Daily Archives: April 15, 2016

Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For Draft Kings 4/16/16

P- Max Scherzer (vs. Philadelphia Phillies): $13,100. Scherzer is a no brainer for Saturday. He has faced the Phillies lineup over 97 at bats and he has held them to a .175 opposing batting average with 28 strikeouts. Scherzer holds a career strikeout rate of 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings, which is what makes him so attractive in daily fantasy. Even if Scherzer doesn’t have a great day, he still has the ability to put up double digit strikeouts, which will help make up any possible damage. The Phillies have struck out the 7th most out of any Major League Baseball team, so this bodes well for Scherzer. Another plus for Scherzer is his success at CitizensBank Ballpark (Philadelphia Phillies home field). In 14 total innings on CitizensBank’s mound, Scherzer has posted a 1.93 ERA and 15 strikeout. He comes at a hefty price, but the point return will outweigh the cost.

P- Jared Weaver (vs. Minnesota Twins): $6,700. Another day and another daily fantasy choice of a pitcher starting against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins offense has been absolutely brutal since the start of the season. They are in dead last for runs scored and they have struck out the 5th most out of any Major League team. Weaver started off the season strong against the Texas Ranger after throwing six innings giving up one earned run, walking one, and striking out four. In 121 career at bats against Weaver, the Twins offense is hitting .256 with only one home run. Bad career numbers mixed with a terrible offensive cold streak is not a good combination for the Twins offense.

 

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Major League Baseball Honors An American Hero, Jackie Robinson

Today, April 15th, Major League Baseball honors a baseball hero named Jackie Robinson. Not only is he a baseball icon, but he is an American hero. Jackie Robinson will forever be remembered as the first professional baseball player to break the color barrier during an incredibly hard time period. Jackie Robinson made his professional debut on April 15th, 1947, which is why today is so special to baseball history. He was the first African American ball player in the modern baseball era and broke the segregation barrier of baseball that lasted over 80 years. Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and played 10 years. During his 10 year career, he hit .311 with 137 home runs, 734 RBI’s, 947 runs, 197 stolen bases, and a .409 OBP. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

 

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Will Justin Masterson be another Pirates Masterpiece?

With the latest addition, the Pittsburgh Pirates will have to do some maneuvering to accommodate all of their starting pitching depth.

 

Consistency, it’s not the first term that would be used to describe Justin Masterson, who was signed a few hours ago to a minor league deal by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  You can find his full career stats as part of Jason Rollison’s initial thoughts here.  Drafted in the second round of the 2006 amateur draft, Masterson has yet to fulfill the top of the rotation potential that made him so highly regarded early in his career.

It started out bright when he made his major league debut on April 24, 2008 with the Red Sox against the Los Angeles Angels.  He allowed one run over six innings in that start.  That year, Masterson would go on to post a 3.67 ERA over nine starts and a 2.36 ERA as a reliever.  For his career, he holds a 4.42 ERA as a starter and a 3.17 ERA as a reliever.  Both sound equally bad, but in baseball, statistics are only half of the story.

For his entire career, Masterson has been treated as a swing man capable of starting or coming out of the bullpen.  He has only had two season in which he was exclusively used as a starter.  That approach can be mentally and emotionally taxing on a pitcher, especially one expected to be an up and coming superstar in the sport when he made his debut.

 

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DFS Picks For FanDuel – 4/15/16

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Josh Robbins (Featured Fantasy Writer/60ft6in.com) 

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Hi, my name is Josh Robbins.  I would like to share my Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) strategy with you throughout the MLB season during weekdays.  Fanduel is my preferred game of skill.

Welcome to the 2nd week of the 2016 MLB season.

3-Strikes: Here’s what you expect from my daily articles:

My Top 3 Starting Pitchers (aces, mid-level, bargain)

My Top 3 Stacking Options (multiple players from the same team)

My Top 3 BVP (Batter vs. Pitcher) Options

APRIL 15, 2016

Starting Pitchers 

1. Clayton Kershaw ($12800) vs. San Francisco Giants

2. Luis Severino ($8500) vs. Seattle Mariners

3. Joe Ross ($7200) vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Player Stacks/Team Offense

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Rick Porcello

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Jeff Locke

Los Angeles Angels vs. Tommy Milone

BVP (Minimum 10 AB)

1. Justin Smoak vs.

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Cubs and White Sox had Different Offseason Strategies, But Could Experience a Similar Summer

The journey toward fielding a competitive baseball team can happen in a multitude of ways, but as long as winning is the result, the other details will take care of themselves.

A perfect example of this is what’s going on in Chicago right now with the Cubs and White Sox.

Based on their young roster and improvements made over the winter, the Cubs are a popular pick to win this year’s World Series. Predictions be damned, they still have to go out and prove it. Even though the season is barely two weeks old, the results have been excellent. Chicago’s National League squad is entering Friday’s game against the Colorado Rockies with an MLB-best 8-1 record.

Meanwhile, the White Sox have seemingly flown under the radar in their own city with an equally impressive 7-2 record. At the moment, they’re tied for first place in the competitive AL Central with the Kansas City Royals.

The schedule is 162 games long for a reason and what happens over the first couple weeks brings no guarantee for the remainder of the year. Still, it’s interesting to see how these two Chicago teams have taken completely different routes with regard to roster construction and on-field play before seeing similar results through nine games.

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Who Owned Baseball April 14, 2016 (Daily MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Jaime Garcia threw a masterful one hit shutout, walking one and striking out 13 Brewers and earned the 7-0 win for St. Louis. (All due respect for Vince Velasquez and his masterpiece.)

Wilson Ramos went 2 for 3 with a homer and a pair of RBI, helping the Nationals keep the Braves winless, 6-2.

Ian Kennedy dominated the Astros with 7 innings of 2 hit, 1 run ball, striking out 7 and earned the 6-2 decision for the World Champion Royals.

Nick Castellanos singled, doubled and homered, driving in 4 and led the Tigers past Pittsburgh, 7-4.

They all owned baseball on April 14, 2016.

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Series Preview: Detroit Tigers (6-2, 4-0A, .5 G B) At Houston Astros (3-7, 1-3 H, 2.5GB)

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The Tigers continue on the road after taking 3 of 4, including 2 of 2 in Pittsburgh from the Pirates and trail only the White Sox and KC by a half game in what is shaping up to be a tough AL Central.  The offense continues to carry the team ranking in the top 6 in the Majors in key offensive categories.  Mike Pelfrey and Justin Verlander look to bounce back after terrible starts in their previous outings.

The Astros won’t be sneaking up on anyone this year, although off to a slow start and losing 3 in a row to the Royals.  The young promising offense hasn’t started to go yet, although rookie Tyler White and superstar to be shortstop Carlos Correa aren’t to blame.  The pitching howerver is to blame, where the team ranks in the bottom 6 in the Majors for things like earned run average, Whip, and average against.

Series @ Minute Maid Park
4/15 8:10p – Mike Pelrey (0-1, 14.73 ERA) vs. Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 3.55 ERA)

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 15, 2016

MLB Reports

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My GOD these hats are terrible. How hard is it to make decent hats?

And the Diamondbacks look horrible in their gray unis. This is nuts.

It is an ugly in many ways episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Jamie Garcia, Wilson Ramos, Ian Kennedy, Nick Castellanos, Drew Pomeranz, Brandon Belt, Ervin SantanaandJose Altuve all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

See the updated listing of WOB on MLB REPORTS

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