August 28 MLB Rundown

Royals vs Red Sox

FanPicks has your August 28 MLB Royals versus Red Sox Sunday Preview. Begin drafting right here!

The Red Sox are hoping Eduardo Rodriguez will pick up right where he left off, as Boston remains behind the leading Blue Jays in a tight American League East race.

The left-hander was scratched from his last start due to tightness in his left hamstring. After a successful bullpen session, Rodriguez reported that he felt good. The southpaw exited his last outing against the Orioles after four no-hit innings. Rodriguez has posted a 2.52 ERA since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The defending champion Royals will counter with their 2015 World Series Game 3 pitcher: Yordano Ventura. After a rocky July, when he went 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA, the right-hander turned the page in August, posting a 2.03 ERA in five outings this month. Ventura’s rise has coincided with the rest of his team streaking up the standings, and he is 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA in his last four starts.

Red Sox Player News

Second baseman Dustin Pedroia recorded hits in 11 straight at-bats – one shy of tying the major-league record – before grounding into a double play in the eighth inning on Saturday. First baseman Travis Shaw is the only current Red Sox player to homer against Ventura. Catcher Sandy Leon is 1-for-17 in his last four games, dropping his batting average from .383 to .349.

Outfielder Mookie Betts is hitting .324/.366/.559 with 21 home runs and 73 RBI against right-handed pitching this season, and owns a 1.117 OPS over the last 14 days.

DH David Ortiz is hitting .322/.419/.682 with 26 home runs and 76 RBI against right-handed pitching this season, and owns a 1.097 OPS over the last seven days

Royals Player News

Outfielder Lorenzo Cain is hitless against Rodriguez in his career, going 0-for-6.


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August 23 MLB Rundown

Tuesday Primetime Matchups

FanPicks has your August 23 MLB rundown to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

Astros vs Pirates

Right-hander Ivan Nova will make his fourth start for the Pirates since being acquired in a trade from the Yankees. He will face rookie righty Joe Musgrove and the Astros at PNC Park. Cuban slugger Yulieski Gurriel is expected to make his first start in the field for Houston after sitting out Monday’s game.

Nationals vs Orioles

Nationals rookie Reynaldo Lopez will have a new challenge when he faces the Orioles at Camden Yards. Lopez has dominated in two starts since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse earlier this month, allowing two earned runs in 14 innings while striking out 13.

Angels vs Blue Jays

The Blue Jays and Angels will meet for the first time this season when knuckleballer R.A. Dickey takes the mound vs. lefty Tyler Skaggs at Rogers Centre. Dickey hit a rough patch in July, but he has since bounced back with a total of six earned runs over his last three starts.

Red Sox vs Rays

The Rays are among the hottest teams and will have a chance to continue their winning ways against the Red Sox with their ace on the mound at Tropicana Field. Chris Archer is in the midst of his best month and has lowered his ERA in each of his past six starts.

Royals vs Marlins

Right-hander Yordano Ventura will face Miami for the first time in his career. He’s pitched in four straight Royals wins, and hasn’t yielded more than three runs in an outing since July 3. Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki is three hits shy of passing Wade Boggs (3,010) for 27th on the all-time hit list.

Rangers vs Reds

Rangers lefty Derek Holland will come off the disabled list and start for the first time since June 20th. He will faces the Reds at The Great American Ball Park. Holland will be going up against one of the hottest pitchers in the National League, right-hander Dan Straily. Straily has won his past five decisions, and he is 5-0 with a 2.25 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break.

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MLB Baseball Cash Draft Primetime Top Picks

June 17th 2016

Friday’s MLB baseball cash draft top picks (Play Now):

Player Pos Team OPP Last 2 Games FP Avg Last 4 Games FP Avg Last 10 Games FP Avg
Zach Davies P MIL @LAD 45.5 35.9 23.3
Jon Gray P COL @MIA 38.8 28 25.3
Edwin Encarnacion 1B TOR @BAL 36 40.5 23.4
Matt Harvey P NYM ATL 35.7 19.2 22.3
Christian Friedrich P SD WAS 33.3 29.4 16.6
Jose Quintana P CWS @CLE 27.3 25.8 31.8
Cole Hamels P TEX @STL 27.3 29.6 31
Joe Ross P WAS @SD 26.3 27.4 25
Robbie Ray P ARI @PHI 25.7 23.6 23.9
Kevin Pillar OF TOR @BAL 25.5 21.6 16.2
Robinson Chirinos C TEX @STL 24.7 15.3 11
Yordano Ventura P KC DET 24 19.1 17.4
Victor Martinez 1B DET @KC 21.8 14.7 11.8
Adam Jones OF BAL TOR 20.3 23.6 15.3
DJ LeMahieu 2B COL @MIA 18.8 16.6 14.4
Aaron Hill 3B MIL @LAD 17 11.9 7.5
Jonathan Villar SS MIL @LAD 16.7 14.9 9.4
Wil Myers 1B SD WAS 14.5 13.3 20.2
Michael Martinez OF CWS @CLE 12.8 8.9 5
Trayce Thompson OF LAD MIL 12.3 8.5 9

Friday Primetime Matchups

Toronto vs Baltimore 7:05 PM Aaron Sanchez vs Mike Wright
Arizona vs Philadelphia 7:05 PM Robbie Ray vs Adam Morgan
Seattle vs Boston 7:10 PM Hisashi Iwakuma vs Roenis Elias
Chicago vs Cleveland 7:10 PM Jose Quintana vs Trevor Bauer
Atlanta vs New York 7:10 PM John Gant vs Matt Harvey
Colorado vs Miami 7:10 PM Jon Gray vs Adam Conley
San Francisco vs Tampa Bay 7:10 PM Jeff Samardzija vs Chris Archer
New York vs Minnesota 8:10 PM Masahiro Tanaka vs Pat Dean
Cincinnati vs Houston 8:10 PM John Lamb vs Lance McCullers
Detroit vs Kansas City 8:15 PM Michael Fulmer vs Yordano Ventura
Texas vs St. Louis 8:15 PM Cole Hamels vs Michael Wacha
Los Angeles vs Oakland 9:35 PM Matt Shoemaker vs Kendall Graveman
Milwaukee vs Los Angeles 10:10 PM Zach Davies vs Julio Urias
Washington vs San Diego 10:40 PM Joe Ross vs Christian Friedrich
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Kansas City Royals versus New York Mets MLB World Series Game 3 Fantasy League Picks 10-30-2015

The New York Mets will now be at home for Game 3 of the World Series as they meet the Kansas City Royals. MLB draft GM’s can tune to FOX TV on Friday October 30th at 8PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.


Mets/Royals Game 2 Recap:

The Kansas City Royals took a 2-0 series lead in the best of seven World Series after their 7-1 home victory to the New York Mets. It was all about the big inning for the Royals as they pushed across four runs in the fifth and three runs in the eighth inning in their victory. KC had a great outing by right hander Johnny Cueto has he pitched a complete game nine innings as he allowed just one earned run and two hits. Kansas City had base runners on all night as they left runs on the table with 18 runners left on base.


New York was hoping for a better outing from Jacob DeGrom but the right hander was lit up for four earned runs, six hits with three walks over five innings of work. Left hander Jon Niese in relief gave up for three earned runs which allowed the Royals to get some margin on the Mets in the late innings. With Game 3 of the World Series in a National League park there will be no DH in this game.


Kansas City Royals SS:


Alcides Escobar


The Royals shortstop is batting .364 in the playoffs with a homer and eight RBIs. He is hitting over .100 points higher than he did in the regular season. He has hits in ten straight games.


Kansas City Royals 1B:


Eric Hosmer


The first baseman had the game winning RBI in Game 1. He returned with another two RBI performance in Game 2 as he had a two hit night. Hosmer is batting .231 in the playoffs but has been productive with his 12 hits in the postseason with 15 RBIs.


Kansas City Royals LF:


Alex Gordon


Gordon had a hit with an RBI with two walks in Game 2. He also scored two runs in the win. The KC outfielder is batting .256 in the playoffs with two homers and five RBIs. Alex Gordon has hits in eight of his past nine playoff games.


Kansas City Royals P:


Yordano Ventura


The Royals right hander is 0-1 in his four playoff starts with an ERA of 5.09 and WHIP of 1.58. Opponents are batting .278 against Ventura in the postseason. He last worked on October 23rd and allowed one earned run and four hits over 5 1/3rd innings of work as he received a no decision in a 4-3 home victory to Toronto.


New York Mets 1B:


Lucas Duda


The Mets first baseman has moved his batting average up to .270 in the playoffs with a homer and seven RBIs. He has had two hits in each of the first two World Series games and has multiple hits in three straight post season games.


New York Mets 2B:


Daniel Murphy


Murphy leads the Mets in the playoffs with a batting average of .383 with seven homers and 11 RBIs. He finally had a hitless game in the postseason as he goes 0 for 2 in Game 2 with two walks and a run scored.


New York Mets 3B:


David Wright


The veteran third baseman drew a 0 for 4 in Game 2. He had the game losing error in the opener. He brings a .171 playoff batting average entering Friday night.


New York Mets LF:


Yoenis Cespedes


Cespedes has had some glove issues in the World Series on defense. His average is .227 in the playoffs with two homers and seven RBIs. He is 1 for 10 in the playoffs.


New York Mets P:


Noah Syndergaard


The Mets right hander has appeared in three playoff games and is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.77 and WHIP of 1.08. He worked in the NLCS on October 18th and allowed one earned run and three hits over 5 2/3rd innings in a 4-1 home victory.


MLB World Series Game 3 Fantasy Picks


P: Noah Syndergaard (Mets)

2B: Daniel Murphy (Mets)

RF: Curtis Granderson (Mets)

1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals)

LF: Alex Gordon (Royals)

SS: Alcides Escobar (Royals)

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 23rd 2015

Toronto Blue Jays versus Kansas City Royals MLB ALCS Game 6 Fantasy Preview 10-23-2015

It will be a Game 6 of the Major League Baseball playoffs ALCS as the Kansas City Royals will host the Toronto Blue Jays. DFS MLB draft managers can tune to Fox Sports 1 TV on Friday night October 23rd at 8PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their fantasy baseball one day league draft picks.

The KC Royals will be looking for the series clincher in this series as they hold a 3-2 lead. Toronto was facing elimination in Game 5 but forced the series back to Kansas City with the 7-1 victory at home on Wednesday. The Royals won Game 1 and Game 2 at home by the scores of 5-0 and 6-3.

In the Toronto victory in Game 5 the team collected eight hits and got a good pitching performance by Marco Estrada who worked 7 2/3rd innings and allowed one earned run and three hits. The Royals threw Edinson Volquez in Game 5 and the right hander lasted just five innings as he allowed five earned runs and three hits. Volquez walked four batters in the loss. Ironically in his three post season starts he has walked four batters in each game. Volquez spent several years with the San Diego Padres as he broke into Major League Baseball and had good stuff but struggled constantly with his control.

Toronto Blue Jays CF:

Kevin Pillar

The Blue Jays center fielder is batting .300 in the playoffs with a homer and six RBIs. He had two hits in the home win against KC in Game 5 with an RBI. Pillar has four multiple hits in his past eight games.

Toronto Blue Jays 1B:

Chris Colabello

Colabello had a home run in the victory on Wednesday. He is batting .286 with two homers and three RBIs.

Toronto Blue Jays 3B:

Josh Donaldson

The Blue Jays slugger had a hit with two runs in the win in Game 5. Donaldson has hits in five straight and eight of nine games. He has three homers and eight RBIs in the playoffs.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

David Price

Price has not had post season success. In three playoff appearances he is 1-2 with an ERA of 7.02 and WHIP of 1.14. He worked at Kansas City on October 17th and allowed five earned runs and six hits over 6 2/3rd innings in a 6-3 road loss.

Kansas City Royals SS:

Alcides Escobar

The Royals shortstop is leading the club with a postseason batting average of .400 with five RBIs. He hits in nine straight.

Kansas City Royals P:

Yordano Ventura

The KC right hander is 0-1 in the playoffs in three starts with an ERA of 6.57 and WHIP of 1.78. He faced Toronto on October 17th and allowed three earned runs and eight hits over 5 1/3rd innings in a 6-3 home victory.

Mets Will Have Pitching Rotation on Full Rest When World Series Starts on Tuesday October 27th

The New York Mets took care of their business in a four game sweep against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The World Series will begin in the American League Park on Tuesday which means that manager Terry Collins will have a full five days rest to get ready for his AL opponent and offers rest for his young pitching staff. The Game 1 starter figures to be Jacob DeGrom and would be expected to throw in Game 5. The big question is would Collins go with Matt Harvey in Game 2 or Noah Syndergaard. With Steven Matz figured to go in Game four that means the Game 3 starter would be on the mound in a deciding Game 7 if it is necessary in a winner take all scenario.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 17th 2015

Chicago Cubs versus New York Mets Game 1 MLB NLCS Fantasy Preview 10-17-2015

The NLCS begins on Saturday October 18th as its Game 1 between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. Fantasy baseball draft GMs can tune to TBS TV at 7:30PM Eastern Time to track the results of their roster picks.

The Mets qualified for the NLCS after disposing of the LA Dodgers in five games. They win a deciding fifth game at Dodgers Stadium on Thursday by the score of 3-2. The Cubs were able to dispose of the St Louis Cardinals in four games as Chicago earned the 6-4 victory in the series clincher on Tuesday at home in Chicago. The Cubs and Mets have met seven times during the regular season with Chicago winning all seven games. The Cubs pitching staff put on a dominating effort limiting New York to one run or fewer in five of the seven games.

Chicago Cubs LF:

Chris Coghlan

The Cubs don’t have much history facing Harvey over their careers. Coghlan stands out as he is 3 for 8 life time against the Mets starter with two RBIs.

Chicago Cubs P:

Jon Lester

On the year the Cubs left hander is 11-12 with an ERA of 3.34 and WHIP of 1.12. He had a start in the NLDS at St Louis and went 7 1/3rd innings and gave up three earned runs in a 4-0 road loss at St Louis.

New York Mets RF:

Curtis Granderson

New York Mets 1B:

Lucas Duda

The Mets first baseman is 2 for 6 life time against Lester with a home run.

Curtis Granderson has a long history against Lester in his career. In 44 at bats Granderson is batting .273 with two homers and four RBIs.

New York Mets P:

Matt Harvey

The Mets right hander on the season is 13-8 in his 29 starts with an ERA of 2.71 and WHIP of 1.02. He worked Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers and allowed two earned runs and seven hits over five innings in a 13-7 home victory to the LA Dodgers.

Toronto Blue Jays versus Kansas City Royals Game 2 MLB ALCS Fantasy Baseball Preview 10-17-2015

This will be Game 2 of the ALCS series. It was the Kansas City Royals behind a great six innings no run performance by Edinson Volquez as they posted the 5-0 victory to take 1-0 lead in this best of seven series. The outstanding Royals bullpen shut out the power hitting Blue Jays the rest of the way to their victory.

Toronto Blue Jays RF:

Jose Bautista

Not too much history for Blue Jays hitters battling Ventura. Jose Bautista stands out with a 3 for 5 against Ventura with a homer and RBI.

Toronto Blue Jays P:

David Price

The Blue Jays left hander is 18-5 on the year with an ERA of 2.45 and WHIP of 1.08. He faced Texas twice in the ALDS and allowed a total of eight earned runs and eleven hits over ten innings of work as he went 1-1 in those two playoff games.

Kansas City Royals RF:

Alex Rios

The KC Royals have had good success hitting David Price with a Team Batting average of .293. Royal’s right fielder Alex Rios has crushed Price by batting .400 against him with two homers and ten RBIs in 30 at bats.

Kansas City Royals P:

Yordano Ventura

The KC right hander is 13-8 in his 28 starts on the season with an ERA of 4.08 and WHIP of 1.30. Ventura faced the Astros twice in the playoffs and allowed a total of six earned runs and eight hits over seven innings of work.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy News October 8th 2015

Houston Astros versus Kansas City Royals Game 1 ALDS MLB Playoffs Cash League Fantasy Preview 10-8-2015

The Houston Astros will wheel back after one day of rest to meet the Kansas City Royals from Game 1 of their ALDS best of five series. Fantasy baseball draft GM’s can tune to Fox Sports 1 on Thursday October 8th at 7:30PM Eastern Time from Kansas City to track the performance of their roster picks.

The Houston Astros were an AL Wildcard entrant and had to travel to Yankees Stadium to face New York in a one game playoff. The Astros got an outstanding six innings of work from left hander Dallas Keuchel as Houston wins 3-0 to advance to the ALDS. The Astros bullpen allowed no hits and no runs in the final three innings of this game. The Astros are second in Major League Baseball in home runs this year and the Astros got two long balls in the victory.

The Kansas City Royals finished with the best record in the American League with a record of 95-67. They closed strong with a five game winning streak to finish with a better record than Toronto to have home field advantage in both the ALDS and ALCS. This Royals team is third best in MLB in team batting as they hit .269 on the season. They rank just 24th in quality starts because the bullpen is very strong for Kansas City it doesn’t require the starters to go far into games.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

The Astros right fielder had a double in the win against the Yankees. Springer has hit better on the road than at home this year. George Springer is batting .319 on the road with seven homers and 18 RBIs. He is hot in October with a .429 batting average.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve

Altuve concluded play in the regular season leading the everyday players for Houston with a .313 batting average with 15 homers and 66 RBIs. He had a key hit with an RBI in the 3-0 win at the New York Yankees on Monday. A negative is the Astros second baseman is hitting just .143 against Ventura in his career.

Houston Astros DH:

Evan Gattis

The power hitting DH has 27 homers and 88 RBIs on the year with a .246 batting average. He is 1 for 3 life time against Ventura with a triple. Gattis has batted just .217 on the road this year.

Houston Astros P:

Collin McHugh

In 32 starts in 2015 McHugh is 19-7 with an ERA of 3.89 and WHIP of 1.28. He didn’t face the Royals this season. McHugh was 10-2 following the All Star Game.

Kansas City Royals CF:

Lorenzo Cain

Cain led the Royals everyday hitters with a .307 batting average with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. His batting average is .335 at home with 46 RBIs. Cain hit .350 against Astros pitching this year.

Kansas City Royals 1B:

Eric Hosmer

The Royals first baseman batted .297 on the year with 18 homers and 93 RBIs. He hits .311 at home with 49 RBIs. He does look to break a 2 for 15 slump for the month of October.

Kansas City Royals DH:

Kendrys Morales

The 32 year old veteran hit .290 on the season with 22 homers and 106 RBIs. He is 0 for 5 life time against McHugh.

Kansas City Royals P:

Yordano Ventura

The KC right hander is 13-8 with an ERA of 4.08 and WHIP of 1.30. In one start against Houston this year Ventura is 1-0 as he allowed one earned run over seven innings of work.

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