los Angeles.

1B Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

Season: .266 AVG, 10 HRs, 66 RBIs, 68 Runs, 2 SBs

Mauer knocked a home run in the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Tribe. He’s hitting .357 with a homer and 3 RBIs against Indians starter Trevor Bauer. As the team star, he’ll need to make a difference when playoffs implications counts the most.

2B Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .213 AVG, 8 HRs, 38 RBIs, 37 Runs, 1 SB

Utley has faced Tim Hudson the most during his career. It’s like they have a special bond together. Utley will want to get the most out of their final matchup.

3B Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins

Season: .245 AVG, 22 HRs, 85 RBIs, 74 Runs, 2 SBs

Plouffe had a hit in every game in the current series against the Indians. He belted one over the fence  for 2 runs in the series opener. Now it’s time for the finale.

SS Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .269 AVG, 2 HRs, 42 RBIs, 71 Runs, 14 SBs

Aybar is on a six game hitting streak. He has been doing his part as the leadoff hitter, getting on base. He is also hitting .327 against Texas Rangers starter Derek Holland. With heavy hitters like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols behind him, it is safe to bet he will score a lot.

OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .299 AVG, 41 HRs, 89 RBIs, 101 Runs, 11 SBs

Trout was 3-for-3 yesterday, while smashing his 41st homer of the season. Despite this, the Angels lost against the Athletics. A win today for the halos would increase their chances of making it to October. They will need a repeat from their star outfielder who is batting .345 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs.

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

Season: .243 AVG, 22 HRs, 80 RBIs, 67 Runs, 2 SBs

Hunter has an average of .429 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs against Cleveland’s starter Trevor Bauer. He will build off the success he had yesterday during the first game of a doubleheader, where he hit a base clearing double for 3 RBIs.

OF Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds

Season: .225 AVG, 26 HRs, 86 RBIs, 71 Runs, 9 SBs

Bruce had 7 homers in the month of September. It’s the most he had in a single month all year.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins

C Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

1B Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

2B Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

3B Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins

SS Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels

OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

OF Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds

 

 

 

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – September 30th 2015

What a day to play daily fantasy baseball. There are three doubleheaders happening today, because of the rain canceling games last night. First off, the Cards will not only have one but two opportunities to clinch the National League Central crown against the Bucs. St. Louis could win their 3rd straight title for the 2nd time in history. Two pitchers inching closer to the 20 win mark will go at it in the first game. I’m talking about Michael Wacha and Gerrit Cole, who both came out as big surprises this year. Also in the program today is the game between the A’s and Halo’s. Barry Zito, who will be pitching for the A’s on a three game rest, will perhaps play his final game in the Major League Baseball. He had an illustrious career, winning the Cy-Young award back in 2002 and being a World Series champion in 2012. Like Zito was back in the 2000s, let see who the hot picks for today DFS contest are.

P Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals

Season: 17 W, 6 L, 3.15 ERA, 149 Ks, 54 BBs

Wacha was intended to pitch yesterday, but the rain happened and now the game has been pushed to today. He could become the first pitcher in the majors, under the age of 25 to win 18 games since Joe Magrane in 1989. The Cardinals will try to clinch top spot in the division and be done with it as early as possible, so a lot of run support should be expected coming in the first game to support the youngster.

C Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians

Season:  .229 AVG, 12 HRs, 44 RBIs, 37 Runs

Gomes and the Tribes will be part of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. The catcher had success against both of today’s opposing starters, Kyle Gibson and Mike Pelfrey. He totaled 3 home runs and 6 RBIs with an average of .417 in 17 at-bats between the two pitchers.

1B Justin Morneau – Colorado Rockies

Season: .312 AVG, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 17 Runs

Morneau has been of fire during the month of September with 2 triples, 3 RBIs and a .351 average. So to close it out, he will face Arizona’s pitcher Chase Anderson. The Canadian has had success against Anderson, hitting .400 with 1 homer and 3 RBIs.

2B Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

Season: .282 AVG, 20 HRs, 76 RBIs, 79 Runs, 2 SBs

Cano is on a 12 game hitting streak. He has a total of 4 homer run in that stretch. That includes a two-run dinger that he knocked yesterday. He will look to extend this streak against underwhelming Scott Kazmir.

3B Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

Season: .281 AVG, 21 HRs, 77 RBIs, 70 Runs, 1 SB

Moustakas is having his best season yet. He came out clutch for the Royals during last Thursday matchup with the Mariners, going 3-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBIs to allow his team to clinch the American League Central division. “Moose” is batting a career .314 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs against pitcher Jose Quintana.

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

Season: .324 AVG, 7 HRs, 81 RBIs, 81 Runs, 10 SBs

Bogaerts and the Red Sox have been on a roll in the past week. Boston has won 5 in a row and Bogaerts has been hitting .364 with 4 runs and 2 RBIs in that span. The Red Sox will try to spoil the New York’s chance to win their 10,000 regular season victory once again in Yankee Stadium.

OF Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

Season: .334 AVG, 41 HRs, 96 RBIs, 117 Runs, 6 SBs

The Washington National have failed to reach expectations this season. Only Bryce Harper has been able to keep this team strong. But one player can only do so much in a team sport. The perennial MVP showed pitcher William Perez how good he is in their only confrontation, smashing one over the fence for 3 runs. Let see what Harper can do with multiple at-bats against the Venezuelan.

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

Season: .242 AVG, 22 HRs, 77 RBIs, 67 Runs, 2 SBs

The 40 years-old Hunter has elevated his power numbers, but it comes at the expense of his average. He has never played a full season batting under .250, until this year. His home run total has greatly increased though, and it’s the first time since 2011 that he has more than 20. “Spiderman” will have the chance to play in two games today for the Twins, or at least one.

OF Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .299 AVG, 14 HRs, 51 RBIs, 53 Runs, 2 SBs

Ethier had a triple and 2 RBI’s in the division clinching win against the Giants yesterday. His batting average started to rise again after the all-star break, and now he is almost back at the .300 ceiling. Ethier will have no problem today against Mike Leake. He has 2 homers and 6 RBIs with a.389 average when facing Leake.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals

C Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians

1B Justin Morneau – Colorado Rockies

2B Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners

3B Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

SS Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox

OF Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

OF Andre Ethier – Los Angeles Dodgers

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LA Angels Making a Move in the AL Wildcard Race as They Sweep the Twins on Saturday

The LA Angels have underperformed for much of the 2015 season and has been one of Major League Baseball’s biggest disappointments. They have a huge payroll with stars but the supporting cast has been labeled as scrubs by some in the media. The joke around baseball is that the Angels are a Stars and Scrubs team. After a rainout in this series with the Twins the Angels had to play a doubleheader on Saturday and came away with the 4-3 and 5-2 victory in the twin bill. The Angels are 4 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West division race with just 14 games remaining. In the AL Wildcard race the Angels are now just 1 ½ games back of the slumping Houston Astros. The Minnesota Twins are 75-73 and the losses were costly as the club is now down 2 ½ games for the final AL Wildcard. This series are like playoff games for both teams.

Carlos Perez:

The Angels catcher has been hot batting .378 for the month of September. On Saturday he had two hits in the 4-3 win at Minnesota. He has multiple hits in three straight games.

Mike Trout:

The talented center fielder leads the Angels everyday hitters with a .291 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He had a home run in Game 2 of the doubleheader as he looks to improve from a .259 batting average for the month of September.

Albert Pujols:

The veteran had a two hit game with two RBIs in the Game 2 victory for the Angels. Pujols has batted just .239 for the season with 35 homers and 85 RBIs. It has been a horrible month of September for the 35 year old as he bats just .161.

Erick Aybar:

The Angels shortstop had a successful doubleheader going 4 for 9 with two stolen bases and a run scored. He has moved is average up to .270 with two homers and 38 RBIs. His bat began cool in September but has picked up steam the past four games.

Andrew Heaney:

In his first season with the Angels Andrew Heaney is 6-3 with an ERA of 3.30 and WHIP of 1.15. In his start in Game 1 Heaney threw six innings and allowed two earned runs and two hits.

Garrett Richards:

Richards has started 29 games in the 2015 campaign and is 14-11 with an ERA of 3.73 and WHIP of 1.24. He bounced back after a poor outing on September 14th at Seattle where he allowed four earned runs in five innings with four walks in defeat. In Game 2 of the doubleheader Richards came in with a huge effort tossing 8 2/3rd innings against the Twins by allowing two earned runs and five hits. He still had issues with walks as he allowed four on Saturday. Richards has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his past four starts.

Torii Hunter:

The veteran outfielder has been hot with a .417 batting average over his past seven days. In the doubleheader Hunter went 3 for 8 with a run scored. Hunter has multiple hits in six of his past ten games.

Miguel Sano:

The Twins DH extended his hitting streak to seven games with a hit in Game 1 and Game 2 of the doubleheader. He had a home run in Game 1. His batting average is now up to .279 with 17 homers and 49 RBIs.

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