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Daily Archives: April 15, 2016

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

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

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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 Citizens Bank Ballpark (Philadelphia Phillies home field). In 14 total innings on Citizens Bank’s mound, Scherzer has posted a 1.93 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

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

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#42 – we all know what the number means.

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

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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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The Week That Was In Audio/Video Casting In The BBBA

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The 2nd week is well underway, and we had some great shows to listen to over the last week  – courtesy of the  following BBBA shows.

Sully Baseball talked about weather concerns, the A’s ballpark issues, a shortened season, the Hector Olivera fiasco, Pablo Sandoval, MLB’s hat maneuvers – and if it is too early to panic about certain clubs?

Hall Of Very Good Interviewed former MLB’er Dmitri Young (Da Meat Hook).

“BBA Live” Broke down the weeks worth of action – and wondered about the NL East – and about the Mets and Nats starts.

Jays From the Couch wants all the fans to calm down after a rough losing streak, and wonders if a current Jay will be the 2017 Red Sox DH.

Pirates Breakdown is taking the “Lets take it Juan Day at a time” approach after a slow week

Gateway to Baseball Heaven are loving the Cards young players, but are worried about Adam Wainwright

MLB This Week thinks Chase Utley is just a dirty player.

You can either click all of these links for the individual shows, are just scroll down past to listen to them on this post.

To see all of the updates live as they happen every week click here.

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Cubs And White Sox Had Different Winter Strategies, But Could Experience A Similar 2016

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Matt Musico (Featured BBBA Writer/Owner – chinmusicbaseball.com) 

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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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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

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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. Rick Porcello (7-16/ 3 HR/ 1.589 OPS)

2. Jose Bautista vs. Rick Porcello (13-28/ 3 HR/ 1.331 OPS)

3. Albert Pujols vs. Tommy Milone (9-22/ 0 HR/ 1.186 OPS)

Sample Lineups

P – Joe Ross, WSH @ PHI. $7200

C –  Russell Martin, BOS @ TOR, $2400

1B – Adam Lind, SEA @ NYY, $2300

2B – Kolten Wong, CIN @ STL, $2500

3B –  Anthony Rendon, WSH @ PHI, $2800

SS –  Troy Tulowitzki, BOS @ TOR, $3000

OF –  Jose Bautista.  BOS @ TOR, $4600

OF –  Bryce Harper, WSH @ PHI, $5300

OF – Mike Trout, LAA @ MIN, $4900


 

$35, 000, 000 ($0 left)

If you’re not familiar with the points breakdown, here’s the format utilizing a $35 million salary cap.  

Scoring System: https://www.fanduel.com/spring-training?t=lobby

If you’re not familiar with the points breakdown, here’s the format utilizing a $35 million salary cap.  

Scoring System: https://www.fanduel.com/spring-training?t=lobby

1 Starting Pitcher (SP)

1 Catcher (C)

1 First Baseman (1B)

1 Second Baseman (2B)

1 Third Baseman (3B)

1 Short Stop (SS)

3 Outfielders (OF)

Game Types: https://www.fanduel.com/how-it-works

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*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com and their partners***

***Josh Robbins is a Video-Journalist and Baseball Historian who is originally from Poughkeepsie, NY (so grew up a Yankees/Don Mattingly fan)..  In 2010, he earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from CSU-Long Beach. 

From June 16 to July 11, 2008, he watched a game in all 30 MLB stadiums in a world record 26 days by car.  Please email Josh at robbinsjosh@hotmail.com or visit 60ft6in.com for more information about the Factor12 Rating.***

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Brew Crew + Rays Eliminated From MLB Shutout Survivor 2016 – (19 Teams Left): Cubs/Rangers Step Closer To Win MLB Runs Scoring Survivor 2016

It is no surprise to our website that the Rays are struggling offensively, and were finally knocked out of the Shutout Survivor competition. How does that Infield look now - with Brad Miller and Logan Morrison hit under .100 - and barely hitting the ball at all. We said they lost their 3 best Batting Average players last year (where they still finished 14th), and also spoke of the Starting Pitching being overrated. We are right thus far, but we will await the rest of the year.

It is no surprise to our website that the Rays are struggling offensively, and were finally knocked out of the Shutout Survivor competition. How does that Infield look now – with Brad Miller and Logan Morrison hit under .100 – and barely hitting the ball at all? We said they lost their 3 best Batting Average players last year (where they still finished 14th in total team offense), and also spoke of the Starting Pitching and Bullpen being overrated – and suffering talent losses as well. We are right thus far, but we will await the rest of the year.

Chuck Booth (Owner/Lead  Analyst)

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I said it yesterday that last year the clubs were dropping more like flies than this year.  Yesterday two more clubs were zeroed off by opponents, and thus eliminated from the MLB Shutout Survivor.

The Brewers were clipped 7 – 0 by Jaime Garcia, and Danny Salazar coupled with some brilliant late inning relief,  carved up the Rays for a 6 – 0 bagel.  We are still awaiting outcomes for teams that were shutout in Game 8 and Game 9 – as the Tribe is only at 7 games played themselves.

The Padres are clubhouse leaders for Shutouts against for the whole MLB, and are making history in doing so.  They are the first club to score jack squat in 5 of their 1st 10 contests.  Good news was they played some games at Coors Field last week – or it could have been worse.

Frankly I am amazed this squad lasting so long in this competition with what kind of lineup their putting forth on a daily basis. They did start off the 1st 2 series at hitter friendly - Mlller Park. They were handled to the tune of just one hit yesterday in their loss by Jaime Garcia of the Cardinals.

Frankly I am amazed this squad lasting so long in this competition with what kind of lineup their putting forth on a daily basis. Milwaukee did start off the 1st 2 series at hitter friendly – Mlller Park. They were handled to the tune of just one hit yesterday in their loss by Jaime Garcia of the Cardinals – who tossed a Complete Game Shutout.

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“Stoking The Fire Segment” – Tanaka Will Miss Over A Years Worth Of Work In 7 Year Deal From ‘TJS’ Avoidance

Pitching with a partially torn UCL in his pitching arm since july of 2014, the Yankees and Tanaka's camp have avoided having Tommy John Surgery thus far, but how far can they go in avoiding the procedure. I also make the point that even if the Yankees ace somehow eludes the injury for the duration of his 7 year contract - that the fans are only seeing him at 85 - 90%. I thought the move was to have TJ Surgery have been able to turn it lose upon returning.

Pitching with a partially torn UCL in his pitching arm since July of 2014, the Yankees and Tanaka’s camp have avoided having Tommy John Surgery thus far, but how far can they go in avoiding the procedure? I also make the point that even if the Yankees ace somehow eludes the injury for the duration of his 7 year contract – that the fans are only seeing him at 85 – 90%. I thought the move was to have TJ Surgery in 2014, and upon returning from it, he would be able to turn it lose like an ace should.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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What is better:  5 Years and an average of 200 Innings Thrown, or 6 years of throwing 150 – 165 IP?

The diagnosis of Masahiro Tanaka‘s slightly torn elbow was first disclosed in July of 2014.  Had he gone for Tommy John Surgery there for  repair, he could be back at full strength right about now in time.

Instead of going ahead with a procedure (that is operating at about an 86% rate of full return for pitchers,) the Japanese born Tanaka has been nursing the injury since the start of the 2015 season.

Having signed a 7 year deal worth $155 MIL – that also included a $20 MIL posting fee, the Yankees were hoping to land an ace that could pivot their rotation from 2014 – 2020.

While it is amazing the man can even throw with this lingering issue, Tanaka authored a great WHIP of 0.994 and a respectable ERA of 3.51 in 24 Game Starts during 2015.  Here is the problem though, he missed 2 months of the season when his elbow flared up.  Read the rest of this entry

Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – April 15, 2016

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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 Santana and Jose Altuve all added to their totals for Who Owns Baseball yesterday.

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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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