Daily Archives: April 7, 2016

Offensive Outburst Conceals Poor Outing By Pineda: Yankees Win 16 – 6 Over Astros

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Chris Kabout (Featured BBBA Writer/ Owner of yankeebiscuitfansdutchblog.mlblogs.com) 

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Last night, the Yankees rebounded from their flat performance on the previous night. In that game the team looked rather uninspired as they fell 5-3 to the Houston Astros.

Last night the outcome was way better as the Yankees beat the Astros 16-6. A slugfest showed exactly the opposite of what the Yanks showed on Tuesday.

Six multiple base hits (two doubles, a triple and three homeruns) drove in eleven runs.

Of the starters, only A-Rod and Brett Gardner did not collect a hit. Most hits collected Starlin Castro, who went 4 for 5 with 5 runs batted in. Didi Gregorius got three singles out of five at bats but did not drive in a run.

This slugfest totally concealed the poor outing of Michael Pineda. The tall Dominican right hander needed 87 pitches in only five innings.

In the first inning he gave up a solo homerun to Carlos Correa already and in the next inning he gave up a grand slam homerun to George Springer after he hit Jose Altuve with a pitch. If that wasn’t bad enough, Pineda also gave up Carlos Corea’s second homerun of the game.

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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Sports Alert For MLB Action Apr 7, 2016

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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.  Fanduel is my preferred game of skill.

Last night, I won big with the following lineup in the MLB $5 Rally game! Thanks to the Yankees/Astros slugfest and debut of Los Angeles Dodgers sensation, Kenta Maeda.

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Its A Walk Year For Encarnacion + Bautista: Does This Mean Huge Campaigns?

Alex Anthopoulos extended both Joey Bats and EE after they broke out with career years. It was an awesome gamble and a lot of the success they had in 2015 - was based on that value. Add in bringing in Josh Donaldson at an MVP caliber for 3 more years, and you have a great value team.

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Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are both free agents after this season. Will this fact translate into big years for the two?

Every Toronto Blue Jays fan knows that 2016 marks the end of both Jose Bautista an Edwin Encarnacion’s contracts. Both players set the start of the new season as their deadline to sign an extension. Neither one has signed a new contract with the Blue Jays.

If both Jose and Edwin stick to their words, it is likely that neither one will be a Toronto Blue Jay come 2017. Recognizing this fact, many sportswriters have been predicting that both sluggers will have monster seasons, if for no other fact than this is their “walk year” and a big season will translate into a big “payday”.

However, do players tend to have big years in the last year of their contract? In order to try and answer this question, I needed some comparisons to look at.

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Top Ten Things We Learned About the National League On Opening Day 2016

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Opening Day has come and gone. Sure the pageantry of Opening Day will still be there for some of the teams that Mother Nature has forced to wait a day, but the day that we circled on the calendar back in November is behind us.  

We’re about to enter the grind of daily baseball contests and there are a lot of things to learn in these first few weeks back in the fold.  Here are the top 10 things I picked up yesterday about the National League landscape while watching all (or parts of all) the games:

  1. Cedric Hunter is a baseball player.  Hunter started yesterday for the Philadelphia Phillies, which by definition makes him one of the top 30 baseball players to have started in left field on Opening Day 2016. Hunter is actually a really good story.  He made the Opening Day roster of the Padres back in 2011, and went 1 for 5 before being sent back down.  In the scuffle of authenticating the ball from his first Major League hit, Hunter lost the ball.  It’s been 5 years and Hunter is still looking for a ball that he hit for a Major League hit. He went 0 for 4 yesterday.
  2. The rebuilding Phillies seem to have a type.  They’ve paired Cedric Hunter in the outfield with Odubel Herrera.Toss in Cesar HernandezFreddy Galvis and Carlos Ruiz and you have 5 of the 8 position players listed at under 6′ tall.  They’re not all burners, but the Phillies seem to be cornering the market on sub-6 foot athletic baseball players.  It’s not a bad strategy, considering these guys could be undervalued by the other organizations.

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Yasiel Puig: No Bravado, Just Baseball + Off To A Quick Start

Yasiel Puig is 6 for his 10 AB, with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 5 runs scored through his 1st 3 games. His club outscored the Padres 25 - 0 in a 3 game series of games. This is somewhat reminisicent of 2013, when the Cuban player took the league by storm when he first made his debut. The better part if that he is doing it quietly.

Yasiel Puig is 6 for his 10 AB, with 1 HR, 2 Triples,  4 RBI and 5 runs scored through his 1st 3 games. His club outscored the Padres 25 – 0 in sweeping San Diego. This is somewhat reminiscent of 2013, when the Cuban player took the league by storm when he first made his debut. The better part if that he is doing it quietly.  The 4th year player leads the league in BA, SLG and OPS through his 1st 3 games played.

Emily Siskin-Toy (Featured BBBA Writer – Owner Of The Website – behindenemylines32.blogspot.com) 

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The Dodgers have come blasting out of the opening gates, and the “Wild Horse,” Yasiel Puig, is leading the charge. In the first three games, Puig has been on base in 9 out of 13 Plate Appearances, including a Little League home run as well as an easy three-bagger, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch where he didn’t even so much as glance at the pitcher (first time ever?).

He has also knocked in 4 runs and scored 5. Puig showed us this explosiveness when he first hit the scene in 2013, but there is something different about this Puig and it could be the key to the Dodgers’ season…

This post was done before yesterday’s game, so the full article will have information prior to. 

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Trevor Story Continues To Hit The Ball Out Of The Ballpark, But How Long Will It Last?

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Trey Rose (Featured BBBA Fantasy Baseball Writer/Owner – dynastydigest.sportsblog.com)  

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Just in case you haven’t been following the first few Major League Baseball games this year, let me introduce you to the hottest bat in baseball, Trevor Story.

Trevor Story made his major league debut with the Colorado Rockies on opening day this year. He had a very successful spring training, but no one expected him to produce like has throughout the first three games of his career.

In his first three games, he has 14 plate appearances, four hits, seven RBI’s, four runs… oh and those four hits are all home runs. Trevor Story is the first player since 1900 to hit a home run in his first three games.

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What Is Clay Buchholz’s Legacy With The Boston Red Sox?

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Andrew Martin (Featured BBBA Writer/Owner – baseballhistorian.blogspot.com) 

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It’s hard to believe but pitcher Clay Buchholz began his tenth year with the Boston Red Sox when he toed the rubber against the Cleveland Indians in the second game of the 2016 season.

During that time, he has been a whirling dervish of disappointment, results and expectations. With a $13.5 million team option (or $500,000 buyout) coming up next year, it’s possible that this could be his swan song in the Hub.

If that’s the case, what exactly is his legacy?

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 7, 2016

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The Pirates are off to a great start. I know it is only three games in, but they were important in terms of a quest for 95 wins.

It all adds up in episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast

Kenta Maeda, DJ LeMahieu,Steven Souza Jr., Sonny Gray, Carlos Rodon, Carlos Correa, Aaron Nola and Angel Pagan all added to their total of Who Owned Baseball.

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Who Owned Baseball April 6, 2016 (Daily AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Kenta Maeda threw six shutout innings in his major league debut, striking out 4 and walking none. He added a home run as well and took complete credit for the Dodgers 7-0 blanking of the Padres.

DJ LeMahieu went 2 for 4 with a homer and two runs scored in the Rockies 4-3 victory in Arizona.

Sonny Gray pitched 7 strong innings, allowing just 1 run and 3 hits and earned the first A’s win of the year over the White sox, 2-1.

Steven Souza Jr., went 4 for 4 with a pair of homers and 4 RBI in Tampa Bay’s 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

They all owned baseball on April 6, 2016.

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