Daily Archives: May 31, 2016

Xander Bogaerts Is Becoming An Elite Option For Fantasy Baseball Owners

In case you haven’t been following baseball news recently, Xander Bogaerts extended his hit streak to 24 games on Tuesday night. The Red Sox shortstop has been making headlines throughout the entire 2016 season. He is one of main reasons the Red Sox are currently 32-20 and in first place in the American League Central.

 

Throughout the first 50 games of 2016, Bogaerts is leading the American League in hits and batting average. He is currently batting .350, with 76 hits, six home runs, 30 RBIs, 42 runs, seven stolen bases, and a .401 OBP.

 

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Milwaukee Brewers Week in Review – May 24-30

The week in review: The Milwaukee Brewers went 5-2 over this past week (Tuesday to Monday).  They swept the Atlanta Braves on the road (2-1, 3-2, 6-2) and then won two of three from the Reds at home (9-5 and 5-4 wins, 7-6 loss).  They played at home on Memorial Day against the St. Louis Cardinals but suffered a shutout, 6-0.

 

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Michael Brantley’s May & Cumulative 2016 #s + DL Updates

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Michael Brantley’s May 2016 #s

May did not turn out how anybody had hoped for Michael. while i think we were all aware that he wouldn’t be able to play a “full” month, no one was prepared for the shoulder inflammation setback he suffered, which landed him on the 15-Day DL and kept him there past his potential activation date (May 25). it’s currently unknown when he’ll be back playing with the Indians again, and it’s anyone’s guess as to whether he can sustain the remainder of the season without another stint on the disabled list once he does return.

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Michael Brantley’s 2016 #s Through May

this blog contains Michael’s 2016 season numbers through the month of May. it follows the same format as my monthly blogs, except the sections have been rearranged and some have been omitted. also, due to Michael’s lack of play through May, this blog has less information in it than usual.

so far in 2016, Michael has a total of 43 plate appearances and 39 at bats in 11 games (89.1 innings).

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New Dodger Bullpen Arm?

The Dodger bullpen could soon be cutting off one beleaguered arm and replacing it with that of the team’s hot #4 prospect. I’m talking about Frankie Montas, the 23-year-old flame-thrower the Dodgers acquired from the Chicago White Sox last winter.

Montas seems well-recovered from his February rib bisection surgery, and looks ready to make the jump from AAA Oklahoma City when he is eligible to come off the 60-day D.L. the first week of June. In nearly two weeks split between AA Tulsa and OKC, Montas has compiled a 0.88 WHIP, struck out 9, walked 1, and has throw some high 90s heat (even hitting triple digits a few times).

It has been a small sample-size of only 4 games and 5.2 innings, but with the way Chris Hatcher and Pedro Baez have been throwing this year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Dodgers cut one of these guys and give Montas a shot at helping revive the struggling bullpen. Hatcher should be on the chopping block first with his constant inability to get outs and his head looking totally out of order, but Baez is likely to get the bad news since he still can be optioned to the minors and Hatcher would have to be cut altogether (really, would this be so bad?).

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 6/1/16

P- Jaime Garcia (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $8,400. Garcia is facing the 23rd ranked Brewers’ offense on Wednesday. In 131 career at bats against Garcia, the Brewers’ offense is only batting .191, with two home runs, 12 RBIs, 29 strikeouts, and a .230 OBP. In the past seven days, the Brewers’ offense has struck out 73 times, which is the third worst in Major League Baseball.

 

P- Masahiro Tanaka (vs. Toronto Blue Jays): Tanaka will be facing the 24th ranked Blue Jays’ offense on Wednesday. In 81 career at bats against Tanaka, the Blue Jays are batting .198, with three home runs, seven RBIs, 27 strikeouts, and a .252 OBP. The Yankees are 6.5 games out of first place, so these divisional games are a must-win, which should have Tanaka fired up.

 

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Yankees, Cubs Logical Trade Partners This Summer

Apparently, the Chicago Cubs like New York Yankee pitchers. Last winter, the Yanks sent Adam Warren to Chicago in a package for second basemen Starlin Castro and now, reportedly, the Cubbies are interested in Nate Eovaldi.

As the guys over at Pinstripe Alley wrote today, it doesn’t make a ton of sense for the Yankees to trade Eovaldi as he’s young, under team control for a while, and quite possibly the best long term starting pitching option in the organization, especially now that Luis Severino has lost much of his 2015 shine.

However, the Yankees have a number of other pitchers the Cubs might want to go after, and Chicago matches up really well with New York in terms of the young position player talent that New York needs. The Cubs have a few of the best prospects in baseball and if they were willing to part with a few of them, Eovaldi, Aroldis Chapman, and even Andrew Miller, could all be on the table.

The way I see it the Cubs should be looking to bolster their pitching staff now.

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